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Fall Family Fun while Social Distancing

There is NO doubt that Fall in St. Louis is the most beautiful time of year here.  I used to hate fall until I moved here.  In Chicago, Fall means the beginning of a long, cold winter but here in STL, we have beautifu weather in the mid 70s and not a cloud in the sky.  So that usually means patios, BBQs and pumpkin patches.  But enter COVID-19. The pandemic ruining our fun all over the place.  But have NO fear, I have made a list of 10, family friendly ways to enjoy fall!

Fall fun for the family

  1. Wineries.  One amazing thing about St. Louis, is, no matter where you live, you’re only about an hour away from some pretty amazing wineries.  We recently went to Balducci Vineyard in Augusta MO and had the best day.  The wine was good (we had the popular white), the atmosphere is fun and there is TONS of room to spread out.  We didn’t come close to 6 feet from anyone the whole time we were there.  If you want to purchase food, you have to go inside, but they have strict guidelines limiting the number of people inside at all times and masks are required.  I must note, you can bring your own FOOD!  We packed an entire cooler, bringing our favorite snacks.  They have an outdoor bar, so if you’re nervous about going inside, bring your own food and order your drinks at the outdoor bar! https://missouriwine.org/wineries/balducci-vineyards
  2. Ballpark Village.  I love downtown St. Louis.  I used to live close to downtown my first few years here and I have the BEST memories.  With the growth of Ballpark Village, the stadium area is even more fun than it was “back in the day”.  We recently went to Ballpark Village as a family and checked out the outdoor Sports and Social bar.  We went on a Sunday afternoon, when the Cardinals were away, not sure what the situation is during a home game.  There was plenty of outdoor seating, perfect for social distancing.  You can spend the afternoon watching the Cards win as a family! https://www.stlballparkvillage.com/eat-and-drink/sports-and-social
  3. Eckerts Family Farm for apple picking. With Eckerts new reservations, you can safely enjoy a morning of apple and pumpkin picking as a family.  You must make reservations in advance online to avoid overcrowding.  The wagons to the fields are still running but masks are required. Once you’re in the fields, there is plenty of room for social distancing.  https://www.eckerts.com/
  4. Pointe Labaddie Brewery. This is the place fall dreams are made of.  The red barn, landscape and live music make for the most beautiful setting to drink a couple brews and enjoy the fall weather.  You can find me here on every Sunday until November 🙂 They do not have food on the premises but they bring in food trucks, check out their website for the most up to date info.  https://pointlabaddiebrewery.com/
  5. Kirkwood Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch. One our favorite fall activities is the pumpkin patch at the Kirkwood Farmers Market, we always buy a season pass because it’s the best place to spend the late afternoons.  In my experience, it gets busy in the morning but empties by noon and then is pretty open in the late afternoons.  This year, they are not taking walk ins and you must purchase a ticket by the hour.  I’m so glad that it’s opening!
  6. Liberty Orchard. Liberty Orchard is a small family owned U-pick orchard in Edwardsville, IL.  Gorgeous setting and plenty of room to move around and stay 6 feet away from others.
  7. Gateway Arch Grounds. Since I moved to St. Louis, the Arch grounds underwent a HUGE makeover and it’s gorgeous.  While visiting the Arch and Arch Museum (currently open) wouldn’t be on my list of places that seem safe for social distancing, the grounds are a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon as a family. Enjoy a walk or family bike ride on the 12 mile path and stop to picnic along the way.  Such a fun, FREE activity for all ages. https://www.archpark.org/visit/points-of-interest/arch-park-grounds
  8. Autumn at the Zoo. This is a fun weekend event offered at the Saint Louis Zoo. While admission is free, reservations are required and can easily be obtained via the website.  Enjoy fall flavors by purchasing caramel apples while you walk around and see all the animals!  https://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/autumn-with-the-animals
  9. Butterfly House at Faust Park. Booterfly House is a fun, family event offered at the Butterfly house. Reservations and advanced tickets are required but also keeps the number of people enjoying this event smaller so you can feel safe and enjoy all the creepy, crawly things https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/butterfly-house/things-to-do-at-the-butterfly-house/signature-events/booterfly-house.aspx
  10.  Host an outdoor movie night. Project a movie onto your garage door, invite your neighbors over. Enjoy snacks and drinks from your own home.
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11 Easy Sensory Bins for Toddlers

Sensory bins are fun but they have so many benefits.  Did you know that sensory play help with language development, help develop fine motor skills, provide opportunity to practice for social skills, help develop math and reasoning skills and provide sensory information to their little bodies. In fact, if you have a child who is hyperactive, sensory bins and sensory input can have a calming effect.

