Activities for 1 Year Olds: Fun Doable Ideas for your Toddler

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Activities for one-year-olds don’t need to be overly complicated or prohibitively expensive.

In fact, children this age are more interested in simple play, exploration, and spending time with their families. That’s what makes this collection ideal for families with one-year-olds.

It provides activities that will capture a toddler’s interest and keep them engaged.

Activities For 1 Year Olds Ebook

We’re busy moms just like you.

We love doing activities with our children and understand that simple is often best for one-year-olds. Our goal was to assemble kid-tested activities to give you and your child a healthy, happy start on your learning journey together.

The idea here is simplicity, accessibility, and fun. Kids this age need opportunities to explore and experiment in a loving environment. Moms need quick and easy ways to engage and occupy their toddlers.

The activities are simple and quick to set up, need little preparation, and use basic craft supplies and household items. Your child will love doing them over and over, with variations included to keep them interesting as your child grows.

There’s even a section on Developmental Milestones. This way, you have a quick reference of what to expect from your toddler between the ages of one and two.

We hope this book gives you the confidence and tools to start building a love of playful learning in your child today.


PRINT (physical book) – $15.95

EBOOK (digital) – $12.95

Lets take a look at a sample page from the book!

We have the usual materials list, most of which I am sure you already have in your home!

Directions are clear and easy to follow.

Next we have some comments from Heather who is the Mom of our little 1 year old star! By the end of making this book he went from wary to excited for activities! 😀

Bonuses or quick wins as i like to call them feature some of the things your might learn or exercise in the use of the activity.

Tip & variations are just that. Sometimes things can be replaced to make the activity suit you and your little one a bit better.

Bigger kids & as they grow is a great section especially if you are looking for longer use out of this book or your little one has older siblings.

Your notes is a great place to document how your child liked the activity at a certain age. During this 1 year old year they are going to develop at such a pace that this reference will be most handy to revisit.


PRINT (physical book) – $15.95

EBOOK (digital) – $12.95


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10 Homemade Fathers Day Gifts from Toddlers

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This year I would love to make a few gifts that the kids (2, 3 and 5) would be able to do. I found a few nice ones which I think most Dads would love to receive!

10 Homemade Fathers Day Gifts from Toddlers

10 Homemade Fathers Day Gifts from Toddlers

Make a special plate and mug for breakfast time.

Adapt this ring dish for daddy.

Enjoy a tape resist art and make a surprise banner for fathers day.

I am also loving this father day sun catcher, which can hang in daddy’s office.

If you are looking for wall art, check out this daddy i’m hooked on you canvas. It is SO cute!

OK, another one for the office or the bedside table. This puzzle photo frame is just gorgeous.

You can also take a silly photo for your homemade photo frame!

This key chain will be easy for little fingers to make, you will have to help spell though!

Make a trinket box from craft sticks for dads keys and loose change.

Does your little ones father love chocolates? Print off this label and go shopping for treats and have your little one fill the jar. Try not to eat them all!

Looking for more ideas? Check these lovely fathers day ideas for kids out.

20 Father’s Day T-Shirts to DIY or Buy for Dad by Lalymom

7 Creative Ways to Show Dad You Care from P is for Preschooler

first published 21 may 2014

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20 Fathers Day Gift Ideas with Kids

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With fathers day fast approaching its time to look into planning something awesome!

Here is a lovely collection of our favorite finds!

20 Fathers day gift ideas with kids

Dad’s Own Toolbox

Give Dad’s tools a special place with a new toolbox made by the kiddos

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I love you this much

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Shadow Photography

This is brilliant and absolutely adorable!

Get the How To here: (detailed how to can be found in the comments of this ladies post!)


Father’s Day Gift Kids Can Make — Homemade BBQ Sauce

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Best Daddy Ever Beans!

Get a container of jelly beans (the big one from Sam’s Club is cute!) and use this label. The back of the label says what each color represents… forgiving, devoted, happy, playful, etc.

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Fathers day monster hand card

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My heart belong to daddy plate

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Father’s Day Book for Kids to Make (free printable)

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Sock Stress Balls


Fathers Day Craft

Walking In My Fathers Shoes

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frame this picture, great father day gift.

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BEST Fathers Day Mug Collection

Cutest little fathers day gift! A custom coupon booklet.

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Folded-Shirt Card

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Finger Print Mug

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Cheap Fathers Day Gift Ideas for under $25

Something To Stroke Dad’s Ego: Dad Rocks Paperweight

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Fathers day pencil holder gift for kids {tutorial}


Fathers Day Wreath

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Father’s Day Grill Apron & Other Gift Ideas

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Stamp your kids hands on a tie for Fathers Day

maybe just ONE little handprint on the bottom. still stylish but sentimental.

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A photograph for the generations.

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First Published: 24 May 2013

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21 Ideas to Make Fathers Day Special

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Happy Fathers Day!

This year I am seeing so many awesome Fathers Day ideas, I just had to share them! In this collection most of these crafts can be done with the kids or with a parents help.

21 Ideas to Make Fathers Day Special DIY Kids Crafts Toddlers

For your convenience a click on the images below will take you to the Pinterest Pin so that you can repin it.

 1. Award your #1 dad with a Pepperoni Pizza Ribbon this Fathers Day

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2. Fathers’ Day Photo Collage Free Printables

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3. What a Catch Fathers Day Gift

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4. Father’s Day Project: Chinese take-out with fortune cookies!

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5. Golf Tee Porcupine for Father’s Day

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6. Fathers Day Frame

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7. Fathers Day Craft: Create a Simple Memory Box

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8. Fathers Day crafts

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9. One More Time: Vintage Record Clock

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10. Dads Don’t Just Wear Ties

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BEST Fathers Day Mug Collection

11. Tacky Tie for Fathers Day

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12. Father’s Day Coupon Box

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13. Make Your Own Scratch-Off Fathers Day Card

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14. Pocket Watch Photo Album Tutorial

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15. Best Dad Ever Beaded Key Chain Craft

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16. Kid Craft! Fathers Day Hand Print Art!

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17. Tutorial: car shirt

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18. DIY Father’s Day BBQ Sauce

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19. Tie-Shaped DIY Father’s Day Giftbox

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20. Fathers Day Crafts: Shirt Napkin Fold

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21. Fathers Day Card with a Difference. Fold some $$ Bills to make this into a “gift card”

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Want to see MORE? Check out our 20 Fathers Day Gift Ideas with Kids.

First published 02 june 2013

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15+ Memorable Tooth Fairy Ideas the Kids Will Love

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Losing a tooth can be as exciting for you as the parent, as it is for your child. Whether your child loves writing the tooth fairy notes, or hiding his tooth in an interesting place, you’ll find many great ideas here. Take a look at some of my favorite Tooth Fairy ideas to make your child’s tooth fairy experience magical and memorable!

15+ Memorable Tooth Fairy Ideas

Some of Our Favorite Tooth Fairy Ideas

Use Kinder surprise eggs to make these stunning tooth fairy boxes. They’re colorful and just gorgeous. Your child will love storing his tooth in one of these!

Make a printable tooth fairy certificate, which shows some sweet details such as where the tooth fell out, which special tooth she collected, as well as how shiny it was.

Your child’s interactions are only magical for so long before they’re all grown up! Make these cute, tiny letters from the tooth fairy with this world’s smallest postal service idea. Let your child wake up to a personal tiny letter from the tooth fairy!

Use this printable to give your child a gold coin tooth fairy card, which she can collect for each tooth the tooth fairy collects!

Make this adorable felt felt tooth fairy pillow with small heart pocket to hide a tooth in.

Use a dollar bill to fold a sweet tooth fairy tooth basket which your child can put his tooth into.

For a creative and educational tooth fairy pack, take a look at this free pack. It includes 65 pages of fun learning and creative activities involving writing, counting and much more.

Make a gorgeous dollar bill origami heart to slip your child’s coin into. A great, creative way to present your child’s money from the tooth fairy, or a cute way to hold a coin!

Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas for Kids

Create a sense of wonder as your child’s tooth fairy water changes color overnight, as the fairy’s dress touched it during her visit. A sweet way to tickle those imaginations.

Your child will adore this easy to make DIY tooth fairy pillow, which you can make easily using felt and thread. The cute coin pocket at the front is irresistibly sweet.

Follow this easy tutorial and make a mini leaf envelope and letter from the tooth fairy!

Take a look at this gorgeous idea for a tooth fairy chalk board, which you can buy or make yourself! A lovely photo prop to remember each precious tooth lost, and all the details!

If you’re looking for a sweet tooth fairy certificate to print at home, use one of these! It’s free and comes in pink or blue.

Make some stunning tooth fairy glitter coins for your child to find in the morning! An easy tutorial for some DIY magical fun.

Capture a fairy in a jar by making this awesome mason jar craft for your child to find in the middle of the night. A magical find for any small child who believes!

Make this stunning tooth fairy box out of Altoids tins and ribbons, sparkles and frills around the house. A stunning keepsake for little girls to keep their tooth in and wait for the tooth fairy!

Take your pick of tooth fairy certificates from this sweet collection! Print your favorite one and give your child proof of the tooth fairy’s magical visit.

This cute personalised tooth fairy bag with your child’s name on, is something sweet and easy to try and make at home, or buy! A lovely bag you can reuse for each tooth!

I hope you have a fun time creating some of these beautiful ideas for your child’s lost tooth experience. Tooth fairies are only ‘real’ for a few years, so make the most of the experience and make it magical! What ways do you hide your child’s tooth for the tooth fairy to find? I’d love to see and hear about your Tooth Fairy ideas!

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I Spy ABC Treasure Map Writing Activity

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My son just loves anything pirate themed, in fact one of his birthday party themes where pirates! Today I wanted to carry over that love for pirates into our letter practice.

So I set about to make an i spy abc treasure map!

Writing Practice For Abc Worksheet

There are 3 different treasure maps depending on what you want to reinforce. The first map is all capital letters, the second is all lowercase letters and the third this a capital with lowercase next to it.

Additionally I created a printable page for writing down the letters we discover. Writing practice!Treasure Map Abc Ispy

Although the letters themselves are big enough to see what your naked eye I thought a fun twist on this ispy treasure map would be to include some magnifying glasses. It totally makes it feel like you are hunting for treasure!Pirate Theme Abc MapTodays theme is part of an awesome collection pirate related activities!

Do check below for more inspiration!

Download your pirate themed map over here.22 Ideas For Pirate Activities


Treasure Map Upper and Lowercase Matching Activity // I Can Teach My Child

Paper Bowl Pirate Craft // I Heart Crafty Things

Color by Code Addition Sheets // The STEM Laboratory

Pirate Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy

Pirate Treasure Beginning Sounds Activity // Mom Inspired Life

Pirate Maths: Doubling Numbers // Adventures and Play

Treasure Chest Beginning Blends Match // The Letters of Literacy

Digging for Pirate Treasure Numbers // Play and Learn Every Day

Pirate Digraph Spin and Cover // Recipe for Teaching

Pirate Color by Sight Word Activity // A Dab of Glue Will Do

Glittering Pirate Treasure Slime // Schooling a Monkey

Pirate Treasure Chest Alphabet Play Dough Mats // Modern Preschool

I Spy ABC Treasure Map Writing Activity // Powerful Mothering

Pirate Dice Activities // Fairy Poppins

Pirate Sight Word Bingo // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station

Pirate Treasure Greater Than Less Than Activity // Science Kiddo

Pirate Monkey Beginning Sounds Activity // Pages of Grace

Sink the Sight Word Pirate Ships // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Pirate Themed Number Puzzles // Sara J Creations

Story Time with Printable Pirate Math Activity // Homebound but Hopeful

Treasure Chest Math Facts Sort // The Kindergarten Connection

Editable Pirate Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato

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20+ Chalk Art Ideas and Learning Activities for Kids

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Chalk is such a fun way to be creative! It has a lovely texture, many colors, and can be used to draw on almost any surface, which makes drawing on a huge canvas exciting and different. Here are some fun chalk art ideas and playful learning activities to try with chalk!

20+ Chalk Art Ideas And Learning Activities

Chalk Art Ideas the Kids Will Love

For some fun on the sidewalk, try making these scented sidewalk chalk paints! They’re a fun messy play activity for little kids wanting to have some color mixing, sidewalk painting fun.

This very different, awesome activity involves creating your own floating chalk prints. Watch as your piece of paper amazingly gets its own print when dipped in some colorful chalk water!

Your child will love making and playing with this fun sensory fizzing sidewalk paint, kind of like chalk on steroids! Create colorful patterns and pictures with this fizzing fun activity.

Have some fun with black paper, and make these beautiful, striking art collages with heart chalk stencils. A nice change from the usual white paper, and a fun way to play with hearts!

Create lovely ocean scenes using chalk and tempera. A lovely activity for slightly older children learning to blend colors and explore with textures.

Give your child a course in sea animals and draw a life sized sea turtle with them, so that they can see how big they really can get!

Wet chalk art is a fun way of playing with chalk on a sidewalk, and allows your child to experiment with color mixing too!

Spray chalk splatter paint process art is an activity bound to keep your kids busy with creative fun!

Make use of all your old chalk pieces by making recycled chalk paint! Your kids will love the process and enjoy the final product!

For a fun outdoor science activity, teach your kids about whales by drawing a life size whale with chalk!

Have some colorful chalk fun by making rainbow chalk hand prints. Young kids will love learning about the colors of the rainbow while making hand prints in the process.

For a bit of a difference to the usual colors, make silver and gold sidewalk chalk!

Fun Chalk Art Ideas And Activities

Playful Learning Activities Using Chalk

Have some sensory fun with chocolate, and make these frozen ABC chocolate chalk pieces. They’re fun, tasty and messy, which will give your kids ages of fun!

Your preschoolers will love learning to write their name in this fun way – using chalk dust and a feather for writing!

Play this listen and spray counting game with your younger children who are learning number recognition. A fun fine motor activity as they use a spray bottle to spray certain numbers.

Your kids will love learning to count as they play this fun chalk counting garden game! Put the right number of petals on each flower and count as you draw.

Have fun practicing your math skills with this sidewalk chalk outdoor math game. This activity is a great way to make Maths and sums fun, while teaching other Math concepts too.

Make this awesome DIY chalk table! It’s really easy, fun to use once made and a lovely change from the usual chalk boards kids are used to!

Try this fun way to practice your alphabet by making this sidewalk ABC chalk game. There are a few great game ideas your kids can play. Who said learning couldn’t be fun?!

Practice measuring skills in this fun activity, where you measure chalk drawings after you make them! A clever, creative activity which makes learning to use a tape measure or measuring tool fun.

Have some messy play fun while learning letters using splash balls. Try a few different games to help your child learn letter recognition, or how to spell her name.

Use chalk board emotions to teach your child about emotions! A cute, clever way to discuss emotions with young kids while having creative fun.

There are so many creative ways to play with chalk! What are your favorite chalk art ideas and learning activities? I’d love to hear what your kids love!

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Chicken & Coop Preposition Cards

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Teaching prepositions to my preschooler has been challenging, they still get confused on occasion but I figured I would just keep reinforcing the prepositions with games and cards. Today I have 2 sets of cards depending on which stage of learning your child is at.

For my younger preschooler I use the all in one card and for my older preschooler I use the 2 cards for sorting.

Preposition Activities

Using Preposition Cards

These cards are easy to use. Download the printables at bottom of this post and laminate them. I made my cards to a standard laminated pocket so i didn’t have to cut laminated cards as well. Check the link at the bottom too for those. You will find most of my cards on this site are made to fit in these. (I really don’t like to cut so much laminated stuff!) 😉

Once your cards are prepped go over the images with your child helping them say the correct preposition related to the image.

