Water Beads and Kids | How to Play with Water Beads

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Have you ever played with water beads? They're slippery, squishy, and a surprisingly fun and addictive sensory experience for kids of all ages. If you're even remotely connected to Pinterest or a fan of any of my fave blogs, there's a really good chance you already know about these spectacular little sensory Water Beads by Aqua Gems. If it hadn't been for the magic of the … [Read more...]

Negative Leaf Impressions

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It's been unseasonably warm around here -- check out the flip flops and dress! And the Easter Basket there...well, would you believe it's for collecting Fall leaves? We don't have a lot of Fall color yet, but enough leaf beauties have hit the pavement that we ventured out for some Leaf Pickin'. N picked up all of her favorites. She was only limited by the amount of space … [Read more...]

Candle Wax Watercolor Resist

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Ever since my 13-month old turned one she's been fascinated with candles, so every week or so we bust out a birthday candle and sing five or six rounds of Happy Birthday to her. One of these candles was lying around and N, my three-year old, decided to draw with it. I immediately saw the opportunity to turn this into a wax-resist watercolor lesson -- you know, where you paint … [Read more...]

Shaving Cream and Food Coloring

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Have you set up a sensory shaving cream activity yet? My 3 year old first enjoyed this when she was 16 months, and I can attest that it's an engaging and meaningful sensory activity for toddlers. As children reach preschool, why not mix some food coloring into the shaving cream and take the opportunity to teach about warm and cool colors? If you'd like to read more, head on … [Read more...]

How to Build an Easy DIY Light Table

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Have you ever wanted a light table, and wondered if there was an easy way to build a DIY light table yourself? Well, this easy DIY light table could be your answer! Once I figured out which materials to use, the whole thing took about 10 minutes to assemble. *Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. After seeing the beautiful glow that … [Read more...]

Photo Documentary with Kids

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Taking time to look closely at the details of life is a skill that comes naturally to many of us, and worth fostering in children who can run like the wind. When we pay attention to details, we develop a healthy curiosity of the world that surrounds us, make comparisons, and notice nuance. And all of these good things contribute to creative and critical thinking. If you'd like … [Read more...]

Baby Bean Bowl Exploration

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My little one is almost 9 months old and her curiosity has pushed her to see past the same ol' toy basket (do you see it there, hidden under the cabinet?), in search of new stimulation. "Enter stage left: Bean Bowl!" I created the bean bowl for my older daughter to sort and sift through while I'm busy in the kitchen, and I was only sort of surprised when little baby … [Read more...]

Dry Ice Experiment

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Dry ice is a favorite mysterious Halloween material, perfect for spooking up a witch's cauldron, but did you know that you can experiment with it too? Dry ice is so cool (couldn't resist!), and makes for a fantastic (ventilated) kitchen or outdoor experiment. Have you ever worked with it? The big caution is that you don't want to touch it less it burns your skin. Got that? … [Read more...]

Gak Recipe

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This Gak Recipe (aka slime recipe) has been on my to-do list ever since reading about Amy's The Great Slime-Off on Child Central Station. Amy shares two different recipes: the first calls for liquid starch and the second calls for Borax. I looked all over town for liquid starch and it was nowhere to be found. Is it prohibited from the State of California? But the second … [Read more...]

Project ::Deconstruct Monitor::

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My mom was cleaning out her basement and came across my husband's ancient computer monitor, and for some crazy reason she didn't want it. So she asked my sister to deliver it to my house...which is over 300 miles away!! What a good sister. But guess what? We didn't want it either! So, this big ol' dusty tan hunk of Apple history became the perfect toy to deconstruct...with … [Read more...]