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SECRET DECODERS WITH MAGNA-TILES

February 10, 2022
Magna-Tile Secret Decoder

Who didn’t love those secret decoder glasses with the red lenses as a kid? There was something so fun about pretending to be a spy, searching for secret messages or pictures. Like most of my ideas, this Secret Decoder Magna-Tiles Activity was inspired by observing my kids at play. My daughter was hiding little drawings between Magna-Tiles and she noticed how parts of her drawing disappeared when certain color Magna-Tiles were on top. This gave me the idea to create…

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SNOW PAINTING ACTIVITY WITH COOKIE CUTTERS

February 1, 2022
snow painting cookie cutter stencils

Need a quick snow day activity for when its too cold to go outside to play? Bring the snow inside and try this quick and easy snow painting activity. Fill up a bin or a pan with snow, grab the watercolors and let your little ones do some snow painting. To extend the fun add some cookie cutters to create fun shapes to paint. Kids can use them like a stencil or pack the snow inside the cookie cutter to…

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Sidewalk Chalk Roads

June 10, 2020
Sidewalk Chalk Roads

We love play ideas that are cheap and simple! I love reminding parents that meaningful play doesn’t need to involve a ton of work on their part and that keeping your kids engaged in play doesn’t require buying new toys! There are so many creative ways to use the toys you already have and change up the context to make them exciting and feel new! Check out more ideas in our post MAKE OLD TOYS FEEL NEW One of our…

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Flower Potions STEM Activity

June 2, 2020
Flower Potions

One thing that is always a hit in our household is a magic potion! There is something that kids find so special about mixing and pouring ingredients and getting the surprise of a fun chemical reaction. You can make a potion activity for almost every theme imaginable. We've done love potions for Valentines, spooky witch potions for Halloween and edible lemonade potions. For Flower Week of our free U Ready Kids Camp we knew we needed to add a flower…

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Sensory Lemonade Potions for Kids

May 31, 2020
Sensory Citrus Potion Play Lemonade

My little ones LOVE potion play and what could be better than potion play that you can drink! These lemonade potions were their favorite potions yet. The lemonade potions engaged the senses of taste, smell and touch. This activity uses many different fine motor skills like squeezing, pouring, scooping and peeling. Using kitchen tools teaches practical life skills. There is also a lot of different scientific reactions that can be observed in these potions; ice melting, sugar cube melting/solutions, color…

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