12 Doll House Games and Ideas

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Did you grow up with a dollhouse? I grew up with a beautiful hand made dollhouse, built by my cousin's father about twenty years before I was born. It was a family treasure that got passed around from cousin to cousin. I always imagined that my own children would play with this imagination-building house, but it was time to send it back to its original owner. So when I … [Read more...]

How Climbing Trees Builds Creative Thinking

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Have you ever climbed a tree? Do your kids like climbing trees? This has never been high on my list, even back in the nursery school days, but my 3 year old N has climbing in her soul and will climb just about anything: rock climbing walls, trees, jungle gyms, furniture, fences, etc. She seems to gravitate especially to trees that offer a challenging climb, and I like it … [Read more...]

DIY Water Wall

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Does it feel like summer in your part of the world? It's heating up here, and my kids have been enjoying this easy and inexpensive new backyard water feature. All you need is a nearby water source and a wall to attach it to. I've been inspired by Let the Children Play once again! Last summer Jenny gave us the idea for our mud pie kitchen (and here's her mud kitchen), and … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Wheat Berries

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Could your child spend hours sifting flour or scooping sand? Sensory activities like these can fully absorb the minds of young children as they test the limits of materials and build imaginary worlds through pouring, filling, and building. This sensory activity is so easy, it doesn't require a lot of materials, and the process of exploring tactile materials through hands-on … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Wet Paper

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Does your toddler enjoy squishing play dough, scooping rice, or dumping buckets of sand? It's widely recognized (read here and here) that sensory activities play a central role in infant and child brain development. This is one of those amazing activities that just "happened," invented by a toddler who was curious about the combination of paper and water, and could be easily … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Shredded Paper

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If you're afraid of a mess, I have to warn you up front that this is a messy one. But it's not a dirty kind of mess and if you stick with me here, you might become a shredded paper convert like me. It all started innocently, and rather boring, enough. It was a bill-paying day, and I set the kids up with their own stack of mailing labels stickers, pens, and old checkbooks … [Read more...]

How to Entertain a Toddler with Pom-Poms and Bowls

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My toddler loves and adores all little things. Especially those tiny little things that are on the do-not-give-to-little-kids-who-mouth-everything-that-comes-their-way lists. I guess it's a casualty of being the second child to a 3.5 year old sibling, but I suppose the good news is that she's building an understanding of what can and can't go in the mouth. To play to our … [Read more...]

Paper Bag Museum

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In case you missed yesterday's post, we're hosting a super fun Paper Bag Creative Challenge that brought over 50 kid-directed paper bag projects together in one spot. Today I'm excited to share our own take on the challenge. This is how our art table looked the other morning. Me and the girls crafting up a paper bag collage storm. My one year old colored paper … [Read more...]

Why We Would Be Lost Without Tape

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Are you a "Tape House?" We love tape in our house, and it gets used for just about everything: taping up wax paper sandwich bags, taping labels to things, taping art table creations together, taping up marble runs, taping up whimsical installations. A roll of clear tape is a fixture on the art table and we have a big box full of colorful paper tape (this tape from Discount … [Read more...]

Sensory Play with Tapioca Pearls

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Have you ever had Boba Tea or Pearl Tea? You know those chewy, soft balls that sink to the bottom of milky tea that you suck up through a fat milkshake straw? The drink originated in Taiwan as a novelty for children, and has since taken the world by storm with bubble tea houses popping up everywhere. I have yet to be converted to boba, but I when I spotted a bag of … [Read more...]