Space Week

This is the second time we’ve done Space Week, and it’s still one of my all-time favorites. We reused items we normally have stashed away in closets downstairs, like the cardboard spaceship (which we made last year) and the TARDIS (which was a lucky Facebook Marketplace find) and added a star tapestry and lots of … More Space Week

DIY Light Table

This project took a little bit of luck and a little bit of time, but it’s one I’ve wanted to do for AGES. As a former preschool teacher, I love light tables. There’s so many possibilities for play – color mixing, shadow making, x-rays and more. I had figured I would have to use either … More DIY Light Table

Music Week

Music has always been a constant in our house. I like singing and silly dancing with the girls, so this seemed like a natural theme for us. When my friend (who teaches music classes for kids) offered to let us borrow some instruments, I started to get super excited about it. This theme had a … More Music Week

Rice Cactus Craft

It had been years since I had done a craft like this. Maybe even since I was a kid – it’s a classic. You need construction paper, a tray, glue, colored rice, white rice and sand. First I cut out the shapes we needed – a big green cactus, a white cloud and some wavey … More Rice Cactus Craft

Cucumber Cactus

Preschool and toddler science activities don’t always look like beakers and reactions.  Sometimes it’s just taking a simple concept about the world and introducing it in a way they can understand. For our All About Cactus Week, I knew we were going to the Desert Botanical Garden.  Before we went, I wanted to talk to … More Cucumber Cactus

Cactus Sensory Bottle

I love sensory bottles.  I think they are good at almost every age, but I especially love them for baby play.  I’ve found it’s a way to include Mabel in our Theme Weeks that safely lets her explore the world.  It gives her access to small items that I couldn’t otherwise give her. Sensory bottles are fun … More Cactus Sensory Bottle

Rainbow Whisk

Delightful. Magical. Simple.  A plastic whisk (we used one similar to this) and some scarves led to dancing with rainbows at our house and it was gorgeous. All we did was tie the rainbow scarves to the whisk, then let Ava play.  I did have to remind her a few times to lift the scarves … More Rainbow Whisk

Butterfly Week

There is an amazing place near us called Butterfly Wonderland, so I knew that I wanted to do a Butterfly week.  I find butterflies to be pretty fascinating anyway, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a classic that I was excited about the chance to dive deeper into it.  I picked up a butterfly puppet for … More Butterfly Week