Five Helpful Tips To Discuss Children’s Gifts With Family

It can be challenging to talk to family members about what to get your children for a birthday or holiday. Gifts can be seen as an extension of the gift giver and many people show love to one another through gift giving. Telling someone that they need to change their planned gift can be upsetting.Continue reading “Five Helpful Tips To Discuss Children’s Gifts With Family”

15 + Fun Ways To Play With a Grimms Rainbow

15+ ways to play with a Grimms Rainbow, if it is worth it, and tips for stack!

The Importance of Reading to Children

Reading books is an important part of our daily rhythm and everyday learning. We follow a mostly play-based learning style and the concepts my oldest has grasped from books always amazes me. Reading offers a number of benefits for children including vocabulary building, knowledge of the world around them and different cultures, developing imagination, andContinue reading “The Importance of Reading to Children”

Easy Preschool Activities

Do you ever stock up on Target dollar spot items and then think, what am I going to do with these? On a recent trip to Target I grabbed a couple of classroom banner sets and I will show you three easy activities that are perfect for preschoolers and easily adaptable for toddlers. Some daysContinue reading “Easy Preschool Activities”

DIY Story Stones

Story time is so magical as a child, so easy to get lost in a tale. My four year old especially loves when we tell stories, not just read them in books; it has always been part of our bedtime routine that she pick a character and theme and then we make up a storyContinue reading “DIY Story Stones”

Loose Parts: Seasons

In the world of open ended play, loose parts are so exciting. We love to incorporate our Grapat Mandala loose parts into so many of our activities but they have become a favorite for simple math; there are so many options for counting and creating patterns with the color variations. For those unfamiliar with theContinue reading “Loose Parts: Seasons”

It’s A Small World After All

Being cooped up has started to take its toll on our crew. This week presented a few more challenges for us. In my opinion, regardless of how fun your toys are, a change of scenery is still needed every so often. We are in North Carolina and it gets rather warm so we utilized waterContinue reading “It’s A Small World After All”

Naturally Dyed DIY Playdough

Playdough is a great fine motor activity to build muscles in children’s hands. These muscles are important for things like gripping writing utensils, dressing themselves, and manipulating small items. I have also found playdough time to be a calming and creative outlet for my spirited girl. The focus helps to slow her breathing and theContinue reading “Naturally Dyed DIY Playdough”

Bookish Play

For the longest time while reading to Lily it was more like reading to myself out loud. Lily is full of energy and even as a toddler was so busy running that she did not want to sit through a story. However knowing the importance of reading, we continued reading even if it was likeContinue reading “Bookish Play”