Build-a-Minion Busy Bag

Has Minion Mania hit your house? Ours too. My kids are in full-out Minion mode and they haven’t even seen the newest movie yet! The Minions are everywhere, so my kids are on the hunt to spot them everywhere they can. We’ve watched Minion previews, danced to the Minion songs, and stood in the Walmart […]

Summer DIY Crafts for Kids

Whew! The summer heat has found East Tennessee. It was over 90 degrees today while I was painting porch rails. With today’s list of 5 Summer DIY Crafts for Kids, you’ll be able to keep your kids busy whether you’re braving the heat or playing it cool. Book Themed Crafts for Kids | A Little Pinch […]

Fizzy Fine Motor Skills Fun For Preschoolers

No matter how many times my kids have experimented with baking soda and vinegar reactions, they are always mesmerized. It never fails to make them giggle and wonder. One of my boys’ favorite activities is to have fizzy fun. My oldest asks over and over to make a volcano and the youngest asks for a Fizzy […]

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

The two words every mom hates hearing: I’m BORED! My kids know that if they tell me they’re bored, I’ll find them a chore, but maybe you’re nicer than me. After the chore is done, I will help them figure out something to do. There were several activities in last week’s Good Tips Tuesday that would […]

DIY Bean Bag Tutorial

Bean Bags are a childhood staple. As a teacher, I often used bean bags in my elementary classroom for lots of different learning activities. The possibilities are truly endless! DIY Bean Bags are a perfect easy beginner sewing project and can help use up fabric scraps. The materials are practically free, and even if you […]

Raking Leaves Pretend Play

One of our favorite children’s books to read in Autumn is Fall Leaves Fall! It’s a colorful little book about two brothers enjoying leaves in the fall and all of their Autumn adventures–raking leaves, jumping in leaf piles, making leaf art, and more. As we were reading, Asher had some questions about what the characters […]

BionicBlox–An Engineering Toy for Open-Ended Play

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review. I was compensated for my time in reviewing the product and writing our experience. All opinions are my own and honest; a positive review was not required. No affiliate links are present. As a former early childhood educator turned homeschool mom, I’m always on the look […]

Thoughts on Play from Mr. Rogers

This post is a part of the series, 31 Days of Open-Ended Play. Be sure to read all the posts in the series for more great ideas for encouraging learning and creativity through open-ended play.  

10 Traits of Great Toys

Play is the work of a child. ~ Maria Montessori If play is the work of the child, then toys are the tools children use to get the job done. Unfortunately, not all toys are created equal, so how can we decided if a toy is worth it or not? What makes a good toy? […]

Throwing out the Script to Engage in Open-Ended Play

Beep-Beep! Chugga-Chugga! Vroom-Vroom! If my days had a soundtrack, those sounds would definitely dominate the playlist. If a toy has wheels, my boys love it. If the toy has sounds and batteries, I’m a tad bit more selective. In these modern days with iPads, smart phones, and buttons at every turn, I find myself a […]