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    Summer Must Haves for Kids

    My daughter has 2 days of school left, and between, the beautiful weather we’ve been having, and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, it really feels like summer is upon us. I thought I’d share some of the products that we use over and over again all summer long. These are the basics that help keep my girl entertained, and mom a little more sane! All links are affiliate links. Sand toys – A good set cannot be underestimated! I DO NOT like sand personally (something about the way it feels just gets me) but my daughter doesn’t share this aversion, she’ll happily cover herself in it. I keep a set…

  • Friday Freebie – Cloud Hunt

    Happy Friday! I am all about being outside this week and today’s freebie is the perfect easy outdoor activity for a lazy summer afternoon.  This Cloud Hunt Bingo game from Green Grubs is the perfect way to encourage children to be creative while taking time to pay attention to the world around them.  Go download your copy and have a great weekend!

  • 50 Activities to do outside

    The weather has been beautiful and I am fully in the summer spirit. All I want to do is be outside, so I thought I’d put together a list of all the fun things that little ones could possibly do outside for those times when my “let’s go outside” is met with a chorus of “I don’t want to.” Look for bugs Follow some ants Put together wildflower bouquets Make daisy or clover necklaces Build a sandcastle Dig a deep deep hole Go to the park Pretend the playground is a pirate ship Make mud pies Start a sand bakery Find shapes in the clouds Draw your scientific observations Decorate…

  • Friday Freebie – Bubble Recipe

    Happy Friday! Today’s freebie is the perfect little recipe to send home with your students. These bubble recipe cards would be fun for families to follow and report how their bubbles worked.  Go download your set and have a great weekend!

  • Bubble Play

    When the weather finally gets nice the last thing that I want to do is be stuck inside, so we spend a ton of time outside.  Bubbles are the number one activity that I turn to when the children start to get bored. Here are some fun ideas for bubble play that I’ve rounded up: Shape bubble wands Water bottle bubbles Huge bubbles Bubble refill station

  • Friday Freebie – Leaf Matching

    Happy Friday! Today’s freebie is a fun way to practice colors while celebrating autumn.  This leaf scavenger hunt asks children to find leaves that match the leaf on the card, what a fun game for outdoor time! Download your copy from Edventures with Kids and have a great weekend!

  • Activities to do with yarn – gross motor

    If there is one thing that is universal for every single preschool program it’s that you never seem to have enough materials for all of the activities that you want to do with the children. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at creating fun experiences with very few supplies.  I thought it would be fun to focus on one simple supply and share a ton of easy activities that you can do to meet different learning domains. This week is going to be all about things you can do with yarn. When it comes to gross motor activities, yearn is the perfect tool for practicing a variety of skills.…

  • Friday Freebie – Outdoor Games

    Happy Friday! I am ready to spend some time outside this weekend, and if you’re planning on doing the same then today’s freebie is perfect! When I’m on the playground I always forget about all of the fun games that I used to play as a kid. I made these cards so that I could easily flip through and help the children choose a new game to learn.  Download your set and have a wonderful weekend!

  • Outdoor Imaginative Play

    The outdoors are the perfect setting for imaginative play because they lend themselves to a number of themes that children love, such as pirates, faeries, the jungle, and camping.  I love to include some basic props on the playground that spark that imagination.  Here are some of my favorite materials (all links are affiliates): Dancing Scarves Ribbon Wands Play Food  Large Plastic Blocks Pool Noodles Large Foam Blocks These are a great place to start because they can be turned into almost anything that a child might need for whatever theme they are acting out.  

  • Playground Rules

    Do you have a strict set of playground rules or are you more of the relaxed “go explore” type? I love to get others’ opinions on this particular subject because most people generally feel very strongly one way or another. I can certainly see both sides. I understand that rules are in place for a reason, and that they can keep children from getting injured. I also understand the importance of being able to explore and be curious. personally I tend to lean towards the “explore” side of things. I fully believe that children learn best from first hand experience and that safety can be maintained as long as I…