Sensory play does NOT have to fancy, it’s easy to pull things out of your closet and pantry to make your own amazing sensory bins.  I will show you 11 of my most favorite sensory bins materials and how we use them. The best thing is, you may already have many of these items in your home.

I bought my sensory table off Facebook Marketplace for a steal, but here are some similar bins if you’re in the market for one.  But a good sensory bin does not have to be fancy, you can easily use a big storage tote. Below, I’ve linked some of the best I found.

This is the most similar to mine and made from wood https://rstyle.me/+zd-83xUg98DIXji4YVQOVg

Best Budget Friendly option https://rstyle.me/+DHjS95N8qKK1dxjzCnREbA

Double bins https://rstyle.me/+AK4mJE4rRfRWimDHyyddpg

Kinetic Sand-kinetic sand is so much fun!  If you have never played with it, you need to try it! It’s sand that doesn’t fall apart and is definitely mesmerizing!  Alone, it’s a great sensory activity, but it’s also a great canvas for several different activities.

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Salt-huge containers of salt are sooo cheap which makes it an easy thing to pull from the pantry but have tons of fun.  My kids love to pretend it’s snow, grabbing dolls (hello, Elsa, Anna and Sven) and trucks/plows.  If you do not want to buy enough salt to fit in your sensory bin, you can pour one container onto a sheet pan for a morning full of fun. Just make sure you don’t have any small cuts on your fingers or rub your eyes during this activity (ouch).

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Easter Grass After Easter, I grab bags of this stuff when it’s on major sale.  Word to wise, only grab the paper stuff though, because the plastic and metallic stuff is a huge pain to clean up!  Trow in plastic shovels, planting containers and faux flowers and make a faux garden!  IMG_4839

Water-Water MIGHT be our favorite way to use our sensory bin.  Obviously its cheap and easy to get.  When I’m in a really good mood, I might even color the water with food coloring for more fun.  I add in kitchen utensils, measuring cups and spoons, and other random cups and my kids can pour for days!

We also add ice for an added sensory component. When I add ice, we often add artic animals like penguins, polar bears and seals (I think those live in the artic?!).

Soap is another fun add in to water.  By adding brushes, paint brushes and wash clothes, we have made an animal bath and car wash!

Fill squeeze bottles with water, colored with different colors of food coloring, and let your toddler/preschooler, squeeze the colored water into the water. This creates a great opportunity for vocabulary (i.e., colors) as well as fine motor development (i.e., squeezing the bottles).

Rainbow Rice-Rainbow rice is sooooo easy to make and just brings your sensory bin a little life!  Rice is another mesmerizing item.  I feel like it calms me down! I add other kitchen utensils such as funnels, strainers, measuring cups and jars to fill over and over again.

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If you don’t want to take the time to make rainbow rice, there is nothing wrong with plain old white rice. A fun addition, to plain white rice, is dry beans ,of all kinds, I add whatever I have in the pantry or whatever is on sale at the store. Add small cars/trucks or construction vehicles for a fun “ground moving” activity or add fake bugs for a creepy crawly experience!

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Water Beads-Water Beads can get a little messy, so I suggest outside for this activity.  We usually make our own but you can buy then in bulk if you don’t want to wait for them to “grow”.  These are fun on their own, but adding little plastic animals, especially sea animals, makes these even more fun.  We like to play “save the animals”, digging them out with plastic shovels.

You can freeze water beads as well!  This is REALLY fun on those hot afternoons, when you don’t know what else to do.  This of course, takes time for prep, as you need to first make the water beads and then pop them in the freezer in enough time to freeze them!

