Chicks and Seeds Sensory Tray

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Hi friends! Today I thought I'd share a fun sensory bin that I threw together to bring to the twins' preschool classroom on my parent helper day (read more about our cooperative preschool here). The theme for the week was "farm animals" and it also happened to be Easter week, so this was a perfect activity to fit both of those topics. Chicks and … {read more}

What is a Cooperative Preschool? Is it Right for My Family?


What is A Cooperative Preschool? Is it Right for My Family? Have you ever heard of a cooperative preschool? Until recently I was vaguely familiar with the term, but had no idea what an amazing experience being a co-op family could be. However, that all changed this spring when the twins began attending one two days a week.  My eyes have been … {read more}

The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: Upcycled Puppet


Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a fun puppet set that I made to go along with the classic rhyme "The Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly."  This rhyme is one of our favorites, and I've had the idea for this puppet floating around in my head for ages. The twins go to a cooperative preschool two days a week and I am lucky to be able to lead their classroom in … {read more}

Make a DIY Geoboard

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Hi friends! Last week I was doing some spring cleaning and came across a large unused Ikea shelf in the garage. I knew just what I wanted to do with the bright white wood...make a DIY geoboard! Geoboards are a great tool for exploring various mathematical concepts with different ages of kids. Even young preschoolers like my three-year-old twins … {read more}

Spielgaben for Speech Therapy


Hello friends! Yesterday I shared 20+ ways that we have been using our Spielgaben set for hands-on learning at home with my three-year-old twins. Today I'd like to address the speech-language pathologists in the crowd with a post on using Spielgaben manipulatives in the therapy setting.  Although my family was provided with a complimentary set of … {read more}

20+ Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers and a Spielgaben Giveaway


Hi friends! Remember a few weeks ago when I published my glowing review of  Spielgaben educational toys? I promised I'd be back with some more ways to play and learn with this amazing battery-free learning tool, so today I am sharing over 20 hands-on activities for preschoolers using Spielgaben manipulatives.  Although my family was provided with a … {read more}

Preschool Craft Idea: Colorful Spring Suncatchers


Hi friends! Spring is in the air, and Easter is right around the corner, both of which are great reasons to make this fun spring suncatcher craft with your little ones! This preschool craft idea was inspired by some beautiful paper strip Easter egg art I saw over at Julep blog, and my twins had such a great time creating these to brighten our … {read more}

Play and Learn with Fort Magic (and a Giveaway, too!)


Hello friends! Today I am excited to be bringing you another amazing, open-ended, battery-free toy that will inspire hours of creative play and hands-on learning, and I'll even show you how you can use it to work on speech and language skills. If you haven't heard of Fort Magic construction kits yet, prepare to be amazed!  Although my family was … {read more}

Texture Eggs: Sensory Play and Language Activity


When I was working as a speech-language pathologist in the schools, I would see students with a wide range of ages and communication challenges each day. Even though I tried to group children together who had similar targeted goals, it never worked out perfectly, so I needed simple activities that I could adapt at a moment's notice to meet the … {read more}