Now use the preposition cards with the words on them and put one of the table and ask your child to find the correct matching picture card to fit the named preposition card.Games To Teach Prepositions

Single Preposition Cards

These preposition cards are more for the younger preschooler. We go over them together as we did the previous preposition cards.

Now I either show them the card in flash card style and ask them where the chicken is or I ask them to give me the card where the chicken is “under” the coop.Teaching Prepositions Cards

These are just simple ideas to either introduce preposition words or to help your child remember the preposition words better.

Download both sets here

And check out those laminating pouches hereCreative Way To Teach Prepositions

If your child loves chickens do check out my Chicken counting cards 1-10!

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Cat Bingo

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My girls just love anything cat so I often incorporate this into our games! Today I have a lovely cat themed bingo set which I created after an order of these just gorgeous cat shaped wooden buttons arrived.

I thought it very fitting!

Cat Kitten Bingo Game For Kids

As with all bingo sets this one is super easy to use. Print out the pages, cut out the page labeled cards and find yourself something to use as markers.Bingo Printables

Shuffle the cards and show one at a time. The kids place a button on the matching cat and the first one to get 4 in a row shouts BINGO!

My younger kids love to just fill the bingo cards without doing the 4 in a row wins thing. Filling the card is the win for them 😉Cat Buttons Manipulatives

Download your cat bingo cards here

These cute cat buttons are available on amazon here.

I’ve been thinking of making something else we can use these buttons with too. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments!Bingo Cat Game

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Counting and Color Sorting Activity for Toddlers

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My kids love using little manipulatives in our play ideas. A few weeks ago I made these awesome cards to encourage my toddler to sort color and to introduce counting in colors to her.

These are also great for younger preschoolers!

Color Sorting And Counting Cards For Toddlers

Counting and Color Sorting Activity for Toddlers

Each card has a color and the colors name written on it. Doing some word association here 😉

The cards have a circle on them and not a solid color. This leaves us a space to write in a dry erase pen a number and the line of the circle can also be used to line up the items placed on it.
Rainbow Color Sorting Activity

I had some of these farm animal rainbow manipulatives so we used those. You can use the people set or any set of rainbow things you have laying around. Pom poms or paperclips even!Color Sorting Game For Toddlers With Cards

Print out your set of cards and laminate them for a more sturdier usage.

Download the Counting and Color Sorting SET here <<<—Color Sorting Cards

I hope your kids enjoy these as much as mine did!Counting And Color Sorting For Toddlers

More printables you will like for this age group:

Color Cards for Toddlers

Color Coloring Pages for Toddlers

Giant ABC Coloring Page
Manipulative Color Sorting For Toddlers

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20+ Uses for Foam Letters

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Foam letters are so very fun to play with. They’re soft and hardy and can be put in almost any learning activity you can imagine! Use them to teach your child letter recognition and spelling in a way they will find fun and creative. Here are my top 20+ ways to use foam letters in awesome activities so that your child will love learning!

20+ Foam Letter Play Ideas for Kids

20+ Foam Letter Fun Ideas:

This sensory activity with foam letters and colored rice will keep your little one entertained while learning for hours.

Your child can learn to spell their name using alphabet letters on a cute DIY train.

Make these clever foam letter stamps and give your child ages of printing, spelling fun!

Let your child make these awesome letter ice boats and learn letter recognition while they play with these fun sensory boats.

Use superhero toys to make learning fun, and help your child learn letter recognition while his superhero finds each letter you ask for.

Use foam stickers to create these lovely name puzzles which you can photocopy for keeps!

Your child can learn their letters and letter sounds with these clever letter sound rings which you can make at home! A lovely way to learn a sound and practice it throughout the day.

Make learning upper and lowercase letters fun using this crafty foam sticker letter match activity. Your child will love finding and matching letters!

These literacy activities using foam letters will keep your child busy for ages, while having fun matching letters to letter cards, making name tags, and more!

Your children will love bathing when they play with this frozen word hunt activity!

20+ fun foam letter play ideas

If you’re looking for a clever DIY activity to make at home, use a box and make this fine motor letter matching activity. Use craft sticks and foam letters to make a super letter match game.

Search for letters in a beautiful alphabet discovery bottle, and help your kids find each letter you call out.

For 7 fantastic literacy games and activities, take a look at this post which includes musical ABCs, I spy – alphabet edition, alphabet hunts, and letter fishing.

Get your kids exploring for letters in this awesome ABC kids’ treasure hunt, where kids use a map to find letters hidden everywhere.

For kids who love smashing things after they’re built, try out this really fun cloud dough letter  smash game. Kids will have fun making and breaking each letter as they learn.

Car lovers will love this alphabet road game where one gets to ride a toy car along the foam letter road while learning!

Get creative with straws and make ABC straw fun busy bags; make an alphabet mat to match your straws on, or make an alphabet bracelet with a pipe cleaner!

For times when you need a quiet book for your little one, make these beautiful letter-packed quiet book pages. With some cardstock, velcro, felt and foam letters, your child will have ages of quiet fun playing with these!

Use craft foam to make amazing masterpieces for bath time, which your kids can use to learn their letters on.

For some free time, give your child an A-Z sticker book busy bag which will keep them learning for ages!

If your child loves stickers, they’ll love this letter matching sticker activity, with a printable a-d mat!

What fun ways do you teach your child, using foam letters? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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20+ Awesome LEGO Batman Birthday Party Ideas

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Do your kids love all things LEGO Batman? If so, your little super heroes are going to have such fun with these LEGO Batman birthday party ideas. All of the Caped Crusader’s friends will have fun fighting crime while celebrating his (or her!) birthday in style.

Are you following Powerful Mothering’s LEGO Batman Party Pinterest board?

20+ Awesome LEGO Batman Birthday Party Ideas

Fun Treats for a LEGO Batman Birthday Party

Make some homemade LEGO gummies for the Dark Knight and the other heroes celebrating at the birthday party. After a day of fighting crime, who wouldn’t need a little sweet treat?

The kids can take a break from walking the streets of Gotham to have a drink in their DIY Batman cups.

For something deliciously sweet to serve the kids, these Batman Oreos would be perfect! The birthday girl/boy might even want to help make them before the party.

These easy LEGO brownies would be fun to make for the party, too. Since they’re so simple to make, the kids could even help decorate them at the party.

If you’re a cake making aficionado, this epic LEGO Batman cake would surely be a hit with everyone.

If cupcakes are more your speed, grab these free printable Batman symbol liners. They’re still in keeping with the LEGO Batman birthday party theme, but on a much simpler scale.

LEGO head marshmallow pops are another treat idea to consider. Add a chocolate mask to make them look more like Batman and you’re good to go.

LEGO Batman Birthday Party Ideas The Kids Will Definitely Love

LEGO Batman Birthday Party Activities and Games

Put together some DIY LEGO Batman balloons to decorate for the party.

Make a Batman version of these no sew superhero capes. The kids can get into character when they arrive for the party.

Each Batman or Robin can make a set of wrist cuffs to wear during the party, too. These can be made ahead of time if that’s easier.

Print out the free cards for a LEGO Batman bingo game the kids can play together.

Batman and Robin masks are a must for all of the kids at the birthday party. You can make the masks ahead of time, or super crafty children might want to make them at the party.

During the birthday party, kids can grab their LEGO minifigures and play with some colorful Batman play dough. Once the party’s over, it makes a nice little gift for the guests to take home.

The superheroes can fight against Batman’s nemesis The Joker, with this DIY Joker Pinata.

Go outside and have some LEGO car races with the kids. Be sure to have a lot of black LEGO bricks on hand so the kids can make mini Batmobiles.

The kids can make night lights of their favorite LEGO Batman characters during the party. There’s even a free printable to help with designing the faces.

Grab a printable version of “put the bat on Batman” for the children to play!

Guests can spend some time designing their own LEGO Batman minifigures with papers and markers during the festivities.

Set up an obstacle course for all of the Batmans-in-training!

Make and play with shadow puppets, and let each child make up their own Batman stories during the party.

These free printable finger puppets of the cast of LEGO Batman would be another fun idea for the kids.

20+ Ideas For A Fun LEGO Batman Birthday Party For Kids

Party Favors for LEGO Batman Birthday Party Guests

Make your own treat bags to send home with all of the party guests. Be sure to include some surprises fit for masked heroes.

These Batman signal flashlights would make a wonderful gift for guests to take home. You could also use them during the birthday party for flashlight tag.

Make bars of Lego Batman soap ahead of time so kids can take them home after the party. These are great if you’re looking for non-food things to send home with your guests.

Dynamite party favors will definitely bring a smile to the kids’ faces when they dig into their treat bags!

Are you going to throw the kids a LEGO Batman birthday party anytime soon? What are some ideas you have planned for that party?

For more ideas, be sure to pop over to my LEGO Batman party Pinterest board.

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20+ Hands-On Learning Ideas Using Playdough

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Playdough is a wonderful way to teach your toddler. Apart from it being a lovely sensory activity, which young kids love, it’s also a useful tool in teaching young kids in a way that involves role play, imagination and creativity.

20+ Playful Learning Ideas With Playdough

Learning with Playdough

Alphabets and Numbers:

Making all types of letters and numbers out of playdough is a fun, creative way to help your child learn the basics of Maths and English. Teachers have had great success teaching the alphabet, as well as addition and subtraction, using playdough.


Children can learn about all the different types of shapes using playdough to create them.


Children learn their colors by slowly recognising them, as well as their names, and then begin to memorize them. Using playdough to learn about colors gives kids a hands on, sensory experience which naturally helps them learn their colors in many different ways.

Playdough gives you the opportunity to learn in a lot of different, fun ways and we all know how important learning through play is!

Playdough Activities For Playing And Learning

20+ Ideas To Learn Using Playdough

Take a look at my top 20+ ways to learn using playdough!

Practice counting to ten with playdough on these printable laminatable dot counting sheets.

Explore numbers using playdough, and number stamps, cookie cutters, magnetic numbers and more. A great hands on way to learn numbers using many different types of tools.

Try this fine motor alphabet activity using playdough, cookie cutter and beads. A clever way to work on prewriting skills.

This number smash game will have your kids learning to count and match numbers with playdough balls.

Make a hard home-made playdough puzzle and let your little one learn about shape recognition. They can help with making it too!

Use Dr Seuss’s Ten Apple Up On Top book and make this personalised hands on activity, making apples with playdough.

Make this clever counting activity with playdough, and help your child learn to count using playdough balls and counting rings.

Learn to count and write numbers using these printable number word playdough mats with tracing.

Name initial sounds with this playdough cutting activity, and make shapes from playdough that go with pre-cut starting letters.

Print these free apple play dough mats and your child can learn to count while placing apples on each tree.

Learn all about human anatomy using playdough to make each organ in the body. A clever way to create body awareness!

Addition is easy to learn when you use playdough food to count with! Try this fun activity and make sums and count food playdough pieces.

Learn about toy animal tracks by playing this mysterious animal traces game, and have your child guess which animal made the tracks on the playdough.

Count while having fun putting petals on numbered playdough flowers in this cute activity idea.

Use playdough to teach your child to spell their name. A cute hands on activity to learn letter and name recognition.

Have fun with playdough and letter stamps and learn to recognise and practice making words.

Preschoolers will love these free printable playdough shape mats. They’re colorful and will give your child hours of learning fun. Put it in a pretty box for reuse too!

Write a little differently using some long sticks as pens, and make some playdough writing trays to practice writing letters and words on!

Shape playdough mats are a fun way to learn how to draw and write your shapes, while using pens and playdough.

Print these free tree playdough counting mats and learn to count to ten while having fun with playdough apples!

Improve your child’s scissor skills using playdough with this clever finger-working activity!

Make some nature stampers using seeds and pods from your garden, and have some sensory fun rolling your nature stampers in playdough for some pretty patterns!

Have some bug fun with a playdough sensory bin bug activity, and make some bug prints in your playdough.

Practice your child’s hand eye coordination with this hammer and tees playdough activity. A great way to smack some tees while learning how to grip and hammer straight.

Print these free playdough shape mats and have fun learning how to draw, write and create shapes using playdough!

How do you use playdough in your home to teach your child? I’d love to see some of your creative ideas!

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20+ Ways to Play with Plastic Animals

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Plastic animals are a great source of endless fun for young children whose minds are so imaginative. Take a look at these top favorite 20+ ways to get your child playing with plastic animals in wonderfully creative ways.

20+ Plastic Animals Activities

Create a dinosaur footprint or animal print in play dough using this cute activity idea.

Your child can play two games sorting animals into farm and non-farm animals in this play idea. A cute way to help your child learn about animals, animal sounds and where animals live.

Make popsicle stick farm fences for your child’s farm animal play. They’ll love painting and creating them with you!

Try any of these 5 simple messy play recipes and give your child hours of fun while playing with their plastic animals.

Read the story of the three little pigs and then have fun building the different houses for the pigs and wolf in this cute activity kids will love.

Play this Montessori inspired matching game where you match animal cards with plastic animals. A great activity for learning and recognising animals!

Your child can have great fun printing different colored animal tracks with paint.

Use potting soil and water for this great messy play activity playing with pigs in the mud!

Young children will love this edible farmyard play set up using plastic toy animals, as well as edible cereals as different terrain on the farm!

Get some great ideas for preschool maths, science and literacy activities here using farm toys and sensory items!

Plastic Animal Activities

Try out these 2 fun Barnyard Math games with your child, and practice counting in a fun, practical way using animals and other small items.

Upcycle an old spool and make a beautiful mini farm yard world which your child will love playing with! Make some mini trees and ponds, grass and play things. Your plastic animals will have a whole new world to live in.

Make this awesome DIY Giant ice cube activity and get your kids ice-picking plastic animals out of their ice block with tools.

This sweet animal sorting activity is a load of fun. Your child can sort animals according to where they live – a great activity for learning and questioning everything about animals!

Here’s a fun farm activity for preschoolers that involves painting and washing all your farm animals! Based on the book Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm.

Make these stunning mini Winter terrariums and place each animal in their own setting.

This sight word game on a reading farm is a cute sensory activity that includes sight words as you play!

Learn all about zoo animals and where they live in the world, and much more, with this Montessori-inspired zoo animals unit, which looks at a lot of different ideas on how to learn about animals!

Create this sensory tray and make a find-your-way-to-the-farm fun activity with plastic toys and a toy tractor. A fun way to dig through seeds to find your way around a maze!

Use the sun to learn about science and shadows, as well as do some shadow drawings to see how light changes a toy’s shape and length.

See how to make your own mini wooden barn and give your child hours of miniatures play fun with little toy animals and objects!

This set of 100 animal figures and accessories from Amazon is a great pack to buy for curious kids intrigued by animals.

Plastic animals can be so much fun to play with, and a great tool for teaching kids about animals, habitats, and sensory play. How do you teach your kids about animals? We’d love to hear your creative ideas!

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25 Free Do a Dot Printables for Kids to Play and Learn With

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Kids love using dot a dot markers! In addition to being fun for the kids, these bingo markers are also perfect for working on fine motor skills. Below you’ll find some of our favorite free do a dot printables for kids. They help children learn more about letters, numbers, and fun thematic ideas.

25 Free Do A Dot Printables For Kids - Great for fine motor skills and learning about the alphabet, numbers, and themes

ABC Do a Dot Printables for Kids

This roll and dot the letter activity is a creative way to recognize letters. Get out the markers to play and learn!

Learn the difference between lower and uppercase A with these cute A is for Apple dot a dot marker printables!

Find the matching letters and practice letter recognition with this fun gumball alphabet dot a dot marker pack!

These color dot marker words will help teach your child how to spell and write color words!

