Sep 28, 2017

Free Printable! Pumpkin Dot Practice

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D has really enjoyed Do-A-Dot markers lately. If you are not familiar with Do-A-Dot markers they are awesome for developing fine motor skills and concentration! Since we need to work on fine motor skills with D, I wanted to incorporate them into our activities as part of our seasons unit .

The result is this Pumpkin Dot Activity! It was my first time making one so it took a few tries but I'm really happy with the final product.

I wanted D to focus on making the pumpkin orange but he insisted on making it green, too.

I like how focused he was while completing the activity. He loves art and paint and this is a more "mommy friendly" way of letting him paint since there is much less cleanup! 

You can download the free printable PDF here:

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Sep 25, 2017

Car Garage Number Matching Montessori Activity

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I'm so excited about this activity! I got the idea from a Montessori group I'm in on Facebook and adapted it for D. He LOVES his Hape Car Garage and recently has shown an interest in counting objects. This was a fun way to show him that numbers also have written representations.

  • Hape Car Garage (or any other garage/ cardboard with parking spaces drawn on). We LOVE this garage and find it to be very sturdy.
  • Painter's tape- make sure to use this kind of tape so you don't damage the garage or cars
  • Hotwheels or Matchbox cars
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

Making the activity was super quick and easy! I cut pieces of tape for each car and parking spot and numbered them.

D helped me and we talked about each number as I wrote it.

 I then showed him how to match the cars to their spots. He loved it! He liked driving the cars up the ramp and parking them in their spots. He also enjoyed me "correcting" him and talking about which cars were matched correctly. He would purposelessly park some wrong so I would "fix" it.

I could easily see this activity being expanded to letters and sight words! I love how this activity turned out and am so excited to hear how it works out for everyone else!

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Sep 18, 2017

Fall Leaf Painting Activity for Preschoolers and Toddlers

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We have started a new unit in our homeschool Montessori preschool. We are learning about seasons! I introduced the concept of seasons today with this fun leaf painting activity. Step by step instructions are below!

Step 1: Collect an assortment of fall leaves. Bonus points if you let your little one collect them on a nature walk!

Step 2: Use scotch tape to attach leaves to a piece of paper. I folded the tape over so it wouldn't be part of the final painting.

Step 3: Place the paper and leaves on some newspaper or craft paper to protect your table- your child will paint to the edge of the page. We have this roll of brown craft paper and use it for EVERYTHING!

Step 4: Let the painting begin! I think sponge paint brushes work best for this activity since they are more forgiving. I showed D how to paint along the edges of the leaves.

Step 5: Remove the leaves when your child is done painting. We did this when the picture was still wet so the leaves wouldn't dry into the paint and get stuck.

I LOVE how this turned out! D really enjoyed it! His favorite part was that I let him add red glitter paint to the project.

Let me know if you try this activity out in the comments! I love seeing pictures!
Sep 15, 2017

Free Printable! Nature Color Walk

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D still loves to spend time in nature so I'm always trying to come up with new ways to make it educational and fun!

This scavenger hunt I made asks that the child find an object that matches each color. You can decide whether or not to have them collect the objects or just point them out.

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Let me know what you think in the comments! I also LOVE seeing pictures of little ones doing my activities!

Want to learn more about why it's so important for children to spend time in nature? Read my favorite book on the topic "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv. 

Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Reminders You Might Not Have Thought Of

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Here in Florida we are all bracing for Hurricane Irma. Water is flying off the shelves, gas lines are long, and we all have our batteries hoarded but there are some things I'm doing that haven't been mentioned that are important, too!
  •  Stock up on disposable diapers and baby wipes, even if if you use cloth diapers like we do. If water and/or power goes out you won't be able to wash cloth diapers!
  • Make sure you have non-perishible food your kids will actually eat. Canned soup, beans, and tuna are fine for adults but my toddler will have no part in that. Peanut butter crackers and baby food pouches it is!
  • Dog/cat food if you have a pet. 'nuff said.
  • MORE baby wipes, even if you don't have kids!!! You will thank me when there's no water and you can clean your hands, wipe your under arms etc.
  • Paper plates, cups, and disposable cutlery-- you don't want to use precious water to wash dishes if there isn't any! 
  • Propane or charcoal for your grill so you can heat up food. If you don't have a grill a small hibachi or camping grill is a great thing to have.
  • Dry shampoo if you are so inclined.
  • A portable charging bank for your cellphone. You don't want to waste precious gas or car battery power charging your phone. We have this one (affiliate link)  
  • Activities for kids that require no electricity- crayons and coloring books, playdoh, books etc
  • Fill up your bathtub so you can flush your toilet if the water gets cut off. A water bladder like this one  is also a great way to store water. You can also fill garbage cans. Your hot water heater also holds about 30 gallons or so and can be drained.
  • CLEAN EVERYTHING! Wash all soiled bedding, laundry, dirty dishes etc. Anything that will smell if you lose power and don't have AC
  • Get cash. ATMs won't work if there isn't power and the ones that do work will run out fast.
  • Walk through your house and video your possessions for insurance purposes.
I hope you find these tips helpful! Let me know your tips!