Butterfly crafts are so much fun for kids and give adults a good opportunity to discuss the life cycle and the role butterflies play in our ecosystem. This butterfly craft can double as a fun toy after it's finished! I love using pipe cleaners for fine motor threading practice because of how the pipe cleaner [...]
The Paper Daisy Chain craft is part of a new 10 Minute Craft series I'm doing for the Summer! These posts will be shorter than normal, but will come out twice a week. In it you will find a new craft to do with your kids that takes little to no prep and only requires 10 minutes of the kids' attention. During the hot Summer days I know kid's are bouncing off the walls, thirsty for excitement and movement. Getting them to sit still for craft time is difficult. So this 10 minute craft series is perfect for the Summertime or for kids just learning to sit still and create.
This Puffy Rain Cloud Craft is so cute! Construction paper, cotton balls or pom poms, glue, and some crayons are all that's needed. The Puffy Rain cloud craft is part of a new 10 Minute Craft series I'm doing for the Summer! These posts will be shorter than normal, but will come out twice a [...]
Crowns and Tiaras are a must for any dramatic play prop kit. Make a paper crown craft with your kids to play dress up! This Paper Crown Craft is part of a new 10 Minute Craft series I'm doing for the Summer! These posts will be shorter than normal, but will come out twice a [...]
Ready to make some kid's binoculars? These are made from just two cardboard tubes (from the inside of toilet paper or paper towels) and some yarn. This binoculars craft is part of a new 10 Minute Craft series I'm doing for the Summer! These posts will be shorter than normal, but will come out twice [...]
Have you ever tried baking with your kids? Did you imagine sparkling eyes full of wonder as you helped them mix the batter? Did you close your eyes and smile as you dreamed of letting your toddler lick the spatula for the first time a laughing when they got frosting on their nose? Was your first attempt at baking with your kids nothing like this? Me too. Let's be honest. Baking is messy enough already. Do we really need to throw in clumsy toddlers and impulsive preschoolers? Well. Yes. Yes we do.
Playing with play dough can strengthen muscles in toddler and preschooler's hands, preparing them for writing skills. Activities including play dough often involve small items and careful placement. This works children's fine motor skills. Pinching play dough into balls works the tripod pincher grip needed for beginner writers.
When the days turn hot and long and the nights are shorter, what Summer activities can you do with your toddler or preschooler? With older, school-aged kids sometimes we are just happy to have them home more, or take the opportunity to go on a vacation. What items should be on your summer bucket list with your toddlers and preschoolers?
Stuffed animal storage has been an issue in Roo's room for years. After trying to keep them all in one plastic bucket, then two...Then I tried hammocks, but we all had trouble keeping the animals in the hammock after taking one or two down. I came across a stuffed animal storage zoo and loved the idea that Roo could see and grab any stuffie she wanted fairly easy. But to buy one was expensive and not quite the dimensions I wanted. So I made my own! Here's my tutorial for a DIY stuffed animal storage zoo.
Toddlers and preschoolers are not known for their patience, however. So I have some other garden activities perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!