Keep your child busy and learning with these free bug dot marker printables. Color in bugs and learn starting sounds too!

Have fun learning to write your upper and lowercase letters with this awesome ABC dot marker upper and lowercase pack!

Learn your uppercase letters using these do a dot uppercase printables, and have fun writing!

These animal alphabet dot pages are loads of starting sounds fun! Learn your animals as well as your beginning sounds with these stunning printables!

Free Do A Dot Printables For Kids Learning The Alphabet

Dot a Dot Pages for Number Learning

Take a look at this fun roll and dot the number game. Get your markers ready, and learn your numbers in a really fun way!

Learn one to one correspondence and counting with this fun ice cream dot a dot counting activity!

Get this amazing Very Hungry Caterpillar dot a dot pack for tots and pre-k, and work on loads of activities!

Grab these free number dot marker pages and practice writing and counting numbers 0 to 20!

Your child can learn to count to ten with these fun printables. Use any objects, such as stickers, dot markers, playdough, and count while having fun!

These free numbers 1 to 12 worksheets for bingo markers are a lot of fun! Learn your numbers while you play!

Free Do A Dot Printables To Help Kids Learn About Numbers

Dot a Dot Printables that Teach Letters and Numbers

This insect themed do-a-dot printables set will keep your child engrossed in all the fun learning activities!

Take a look at this ocean themed collection of printables, and learn numbers 1 to 20 as well as letters!

Thematic Do a Dot Printables the Kids Will Love

Color in these transportation pictures using dot markers, and learn about transportation and travel as you color! Fun for little ones on a long trip!

These spring themed do a dots are great coloring fun for young kids learning about spring.

These summer do a dot printables are a lot of summery picture fun!

These 6 transportation themed dot a dot printables are a fun way to learn about different methods of transportation!

Learn to count with this fun Dr. Seuss themed Ten Apples Up On Top activity. It can be a reusable activity for multiple learners and can be used with the book!

This weather dot marker pack will have your child learning about the weather in so many interesting ways, as well as creatively!

This rainbow do a dot worksheet is a lovely arty activity for young kids. They can learn colors while painting rainbow do a dot worksheets!

Take a look at these fun ideas for prewriting tots looking to play with patterns, glass gems and dot markers!

Teach your child all about travel with these 5 awesome mini dot marker travel themed dot marker pages. A great activity for fine motor skills.

Free Thematic Do A Dot Printables For Kids

Do your kids enjoy using dot a dot markers? What are some of your favorite do a dot printables?

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18+ Magnetic Activities on a Vertical Surface

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There’s something so fun about working and playing with magnets. Add a vertical surface to that and kids will go crazy over playing with magnets as they see them working against gravity. It’s a great lesson in science as they play.

Magnetic Activities Play


Here are over 18 awesome magnet play ideas that we love!

Magnetic pompoms are a fun way to play in the kitchen while Mom’s cooking.

Make some colourful magnetic tangrams and get your brain working wherever you are.

Learn about word families with magnetic alphabet letters and help your child learn to read.

Design pretty pictures with magnetic craft stick art for kids!

Your child will love dressing this magnetic printable pioneer dressup doll!

There are so many ways to play with letters that are magnetic! Look at these games.

Teach your child about constellations and practice with these glow in the dark star magnets.

Play this fun find the magnetic letter game in this sensory bin.

Make this fun counting magnetic rocket puzzle out of foam.

18+ Magnetic Activities

Dig for magnetic numbers in this construction site sensory bin.

Explore kinetic energy with this magnetic marble run for your fridge.

Connect the dots with this fun activity, and learn your alphabet as you play.

Have fun with color while making a magnetic letter rainbow!

Download and make this cute Jack and the Beanstalk storytelling activity.

Make a DIY magnet board with a huge oil drip pan like this mom did!

Take a look at a whole lot of great ideas on how to teach kids letters.

Your toddler will love these color sorting magnetic wall boards.

This color sorting printable is a great activity for small kids learning their colors!

Amazon Magnetic Ideas

Use these items on your magnetic board to enhance play!

Grab this awesome canister of 72 magnetic letters and numbers!

Buy this gorgeous wooden magnet play set and match characters together.

Match these jungle animals to their halves with this cute 12-animal wooden pack.

This magnetic dry erase board in a box, with 100 piece puzzle cards, is a great toy box!

Have great fun with giant magnetic letters!

Try this Melissa And Doug Human Anatomy play set with 24 magnetic pieces and storage tray.

This Melissa and Doug Magnetic Dress Up Julia doll set has 8 different outfits and 25+ pieces.

Play on the fridge with this LeapFrog phonics magnetic letter set.

Use 24 magnetic pieces to make these 8 crazy animals with this Djeco set.

This tub contains 60 foam magnet objects for littles to play with.

Use these self adhesive magnets to make your items magnetic!

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Alphabet Upper and Lowercase Recognition Printable

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We  have been working a lot on the sounds of our alphabet lately and recognizing the upper and lowercase variations in preparation for our new reading program.

We are going to be using teach a child to read 100 easy lessons when we are ready to begin!

Alphabet Case Matching Game

To make this activity you are going to need:

a folder (optional)

card stock

You can download the printable over here.

Started by printing out the printable twice.  The one sheet you are going to cut and the other sheet you are going to paste onto the inside of the folder.

Easy To Store Files

To play this game spread out your folder and place a handful of cards below it.  Let the children match at the matching cases. Lowercase to uppercase.

you also notice in the printable download that there are yellow printout pages to give the extra option of printing color. these yellow pages are easier for the younger kids to distinguish between which ones they have finished putting pieces on.  I use white for the older children.

Free Printable Abc Matching Sheets

Ask the children to sound out the letters as they place the cards on the folder.

Abc Sounds And Case Matching

This can easily be made into multiplayer game with two children taking turns.Preschool Alphabet Matching Printable

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40+ Easter Kids Activities and Crafts

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Easter is an exciting time for little ones. It’s a meaningful season so if you are religious, you can discuss the reason for the Easter season and build crafts around that. Kids can also make crafts involving bunnies, eggs, chocolate, hot cross buns and much more. Here are my top Easter Kids Activities and Crafts for you and your kids.

Over 40 Easter Activities And Crafts

Over 40 Easter Kids Activities and Crafts for Your Family

These cute little yellow chicks can be made using toilet paper rolls and google eyes.

Take a look at 8 Easter crafts for young toddlers and get busy with these fun crafts.

Egg decorating is a crafty activity little kids will love.

Learn numbers and letters with plastic Easter eggs with these 10 clever ideas.

A paper plate Easter bunny craft is a fun activity for young kids.

Try this quick and easy Easter art project.

Create this vibrant Easter egg stained glass window.

Tape resistant spin art Easter eggs are a stunning arty activity to try at home.

Make easy and pretty paper egg ornaments for Easter.

Check out these various Egg-cellent learning ideas with plastic Easter eggs.

So Many Easter Crafts And Activities To Try With Your Kids

Try these 9 unique ways to dye Easter eggs for a stunning creative activity.

Use colorful egg shells to make this gorgeous sensory activity for Easter.

Cute bunny pictures from hand stamps are a cute activity for arty kids.

Try some science fun with these 2 ingredient fizzing Easter eggs.

Handprint lambs with packing peanuts are a cute way to decorate a little lamb.

A life sized Easter basket is great fun to build.

What better way to start Easter than with an Easter sensory bin!

Thumbprint Easter cards are a fun creative craft for unique cards.

Create your own Easter holiday survival list and keep your kids entertained each day.

Get busy with some painting fun with these wet chalk tape resist Easter egg painting.

40+ Easter Activities And Crafts For The Family

For a super fast, super cute Easter craft make these pretty painted eggs.

Make an Easter bunny card with your child’s hand tracing.

Learn how to dye egg shells so that your child can create a range of creative crafts.

Your toddler can have some messy play learning to dye Easter eggs.

Have some fun making these colorful salt dough Easter eggs.

Put your eggs in this DIY paper weaving basket.

Create this pretty torn tissue paper egg.

These Easter egg hand prints are a cute craft for paint loving toddlers.

This cute paper cup bunny craft is a cute activity to make for little bunny-lovers.

Cross suncatchers are a lovely feature for dull windows around Easter time!

40+ Easter Crafts And Activities To Try With The Kids

Absorption art while creating these beautiful Easter eggs makes for a great science lesson.

Have fun with stickers in this Easter sticker resist painting activity.

Explore sound with these homemade egg shakers.

Get really creative with these stunning scratch and glitter eggs.

Your toddler will love making a giant Easter egg art piece.

Join a virtual book club and read some Easter books while doing Easter crafts.

Create a lovely Easter yarn-wrapped wreath for your front door.

Have great messy play fun making these Easter egg shell art projects.

Make an Easter bunny play dough craft with your toddler.

This DIY Easter tree is super sweet – make your own Easter tree!

This Easter egg and water bead sensory bin will delight your child!

Make some edible art with this colorful Easter egg toast!

Look at these cute things to do with your Easter bunny photos each year.

More Than 40 Easter Activities And Crafts For Kids

What are your favorite Easter activities and crafts? Share yours with us!

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Color Coloring Pages for Toddlers

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My toddler has been learning colors lately and I thought it would a super awesome idea to make her some color coloring pages to do.

They were a hit!

So print them out and enjoy!

Color Coded Coloring Pages For Toddlers

These pages are a companion to our color cards I made last week.

I recently discovered these flip crayons after getting “my first school book” for my newest little preschooler. My kids love them and as we all know that pincer grasp is under great development when using such short crayons.Use Flip Crayons For Toddlers

Print out each pages and encourage your toddler to color in the correct color.

Point out the images and name them. My toddler was quickly pointing to her favorites such as banana, bee, apple,rocket, bug etc…Encourage Color Recognition In Toddlers

You can grab the color coloring pages by clicking here.

ENJOY!!Color Coloring Pages For Toddlers

Easy Color Coloring Pages For Toddlers

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Giant ABC Coloring Page

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I’ve been making a very color and coloring pages for my toddler lately and has this one in the works for many weeks.

I finally finished it this afternoon and wow was the toddler excited to get to coloring it!!

It prints out in 6 pages which you basically tape together with normal tape. I usually then also tape it down to the table so they can come back over and over to color during the day.

This is a subscriber only download and can be found on the goodies page once you sign up. Thank you for being such awesome readers!

Giant Abc Coloring Page

The other printables in this series:


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50+ Button Games and Activities to do with your Preschooler

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Buttons are such fun! There are so many thousands of varieties of shapes, sizes, materials and designs of buttons, they can keep young kids riveted for ages. Here are 50+ amazing games to play with buttons, and activities to do with them!

50+ Button Games And Activities To Do With Your Preschooler

50+ Button Games and Activities to do with your Preschooler

Make this felt button tree with some thread, felt, and colorful buttons and enjoy this fine motor skill activity.

Have fun with different sizes and shades of green buttons, and make a button caterpillar inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar book!

Do some fine motor work with this simple threading activity with feathers and buttons. Make a small work tray and let your child play!

Photocopy a few button arrangements, and make this reusable Button Bingo set. You can match buttons or use other small toys to play on these sheets.

Based on the book Pete the Cat and his four Groovy Buttons, you can make this fun subtraction Math game using dice and buttons. Free shirt template available too!

These felt color sorting busy bags are a fantastic craft to make with leftover felt, and it is great for small kids who love to sort and pack buttons.

Make a stunning button rainbow with a huge variety of shades and colors of buttons! A lovely fine motor activity which you can frame afterwards!

Make some beautiful button star ornaments, and have some fun learning a bit about sewing as you make them!

There’s something so interesting about playing on mirrors! Keep your little ones busy with this buttons and small objects mirror activity.

Make these cute felt button valentines hearts for a mum or dad, by following this cute craft activity. It’s a no sew activity using glue, so it is easy for little fingers.

Practice counting with this hands-on umbrella counting and color sorting button activity.

Make a stunning picture for a nursery or child’s room by following this DIY burlap button flower garden wall art activity. It’s a gorgeous crafty activity that will brighten any wall.

Make this cute button raindrops activity and decorate a beautiful umbrella picture with blue buttons.

For little ones learning to count, make this Ladybug roll and cover Math game.

This stunning colorful DIY felt button board will keep crafty little ones busy for hours. A lovely activity that you can reuse for some quiet time fun.

More Than 50 Button Games And Activities To Do With Your Preschooler

Try this fine motor activity making button flowers with board, glue and colorful buttons.

Your child can make these super cute Cat In The Hat sticks with cat face buttons, some red, white and black paint, some craft sticks and glue. A great fine motor skill activity!

Learn about counting and maths with this fun Dinosaur graphing activity for preschoolers. Roll the dice and move your dinosaur. It can also be played with counters or small toys.

Make this counting Christmas Tree busy bag and learn to count to 20 with colorful buttons. This learning activity comes with a free printable!

Learn to count to 12 by putting buttons on these cute Snowman Button counting cards, and match the number of buttons with the number on each snowman’s hat.

This preschool fine motor lacing canvas activity is a whole lot of sewing fun – use a lacing canvas and some lacing cords and colorful buttons to fill a canvas with color!

Use different shape containers and a tub full of different shaped buttons, and play a fun shape matching button game.

Use some cut out felt numbers and match the correct number of buttons with each number. A fun preschool button match activity to learn how to count in a hands-on way.

Make a stunning button moon collage with black paper and shiny different shaped and sized buttons. A lovely, strikingly beautiful activity for creative little ones.

These printable teddy bear button counting cards are a cute and fun way to learn how to count. Match the correct number of buttons with each number teddy and have fun while learning!

Practice some fine motor skills with this fun button bracelets craft. These make wonderful gifts as well as jewellery they can keep.

Try teaching your child the alphabet with this hands-on button letters activity. Using just a tub of buttons, some glue and a drawn letter, your child will have loads of fine motor skills gluing fun while learning letter shapes.

Make some cute play dough snowmen, and dress them up with colorful buttons!

Make some clever button stampers with different size buttons and corks!

Use colorful buttons and a die to  play this fun roll and cover the shapes game.

Make a fridge magnet game with this magnetic button tic-tac-toe game.

Try this great fine motor skill ice cream pincer activity, and get good fine motor exercise while decorating your ice cream with tiny buttons!

Play with this mess-free color sorting sensory bag, and sort colored buttons into the correct color groups.

50+ Button Games And Activities To Try With Your Preschooler

Get creative with this fun counting game and play mitten button counting as you learn to count!

Get great practice sorting shapes in this fun shapes sensory bin full of different shaped buttons.

Make this cute button gumball machine with easy to use crafts around your home and buttons!

Make this starfish ocean craft that’s as cute as a button! A lovely activity using loads of colorful buttons and some starfish cutouts.

Use some buttons and scrap material around your home to make these stunning Spring button flowers.

Make this stunningly creative button fish craft for kids, using tissue paper, googly eyes and buttons.

Make this awesome felt button busy bag using lots of different colors, and take this fun chain activity anywhere!

Set up this quiet bin for your preschooler and watch as they create gorgeous fall button trees using pipe cleaners and fall colored buttons.

Learn how to make these awesome button sorting colored cups, and your little one will play for ages sorting colors!

Your child will love this rainbow sensory bottle made with buttons and water or hair gel. Very fun to create and to look at after!

Get out your buttons and pipe cleaners for these very cute fine motor button snakes!

Try this fun button STEM activity challenge and see who can create the tallest tower made of buttons and play dough.

Paint an egg tray different shades and create this fun color sorting wheel for little ones to practice color sorting in! A lovely Montessori-inspired activity.

Set up this fine motor work station, and your child can practice zigzag and squiggle patterns using buttons.

Get some fun inspiration with these 3 Pete the Cat activities and have fun crafting with buttons, cornmeal, colored paper and lots more.

