This tinker box idea is one of my favorites; there are just so many things I love about it - the open-endedness, the creativity that is inspired, and, in our case, the frugality of it all. Not to mention the fact that Kay just loves it!
I would love to live in the country, surrounded by acres of green and lots of places for my daughter (and me!) to explore and experience nature.
But I don't.
We live in the city, surrounded by concrete and noisy cars. But I refuse to let that fact prevent us from exploring nature. We just have to work with what we have.
We don't get many butterflies in your yard, which is a shame. Mostly we get moths that Kay thinks are butterflies. Only rarely do we see a lovely monarch flutter by and when we do, it's an event.
Whether because of allergies or if there's a vegan in the house (that would be me!), not everyone wants to use real eggs at Easter. Fortunately there are lots of creative ways to keep the egg-decorating tradition alive - just minus the eggs! (And these all last way longer than the perishable kind too!)
I've always wanted to live in a house with a window seat, where I could curl up with a good book, especially when rain was pattering against the window. Every reader knows the right spot can be just as important as the right book.
The right environment can be an enticing incentive to pick up a book, but you know me - I like to keep things simple and do-able. Here are some ideas for creating your own reading nook that won't break the bank or take an engineering degree to accomplish!
Bonus: Most of these double as a play fort - and they will be used for that, too. Don't fight it!
It was one of those stuck-in-the-house, must-find-something-to-do days when I brought out the "ingredients" for Alphabet Soup.
Some kids just love bath time. And others, well, don't.
For some kids, taking a bath is right up there with going to the dentist - NOT a favorite place. My trick is to make the bath THE place to be. Bring out some toys (boats or waterproof dolls work well) that can only be played with during bath time.
Here's some other ways to turn bath into fun time (or at least get through it without an argument!)
The best movies inspire the imagination, long after the ending credits roll. Watching Kay act out scenes from Frozen (repeatedly!) I know that this is one movie that certainly does just that.
Still, it never hurts to have a little boost to that imagination, a prop here, a tiara there, and your preschooler can enter a whole new world. I love these ideas from around the web the spark the imagination and encourage pretend play!
We have a good amount of craft supplies; enough so that when I'm looking for something I can't seem to find it amongst the pile! But I hate to go out and buy storage containers just to put craft supplies in them, especially knowing that the containers are likely to get paint/glue/glitter, etc. on them anyway.
So, we'll just use what we already have!
Nothing's more fun than a craft you can play with afterwards...especially if it makes noise! (Easy for me to say, in a quiet - for now - house!) These jingle bell crafts are fun, easy, and musical, too!
My name is Emma and I'm a proud mom of a 6-year-old girl. Come join us in exploring, learning and having fun!
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