Body Tracing

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Can you hear the giggles? Put two little girls in the same house for three days and it's bound to be a slapstick silly ol' time (with a few tears thrown in for good measure). I've wanted to trace my daughter's body for months now, and every time I bring it up she says "no." But not this time. Maybe it's the age? Or maybe she liked having a partner in silhouette crime? In any … [Read more...]

Stringing Beads

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"I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another."~Brenda Ueland This is a handy little fine motor project to keep around for a rainy day. I've also been know to stash a little sack of beading stuff into my diaper bag for … [Read more...]

Homemade Paint | Salt and Flour Paint

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Making your own homemade paint with kids is a rewarding process that helps children understand that store-bought is not the only way! Using a combination of salt, flour, and water, this recipe is beyond simple. How we made homemade paint My toddler is at that stage where she loves squeezing paint out of the bottles. I gave into this to give her the chance to explore this … [Read more...]

Squeezing Paint

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I set N up with some paint pots and a large sheet of paper -- our favorite way to paint big as of late. After smearing some paint around and taking a few stabs at mixing colors, she asked me for more purple paint. The paint pot wasn't empty, and the real story ended up being that she wanted to SQUEEZE more paint into the paint pot. Of course she did! Toddlers adore squeezing, … [Read more...]

Sticky Autumn Collage

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California has been hit by a heat wave, so staying inside our hot cave of a house is barely an option. Yesterday was full of swimming, a sprinkler run, a trip to the neighbor's lemonade stand, and hitting a pinata at another neighbor's house. So cute! Despite the heat, there's a lot of fall madness in the air -- you can't miss the mountain of gourds and pumpkins piled up at the … [Read more...]

Kids Art Projects | Rolling Rock Painting

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Fun Kids Art Activity with Rolling Rocks I've been on the hunt for inspiring activities that foster creative thinking, and just came across a sweet project called Super Sized Marble Painting from Jenny at Let the Children Play. Jenny is a preschool teacher, so many of her activities are geared toward large groups of kids and I was pressed to figure out a way to pull this off … [Read more...]