“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning…They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.” ~ Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Knuckle Pumpkins

I LOVE Fall!  It is my absolute favorite time of the year~Love it all pumpkins, cooler weather, football, holidays~Love it!  I want to do Fall activities All.  Day.  Long!

Today we made a Knuckle Pumpkin~I found the idea from The Happy Fairy.  It's a fun and easy way to make pumpkins.

So simple, all you do is make a fist and paint your knuckles (not your thumb) and then press it on the paper~You have to rock your hand back and fourth to get all your knuckles.  We made a kid pumpkin patch.  I wasn't sure how to finish it up~you could make the ground look like dirt or just leave the pumpkins~I just couldn't commit to anything.

 Samantha and Aiden had fun with this activity.  They were able to paint their own knuckles and all I had to do was help them put it on the paper.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Who Lives in Your House

When I taught preschool this was one of my favorite activities to do with the kids.  It is a great way to see how they see their families.  I was so curious to see how my kids saw our family.

I cut a house out of construction paper~you could even draw a house on a piece of paper.  There should just be something that looks like a house so that it is concrete for them.  Then I asked both of them to draw our family~The people that live in our house.

Here is Aiden's House~He said a Hippo lives in his house.  I didn't dare ask who the Hippo was in fear of his answer :)

Samantha's house is hilarious!  I think that it perfectly depicts our family.  We are always together~We are always right next to each other~I feel like we are all on top of each other and it looks like she feels the same way.

Try this with your kids~It's fun to see how they see things! 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

This is my family's favorite cookie recipe!  It's a twist to the classic chocolate chip cookie~by adding the pudding it makes the cookies a little sweeter and softer.  Try it~you won't be disappointed 

Go here to see the recipe

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Today I challenge you (and me) to just play with your child~Just be there with them~no phones, computers, TV, no distractions~Just be there and play.

I'm sure you both will have the best time ever.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Large Utility Tote

31 Uses for the Large Utility Tote
*Go Green~Use it for your Grocery Shopping

*Pool Side~Put all your towels, suits, snacks and sunscreen.  Everything you need for the day

*Emergency Kit for your Car~Fill it with shoes, blankets, snacks, flashlights etc

*Potluck~Carrying food

*Clean Laundry Bin for Kids~Easy for them to carry with the handles

*Board Game Storage

*Bridesmaids Gifts~Get a pattern that matches your wedding and personalize them

*Baby Shower Gifts~Fill it with diapers, clothes, wipes, toys

*Stuff Animal Storage


*Errands~Put everything it in and put it in the passenger seat next to you so you have everything at your finger tips

*Photography~Holds all your equipment

*Sport Equipment~You can even personalize it in your team colors!

*Home Parties~If you sell Pampered Chefs, Scentsy,  Craft Shows or any other home business...It will hold all of your products and supplies and the handles make it easy to hold

*Entry way Catch-All

*Car Trunk Organizer

*Organize Books and Toys for the Car

*Book Bin

*Holiday Gifts

*Garage~Great to hold balls, toys, blankets, helmets all those random items that just lay around  your garage

*Closet Organizer~Blankets Towels

*Sleepovers~Fits clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, favorite stuff animal

*On the Boat~Fits life vest, towels and a cooler for drinks and snacks

*CraftRoom~Scrapbooking, Fabrics, anything you can think of

*Purse Organizer~Keep all your purses in one spot.  This way they are not falling off of the shelves in your closet

*Quick Clean Up~Walk through your house and put all in the clutter in the bag.  5 minutes clean :)

*Carrying Christmas presents to their destination~Put all the gifts in the bag...This way you don't have to worry about them falling and getting all torn.

*Pet Carrier for road trips

*Pet Supply Organizer

*Graduation gift~Fill it with fun things for their dorm

*Yard Sales

How much more do you love your Large Utility Tote now!  If you are interested in getting one click  here

What's in the Bag?

I don't know about your children but mine love bags!  Every time they find any empty bag they grab it and fill it up with stuff~It doesn't matter what it is they just put it in the bag until it's too heavy for them to carry or the bag rips and everything falls out (they think that's funny...I don't always agree :)

I had a bag and they wanted to know what was in it~I told them to guess.  Well with a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 year old the guesses where a bit outrageous for the bag (a dog?  Daddy? A car?)  I tried giving them some clues...It's rectangle, has paper inside it, you use it to blow your nose.  Then Samantha wanted to feel inside.  So I had her reach in without looking.  She described it "hard" "not heavy"  Aiden was a little scared to reach in.  I pulled it out and showed them that it was a tissue box.  They wanted to find more things to put in the bag.  They played this together for a little while

This is a great activity to develop vocabulary (hard/soft, big/little, rough/smooth) and asking/answering questions.  Plus it takes no prep work or messy clean up :)