Archives for May 2014

Our Favorite Children’s Books for Summer

I love having seasonal books out right near our nature table for the kids to read. Now that spring is coming to an end, it’s just about time to get out our summer book set. Here’s our favorite summer themed children’s books! Follow our Summer Play and Learning Pinterest board!   We have a seasonal book […]

Fine Motor Octopus Craft for Kids

Here’s a fun ocean animal craft for kids– paper plate and pasta octopus craft! Not only is it fun to make, but it also provides all kinds of fine motor practice and can be done over and over. Follow our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board!     With our local aquarium having a new octopus exhibit, my 2 […]

9 Pretend Play Ideas Inspired by Nature

Kids love imaginative play and always seem to be naturally drawn to it. With the weather warming up, why not encourage some outdoor fun with these 9 pretend play ideas inspired by nature!  Are you following our Outdoor Play and Learning Pinterest board?   Last week’s outdoor play & learning themed Discover & Explore linky […]

Sponge Painted Elmer the Elephant

Our latest art project for kids is inspired by Elmer the Elephant! Kids will use sponges to stamp patterns and colors and then turn their artwork into an elephant! Follow our Art for Kids Pinterest board!     We’re back again this week with our final post in the Preschool Book Club Series. This week’s book is Elmer by David McKee! After reading […]

The Mixed Up Chameleon Felt Set (Free Pattern)

Here’s a free template to make your own felt set based on Eric Carle’s popular children’s book, The Mixed Up Chameleon! The felt pieces are super easy to make and perfect to use for retelling the story. Follow our Children’s Books & Activities Pinterest board!     (This post contains affiliate links.) Recently we read the […]

Beach Scavenger Hunt (Free Printable)

Live near the beach or planning to go to the beach this summer? Here’s a free printable beach scavenger hunt for the kids! Just print it out and toss it in your beach bag for your next beach outing. Are you following our Summer Play & Crafts for Kids Pinterest board?   Beach Scavenger Hunt […]

How to Dye Pasta

Colored pasta is one of our favorite craft and learning materials. We often dye it in batches and save it for all kinds of future kid art projects and activities.  Here’s how to dye pasta! Follow our Recipes for Play and Creating Pinterest board!     As a classroom teacher, one of the first things I […]

Discover & Explore: Outdoor Play & Learning

It’s time for another Discover & Explore linky! Hosted by Buggy and Buddy, Edventures with Kids, and Fantastic Fun and Learning This week’s theme is Outdoor Play & Games. We can’t wait to see all your creative ideas for playing outside! Be sure to follow Buggy and Buddy on Pinterest!     We’d love for you to share how you  Discover and […]