Five beautiful lullabies you probably don’t know…but you should

If you're tired of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, check out these 5 beautiful songs that will send your little ones off to sleep with wonderful dreams. Bedtime is one of my favorite times of day. Yes, partly because I know I’m finally about to have a little time to myself, but also because it’s when my crazy wild boys finally slow down, snuggle close to me, and let me sing my favorite lullabies to them. Continue reading

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The Rainbow Road: a life-sized learning game for preschoolers

Rainbow Road: A life-size learning game for preschoolers...this game is a fun, rainbow-themed giant board game to help preschoolers play, move, and practice alphabet skills. So much fun!After the success I had with the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom alphabet game I created a few weeks ago for Little Man (age 3), I got inspired to make up some more games for him. We’ve been learning about rainbows for Mommy School lately, so I thought it would be fun to make a life-size board game for us to play together. Continue reading

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Game

This alphabet skills game is perfect for preschoolers and is a great extension activity to go along with the beloved book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Little Man LOVES board games. I didn’t know that until I bought him Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders for Christmas and unwittingly created a monster. In the months since he got Candy Land, we have probably played it close to 300 times! No exaggeration. Needless to say, I’ve been a little desperate to add some variety to our game repertoire. So, when Little Man asked if we could study the rain forest as part of our home preschool, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to create a new literacy-practice board game for him…using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Continue reading

Popsicle stick catapult

SImple popsicle stick catapult. My kids LOVE playing with this easy DIY toy. Great for developing fine motor skills and STEM knowledge.Sometimes, boys just need to throw things. Rather than fight the beast, I try to find structured ways for Little Man to unleash the destruction-loving boy inside. Continue reading

Helping your toddler understand nutrition: a “My Plate” activity


Helping Your Toddler Understand Nutrition - A My Plate ActivityIf I left it up to Little Man, every meal would consist of ice cream and cupcakes. I can’t blame him–sometimes I feel the same way. Still, part of my job as the mom is to help him understand the importance of eating a variety of foods (especially ones that are actually healthy).  I feel really strongly about my kids understanding the “why” behind the things I require of them, so several months ago I started looking for a fun, simple way to teach a three-year-old the basics of nutrition. Continue reading

Cloud dough

Cloud dough

Does anyone else feel like eighteen months is the perfect storm for a toddler? My adorable toddler has recently learned to push chairs around the house to get to things that are out of reach, and it’s driving me nuts! As diligent as I try to be about keeping dangerous things out of reach, he manages to find ways to put his life at risk multiple times a day. I tell you what, I love that little guy, but he is exhausting!

Any time I find an activity that holds his attention for more than two minutes, I feel like I’ve won the lottery. The activity I’m sharing today kept him busy for twenty minutes! Continue reading

Valentine alphabet treasure hunt

Valentine's Alphabet Hunt Cover

Valentine’s celebrations are in full force around here. Little Man keeps asking how many more days until Valentine’s Day, and our Mommy School activities for the past week have been all been centering around hearts.

One of his favorite activities so far has been our Valentine’s alphabet treasure hunt. Little Man loves any kind of hunt Continue reading

5-in-1 Valentine’s learning game for preschoolers

Valentine's Preschool Games - Musical Hearts Close Up

I’m always looking for simple prep (or, even better, no prep) activities for my kids to do. One of my measurements for how good an activity is, is whether it entertains my children for longer than it takes to set up. Because, seriously, who has time to spend 20 minutes setting up an activity when my kids’ attention spans are usually 3-5 minutes?

That’s why I loved doing this Valentine’s activity. It took me less than 5 minutes to prep, and then we were able to make five different games out of it. Continue reading

Kid-made bird feeders

One of my favorite things about where I live is that there are no houses behind me. We back onto a wilderness area, and because of that, we sometimes catch glimpses of really cool wildlife, like a goose defending its nest against a hungry fox, or a whole herd of deer running by. Love. it. Continue reading

Save the world and get your kids to clean…a win-win scenario

Cleaning Up & Save the World 2 (720)Kids love to play. Play = messes. And that’s okay with me. Messes mean that my boys are busy exploring, building, growing, and otherwise doing exactly what I want them to be doing. But they also seem to be naturally much better at getting everything out than they are at putting it away again. Continue reading