Fall Favorite Activities

Fall Favorite Activities

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year! (Even if we don’t get the real feel here in Florida). Fall also has the most beloved holiday, (bringing back treasured memories as a child) Halloween! Here are my top six fall favorite activities to do throughout the month of October with toddlers or preschoolers. 1. Acorn Collecting My son lights up each time he spots an acorn as if he has found a golden treasure. This may be because…

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Build a Sukkah!

Build a Sukkah!

Sukkot has arrived! Sukkot has arrived for those who celebrate. Why not build a Sukkah with your child and watch his imagination soar!? Although, my son learned about the holiday in school, this is not a holiday we typically observe at home. But, I thought it would be fun to build a Sukkah and get a taste of this joyous holiday. What is Sukkot? Here is a brief explanation according to Chabad.org, about the Jewish Holiday, Sukkot. Chabad.org explains, “Sukkot…

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Preschool Crafts Connecting with Nature

Preschool Crafts Connecting with Nature

Crafts and nature are two things I love combining when I spend time with my son. The nature inspired crafts and activities are ones that we’ve come back to again and again. These crafts are great for toddlers and preschoolers. What I like about incorporating nature into crafts is that children begin to appreciate the wonders and beauty of the outdoors. Exposing early learners to nature helps them practice observation (an important life skill) and notice the changes that take place…

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Backyard Inspired Paintings

Backyard Inspired Paintings

Materials: Crayola Washable Paint Plastic Plate for the Paints (use as a paint palette) Construction Paper (9″ x 12″ and 17″ x 20″) Paint Brush Cup Filled with Water to Rinse Brush “Mess Mat” (Shower Curtain) Sparking your preschoolers interest Backyard inspired paintings can be influenced in many ways. A fun way to do this is if you have access to a fruiting plant. If not, its certainly never too late to start a garden! However, some other ideas that may…

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Shell Painting Chimes

Shell Painting Chimes

Materials: Sea Shells (from your beach visit) or Store Bought Acryllic or Craft Paint Hemp Cord  Drill to Make Holes in the Shells Embroidery Hoop “Mess Mat” (shower curtain) Smock Paintbrush Plastic Plate for Paints (use as a paint pallette) Cup Filled with Water for Rinsing Paper Plate (Optional) We just visited Sanibel (the Sea Shell Capital) and my son had a wonderful time collecting and noticing the different sea shells, each one unique. After visiting the beach, making Shell…

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Paint a Can Planter

Paint a Can Planter

Materials Needed: Empty Can Variety of Acrylic Paints Paint Brush Plastic Plate for Paints (use as a paint pallette) “Mess Mat” (shower curtain) Smock Cup Half Filled with Water to Rinse Paintbrush Soil Seeds or Plant Clippings Drill Any can will do for this project. I suggest getting a larger can to give your plant more space to grow. Begin by washing the can out and taking off the label on the outside of the can. Next if you’re able…

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Nature Sun Catcher

Nature Sun Catcher

Materials Needed Bucket or Bag to Collect the Nature Items Paper Plate Scissors to Cut the Plate Packing Tape or Contact Paper Prepare the Plate for the Nature Sun Catcher In order to make the sun catcher start by cutting out the middle of a paper plate. Green paper plates make a really nice look, but any paper plate you have at home will do. Then use 4 or 5 pieces of packing tape (I used packing tape at first…

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Cheerio Bird & Squirrel Feeder

Cheerio Bird & Squirrel Feeder

Materials Needed: 12″ Long Pipe Cleaners Looped Cereal such as Cheerios String or Yarn to Hang   Begin by twisting the bottom of the pipe cleaner so that the Cheerios or looped cereal will not fall off. Place some Cheerios in a container for your little one to pick up and string onto the pipe cleaner. This is great practice and takes coordination for your toddler to pick up a single Cheerio and place it on the pipe cleaner. Pipe…

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9 Ways to Prevent a Tantrum When its Time to Leave

9 Ways to Prevent a Tantrum When its Time to Leave

It can be very challenging leaving your home, a store, or the park with a toddler. When it’s time to leave toddlers become extra playful and wild or throw a tantrum. If you have a toddler or preschooler, you know just what I’m talking about. Just remember, throwing a tantrum or getting out of control when it’s time to leave is just another stage of the two’s and three’s. Every age and stage has it’s challenges, but threenagers are no…

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The 5 Best Movement Songs For Preschoolers, Gross Motor Skills

The 5 Best Movement Songs For Preschoolers, Gross Motor Skills

Looking for a boredom buster that will engage your high energy preschooler? Music is a great way to get preschoolers moving, learning, and having fun! As your toddler grows it’s important to have activities that allow your child to practice his gross motor skills. Silly songs like these will help your child’s big muscle movements become more coordinated and refined. Here is a little about these 5 great movement songs for preschoolers and the benefits for your child. I’m Going on…

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