Baby Activities in Nature

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This post includes ideas for bringing babies into nature. Nature is the ultimate sensory, learning, and developmental experience. Finding a way to get children outside more often is a hot topic with parents and educators learning creative ways to bring nature to children in learning and every day life. You don’t have to live on [...]

Art and Nature Activity for Kids – Texture Painting

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This activity for kids combines art, nature, and movement. We painted with petals and glue. The materials give children a different kind of tactile and fine motor experience. Plus, this activity takes children outside where learning is always at its best. Finally this art and nature activity for kids can be adapted to all seasons. [...]

Preschool Unit on Ants

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An incident with my sons (almost 3.5 and 5) led me to create this Preschool Unit on Ants. My sons turned over a rock. Then, copious amounts of ants scurried out from their home. My sons reacted in a way that didn’t surprise me, but they didn’t react well. The ants, obviously surprised to see the [...]

Send a Hug Activity for Kids

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This activity for children is easy to put together and makes a sweet gift from a child to a family member or friend.  The age for this activity can begin as early as 2 and extend well into elementary school aged children. My 3 year old completed the hug in the above image. Materials Needed [...]

Unique Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Are you looking for active and unique ways to celebrate Earth Day with your children? Me too. So, I came up with a list. I thought I’d share it with you. “Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with [...]

Reading Readiness Ideas for 2 and 3 Year Olds

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A family member emailed me recently for advice on letter and number learning for her 2 year old. She asked if it was okay to start incorporating these concepts or would that be pushing him before he’s ready? I’m sure many, many parents feel confused and conflicted about reading and writing learning with their young [...]

Children’s Book Lists

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“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis Here are 20 book lists for children and parents! The list cover a broad range of topics from holidays to mindful parenting. Please share your opinion with me. Also, send along recommendations to [...]

Easy Ways to Encourage Reading at Home

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(Image courtesy of Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos.net) My 3 year old has entered his sensitive period for language. He can’t get enough of books. Our 4.5 year old has always been an avid devourer of books but with our second, I wasn’t sure we would see the same passion. We didn’t for a long time. [...]

Montessori Art for Continent Studies

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This post includes lots of great Montessori Art for Continent Studies ideas! Part of my Montessori Art Album required brainstorming a list of of Art ideas that would extend into continent studies. Montessori Art is very much about the process rather than the outcome. I was thrilled to be “forced” to spend time thinking about [...]

20 Montessori Winter Activities

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As I was searching the internet and my closets for fresh December Montessori shelf work inspiration, I came across so many fabulously creative ideas that I decided I just had to share them with you! I snuck in a few of my own ideas. I haven’t had the opportunity to write up a post yet [...]