This is a fun sand play area. The pirate ship is washed up on a beach. Kids can play with sand in and out of the ship. It's such a fun theme for dramatic and active play. I used PVC pipes to create the sling shot, filled the beach area with real beach sand, placed several pirate accessories around and built a fun hose powered water station.
This is a fun twist on the painting with a ziplock bag activity. The kids really enjoyed working with the straws and seeing the paint come through. They also had fun moving the paint around with their hands on the surface.
I strung these jingle bells up and hung them along our window. The kids really took to them. I used this activity during our Indian Village week but plan to do it again for our santa's workshop week.
Shaka Shaka Art
This is a great one! The kids really get into it. We call it Shaka Shaka art.
For Our Indian Theme this week, I made the kids a canoe and created this fun oar to go with it. I filled the oar with corn so it would make sounds when they rowed the canoe.
DIY Moving fire activity for kids
We covered ours in red and had the kids place red fire ambers inside. The fire explodes with ambers when turned on. We used tissue paper because it was light enough to take air. I wanted the fire as a prop and activity for our Indian Village Theme this week.
This mailing tube makes a great sound toy. We filled ours with corn and covered with fun Duck Tape colors.
The kids have fun escaping from the drooping flubber. We set the game up in our playroom. The kids crawled under the table and tried to make it out without being attacked by the drooping flubber.
My Favorite Flubber Recipe
How to Make Flubber at Home: The Ingredients 3 cups Warm Water 2 cups Elmer’s White Glue Liquid Water Color (food coloring stains) 20 Mule Team Borax, available in the grocery store laundry section. (Please see NOTES section below for safety information about Borax.) Glitter (optional) White Vinegar (for cleaning) The Steps In a large container combine and mix: 1 ½ cups very warm water 2 cups Elmers white glue A few drops of water color and/or glitter if using clear glue Make sure this combination is completely mixed In a small container combine and mix: 1 1/3 cups very warm water 2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax. Adults, please do this step. (Please see NOTES section below for safety information about Borax.) Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved. Combine the glue and borax mixtures: Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to squish, mix, and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature. For best results, measure precisely and mix well as noted above. Notes About Saftey Adults, please keep the box of powdered borax out of the reach of children. If kept in an airtight container, the Flubber will keep for up to 2 weeks. Vinegar dissolves Flubber from carpet, hair, furniture, clothes, and pets. This recipe makes enough Flubber for six children.
Start with having them blow the feather on the ground. Then have them blow the feather with a straw. For older ones, it can be a feather race game. Finally, bring out the big blowing guns (hair dryers). Have them blow the feathers across the room. We used dryers with a cool setting.
Spring Activities for Toddlers
Sensory Activities for infants
Fall Themed Activities for Kids
Teaching sounds can be fun with these vienna sausage cans.
Here's a great recipe for making your own bubbles at home.
Apple Playdate: Learn through Play
Our Apple Tree. The kids will pick apples during their dramatic apple stand pla
Dinosaur Playdate: Learn through Play
Start with a fun set up displaying any dinosaurs you have
Learn through Play: Pumpkins
Get a big pumpkin, several little pumpkins, tie string to a magnet and then tie to a wooden dowel. And let the pumpkin fishing begin!
Fun ways to teach about the seasons
Our season buckets. Here the kids learn about the items associated with each season.
My Favorite Play Dough Recipe
3 cups flour, 1.5 cups salt, 3 cups water, 2tb veg oil, 1 tb cream of tatrtar and any food coloring you have. Cook over low until dough spreads away from the pan. It comes out so soft and lasts for years!
Our kids just love experimenting with gravity and water. I made them these wall and deck activities with a quick stop at our local hardware store.
Here's a magnet ball and tunnel system. I picked up a sheet of metal and used base board frames to create the border. The tubes are made of clear ketchup dispensers and fastened together with electric tape. I fastened the magnets to the back and lined the tubes up in various ways to create a fun and interactive play.
I call this tunnel system tulips and tunnels. We combined the clear ketchup bottles with PVC pipes and connectors. The tunnels are attached with grey plastic electrical fasteners. The tulips are attached with velcro so the kids can pick flowers
Fun Outdoor Art Station
Children's wall of art.. a great theme for your child's next outdoor birthday party, a fun playdate or just for your munchkins. Kids love to create. The messier the creation the better the creative! Make sure to tell parents that the kids will need a second set of clothes to change into.
Here's a photo of an art wall made with white sheets. If you don't have poles to attach the sheets, you can use two easels. Just place one on each end of the sheet. For best results, get some stakes at a hardware store and line up two or three sheets to make a long wall of art. For younger kids, make sure that the sheets are lower. If possible, try to set the art wall up so that the kids can go around it and paint the other side. Or just opt to hang over a fence like we did.
I placed a few paint bins on the fence so its a one stop area and more organized. The kids can play with fun paint props like spray bottles, squirt bottles large rolling brushes and fun paint on decals.
Hay Sensory Play
This is a fun one inspired by the Fall Season. 1 bundle of hay will go a long way. Just place the hay in several containers and let the kids have fun exploring the texture of the hay
Corn Sensory Play