Noodle Sensory Play

Last week we added noodles into our sensory play.

If you follow us on Instagram, you saw that the noodles we used were cooked, squishy, and a whole lot of messy, sensory play fun!

The boys pressed the noodles through the garlic press and sliced them through the egg cutter.

Although this cooked noodle sensory play was win, it was pretty much one and done. The cooked, colored noodles were tossed in the garbage shortly after the boys were finished playing.

So this time around, I was looking for something a little more sustainable for future use.

This time, we colored dry noodles and it was just as successful!

Treasure Map Color Seek and Find Action Adventure

When it comes to your preschooler writing, there is much more you can do than writing letters.

In fact, if you have a preschooler that needs breaks and movements, this Breakfast Invitation is the one for you.

Bottom line, the more you help your child grasp a marker, squirt a water bottle, cut some paper, etc, the stronger their hands get for school age when things become a little (correction: a lot) more demanding.

A Letter to My Son's Preschool Teacher

To my son’s first classroom teacher,

I saw you waiting for my child.

Every day you knew he was coming. And every day my preschooler jumped out the back seat ready for you as well.

I saw you welcome his learning, his humor, his self; allowing him keep his tower up longer and longer each day…

I saw everything you did this year and I want to say thank you.

It didn’t go unnoticed.

Mystery Shapes!

Looking for a way to add some excitement with shapes?

There is something about a sense of prediction and surprise that makes learning shapes a lot more fun than what may be drawn on a worksheet.

In fact, a lot of activities are better off not on a worksheet, and it is my mission to help you create more hand-on learning opportunities in your home.

Truth is, setting activities like this one are even faster than pressing print and waiting for it to come out the printer!

What's in Our Outdoor Bucket?

Ready to power up your outdoor play area?

This does not mean you have an enormous fenced in backyard with 3 swings, monkey bars, and a slide. 

What this means is that you have 5-10 items you store in a container to keep on the fly for pouring, mixing, and transporting.  These items can be used on the back porch, or driveway. It is an "anything goes" type of bin which is incredible for child development. 

Does your child like potions? We've got the tools for that too. 

Come step inside our Outdoor Area Supply Bucket!

You will be geared up until the first snowfall! 

A Breakfast Invitation for Two Year Olds

Your two-year-old doesn’t know all their colors?

Guess what?

That is completely okay!

Whether your child can identify colors at 20 months, or begin to catch on at 2.5+, the most important thing to remember is that all children learn their colors over time.

It is also important to understand that even within the same family, you can see large differences on who learned what when.

So do me a favor, and not sweat it!

Instead, join us here to begin to implement fun, hands-on ways to help make learning colors stick and get reinforced.

Hungry Caterpillar Count Up for Your Three Year Old

Need a simple activity to count to ten?

This hungry caterpillar game is a great way to reinforce counting, and gain a better understanding that a group of objects are represented by a number name.

Sounds simple, right?

Not really. The truth is that many times we rush preschoolers right on through rather than taking the time to understand quantity.

We assume just because they can count to ten, they also understand what ten really means. But they don’t always truly understand. And without a solid foundation in how a group of ten is made, taken apart, and built back up again, we are doing a disservice for our children by not taking the time to do this.

So, I am here to help bridge the gap.

Earth Day Activity for Kids Using the Outdoors

Need a quick and easy Earth Day activity?

You’ve come to the right place.

Truth is, I was trying to get a multitude of ideas your way, but they had me all thinking. - Are these Earth Day ideas actually taking care of the Earth? Or are they cute ideas that use toxic chemicals that pollute the Earth? I am not anti paints. But on Earth Day, that just didn’t feel like the right choice.

Allow me to simplify things.

Color Words Drive Up

It’s a preschooler’s dream color game activity!

Hot Wheels and bright colors make an excellent combo for learning.

In fact, my five year old ATE THIS ONE UP and the younger guys eagerly followed along.

My five-year-old is in a young fives class and I knew they have been learning color words. Since I haven’t done much reading with him at home, I was interested to see what he was retaining. Sure, I have a Masters in Reading, but I wanted this year to be a year of discovery at home as he received phonic instruction at school.

Come to find out, my five-year-old has nailed color words and this Breakfast Invitation was such a fun one to play with all my boys. See how I added variety for my three-year-old and one-year-old inside!

