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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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VALENTINE KINETIC SAND ACTIVITIES

January 10, 2019
kinetic sand valentine activities for toddlers

This post contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only write about products I love and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. For more information see Legal. WHAT IS KINETIC SAND? Kinetic sand is my favorite sensory play material. Mostly because I love playing with it and I love that it is easy to clean up. You can use it just like Play dough but it won't ever dry out because its made with sand mixed with magic (or…

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THE WEEKLY RUNDOWN 1-07-19

January 7, 2019

This post contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only write about products I love and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. For more information see Legal. SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON ME! // I just started reading I Thought it Was Just Me, (But it Isn’t) by Brené Brown, PHD (recommended by my sister) all about the concept of shame in women and how childhood shame shapes our development. It is REALLY interesting. NETFLIX PICKS// Have you seen Bird…

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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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AWESOME NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS BY JULIE MERBERG

December 2, 2018

One of my favorite things about having this blog is getting to review children’s books from publishers. I love being introduced to new books for kids. I’ve always loved children’s books and as an educator I tried to incorporate literacy in all of my lessons by incorporating picture books that reinforced the subject I was teaching. As a parent, I still use children’s books as an educational tool for my own children. Recently, I had the pleasure of reviewing three…

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