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Glowing Modeling Clay

Glowing Clay Recipe

Glowing Modeling ClaySave some money and make it better, all at the same time thanks to Crystal over at Growing a Jeweled Rose:

Glowing Clay Recipe ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose.

Follow the link at the top for the recipe to make your own modeling clay– a wonderfully creative plaything that works on the right-brain creative side as well as those small motor skills. Unlike play dough, modeling clay air dries to a smooth non-crumbly finish so creations can be kept, even given as gifts to appreciative relatives.

And, of course, it’s all even more fun in glow in the dark colors! Made yourself with this recipe, it’s cheap enough to make a big batch and have the kids create as a party craft activity.


Olympic Activities

Olympics Birthday Party

Olympic ActivitiesThe summer Olympics in London were last year  (this year it’s the Royal Baby), but that doesn’t mean your birthday child can’t have his or her OWN Backyard Olympics birthday celebration. It’s a great party theme for the energetic elementary school age set, and this free ebook includes Olympic themed games, crafts and snacks to get your party planning off to a great start:

Free eBook: Olympic Activities for Kids – I Can Teach My Child

Use the web to print off medals, print them out on cardstock and finish them off with nice ribbon.

Move Dice Game

Get Up & Move Dice Game

Move Dice GameBuy the boxes and add the directions any way you want. These have been painted in chalk board paint so the directions can be changed at will. One die is different movements, the other different directions. Change it up with more creative instructions, such as ‘like a cat’ or ‘like a crab’ or whatever you think of.

Homemade Toddler Game- Get Up & Move Dice ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose

I virtually guarantee you’ll use these again and again– perhaps when an outside diversion is needed or with playmates. With more than two boxes, this would also make a great party activity for these young children.

Drawing Animals

Animal Drawing Tutorial for Kids

Drawing AnimalsThis is just one of 13 different animals this poster tutorial will help your kids learn to draw, and probably inspire them to figure out how to draw others as well.

Poster Drawing Tutorial

Using just the simplest of shapes, requiring coordination but probably not inate artistic talent, they can create these simple animals without getting discouraged. Making their drawing that much more enjoyable.


Creating a Home Library + Great Reading Resource

BookshelvesGood ideas here for fostering a sense of ownership and delight in the books that allow for the experience of reading. Give the kids their own library full of their own books, be they new or found at tag sales or from the library. Print off bookplates to designate ownership and pride in ownership. Work together to organize the books as the child wants.

Creating a Home Library | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets.

If books are important in your home and in your child’s own space, it’s a good step toward making reading an important component of your child’s life.

AND, readingrockets.org is a terrific resource for parents about books covering a wide range of subject areas and a wide range of ages- bookmark it!

Avokiddo App

Explore Emotions and Feelings via Interactive Play

Avokiddo AppAs the saying goes- ‘There’s an App for That!” And now there really is. An app that will help preschoolers explore emotions and feelings with these animals and different scenarios that evoke different responses. All without verbal communication, just facial cues- exactly what kids need to learn to ‘read’.

Explore Emotions and Feelings via Interactive Play – Avokiddo Emotions

Non verbal communication and learning about emotions is a greatly overlooked life skill that our kids need to learn, so having an app for it is terrific!

Letter Box

Letter And Shape Box

Letter BoxMake this easy travel toy for restaurants or anywhere you have a flat play surface and waiting time that needs an activity. Keep the box in your car?

Tot Treasures: Easy and fun DIY

Once you’ve grabbed the inexpensive pencil case, colored craft sticks and velcro dots from the craft store, you can assemble the kit in no time.

With a really inexpensive box, or just a papered over tin can,  this toy would make a nice party favor for the preschool set.