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...]

Gluten-free Cloud Dough

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 How to Make Gluten-Free Cloud Dough After I posted our Cloud Dough recipe last week, Amy from Kids in the Studio wanted to know if it could be adapted into a gluten-free cloud dough recipe. What a good question! This isn't the first question I've received about gluten-free recipes since starting this blog, and I realized that I should be more thoughtful about sharing … [Read more...]

Playful Learning Blog Tour: Mail Center

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I'm thrilled to be a stop on Mariah Bruehl's blog tour for her must-read book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder, a useful resource for parents and teachers who want to infuse learning with playfulness. Yes please! They say that you can't judge a book by its cover, but this book is certainly an exception. The cover is gorgeous, and the content is … [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...]

Rainbow Photo Scavenger Hunt

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We've had a lot of fun playing this game that's all about learning and searching for the colors of the rainbow. We started playing this game when my daughter wanted to learn the order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. All you need is a camera and some time. We like to play this on our way to the park, and it makes the meandering a lot more meaningful. My … [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...]

Water Scooping for Babies

Sensory Play: Water Scooping for Babies

While my older daughter tore up the grass with the Slip 'n Slide, I set my 10 month old up with a bucket of water and some measuring cups. And she got right to work, filling and emptying the cups. It was interesting to watch her attempt to fill the cups when they were upside down, and then exciting when she figured the "problem" out and corrected for it. And then, … [Read more...]

Slide Drawing

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My daughter loooooves going to the park and we're blessed to live in a place that's teeming with them! So it didn't take much convincing or prodding to get her excited about setting up this high-energy mark-making activity with me. The juxtaposition of art materials on playground equipment made for a rich, memorable experience, and prompted her to see things from our everyday … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Mud Pie Kitchen

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This may not look like much, but we've been testing our mud pie kitchen and getting a fresh perspective on what works. It used to reside in another part of our yard, and I thought that moving it might make it more accesible. And it did!! I fashioned the stove/sink from two wooden crates I found at a craft store last summer. Next, mud pie tools were gathered from our sand box: … [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...]