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...]

DIY Chia Pet

Make Your Own Chia Pet

Materials: raw eggs soil grass seed water sharpies for decorating small paper cups to stand your DIY Chia Pet on First crack the top part of the egg and pour out the raw egg. Decorate your Egg Friend! Sharpies work great, just remember to be careful, they are fragile. We also used some adhesive foam shapes to decorate the eggs and cup holders. We used a … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Craft for Babies

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I babysit for a little boy the same age as my son (14 months) and I was trying to think of a craft to do with him to give to his mother this Sunday. All I could think of (and find online) were footprint crafts. I must say that I am OVER the whole footprint craft idea. I’ve done my share of restraining my son and getting a perfect footprint for the sake of cute little crafts, … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Games (printable)

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If I could eat ice cream every day in the Summer I would and of course my kids would too! Lately, I've been adding a new flavor of International Delight creamer to my coffee, Coldstone Creamery ™Hot for Cookie ™, for an ice cream flavored treat. For the kids? Ice cream games! Now YOU can sit back, sip your coffee, and let your kids have fun learning with one of these 3 ice … [Read more...]

Alphabet Bug Hunt (printable)

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Hunt for types of bugs from A to Z with this free, printable Alphabet Bug Hunt! Get our your magnifying glasses, because tis the season to hunt for bugs! One of our favorite things to do in the Spring and Summer months has been to search, discover, and learn about insects. To make this experience even more exciting for the kids, I created an ABC scavenger hunt. Some of … [Read more...]

Worm Activities

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Little boys and many adventurous girls love investigating worms!  These squirmy worm activities are perfect for this time of year with April showers bringing many critters to our outside gardens. Before starting any activities, enjoy a few books featuring worms.  Here are a couple of our favorites.. Would your little one eat worms for lunch?  Be sure to serve gummy … [Read more...]

May Busy Boxes

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It's time for another month of busy boxes!  I swapped out four old ones for these new May Busy Boxes:  Art One of G's favorite busy boxes is Play-doh, followed closely behind by markers and crayons (especially the markers!).  I've been trying to find other art-centered boxes and was so excited to find some of these paint with water books in the Michael's dollar section. … [Read more...]

Nature Walk Activities

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The weather is perfect for nature walk activities with your little one. Yesterday we went on a nature walk and I couldn't believe how much fun N had! We collected things (mostly found on the ground) in a basket and her excitement was contagious! When we got home, we sorted our nature items into piles (leaves, sticks, rocks, flowers, etc.) and then counted each … [Read more...]

Spring Sorting

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To celebrate Spring, we dove into Spring Sorting by sorting birds into their nests by color and by size.  The nests were really easy to make with brown paper bags (lunch size). Roll the top down and scrunch. Keep rolling and scrunching until you get down to the bottom. That's it! Not only can you sort by size or shape with this printable, but you can write … [Read more...]

April Busy Boxes

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We've had some FUN, April Busy Boxes!  Everything is colorful this time of year and G is all about colors so I tried to do some color themed activities. Color Box I taped a color sheet into the bottom of the box (I made this one on the computer) and filled the busy box with tiny, colorful objects.  He has to sort the colors onto the circles.  I will say that … [Read more...]

Scavenger Hunt (printable)

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Take your child on a scavenger hunt outside! It's so fun to talk about the things your child notices around them. This free, printable Nature Hunt is perfect to take outside with your toddler or preschooler. Hunt with a friend or hunt while you are on a walk. clip art from clker.com  … [Read more...]

March Busy Boxes

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Busy boxes are still one of G's favorite things!  In fact, he choses to do a busy box more often than just playing with toys!  Plus, they're a great way to encourage some one-on-one play time with my little guy! Here are the March Busy Boxes we introduced this month: Okay, this one was thrown together so fast but has turned out to be his VERY favorite! I filled an … [Read more...]