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Keeping kids busy on long trips

As the Canadian March Break approaches, I am reminded of the countless hours of travel that my family put in over the years. Planes, trains and automobiles with the sweet sounds of crying, whining and fighting siblings. Many years ago when my children were small, we lived a four hour plane ride from our families. A friend of mine, who travelled to Europe every summer, gave me this great idea for long plane rides (works in the car too). . . . → Read More: Keeping kids busy on long trips

Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Long, cold winter days linger on and  it is sometimes hard to come up with something new to do with the kids on days when they can’t stay outside for very long.  I was rummaging around the craft’s cupboard, when I came across some fake glass gems from the dollar store. I grabbed one and buried . . . → Read More: Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

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)

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

Indoor “Snowball” fight

Having snowball fights in playground and school yards are prohibited, so why not pretend to have one inside? First, make two teams. Each team chooses a colour of tissue paper. Then scrunch up the paper into balls. (Don’t tell the children what the game is until the last minute. This prevents over-excitement!). Once you have everything ready, you can collectively decide the rules of the “battle.” Older children can create various barricades with chairs or toys to hide behind. . . . → Read More: Indoor “Snowball” fight

“Guess the Smell” game

This is an easy and  fun sensory activity that children really enjoy.  All you need to do is collect some items, foods or spices with strong aromas that are familiar to most kids. You can, of course, make it more difficult for older children.  Put them in baby food jars or small tupperware containers with holes in the top. . . . → Read More: “Guess the Smell” game

More indoor games

…the Chair Game: Arrange chairs in an open space; one for each participating child. Each child sits on a chair to begin. The leader calls out commands and the children must follow the instructions… The “What is it?” Game: Gather some interesting household/kitchen objects into a container…Each child takes a turn reaching for an object. The leader asks “What is that? What do you think it is used for?” . . . → Read More: More indoor games

Quiet indoor games

Sitting and waiting is very hard for young children. There are times when you may have the children in a group waiting, for example for lunch or for you to set something up in the room.  Here are some quick games to make the transitions a little easier.

What’s Missing Game- Gather a few household . . . → Read More: Quiet indoor games