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Spin, Roll & Count Exercise Game

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Spin, roll & count exercise game. Fun for the whole family.This game was an amazingly huge hit in our home. My daughter did n

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The past few months have been stressful ones for our family. We have sold a home, remodeled our new home & are still living in a construction zone. With all of these changes & with how busy we have been, we have not made the best food choices & have let our physical fitness kind of slide. My husband & I have packed on the pounds and decided that we needed to get back into shape. We began a new workout regime & just started a squat challenge. Our daughter jumped right in & wanted to join us in getting a little exercise.

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Cleverly, inspired by our exercise, Mai picked up a die & rolled it and told me that she was going to do arm rolls. She rolled a 5 & did 5 arm rolls. She told me to roll & I rolled a 4 & she told me to do 4 jumping jacks. This sparked a new game & a fun idea.

I took my daughter’s idea & added another element to it.

What you will need:

A paper plate

Split pins

Cardboard

Construction paper

Hole punch

Sharpie

Glue

Die or dice

Directions: Cut an arrow out of a rigid piece of cardboard. Use a hole punch to poke a hole at the end of the cardboard arrow. Push a split pin through the hole & the center of the paper plate. Secure it loosely so that the arrow spins freely.

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Cut 8 squares out of construction paper & use a Sharpie to write down fun exercises.

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Glue them to the edge of the paper plate.

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To play:

Spin your exercise wheel. See what it lands on.

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Roll your die or dice.

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Do your activity the amount of times as the number that was rolled. Our daughter hopped like a frog 6 times this roll.

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We all took turns & played together as a family. We did jumping jacks, frog hops and toe touches.

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Our daughter could not get enough. She got a kick out of watching us frog hop & dance like ballerinas. We had fun & promised her that we could play again tomorrow.

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‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ Counting Game

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'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie' Counting & Feeding Game - Paper Plate Craft & Activity

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I think most of us have heard the story ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’. If you have not, it is a tale of a mouse and a series of events that occurs as a result of him getting a cookie. It is a fun book to read & my daughter just loves it.

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We often joke with our daughter & say “If you give a Mai A Cookie”. This joke came up this week. “How about you give Mai 1, 2, 3 , 4 cookies, mama?” Nice try! She did not get 4 cookies, but she did give me an idea for a fun craft & counting activity.

What you will need:

Paper Plates

Construction Paper

Paint

Glue

Markers

Directions:

Sketch & cut a mouth hole out of a paper plate.

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Paint your paper plate in brown & let dry.

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Cut ears & a nose out of construction paper & glue onto the plate.

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Draw in the eyes, mouth & whiskers with marker.

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Glue around the sides & top of the back of the plate & glue to another paper plate. Leave the bottom unglued so that there is an opening at the bottom.

Cut 10 circles out of light brown construction paper small enough to fit into the slot on the mouse’s mouth.

Draw chocolate chips on them.

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Cut 10 squares of paper & number them from 1 – 10. Mai did such a great job writing out her number cards.

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Now you are ready to play your game.

'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie' Counting game, activity & craft Paper Plate craft

Mix up your number cards & have your child draw one. Have them feed the mouse that number of cookies. Another option is to make the cookies with a certain number of chocolate chips & feed them the cookie with the correct number of chips. Let your child decide which they prefer.

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Feed your hungry mouse. My daughter wanted to feed both mice. She counted out the cookies for both mice & fed them both full.

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When you have used up all your cookies. Just shake them out of the opening that you left at bottom.

I had a hard time pulling my daughter away from this. She was having a lot of fun with it. She gave both mice their cookies over & over again. And of course when you a give a mouse a cookie, don’t forget, he is going to want a glass of milk to go with it.

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Paper Plate Hair Cutting Activity

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Paper Plate hair cutting activity & craft - this activity is a great fine motor skill activity. My daughter had so much fun with this.

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I cut my daughter’s hair. If you have ever tried to cut a 3 year old’s hair, you should know that it is not an easy feat. I had to pretend that we were playing hairdresser in order to get her to stay still. While I was cutting, she kept asking if she could have the scissors and cut her own hair. When I was done, she asked if she could be the hairdresser now & cut mine. I had to say no to both, but it did give me an idea.

We have been working on using safety scissors lately.  She likes to practice cutting & is still trying to find her comfort level in holding them. I thought that we could make a hair cutting activity for her.

All you will need is:

A paper plate

Construction paper

Glue

Markers

Googly eyes

Safety scissors – My daughter actually wanted to use scrapbook scissors for this activity. (Use caution & supervise your children when working with scissors.)

Directions:

Cut strips of paper in the color of your choice to form the hair. We made our hair wavy, so we cut wavy strips.