Practice sorting shapes with this fun button sorting activity.

Make this color sorting busy bag using buttons and jar lids, for hours of sorting fun.

Make this gorgeous colorful button jellyfish craft using ribbon, glue, board and some colorful buttons. A lovely craft for arty little ones.

Buttons can be used in so many fun, creative ways to make beautiful activities and crafts with your little ones. Share any button activities that are popular in your home, we would love to see what you get up to as well!

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5 Real Ways Boys Can Develop Resilience to Failing

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As moms, we tend to want to protect our sons from life’s hard lessons. But there is great value in letting them experience those lessons – there is something strong and solid in learning resilience. How do we develop resilience in our sons? Resilience is a powerful life lesson to learn. It teaches us that we are capable of, and able to bounce back from a hard knock, and carry on as, if not better than before.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as: “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.”

5 Real Ways Boys Can Develop Resilience to Failing

Ways we can teach our sons resilience:

Running a small business:

Letting preteens and teens run their own entrepreneurial idea will give your son a great lesson in resilience. As well as learn about profit, loss, budgeting, planning, dealing with finances and people skills, your son will almost certainly run into some setbacks in his business idea, and learn from those setbacks and grow. The value in learning after each setback, is in the realisation that he IS okay again every time, that things do work out well, that he can learn from the setback and adjust his reaction to it so as not to have THAT particular problem happen again.

Getting involved in family finances:

One of the great lessons to teach your son is how to handle money. How to budget, save, plan for the future and how to practice delayed gratification. There will be times when he/you will spend spontaneously, and then later realise the value of that money spent, when you need it and don’t have it. There will be the taste of hard times, and the sweetness of good times, when savings grow wonderfully, or investing pays off, or budgeting is stuck to and the results are seen.

Reading great biographies:

Another way to learn resilience is to read other people’s stories of how they learnt it! Expose your son to some great stories that will inspire and teach him.

Life as I have known it has been Finger Lickin’ Good – the story of Colonel Sanders, KFC

Colonel Sanders asked 1009 places if they’d like to sell his chicken, made with his secret recipe, and give him a percentage of sales, and received 1009 ‘no’s’ before he received his first ‘Yes!’ He spent two years driving across America, sleeping in his car, dressing every day in his white suit, asking restaurants if they were interested in his idea. He got 1009 ‘No’s!’ before he got a ‘Yes!’

Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson’s autobiography

Richard Branson had dyslexia, and performed poorly academically. He went on to own 360 companies, and is worth over 2.4 billion dollars.

Getting Involved In A Sport:

A great way to learn resilience is in sport. Whether playing a sport alone, or as part of a team, learning to push yourself to your max, learning what your limits are, and learning how to fail and succeed again are valuable lessons!

Know people who have learned resilience through experience:

Finding and befriending people who have been through great trials, and achieved great things regardless, is a great way for a child to learn about resilience, strength of character and tenacity.

All 20 chapters of Raising Boys is available to download and read right here.

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Free Printable Memory Game For Winter

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Memory games are great to pull out every now and again with the kids and as a result have many different themed ones. Today I have a winter themed memory game to share. It is super easy to make and will be a great addition to your collection.

Memory Game For Kids

Supplies for the memory game:

TIP: If you are not using the colorful wrapping paper for a backing you will want to print your cards out on card stock to give it a better durability.

Download the printable for your winter memory game and print it out. Glue the printable to the wrapping paper. Be sure to smooth it out a few times to get all the bumps out to make your cards smooth. Let dry if you need to.

How To Make A Memory Game

Cut the cards out and laminate them.

Now its time to play!!Quick Memory Game For Kids Learning

How to play your memory game

Shuffle the cards and put them out on a surface facing down in a row of 4 by 4.

The children are only allowed to turn over 2 cards at a time. The goal is to remember where the cards are that were previously turned over. Hence the name memory game!

Once you find a matching pair leave them face up and move on to the next two.

Free Printable Memory Game

We often talk about the picture on the memory cards.

What color are these mittens? Why do people were mittens?

What color are these trees? Did you know that certain trees keep their leaves in winter and are called evergreen trees?

There are 2 different snowmen. What are the differences?

Penguins live where? Do you think a penguin would really wear a party hat?

Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike?

These memory cards are also great as a winter theme companion and talking about the pictures on the cards can lead into other activities.

Winter Memory Game For Preschoolers Toddlers

Other memory games you might like!

  1. Lids Matching And Memory Game
  2. Memory & Matching Game – Christmas Busy Bags
  3. Free Printable Penguin Shape Matching Game
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40+ Fine Motor Ideas to Encourage Color Learning

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Having a young child at home is amazing – that age where they can absorb so much information, and learn so much is an excellent time for you to get creative and make a variety of crafts and activities for them to do. It’s easiest to learn while having fun! Take a look at my top 40 fine motor ideas to encourage your child to learn all about different colors!

40+ Fine Motor Activities All About Colors

40+ Fine Motor Ideas to Encourage Color Learning

This collection of activities to learn colors using colorful muffin pan inserts is a fun way for your child to learn colors and spelling of color names, and it comes with a free printable. Try a few different games and help your child learn colors easily!

Get your child involved in some colorful fun with this dot marker color activity. Match the dots with corresponding colored bottles, and have lots of color-learning fun while playing with colors. Your child can watch and copy the video too!

This is a super fun bead sorting activity for children – sort the box of random beads into separate colors in their own bottles. Children naturally seem to love sorting, and this is an awesome, fun activity for little ones keen to learn colors. Great to keep them busy while learning.

Your child will love sorting colors with this fine motor color sorting activity using colored Velcro strips and colorful mini hair bands. You can also play pattern games with these. A fun game to learn to match colors, and great for fine motor skills in young children!

Have fun with this clever sticker color recognition activity. Your child can match stickers with colored crayon circles – a fun way to match colors and create your own circles.

This cute fine motor activity stringing beads is a fantastic way for little hands to get used to managing small objects. It’s also a great way to discuss and learn the different colors with them. I don’t know a child who does not love beads, and stringing them!

This is a fun color sorting activity made from an egg carton. A fun activity where your child can match the different colors of beads with the colors painted inside the egg carton. Great for learning names of colors and matching them!

Try this fun sensory activity where your child matches colors and patterns using pre-painted sensory sticks. It’s a cute activity for learning pattern and color recognition; a fun matching game for little ones!

This fine motor pom pom activity will keep your child busy for ages! With a variety of containers to choose from, as well as different tools to pick up and move pom poms with, your child will spend hours moving pom poms from the main bucket to other containers. He/She can sort by color too!

Your child will love this feather color sorting activity – a lovely activity which is quick to set up. Put together a tray, some paper with color circles and a pile of colored feathers, and let your child sort the feathers into the correct colored circles on their tray.

This cute activity is great for helping your child learn his/her colors while playing with toys that they love. Use color bears and match them to colored circles for hours of playing and matching fun.

This activity playing with colors while painting with a giant eye dropper is bound to keep your child captivated for a long time! Paint with different colors, learn how to mix them, and have lots of messy play fun at the same time!

Follow this easy tutorial on how to make your own colorful umbrellas, with numbers, and then let your child match colors and numbers with buttons to the umbrellas! A beautiful crafty activity you can do with your child!

This fine motor muffin pan activity involves a free printable, a muffin tin and pom poms. Your child can use a variety of different tools to pick up the pom poms, and place them with their matching color disc in the muffin pan. Very fun for little ones!

Have some fun with this color sorting activity with a light table. Get some see-through colored containers, some clear colored chip bag clips, and let  your child have lots of light-play fun sorting clips with containers. Also good for fine motor skills!

This color mixing activity using coffee filter paper is a great way for your child to learn how different colors mix with each other. It’s also a messy play activity, which is bound to give hours of messy fun!

These felt color sorting busy bags are a great activity to do with your child – follow the tutorial to make these cute colorful felt bags, and then let your child sort colored toys into each bag. A great activity for learning colors, and matching them!

This cute color sorting with farm animals activity comes with a free download for color cards. Your child can use a variety of tools to pick up colored farm animals, and match them with the color cards you print. A great activity for learning color names and matching them!

This creative rainbow fish activity involves making a fish out of a paper plate, a palette of color paint in an egg carton, and letting your child experiment with mixing and painting colors onto their fish. A wonderful activity to learn about mixing colors!

Help your child match colorful popsicle sticks to their corresponding color bowls in this cute activity. Great for little ones learning color names, and learning about matching colors. A simple activity to do with things around the home!

40+ Fine Motor Activities About Color Learning

Make a busy bag full of learning activities, and let your child learn about shapes, counting and colors while having fun with these gorgeous printables. Make your own busy bag to store all the prints and pegs, and take your learning anywhere!

Help your child build a rainbow with this fun painted stacking stones activity, and let your child learn the colors of the rainbow, while having some balancing fun!

Have fun with this Feed The Spider color Catapulting game, where your child has to feed the spider with pom pom flies, practice aiming at the colored net and try to get the right color flies to the matching colored parts of the net.

This adorable game is a great way for your child to match colors – create these cute sheep with a free printable, and let your child match colored tails to the sheep. A clever way to teach colors while being creative!

Using egg cartons around your home, create this fun egg carton color matching craft. It’s a great craft for messy play as your child paints the cartons, and then separates them in order to match colors together.

Check out this collection of color learning activities that are stunning, and will leave your child busy for hours learning about different colors. From a color wheel, to colored water bottles, to colored glass shapes, your child will be mesmerized with these beautiful crafts!

Help your child make a beautiful clothespin rainbow busy bag! A beautiful craft involving paints, pegs and fine motor skills; this activity is sure to WOW you at the end with all its color!

Get creative with magnet sheets  and colorful buttons, and practice playing with numbers, learning colors, and having loads of color fun!

Make this cute fishing craft for your child, and watch them have endless fun while fishing for the right colored fish. A great activity to help your child learn all about the different colors, while having creative fun.

Have some science fun while learning about mixing colors with this Baking Soda & Colored vinegar activity. A great messy play activity that will give your child hours of fun!

This very clever activity is great for fine motor skills, learning to hold a pencil correctly, and aim as your child paints carefully with a pipette on the correct dots, on this printable page. An excellent activity to train pencil grip and strengthen hand and finger muscles in preparation for school!

Make this fine motor skill busy bag with paper clips and color circles, and travel anywhere with a great bag full of learning fun. Your child can spend hours creating numbers with paperclips, making necklaces, and learning how to match colored paper clips with color cards.

Help your child with fine motor skills as well as creativity as they make these cute rainbow threaded pasta necklaces. A great way to work little finger muscles, as well as have a whole lot of creative fun.

Buy yourself some quiet time with these beautiful DIY No Sew Quiet Books. Your child can braid the ribbon and match color squares no matter where you go. A gorgeous activity for busy hands!

This beautiful craft will be a hit with your small child! Print your own dinosaur pom pom mats and have lots of pom pom color matching fun. A great craft to make and keep.

This Monster Munch Fine Motor Activity will give your child hours of fine motor skill fun as they use mini monster clips to pick up and sort pom poms into the correct color containers.

This Days of the Week busy bag will help your child match days of the week pegs with their corresponding tags. It’s also color coded, so it’s a self correcting game even if your child isn’t at a reading age.

This cute Color Sorting Water Bin activity is a great bath time game. Use bug tongs to sort colored reusable ice cubes into the correct colored cups!

This fine motor skill will be a huge hit with your young child – use crazy straws to bead/thread on felt circles. A great activity for little ones ready to work finger muscles and fine tune their fine motor skills!

Use a range of colorful patterned cards cut out into different shapes, and then cut in halves, and give your child an afternoon of matching creative fun. This shape and pattern activity is a beautiful way to get familiar with shapes, colors and textures!


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20+ Ways to Play and Learn with Cellophane

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There’s something magical about cellophane; it comes in such lovely colors and is still clear. There are so many beautiful activities and crafts you can use cellophane for. Take a look at these fave ways to play and learn with cellophane.

20+ Ways To Learn With Cellophane

20+ Ways to Play and Learn with Cellophane

Make these cellophane color paddles from primary colors, and help your child learn about color mixing with this clever activity!

Your child will have fun for hours decorating your window with this fun stained glass window project. Paint the glass with soapy water, and create with a variety of cellophane shapes.

Pick a theme of your child’s liking, cut out shapes for it, and your child can make this fun colorful window cling art project. There’s something so exciting and magical about the light shining through all the different colors in the window art!

Cut out a variety of shapes and colors of cellophane, and your child can make this beautiful, colorful cellophane sticky art collage. Great for learning colors and shapes, and a fab fine motor skills activity!

Your child will love making this beautiful 3D stained glass house out of cellophane and plastic containers. It’s a lovely craft activity and a decorative craft to keep once made!

Use a sticky contact canvas on a window to create this lovely cellophane sticky art project. Your child can learn about shapes and colors while carefully sticking each piece onto the canvas.

Make these stunning butterfly suncatchers with cellophane and black paper, and then watch them dance and shine in the sunlight. A favorite with little crafty kids!

Use leftover bits of cellophane to brighten up an old window with this gorgeous rainbow window art activity. A great way to keep kids busy if it’s cold or rainy outside!

Help your little ones learn their shapes by making cellophane window shapes. A cute and different way to help them learn!

Make these vibrant colorful sparkler fireworks with this clever craft using cellophane, foil and straws. A fun toy to make and keep!

This is an awesome snowflake stained glass window activity to make on your window. Cut out snowflake shapes and let your child create this lovely snowflake collage!

Use colorful cellophane and pipe cleaners to make these fun pipe cleaner glasses for little ones.

20+ Ways To Play With Cellophane

Cut out triangles with different color cellophane sheets, stick onto contact sticky paper and make this lovely wooden framed collage. A lovely keepsake once finished, which can be hung anywhere!

Make a mini stained glass window using colorful cellophane shapes, contact paper and a DIY wooden frame. An easy-to-make activity with crafts around the house.

Your toddler will love this cellophane color sorting activity! Use a few different frames on  your wall for each color, and let your child sort colored cellophane shapes into the right colored frames.

Use cardboard paper rolls, elastic bands and cellophane to make some fun colored glasses. Your child can walk around looking at the world in each color!

For a garden themed craft, try this fall craft with different colored leaves and flowers. Use the correct ratio of soap to water, and it will stick on your window for a long time as a beautiful, colorful masterpiece.

Your child will adore these beautiful dragonflies made from cellophane, pipe cleaners and craft sticks/wooden spoons. A lovely fine motor skill to make, and a fun toy afterwards.

This project can be made using cellophane strips; create something similar to this water color activity with vibrant cellophane colors.

Your child will absolutely adore this toddler-sized stained glass house, made with different colored cellophane walls.

Teach your child how blue and yellow mix by making this simple little blue, little yellow activity with blue and yellow cellophane.

Make sweet wrapper flowers in this cute activity for leftover sweet wrappers; also a fine motor skills activity for little fingers!

Use colorful cellophane and plastic sleeves to make a range of colorful circles that your child can stick onto a sunlit window. The sun-made colored circles on the floor will give your child ages of dancing fun. A lovely effect for sunny days!

Print these multiplication cards for your third or fourth grade child, and make these really clever code breaker multiplication cards which can only be ‘decoded’ using a cellophane detective looking glass.

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Free Robot Bingo Game for Kids

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My kids just love bingo and i’ve actually made a few of this game with different themes for this very reason!

Today we had fun with robots.

Easy Games For Kids

As far as bingo goes it is rather simple.

Print out the 5 pages on cardstock, cut the page titled cards into small cards. You now have 4 sheets for up to 4 players.

