Activities with Laminated Leaves

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I am obsessed with the colorful leaves this time of year! My kids and I love to pick up leaves when we are on walks, but they quickly get old and we can't use them for anything. I decided to try using my laminator to preserve the leaves. It worked great! Then I cut around each leaf. Since we had beautiful laminated leaves, I decided to do some fun learning activities with them! To begin, I glued magnets to the back of the laminated leaves. Then I gave my boys a bin of … [Read more...]

6 Easy Spider Web Crafts

6 Easy Spider Web Crafts

Spiders totally creep me out. I know that I'm much bigger than them, but I just really dislike spiders. They always seem to pop up when I least expect it! My kids are the opposite...they love anything to do with creepy crawlies. Since spiders are popular this time of year, I wanted to do a spider web craft with them. I had some leftover spider cut-outs from the sensory bottle we made, so we decided to make an easy spider web craft with them. First, we made a spider web design on black paper … [Read more...]

October Sensory Bottle

Fall Sensory Bottle Cover

My baby is 2.5 months old now and I just did my first official activity with him! We made a fall sensory bottle for him to look at. Now it may seem silly to do an activity with an infant, but it was a great first sensory activity and I could tell that he really liked it! He kept staring at it and would follow it with his eyes. If you are new to sensory bottles, you may want to check out my post all about sensory bottles. Sensory bottles are a great first baby activity! I used a Voss water … [Read more...]

“Leaves” Book Activities

Sensory Bin for Leaves

One of my favorite books for preschoolers during fall is called Leaves. It's a book about a bear's first year of hibernation. I love this book because it talks about the beautiful leaves of fall and also goes through the seasonal changes in trees. It's a book with simple words and beautiful illustrations that make it easy for kids to understand. After reading this book to my kids, we made a sensory bin to go along with it. First, we gathered beautiful fall leaves from outside. Is this a … [Read more...]

Sick Mom Rescue Kit

Rescue Kit

Last weekend I was so sick with the flu. It hit me hard on Friday night and I was down for the count til Sunday night. Oy! Surprisingly, no one else got the flu, which I was very thankful for! While I was sick, I kept wishing that I had an activity kit ready for my kids to keep them busy on something other than tearing the house apart! Bless my husband's heart for watching the kids, but I'm sure he would have loved a little help. After I got better, I decided to come up with a Sick Mom … [Read more...]

Peekapak Review

Peekapak

Disclosure: I received this product for free and was compensated for my time reviewing it. All opinions expressed are my own. What do you get when you combine literacy + crafts and it's all set up for you? You get the Peekapak! I'm excited to share with you our experience with a Peekapak today.  If you've been reading my blog for some time, you'll know that I love hands-on learning activities. I believe kids learn best when activities are hands-on and engaging. Well, that's what you get with … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of Teaching Mama

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I've had some requests lately to share a "day in the life" post to show what our life with three boys look like. So today, I'm sharing what a full day looks like at our house. It's nothing glamorous and it may not even interest you, but to those who have asked, here it is! I decided to document our whole day on Monday via pictures on my iPhone. Not the best quality, but I always have it with me. Mondays are pretty typical, but a little busy in the morning. I'm sharing our real day and nothing is … [Read more...]

Final Pinning Party!

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Hello lovelies! Today is Thursday, which means it is pinning party day! Sharla and I have been so blessed to host this pinning party for the last year. Sadly, we feel the time has come to let our little link-up on the web go and this will be the last week of the Toddler & Preschool Pinning Party. Thank you for supporting us and for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us. It has been awesome to read and pin great ideas! The Toddler & Preschooler Pinning Party has become more than … [Read more...]

10 Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers

10 Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers

My oldest, who is almost 5, recently started attending a wonderful church preschool. At school, he is asked to trace his name as well as other letters they are working on. When I watch him write, I notice he is upset when he can't follow the lines perfectly. (I think he got this perfectionist trait from me...sorry!) I also notice that it is hard for him to control the writing utensil. Because I saw this lack of confidence in his writing skills and I decided to help him with this. I realized the … [Read more...]

DIY Window Clings

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I am so excited to share this new craft with you today! We just created DIY window clings and they are SO easy to make! I can't wait to share all the details with you. I saw the idea on this site and decided to try it out and put our own twist to the activity. These window clings would be great to make with your preschooler at home or it would be a fun classroom project! (This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure page for details.) Here's what you need to make your own window … [Read more...]