Felt Shape Sheep

Our felt board hoop continues to be very popular with my kids, and this weekend we put it to use making cute felt shape sheep! We were inspired by Chinese New Year and the fact that we are starting the year of the sheep (or ram), but this is a great craft for spring or […]

Frustration Free Pattern Block Play

I adore pattern blocks, but they can sometimes be frustrating to kids – particularly kids who don’t have a lot of experience using them. You get something all set up, and then you (or, worse, someone else) accidentally knocks your creation and everything falls apart! This is, of course, a great opportunity for kids to […]

Trilingual Board Books from Little Pim

I think it is important for kids to get exposure to foreign languages. Becoming bilingual is awesome, but kids benefit from any exposure. I learned French, Spanish, and German through being raised in Guatemala, France, Bolivia, and Austria; I studied Russian in college and taught myself (now incredibly rusty) Serbo-Croatian in grad school. Knowing foreign […]

Playful Preschool Learning Ideas for Home or School

I love hands-on, play-based learning – particularly when it comes to learning activities for preschool-aged children! I was thrilled to contribute to the new Three to Five: Playful Preschool ebook (affiliate link) with several of my favorite bloggers! This ebook is full of wonderful activities you can download and complete with your child using household […]

Toddlers and Preschoolers: Learn by Painting

This week, 20-month-old Anna painted for the first time. My other kids all started to paint at younger ages, but this past year has been very busy with getting our house ready to sell, selling the house, packing, driving across the country, unpacking (on my own with four kids, since Mike was still in Massachusetts), […]