Shuffle the deck of robot cards and draw one at a time. The first one to make a line of 4 either way says bingo!Free Printable Activities And Games

Grab your free printable robot bingo cards here.

Also checkout the ideas below for more awesome robot printables and activities!Robot Bingo Game For Kids

Robot activities


Name Puzzle Robot // Still Playing School

Robot Coloring Matching Clip Cards // Modern Preschool

Robot Sensory Writing Tray // Fun-A-Day!

Beginning Blends Robot Puzzles // Mom Inspired Life

Robot Preposition Posters // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Free Robot Bingo // Powerful Mothering

Robot Sums of Ten Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection

Counting with Robots // Teach Me Mommy

Robot Subtraction Cards // The STEM Laboratory

Robot Coverall Game // Recipe for Teaching

Robot CVC Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do

Robot Reading Buddy // Play and Learn Every Day

Robot Beginning Digraph Puzzles // Letters of Literacy

Robot Digraph Scratch // Adventures and Play

Robot Rhyming Mats // Fairy Poppins

Robot Addition Cards // Playdough to Plato

Robot Pattern Task Box Activities // My Creative Inclusion

Robot Beginning Sound Match // Sara J. Creations

Painting Brush Bot (Not Shown) // Schooling a Monkey

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Free Printable Color Cards for Toddlers

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My toddler is learning things in leaps and bounds and at 2 years and 4 months is wanting to name almost everything. To encourage her along I made some color cards for her to oogle, point and basically learn her colors with!

I also tried to use toddler friendly clip art!

Color Sorting Cards For Toddlers

The idea is very simple. Download your cards and print them out on either cardstock or normal paper and laminate. I defiantly would laminate these because of rough toddler usage!

The size is 2 cards per page.
Free Printable Cards For Toddler

Spread them out and name the colors or image and colors.

Red Apple

Orange Carrot

What color is the carrot?

What color is this cat?

Can you give me the pink pig?

I hope your toddler enjoys these cards as much as mine does!

Download them here.Easy Color Cards For Toddlers

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30+ Doable Valentine’s Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Valentine’s Day is such an exciting day for young children. They get to make beautiful cards, play fun games, and create gorgeous crafts for the people they love. Here are a collection of my favorite activities for toddlers and preschoolers to make for Valentine’s Day this year!

Over 30 Doable Valentine's Day Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers

30+ Doable Valentine’s Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

These valentine crowns are a gorgeous crafty activity to make with your preschoolers. Toddlers can help too by adding glitter and other little decorations. A lovely way for little girls to feel like princesses, or a cute gift to make for mom for Valentine’s Day!

Make a heart suncatcher craft with a fun variety of craft materials including glue and tissue paper. Stick to red, or decorate with pinks and white, for a beautiful decorative crafty activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

This I love you to pieces Valentine’s Day craft comes with a free printable, and is a beautiful gift to give the person you love! It’s easy to make and a whole lot of crafty glue and paste fun.

Your preschooler can make this colorful heart wreath with printable hearts, black card stock and some glue. A lovely decorative piece to place in your home or on your door for Valentine’s Day.

This fingerprint heart keepsake is a lovely personal craft to make for a mom or dad, and comes with a printable poem too!

Make a paper plate Valentine’s Day suncatcher using some basic arty materials at home. Your toddler and preschooler will love decorating this lovely suncatcher, and watching it in the sun once it is made!

These adorable love bugs are very cute and fun to make. Use some egg cartons,  red paint, sparkly pipe cleaners and some decorative bits to make these cute love bugs with your little ones.

Read the book A String Of Hearts while making these sweet paper heart chains. Your child will love seeing how they all unfold as they are cut and unfolded, and will enjoy decorating each heart.

Your child can make this fine motor heart garland with a handy heart printable. It’s a lovely fine motor skill using a punch and wool, as well as threading.


Turn your kids’ photos into these adorable love bugs, and have your child decorate the wings for it! A lovely Valentine’s Day craft using your cutest photos and lots of crafty goods, while making a beautiful keepsake!

30+ Doable Valentine's Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers

Make these gorgeous glitter jars of floating hearts with your little one, guaranteeing ages of shaking fun! A beautiful activity with none of the glittery mess!

For something a little different, and for some great sensory fun, try making this valentines painting on ice. Little kids will love the different textures of paint and ice, and playing with different colors as the ice melts.

Play hide and seek with this cute valentines heart scavenger hunt, and let your little one go and find all the hidden hearts. A great way to identify shapes and colors!

Make your mum or dad a heart flower card with this gorgeous heart printable, and some colored card stock. A very beautiful activity involving lots of crafty fun!

Make this beautiful flower gift in a crafty decorated box! Your preschooler will have a lot of crafty fun making this lovely gift!

Make a yarn wrapped heart mobile for Valentine’s Day with this cute fine motor skills activity.

This easy valentine paper necklace is a cute craft to make using simple colored string and valentine-colored paper straws.

If you feel like some humorous activities, try some of these anti-Valentine’s Day crafts and activities for your child to play and make.

Make some cute heart-shaped animals out of different sized heart shapes. A cute activity for little ones who like to draw, color and decorate.


Your little one can make a special Valentine’s card for a loved one using this cute heart-shaped ladybug card idea – this card opens up in a special way!

If your child is looking for some creative ideas for valentine cards, check out this gorgeous easy DIY valentine card activity for kids. Great for kids practicing gluing and cutting skills, and a lovely way to use scrap paper with beautiful results.

Doable Valentine's Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers

For little scientists in the house, check out this valentine love potion play activity using vinegar, baking soda and Kool-Aid. Very fun messy play!

For some cutting, gluing and color fun, try making this beautiful valentines heart mobile with fine motor practice.

These tissue bleed valentine hearts are a lovely way to make beautiful valentine hearts for someone you love, while getting creative with crepe paper and some pastel colored paints.

Your child can create this printable heart valentine buddy shaped craft using different sized shapes and materials. A cute fine motor skills activity too!

Use coffee filters and some paints to create this beautiful heart print valentine art project with your preschooler.

For a gorgeous keepsake using glue and some shiny crafty beads or gems, your child can make this heart suncatcher Valentine’s Day craft!

Make this valentines heart crayon resistant art using white crayon and some colorful crepe paper, for this clever color play activity.

For some low prep valentines day busy bags, check out these 3 clever ideas involving loom bands, lacing cards and heart doilies!

For a reading, moving, crazy-fun kid game, try playing musical hearts. A fun game for kids of all ages.

For a wonderful sensory experience, make this valentines heart sensory tub for your child. Fill it with colored rice, pom poms, plastic hearts and foam hearts, and watch as your child explores all the different textures and colors.

For kids who love building and constructing things, try this super heart marshmallow toothpick structure activity.

Try this fun math number game for preschoolers learning to count. They’ll love playing this heart Roll To Fill math number game.

Do you have any valentine games or activities that your preschooler or toddler love to create and play? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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30+ Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Number Learning

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When your child is at the age where they begin to learn numbers, it is always an exciting age. There are so many fun ways to help them  understand the concept of numbers and counting. Take a look at my top 30+ activities that encourage fine motor skills while helping to teach numbers!

Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Number Learning

These beautiful printable caterpillar counting cards are a lovely way to teach your child the numbers 11-20. Available in Spanish, French and English, print and laminate them for a lovely keepable activity your child will love reusing! 1-10 also available on the site.

Help your child build this lovely clock at home, and then make these adorable mice from clothespegs which your child can match to the clock numbers. A lovely craft for your child to do, while learning about numbers and time!

This creative super fine motor skills activity with mini pegs and glitter glued numbered popsicle sticks will give your child a creative way to match numbers with pegs. A great way to learn counting!

Help your child learn their numbers by showing them how to create each number from colorful pipe cleaners. A fun way to learn how to copy numbers, and a great fine motor skill as they bend and twist pipe cleaners into each number.

Make a fun learning set with jumbo foam numbers and clothes pegs, and let your child peg the correct amount of pegs onto each giant number.  A fun learning activity for busy little  hands.

Count with flower pipe cleaners and pom poms, and make this cute DIY counting set at home. Your child can match number cards to number flower cards, and get creative decorating each flower as they learn to count.

Your child will have fun learning to count with this cute number and paperclip chain preschool activity. Link the correct number of paperclips to each colorful, and have great fun learning to count.

Your child will love this homemade popsicle stick puzzle. Line them all up in a row, paint a picture on, and then shuffle, for a lot of rematching and ordering fun.

This cute dinosaur busy bag will have your child busy for ages. Create the dinosaur with simple crafts and paint, and then help your child learn to count by having them order numbered pegs ontop of the dinosaur.

Take a look at these 3 cute Dinosaur Counting Activities for kids, that will keep your child entertained while learning! An easy activity to make and play at home with some printouts and a muffin tin.

Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Number Learning

Help your child learn to count while you cook, with this fun Dry Eraser Marker on the Fridge activity. Your child can match up magnetic numbers to dry erase numbers and chat to you about it while you cook!

These 2 activities using Tally Marks for counting, will help your child learn larger numbers, while having tactile fun with craft sticks. The light table activity is especially popular with young children!

Try out this salt tray writing game with materials around the home. Your child can write the corresponding numbers from each card you show them. A great fine motor skill as well as good practice with pencil grip!

Learn to count with this simple but fun dot marker rainbow activity. Your child can count as they dot with colorful dot markers and easy to use printable number sheets. Learning how to count to 10 has never been this fun!

Have fun creating this cute felt apple busy bag, with apple seeds, and let your child learn to count as they decorate the apple with it’s seeds.  A cute busy bag which you can take with you anywhere!

This clothespin counting activity is a clever way to use mini clothespins to practice counting on craft sticks. Get creative and color them any way your child fancies, and then get counting!

Your child can learn to count while having fun with this cute counting busy bag. Use the free printable to make laminated shape cards, and then use numbered pegs to practice counting. A great activity to use while travelling!

Use acorns and muffin paper holders to practice counting, and play some counting games with your child. A simple fun activity to use in your garden on a lovely day.

Print this awesome apple tree with numbers and place holders, and let your child count to 10 with these cute plastic red and green apples. A lovely tactile fine motor skills activity which your child will love playing with. Place the apples in the tree and count as you do so!

Use acorns to play this cute acorn hats counting game. Roll the dice and balance the corresponding number of hats onto your acorn man. A very fun cute game that makes counting come to life as you play.

This cute activity counting apple seeds and placing them on an apple tree, will be a great hit with your child! A fun game which you can store in a flip file or envelope, for future use.

Learn to count with these stunning printable gingerbread men number cards. Place mini pompoms onto your men as you count, and laminate them for future playing!

Have some creative fun making these counting kites with your child. Use mini clothes pegs to count to the correct number with each number kite! Your child will love creating these and learning with them!

This giant dot to dot game will have your child learning counting in the correct order, while working large muscle groups which help develop fine motor skills.

Make an adorable counting hedgehog in this activity, which is great for fine motor skills as well as learning how to count! Use DAS Modelling material, some colorful craft sticks and some acrylic paints and your child will keep engrossed for ages giving this cute hedgehog his spikes!

Use tongs and tweezers for great fine motor skills development in this great snowball counting activity. Using a muffin pan and some pom poms, your child will have lots of fun with this snowball activity!

Use some beautiful fall leaves for this great counting activity. Your child can match up clothes pegs with numbered leaves and learn how to count while having fun outdoors!

Counting beads on pipe cleaners is a brilliant way to get your little one to learn to count, which having fine motor skill development and fun. Make this easily at home, and watch as your child learns to count while beading these numbered pipe cleaners.

Mould pipe cleaners into numbers, and add beads for a very clever counting activity, which is also great for fine motor development. A great combination of beading, creating numbers and learning to count!

Use things around the home to create this fun counting game with buttons and muffin cups, and let your child drop in the correct number of beads into each muffin cup in the muffin tray. A cute way to count with them as they learn, and a cheap craft!

Use clear plastic cups to make these 3 cup twisting fine motor games which your child will love. It involves a lot of hand eye coord as they move the cups to the correct places, and helps them to learn to count while having fun!

Make these gorgeous counting and color sort umbrellas, and give your child ages of counting fun as they glue counted buttons onto each numbered umbrella!

Use these cute gingerbread men for a counting activity! Get some colored beads together, cut out some gingerbread men, and help your child learn to count while having fun with this crafty activity. Great as a busy bag which you can take anywhere!

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20+ Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Letter Learning

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Your child will love this collection of activities which encourage letter learning. A lot of activities can be made at home, with materials you have lying around! Take a look at my top 20+ activities for kids to learn the alphabet!

Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Letter Learning

Your child can learn all about letters with this fun tactile Playdough and Alphabet activity using magnetic letters and playdough. Piece together short words if you like too, and learn how to sound out short words!

Practice writing letters with this clever Q tip erase activity, where your child has to erase each letter she practices writing over. A clever way to learn how to write letters. There’s something about erasing that kids love!

Have some sensory fun with this colored rice tub and ABC activity. Get some foam letters, hide them in the rice and have your child dig for each letter, to complete the foam mat puzzle.

Create letters with pegs, with this fantastic Alphabet dice letter formation fine motor activity. With a letter dice and a peg board, your child can have hours of fun creating each letter that is rolled on the dice!

Your child can have fun with this foam sticker letter match, and match upper and lower case letters together, while creating a lovely poster they can keep!

Use a wipeable alphabet book and some toy bears, and make this cute alphabet formation compare bears activity for your child. A cute way to practice the formation of letter with small toys!

Use some colorful paper and make these beautiful printable Alphabet lacing cards to help teach your child the alphabet. Lacing is a fun way to improve eye hand coord as well as fine motor skills.

Make a sticky letters busy bag for your child, and learn the alphabet on the go. All you need is a protective sheet to write on, a khoki and some sticky letters, and you are all set to learn your alphabet!

Practice writing your name while learning letters, and having some messy play fun with this great activity. Use paints, sponges, pegs and a toy dinosaur as a stamp for some great fine motor skill fun!

Use some ABC flash cards and a spider writing tray to make this activity, which is great for practicing letter formation, with a fun spider theme! Your child can copy each letter from the alphabet cards, and write it in the salt.

Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Letter Learning

Use bottle caps lying around your home to make this clever bottle cap name recognition stamping activity, and help your child learn the letters of his/her name, and stamp it in correct letter order!

Use a simple baking tray and some dry erase markers to make this simple, fun magnetic letter matching activity for your child. It’s a great way for your child to recognise and  match letters together.

Your child can have fun with this ice cream and sprinkles alphabet writing practice set, which you can easily make at home! What better fun than to write letters in sprinkles, with a cute ice cream theme on your cards!

This alphabet water sensory game is a win! Your child can play the game in 2 versions, and it’s a great fine motor activity as you use a variety of fine motor tools to catch your letters!

Your child can learn to write their name with this fun snowball name fine motor literacy activity. Use ring reinforcement stickers to write each letter of his/her name.

Use these Montessori style letters and create aluminium foil letters. Your child will love this activity, as it is hands on and uses fun different materials.

Try this fine motor dot sticker letter learning and name recognition activity which little ones will love – stick stickers along the letters in each name, and see as your child’s name appears in stickers!

Practice using finger strength in different degrees with this fun blowing pom poms activity, where your child has to blow air from a bottle to touch the letters you call out.

Your child can create his/her name using a range of fun materials in this sensory name recognition activity. Use a hot glue gun, paints and foil to create an amazing name masterpiece.

Grab these alphabet printables, and do this great ABC Worksheets for preschoolers activity, where they can stamp alphabet letter stamps inside each letter. A great activity to learn the difference between upper and lowercase letters while having some messy play.

Make a beautiful ABC Yarn book which you can keep for future learning, with some black board, glue and yarn. A great hands-on activity which your child will love!

