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Name recognition puzzle for preschoolers

Back-to-School Name Recognition Puzzle

What’s in a name? My name (Clarissa), never was good at being shortened. And the only affectionate suffix it ever got was a low hum (na-na-na-na-na…nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh…you know you sang that 😉 ) Our oldest son has a pretty unique name (Cannon…or as we like to call him, “Cannon Ball”). Our youngest son has a slightly…

A Tale of Two Bibles

“You shall love the Lord your God with all heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 22:37-39 Today I’m writing about something a little bit different. Normally I reserve this space…

5 Ways to Support a Child’s Personal Style

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Do your kids have their own sense of style? My five-year-old is becoming much more particular about his clothes these days. He knows what he likes and wants to show who he is through…

Painting with Toy Kitchen Tools

Anyone else love a good process art activity? We do! Process art is my favorite because it allows my kids to be creative and enjoy the process of creating art (versus being fixated on a final product). When you have one child who is a perfectionist (will melt down if his work doesn’t look exactly…

The Easiest DIY Cardboard Box Car!

I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore Learning and am compensated for my work. I receive product free of charge, but all my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own Living in a small town (and sparsely populated state) means we have to purchase lots of things by mail. Needless to say, we get lots…

Use pool noodles for an extra-large threading activity for preschoolers!

Pool Noodle Threading

We don’t have pool, but that won’t stop me from hoarding pool noodles!! Last year a friend asked if I would like to have a bag of cut up pool noodles she had. My answer was obviously a loud and resounding YES!! Did I know what I wanted to do with said noodles? No. Did it…

15 Learning Activities That Use Play Food

I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore Learning and am compensated for my work. I receive product free of charge, but all my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  “Mommy, what kind of sandwich do you want?” My sweet four-year-old loves to make pretend meals for me using his play food. I don’t think…

All About Eyes- a preschool invitation to learn and play. This is perfect for an "All About Me" theme in September!

All About My Eyes

Today I sat down to brainstorm some ideas for a September “All About Me” preschool theme. I was actually having a hard time coming up with ideas until decided a play dough idea was the way to go (we love homemade play dough!).  Play dough invitations to play always spark my imagination and spur creative…

A sensory investigation focusing on the sense of scent. This fun activity is great for preschoolers "all bout me" and five senses theme.

Guess the Scent

My kids don’t often get to use their sense of smell as part of our preschool lessons, so this activity was a special treat for them! While cleaning out my kitchen cabinets today I came across our collection of cooking extracts (I use them in our homemade play dough recipe). As is typical, a mundane…

Make big, messy, awesome art using just shaving cream and a sliding glass door! Great summer art activity!

Shaving Cream Cloud Art

Stop everything you’re doing and grab a can of shaving cream! (after you read this post, of course 😉 ) Shaving cream is one of the cheapest sensory thrills out there. Grab a can for .99 cents for guaranteed preschool fun! Teachers have been using it for ages as a sensory writing trays (smear some of…