Holidays

easter egg hunt alternatives

Building with blocks is a huge pastime in our house. Kiddos and adults come together to create amazing things. We've recently graduated from DUPLO blocks to LEGO blocks and our creations have become that much more exciting and intricate. With egg hunting season right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to add some strategy to the hunt and extend the activity to last longer than it takes to gobble down handfuls of jelly beans.

preschool election day explanation apple tasting

With Election Day upon us, I thought it might be a good chance to give the kiddos an introduction to voting and the election process. We have been munching through our latest apple picking bounty and it dawned on me this may be the perfect medium to assist me with this task. If you haven't been apple picking before, I HIGHLY recommend the outing. The crisp Fall air and spectacular orchard views will put everyone in a good mood; not to mention the fact that you get to eat perfect apples fresh from tree!

fall pumpkin kindergarten math activity

Fall is such a fantastic time of the year. The hands on learning and field trip opportunities are endless. With pumpkins, squash and gourds abound it's hard to resist those vibrant colors and interesting textures and shapes. The kiddos have been playing non-stop with this little bookcase I put together. Check it out!

darth vader DIY glitter charms

We are getting close to the big day! That's right, May the 4th Be With You is upon us folks. How will you and your littles celebrate? Our Star Wars Day will include themed treats and costumes with buns and fur. The kiddos have not actually seen the movies before, but Mr. eager Ed's love of all things Star Wars is infectious. We started prepping this week by making these awesome Star Wars charms. They make the perfect May the 4th Be With You party favor, Mother or Father's Day Gift, or even...

recycle basketball montessori globe

The oldest kiddo asked to make a globe in honor of Earth Day. We brainstormed materials that were round or that we could make round, and sporting equipment kept coming up. Soccer balls, baseballs, tennis balls, and BASKETBALLS! We love painting on non-traditional surfaces and these old basketballs gave us such inspiration. We used our Montessori...

kids recycled craft alien spacecraft

Greetings Earthlings! These tomato containers screamed UFO craft to us. They have such an interesting shape and went along perfectly with our hunt to find creative uses for our recyclables. The finished spacecraft are perfect for alien invasion pretend play. On with the details!

heat sensitive easter eggs

A few weeks ago, we visited a local science museum and were given color changing pencils for completing a survey. The pencils blew my mind and I had to figure out how to make them myself. My brilliant cousin, who remembers everything and has a mind like a steel trap, instantly recalled Hypercolor t-shirts from the 90's and that was my launching point. After an intense Google session, I found the product and basic process I needed to start our color changing experimentation. With Easter right around the corner, eggs seemed the perfect...

st patricks day in the morning inspired art

Jan Brett is one of our favorite authors and illustrators. When we stumbled upon St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting, we were delighted to see Jan's illustrations. The technique of using black and white drawings with hints of yellow and green really inspired us. We combined layers...

flowers and vases montessori practical life

We follow a lot of Montessori methods in our homeschooling. The lesson of arranging flowers in the practical life area is a special activity. We generally collect flowers in the spring or summer from our yard, but we had to make a run to the grocery store floral department as winter is STILL happening here. We thought fresh flowers might cheer up the house and add to our Valentine's decor.

love cards purple and red

Do you have any kiddos who need cutting practice? We've got the activity for you! Cutout letters and shapes to create your own custom Valentine cards. This would also be a great set of cards to give your kiddos on love day or to use as decoration.

orange and red painting with hearts

Painting is a regular thing in our house. We mostly use paper, but sometimes we get fancy with a canvas. This invitation to create started clean, composed and with purpose. It ended with handprints on walls and a load of laundry. We think it was well worth it for this beautiful Valentine canvas. It's off to dry for daddy's office!

mini red and pink scrolls in glass bottle

We are learning Dolch pre-primer sight words at our house and are always looking for ways to test our kiddos. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we decided to incorporate a little pink and red with our messages in a bottle activity for sight word practice. Kiddos can shake and shout to their heart's content. Warning: You will be singing that...

do a dot purple and green heart valentines

We love using Do A Dot markers to dot our way through the day. My three year old especially enjoys them and so we came up with a way for her to show off her polka dot skills and create Valentine art for her dada.

fine motor and color activity

We connect fine motor practice and color matching in this activity. There is something kiddos find captivating about using clothespins and clips. We used hearts for our garland in preparation for Valentine's Day. It makes a great activity or decoration for a Valentine's PARTY! We like to party around here.

anatomical human heart coloring page

Looking for something a little different this Valentine's Day? Try our FREE anatomical heart coloring pages! Our kiddos are currently obsessed with their internal organs, so this set seemed like a good idea. We've included a simple coloring page and color-by-number. Who does your heart belong to?

family love songs

We've compiled a list of our 14 favorite kid-friendly, heart-pumping jams in honor of Valentine's Day. You are required to be as dramatic and expressive as possible while singing along. Props and outrageous dance moves are encouraged. Sing like you mean it folks!

 

red and blue rice with gold stars sensory bag

We had a lot of giggles going on when we did this sensory activity. The kiddos thought it was hilarious to stick their hands blindly into the bag and feel around for the stars. They had to rely on their sense of touch without the benefit of seeing the contents of the bag. It was a blast!

red blue silver glitter quilt square

Make your own puzzle using our FREE Patriotic Patchwork printable! We call these quilt square puzzles in our house and primarily use foam and felt for the pieces. You could easily use scrapbook paper, colored cardstock, cardboard, or crazy printed fabric instead. After you fall in love with this freebie, check out our...

blue letters in red bucket

We themed this activity to celebrate the U.S. 4th of July holiday, but it's not necessary to include a theme (although themes make everything better - kinda like butter does.) Letter launch can be enjoyed indoors or out. Using a metal bucket helps the magnetic letters stick giving a wee advantage. Be sure to download our simple star template to accessorize your bucket.

blue treasure chest

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, (yes we celebrate everything in our house) we bring you treasure! Pair this with our X Marks the Spot activity and you'll be all set for September 19th.