Your child will love this movable alphabet sensory bag, which is made really easily with clear hair gel, a freezer bag and some plastic alphabet pieces.

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20+ Free Preschool Tracing Worksheets

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Preschool age is such a fun age – your child’s mind is bursting with creativity and ideas. Take a look at my favorite printable worksheets for preschool kids, and get loads of great ideas on how to help your child learn in a fun way!

Free Preschool Tracing Worksheets

Try out some of these printable worksheets for your child to practice writing on, while learning pencil control. There are some great patterns to trace over, but you can also draw your own!

Get your own free name tracing worksheet and print your child’s name on worksheets that they can practice writing on. A clever way to help your child learn and write their name, and reusable if you place them in plastic pockets.

Your child can have fun copying the gross motor skills activities associated with each pattern they practice writing on, in this Get Moving activity sheet!

Learn while on the go with these clever Tracing Lines busy bags which have cut out strips of writing patterns, which you can pack up and travel with.

Your child can learn to write their uppercase and lowercase letters with these beautiful color Alphabet Tracing Worksheets. Laminate them and reuse them for hours of learning fun!

This M is for Measuring Cup Handwriting Mazes printables have 9 pages with 6 different handwriting mazes. They are gorgeous printables that will help your child become familiar with the letter M.

Learn to write basic words while tracing pictures that go with them, with these stunning Alphabet & Picture Tracing worksheets. These are a great way to reinforce letter sounds.

Harold & The Purple Crayon tracing and prewriting pack has 9 pages of line tracing, shape tracing, mazes and tracing pictures

This printable helps your child practice writing the number 3. Check out the patchimals page for more printable worksheets for hours of learning fun!

Take a look at this extensive collection of worksheets for  preschoolers, including alphabet tracing, pattern tracing, shape tracing and letter recognition sheets. This collection guarantees hours of learning fun!

Free Preschool Tracing Worksheets

This Preschool Tracing Practice Worksheet is a cute activity to help your child practice pencil grip and tracing different patterns. Print a copy and laminate, and get practicing!

These Prewriting Practice Solid & Dashed printables are a gorgeous collection of worksheets which your child can use to practice writing patterns on. You can choose between solid lines and dashed lines; great fun!

Your child can progress from tracing numbers to writing the numbers themselves, with these clever Writing Numbers With Trace & Try Handwriting Pages. Print them all for numbers 0-9 and get practicing!

Have fun learning about the beach while practicing drawing on the lines with this cute beach line pattern tracing worksheet. A great activity for learning pencil grip and staying on the lines.

These beautiful in-color Number Tracing Worksheets with arrows to show writing direction, will help your child learn how to form numbers. There is also space for your child to write the numbers on their own. Print, laminate and learn!

Color in a picture of the letter you are learning to write, and then practice writing the letter in 3 different levels – trace over, trace inside and write on your own. These Free Trace & Try Handwriting Pages are a sure win!

This is a beautiful collection of A to Z Handwriting Worksheets, covering practice lines and patterns, as well as letter practice lines. Download the full collection for hours of fun learning to write the alphabet!

This cute Handy Owl picture has a few different patterns on which your child can learn to write. Your child’s writing creates the owl’s decoration, and can be made into a fun craft activity.

These Pencil control worksheets have patterns to trace over, creatively woven into cute pictures that your child will love coloring in! Print them and get busy having fun while learning creatively!

This cute Tool Trace & Color page is a fun way to trace tools while learning about the different tools people use, and their uses.

Free Preschool Tracing Worksheets

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20+ Fine Motor Ideas that Encourage Shape Learning

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There are so many fun ways to help teach your child about shapes. They’re at an age where they are full of creativity and love learning through play.

Fine Motor Ideas That Encourage Shape Learning

Take a look at my 20+ fun ways to learn about shapes:

Your child will love building different shapes and objects with these clever velcro dot craft sticks. Take a few minutes to make them, and then sit back and watch your child go crazy over these fun craft sticks that stick to each other to create…well, anything!

Buy a tub of these colored shape links and make your own sequencing cards. Your child will learn how to match shapes and colors, as well as have hours of endless fun linking these shapes and making designs. Store them in a Mr Men tin if your child loves that theme, and you have a wonderful reusable activity!

Help your child design and cut felt circles in different colors, and then set them free to explore their range of colored and different shaped circles and build as they wish. A fun fine motor skill activity as well as a color and shape learning activity!

This window shapes matching activity is a great way to practice learning shapes and colors while having messy play fun. Help cut out the shapes, and then write on the window and let your child match up the shapes with yours.

This Guess The shape activity is a good way to test your child’s knowledge of shapes by recognizing only half a shape at a time. It’s also good cutting practice, as he/she has to cut the folded shape paper and unfold it to show the whole shape.

Your child can learn shapes with this clever and fun toy car activity. Help build roads in different shapes, and then discuss the shapes of the roads and colors of the cars as your child plays.

Your child can practice cutting, painting and working with shapes with this awesome paper plate shapes yarn activity. A great activity for some messy play and creativity while learning.

Try this fine motor skills activity with push pins, and your child can  practice pincer grip, develop hand-eye co-ordination and build finger strength while learning their shapes.

Practice making shapes with gorgeous colorful feathers and learn about shapes while studying how many feathers are needed for each shape’s edge, how many feathers are needed to fill a shape, and group same-color feathers together.

Make these shapes busy bags and your child can learn about shapes, colors and counting while on the go! A great activity with free printable, to help your child practice pincer grip while learning about colors!

Fine Motor Skills With Shapes

Make some shape sheets and let your child search in magazines for matching shapes. A clever activity that helps your child practice cutting skills while using critical thinking and observation skills to fill each shape page with pictures!

Use pipe cleaners and make shapes that your child can bead on, with colored dyed pasta pieces. Your child will love making these colorful necklace pieces!

Get some great ideas from this shape activity using clothespins, and show your child how to make shapes while your child learns! A great fine motor skill activity.

Your child can learn about shapes in a great tactile way with these shape sheets and playdough. Mould shapes out of playdough and place them over the shapes on  your shape sheet, for a great collection of self rolled shapes!

Create monster cards from your child’s art by helping them cut and paste a range of different colored shapes onto a sheet of paper. Add googley eyes and cut out into a monster shape, for a cute keepsake.

Give your child hours of creative fun with this printable shape and pattern activity. Use textured and colored paper to cut out different shapes, cut them in halves and let your child explore shapes while building and piecing them together.

Your child can have loads of shape building fun with these clever magnetic popsicle sticks, which  you can make at home. Build a variety of shapes and objects while learning about shapes!

Use shape buttons and a sorting tray, along with this free printable, to help your child learn all about shapes while matching them together.

Buy some wooden circles, and make this cheap and easy shape sorting activity with shapes and an ice tray. It’s a fun activity which you can keep and reuse over and over.

Make this stunning collection of different size shapes, laminate them and stick velcro at the back of each shape to make this fun shape matching activity your child will love playing with.

Make this amazing geo board at home with push pins and loom bands, and let your child create shapes. A great activity giving hours of fun while creating shapes, and strengthening finger muscles.

This gorgeous Light Bright Geoboard is a stunning activity to create for your kids. Using a light bright tabletop and light bright pegs, your child can use rubber bands to make different shapes on this captivating board!

Your child can have some tracing fun, practicing working carefully with a pencil or pen, while making a truck from shapes, and then tracing around each shape, creating a truck picture he can color in.

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20+ Printable Learning Activities for 2 Year Olds

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When your child is two, there are so many exciting activities you can do with them. Not only can you have lots of fun but you can start helping them learn things about themselves, as well as the world around them.

Here are some of my favorite activities for two year olds who are curious, busy and love messy play! Take some time to learn through play with your little one.

20+ Learning Activities For 2 Year Olds

These shaped printables help your child to learn shapes, colors and counting incorporating pegs and busy bags you can travel with.

Learn to recognize numbers 1 to 20 with these pretty printable numbers which you can laminate, and arrange in the correct order, before helping your child trace them with a finger or felt tip pen.

Have fun learning dinosaur names and color names with this printable dinosaur matching game for toddlers.

This printable sticky shape matching activity will be a great hit with toddlers who are looking to play with and learn about shapes, and match them with sticky shape stickers.

These laminatable hat matching printable cards are a fun way to mix and match character heads and hats with bodies.

This 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed printable activity is a fun activity to do while singing the song. Learn to count and word recognition!

Print these printable alphabet gross motor cards, and exercise your way through the alphabet with your toddler while having lots of fun learning letters!

This Very hungry caterpillar mini unit pack is a great way to explore the alphabet using bits from the book. It has some beautiful coloring pages with letter as well as sequencing cards and Day of the Week signs

Learn all about farm animals while you create and play with this cute Peek-a-Boo Farm animals activity set, arrange animals in the barn and practice making their animal sounds.

Learn colors in this hands-on creative Fall leaf color sorting activity; sort leaves into different colors and learn while you play.

20 Printable Learning Activities

Practice recognizing colors and shapes with this cute gingerbread man shape matching busy bag activity, with shape cards to match. Your child can have fun copying the cards and recognizing shapes as they play.

Have fun learning letters while getting creative and crafty with these clever printable letter activities and letter crafts! Learn with letter of the week and help your child with letter recognition!

This cute activity lets your child match the snowman’s buttons with his hat and scarf, using different color snowman cards and a range of colorful crafts for the buttons.

This beautiful number train will help your toddler practice color and number recognition. The pieces are large and can be laminated, or put together as an art piece.

Learn to count and match number names and numbers to number cards with these gorgeous Match and Count 1 – 10 number cards.

Learn all about the letter z with this Z is for Zebra mini tot pack, full of fun pages to color in, as well as ways to use different crafts while learning.

Have some coloring fun with this cute Five little ducks printable activity, and learn to count to five while being creative!

Learn all about your body with this fun Montessori Self Discovery basket, with free printable. Use a mirror and help your child identify different body parts.

Get a range of creative fun ideas for teaching body awareness with your two year old from this collection of My Body activities for tots, with printables. Body parts match up, stages of life match up and My Body Can Move counting activity are a few fun activities you can find here.

Learn to count with this fun Counting Caterpillar busy bag, and get creative counting on the caterpillar with crafty goods. These printables are gorgeous and easy to take anywhere as a busy bag!

Use these fun 1 – 10 printable pages to practice counting to ten with dot markers, stickers or toys.

This Fishing For Numbers & Colors activity is a really cute way of learning numbers and colors, using a fishing rod and some cute cut out, printable fish. Have lots of fun playing find the number or naming what you catch.

20+ Learning Activities For 2 Year Olds

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Top 10 Snowman Crafts for Kids

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Do you wanna build a snowman… Who likes snowmen crafts? We sure do, and one could make cute snowmen from so many materials!

Snowman Activities For Kids

Here are my top 10 snowman crafts, perfect for kids (or big kids).

Make a puffy snowman with this shimmery puffy paint, great sensory activity too.

Use paper plates to make a paper plate snowman or use TP rolls for these toilet paper roll snowmen!

Turn foam cups into these adorable snowmen, aren’t they cute?

Have fun with snowman stick puppets, singing songs or making up your own stories.

These cork snowmen looks great as ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Make a special snowman keepsake to remember the size of your child’s hands!

Create a 3D snowman, using polystyrene balls and some buttons, sweet.

Turn plain tea lights into tea light snowmen, such a clever idea!

Lastly, use paper only to make this paper snowman, a super easy craft!

So many cute and fun snowmen crafts, which one do you want to try first?

More SNOW ideas:

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Fine Motor Practice with Pom Poms and Pinecones

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I’m a sucker for super easy play ideas but on the other hand these seem to be the ones that the kids love the most. It’s easy, it is not such a mess and in this one we work on fine motor skills as well as size sorting.

Fine Motor Skills With Pom Poms

You will need:

and thats it!

I emptied the bag of pom poms into a tub. Now these pom poms come in a variety of sizes so if my 2 year old wanted to get those pom poms into the pinecone she was going to have to pick the right sizes. Tadaa! Size sorting.

For the younger 1+ toddlers I would sort some pom poms that will fit, I think at that age they are not ready to size sort.Easy Fine Motor Toddler Idea

Your child then picks the pom poms up, lovely pincer exercise, then fit the pom pom between the spaces in the pinecones. Fine motor skills at its best! I tell you this activity keeps them busy for a while and is great to pull out if you need 5 odd minutes to get a task done.

I got a little inaction video too!

Pincer Fine Motor Idea

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Spell My Name on a Train

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This weeks virtual book club features The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg with the theme of trains. The book is available on kindle unlimited too.

For this weeks activity I decided to reinforce our name spelling by making a train to place letters on. This activity can easily be done as a busy bag too!

Foam Train For Names

To make your train cut a few foam blocks to make a train. hot glue the train bits onto a strip of black foam to make it stable. Add wheels.

I choose the number of train carts to fit the longest name of my kids.Fine Motor Idea For Name Recognition

Use foam letters and sort out a few to include the children’s names. I have 4 kids to I made a mix of all these letters.Fine Motor Names

Although my youngest is only 2 she loved this activity for its simple matching and fine motor skills. The older kids will be reinforcing learning their names with this train. as my 2 year old says. choo choo!Find My Name

Since all the kids names are of different length it was an interesting exercise to compare the length of each name.Explore this weeks train theme with the virtual book club. We made a cure name train. great for fine motor and name recognition. Expandable to a busy bag.

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Join our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group 

You are invited to visit our Virtual Book Club for Kids cohosts sites for additional activity ideas all about the weeks theme.  Featured below are many ideas for your preschooler ages 2-5.

More train themes:


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Kids Kindle Fire – Setup and Usage Tips

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Choosing a tablet for kids was a long process for me and in the end I bought both the leappad and the kids kindle fire to compare them. They both have setup hurdles for the not so tech savvy parent and as a person who considers herself to be tech savvy I had to google a lot of my head scratching moments when trying to setup my new tablets.

My kids now each have a kids kindle fire tablet as it seemed the best choice as they were outgrowing the leappad and its constricting environment.

After the black friday deals I shared about the tablet and a lot of my readers bought their kids tablets for Christmas I decided that a setup guide was timely.

Kids Kindle Fire Setup Usage Tips

I talk about all the things I am about to write down here in the video, but sometimes you just need a quick glance to solve a little problem. This page will be great to pin or share on facebook with other parents who I expect will be struggling with making the kids kindle fire run well.

Lets dive right in!

When you unpack your new tablet and turn it on the prompts to set up are pretty basic. Just follow what it wants. Sign in with your Amazon account, which will add the tablet to your amazon profile, and connect the wi-fi. On your home screen when it is done installing find the freetime app, click that and setup your first kids profile. If you have more than one child you can setup another by going to the settings (pull from the top for a menu) then profiles & family library. Inside there click add a child until everyone is added.

Kids Kindle Fire Setup – Watch the video:

TIP: Pre-download some apps before giving a tablet to the child. Downloading and installing is a pain for kids with a shiny new tablet they just want to play with!

Quick things to set:

Screen brightness – drag the menu from the top of the screen before logging in and reduce the brightness to help little eyes.

Volume – use the buttons on the side of the device to make the volume level acceptable.

How to setup the Kids kindle fire tablet

How to hide / remove multiple profiles from the login screen

I hide the other kids profiles so they don’t go into each others profiles and have access to content that was not selected for their age. It also prevents the child from downloading apps across many profiles.

Settings – profiles & family library – select the profile to hide – untick “show profile on lock screen” – confirm to hide profile on lock screen

Delete / block apps

Sometimes certain apps can be frustrating or even inappropriate to your parenting style. I remove these from the profiles.

