Toddler Fun: Discovering Animals


Eric Carle is this month’s author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, and his frequently animal-themed books have led Anna and I to do a lot of fun toddler activities about discovering animals! We adore Eric Carle’s classics (affiliate links) – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. […]

Toddlers and Preschoolers: Learn by Painting


This week, 20-month-old Anna painted for the first time. My other kids all started to paint at younger ages, but this past year has been very busy with getting our house ready to sell, selling the house, packing, driving across the country, unpacking (on my own with four kids, since Mike was still in Massachusetts), […]

Simple and Affordable Sensory Table Solution

This post contains affiliate links that you can use to purchase the products featured in this post from Amazon. Using the links helps to support this blog (thank you!) and does not affect the price of the product. I had thought about putting together a sensory table for my kids for ages, but the “real” […]

No-Mess Finger Paint for Kids!

This no-mess finger paint solution is a favorite in my house, as longtime readers know! I decided to introduce the other moms in my town to it through the craft series I’ve been running at our library instead of cleaning my house. Lily picked yellow and red, which turned out to be my favorite color […]

Creative Sand Sensory Play

Lily adored this creative sensory play activity with some colored sand and her Safari Ltd Fairy TOOB® (affiliate Amazon link, although we purchased ours at Michaels with a 40%-off coupon) characters! As you can tell, the wings of these fairies sometimes fall off when they get a lot of play from an exuberant three-year-old, but […]

Summer Sensory Play

One of the things I love about summer is the ability to take messy sensory play outside! I set the kids up with individual trays of corn starch, water, and washable paint. They started off pretty cautious, but gradually became more involved. Emma had a storyline going with her toys. Lily mostly watched. For Johnny, […]