Pumpkin Color Mixing Activity

What do you love about pumpkins? Pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice lattes? What pumpkin treat is your favorite? I am going to have to hands-down say pumpkin pie is my fave. I also love pumpkins for another reason (besides the delicious food it provides). I love pumpkins because they are the non-scary component of…

15 Ways to Learn and Play with Real Pumpkins!

Do you carve every pumpkin you buy? If you’re anything like me, you have a couple pumpkins set aside for carving, and a few that you keep intact for fall decorating. Those decorating pumpkins often just sit there until they are ready to be thrown out sometime after Halloween. But I hate waste. I felt…

Painting with Mini Pumpkins

What do you do with mini pumpkins? At the grocery store I came across these cute mini pumpkins. I usually pass them by and just go for the bigger, carvable pumpkins. I mean what are mini pumpkins for other than decor? Can you even carve them? I thought and thought and realized that at 2…

Make jack-o-lanterns with play dough and pattern blocks!

Play Dough and Pattern Block Pumpkins

This is yet another example of an activity made up by my boys! While we’ve done pattern blocks and play dough before, this invitation to create turned out unique just because we switched the color of the play dough to orange! Supplies Orange Play Dough Pattern Blocks My kids had jack-o-lanterns on the brain because…

Play Dough Trays for Preschoolers

Kids learn best when they are engaged, and what engages kids? PLAY. That is what this blog is all about- using play as a way to engage kids. To help them build background knowledge for future lessons. To help solidify learning from prior lessons. To deepen understanding of current knowledge. Play does all that! Let’s…

Paper Plate Art

Paper plates are key for keeping my sanity…both in the kitchen and in the art room! Do you consider paper plates part of your parent survival kit? I know I do! Not long ago I had a parent ask me how I keep it all together. I told her I don’t! I always feel like…

Itsy Bitsy Spider Sensory and STEM Activity

Nursery rhymes like The Itsy Bitsy Spider are a classic part of homeschooling preschoolers! And when nursery rhymes are combined with sensory play and science, preschool engagement goes through the roof! Supplies Loose PVC parts (elbow, connectors, small straight pipes, whatever you have laying around! Buying them is also a pretty cheap option.) Toy spiders…

Stuff ‘n Sit Bean Bag Chair!

This post contains affiliate links A place for everything and everything in its place That is the motto in my home. While our house does get pretty messy (four kids will do that to ya), when it’s time to clean up I insist that everything¬†is put back in its place. I’ve seen it happen a…

Baby Nature Blocks

How many baby toys do you have? We don’t have many. As a matter of fact, all the baby toys we own fit neatly inside a soft bucket in our living room. Baby happily spills it out and fills it up over over and over allll day long. He’s a happy baby who loves simple…

Toilet Paper Tube Flower Prints

April showers bring May flowers! We have had exactly ONE spring shower so far, but I’ll take it! Spring started late for us this year and I can’t wait for flowers and green grass to spring up all around us. Until we get some more showers, though, we are working on some spring-inspired art! See…

Rainy Day Preschool Activities

Rain, Rain Go Away… Are you singing the rainy day woes right now? I’m actually pretty thrilled about the rain! We’ve had snow for so long, that the rain is a happy sight! Bring on spring! But if rain has you and your preschoolers cooped up indoors, I’ve got a few ideas to get you…

The Stages of Developing Scissor Skills

What age should I start teaching scissor skills? One of the top posts on this blog is my review guide of preschooler scissors. It’s really no wonder why its such a popular post- scissors are a scary thing to hand over to kids! Parents are more than a little scared of handing them over to…

Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Pley Box Review

This post contains affiliate links My kids are Hot Wheels FANATICS We have Hot Wheels in the car, in my purse, in the diaper bag, in the bedroom…pretty much everywhere. We have slowly been collecting tracks for our Hot Wheels as well. One thing that got me excited was when Pley released the Hot Wheels…