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Toddler and Preschool Penguin Theme Ideas

 Inside:  There are so many fun toddler and preschool penguin theme ideas! We not only made penguins, but we also explored them at the light table and the exploration table. We even had fun dancing like penguins! Free printables are included.   After kicking off the winter season with our snow and ice theme, we… […]

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Wonderful Winter Crafts for Dreary Days

When the first snowflake falls, the world becomes a winter wonderland…however, as winter drags on, the cold can feel less than magical. If you live in the Midwest like I do, you’re no stranger to a bitter, beautiful winter, often asking yourself “How can it look this gorgeous but be this cold?” Don’t let the […]

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Toddler Triangle Shapes Activity that Also Builds Fine Motor Skills

Inside: Here’s a fun toddler triangle shapes activity that is perfect for with playdough. The pressing motion is a great way to strengthen those hands and fingers, getting them ready for using writing tools. And it’s super easy to set up! I am often asked how I teach shapes to our toddlers. Truly, it’s all… […]

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Learning About Rosa Parks

With Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month (in the US) coming up soon, we thought that it would be a good time to learn a little about Rosa Parks – a brave lady who made a big change by taking a stan

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Guest Post – Having Fun with Paper Dolls

Paper dolls are a timeless toy. They have been around for centuries, but were popularised in the early 1800s. I don’t think there would be many of us who wouldn’t remember playing with them as children.

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Building Blocks Name Game

Make a super fun building blocks name game for preschoolers to help learn their names! So easy to create as a resource for home or the classroom and plenty of fine motor, gross motor and thinking skills involved as they learn through play. Do you have a preschooler who is just starting to learn their… […]

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Space Windsock Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Now this Space Windsock Toilet Paper Roll Craft is out of this world!  While toilet paper rolls aren’t the most glamorous thing in the world, if you give them a makeover like this, no one will guess they are behind it. Not a fan of toilet paper rolls? Use kitchen paper towel rolls or make paper […]

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Toddler and Preschool Snow and Ice Theme Ideas

Inside: We love to kick off winter with a toddler and preschool snow and ice theme. Even if the temperature in your area is mild, these activities will invite your children to experience cold with fun hands-on ideas. Free printables included! When we return from winter break we jump into our snow and ice theme…. […]

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Blocks of Fun! 47 Block Activities for Preschoolers

Click here to read Blocks of Fun! 47 Block Activities for Preschoolers on Hands On As We Grow® Make the most of your preschooler or toddler’s interest in blocks – wooden, Lego, and ABC – with 47 easy block activities for preschoolers! We tend to have blocks out a lot around here. Whether its Legos, or […]

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Heart Valentines Day Pop Up Card

Shower the people around you with love, by making a Heart Valentines Day Pop Up Card for them.  This one is an easy Valentines day craft for kids to make, and grown ups will love making it too. It is a thoughtful little card and who doesn’t love handmade stuff? *this post contains affiliate links* […]

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Guest Post – Robin Collages

We often have friends over with differently aged children and I like to put something out for the younger kids so if the older ones are busy with K’Nex or a game that is a bit more complicated then the younger siblings can still have something fun

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