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November 20, 2015

Magnetic Christmas Tree Busy Bag with Scotch® Expressions Tapes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I hope you and your kids enjoy this fun magnetic Christmas tree busy bag over the holidays. #CraftAmazing #CollectiveBias

Lets face it...Holidays are a busy time for Mom! Trying to tackle all the prep for the holiday all while keeping the kids busy and entertained during the day can be a daunting task. On those days that my to-do list is longer than I can imagine, I love to set out a variety of busy bags that my preschooler can play with while I'm busily working. This gives me some free time to get things done and crossed off my list. Last week I used Scotch® Expressions Tapes to help me create this stunning Magnetic Christmas Tree Busy Bag. Although it's intended for kids to play with, I have to admit I've already had quite a bit of fun with it also. 

Sponge Painted Shape Robots Craft

No matter how old you are, robots are always awesome! Their metal bodies, quirky movements and robotic voices always grasp interest and leave you in wonderment about science and technology. This makes them an especially fun topic to learn about in preschool. One fun way to explore robots in preschool is with using shapes. This week my preschooler and I had a blast sponge painting shapes and turning them into bright, kooky robots. Grab some sponges and get ready to have a riot of a good time with your preschooler making this sponge painted shape robots craft. Look for more fantastic robot themed preschool activities at the bottom of this post!

November 19, 2015

Healthy Snacking Tips with Orchard Valley Harvest PLUS Giveaway

A big thank you to Orchard Valley Harvest for sponsoring today's post. I tend to have a serious sweet tooth! That combined with the every day busyness of being a Mom sometimes makes for a really hard time sticking to healthy snacking. Can you relate? It's so easy to grab for chips or sweet treats and on top of eating the wrong foods, it's too easy to eat way too much of them. This past month my entire family has been on a mission to snack smarter and healthier. With the help of Orchard Valley Harvest snacks and a few important changes, we have made some great strides in our quest for healthy snacking. 

November 18, 2015

Sponge Painted Reindeer Craft for Kids

It's amazing what fun things you can create by combining simple shapes together. The Kids Craft Star challenge this month is all about painting with sponges and since we we've already been in the mood for reindeer's, we created this sponge painted reindeer craft that makes a great Christmas kids craft. Not only is painting with sponges fun for kids, but painting with shapes makes for a great toddler and preschool activity. Grab some sponges and lets get ready for some reindeer painting fun! Don't forget to check out more Christmas sponge painting ideas near the bottom of this post from the kids craft stars!

November 16, 2015

Creative Play with Bunchems!

I've noticed a trend in the last few years where it's hard to find a toy that is both fun and encourages children to think and play creatively. Since I love to encourage my children to think creatively during craft time and play time, I'm always on the look out for new, great products to use in our home. We recently discovered Bunchems and not only are they fun but I am delighted with their endless possibility for creativity!

November 15, 2015

Yarn Wrapped Reindeer Craft for Kids

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is among the most popular Christmas characters and he's a favorite at our house. With Christmas time approaching it's the perfect time to pull out your favorite Rudolph children's book or the classic movie and then get crafting an adorable reindeer craft. For some extra inspiration, here's a great yarn wrapped reindeer craft that your kids will love creating! Not only is it adorable but the yarn wrapping and clothespins in this fun craft make for great fine motor work for kids.

November 10, 2015

DIY Faux Leather Teepee Craft for Kids

Homeschooling my children this year has created an amazing opportunity for me to bring fun into learning about American History in ways that isn't possible in a traditional public school. For instance, in our first unit about explorers we made hard tack which was a main food source for sailors. My kids also braved trying sardines and anchovies which were common in a Spanish seaman's diet. Our American history lessons have coincided perfectly with Thanksgiving this month and along with learning about the Plymouth Colony being established and the first Thanksgiving, we have also been learning about different Native American tribes. Here is a fun DIY faux leather teepee craft to make when learning about Native Americans.