Mitten Name Activity

Mitten Name Activity

My four year-old and I have been playing games with the letters of his name for quite awhile now. I taught him a silly song to help him learn how to spell it, we've built his name with blocks, turned it into a rainbow... the list goes on and on. So I knew he would...

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Color by Ten Frame

Color by Ten Frame

Ten frames are a powerful tool for kids who are learning to recognize the numbers 1 to 10. And, when students are ready to stretch their learning through teen numbers, those same ten frames make the concept stick.  Whether you're working on the numbers 0 to 10 or...

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Growing Germs: Kids’ Science Experiment

Growing Germs: Kids’ Science Experiment

This simple kids' science experiment uses an apple and your kiddo's own germs to show little ones just how important hand washing is now that cold season is upon us. Once my 4 year-old daughter could visually see the germs that were on her hands, all battles over...

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December’s Playful Learning Checklist

December’s Playful Learning Checklist

It's always helpful to have everything you need in one spot! That's why I pulled together a playful learning checklist that gives you 10 ways to learn science, literacy and math this month. Snag your checklist and then hop over and grab our bundle of best-selling...

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Valentine’s Pattern Block Mats

Valentine’s Pattern Block Mats

Pattern blocks mats are a great way to teach kids about shapes, counting, sorting, reasoning, symmetry... even fractions! These simple Valentine's pattern block mats are an awesome math challenge for kids. Just print them out and start building. Grab the freebie below...

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February’s Playful Learning Checklist

February’s Playful Learning Checklist

Love is in the air which means it's time to share our February Playful Learning Checklist! If you're a parent, the lists are an easy way to incorporate learning into your child's day. If you're a teacher, the freebies are an awesome take home for students' families....

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15 Super Fun Dollar Store Valentines

15 Super Fun Dollar Store Valentines

If you're in the mood to make homemade valentines this year, you've come to the right spot. This roundup of 15 super fun dollar store valentines are guaranteed to make kids smile. They're creative, playful and cost just $1 or less. Gotta' love that price tag! Grab the...

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Magic Inflating Conversation Hearts

Magic Inflating Conversation Hearts

If you're looking for a simple kids' science experiment with a BIG wow factor, you've come to the right spot!  This science experiment uses just a couple of ingredients, takes just moments to complete and has a super exciting finish. Make some magic inflating...

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Valentine Playdough Recipes

Valentine Playdough Recipes

Nothing says "Valentine's Day" like chocolate, candy and flowers - the inspiration for our four lovely scented playdough recipes. (We promise they will have you wishing Valentine's Day came more than once a year.) These Valentine's Day playdough recipes are quick to...

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Candy Heart Sight Words Activity

Candy Heart Sight Words Activity

When I saw classic Valentine's Day candy hearts with letters instead of words, I knew I could use them for multi-age learning with a sweet sight word activity.  My 2.5 year-old is obsessed with his name and my 5 year-old, A,  loves working on sight words.  These candy...

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Conversation Heart Letter Tracing

Conversation Heart Letter Tracing

I've seen tons of fine motor skills activities on Pinterest lately. Beading projects, scissor cutting, playdough trays.  They are all great for building kids' hand-eye coordination and muscle strength so that they are ready to write on their own later. Conversation...

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Hidden Message Homemade Bath Bombs

Hidden Message Homemade Bath Bombs

The homemade bath bombs we made for Mother's Day last year were such a hit with both my kids.  They loved every step - from mixing and molding the fizzies to delivering them.  So I came up with these Valentine's Day-inspired homemade bath bombs that reveal a secret...

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30 Awesome Heart Activities for Kids

30 Awesome Heart Activities for Kids

'Tis the season for all things warm and fuzzy! To get into the Valentine's Day spirit, I was excited to round up 30 of my favorite heart activities for kids. The mega list includes fun math games, science experiments, crafts projects and recipes children will love....

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Valentine’s Day Craft: Conversation Heart Shooters

Valentine’s Day Craft: Conversation Heart Shooters

One rainy day last week, my boys were getting antsy from being cooped up indoors. Needing a quick distraction, we started whipping together these simple paper cup shooters. We opened a box of conversation hearts we had lying around and - viola! Our Valentine's Day...

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Invisible Ink Valentines

Invisible Ink Valentines

What kid doesn't like a little bit of magic?!  Add in a sweet message and you've got a sure fire winner for Valentine's Day. These invisible ink valentines are a perfect addition to any Valentine's Day party, friendship unit or rainy day activity. Getting Ready As a...

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Icy Magic E Sort

Icy Magic E Sort

Are you looking for a fun way to practice magic E words this winter?  This icy magic E sort is a must-play! You can stay warm and cozy inside while you practice six long vowel word families. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab 45 more Magic E centers...

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Life Science: Why Don’t Frogs Freeze?

Life Science: Why Don’t Frogs Freeze?

This kid's science experiment is an oh so simple, hands-on way to learn how certain animals like frogs and turtles are able to survive winter's freezing temperatures.  This interesting life science experiment is eye-opening! This post contains Amazon affiliate links...

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January’s Playful Learning Checklists

January’s Playful Learning Checklists

Each new year also brings new resolutions and, if you're anything like me, you'll love a plan! That's why we're SUPER excited to share an entire year's worth of fun, hands-on ideas for you to do with your preschooler.  Each month of these learning checklists has...

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Crystal Names – Kids’ Science Experiment

Crystal Names – Kids’ Science Experiment

This easy-peasy, low-cost kids' science experiment uses borax to grow crystal names. All kiddos will love seeing their name shimmer and sparkle in the sunlight! Crystal names are one of our favorite science experiments EVER. Follow the simple step-by-step below and...

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Dancing Conversation Hearts

Dancing Conversation Hearts

After making gummy worms dance a few months back, my boys have been BEGGING to make something else boogie and shake. So when I saw conversation hearts at the Dollar Tree store, I knew they'd be perfect for a new kids' science experiment: dancing conversation hearts!...

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