I could get lost in the children's section of a library for hours. There is such a wealth of amazing books. I love when I read a book and it immediately excites me, wanting to read it again and again to learn more. It is even more amazing when a child says "read it again". Dr. Seuss' brilliant book The Sneeches inspired me to create a book list of literature that focuses on acceptance and empathy. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please click on the images to purchase the recommended books.
Growing up I was lucky to visit Disney World many times. Honestly I'm 33 years old now and I think I have been to Disney 15 times. Wow! (My parents really loved the Disney vacations). Now that I am a mom I wanted my children to experience the magic of Disney. As my husband and I began to create a budget for our Disney World vacation I knew we were going to need to be creative to make it work financially. Here are some of the ways we saved money and still had an AMAZING Disney World Vacation! Thank you so much to Disney World for providing complimentary Disney World Park tickets.
When I was 7 months pregnant with my son I got the brilliant (!) idea to plan a vacation to the Dominican Republic when my son would be 4 months. Fast forward to a full suitcase of diapers, a sobbing baby on my lap and my pants covered with baby diarrhea (yes, this really happened). Five years since that first memorable trip I have learned a lot about making traveling as easy as can be with our three little ones (now a 5 year old and twin 3 year olds). Whether I am packing for a day trip or a week long vacation that involves air travel here are my favorite easy packing tips
A few days ago my son came up with the idea for these cookies. Quinn loves our original Stained Glass Cookies that we hang on our Christmas Tree and then gobble up as sweet treats. Quinn thought we needed a spring version of our traditional edible ornament and came up with flowers and butterflies. I thought popsicle sticks would make the cutest Springtime edible flower bouquet. Admittedly, these cute cookies only lasted long enough in the vase for me to get a quick photo. Our Stained Glass Flower Cookies are cute and delicious!
Lately my three year old twin daughters are all about learning their names and the alphabet. Here is a roundup of 12 of my favorite creative ways to explore the alphabet with children through art, sensory experiences, cooking, games, gross motor development and pretend play.
Lately I am loving all the uses of liquid watercolors I am seeing with kids' projects. The vibrant colors are gorgeous and I knew we needed to get our hands on some liquid watercolors and start experimenting! My three year old daughters spent over an hour painting about 20 beautiful watercolors each one unique. We decided to take some of our watercolors and create a beautiful Homemade Alphabet Chart for our playroom.
We love homemade playdough! It is fun to create and the possibilities for play opportunities are endless! After surprising our children with our upcoming Disney World Vacation our kids have become inspired by all things Disney. I decided to use some of the Disney World Park attractions and movies to create some Disney Inspired Playdoughs. So much fun to create (even my husband got in on the action!) and even more fun to play with. Best part? They all start with our simple Homemade Playdough Recipe.
Every morning my children run down the stairs excited to use our Countdown to Disney Chart! It was incredibly easy to create and helps us look forward to our first trip to Disney World! Yay!
YOU WILL NEED:
large piece of cardboard
large white paper ( I cut a piece from our butcher paper roll)
red and yellow construction paper
red and black markers
Cover a large piece of cardboard with white paper. Fold the paper over the cardboard and secure with packing tape.
I wrote "Countdown to Disney" in red at the top. Using red and yellow construction paper I cut small Mickey Mouse shaped heads and labeled them from 1-18 alternating red and yellow. Next I used velcro dots attaching one side to the back of the Mickey head and the other side to the chart.
I was incredibly lucky to not only receive my Masters in Education from a graduate school (Bank Street) that understands the importance of block building as an integral part of the social studies curriculum, but also train at the school (City and Country) that was founded by Caroline Pratt who invented the unit blocks we use today. In the early 1900s Pratt understood the importance of open-ended materials as the center of a child's education. Pratt developed the unit blocks for use at City and Country School but never marketed them under her name and therefore you will find unit blocks through a variety of companies, but the basic ideals remain the same. This post will serve as an Introduction to Block Building with Children including the areas of development block building supports, the basic shapes, the stages of block building, the ideal environment for block building, managing a block building environment and accessories that will aid the block building experience.
Like many children my kids have dreamed about a Disney World Vacation since they saw a commercial with the castle lit up at night and all the amazing themed rides. My husband and I are so excited to be taking our children on their first Disney World Vacation! A huge thank you to Disney World for providing our family with complimentary tickets! As soon as we started secretly planning the trip I knew I wanted to tell our children in a special, memorable way.
I kept the reveal very simple as I knew if I did anything too over the top my kids would become overwhelmed. I covered a recycled cardboard box with simple white paper and labeled it "Open Me! Surprise Inside!" I added cute black Mickey Mouse ears where a dot would be.