Sunday, August 18, 2019

Lion Puppet Cutting Craftivity for Preschoolers

One common question that I hear a lot is, “How do you get your child to do ____?” 

Art projects, crafts, sensory bins, learning activities… you name it.

The answer is really simple.

I focus on what they are interested in (OBSESSED WITH) and then pretty much anything we do is a hit… because it stems from their interests and passions. I rarely just create an activity for my kids because I want to do it.

The activities we put together are mainly child focused and child led.

Since I have taught kids and toddlers for many years, I often know topics and themes that I know they will love, so sometimes I will create activities related to those as well.

This past week, my daughter decided that she wanted to do a lion project. She went to see the new live action Lion King movie a few weeks ago and since then has been obsessed with lions and roaring and all of the music from the soundtrack (old and new).

Today I’m sharing the simple lion cutting craftivity (craft + activity) that we put together. We combined her two current favorite things - cutting with scissors and lions - to make these awesome Lion puppet crafts.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Apple Foam Bath Sensory Bin

Need a few minutes to breathe today and have your kids occupied? 

Want something quick and easy to set up that you know will be a hit!

One of our favorite simple activities is to give our toy cars a bath. The kids always think it is hysterical. We have been doing it for over 10 years and they always love it...

Today instead of using our cars, we're going to wash APPLES! And we're not just going to wash them with water, we are going to "wash" them and play with them in a FOAM BATH!




Thursday, August 15, 2019

10 Incredibly Easy Fine Motor Sensory Bins for Toddlers!

Have you ever heard the word "fine motor skills" and felt dumb because you didn't know what in the world people were talking about? Today we'll remedy that.

Here's a quick definition of fine motor skills...


"Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists." (from understood.org)


These little movements make a BIG impact!

Do you know why fine motor skills are important?

Fine motor skills are needed by kids and adults to do daily tasks like getting dressed, tying shoes, and brushing their teeth. Whenever you eat, you're using fine motor skills to grasp your food and pick it up with a fork. 

Fine motor skills are also needed for some school related tasks, like the ones listed below:

  • Holding a crayon or pencil
  • Coloring a picture
  • Drawing pictures and writing neatly
  • Zipping up a backpack
  • Stacking blocks and stringing beads
  • Using scissors, rulers and other tools

Since fine motor skills are so important, it is good to start early and help kids have the opportunity to explore different materials and activities that will help them strengthen their finger muscles to prepare for school and life!

You can easily fit activities into each day to help strengthen these muscles and help you and your child feel relaxed and prepared for school.

Today I'm sharing 10 Incredibly Easy Fine Motor Sensory Bins for Toddlers! 


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