The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: Upcycled Puppet

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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

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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

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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

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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!)

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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

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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}

Language Basics: Getting in the Communication Zone

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Hi friends! It's high time I continued with the language basics series. We've already talked about how language is more than just vocabulary and how you can tell if your toddler is about to start talking, and I've read all of your amazing feedback. I HEAR YOU.  And I GET IT. You've enjoyed the information but you are ready to know what you can do … {read more}

Kid-Made Gift: Crayon Resist Photo Display

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Hi friends! We're back with another installment in the ongoing series "Easy Art For Kids" where I join some of my favorite art moms to bring you a collection of art ideas to try with your little ones. This week's theme was "Exploring Crayons," so the twins and I used the opportunity to create some kid-made gifts using a fun and easy crayon resist … {read more}