14 Super Fun Beach Activities for Toddlers

Heading to the beach this summer with little ones in tow? Whether you're on vacation far away or just taking a day trip, we've got some amazing energy-burning beach activities to keep the kids busy! Everything from playing in the sand and splashing about to experiencing the infinite sensory wonders the beach offers. These beach activities for toddlers will not only ensure a fun-filled day, but will also provide enough stimulation to tire out the kids and get them ready for bed in no time! RELATED: Beach Essentials for Baby and Toddler This post may contain affiliate links. Build a … [Read more...]

Shark Sensory Bin: An Easy Shark Week Activity

Ready for shark week?? My kids certainly are. Whether they're pretending to be jaws in the bathtub or simply exploring all the wonderful sea creatures in their toy bin, playing with sharks is always something on their daily list of must-do activities. As curious little animal-loving boys, they have a particular fascination with sharks (amongst other creatures), so I knew I had to put together a fun little kids activity for shark week. Something quick and effortless, but perfect for their sensory play needs. RELATED: Ocean Beach Sensory Bin That's when a shark-infested sensory bin came to … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Teaching Your Baby & Toddler to Swim {#SwimWays}

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Memorial Day weekend, otherwise known as the "unofficial" start to summer is around the corner. And we all know what this means: more time spent outdoors to have fun and splash about in the pool or at the beach! So now that my 2 and 4 year-old have comfortably mastered basic pool and water safety, it's time to kick it up a notch and help them actually learn to swim.  Personally, I like the idea of introducing kids to the water as early as possible for … [Read more...]

10 Easy Activities Baby & Toddler Can Do Together

That moment you bring home a new baby is full of joy and love, with all the feel-goods that make you ever so giddy inside. But then you remember the task ahead of you is real: dividing your time and attention between the baby, toddler and other kids. This is especially true when it comes time for entertaining the little ones ALL AT ONCE. It's not always easy to find activities that both baby and toddler can partake in. Typically babies and toddlers don’t have the same interests and aren't quite on the same skill level. That's when life calls for a little creativity. This post may … [Read more...]

4 Easy Steps for Introducing Your Child to the Pool

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. As a child, summer was the best time of the year with endless fun to be had. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, kids chasing ice cream trucks down the road, weekly trips to the beach and little ones of all ages splashing about in the kiddie pool. Fond memories indeed! It was also a time many kids learned how to swim and got to enjoy many of the perks that come with being an avid swimmer. But unfortunately, I was NOT one of those kids who … [Read more...]

5 Must-Haves for a No-Fuss Toddler Bath

You anxiously turn on the faucet filling the tub with warm water, rubber duckies and all the necessary body washes...calling out to your kids for "bath time." Then you hear it: footsteps darting in the opposite direction, with screaming wails, "Noooo!" as you struggle to undress your toddler for a simple bath.... No one wants to picture that dreaded scene during bath time, especially when your toddler really needs to get clean. Luckily, I've found a few tips that have helped end our bath time struggles. In fact, nowadays when we utter "bath" our two boys jump for joy and race to find … [Read more...]

Icicle Craft: Easy Winter Activity for Toddlers

My 3 year-old is always looking for an excuse to dump glitter or salt all over the table. It must be the excited rush he gets from doing what he's forbidden, like making a mess to see mommy's reaction. What can I say, he knows how to push my buttons. But with the cold winter keeping us indoors more and more these days, I thought I would give him the chance to dump as much glitter as he desires with a fun icicle craft. We had so much fun exploring snow with our winter sensory bin, that I figured it was only fitting to continue the pattern. This post contains affiliate links. Simple … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]