DIY Magic Foam is one of our absolute favorites! It’s so simple to make and the kids love to help.  You combine 1/4 c  of water with 2 tablespoons of dish soap in your mixer and mix on high for 1-2 minutes.  Add in a couple drops of food coloring and you have colored magic foam!  It stays fluffy for a while, but is easy to clean up by running water over it. And an added bonus, if you kid decides to rub it all over themselves (not that I would have experience with that), you can put them in the tub for an easy bath!

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Sand-Good old, plain play sand is such a fun sensory bin addition!  In the middle of the winter, you can pretend you’re at the beach by adding buckets, shovels and shells.  Cheap, easy and oh so much fun!

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Snow-This one is a little bit limited based on region and time of year, but snow makes a great sensory bin addition.  Coloring the snow with watercolor paint it’s also a lot of fun when you add spoons, measuring cups and an ice cream scoop!  This is also a great time to add in trucks/construction vehicles too.  My kids love when we add miniature trees (I try to pick these up on sale after Christmas).IMG_4835

If you live in an area that does not get snow, check out this homemade recipe:

Homemade Play Snow

Mix to combine…easiest recipe ever

Shaving Cream– is another outside addition for us because, man, does it get messy!  We love adding food coloring and ice for even more fun.

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Playdough-Playdough is a fun addition to any sensory bin.  It’s cheap, easy and kids can let their imagination run wild.  Here is a link for making soft playdough at home and if you want a premade kit, here’s a link for kits shipped to your door!

Once you have the idea for what you CAN put in the sensory bin, you can change it up based on time of the year. You can dye rice brown, orange and yellow for fall, adding leaves and sticks. You can buy different color easter grass and plan around holidays like red, white and blue, adding flags and other patriotic items.  Once you have a starting point, let your creativity flow!  And no matter what happens, it will be fun!

 

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How to Stay Busy at Home with your Preschooler

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting burnt out by the daily grind of staying home every day, all day.  Now that our playgrounds are finally opening, we will be able to get outside of our home and play.  But there will still be rainy days and with cool weather coming (hard to believe I know), we will be spending more time inside, so I rounded up some my favorite non-screen time activities.  All of these activities can be done with more than one kid (hello, mom of three here) and I need everyone to be doing the same time sometimes!  These activities range from basic home materials to more planned out/material gathering time.

Sensory Play

 

Bathtub Playdough

Too hot to go outside? Raining? But your kids want to play in the water? Make a batch of this stuff and let them play!

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Soft Homemade Playdough

Do you see a trend here? We love sensory play.  But we take the softest playdough up one notch by adding essential oils to add a fun scent to our playdough.

Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin

So easy to make and seriously provides up to hours of entertainment.  We’ve had the same bag of rice for several months too!  

Play snow

We love play snow over here!  Not sure if it’s because we have serious Frozen fans or what, but my kids could play with snow forever.  We have two favorites, one we purchase and the second one, we make.  

We love this stuff.  It lasts FOREVER, never ever dries and is so much fun for all ages. 

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If you prefer to make homemade, here is a great recipe. 

Homemade Play Snow

Mix to combine…easiest recipe ever

Kinetic Sand

Ok, so I have mixed feelings about kinetic sand.  Some days I love it, and some days I hate it.  Right now, I’m loving it so I’m adding to the list!  

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Rice and Bean Sensory Bin

This is such a cheap and easy sensory bin idea.  I buy bags of rice and beans, add to bin and play.  It’s really fun to add trucks and construction vehicles. 

Here’s a huge bag of rice and beans. Construction vehicles are so much fun! 

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Building/Gross Motor

Foam Building Blocks 

These are so much fun!  My kids use these so many different ways, they build forts, use with our Nugget Comfort Couch, throw at each other (insert eye roll) and more!  Totally worth the price!

