ABC · crafts · play · sensory

buried alphabet 

My boys love rice. And surprises. I buried the letters from an alphabet puzzle in a bin of rice and J went on a letter hunt. This is great for sensory input, letter recognition, and puzzle practice. Not so great for mess, but that’s what outside is for (or a blanket). J was most engaged… Continue reading buried alphabet 

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crafts · fine motor · process art · science · sensory

fizzy chalk ice

A sweet summer activity! There are a bunch of different ways to do this (just google/pinterest “chalk ice” or “chalk paint”). This is our version.  I LOVE the colors of our chalk so I decided to use that instead of food coloring or liquid watercolors. I grated chalk and put it in muffin tins. You… Continue reading fizzy chalk ice

crafts · play · science

hot wheels

My family LOVES hotwheels and we’ve been on a major kick this week. Here are a few of the ways we’ve been using them… color sorting The little guy and I made our very own hotwheels bar graph. This simple activity took no prep or money and gave us some awesome teaching moments. Sorting, color… Continue reading hot wheels

crafts · fine motor

stringing 

I put together a quick invitation to play for the boys this morning, stringing pasta onto yarn. Jackson really got into it… stringing, making patterns, counting, switching between yarn.  Lucas worked hard on the process for a bit. He especially loved hanging the yarn over the side of the table and watching the pasta slide… Continue reading stringing 

science · sensory

oobleck 

Oobleck never gets old.  Mix 2 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water (we doubled that for this bin) and add food coloring. You will get the craziest goop you have ever seen.  This stuff is so cool. It is hard as a rock, then melts into a puddle through your fingers. The texture… Continue reading oobleck 

sensory · social/emotional

shaving cream

Between our recent teething kick with Lucas and the fact that somebody must have told Jackson he should really start acting like a stereotypical 3.5-year-old, we’ve been having a lot of THOSE DAYS lately. One of the only things I’ve found to bring my boys joy on those days is a crazy sensory experience like… Continue reading shaving cream

pretend play

tape town 

We’re in the middle of a what-were-we-thinking-but-this-will-be-so-worth-it home renovation, so we have lots of painters tape around. Normally I despise it. Today it made something pretty awesome.  We’ve been in a bit of a rut lately with our car and truck play, so this morning we mixed it up. I was just going to make… Continue reading tape town