Play Groups

Make a Ribbon Fun House for Toddlers

Make a Ribbon Fun House for Toddlers

Check it out! Last week I cleared out the playhouse and turned it into a ribbon fun house.  I swear, this took me maybe 20 minutes to do.  It’s so easy! And obviously you don’t have to have a playhouse to do this.  Any doorway or entryway will work just fine.  See the how to below(…)

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Toddler Art Play Group 101

Toddler Art Play Group 101

I get asked about toddler art play group a lot and thought it was high time I let you in on all or at least some of the messy details so maybe you can start one in your neck of the woods.  Play group is awesome! It’s a great way to give kids a messy, sensory, artful(…)

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Water Bead Play for Kids

Water Bead Play for Kids

About a week or so ago I made this video about salt painting and the great response from people all over the world really surprised me.  It’s been incredible getting all these messages from different families showing their children’s salt painting art work, saying thanks for such a simple activity.  It got me thinking that(…)

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40 Plus Awesome Sensory Play Activities for Babies and Toddlers

40 Plus Awesome Sensory Play Activities for Babies and Toddlers

When my girls were babies I went hardcore, no holds barred, sensory play 24/7 with them.  I was obsessed! I even started a play group just so that I could think of more ways to give babies and toddlers sensory experiences.  As a result, I have a pretty big arsenal of great sensory ideas and activities(…)

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BEST. PLAY DATE. ACTIVITY. EVER.

BEST. PLAY DATE. ACTIVITY. EVER.

Seriously, BlogMeMom is a genius! If you are not familiar with Suja’s amazing blog, please oh please check it out immediately.  You will find countless amazing, gorgeous, super fun and engaging science and art activities.  I’ve tried a bunch of them and am always super pleased with how they turn out. But this, THIS ONE(…)

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Small World Tar Pits – Dinosaur Play for Toddlers

Small World Tar Pits – Dinosaur Play for Toddlers

Did you know that Los Angeles’ La Brea Tar Pits are one of the world’s best and most important sources of Ice Age fossils?  Yup.  Pretty cool huh?  We love science around here and are always looking for new and interesting ways to bring more science into our lives.  The La Brea Tar Pits got(…)

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Veggie Printmaking for Preschoolers

Veggie Printmaking for Preschoolers

I love printmaking with young children.  We’ve been doing a ton of it around here lately.  Check out our styrofoam prints here.   Printmaking is a fun, simple process art activity that kids love.  This week we used veggies for vegetable printmaking and it was a mega hit from toddlers to preschoolers to older kids.(…)

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Building Clay Structures with Young Children

Building Clay Structures with Young Children

Every once in a while an art activity comes along that totally blows my mind and literally makes me high.  Building with clay logs and bits of nature is one of those activities.  If you have young children and want to introduce them to a great, open ended, easy to manipulate, engaging activity, please oh(…)

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Reggio Inspired Mirror Nature Painting for Toddlers

Reggio Inspired Mirror Nature Painting for Toddlers

Sometimes an activity is just so beautiful and natural I can’t take it.  Mirror nature painting outside is one of those.  The reflection of the sky or in our case, our lemon tree, in the mirrors was just gorgeous.  This invitation to play for toddlers and young children is a great, open ended art activity.(…)

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Recycled Cardboard Animal Drop Box

Recycled Cardboard Animal Drop Box

If you follow  my blog regularly you know there is almost nothing I like better than a fresh roll of duct tape.  You also know that I am a huge fan of National Geographic Kid’s awesome website Animal Jam.  I love when two of my favorite things get together.  Such fun can happen.  We made(…)

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