Thoughts from Dad ~ Starting School

Thoughts from dad

  Thoughts From Dad…On Starting School With school starting up again, another summer closes out around the country.  In fact, for many, summer has been over for weeks now, regardless of what the thermometer says outside. For me, this summer is different, and the school year it’s giving way to even more so. This year, my wife and I will be sending oldest daughter off to kindergarten. This amazing summer time of our lives, these earliest years of her life has come to an end.  All we were going to do has been done.  And that wasn’t, will remain forever so.  For the school year is about to begin. And really, is there a more fitting way to relate to those amazing years before they start school.  They grow so fast, and race through a million early childhood milestones in the blink of an eye. Sitting up, crawling, standing, walking…each step applauded. Her first tooth and last diaper…celebrated. Discovering new words to say, and eventually, how to read those … [Continue]

Olaf Dice Game

Olaf Themed Dice Game

  Olaf Dice Game (1 die) Olaf Dice Game (2 dice) Materials: Olaf Dice Game Mat (above) Counters (cereal, candies, blocks, gems, erasers, etc.) Dice How to Play: Roll the die or dice. Cover the number you rolled. When all of the numbers are covered, you win!   Clipart from SandyDigitalArt … [Continue]

Anna Dice Game

Anna Themed Dice Game

  Anna Dice Game (1 Die) Anna Dice Game (2 Dice) Materials: Anna Dice Game Mat (above) Counters (cereal, blocks, gems, beads, candies) Dice How to Play: Roll the die or dice. Cover the number you rolled. When all of the numbers are covered, you win! Clipart from SandyDigitalArt … [Continue]

Elsa Dice Game

Elsa Dice Game

Elsa Dice Game (1 die) Elsa Dice Game (2 dice) Materials: Elsa Dice Game Mat (above) Counters (blocks, gems, cereal, candy) dice How to Play: Roll the die or dice. Cover the number you rolled. When all of the numbers are covered, you win!   Clipart from SandyDigitalArt … [Continue]

DIY Reusable Table Cloth

DIY Table Cloth

Did you know that an inexpensive, twin fitted sheet doubles as a reusable table cloth? Choose a color that coordinates with your party decor and slip it on for an easy, table covering that doesn't get in the way. OR Cover your table so the kids can paint and craft without worrying about the mess! Slip it off and wash it when they are done. So … [Continue]

DIY Minecraft Chest

DIY Minecraft Chest

This DIY Minecraft Chest is easy to make, fun to play with, and makes a great gift! Materials: box black permanent marker clear packaging tape Minecraft Wood printable Tape the top of your box shut so that you do not have any open sides. Measure about 2-3 inches down from the top and draw a line around 3 sides of the box. Use … [Continue]

Coffee Filter Animal Crafts

Animal Craft 5

I love open ended crafts that allow our family to sit around the table, spend time talking, and get creative together!  As Summer comes to an end, use this simple craft to gather together and share your favorite parts of Summer. Coffee filters and cupcake liners are common items in most homes and they just happen to be interesting to manipulate … [Continue]

Sensory Tubs from A to Z

Sensory Tubs from A to Z

Sensory Tubs are so much fun for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (moms too)! Your child will scoop, pour, experiment, and discover all sorts of things from colors and shapes, to magnets and ecosystems all while developing fine motor skills.  Explore with a purpose or have fun pretending. The possibilities are endless! Below are hundreds of … [Continue]

Writing Books with Preschoolers

Writing Books with Your Preschooler

 Helping your preschooler develop a love for reading and writing is so important. Simply reading a book each day to your child will help him develop a love of reading and storytelling. Encouraging your child see himself as an author is just as simple! I often staple scraps of paper together (of various sizes) to make blank books for the kids. … [Continue]

Race to 100 Math Game

DIY Race to 100 Math Game Mat

Introduce your preschooler to larger numbers with this DIY Race to 100 Math Game.   I got this poster at a dollar store to make a game for N (4.5 years old) to introduce and explore bigger numbers. Once I got it home I realized the way the numbers were jumbled on the poster would be overwhelming so I cut it into strips. Then I taped … [Continue]