Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack

So awesome!! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 5 to 8. Having kids create stories based on popular books is a fun way to get them writing. That’s why I was excited to base my newest activity pack on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of my favorite titles of all. The set includes an editable sight word game, story sequencing cards, a fun butterfly life […]

Kids’ Science: Rubbery Eggs

Awesome science experiment for kids!! Make rubbery eggs. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 3 to 8. My kids and I have been staying busy this summer with activities from our Backyard Summer Camp eBook – an easy to follow guide sharing 42 math, science, literacy, cooking, arts and crafts projects for kids. {You can pick up your own copy for just $9.99.}   Our first week was filled […]

Kids’ Science: Exploding Pop Rockets

Such a fun kids' science experiment!! Pop rockets. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 3 and up. My four year old daughter, A’s, favorite 4th of July event is watching fireworks explode in the night sky.  So I whipped together this 4th of July twist on those classic Alka-Seltzer rockets.  This kids’ science experiment uses antacids which can contain aspirin so make sure to inform your kids that […]

2D Shapes: Marshmallow Geometry

Such a fun way to learn shapes: Marshmallow Geometry. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 4 to 6. Marshmallow Geometry is a fun way to teach the names and characteristics of 2D shapes including triangles, rectangles and squares. Kids love having the chance to build 2D shapes with food and grown ups love watching children practice important math skills. 2D Shapes Activity Prep   I gathered together a few […]

Kids’ Science: Magic Balloons

Fun science experiment for kids. Blow up a balloon without using your own air!! {Playdough to Plato}

For ages 4 and up. For the past month, my 6 year old son has been a balloon blowing machine. He was thrilled when I pulled together this fun kids’ science experiment showing him four ways to blow up a balloon WITHOUT his mouth. Ready to give these magic balloons a try too?   To Prep   I grabbed […]

20 ABC Games for Boys

ABC Fireman Spray {Playdough to Plato}

Activities for ages 3 to 5. ABC games are a great way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. What makes this roundup of 20 ABC games a little different is that it’s filled with boy-tested and strongly approved activities that are about the things boys love most. No worksheets allowed. So roll up your sleeves, pull on your fireman […]

Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids


Activities for ages 3 to 7. Tis the season for all things outdoors.  To keep my 4 year old daughter, A, engaged during long hikes and jaunts on the beach, I’ve loaded our activity bin with several easy outdoor scavenger hunts.  {There is something about the thrill of the hunt that never fails to motivate my 4 year […]

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sticker Match Up

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Game. Fun ABC game for kids!! {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 3 to 5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of our favorite alphabet books for kids. The silly rhyming story helps little readers learn the names of letters as they dance up the side of a coconut tree and then come crashing down. One afternoon, I pulled together this simple ABC activity for my 4.5 […]

Camping Themed Story Stones

I love these!! Camping Themed Story Stones. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 4 to 7. I’ve been dying to make story stones ever since I came across them on Pinterest and thought this would be a perfect camp craft to do with my 4 year old daughter, A, while her brother napped in the tent.  I’ve seen story stones made using acrylic paint, permanent […]

25 Fun Quiet Time Activities

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Activities for 4 to 7 year olds. When my oldest son gave up naps almost a year and a half ago, I scrambled to set up a quiet time routine that would keep him entertained for half an hour so that I could have a much needed break in the middle of the day. Fast […]

Free Printable Toy Labels

Free printable toy labels. {Playdough to Plato}

Printables for ages 3 to 7. I am totally Type A. Everything has a just right spot in our house. Even the toys. So I was excited when my friend, Carli, over at Dimple Prints agreed to whip up some colorful toy labels I could use to help my kids stay organized. The simple word-picture connection […]

LEGO Game: Where’s LEGO Man?

Fun, low prep LEGO Game- Where's LEGO Man? {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 3 to 5. This LEGO game is a simple way to help kids learn important direction words including {in front, on top, behind, left and right}.  This easy prep, fun-to-play partner LEGO game uses one of kids’ favorite toys to do just that: LEGOS!! Just dig out a divider and a few of your child’s blocks and […]

LEGO Game: Race to Twenty

LEGO Game: Race to 20 {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 4 to 5.   My boys are big LEGO fans so I love using them to sneak in some reading and math practice when I can. This LEGO Game: Race to Twenty was a low prep, fun way to help Big Brother {4.5} work on those tricky teen numbers. LEGO Game Prep I pulled […]

30 Must-Have Kids’ Craft Supplies

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Supplies for ages 3 to 7.   Need a ready-for-anything kids’ craft box? Throw these 30 must-have supplies in a large plastic tub and you’ll have everything you need in one spot. And, for a little project inspiration, check out some of my favorite kids’ craft finds from across the web. Enjoy! This post contains affiliate links.   Pipe Cleaners – Wondering how to […]

Kids’ Science: Growing Seeds with Toddlers

Growing Plants with Toddlers

Activity for ages 1 to 5. Back in March, our family spent one sunny weekend sowing hundreds of seeds in our raised beds. While my 4 year old daughter has been sowing seeds since she was a tot, it occurred to me she had never really seen what happened to those seeds she so carefully buried in […]

Caterpillar Crunch: Beginning Sounds Sort

Such a fun way to teach kids beginning sounds in words. {Playdough to Plato}

Activity for ages 4 to 7.   As a follow up to one of our all time favorite books, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I pulled together a hands-on sorting game to help my daughter practice tricky digraph sounds TH-, CH- and SH-. {This could easily be adapted to work on numbers, colors, shapes…}  In this activity, […]