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Glue a piece of construction paper of the same color around the back of the paper plate & trim any excess that hangs over the plate. Glue a flesh-toned piece of paper to the front & trim the excess as well. Add ears. Glue the strips of paper to the back to form the hair in the back.

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Glue googly eyes onto the front & draw in the nose and mouth. Glue on a couple of strands of hair to the front & add long bangs for them to trim as well.

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I gave Mai a few different pairs of scrapbook scissors & let her cut away. She is still trying to figure out the best way to hold her scissors, so I demonstrated on a separate piece of paper.

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She had a lot of fun with this one & even told me that she has the most fun doing projects with me. Awwww. She is getting better each time with her scissors. Practice does make perfect after all.

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Foam Shape Magnets For Imagination Play

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DIY foam shape magnets. These are great for creative and imagination play. Easy to make - kid's arts, crafts and activities.

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We like to work with shapes a lot in our home.  My daughter loves creating with shapes & I love watching her. Her imagination is flourishing & it is an amazing thing to see. We use these shapes to make abstract art, holiday crafts & we even use them for imagination play in the bath. Last night, my daughter came across a photo of shape magnets for kids in one of her kid’s magazines.. Her eyes automatically lit up. “Mama, I want these.” My eyes lit up too when I realized that I could make them myself at home.

Foam Shape Magnets

What you will need:

Different colored foam sheets

Magnet strips

Glue gun

Directions:

Cut several different shapes in different sizes out of the foam. I use foam a lot for crafts, so I luckily had a big bag of scraps left over.

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Cut several pieces of magnets and set them aside.

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Use a glue gun to glue the magnet pieces to the back of the foam pieces & let the glue dry.

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Put your shapes on the refrigerator & let your child go.

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This was a fantastic activity for her. She was so excited & happy as she created pictures out of her shapes. She showed me each one & told me the story about each creation.

This one was a milkshake with a straw.

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She worked on her tippy toes to form this one, which was a girl flying a kite at night.

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This one was me holding an ice cream cone.

 

This kept her happy & entertained up until bedtime.

The magnets were pretty simple to make, but you can always purchase a set of shape magnets too. They would make a great gift for an imaginative toddler in your life.

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Button Soup Counting Activity

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We have a lot of buttons in our house, a lot of buttons. They are great for fun & colorful crafts. My daughter loves to craft with them & she loves to play with them too. She likes to separate them into color piles & use them in games of make believe. One of her favorite things to do is to make pretend soup. This gave me an idea. We could turn our game of pretend into a fun counting activity.

We made a recipe which incorporated counting, measuring, separating colors & following directions.

Here is a printable version of our Button Soup Recipe.

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We set up a large empty bowl & another filled with water. I told her to measure & add 4 cups of water to her empty bowl. She carefully measured out her scoops & added them to her bowl.

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We read off the numbers & colors of each ingredient. She dug through her pile of buttons & counted and pulled out each color.

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She mixed up her soup enthusiastically & in the end added the whole bag of buttons after finishing the recipe.

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This was a fun activity. You can change the recipe to add different ingredients & more measurements for a lesson in measurements as well.

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Button Soup Counting, Colors, Measuring & Play For Toddlers with a free printable

Paper Plate Play Dough Nature Island

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This is a wonderful activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Gather items from nature and form these beautiful nature items with play dough and paper plates.Paper Plate Play Dough Nature Island - This kid's craft & activity combines art, fine motor skills, sensory & nature.Great for toddlers and preschoolers

My daughter and I do arts and crafts project just about every day. Many times, I take inspiration for our projects by things that happen over the course of our day. Sometimes, I just get a random idea and many times my daughter calls the shots.  I had an idea last night to make nature fossils out of play dough, assorted leaves, flowers and small pebbles. We made homemade play dough. We added some cinnamon to change the color and add a lovely smell. We rolled out the dough & cut circle out of the dough to imprint onto.

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Toddler Car Wash

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It has been a busy few weeks. We are getting ready to put our house on the market. There is so much to do & seems like not enough time to do it in. This week we started to get our house packed & tried to fix up some areas that need work. Today’s project was going to be for me to tackle our landscaping. I had a lot of weeding & pruning to do. I thought Mai could help me do some gardening. She did, but got bored with it quicker than I needed to complete my project.

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She wanted me to push her to the park in her push car. She pushed it over to me & said “C’mon Mama, Let’s go!” Before I had a chance to protest & tell her that we would go in a little bit, I noticed how filthy her car was. I remembered a brilliant idea from my friend over at P Is For Preschooler. I asked my little girl if she wanted to have a car wash to clean up all her dirty cars. She shouting yes & ran immediately for the hose.

