Winter Sensory Bin Activity

It's the middle of January with freezing temperatures every day. But the kids don't mind. They're still looking for fun ways to play outside with snow even though it hasn't actually snowed yet.... Of course, as a reasonable parent the last thing you want to do is take them out to play in the bitter cold. So why not bring the fun inside with some easy indoor winter sensory play? Our winter sensory bin includes a variety of items that serve as pretend snow when the real thing isn't available.  All you need is a few supplies to keep the kids entertained and learning.This post contains … [Read more...]

Handprint Valentine + Printable: “I Hand You My Heart”

I love, love making Valentine’s Crafts with my kids. From love bugs and cupid arrows to lollipops and love potions — there’s just something so exciting about creating love-themed crafts with little ones. But I’d be lying if I said it is always easy. In fact, sometimes it can be down right stressful when trying to create a beautiful craft without your toddler tearing it apart before completion. That’s one of the reasons why I love simple handprint crafts -- the easier the craft, the better. So this time, I thought it would be fitting to do a handprint craft and printable kids can give to … [Read more...]

25+ Fun Ways to Introduce Your Preschooler to Science

My 3 year-old has always loved experimenting and exploring from an early age. Whether he displays it by pouring milk over his brother's head, dumping boxes of cracker crumbs on the kitchen floor or testing out those permanent markers on furniture, he has always taken an interest in the cause-and-effect reaction like a true little scientist. So naturally, he took an early likening to all things science-related including sensory bins, bath play time and exploring with art. Preschoolers seem to have a knack for testing the limits as they fill their growing little brains with new information … [Read more...]

LeapTV: A Video Game to Keep Small Kids Active Indoors

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links. Remember how much fun you had playing the Wii? It was an action-packed video game system that enabled an adult to feel like a kid again and get a little exercise in the process! If you have small children that were too young for the Wii, LeapFrog's LeapTV is the perfect solution. It's an educational gaming system designed specifically to keep small … [Read more...]

5 Reasons the LeapFrog Epic Isn’t Just Another Kid Tablet

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links. "Mommy, give me your phone." "My turn on the iPad!" "Can I play with your computer?" Gosh it seems that's all I hear these days in our house with an ever-curious tablet loving 3 year old! Although we've made it a point to limit electronic use in the past, in this day in age, we realize there is definitely a time and place for the educational … [Read more...]

Easy Charlie Brown Suncatcher Ornaments

With Christmas just a few weeks away, Charlie Brown always comes to mind in the timeless classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. Families everywhere gather to watch this movie based on the Peanuts comic strip, which has such a great message about the true meaning of Christmas. It's family-favorite for sure! We've been watching Charlie Brown and the gang throughout the holiday season and were inspired to make this easy Charlie Brown Suncatcher Ornament for Christmas. It is a quick and easy way for kids to practice fine-mother skills and color identification (focusing on one color at a … [Read more...]

12 Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments for Kids

I love looking at all the beautiful glass and glittery ornaments that decorate the Christmas tree every year. But what i really love are the homemade decorations and kid-made ornaments that add that special touch to the holidays and home. Those are the ornaments you can look back on each year and remember what Christmas is all about. Spending time with family and loved ones making memories. With that in mind, I was inspired to make some salt dough ornaments myself this year with the kids. It was messy fun and also allowed me to get a little keepsake ornament to use every Christmas moving … [Read more...]

Fingerprint Christmas Tree & Salt Dough Ornament

Salt dough ornaments are such a cute and festive way to get the house in gear for Christmas. They add a special personal touch to your brightly-lit Christmas tree. But let's face reality: getting the kids involved in the decorating process, especially when it involves flour and kitchen utensils, isn't always as easy as it looks. In fact it can be stress-inducing once you picture the aftermath in the kitchen! So how do you create a beautiful keepsake with little ones, and make the process less stressful for everyone involved? A little prep work...and Christmas tree cookie … [Read more...]

Get Kids School-Ready with LeapFrog’s LeapPad Platinum & Word Whammer {Review}

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links. It's no secret that my son can't get enough of playing with the family's iPad or iPhone -- I mean what kid does? Even though I've made numerous attempts to keep electronics use to a minimum, it's natural for him to gravitate towards them in this tablet-dependent day and age. So when he is playing with electronics, I like to be sure it's educational … [Read more...]

5 Surprising Benefits of Sensory Play

Paint, flour, shaving cream, oh my! I know what you're thinking. Oh, the mess! While those sensory activities look like so much fun for kids, doesn't that stuff just get everywhere and make for a heck of a mess to clean up?! Well, for the most part, yes. But despite the headache sensory play can sometimes cause parents when it involves liquids, creams and powders of all sorts, there are many learning and development benefits for children that go beyond what meets the eye. So before you get all worked up over the mess, keep in mind these amazing benefits of letting your child … [Read more...]