Simple Science: How to Make a Volcano with Kids

How to Make a Volcano with Kids

While we were studying rocks and volcanoes during one of our homeschool units, we made a simple volcano using household items. Making a volcano with kids is an easy and fun science activity. Little ones are fascinated by the fizzy “lava” and can’t wait to do the activity again. Materials small disposable paper cup playdough […]

Ultimate Guide to Christmas Crafts for Kids

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When I was a little girl, the days before Christmas were full of crafts and baking projects. Now that I’m a mom, I’m trying to make the same memories with my boys. As I’ve been searching for crafts to go along with some of our favorite Christmas books, I’ve found a few gems that I […]

10 Favorite Toys for Fine Motor Skills

10 Favorite Toys for Fine Motor Skills

While I try to set up frugalĀ  fine motor skills activities from common household items as often as I can, there are times that we purchase items, receive them as gifts, or even dig them out of our own childhood closets for fine motor fun. I thought I’d share some of our favorites with you! […]

100 Household Items for Fine Motor Skills

100 Household Items for Fine Motor Skills from @happybrownhouse www.happybrownhouse.com

To you it may look like just another utensil drawer, but your house is full of tools to develop your child’s fine motor skills. Kids love to use these tools because they are “grown-up” tools and often “off-limits,” but I’m a believer in allowing our children to practice and explore while supervised. I’ve found that […]

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Twisting

Twisting nuts and bolts for fine motor skills practice from @happybrownhouse www.happybrownhouse.com

Twisting items is a tricky little skill that we depend upon most often when opening containers. It is a life skill, really~you have to be able to open the milk jug or the peanut butter jar to quiet your growling stomach. Without the twisting skill, we’d all be walking around really hungry. Twisting Station Repurpose […]

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Lacing

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Lacing is a classic fine motor activity for preschoolers. Manipulating the string in and out of the holes takes a lot of effort for little fingers. It strengthens dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and the pincer grasp. Sometimes this activity can be frustrating for them when the string falls out of the hole before they can grab […]

B is for Bugs {Free Printable}

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Our life has been full of creepy, crawly bugs lately. We’ve watched caterpillars grow and change into butterflies. We’ve stopped to watch a parade of ants and then watched them problem-solve when the sidewalk chalk paint interrupted their procession…And don’t even get me started about the war the Mr. has been waging with the wasps […]

Pound the Sound: a sensory sound game for preschoolers

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In my last post, I shared about Preschool Hammer Practice using common household items. Today, we’re going to extend the activity by adding some letter sound practice! Prep your materials: Using a marker, write letters on your piece of styrofoam. You can choose target letters that you are working on, or write the entire alphabet, […]

Preschool Hammer Practice

Preschool Hammer Practice

One of Jonah’s favorite things to do is practice using a hammer…preschool style. If we’re working in the basement, he often asks for this activity to work alongside of us. This is a trick I learned while I was in college, but it’s probably all over Pinterest already. I’m sharing it anyway for the two […]

Mommy & Me: Shape Building

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I’ve got a post over at Totally Tots today sharing a fun and easy shape building activity. It’s a super simple one to make…like 2 seconds. Easy-peasy! Jonah and I took some time while Asher was hanging with Daddy to build some shapes. (You can see the tutorial for setting up this activity in my […]