Not a Box

I love love love when you can make connections for kids- taking something that is happening in their day and reading a corresponding book (or vice versa). Today we got to do that with a big Amazon box that came and one of my favorite children’s books called “Not a Box.” Because obviously this is … More Not a Box

Ocean Sensory Bottle

It’s Under the Sea Week at our house! I’ve been loving all the brightly colored fish and water play, but kept wanting to find ways to include Mabel (my six month old). We had previously made a baby sensory bag that she liked, but it didn’t make sense to leave it taped to the floor.  … More Ocean Sensory Bottle

Baby Sensory Bag

Now I had seen this on Pinterest/Instagram for awhile, and had always wanted to try it.  As with most things that you find online, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be… or at the very least it took me a few tries. I filled a gallon sized zip-lock bag with water, blue … More Baby Sensory Bag

Ice Play

I think ice play is one of those easily forgotten kid activities that can keep them entertained for hours, but yet requires enough pre-planning that we rarely do it.  Well this time, I decided I was going to do the work to help “future Jenna.” I found some ice trays and cupcake tins at Goodwill … More Ice Play

Dinosaur Week

Our first theme week was DINOSAUR WEEK and Ava (and I) absolutely loved it.  I was lucky to be able to borrow a lot of dinosaur toys and books from a mommy friend, which helped a ton! From my Theme Week post, here are what we did for our theme categories: Field Trip – We went to … More Dinosaur Week

Theme Weeks

I recently decided to start adding themes to our schedule at home, and honestly I love it.  Instead of having an infinite amount of activities to choose from, I can streamline it.  It makes planning and prepping SO much easier for me and lowers my stress during the week. I figured out that the biggest … More Theme Weeks

Dinosaur Painting

Some of the best parts of preschool/toddler play is creating connections for them.  Watch when they start to put together that the dinosaur we read about in our book looks like the dinosaur we watched on Dinosaur Train, which looks like the dinosaur we saw at the museum, that was mentioned in the dinosaur song we … More Dinosaur Painting

Dinosaur Feet

As soon as I picked the dinosaur theme, I knew I wanted to make Dinosaur Feet.  It’s really easy and really silly – my favorite. We were having a play date, so I talked to the other moms, who also came with supplies. The night before, I took two tissue boxes and emptied them, then … More Dinosaur Feet

Water Tray Toes

This one was fun! I got the idea from Play Hooray – add some sensory fun by placing a tray of water under your little one’s toes in their bouncer. They can kick and splash and play. For us, it came with some extra giggles once Mabel realized what was happening. Next time, I might … More Water Tray Toes

Ivory Soap Snow

Ivory Soap Snow is a preschool classroom favorite of mine- it’s a little goopy, a little slippery and super squishy. Since Ava has been pretty obsessed with Frozen, Elsa and winter, I knew I was gonna bring this recipe out. It’s pretty easy: One roll of toilet paper – shredded One bar of ivory soap … More Ivory Soap Snow