Category: Crafts & Activities

Magnetic Tiles Ideas to Practice Patterns with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase through my link. However, I only recommend products I know and love! Has your little one discovered magnetic tiles yet? We bought my son his first set of magnetic tiles two years ago, and he is still obsessed with them! At our house, we have the Picasso Tiles brand, and my son absolutely loves them. They are durable and strong, and stand up to a lot of tough toddler and preschooler play. It’s been two years and the magnets...

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Preschool Easter Egg Number Hunt (+ Free Printable!)

Around here, we like to keep it simple. Our homeschool preschool is super relaxed, and I like to keep it that way! Our best learning happens through real play and everyday life lessons. Want a peek inside our super-relaxed homeschool preschool routines? Read this in-depth post for all the details! Spring is in the air, there’s a feeling of celebration, and our backyard is just bursting with an invitation to come out and play. My little guy loves running around our backyard, stretching his legs, and getting all those wiggles out. But Easter calls for a little something special, right?...

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DIY Salt Writing Tray for Preschool Fine Motor Activities

What’s a mama to do to entice her preschooler to practice pre-writing? We’re not big fans of worksheets at our house. Learning sticks more when it’s immersive and hands-on! In fact, we’ve got a super-relaxed method of doing homeschool preschool you can steal! Still, it’s absolutely essential that we teach fine motor skills and pre-writing practice with our preschoolers right? Looking for more toddler and preschooler ideas? Try this fun process art project for kids! Maybe you’ve seen a cute salt writing tray on Pinterest, or drooled over a Montessori-inspired wooden tray on Amazon. Why not make your own...

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How We Use Our DIY Felt Christmas Tree for Fun Christmas Preschool Activities!

I’ll be honest, when I first made this DIY felt Christmas tree a few years ago, the sole purpose was to avoid broken glass and crushed Christmas dreams. A one year old boy and a real tree simply don’t play well together, you know? We didn’t even have a grown up tree that Christmas when my son was one year old. It was so bad, that one of my friends gave us a tiny Charlie Brown Christmas tree to put on our side table. It was pitiful, y’all. Well, we’ve come a long way since then, mama! Our little...

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Counting and Graphing Hot Wheels Learning Activity

I seriously don’t know how he does it. It’s a super-human strength. Really, how is it possible for such tiny hands to keep a grip on not one, but at least three cars all day long? We’re talking breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime, and naps, too. My little guy simply adores his race cars. A few days ago, I put my teacher cap on again trying to think of a way to support number recognition and one-to-one correspondence for my son. I looked in my junk drawer. Hmmm. Painter’s tape left over from the move to the new house. Then...

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Montessori Nature Sensory Tray

  In spite of the hurricane brewing off the coast, our backyard shimmered, buzzed, and just begged to be explored. The balmy breeze seemed to sweep us along in a spirit of adventure. So off we went, my little guy with his trucks and bulldozers in hand. My goal for this outing was to 1. Collect a sample of all the unique plants in our backyard nature walk, 2. Let my son explore the various textures and materials, and 3. bask in the sunshine! I’ll be honest, at first my son was reluctant to join in. He was in the...

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The A to Z Guide to a Charlotte Mason Nature Walk

Do your kids crave nature? My little guy sure does. Let me be  honest, as a mama of a somewhat accident-prone little boy, I’m sometimes reluctant to spend that much time outside. It’s much easier to stay inside and keep those little knees nice and clean. However, I know that outside play is absolutely essential for building my son’s brain and body, and so meaningful for encouraging his soul. That’s why I love being inspired by a Charlotte Mason nature walk! Being outside in nature is one of our favorite ways to spend the day, knee-scrapes and all. Nature...

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DIY Jumbo Magnet Felt Board Tutorial

Is there anything better than a great DIY project? Not in my book, especially when it comes out to be so incredibly cute AND useful in the end! We’ve been working recently on sprucing up our church nursery. Thankfully, we’ve got a growing population of little ones! We want to serve all of our church family well, even the tiniest ones, right? That’s why I whipped up this awesome DIY magnet felt board for our church nursery wall. I looked for something like this to buy online. A magnet board of this size (about 3 x 2 feet) runs...

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Space Themed Blast Off Birthday Party

My super-cute nephew just celebrated birthday number two. It’s all over now. He’s grown. No longer a baby. Big boy livin’ all the way! To celebrate her big boy’s birthday, my sister and brother-in-law threw him a super-fun space party. This is how it went down. Check out their awesome ideas, y’all! (Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.) We had so much fun at this space themed Blast Off Birthday! Talk to me! What are your best birthday theme ideas for your little ones! Let’s chat in the comments below 🙂...

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Pom Pom Color Sorting

There’s this jar full of colorful pom poms in my supply drawer. Imagine brightly colored fuzzyness all cozied together in a pretty mason jar. Gah, I love it. A few weeks ago, those pom poms just begged to be used as paintbrushes in this super fun toddler painting activity. But pom poms are so versatile, I whipped them out again recently for a hands-on early learning activity! Check out this easy pom pom color sorting activity to teach your toddler about colors! This is a pretty simple activity, but it really packs in a lot of critical thinking skills....

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