I'm proud to be guest posting over at the awesome 3 Dinosaurs today. We can't always make it to the real beach, so we brought the beach to us. Kinda.
Don't you love when you have an activity when you get to talk like a pirate? (Wait, I'm not the only one, right?!)
This month's Poppins Book Nook theme was Pirates, and we had fun with it. We read "Do Pirates Take Baths" by Kathy Tucker, a humorous book with amusing pictures. (We loved the illustration of them sleeping with their teddies the best!)
I found this article fascinating and am happy to be able to share it with you here! How do you encourage nature play in your children?
Do your kids play with nature? Have they been developing a love for the natural world? Recent studies have shown that children need unstructured, nature-based play in order to develop into healthy adults, yet many children in our urban, structured society do not get this chance. Here are some ideas to help you work nature play into everyday life.
Walking water is an awesome experiment. We had fun exploring markers and water on paper towels before and it was neat how the colors spread. This time we tried this experiment, inspired by The Royal Baloo. (Check out how to do it over there - she offers some great tips to keep in mind that were really helpful!)
Some things, like freeze pops and swimming pools, are perfect for summer time (any other time they're just a bonus!). Last week's linky saw some ideas that are great for any time of year, but especially those days of summer!
Mid-way through the summer, have you heard the "I'm bored" yet? I love these suggestions from Mary Kremer, because they're simple activities with suggestions to make them extra fun!
I think every parent has great plans for their kids summer…until July hits. By that point the ideas have run dry and you’re stuck with bored kids who are already tired of the summer. To help you get going again, here are five activities your child can do again and again. All of these activities are physically and mentally stimulating, so your children’s bodies and minds stay sharp. Check it out!
Meet Toby the Monster.
He's not very scary, but he's the key part of a great game for counting. That makes him a smart, although funny-looking, monster. (Hey, nobody's perfect!)
Welcome to Letter H of the Everyday Fine Motor Materials from A to Z series, organized by Still Playing School! This is one of Kay's favorite fine motor activities - because she gets to bang on things!
Note: Kay is 5 and using a real hammer. Younger preschoolers would have just as much fun with a toy hammer. You know your child best.
This is a real simple activity that Kay came up with on her own, mostly because she's always looking for things to bang at with her hammer. (She also likes banging in random loose nails on the stairs. She comes in handy - I think we'll keep her.)
I don't usually post about food (my lack of culinary skills may be behind that!) but this guest post from Whitney Hollingshead is right up my alley - simple, tasty snacks that kids will love!
Summer is here. No school probably means your kids are at home during the day and most likely begging you frequently for snacks. If you are sick of stocking up on prepackaged snacks that disappear as soon as you bring them home, consider some of these fun snack ideas instead. These snacks are easy to make, healthy, and incredibly tasty:
The dollar store being one of my favorite places to shop (who's with me?) I liked seeing so many frugal activitieslinked up last week. These materials can be found at most dollar stores or other stores for about the same cost. And for that price, you can't go wrong!