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Crafty Books for Boys and Girls of All Ages

Crafty Books for Boys and Girls of All Ages

Did anyone else feel like their kids spent way too much time in front of screens this summer?  We got to that point a few times this summer, but thanks to Quarto Books the kids had some awesome crafty adventures in our own house.  When I was a kid I loved crafty books that taught...

The Stone Center of Kentucky

We visited The Stone Center of Kentucky this week and came home with 100 pounds of stones.  The reason for the visit to the Stone Center in Walton is an upcoming event at my preschool where we will be painting rocks with preschoolers from our community and their families.  We are going to create a...
10 Ideas for Preschool Fun with Water Beads

10 Ideas for Preschool Fun with Water Beads

Just before the school year ended I learned about the wonderful world of water beads.  My principal and our school’s Speech/Language Pathologists showed me their sensory bin full of these cool and soothing little beads of water.   I will not be able to properly describe to you how these water beads feel other than...
Crafty Fun for Hot Summer Days {GIVEAWAY}

Crafty Fun for Hot Summer Days {GIVEAWAY}

This summer we had a chance to review some awesome craft books from The Quarto Group which is “a family of creative small publishers who specialize in beautifully illustrated books on, doing, makings, and learning”.  My kids (and myself) have had so much fun with these four books! These crafty books have given me an...
Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play Center

Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play Center

My preschool classroom has a “Dramatic Play” corner where children can use their imaginations to pretend they are playing or working in different jobs, homes or scenarios.  While our class was learning about the Five Senses I thought it would be fun to put together an Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play Center.  It only took a...
Rainbow Pasta Arts & Crafts

Rainbow Pasta Arts & Crafts

Making Rainbow Pasta is super easy to do, and can provide hours and hours of fun for kids of all ages.  You can use Rainbow Pasta to create art work, string necklaces, and make patterns.  I colored a bunch of noodles for my classroom recently and the kids had so much fun doing all kinds...
The Candle Lab OTR

The Candle Lab OTR

Do you love candles?  You need to visit the Candle Lab OTR. Do you love creating things?  You need to visit the Candle Lab OTR. Do you need a unique gift for someone special?  You need to visit the Candle Lab OTR. The Candle Lab OTR is a really cool shop where you can create...

Easy Peasy Valentines with Avery Labels

Avery Labels is making it super simple for you to put together awesome (sweet) valentines with your whole family!  Here’s how to do it in five easy steps: Easy Peasy Valentines with Avery Labels 1. Order supplies from Amazon: 2.  Design your labels on Avery.com/Hershey: 3. Print your labels: 4. Affix the labels to the...

Make Your Own Zoo

I am always on the lookout for ways to get my children to get creative.  They love doing so many crafty projects…whether it be with paper, recycled objects from around the house, or just sticks and rocks they find outside.  When I was offered a copy of “Make  Your Own Zoo” for review purposes  I...
St. Theresa's Textile Trove & Sugar Skull Costumes

St. Theresa’s Textile Trove & Sugar Skull Costumes

My favorite fabric shop in the whole wide world is  St. Theresa’s Textile Trove in Over the Rhine.  I have been shopping at this shop for funky fabrics ever since I first started quilting.  And back in those days I was piecing my quilts by hand.  These days sewing time is diminished greatly but I...
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Learning Activities

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Learning Activities

Recently  I started teaching preschool again after nine years at home with my little ones.  For the beginning of the school year I thought it would be fun to create learning activities surrounding one of my favorite children’s books, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.  The kids loved starting the...
Labyrinth Costumes for the Whole Family

Labyrinth Costumes for the Whole Family

Since my children were very small we have dressed them up for Halloween in a coordinating theme.  Sometimes Michael and I even join in on the fun and dress up with them.  The kids get really excited about the planning, secrecy and implementation of our Halloween Costumes each year.  We have been characters from Scooby...