Invitation to Play and Learn – Summer Challenge

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I love the idea of an "Invitation to Play and Learn" and was inspired by Learn with Play at Home to make it a theme for the Summer Challenge. The idea is to set out the materials in an inviting way for your baby, toddler, or preschooler and give them the opportunity to play and learn with those materials in their own way. It is the last week of our Summer Challenge. I hope … [Read more...]

July Busy Boxes

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With the weather being so gorgeous out, we haven't been doing AS many busy boxes as usual.  But, here are the July Busy Boxes we have set up for this month! I popped a package of sparkly glitter glue (Dollar Tree) and rolled up some paper to stick in a box.  He LOVED squeezing the glue and it was relatively mess-free.  Even M had to get in on the action (especially now … [Read more...]

Games Summer Challenge – Week 3

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Games are an important component to social, emotional, and cognitive growth. The development of taking turns, winning and losing, figuring strategies, memory, and more are all happening when games are played. Spice up your Summer with The Activity Mom's 8 Week Summer Challenge! For each of the 8 weeks of Summer we will challenge you to try one new activity. Pick one … [Read more...]

The Coolest Lemonade Stand! (printable)

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It was our neighborhood garage sale this weekend and with a garage sale at our house comes a lemonade stand. The kids love to get everything ready and try to sell it. I love everything they learn from this experience (manners, counting money, teamwork, how to handle it when people say no, etc.) and I also love it because it gives them a focus and purpose for being in the … [Read more...]

Water Themed Summer Challenge – Week 2

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Spice up your Summer with The Activity Mom's 8 Week Summer Challenge! For each of the 8 weeks of Summer we will challenge you to try one new activity. Pick one activity from the themed list and try it any time during the week. That's it! Guaranteed Summer fun! We'd love to hear how it goes. Summer Challenge - Week 2 - Play with Water and Ice Pick one to try this … [Read more...]

Beach Themed Learning Trays

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G (2 years old) absolutely loves when I have learning trays set up for him in the morning.  Since the weather has been so warm lately, the beach has been a fun place to visit.  I created some beach themed learning trays for us to work on together! I used a divided plate from the Dollar Tree and labeled it "Living" and "Not Living."  Then, I put some magnets (also from … [Read more...]

Painting Summer Challenge – Week 1

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Spice up your Summer with The Activity Mom's 8 Week Summer Challenge! This week is all about PAINTING! Which activity will you try? For each of the 8 weeks of Summer we will challenge you to try one new activity. Pick one activity from the themed list and try it any time during the week. That's it! Guaranteed Summer fun! We'd love to hear how it goes. Summer Challenge … [Read more...]

Host a Summer Tot School

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To kick off a summer of fun and learning, I threw a play date for G (age 2) and his friends! I set up stations around the backyard so that the kids could rotate around with their moms. It can be simple and fun to host a Summer Tot School! I set out a rice box, FILLED with fun summery objects such as tiny baseballs, bird beads, teeny sea animals, and shell erasers.  The … [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...]

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...]

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...]