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Make a fort

Ok, I have to admit, fort building is NOT my favorite, it stresses me out, mostly because I don’t love getting blankets and pillows out from their beds, BUT, once in a while, I’ll be a “fun mom” and let them make a fort.  We have these to aid in our structures https://amzn.to/2PaPZQw

 

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Magnetic tiles

These are a hit every time I bring them out!  We have several kits that we’ve collected over the years and they all work together!  I’ve seen these be used outside on a metal garage door, on sheet pans and

here’s a few different sets https://amzn.to/2D3q3E6, https://amzn.to/3gfHTlG, https://amzn.to/3374hdf

Stepping Stones

If you’ve been here for a minute, you have heard me talk about these awesome stepping stones. We got these to go with our Nugget Comfort Couch and have so much fun with them.  I love the various heights of stones that come in this pack. 

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Nugget Comfort Couch 

We are completely in love with our Nugget Comfort Couch. Unfortunately, right now, they are difficult to get but if you can snag one, do it!  We burn SO much energy with our Nugget.  My kids are able to set it up in many different configurations.  Their favorite is to set it up and jump off!!  Terrifying to me, but they have so much fun, soooo I guess it’s worth it!  Check them out here https://nuggetcomfort.com/

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Balance Beam 

We got this foldable balance beam for Easter and it was an instant hit. It’s soft, non slip so easy enough for my 1 and 3 year old to use. It folds up for easy storage, my kind of toy!  Grab a similar one here Shop Balance Beam

Science experiments

Science experiments are also not my first pick, but my kids LOVE them and never seem to bored of the same reaction every time (I wonder what that says about them :-)). Here’s a few tried and true.

  • Ice Cream in a Bag
  • Melting Rainbow Experiment
  • Making Crystals
    • Add 6-8 tablespoons of borax to a measuring cup
    • Wrap a pipe cleaner around a popsicle stick or skewer. Fold the other end to make a shape.  
    • Add 2 cups of boiling water to measuring cup with borax
    • Pour one cup of boiling water into each glass jar
    • Add hanging pipe cleaner to water, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom
    • Top with book, and let sit for 12 hours

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Preschool Homeschool 

Fine motor toys are so important for young kids.  I did a quick round up of some of my favorite fine motor toys for preschoolers here

How can you have a preschool without paint? I love letting my kids paint.  It seriously keeps them so busy! Washable paint in the only paint allowed in my house.  We’ve ruined so many outfits from paint and nothing makes me more mad!  Here’s some of our favorite paint .

 

Hope this keep you all busy for a little while! I’ll be add to the list as I find my favorites!  If you need something, just ask and of course, let me know what you of the list!

 

xoxo

Jenna

 

 

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The Softest Playdough

There are SO many playdough recipes out there.  We have tried several of them, here is our favorite.  I prefer non cook playdough because my kids get inpatient waiting for it to cool off. So I prefer using hot water because it doesn’t get as hot.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • 2tbs cream of tartar (yes I do own a 1lb bag of cream of tartar)
  • 2tbs coconut oil (may substitute for vegetable oil) I ALWAYS have coconut oil in my pantry
  • Food grade gel/dye (optional) we ALWAYS have tons of food coloring  I love the gel coloring too.

To make this cream of tartar playdough, add your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.  Seriously, so easy.

OPTIONAL: We love to add essential oils to playdough just to add a fun scent element!!

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Teaching Kids Empathy and Compassion through Books

My good friend Alison Manahan is a Speech Language Pathologist, specializing in early speech and language intervention and she also is an Usborne Books & More consultant.  As an SLP, Ali chooses Usborne Books because the books are interactive, colorful, and engaging.  Children love being part of the book whether it be lifting flaps, using flashlights to discover secrets or learn about their favorite topics through internet linked titles.  With Usborne, children will get factual information in a fun way, for all ages!

I asked for her help in compiling her favorite books for helping our kids learn empathy and compassion. I’ve included her links for easy shopping!

Boy Boy is a book about two groups fighting and a very special boy, who cannot hear and uses signs to communicate, that helps the two groups understand each other in a new way.  Click the picture to order.

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Room on Our Rock There are two ways to read this story. When read from left to right, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. When the book is read backward, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock. A heartwarming story about sharing and compassion. Click picture to order

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The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai Attacked by the Taliban for daring to stand up for girls’ education, this young woman is a voice for the oppressed and an inspiration for people fighting for justice all over the world.

