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ST. PATTY’S DAY TINKER TRAY

March 6, 2019
St. Patrick's Day Green Tinker Tray

If you've been following U Ready, Teddy? You know I love Tinker Trays! Tinker trays are also called Loose Parts tray and are typically found in a Reggio Emilia Learning environment. They are inexpensive, versatile and promote open-ended creativity. The Valentine's Day tinker tray we made was a huge hit, so I decided to make a green tinker tray for St. Patrick's Day! (If you want to be even more festive throw in some rainbow colors and gold coins!) Darling…

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14 DAYS OF HEART ART FOR TODDLERS

January 31, 2019
Heart art for toddlers for Valentine's Day 14 different art projects

Valentine's day is almost here and you will start to see oodles of cutesy heart crafts all over Pinterest and coming home from your kid's preschool. As a former art teacher and a museum professional, I have a little bit of personal disdain for holiday crafts. Mostly because I value the arts so much and understand how beneficial the arts can be for children. For holidays, like Valentine's Day, it is understandable that most people look for a specific holiday-related…

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VALENTINE TINKER TRAY

January 10, 2019
valentine's day toddler tinker tray activities

WHAT IS A TINKER TRAY? A tinker tray is a tray filled with loose parts or found objects. They are commonly used in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Tinker tray materials can be used for a variety of activities or art making projects. I love tinker trays because they promote open-ended art making, critical thinking and process over product. They can be used with children from toddler age (as long as they are well supervised or loose parts are…

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TINKER TRAYS FOR YOUR TODDLER

January 10, 2019
valentine's day toddler tinker tray activities

WHAT IS A TINKER TRAY? A tinker tray is a tray filled with loose parts or found objects. They are commonly used in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Tinker tray materials can be used for a variety of activities or art making projects. I love tinker trays because they promote open-ended art making, critical thinking and process over product. They can be used with children from toddler age (as long as they are well supervised or loose parts are…

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KINETIC SAND VALENTINES (FREE PRINTABLE)

December 31, 2018
Valentine Sensory Toddler Activity with Kinetic Sand + Pattern Hearts

There is something about Valentine's Day that gets me in a super crafty mood. I love doing Valentine crafts with the kids and making Valentine treats and I especially love making Valentine gifts for their daycare and preschool classes. Their classmates love getting something cute that they will actually want to play with and the parents love when they come home with a gift that isn't candy or some piece of plastic junk. Last year, Teddy brought these BEACH BALL…

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