Settings – profiles & family library – select profile to remove from – remove content – remove unwanted freetime unlimited items – browse or search – type name – click block these titles

Too advanced items in the app / video selections?

One of the things that I got a bit frustrated by was the availability of things per age group. I highly recommend that parents setup their kids tablets so that they can see what is being shown. For my 7 year old I was not happy with the content shown for his age. I think most of the things selected are popular in America but as we are in another country it isn’t much a big deal to him. I turned down the age setting to 5 for content I was happier with. Change the smart filter until you are happy.

How to change your smart filter.

Settings – profiles & family library – select profile – smart filters – dial down the age until you are happy.

Add Apps, books and videos from your amazon shop purchases.

The app store on amazon has a few educational apps that I have purchased for learning such as teach your monster to read so I have shared them with the kids profiles in order to give them access.

Settings -profiles & family library – select profile – add content – then select the app, books or other items to share.

In the kids profile you will now find this app available to download under the sections when your browse for new apps or books.

How to disable the kids camera and photo gallery.

Tons of photos from the camera can be a real drag on the small memory space of the tablet, especially if you opted for the smaller size or don’t have an extra storage card just yet.

Settings -profiles & family library – select profile – camera settings -> enable camera & photo gallery. Untick this option. Also make sure the option just under it labeled auto-save setting for photos and videos is all UN-ticked to keep the items from uploading to your amazon prime photo storage online.

How to get ride of the millions of photos the kids take!

Download the app “es file explorer” from the app store to remove all those unwanted images! (see my video above for the detailed how, just a little over 17 min in)

Maintenance on your kids kindle fire

1. Archive unused content -> settings – storage – archive now

2. Remove unwanted photos  ->Use your trusty es file explorer app to move all those images!

When all else fails and your tablet is just full of apps and photos try a factory reset of the tablet. Found under settings – device options – reset to factory defaults. Choose not to backup and not restore anything and your tablet will be clean.

A word of warning though, make sure you know the password to your amazon account 100%. I have signed in under what I thought was my current password when it was not and I had no access to anything prime to watch, because it wasn’t my main account. It made a ghost account instead because the password was wrong. It is definitely a flaw amazon need to fix.

Also for the record these tablets come with a years worth of freetime and it is about $7 a month after that time is up. See the info here on freetime.

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Counting with Gingerbread Men

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Welcome to another week of themed activities from the virtual book club! This weeks theme is gingerbread men and our book we are reading is The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. 

I have in the past made some cute counting cards with bugs on them so I thought I would re-use these and upgrade them to even cuter gingerbread men for the season.

Gingerbread Man Counting Cards

The cards needed a something extra to make the activity interactive, so I added some sparkly pom poms. The pom poms are small enough to fill the cards so they were perfect to use.Color Sort On Gingerbread Man Cards

We laid out the cards by counting the gingerbread men and matching them to the numbers. Then the pom poms were added to each card. Other than counting, adding this to our activity was a great encouragement of fine motor skills!

We also added different colors per card. Color recognition!

Fine Motor Skills With Gingerbread Counting Cards

Grab the printable here. I’ve printed mine on cardstock and laminating is good idea for long time use.Festive Pom Poms

So much fun! Be sure to check the bottom of this post for more gingerbread man activities for the group!Counting With Gingerbread Men

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Join our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group 

You are invited to visit our Virtual Book Club for Kids cohosts sites for additional activity ideas all about the weeks theme.  Featured below are many ideas for your preschooler ages 2-5.

This week our Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts have also been creating gingerbread boy themed activities to share with you! Click on the links below to see what they shared!


Name Activities

Color Activities
Movement Activities
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25 Printable Christmas Activities

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My kids love it when we do christmas crafts, activities and well anything seasonally themed! This year I have created 25 Printable Christmas Activities for them to do. It’s like a new adventure everyday!

I am offering this printable pack for sale now too!

25 Printable Christmas Activities Kids Christmas Activity Book


25 Printable Christmas Activities

So what is in the pack? Take a look below at the all the activities I have included. I think I got a little something of interest for each kid. These are mainly aimed at preschoolers but toddlers could definitely do some these, especially the play dough mats and dot a dot pages. My 2 year old loves them!

  1. Countdown with Santa! (25 and 45 day versions)
  2. Patterning
  3. Coloring
  4. Connect the dot
  5. Match the color trees
  6. Count me pages
  7. I spy
  8. Decorate the tree (playdough mats)
  9. Find the words on the tree
  10. Spot the difference
  11. Mazes
  12. Dot the Dot
  13. Match up the item
  14. Trace the line
  15. Number puzzles
  16. Spinner games + spinner
  17. Do I belong
  18. Cut the line
  19. Bingo set
  20. Count pom poms on the tree
  21. Upper and lowercase abc match
  22. Fine motor Pom pom tree
  23. Match up and memory game
  24. Graphing sheet + cube
  25. Complete the drawing

Grab “25 Printable Christmas Activities” ebook pack in the next 3 days and get my ebook “25 Christmas Busy Bag Ideas” as a bonus! Limited time offer.

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Easy Christmas Activity Countdown Calendar

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We all know what a huge fan I am of easy to do activities and making a Christmas countdown activity calendar is no exception. This countdown is a print and go quick 10 minute job.

There are 2 options here. First I made a calendar for the adults so that we know which day is coming up, this can also be used as is if you are not making the paper chains.

The 2nd is the paper chains. Once printed its a quick staple (or tape) to construct. We have ours hanging on the kids bedroom door.

Easy Activities For Kids Christmas Countdown Advent

There are 24 do-able activities on this calendar. All of them can be done at home.Chain Countdown For Kids

The paper chains easily come apart and have extra white space on the edges so that if they tear you can still read the text.Make A Paper Chain

How to make the Christmas Activity Countdown Calendar

Download the Easy Christmas Activity Countdown Calendar here.

Print the color paper pages on card stock, turn them around and then print the activities out on the back. Cut them out, sort by date, and staple them together to make a paper chain.

The activities count down from 24 to 1. So 24 will be the first number that is used / removed from the countdown calendar. The printable calendar however is dated as the calendar month of December so on 1st Dec you will start and end on 24 Dec.Easy Paper Chaint Christmas Activity Countdown

Have fun! I would love to see your activities do pop on over to my activities group on facebook and share!

I am also sharing my activities everyday on Instagram. Be sure to follow.Christmas Activity Countdown Calendar

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Printable Christmas Tree Advent Calendar for Kids

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I love making DIY Advent calendars every year for the kids. These the kids can make themselves by either painting or coloring in the trees.

printable advent calendar

Supplies for Christmas Tree Advent Calendar:

  • Glitter glue
  • Paint or markers
  • Star stickers
  • Glue stick

kid made advent calendar idea

Print out the templates on card stock paper. (at the bottom of this post)

Color in the template with either water colors or crayons. Add optional glitter.

The templates have their own stars with stems which can stick in the top of these cones but I preferred to use stick on glitter advent calendar

Once your art work is dry glue along the folds as out lined. Add the items inside your count down cones and seal up the bottom.

Tip: if your items are heavy you might want to add a small bit of tape to keep them from falling out.chocolate and toy advent calendar

Display your pretty Christmas Tree Advent Calendar on a shelf or place on a tray for easy transport.

I had mine on a tray on a high shelf so the kids would not help advent calendar idea

Download template 1 and template 2.

I love making new calendars every year!

Check out last years one tree advent calendar-for-kids

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How to Teach the Meaning of the Season

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Christmas is one of the most exciting times of year, especially for children! There’s the build up to Christmas Day, the food, family buzz and bustle as everyone visits and brings meals and presents, spends time together and enjoys being a family.

Teach The Meaning Of The Season To Kids

How to teach the meaning of the season and that giving is more important than receiving

Here are some ways to keep the meaning of the season alive, and to focus on giving this year!

Buy Books!

These books are amazing and tear-jerking; take a look at them if you’re looking to buy some special books that teach children about giving and generosity in the most beautiful ways:

My friend Fred – a story about sharing friends in friendship.

The Giving Tree – a sweet story about generosity and sacrifice.

Boxes For Katie – a touching story about giving to those less fortunate.

The Giving Book – a fun book with learning activities, encouraging kids to give back to the world.

Silver Packages – a story about repaying back kindness with kindness.

The Spiffiest Giant In Town – a story about giving and remembering that it’s who you are inside that counts most!

Follow Iceland’s Tradition Of Giving

In Iceland, there’s a tradition where people buy other peoples books for Christmas, give them to each other on Christmas eve, and spend the evening reading. It’s such a popular tradition that they have a ‘Jolabokaflod’ or ‘Christmas book flood’ and huge amounts of books are bought between September and December in anticipation for Christmas eve. This awesome tradition has it’s benefits – it’s said that 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book in their lifetime!

Buy or make gifts for others, and include your kids in the choosing

  1. Plan, shop for and wrap siblings gifts with each child, and discuss how you think they will feel when they receive it.
  2. Bake or cook something delicious and give it to a neighbor or friend who would love it, or who is lonely this Christmas.

Ways You Can Give In The Festive Season:

  1. Purposefully – with intent, because you know someone you love will appreciate this gift.
  2. Secretly – because giving someone a surprise gift gives them great joy, and you too.
  3. Cheerfully – with good intent and a loving heart.
  4. Generously – because showing people we love them flows from our hearts and we can spend a little extra lavishing them with things they’d love!
  5. Regularly – giving doesn’t have to be limited just to the festive season; make it a habit.

Ways You Can Discuss Giving With Your Child

  1. While you are cooking, include them and cook for someone else.
  2. Encourage  your child to make some beautiful art for someone who is stuck indoors.
  3. Give as a family to a sponsorship program and sponsor a child or family in need.
  4. Discuss what items of clothing or toys your child would like to give to other kids in need.

Questions You Can Ask Your Child About Giving

  1. How did it feel to give?
  2. Would you like to give again?
  3. What would  you give next time and to whom?
  4. Has anyone ever given you anything as a surprise, and how did it make you feel?

Giving is a huge part of the festive season, but as a child the most exciting part is the receiving, which is natural. However, it’s important to teach them that giving is just as important, and that it’s special to take other people’s feelings and needs into consideration in everyday life, especially in this season. A lesson in EQ, if you will..

How do you teach your children about giving in the festive season? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Cloud Dough Construction Site Sensory Bin

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This weeks virtual book club features a favorite of my 2 year old, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. We were due for a bit of sensory play this week so I thought what a better theme to do it with!

First up I made some chocolate cloud dough, added some logs and a new set of construction vehicles as a treat. The Cloud Dough Construction Site Sensory Bin was a huge hit with the kids!

Remember to check the bottom of this post for more ideas to do with the construction theme.

Cinnamon Sticks For Logs

How to make chocolate cloud dough:

This one took a bit of thinking! I was going to use the brown coloring but I simply did not have enough! So if you do have enough brown coloring use this recipe for brown cloud dough.

For chocolate cloud dough you will need:

  • 3 cups flour (normal white flour)
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 vegetable oil (olive, sunflower, a mix)
  • Ziplock bag

Add the flour and cocoa into the ziplock and give it a good mixing. Add your vegetable oil to the flour mix and squeeze the air out of the ziplock as you close it.

Mix the flour/cocoa and oil until it seems well mixed. Pour this mixture out into your sensory bin and give it a bit more mixing if needed.Pair your kids favorite book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site with a sensory activity! Make chocolate cloud dough and play construction!

Add cinnamon logs to your sensory bin. These logs can be used as building tools.

Add the construction vehicle set to the sensory bin.

Read the book with the kids before showing them the sensory bin. If they can see you set it up best read then setup. 🙂Good Night Construction Site Sensory Bin

Since our ground is made from cloud dough the dough is easily molded into “rocks” and other structures. The cinnamon logs can be stacked up to build buildings.Chocolate Cloud Dough Recipe

The cloud dough keeps for weeks and I have already thought of another sensory bin we can do with this specific color. We will also redo this sensory bin again as the kids really enjoyed it.

By the way this cloud dough sensory bin smells SO nice!Chocolate Cloud Dough Sensory Bin Idea

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Join our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group 

You are invited to visit our Virtual Book Club for Kids cohosts sites for additional activity ideas all about the weeks theme.  Featured below are many ideas for your preschooler ages 2-5.


Alphabet Activities
Goodnight Construction Site ABC Dig and Construct- Growing Book by Book
Construction Themed Letter Crafts – Books and Giggles

Name Activities
Construction Truck STEM: Building Beams – Preschool Powol Packets

Counting Activities
Sensory Activities
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Kid & Parent Recommended Gift Guide – Activities, Books & Toys that Kids Love

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A few weeks ago I asked readers to give me 3 items that their kids are currently loving to bits. I always love reading lists like this because I find new and interesting things and I sure have added a few to my wish list.

Without further waiting lets dive right in!

kids books


  1. Trashy Town
  2. Are You a Cow?
  3. Pete the Cat
  4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
  5. The Pout-Pout Fish
  6. Goodnight Moon
  7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  8. Charley Harper’s Count the Birds
  9. Click, Clack Peep!
  10. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  11. Little Blue Truck
  12. Andy Alligator
  13. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  14. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
  15. Llama Lama 5-Book Pack
  16. Nibbles
  17. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

See my TOP 10 Books for kids under 3 here!

kids puzzles


  1. Melissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzles Set – Farm, Safari, and Vehicles
  2. Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
  3. Wooden Puzzle Game Set
  4. Wooden Pattern Blocks
  5. Alphabet Sound Puzzle
  6. Farm Wooden Chunky Puzzle
  7. Latches Wooden Activity Board

See more PUZZLES for under 3 year olds here!

kids toys


  1. Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
  2. Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
  3. baby doll
  4. Happy Villa Doll House
  5. Wooden Train Set
  6. Walk-A-Long Puppy
  7. Tea set
  8. Nesting and Stacking Blocks
  9. Hide N Squeak Eggs
  10. KidKraft Red Vintage Kitchen
  11. Bunny Peek a Boo
  12. Checkout Register Wooden Play Set
  13. Little Tikes Shopping Cart
  14. Finger Puppets
  15. KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse
  16. A-Maze Loopty Loo
  17. Discover and Play Piano

See more TOY IDEAS!


games and learning manipulatives

Games & Learning items:

  1. Chutes and Ladders Game
  2. Feed the Woozle
  3. Beginning Stacking & Sorting Pegboard
  4. Gears! Gears! Gears!
  5. Magformers
  6. Three Bear Family Counter Set
  7. Math link Cubes
  8. Fine Motor Tool Set
  9. 50 Counting Bears with 5 Cups
  10. Pattern Blocks and Boards
  11. Color Mixing Paddles
  12. Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards
  13. Super Sorting Pie
  14. Do A Dot

Kids activities

Favorite Activities:

  1. Scissor Skills Activity Book
  2. Reveal Coloring Books
  3. Water Wow! Activity Book
  4. Cutting and Pasting
  5. Draw + Learn: Faces
  6. Butterfly Garden Gift Set
  7. Play-Doh Fun Factory

super fun items for kids

Super Fun Items:

  1. kids fire tablet
  2. High Back Toddler Swing
  3. Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline
  4. Dome Tent for Indoor / Outdoor Fun
  5. My Pal Violet
  6. Covered Convertible Sandbox
  7. Bubble Tornado
  8. Superhero Costumes

kids lego recommended

LEGO wants:

See the Main LEGO category or LEGO Junior category which is a great place to find things for the in-between duplo and LEGO set builders.

  1. Creative Brick Box
  2. Lakeside Lodge
  3. City Demolition Bulldozer
  4. Police Station
  5. Fire Station
  6. Juniors Fire Suitcase
  7. Learning with Lego®

Duplo wants:

Browse the Main Duplo category.