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All About Families Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes, and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. This book lets children explore questions such as ‘What is a family?’, ‘What different sorts of families are there?’, and more. Click picture to order.

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Can I Join Your Club?  Duck just has one question: Can I Join Your Club?

He wants to belong to all of them. To any of them. Elephant Club, Lion Club, he just wants to belong. And he tries so hard to fit in so he can – kids will love pointing out in the illustrations just exactly how he tries – a curly wig, dark glasses – but it just doesn’t work. He can’t be someone else.

So, he starts his own club. And there’s ONE rule – everyone is welcome! Because when it comes to making friends, being yourself is all that counts, in this heartwarming celebration of diversity, inclusiveness and friendship. Click picture to order.

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Polly and Buster  Top of Form A spellbinding trilogy about the magic of friendship. Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous.

But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever.
It’s the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness.
Somehow, they’ve managed to keep their friendship a secret.
Until one day, when everything changes …

Click picture to order

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Here and There How do people in other countries shop for groceries, go to school or work, or go on vacation? See the ways our lives are different and what we all have in common with this entertaining and informative look at the lives and cultures of people all over the world. Click picture to order

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Bully on the Bus All the emotions seven-year-old Leroy experiences as the bully on the bus taunts and threatens him are perfectly captured in this sensitive and beautifully written verse novel. The heartwarming ending is empowering and offers courage to anyone who’s ever felt small. Click picture to order.

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Stay Strong! The age-appropriate exercises and activities are designed to tackle the complex emotions a child faces and help the child to work out how and why they feel that way. The writing and drawing activities show you how to cope with the way teasing and bullying make you feel, give you ideas about how to feel better and help you to find the courage to make it stop. Click picture to order

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Hope you love this roundup.  Please comment below with what books you ordered!

Love,

Jenna

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Boredom Busters

These days can be long and leave your kids asking you “what’s next!” I made you a great guide of boredom busters so you never have to hear “I’m bored” again! Tip: Rotate new and old toys in and out of your playroom to help beat boredom before it starts!

Sensory play

We have tried many different kinds of play snow. We’ve ordered the kind you make on your own (do not recommend—-way messy!) and other that eventually falls apart. We got this particular brand before Christmas time and love it! It’s such a fun texture, super light and it’s really fun. It can get messy inside, but it’s really easy to vacuum up so I never mind letting them play it in the play room or at the kitchen table. This kit comes with molds, which is fun, because the snow holds it’s shape well.

Click here to order https://amzn.to/3d4Vydu

Speaking of play snow, we’ve also tried making it at home. My kids have also had fun playing with our homemade snow. I will be honest, I don’t love the texture, it kind of gives me goosebumps, but it smells good and is fun for multiple play sessions. We happened to have some miniature trees leftover from Christmas, so we threw those in there with a couple construction vehicles. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 3 cups baking soda (I have a big bag that I keep on hand for projects and cleaning) Tried to link it for you but it’s out of stock on Amazon currently?
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner-we just have a cheap bottle ordered from Amazon-like this: https://amzn.to/3cXQo2Q

Mix together until you have the right consistency and enjoy.

 

Fine Motor

These get played with so often in my house! I like them because they are a good fine motor tasks but easy enough for my three year old to do it on her own. https://amzn.to/2LPdD3n

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We seem to get some sort of magentic tiles for a gift every birthday, which I am NOT complaining about. My kids mix and match the name brand with the other brands and other magnetic toys we have. Linking some sets below:  https://amzn.to/36jSRT3

https://amzn.to/36jSRT3

This includes pieces to make a marble run

https://amzn.to/3eZ8Mdp– These are another fun fine motor toy that is fun for my 5 year old and 3 year old.

 

 

Gross Motor

Set up an indoor obstacle course

We have a Nugget Comfort couch which adds to the variety of obstacles we set up. We also have a kids balance beam, stepping stones and little orange cones that we use to create indoor space to run and jump!

