Monday, August 18, 2014

Children's Art Frames

Hi all! Remember last week in my Untoy: Playing and Crafting with straws post, I mentioned that I had a special project I was working on? Well, I'm finally ready to show it off: My children's Art Wall with DIY frames!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Un-Toy Friday: Straws

Welcome back to Un-Toy Friday! If you're following along with us, glad to have you back! If you're new to the un-toy series, make sure to read what un-toying is all about.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goodnight Moon Sorting Activity

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There are a plethora of good bedtime books out there, but the one that stands out most in my mind is Goodnight Moon by Maragaret Wise Brown. It's the classic bedtime story, not to mention it is well written with preschool vocabulary and early literacy in mind (apparently, adult writers can learn a thing or two from the book as well!) The pictures are brilliant too- they show everyday items found in a typical house. My son can point and name virtually every item in the pictures because we've read (and re-read) the story so many times- I think that means it's time to incorporate the story into a fun pre-school sorting activity :-)

Goodnight moon activity

Monday, August 11, 2014

Potato Stamps

If you all are anything like me, you like to stock up when you find a good deal: Toys (I've got a closet of gifts saved up!), Shampoo (I think I'm good 'till 2017) and potatoes...

Do you ever find yourself at the 99 Cent Only Store (crafty mamas congregate here) and see an entire 1 pound bag of potatoes for $1?! Yeah. I'm a sucker for a deal, so I stock up. And when I am sick of potatoes, I get crafty with them :-)
 
Potato stamps! What a simple way to paint with preschoolers!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Un-toy Friday: Pasta

Welcome back to Un-Toy Friday! If you missed last week's edition on rocks, catch up with us by checking out that post later :-) And if you're new to the Un-Toy series altogether, you might want to read this post now: What Un-Toy Friday is all About.

I am absolutely in love with this week's feature: pasta. I love to eat it and I love using it in activities for my boys! Also, it's super versatile- It can be a preschool math manipulative, or a toddler sensory bin filler (and lots more in between!).

First, a word on how to make plain pasta more colorful! Dying it is simple and adds a bit more interest to the play.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pre-School "Gone Fishin' Game"

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Today my nephew came over to play with the boys. He's a bit older than them (going into 3rd grade), and I wanted to engage the boys in an activity they could all enjoy. That's when I asked if he'd like to play a game with Cannon to help him learn colors- he LOVED the idea of being a teacher to his little cousin! And honestly, I think he enjoyed the game as much as my toddler did ;-)

 
 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Un-Toy Friday: Rocks

Welcome to the fist installment of my "Un-Toy Friday" series! If you are reading this on Monday, my apologies...I was a bit of a slacker on getting this out. But come back this Friday for a brand new post (on-time!) where I will share new Un-Toy ideas :-)

If you're new to the un-toy idea, please visit this page where I explain what this series is all about. And don't forget to participate in the fun by leaving me your ideas in the comments or on my Facebook Page!

Today's un-toy  ROCKS ;-). Literally, just plain old rocks. I was led to the idea because my oldest munchkin has been asking for rocks as he plays with his tractor toys. He can sit forever and make mountains and move them around from place to place. I knew there had to be other ways to incorporate rocks into playtime.