Free Toddler Activities

Free Toddler Activities

When I was a teacher I was always trying to think of ways to make the most of transitional times like walking through hallways, waiting for dismissal or assemblies, etc. I used to play games with students to work on letter sounds, math facts, and other skills that the students were working on. I felt like a more effective teacher knowing I used my time wisely. As a mother I … [Read more...]

Turn Your Box Tops into a Dollar

Box Tops for Education

Recently, I shared my love for Box Tops for Education and my commitment to helping my children experience giving back to their school and their community. It is easy to collect Box Tops and exciting to give them to your school ($0.10 EACH! That adds up!). They have gotten great at hunting for the Box Tops and are proud to turn them in at school, but I needed a way for … [Read more...]

Earn Money for Your Child’s School

Box Tops for Education

The EASIEST way to earn money for your child's school is to collect Box Tops! Box Tops are worth $.10 EACH!! Why Do Schools Need Money? ALL schools need money for extra items that aren't already budgeted for. It could be anything from playground equipment to field trip expenses to microscopes. The best part is that there is freedom for the school on how to spend the … [Read more...]

After School Snacks

After School Snacks

I can't believe it is already back to school time! One of my favorite moments of the day is right when I pick up the kids and they are sharing every detail of their day with me. I love those conversations and that time together. Both kids are usually starving so we have a snack and I get to keep the conversation going (Bonus!). I am so excited about Shamrock Farms mmmilk! … [Read more...]

Toddler Water Play

Toddler Water Play

Toddler Water Play is a fun way to keep your toddler cool this summer! My son would play with the hose all day if we let him, but of course we limit it to a short period of the day. This is an activity that he absolutely loves and it keeps him cool during the hot summer days. We line up cups of different sizes on the ground. Then we turn on the hose, just so it's trickling … [Read more...]

30 Second Smoothies for Your Toddler

30 Second Smoothies for Your Toddler

  With the hot weather the past few days, my son hasn't had much of an appetite. He loves smoothies, but with no fresh or frozen fruit on hand I decided to improvise. 30 Second Smoothies for Your Toddler   We took one pouch of baby food, added cold water, and stirred it up. We stuck a straw in the cup and my son drank it right down! We used Gerber … [Read more...]

Learn to Spell Your Name

Learn to Spell Your Name Sensory Bin

Learn to spell your name with this fun sensory bin! 1. Fill a plastic bin with the sensory item of your choice.  Some great ones for this activity are rice, pebbles, sand, flour, colored pasta, or beans. 2.  Write your child's name on a card and place it in or beside the sensory bin. 3.  Hide the letters to your child's name in the bin.  I also added some other items … [Read more...]

Learning Body Parts for Toddlers

Learning Body Parts for Toddlers with Sticky Face Game

Learning Body Parts for Toddlers Help your little one identify body parts with this fun sensory and fine motor activity! 1.  Print a large picture of your child or just their face, depending on what you want to learn to identify. Laminate it if you prefer.  You could also use a printable coloring book page or drawing of a generic face or body. 2.  Cut a piece of … [Read more...]

Garden Markers Craft

Garden Markers Craft

My niece and I share a love of all things artsy and last weekend we decided to add a little pizazz to my garden with homemade garden markers. We found a bunch of nice rocks that had a flat face and decided to paint them as markers for the garden. I do not like to use the little plastic sticks showing what you have growing in the garden. I prefer to have something a little … [Read more...]

Name Game for Toddlers

Name Game for Toddlers

Try this simple Name Game for Toddlers to help your little one identify family members and work on saying their names! 1. Find and print a picture of each family member or friend you would like your child to identify. Pictures with just one person in them will work best for little ones. I laminated mine so that they could survive being played with.  Be sure to include your … [Read more...]

Dessert Snack Hacks

Dessert Snack Hacks with Yoplait

I've been on the look out for dessert snack hacks lately to reduce the amount of sugar we are eating. My kids love choosing toppings for their ice cream so for this simple snack hack I've substituted Yoplait yogurt in our after dinner parfaits. Simply set out different flavors of Yoplait yogurt and various toppings. So many choices is half the fun for my kids. Yoplait … [Read more...]

Summer Snacking

Summer Snacking

Summer snacking can often get out of control with sugary or salty treats, especially down by the pool. So we created a better snack using Yoplait that will still keep us cool at the pool. Watermelon Cream Pops are simple to make and a great way to get the kids in the kitchen helping to make it.   Ingredients: Watermelon - 3 to 4 cups Yoplait Vanilla … [Read more...]