Help Your Child Make Friends at Any Age

Friendships are so important for children; friends not only offer a playmate, but they can become someone to help them solve problems, a trusted ally who will listen to their fears, and try out new ideas with them. When Gymboree offered to sponsor a post about the importance of friendship I knew I had to accept because… We all want our kids to have friends! One of the greatest joys in life is watching my kids develop deep and lasting friendships ....more

Color Sorting Sensory Bag

I created a simple sensory bag with buttons and it turned into a color sorting game for the kids during one of the 7 Day Challenges. The challenge was to make a sensory bag! The sensory bag is simply just hair gel in a Ziploc bag ....more

Make a Toddler Busy Board That’s Supernova

Sometimes toddlers need to just move! And sometimes toddlers need to just be busy. I am so excited to have a fellow Huddler, Leann, share the toddler busy board that she created for her daughter Nova ....more

Managing Screen Time Rules for Kids + Free Guide

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OurPact. I realized this summer that I have been way too slack in my parenting. I’ve always taken pride in my hands-off approach to rules ....more

Printable Lunch Box Notes for Beginning Readers

If you’re looking for a sweet way to get your child interested in reading, these adorable lunch box notes for beginning readers are shared by Carolyn of The Pleasantest Thing. Lunchbox notes are a sweet way to give your kids a little mid-day boost. It’s a long day for them at school, and getting the notes gives them a little Mommy-magic ....more

Find & Erase the Matching Shapes

Matching shapes can be a great way to introduce new shapes to toddlers and preschoolers. This is a fun activity that toddlers will love to do outside! This summer hasn’t been very fair for the kids ....more

How to Host a Sensory Play Date

I love sensory activities and I keep a number of dry, fairly easy to clean up sensory bins in my kitchen, but I am not always as motivated to do more messy activities because of the extra prep and mess. With four kids, one of whom is a toddler, it’s so easy to think – oh another day when I have more time, less chaos, help…all of which adds up to not as often as I’d like. One way I have found to make sure I don’t put off these important activities indefinitely is to set up sensory play dates ....more

Car Sight Word Knock-Down

This knock-down activity shared by Emma of P is for Preschooler can be used for learning many different concepts, including sight words, numbers, letters and so much more! Adapt it for your child! I’m convinced that my 6 year old daughter Kay could learn anything if we bring out cars and trucks to do it with ....more

Practice Name Writing in 12 Fun Ways for Preschoolers

When preschoolers head off to preschool for the first time, one of the first things they begin doing is learning to recognize and spell their name and with that they also practice name writing. This may or may not happen in the form of them coming home with worksheets with their name printed over and over again (I kind of hope that may not happen, but it does). Hands on writing is much more exciting for preschoolers to do than putting pen to paper and writing the same thing over and over again ....more

Make a Cereal Fall Tree Craft (with Kid-Powered Mornings)

Cereal is a staple for us in this household. The kids and I eat it every morning, especially on school morning. Every morning minus the...more