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Happy New Year!!!

I look forward to the New Year and plan to get some long overdue posts going. I am  committed to presenting projects that are easy and affordable for home and daycares. There are some good winter ideas on my site for you to enjoy while you are waiting.

Pipe Cleaner Weave

pipe cleaner weave example

I was looking for materials around the room to use at quiet time, and I gathered up some different colored pipe cleaners and some plastic sewing mats. . . . → Read More: Pipe Cleaner Weave

Toddler Fun with Links

Plastic links and ball

I found a coloured plastic ball and plastic links in the baby section of Walmart (clearance aisle), and took them to the daycare to see what the children would do with them. First they had fun trying to attach them to the ball and it was a good fine-motor workout. . . . → Read More: Toddler Fun with Links

Mask Mania

colorful mask craft feathers and beads

For an easy way to make beautiful masks, start with the plastic party masks that go over the child’s eyes and nose, which you should be able to find at your local dollar store (like the black one you can see in the upper left mask shown in the picture).  Gather any and all craft . . . → Read More: Mask Mania

Clothes Pin Sort

colored clothespin color match

Clothespin color matching

Thrift stores are a wonderful resource for cool, interesting materials. I bought a bag of colourful clothespins for two dollars. I then went to the dollar store and bought some aluminum pie plates for a buck.  This is the result!!! You can have the children match by a single color (put one . . . → Read More: Clothes Pin Sort

Summer in the Backyard made easy (Water fun)

 There is nothing better than water play on a hot summer day.  Slap bathing suits on the children, along with sunscreen and hats and you are ready to go!!!  I have some activities for the children to do in the backyard with water:

wash the bikes, trikes, little tikes vehicles wash the inside toys in . . . → Read More: Summer in the Backyard made easy (Water fun)

Summer in the Backyard made easy (Getting Ready)

A secure, fenced- in backyard can provide hours of safe, relaxing summer fun. I have compiled a list of equipment and supplies to make your summer in the backyard easier. All of the activities I will be providing in this series will use these items . . . → Read More: Summer in the Backyard made easy (Getting Ready)

Preschool Bead Sort

beads sorted

This activity takes some preparation and shopping, but the children will be able to do it over and over. – get some different bead necklaces and smooth rocks from the dollar store – also buy some plastic containers with lids . . . → Read More: Preschool Bead Sort

Toddler Baby Food Fun

Toddler baby food fun

Toddlers love to make a mess and they almost always want to eat any sensory activity. I like to use baby food on tin foil and let them go wild! . . . → Read More: Toddler Baby Food Fun

Snow and Ice Play

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Inside snow play

Why not bring the outside in!! Here’s some ways to get kids playing and learning about snow and ice inside. These activities combines sensory (feel of snow, texture, properties as it starts to melt) and science (colors combine as the snow melts).

Fill tupperware bins or buckets with snow and bring . . . → Read More: Snow and Ice Play