Balance beam, similar to ours, linked here: https://amzn.to/3gdXFOr

Stepping stones, linked here https://amzn.to/2WTRebz

Kids cones, we purchased these for a construction themed birthday party , but continue to use them daily https://amzn.to/2KKljU9

The ultimate energy burner

A bounce house. I never thought I’d have one in my house, and here I am, living the dream. My kids LOVE when we get the bounce out. If you have the space, you won’t regret your decision to make this purchase.

https://amzn.to/35cGLdX

 

 

We use this foam ramp and steps allllll the time with our Nugget Couch and balance beam! They go on sale periodically too!! https://amzn.to/36ldVZb

 

This post contains affiliate links


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Kids Activites

Boredom Busters

These days can be long and leave your kids asking you “what’s next!” I made you a great guide of boredom busters so you never have to hear “I’m bored” again! Tip: Rotate new and old toys in and out of your playroom to help beat boredom before it starts!

Sensory play

We have tried many different kinds of play snow. We’ve ordered the kind you make on your own (do not recommend—-way messy!) and other that eventually falls apart. We got this particular brand before Christmas time and love it! It’s such a fun texture, super light and it’s really fun. It can get messy inside, but it’s really easy to vacuum up so I never mind letting them play it in the play room or at the kitchen table. This kit comes with molds, which is fun, because the snow holds it’s shape well.

Click here to order https://amzn.to/3d4Vydu

Speaking of play snow, we’ve also tried making it at home. My kids have also had fun playing with our homemade snow. I will be honest, I don’t love the texture, it kind of gives me goosebumps, but it smells good and is fun for multiple play sessions. We happened to have some miniature trees leftover from Christmas, so we threw those in there with a couple construction vehicles. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 3 cups baking soda (I have a big bag that I keep on hand for projects and cleaning) Tried to link it for you but it’s out of stock on Amazon currently?
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner-we just have a cheap bottle ordered from Amazon-like this: https://amzn.to/3cXQo2Q

Mix together until you have the right consistency and enjoy.

 

Fine Motor

These get played with so often in my house! I like them because they are a good fine motor tasks but easy enough for my three year old to do it on her own. https://amzn.to/2LPdD3n

https://amzn.to/2LPdD3n

We seem to get some sort of magentic tiles for a gift every birthday, which I am NOT complaining about. My kids mix and match the name brand with the other brands and other magnetic toys we have. Linking some sets below:  https://amzn.to/36jSRT3

https://amzn.to/36jSRT3

This includes pieces to make a marble run

https://amzn.to/3eZ8Mdp– These are another fun fine motor toy that is fun for my 5 year old and 3 year old.

 

 

Gross Motor

Set up an indoor obstacle course

We have a Nugget Comfort couch which adds to the variety of obstacles we set up. We also have a kids balance beam, stepping stones and little orange cones that we use to create indoor space to run and jump!

Balance beam, similar to ours, linked here: https://amzn.to/3gdXFOr

Stepping stones, linked here https://amzn.to/2WTRebz

Kids cones, we purchased these for a construction themed birthday party , but continue to use them daily https://amzn.to/2KKljU9

The ultimate energy burner

A bounce house. I never thought I’d have one in my house, and here I am, living the dream. My kids LOVE when we get the bounce out. If you have the space, you won’t regret your decision to make this purchase.

https://amzn.to/35cGLdX

 

 

We use this foam ramp and steps allllll the time with our Nugget Couch and balance beam! They go on sale periodically too!! https://amzn.to/36ldVZb

 

This post contains affiliate links


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Kids Activites

Boredom Busters

These days can be long and leave your kids asking you “what’s next!” I made you a great guide of boredom busters so you never have to hear “I’m bored” again! Tip: Rotate new and old toys in and out of your playroom to help beat boredom before it starts!

Sensory play

We have tried many different kinds of play snow. We’ve ordered the kind you make on your own (do not recommend—-way messy!) and other that eventually falls apart. We got this particular brand before Christmas time and love it! It’s such a fun texture, super light and it’s really fun. It can get messy inside, but it’s really easy to vacuum up so I never mind letting them play it in the play room or at the kitchen table. This kit comes with molds, which is fun, because the snow holds it’s shape well.