  1. Backhoe Loader Building Kit
  2. My First Cars and Trucks
  3. My First Rocket
  4. Number Train

Kid Parent Recommended Gift Guide

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Top 10 Christmas Cutting Skills Ideas for Kids

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Cutting skills as part of fine motor skills, are extremely important for young children to develop.

Learning how to use scissors plays an important role in developing the fine motor skills young children need in order to hold pencils and crayons.”  – Vanessa (Pre-K Pages)

There are lots of different ways to practice cutting skills, but making it fun is key. Use a theme and you will instantly have the children’s interest.

Christmas Cutting Skills Ideas for Kids

Here are the top 10 Christmas themed cutting skills activities:

Draw up Christmas trees and let the kids cut it out to make their own pictures.
Christmas cutting tray for preschoolers is a good invitation to cut idea and open-ended too!
Kid-made sparkly ornaments are great to make AND it can be used to bring some sparkle to your tree.
Cutting Christmas shapes is fun too. Use it for making personal Christmas cards, clever!
Recycle cards and cut it up like puzzles, great use for old cards and a frugal way to make puzzles.

Practice cutting skills while making kid-made gift tags, perfect for friends or family gifts!

Make this Snowman or Snowflake angels  and work on cutting skills while making a cute craft.

This straw Christmas tree is another fun idea using straws. Or, make a pop-up card that looks like a Christmas tree when opened up, lovely!
Using themed ideas like these are fun and the children don’t even realize they are practicing their cutting skills, win!

10 Christmas Cutting Skills

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  7. Top 10 Candy Cane Science Experiments and Activities from Preschool Powol Packets
  8. 10 Nativity Crafts and Activities for Children from Something 2 Offer
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20+ Write My Name Activities

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When your child is at that age where they are learning to write their names, it’s very exciting for them and for you as the proud parent! Take a look at these fun, creative activities to help your child learn to write their name!

Get a personalized name tracing worksheet with your child’s name on it, and let them practice writing their name. Great on paper or laminated for reuse!

my name printable

Your child can learn to write their name by sliding their finger over this glitter glue name card. It’s a fun activity they can paint over, and they will learn as they watch you write their name with glitter glue.

These Say it, Make it, Write it mats are a clever way to help your child learn to write their name, as well as make the name with plastic letters, playdough or whatever other crafty materials you have available!

This hands-on, name recognition beads activity helps your child to recognize and create their name using beads and squeeze glue! This is a really fun activity where your child can write each letter of their name using beads! Have fun while learning to write a name!

Use an alphabet ice tray and glitter glue to make your child’s name in ice, and then have some art and science fun watching the name melt while painting.

Create letter roads for your child’s toy cars, and let him practice writing his name on the road-letters! A clever and quick activity that will keep kids entertained for a while!

Make this clever game at home, and let your kids spell their names with this name-spelling game using pompoms and a letter-dice. A creative way to recognize and learn letters and your child’s name.

Your child can see their name in the night sky with this clever activity using white crayon and black paint. Make their name magically appear and have creative fun at the same time.

20 Write My Name Activities

Your child can have fun learning through science, art, co-ordination, concentration and literacy when writing their name with salt, glue & watercolor!

Make a name book at home with your child in Preschool or Kindergarten, and let them learn about each letter of their name!

Your child can create their name with these adorable free printable ice cream letters, and make their own ice cream cone names! Great for practicing letter recognition too!

Make these sensory scratch and sniff names using gelatin and glue, while your child learns how to spell their name, letter recognition, formation and all about absorption.

Here are 10 ways to help your child learn to spell their name, using tactile fun tools like pegs, scrabble letters, puzzle paper letters, letter apples and many more!

Print this rainbow paper and make a rainbow name puzzle using the letters of your child’s name. This is a fun way to match letters in the right order, as well as colors!

Make these letter snowmen and help your child spell their name while building a snowman and decorating it! Your kids can compare their names, find common letters and compare lengths of names. A great activity for letter identification.

Get this free printable and create this super fun name search activity. Your child can search for his name in the page of letters and mark it with a dot marker.

Make some beautiful bling names with sparkly craft sequins and glue, and have loads of creative fun learning!

Your child can make their own caterpillar name with this free printable craft. Each caterpillar bump is a letter, help your child recognize the letters in their name and piece them together correctly!

Take a look at these 5 clever ways to spell your child’s name using playdough, and have endless fun while learning! From mazes to straw dots to playdough letters, your child will have fun being creative while learning to spell their name!

Get out the glue and pompoms, and let your child create their name while making a name collage full of colors, while learning name and letter recognition and hand-eye co-ordination.

Take your pic of creative, simple and fun name activities helping your child to learn to spell their name. Use dot painting, a light table, sponge painting and much more.

20 Write My Name Activities For Kids

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Dinosaur Shape Matching Game

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Merge a love for dinosaurs with shape learning!

This week is Dinosaur Week! We are featuring Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems! Find more dinosaur activities after this post too.

Dinosaur Printable Game

Print and cut out the puzzles for your activity. Mix them up on the table and have the children search out matching pairs.Printable Game For Kids

My 4 year old loves these puzzles and my 2 year old was interested in them but we haven’t started shapes with her yet.

Download the template hereDino Shape Game

Looking for more Dinosaur themed activities?

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Join our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group 

You are invited to visit our Virtual Book Club for Kids cohosts sites for additional activity ideas all about the weeks theme.  Featured below are many ideas for your preschooler ages 2-5.

There are so many additional fun DINOSAUR WEEK themed crafts and activities shared by our Dinosaur Week group. Check out the activities below to get you started…

Alphabet Activities
Dino Babies Letter Game – Rainy Day Mum

Number Activities
Dinosaur Number Maze – Inspiration Laboratories
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Jacks Game- Sugar Aunts
Clothespin Dinosaur Counting Tray
Dinosaur Eggs Preschool Math Printables- Chickadee Lit

Sensory Activities
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Play Dough Mats

Cooking Activities
How to Make Chocolate Dinosaurs – Mama Smiles

Science Activities
Rocks & Fossils Experiment- Teach Beside Me

Pre-writing Activities
Dinosaur Pre-Writing Tracing Pages – Sea of Knowledge

Movement Activities
Roll A Dinosaur Movement Game – To be a Kid Again

Shape Activities
Dinosaur Shape Matching Game – Powerful Mothering
Build A Shape Dinosaur – Adventures of Adam

If you have any other favorite dinosaur crafts or activities, please share them in the comments!

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30 Games, Activities and Printables to Teach Emotions to Young Kids

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Emotions are a tricky thing for young children and toddlers. They’re overwhelming and hard to understand. Playing emotion games with your little one will help them learn, through play, about how they are feeling, be able to give the feeling a name and learn how to practice responding to those emotions.

30 Games And Activities To Teach Emotions

Take a look at these excellent emotion games you can play with your child:

Your child can learn about emotions by building Emotion lego characters, and drawing their expressions on with dry erase pens.

Help your child learn that even the big emotions are helpful, with this creative emotions wheel. They’ll be able to choose which emotion they’re feeling, and discuss it with leading questions, with this free printable.

Your child can learn to name big emotions with these printable emotions cards. You can also play memory game with these beautiful cards!

Help your child identify big emotions, and learn through singing songs about emotions! A great way to help them learn to lead you in a song too!

These story stones are a very creative way for your child to create the type of emotion they are feeling, by making a face with stones.

Use plastic eggs to create super cute emotion characters with different emotions drawn on, and play emotion games with your kids to help them learn to identify and name their emotions!

This free printable is great for kids to use daily – stick up your current emotion on this lego man printable, and complete the “Today I feel…” image.

Teach your child about their different emotions with a stunning personalized emotions game which uses pictures of themselves showing different emotions.

These stress ball balloons are a fun activity for your child to make themselves, and are great for learning emotions as well as giving finger muscles a good workout!

These 12 emotions flash cards are beautifully designed and are a creative way to teach your child about their emotions. Print them for free!

Teach your child to create their emotions using a create-a-face activity. It’s a beautiful hands-on activity where your child can build their own faces and discuss the emotion attached to it!

Help your child explore their feelings through color, by using this My Many Colored Feelings activity. It is a great way to get your child to differentiate between different emotions using color.

Your child can learn to understand their different emotions by reading My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss, and creating their own colorful characters, which they can discuss with you. A cute, creative way to color code emotions.

30 Games Activities Printables To Teach Emotions

Have lots of creative fun making funny stone rock faces, and mix and match different facial features to create emotions, which you can discuss!

Set up a Feelings Center in your home or classroom, and create a safe, creative space where your child can read about and express their emotions.

Get creative and make some cute Emotions Discovery Bottles, where each bottle is a different color and has a different emotional expression on it. Very cute and a great way to discuss emotions with your child.

Use your child’s love of LEGO’s and build a LEGO emotions station, where you can build different faces showing different emotions. This is a great way to open discussions about emotions with your child!

These feelings action cards are an awesome way to get your child moving while expressing emotions. Check out the clever cubes you can make and use them as a game to discuss different emotions!

Use paper plates creatively and make some paper plate emotion masks with your child. This is a fun way to change emotions and discuss them!

Make some emotion faces with doodle rubbings, and get creative with some cardboard and colors while discussing your child’s emotions!

Your child can make their own Pout Pout Fish while reading along with the book. A great creative activity full of thyme, humor and paint!

Identify emotions with self portraits and discuss what your child feels and sees while looking in the mirror at their reflection and expressions!

Take a look at these 5 activities to help kids develop emotional sensitivity – from making a face with felt, discussing emotions and imagining different scenarios; there are a lot of ways to teach your child about emotions!

Make a paper plate feelings spinner, and help your child learn about identifying and naming feelings while having loads of fun!

This toy emotion learning station is a great way to change facial expressions on a face with movable parts, while discussing different emotions and feelings!

Practice matching emotions labels to feelings faces with this cute activity!

Your toddler can explore colors and emotions with this cute toddler emotion stickers activity!

This free emotions emergent reader is great for those children learning to read and identify letters and words. A great book along with picture cards to help your child learn to read about emotions.

Enjoy working through this free printable Monstrous Emotions pack and learn about different facial expressions, while having some coloring fun.

Learn about emotions with this fantastic Emotional Robot 10 page printable pack, and watch your child learn about emotions with this coloring and paper craft adventure!

Book Reading List:

30 Games To Teach Emotions


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DIY Christmas Stockings – No Sew

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Making our own Christmas stockings has really been fun and the kids love pulling out their special stockings when we set up the tree.

These stockings are easy to make! Let me show you how 😉

Diy Christmas Stocking Collection Easy To Make No Sew

Supplies for making DIY Christmas Stockings:

First you need to decide what size your stocking is going to be then make it a bit bigger to allow for the seams you will be glueing. Cut it in a boot shape.

Cut Out A Boot Shape

Hot glue the stocking together section by section because hot glue gets cold very fast so it is better to do a bit at a time.Hot Glue Along The Edges

Make all your stockings you aim to make and turn them the right way around when the glue is set.Make Your Collection Colorful

Now there are a few trimmings you can add to these stockings. First is the white rimed stocking. Turn your stocking inside out. Cut a a strip of white felt for the trimming, bigger then the circumference of the stocking. Hot glue it at the top seam all around. Trim the excess white felt and then hot glue it down the side over lapping the two edges. A Ring Of White Fluff

(I took these after decorating to better demonstrate)

As shown in the image below you can see the seam of the joining.Hot Glue Seam On Felt Stockin

Turn your stocking the right way around and add the hanging tag. It is simply a thin band of felt folded in on itself and hot glued down.Add Tag For Hangin

Press the seams down to make it stay neat. I run my hands over them a few times and it seems to do the trick.Fold Over The White Lining On Felt Stockin

Now for the decorating! For the names on the stockings open a word document of any other program that allows you to type and print from. Select a bold font such as impact and type in caps the name for your stocking. Make sure to fill the page with the font size!

I use a glue stick to temporarily hold the paper to the felt while I cut so it doesn’t slide around.
Print Out The Same In Bold Font For Your Stockin

Hot glue the name to your stocking once you have positioned it in a place you like.Admire Handy Work

Decorating the stocking is totally up to you! On the red stocking I made a snowman. I free hand cut the 2 circles for the body and a hat. The snow is white pom poms and the accessories are bits of various felt. The eyes are googly eyes. These are all hot glued down.

(We had a littler of kittens that year, the poor tree)Kids Love These Personalized Stockings

I have shared my templates for the other stockings which I made to cut them out myself. They exclude the snowman which I free hand cut.

Download the templates here.

A closer look at the DIY Christmas Stockings

I have posted a picture of each stocking below and made any extra comments on how it was made.Diy Snowman Christmas Stockin

The red stocking was the only stocking that I made a broad white trimming on. It really suited that color.Diy Star Christmas Stockin

For this blue stocking I used the star template provided. The top of this stocking is turned over an inch on the inside and hot glued down to provide a nice edge. The tab to hang from is attached the same as the red stocking and the rest of the stockings.Diy Cat Christmas Stockin

My 4 year old is a cat fan so I made a lovey cat related stocking for her. I cut half a Christmas tree and added a sparkly pom pom on top for the star and decorated with small shiny beads. The cat is in the template files with the hat. The pink yarn ball is simple a length of yarn done round and around to resemble a ball of yarn. This was all glued down with hot glue.

TIP: Use toothpicks when working with fine items and hot glue. Burning our fingers on that glue gun is not pretty. My glue gun has a low setting setting but its still hot!Diy Gingerbread Man Christmas Stockin

The purple stocking has a band of white felt around it with random bumps. I did these myself by wiggling the scissors when cutting. 😉 Once again hot glued down and the edge at the top was turned over. The little gingerbread girl was decorated with a loop of sequins and given sparkly pom pom buttons and googly eyes plus a ribbon on her head.Diy Beaded Tree Christmas Stockin

Mom needs a stocking too right? I couldn’t decide on a color for myself but I knew I wanted this tree on it. What better way to show off the tree than to add it on a grey backing. The tree template is in the files. I simply cut along the lines of the tree template and separated them.

The beads were a bit of a mission until i found that adding the drop of hot glue to the tree then using a toothpick to attach the bead worked out perfectly. The star can be also found in the template file it’s the smallest one.Diy Reindeer Christmas Stockin

Dad’s stocking took a lot of thought and I eventually settled for a reindeer type figure with white poms poms for snow.


DIY Christmas Stockings No Sew great for personalization!

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My Emotions with LEGO

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Sometimes kids have trouble expressing their emotions which in my house leads to frustration and often screaming at their siblings.

After a bit of research on the internet I came to a general overview that other than having them stop and talk, playing games with that include emotions in them is a great way to encourage the learning of emotions as well as expressing them via play.

In this activity I have used LEGO, which is a favorite of my son, to get him into playing an emotion game with me.

Draw Your Emotions For Preschoolers

Build LEGO men / woman. They need to be large enough for drawing on. Grab a dry erase pen for drawing with. These wipe away easily.Exploring Emotions With Lego

Our guys even had space to draw clothing on them. Wipe the emotion faces off with the dry erase provided eraser or a dry cloth.How Do I Feel Today

See how many emotions you can come up with!Lego Games

Draw an emotion on your LEGO man and ask the child to identify it and act it / pull a face.Little Kids Express Emotions In Games

This game was great fun and we learnt a bit more about our emotions while playing it!Role Play Emotions

I have way to many pictures to show off. 🙂 But the faces are just worth it.Teach Emotions To Preschoolers

We made 2 LEGO men and role played with them too.Easy Lego Activity To Teach Emotions

This activity is one of the over 100 ideas in my new book Learning with LEGO. Check it out here and get your copy today.

I would love for you to join me in the Learning with LEGO facebook group!

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My Emotions With Lego

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