Gingerbread Man in a Jar

Gingerbread Man in a Jar

This kids' homemade gift, a gingerbread man in a jar, is the perfect gingerbread playdough kit that brings the Gingerbread Man story to life! My 5 year old daughter, A, loved every step of creating the homemade gift - from making the playdough to packaging up the...

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Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Activity

Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Activity

Before kids learn how to write, they need to develop the hand strength and hand-eye coordination they'll need to make their pencil do what they want it to do. That's why there are so many fine motor activities floating around on Pinterest. The more kids practice - the...

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Valentine Counting Cards

Valentine Counting Cards

These Valentine counting cards are a perfect math game to add to your Valentine collection and they are great for building fine motor skills too! Grab the freebie below and then snag 20 more Valentine centers your students will LOVE in our shop or on Teachers Pay...

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Paper Cutting Station

Paper Cutting Station

Teaching kids to cut with scissors is an important life skill and helps build fine motor strength and hand-eye coordination they'll need for writing alphabet letters and words later.  Paper cutting stations are here to help! Handing over a pair of blades to young kids...

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Must-try Playdough Mats

Must-try Playdough Mats

These must-try playdough mats are a squishy, hands-on way to develop kids' fine motor skills while they practice upper and lowercase letter formation, letter sounds, 2D shapes, counting and writing the numbers 1 to 10. They're the perfect combination of fun and...

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25 Fun Quiet Time Activities

25 Fun Quiet Time Activities

When my oldest son gave up naps almost a year and a half ago, I scrambled to set up some quiet time activities 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 forward to today, and we have a...

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Winter Playdough

Winter Playdough

These winter playdough recipes are a simple way to enjoy the icy outdoors during the winter months - right from the warm comfort of home! Since we've been blasted with freezing temperatures outside, I decided to whip up a few batches of winter playdough with my 2.5...

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15 Holiday Busy Bags

15 Holiday Busy Bags

These busy bags are an easy way to entertain the kids when you're on the go. Make them once, throw them into your bag, and you're ready for some screen-free distraction in doctors' offices, on planes and in restaurants. Q-tip Busy Bag First up on our list is this...

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Playdough Snowman in a Jar

Playdough Snowman in a Jar

My kids are always hate watching their snowmen slowly melt away but, with this sparkly playdough snowman in a jar, they'll never have to worry about having a dropping snowman smile again! My kids had so much fun creating families of snowmen that we decided to share...

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100 Free Playdough Mats

100 Free Playdough Mats

Playdough mats are an easy way to grow kids' imaginations, develop fine motor skills and teach important skills like counting and the ABCs. This roundup of 100 free playdough mats includes some of our favorite finds from across the web. Get inspired below and then hop...

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25 Must-Try LEGO Activities

25 Must-Try LEGO Activities

Little engineers will love these 25 LEGO activities. They're hands-on, motivating ways to practice math, literacy, engineering... even science! So grab your bucket of bricks and get ready for some serious LEGO learning fun. This post contains Amazon affiliate links....

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Glow in the Dark Playdough Recipe

Glow in the Dark Playdough Recipe

This glow in the dark playdough recipe is guaranteed to make playtime exciting! And the best part is that you only need to add ONE simple ingredient to our super squishy playdough recipe to make the magic happen. Whip up your batch below and then continue the squishy,...

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Christmas Playdough Recipes

Christmas Playdough Recipes

These homemade Christmas playdough recipes are perfect for the holidays! They'll have little bakers whipping up batch after batch of delicious smelling treats. Chocolate, candy cane, sugar cookie, orange clove, and egg nog dough - they all smell so real, even I was...

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Layers of the Earth Playdough

Layers of the Earth Playdough

What better way to learn about the layers of the earth than by making a playdough planet?! With just a little bit of prep, kids will be able to explore the layers of the earth hands-on. It's the perfect combination to our action packed Landform Activity Pack! I began...

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St. Patrick’s Day Playdough

St. Patrick’s Day Playdough

My kiddos have been drawn to this shimmery, shiny, glitter-filled playdough like moths to a flame. And how could they not be?!  There is truly something magical about this ultra sparkly St. Patrick's Day playdough. It lets kids' imaginations run wild. We made two...

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Green Apple Playdough Recipe

Green Apple Playdough Recipe

Activity for ages 3 and up. This amazing smelling green apple playdough recipe uses only two ingredients and makes a soft, stretchy, silky dough your kids will love. The no cook playdough recipe is great for kids to make from beginning to end - no...

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Fine Motor Super Pack

Fine Motor Super Pack

Activities for ages 3 to 5. When my three year old looked at me with his big blue eyes and asked for help, "writing like his daddy", I immediately launched into super mommy mode - pulling together 18 motivating games that would develop his hand-eye...

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Peanuts Movie Activities

Peanuts Movie Activities

My kids love the Peanuts movie so you can imagine their joy when they snagged these adorable, FREE Peanuts trick-or-treat bags at Safeway. Two of their favorite things bundled into one reusable bag?! Smile-worthy! I am proud to be a Safeway compensated...

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Autumn Spiced Salt Dough

Autumn Spiced Salt Dough

Pumpkin spice, cinnamon apple, and mulled cider - we love the scents of fall and just couldn't get enough of this warm and cozy autumn scented salt dough recipe.  This dough takes a mere minutes to mix up and is the perfect, no-fail recipe for little chefs to...

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