Your Breakfast Invitations Startup Guide: Cranky to Creative in Six Steps

Looking for a way to begin your day with less morning television and more creative kids?

Getting our children to play more on their own can be a challenge. We wake up and are immediately on with a million tasks.

What if it didn’t have to be that way?

This is a startup guide to better understand how to plan your day, minimize screen time and roll out your next ten Breakfast Invitations. Because like bread and butter, these all seamlessly fit together.

I am a mom of three little boys five and under. Mornings were not my favorite and I felt overwhelmed by cranky kids watching morning television. TV seemed to zap their imagination for anything that followed.

Truth is, I just wanted to wake up being able to drink my tea HOT, and have children that were able to use their imagination and play.

So I dug deep into my teacher brain and found a solution.

We all crave balance between being able to take on parenthood, and enjoy the days that come with that tall order.

I am here to help you achieve this balance with this startup guide.

Hilarious Game for Active Preschoolers

Need a new game for your active preschooler? Try this hilarious large motor activity.

We all know children learn and play in a variety of ways.

When planning simple games, I want to make sure I am touching on all of the different categories of play and integrating a variety of concepts that prepare our children for life. Kindergarten topics are important, but life skills are essential.

So what better way to get kids taking turns, using descriptive words, and improve arm strength than using one giant claw similar to what they watch on Toy Story Three. I’ll admit. I joined in on the fun as well. Who can resist a claw game?!

This game had us all laughing!

Spring Snack Bags; A Simple Breakfast Invitation for All

Hold Up! I have the most fun spring activity for kids.

I know you are drowning in stickers. They may be dot stickers, or the latest assortment from the Target Dollar Spot. Regardless of the shape and design, run and grab them now.

The best part of this spring activity?

It works for ALL ages! I had my 22 month old, almost four-year-old, and five-year-old all working together as I prepped breakfast and drank my hot tea.

How is this possible?

51+ Things to do this Spring

Hooray! It is officially spring. Smell ya later, winter.

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly ready to get outside again to see the sunshine. We’ve had a lot of rain here and that has kept everyone inside a lot more than we’d like. On the bright side, I can see signs of spring everywhere so warm weather must be getting close.

With that, I created this roundup to give us all some more spring in our step as we go from puffy coats to zip ups!

This spring activity roundup is organized into five main categories. Find a category that best fits your style and get ready for some fun.

Fill the Empty Space

I’ll be the first to admit that Tetris is pretty addictive.

There is something about mixing the sizes and spaces that keeps me up all night wondering how it all fits together. Call me crazy, but Tetris changed the way I see the area and volume of a shape.

So, when I first saw this idea on @bare.nutrients I knew that I needed to add it to our collection of Breakfast Invitations. There was something so compelling about finding the right sizes and shapes to fit into the empty space similar to a Tetris game. Talk about a game that generated thinking and conversation!

The Best Travel Gear for Spring Break

Do you have plans for spring break?

Traveling as a family can be tricky. How much gear is too much, and which essentials are needed so the suitcase will zip with ease?

What is it that helps spring break with young children go just a little smoother?

Which bags help store all the the things?

And which item helps your baby sleep a little better as they share a room with the entire family.

Now you know, I’ve got you.

I am going to compile this list with not only things you need for spring break, but items that will last all summer long. Items that your kids can use again and again and gear you can pass down to family members when your children outgrow them.

It would be crazy town to think you need this entire list!

Consider which items help your travel plans go a little smoother. Finding the right gear is everything and I want to make sure you buy one thing once rather than buying dozens in search of finding the holy grail.

Number Line; A Simple Counting Game

Remember the number line?

Here is a simple way to introduce, and play with, a number line at home!

If we begin learning math concepts by doing, the better they will stick. Here, your child can move and count the objects as they are placed. It’s a hands-on way to better understand the sequence of numbers.

And I know what you are thinking!

Here she goes with that painter’s tape again. Well, you’re right! Painter’s tape is my ultimate supply and can pretty much liven up any old game that used to be done with pen and paper. It is hard to pick favorites, but I am pretty sure it is right up there with the counting bears.

This number line game makes a fun Breakfast Invitation to help you drink your coffee and pop the bagels in the toaster in peace! Set it up in 5 minutes the night before and watch it unfold. Join Us!