Click here to order https://amzn.to/2KHUGz9

Speaking of play snow, we’ve also tried making it at home. My kids have also had fun playing with our homemade snow. I will be honest, I don’t love the texture, it kind of gives me goosebumps, but it smells good and is fun for multiple play sessions. We happened to have some miniature trees leftover from Christmas, so we threw those in there with a couple construction vehicles. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 3 cups baking soda (I have a big bag that I keep on hand for projects and cleaning) Tried to link it for you but it’s out of stock on Amazon currently?
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner-we just have a cheap bottle ordered from Amazon-like this: https://amzn.to/3cXQo2Q

Mix together until you have the right consistency and enjoy.

 

Fine Motor

These get played with so often in my house! I like them because they are a good fine motor tasks but easy enough for my three year old to do it on her own.

https://amzn.to/3d05BjY

We seem to get some sort of magentic tiles for a gift every birthday, which I am NOT complaining about. My kids mix and match the name brand with the other brands and other magnetic toys we have. Linking some sets below:

https://amzn.to/3eXCNKt -These are currently on sale!

https://amzn.to/2y88YX6 -This includes pieces to make a marble run

https://amzn.to/3eZ8Mdp– These are another fun fine motor toy that is fun for my 5 year old and 3 year old.

 

 

Gross Motor

Set up an indoor obstacle course

We have a Nugget Comfort couch which adds to the variety of obstacles we set up. We also have a kids balance beam, stepping stones and little orange cones that we use to create indoor space to run and jump!

Balance beam, similar to ours, linked here: https://amzn.to/2Lq2zcN

Stepping stones, linked here https://amzn.to/3bodcHz

Kids cones, we purchased these for a construction themed birthday party , but continue to use them daily https://amzn.to/2KKljU9

The ultimate energy burner

A bounce house. I never thought I’d have one in my house, and here I am, living the dream. My kids LOVE when we get the bounce out. If you have the space, you won’t regret your decision to make this purchase.

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We use this foam ramp and steps allllll the time with our Nugget Couch and balance beam! They go on sale periodically too!! https://amzn.to/36ldVZb

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Kids Activites

Melting Rainbow

This MIGHT have been my least favorite science
Project I’ve done to date, it just seemed to be a lot of work and wasn’t any cooler than baking soda in a tray, but here we go.

Ingredients:
•Baking soda
•dish soap
•food coloring
•vinegar
•pipette/dropper

We added 1 tablespoon of baking soda in to each cup of a 6-cup muffin tin then added several drops of dish soap to the baking soda and stirred it up until it formed a little ball.

We didn’t add enough soap at first so we had to add more. Once we formed the balls, we placed them on a plate and added drops of vinegar and watched it FIZZ 💗.

•Before we started with the vinegar, we discussed the hypothesis. “What’s going to happen?” “What will the vinegar do?” “Will it change color?”

•We also used the pipette to drop water on the colored baking soda balls. We wondered if it would change the outcome, of course it did.

Great fine motor practice for my little one who struggles in that area. She got frustrated at one point so we changed to a spoon which made it a little more exciting!

I keep the little droppers we used on hand for science experiments, since we do these a lot. I’ll link below.

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Kids Activites

Bath Playdough

My kids LOVE the bath. When my husband works late, I often put them in the bath really early and let them play together before bed. They are big fans of bubbles or bath bombs but sometimes we want to switch it up and do something different. I found a recipe for bath playdough and knew we had to try it. I had most of these ingredients at home but they are always available for purchase on Amazon as well.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 c. Baby bubble bath-I used @Johnson&Johnson Bubble bath
  • food coloring

Combine bubble bath with coconut oil, stir until combine. Then slowly mix in cornstarch. A 1/2 c. was plenty for us, but one recipe I found suggested adding up to a 3/4 c. to get the right consistencies.

Once it is well mixed, add food coloring. My kids enjoyed measuring, dumping and mixing. It did take a little muscle to knead into the perfect consistencies. I excepted the playdough to dissolve promptly in the water, but it didn’t! To our surprise, it remained formed and we got a few plays out of it before using it up.