We filled up her kiddie pool with water & bubble bath. She was very excited to see all of the bubbles. I brought out all her bikes & push cars. I thought this would be a great opportunity to clean up all of her trucks & other outside toys that have gotten pretty dirty, so I brought those over too. I gave her a sponge & let her go.

“Don’t worry Miss Mama, I will clean your cars really nice for you. I am a really good car washer.”

She scrubbed all of her little cars & trucks first & then put them in the sun to let them dry.

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Next she moved on to her bigger car. “Ewwwww, this car is disgusting.” She sponged it down.

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Then rinsed it off with the hose.

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She did such a great job that she had two more customers waiting to be washed.

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This kept her busy for a long time & I was able to get my gardening finished.

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Toddler Car Wash

Water & Ice Science For Toddlers

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Water Transfer Experiment

 

When choosing science experiments to do with my toddler, I find that the simpler the experiment the better. She loves water play, so the experiments with water are our favorites. I found the great ideas for these fun & easy experiments from two of my favorite science sites for kids www.sciencekids.co.nz & stevespanglerscience.com. Make sure that all of these are done with parental supervision.

Water Transfer Experiment

All you will need for this experiment is 2 glasses, water, a couple of drops of food coloring & a couple of sections of paper towel.

Place 2 glasses next to each other. Fill one of the glasses with water. Add a few drops of food coloring to it.

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Twist 2 sections of paper towel as shown.

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Put each end of the paper towel into both of the glasses.

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You can watch the color creep across the paper towel as it absorbs the colored water. This will take a little bit of time. We kept checking on our glasses every few minutes.

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My daughter was so excited once the blue water started dripping into the other glass. “Look mama! It’s dripping. Look Look!” Like I said, it is the simplest things…

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After some time, the water will move from one glass into the other.

Water Transfer Experiment

In between checking on our water transfer, we tried a couple of other quick experiments.

Sticky Ice Experiment

Cut a few strands of yarn or string & put them aside. Put ice cubes into a clear container of water. Lay the yarn across an ice cube or two & sprinkle the ice & the yarn with Kosher salt. Let it sit for a moment. The science behind it is that the salt will melt the ice & then as it sits in the cold water will refreeze around the string.

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Lift the yarn & watch as the cube sticks to the string.

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Sticky Ice Experiment

This last one was more for me than my daughter, as she was completely disinterested in this one, while I found this fascinating. Fill a glass all the way to the top with water. Place a piece of cardboard over the top of the glass. Place the palm of your hand over the cardboard and press putting pressure around the edges & in the center. You can feel a slight suction while you press. Flip the glass upside down & carefully remove your hand. The water & the cardboard should stay in place. Do this over a sink in case just in case.

Upside Down Water Experiment

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Paper Plate Bullseye Toss

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Paper Plate Bullseye Toss

 

When you have a small child, you sometimes have to come up with creative ways to entertain them. Luckily, sometimes the most fun can be had with the simplest ideas.

We formed a couple of bullseyes out of paper plates using magic markers.

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We had some old mis-matched socks that we used for our toss.

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I put a handful of cotton batting in each sock & tied them into a knot.

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We put the two plates in our hallway. I used a small bit of tape rolled under each plate to keep them from moving. I gave Mai the socks & let her throw.

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“Mama, I am throwing your stinky socks.” She had a ton of fun playing this with mommy.

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20 Awesome Backyard Ideas For The Kids

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20 Awesome Backyard Ideas For The Kids

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been really enjoying the beautiful weather that we have had the past few days. The summer is coming fast. It is time to pull out our shorts & swimsuits and spend less time cooped up in the house. There will be trips to the beach, the park & the zoo, but there are so many great activities that you can do right in your own backyard. Here are some awesome ideas for a fun, creative & educational summer.

Coffee Cups & Crayons – Sun Melted Crayon Art 

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Learn Play Imagine – Water Play With Balls

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Nurture Store – Color & Nature Learning Match Game

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The Pinterested Parent – Mining For Gemstones

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Fireflies & Mudpies – Squirt Gun Painting

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Housing A Forest – Rainbow Bubble Snakes

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And Next Comes L – Alphabet Learning With Chalk Rocks

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P Is For PreSchooler – Backyard Car Wash 

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Play Dough To Plato – Exploding Pop Rockets

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Fun At Home With Kids – Painting With Your Feet

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Preschool Inspirations – Easy Baking Soda & Vinegar Volcano Eruptions

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I Heart Naptime – Soap Boat Races

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Just Laine – Water Balloon Baseball

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Learn Play Imagine – Toddler Color Hop

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Happy Hooligans – Water Water

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The Pinterested Parent – Nature Painting

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Reading Confetti – Frozen Popsicle Chalk

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Developing The Whole Child – Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

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The Pinterested Parent – Soda Bottle Boats

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Discover Explore Learn – Balloon Rockets

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