100 Pool Noodle Activities

pool noodles Activities

100 Pool Noodle Activities for you and your children Stock up on pool noodles now and take a look at my Pinterest board for over 100 Pool Noodle Activities! From learning activities to games and Science experiments to crafts there will be something you just HAVE to try! From DIY costumes to parent hacks, these 100 Pool Noodle Activities are for you! … [Read more...]

Learning Numbers for Toddlers

Phone Book Busy Bag

Learning Numbers for Toddlers and Preschoolers Get some number recognition practice out of your toddler's obsession with your cell phone by making  a personalized phone book for your child! How to make your own: Gather pictures of your child with family members or other friends she would like to call. Make a simple card for each person, including their picture, name, … [Read more...]

Counting Birthday Candles Game

Counting Birthday Candles Game

Birthdays are SO exciting for little ones! Use their birthday to sneak in a little learning. Counting Birthday Candles Game How to Play: Print the Counting Candles Game. Choose a number card, place it on the cupcake. Have your child add the corresponding number of candles to the cupcake. To up the excitement, we would then sing "Happy Birthday to Sophie" and let … [Read more...]

Repurpose Baby Wipe Lids

Repurpose Baby Wipe Lids

If you’ve ever used a pack of travel wipes, you know they come with a nifty plastic lid that opens and closes and keeps the wipes from drying out. I love these lids, but I don’t love throwing them out. I started separating the lid from the bag and recycling the lid, but even then the teacher in me just couldn’t see such a versatile piece of plastic go to waste! So, here are … [Read more...]

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 Homeschooler Bird Color Matching Crayon … [Read more...]

20 FREE Printable Busy Bags

FREE Printable Busy Bags for Kids

Here are 20 free printable busy bags full of fun kid's activities! Perfect for traveling and quiet time.  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 … [Read more...]

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 printed off a do a dot printable … [Read more...]

Sort and Balance Toddler Activity

Toddler Color Matching

This Sort and Balance Toddler Activity is one of our favorites and is really simple to prepare and play with. Grab some popsicle sticks and pebbles (we get ours from the Dollar Tree or Daiso).  Have your tot balance the pebbles on the sticks. Up the ante by telling him a specific number to count out (one on the first stick, two on the second, ect) or match the pebbles … [Read more...]

Bug Color Matching (printable)

Color Matching

  Bug Color Matching Print the bug color matching document and cut out each card. Match each bug to its same colored leaf. Name the colors as you match them. Other Ideas: Turn it into a listening activity. “Can you put the orange ladybug on the purple leaf?” Print two sets of cards and use them to play Memory. Write capital and lowercase letters on the … [Read more...]

December Busy Boxes

december busy box 1

It's Busy Box time!  With me teaching part-time and my mother-in-law watching the boys, these boxes have become even more valuable!  They are packed and ready to go, which is a great thing for both the 2 year old and the Grandma! Here are the December Busy Boxes we have been using: G (2 years old) LOVES open and close type activities but it's up to me to keep it new … [Read more...]

November Busy Boxes

November Busy Boxes 1

G loves his Busy Boxes oh-so-much! Here are our November Busy Boxes: 1. Transferring pompoms into a paint tray with a long-handled spoon 2. Pushing the peg through the wood (Dollar Tree) and then balancing a marble on top of the peg 3. Play dough and new tools 4. Sort pebbles by size (big and small) and balance on popsicle sticks 5. Magnet play with wands and … [Read more...]

Babysitters and Learning Activities

Babysitter Learning Activities

When M was born (6 years ago!), I quit teaching.  I LOVED teaching but my heart was at home with her.  We made it work for a long time but recently, an AMAZING part-time reading specialist position opened up AT HER SCHOOL and I accepted. But, it means leaving Big G (2 years old) and Little G (8 months) Mondays through Thursdays. Grandma is watching them and mentioned that … [Read more...]