sensory bin fillers

Sensory Bin Fillers we Love

We are big fans of sensory bins in this house! See why we use them here. There are so many things you can use to fill a sensory bin.  We’ve tried many out, and have enjoyed some more than others. I decided to make a list of the sensory bin […]

modern fairy tale Bessie Queen of the Sky

Bessie, Queen of the Sky: a Modern Fairytale Review 5

As a modern woman and mother of a little girl, I find it extremely important to provide my daughter with positive female role models. The Queen Girls series has just made my life easier in that respect. If you haven’t heard of this inspirational series, that’s because it is brand […]


Why we use Sensory Bins 1

If you’re new to sensory bins, you may be asking, “What’s the point?” Why do we use sensory bins? I use sensory bins for three main reasons. Exposure to new textures Extended independent play time Educational elements   What do I mean by Exposure to new textures? For the first […]

winter hat addition

Make Ten: Winter Hat Addition

My preschooler has begun working on basic addition skills, so I created this winter hat activity as a way for her to practice adding up to ten. If you are working with a young child on basic addition, they may enjoy this “Make Ten: Winter Hat Addition” activity. It’s simple […]

The Mitten felt craft and story retelling

The Mitten Craft and Story Retelling 4

One of our favorite winter picture books is The Mitten by Jan Brett. It tells the story of a boy, Nikki, who loses his newly made white mitten in the snow, just as his grandma, Baba, predicted he would.  The story goes on to describe how one animal after another […]

build an edible snowman for woodland animals

Build an Edible Snowman for Woodland Animals 1

One of the pictures books we read as part of our Advent Picture Book Tree is Stranger in the Woods by Carl R Sams II. Affiliate Link This endearing book tells a story about the reactions of the woodland animals to a stranger that has appeared in their woods.  The […]

best and worst gifts for teachers

Best and Worst Teacher Gifts (as recommended by teachers) 4

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a mom who’s trying to figure out a good gift for your child’s teacher(s). I’m here to help you out. I’ve surveyed my fellow teachers and come up with a great list of Best and Worst Teacher Gifts. Please know that the resounding sentiment from […]

kidloland app review and giveaway

Kidloland App Review and Giveaway

A new learning app for toddlers and preschoolers was recently brought to my attention.  My 4 year old daughter has been having so much fun with Kidloland, she wants to play it all the time.  As a teacher, I love that she’s learning so much from this app. As a […]

If You Take a mouse to the movies review and popcorn garland craft

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Review and Christmas Craft

We have a lot of Christmas and Winter picture books we like to read each year. One of our favorites is If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. It is part of the “If you Give a…” series by Laura Numeroff. This book, like the others in the series, […]

string a popcorn garland with kids

How to Make a Popcorn Garland with Kids 1

I know…that sounds a little daunting.  But I’m here to tell you that, yes, you can make a popcorn garland with kids, even preschoolers. You just need two things; the right mindset and the right tools. I have to admit, I was a little (ok a lot) concerned about the […]