What are Sensory Bins?

What are sensory bins? Sensory bins are simply containers filled with materials that excite a child’s senses. They can be filled with dry food (pasta, beans, legumes, rice, etc.), shredded paper, or even water! They promote learning through hands-on play opportunities. (No flashcards or worksheets here! Instead, we prepare invitations to play that are much…

How to Dye Rice (and why you’d want to!)

I love me some dyed rice! Not to eat though. Definitely not for consumption (since it uses rubbing alcohol). I actually use dyed rice in sensory bins for my preschoolers! What in the world is a sensory bin?? Sensory bins are containers filled with materials that excite a child’s senses. They offer opportunities for children to…

Pumpkin Hide-and-Seek

This will be your go-to activity this month! Pumpkin hide-and-seek is everything you need in your life right now- low prep, fun, and engaging (see: keeps the kids busy for a while 😉 ) In an attempt to use our pumpkins in lots of different ways this month, I came up with a fun twist…

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…

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…

Get messy with your kids in this Mommy and Me Muddy Playdate!

Mommy and Me Muddy Playdate

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Simple Green. All opinions are my own. MUD Have you ever heard the phrase that boys are noise with dirt on them? Ya, that almost describes my boys….but it would be more accurate to say they are noise with MUD on them. They are always in…

Play Food and Foil Fine Motor Activity

Do you use foil in preschool activities? Foil has been a staple in our activity repertoire since we first introduced it three years ago in this Foil and Toys fine motor activity. Foil is an amazing sensory supply because it is so crunchy and provides lots of sensory feedback (auditory, tactile, and even visual stimulation). Crunching…

FREE printable playdate cards for moms! These would be super convenient on the playground!

10 Must-Know Tips for the Best Playdates!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Simple Green. All opinions are my own. Playdates are kind of my thing. Being a stay at home mom, mommy group leader, and preschool co-op coordinator, I’ve hosted a fair share of playdates in my life. From the simple “Why don’t you come over and our…

We love our Magna-Tiles! These are some creative ways I never thought to use them, though!

10 Unexpected Places to Use Magnetic Tiles

Do your kids love magnetic tiles? Ever since we bought our Magna-Tiles, they have been one of the most used toys in our house. They get played will all the time and in all different ways! If you aren’t familiar with Magna-Tiles (also sold as Picasso Tiles and Magformers), they are plastic, translucent shapes that are…