polish silver montessori practical life

Practical Life exercises are my favorite part of Montessori at home. These lessons are equipping kiddos with the skill set that allows them to be independent and master everyday tasks such as food preparation or personal care on their own. Practical Life also gives me a chance to teach them about less common (or long forgotten) tasks like hanging clothes to dry, sewing without a machine or polishing silver. With modern conveniences, we don't do as many things by hand and I don't want the kiddos to miss out on the...

water beads and marbles for sensory play

Mixing water beads with clear marbles creates a unique sensory experience. Challenge your kiddos to find all the marbles using their hands. Blindfold them for an intensified experience. Or, if you're like me and prefer to mess with your children for fun, give them a big bowl of water beads and see how long it takes them to figure out there is something off about this sensory bin.


We also thought it would be fun to do a time-lapse for the growth of our water beads. Apparently, we have a lot of free time....

montessori at home

Today we are honored to have a guest post from John Bowman on sequencing in Montessori. John is the author of my favorite homeschool resource - Montessori At Home! My kiddos fit perfectly into the 3 to 6 year age range appropriate for this book and I have found Montessori at Home indispensable to our family. It is packed full of information on Montessori and over 300 learning materials and activities. Take it away John!



preschool anatomy surgery pretend play

I may have even out-weirded myself in this activity. When you ask your husband to help you fill a human torso mannequin with JELL-O and toy human organs so the kids can pretend they are surgeons, it may be time for some self-evaluation. Of course, it's true love when your husband doesn't bat an eye and actually suggests ideas to improve the process. We are weirdos meant for each other. The kiddos weren't shocked with this one and have asked to repeat the activity multiple times. Who knew a human torso mannequin could...

ping pong gross motor activity

Get ready to print some awesome gross and fine motor fun! Gemstone Games includes five colorful gemstone inspired games including Blingo (our version of bingo), Gem Pong Drop, Gem Match, Gemory, and the adorable and popular Ring Toss with freaky fingers! Games can be played indoors or out. Our preschooler loves playing Gemory and Gem Match by herself.

activities for one year olds

I've realized over the last few weeks that my littlest kiddo (the babe), doesn't get much in terms of activities prepared for him. I spend so much of my time prepping and executing activities for my preschooler and kindergartner, but the babe strikes out. I'm lucky in that he is pretty independent and loves exploring on his own; very handy for a third kiddo! Most of my time with the babe is spent caring for and cuddling him, but not a lot of intentional activities are done.                                            ...

web design basics for kids

Web design and computer coding are regular discussion topics in our house. Mr. eager Ed is a super talented designer and web developer and we view coding as an important part of our kiddos education. I do not know how to code, and am definitely learning along with them. I admit, sometimes my eyes glaze over a bit when coding comes up. My brain has to work extra hard to understand. Cue...

kids gross motor bowling ball painting

Getting messy is the little man's favorite thing to do. He also likes being outside and he loves doing things his older sisters get to do. So naturally, bowling with paint seemed like the perfect activity to keep him busy. This is also a great gross motor activity for the older kiddos.

coloring changing bracelets

The kiddos had a ton of fun making these bracelets! They ran from inside, to outside, and then back in giggling and hiding inside a dark closet. The beads are clear when you're inside, change to color outside in sunlight, and then glow in the dark. Yep, they are that awesome. The color changes amazingly fast and is so vibrant. We added an element of intrigue by coding the bracelets to reveal secret messages when they change.

best alphabet books for preschoolers

Alphabet books are the best. Regularly we hunt through the shelves of the local library looking for new titles that celebrate letters. Once we've fallen for a book we usually end up adding it to our home library. Today, we have gathered our Top 26 Alphabet Books for your review.