Kids’ Toilet Problems Solved

Kids Toilet Problems Solved

Potty training is over. The kids are out of diapers, BUT there are still bathroom problems! PROBLEM 1: The kids forget to flush the toilet! Kids are in a hurry and forget to flush OR don't like to flush. Problem 2: GERMS If they do remember to flush, GERMS become the problem. Germs everywhere! Yuck! Solution: KOHLER'S Touchless Toilet Technology Simply, swipe your hand above the sensor and it automatically flushes. Isn't that awesome?! The touchless feature stops the spread of germs and the magical flushing experience will help everyone remember. This kit was SO easy to install (about 10 minutes). Not only does it solve our bathroom problems, but it gave our bathroom a fancy upgrade. Problem 3: Night Time Trips to the Bathroom Traveling in the dark to the bathroom can be scary for little ones. Lights get turned on everywhere which wake up siblings or guests. Problem 4: "Missing" the Toilet at Night You try to avoid turning on lights that will wake up others … [Continue]

Easy Ways to Contain Messy Play

Messy Sensory Play

"Uh-oh, mess!" was one of my daughter's first and favorite things to say. I know that messy play and exploration is fabulous for her development - and it's lots of fun for her! However, I am SO not a fan of cleaning up the mess. So I've found a few ways to keep the mess contained without stealing all the fun! Take it outside -  This may seem obvious, but messy play is a great opportunity to play outside.  Depending on what the play is, you can just sweep or hose the mess away. Bring in the kiddie pool - I got a small size kiddie pool for just a few bucks, and I keep it easily accessible to bring into my living room for sensory play.  My toddler is free to pour, dump, and explore messy sensory materials like rice, beans, or water beads and when the fun is over, I simply pour the materials from the pool back into the storage container.  It took a bit of training to learn that the materials have to stay in the pool, but once we got past that initial stage, I barely even have to … [Continue]

Alphabet Puppy Play

alphabet puppy play

In an effort to expose my daughter to the alphabet in a fun, pressure-free way, I've been working to integrate it into our play.  This week we have been learning about pets, so I made these ABC dog bones to feed our "pet" puppy! As my daughter "feeds" them to the stuffed puppy, I say the letter name and she repeats it after me.  Sometimes we … [Continue]

Alphabet Basketball

Alphabet Basketball

This gross motor Alphabet Game was a hit with my two year old! You need: Two baskets or buckets 26 ping pong balls Permanent marker An energetic toddler or preschooler! Write one letter on each ping pong ball. (I got mine at the Dollar Tree.) Put all of the letter balls in one of the two buckets and place the empty bucket across … [Continue]

FREE Printable Matching Games

Free Printable Matching Games for Kids

  Matching activities are a great first activity to try with your toddler and preschoolers love to match, sort, and play Memory with these cards. Here's a collection of 60+ FREE, printable matching games for your preschooler or toddler: Matching Colors Bug Color Matching Pumpkin Color Matching from Confessions of a … [Continue]

20 FREE Printable Busy Bags

FREE Printable Busy Bags for Kids

Busy Bags (or Activity Bags) are a popular item to make and use with toddlers and preschoolers while traveling, waiting, or during quiet time! Busy Bags range from things you have on hand like activities or puzzles to things you prepare ahead of time like crafts or DIY games. Here are 20 awesome, FREE Busy Bag activities that you can print for … [Continue]

DIY Pool Noodle Card Holder

DIY Pool Noodle Card Holders

  DIY card holders made from pool noodles are a simple solution for little hands playing card games! Until this point we have played our card games with "open hands" (all of our cards facing up in plain view for everyone to see). The advantages to playing that way are it saves time organizing the cards in their hands, you can easily offer … [Continue]

Using Do-a-Dot Pages in Different Ways

Using DoADot Pages

Want a simple way to use some of those fabulous Do-A-Dot printables floating around on the internet without busting out the paints? While painting them with dot markers is a lot of fun, I wanted something my toddler could do more independently without the risk of having fabulous new dot artwork all over my kitchen while I cooked dinner! So I … [Continue]

Paper Chain Countdown

paper chain countdown 5

We love events in our house! Whether it’s a birthday, a guest coming to stay, a recital, or even Grammy’s upcoming retirement, we like to count the days until the event. We decided to make paper chains, which turned out to be a great counting activity, as well as nice practice using scissors to cut lines. It was also a great lesson for my 5 ½ year … [Continue]

Sorting Beads

Sorting Beads

  This started as a sorting activity with a giant bag of pony beads from the craft store. I liked that this bag included flower beads and animals beads. It is a perfect mix for sorting! Using a mini muffin tin, I told my girls “Sort these beads…however you would like!” I gave them each a bowl of beads and they started with their own … [Continue]