Friday, October 28, 2016

Toddler Playschool: I is for In My Family lesson plan {free printable}

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This week we are doing a family unit. It's always a fun theme to do with toddlers and preschoolers because it brings their little worlds into the learning environment.  We always learn better when it's a subject we like, right?

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me!
  
 
Click the link below to download 


I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Monday, October 24, 2016

Ghostbusters Birthday Party

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When I set out to plan a Ghostbusters birthday party, I was highly ambitious.  But as the date grew closer, I got behind and started panicking because I hadn't gotten anything made yet.  We hit our local party stores, and surprisingly, they didn't have a single Ghostbusters party item.  No paper invitations, no decorations, nada.    I had no choice... When you can't buy it, you gotta make it! Here's what I ended up with.  You'll also find the Ghostbusters birthday party printable pack to use at your home or for a Halloween party!
 
We had a mix of girls and boys, 6 total. I set it up as a Ghostbusters Training Academy.  After they went through the various "training activities", they would gain their Ghostbusters certification.  Here are the invites:
 
I decorated the front door with a Ghostbusters Training Academy sign, some caution tape from Dollar Tree, and "slime" cut from a lime green tablecloth.
 
 
The backdrop for the table was done with more plastic tablecloths.  I had the paper Happy Birthday banner printed up as 4x6 pictures at our local Walgreens. That way all I had to do was crop, add holes, and string it up. I added two red paper flower fans and a Slimer cutout to hide where I taped up the birthday banner.
 
Here's the activity set-up that greeted our guests. 
 
The first Ghostbuster party activity we did was to make a marshmallow man.  I provided wooden skewers, toothpicks, mini/regular/huge marshmallows, and markers.  When they weren't eating the marshmallows, the kids got quite creative with their building.  Below was my favorite!
 
Next, the kids made their own ectoplasm. We used this recipe here.  I provided toss away Rubbermaid containers for them to mix and store their "ectoplasm" slime in.  Each child got to mix up their own little batch (with me measuring ingredients).  We added neon green food coloring to the mix so that it looked just like the slime from the movies.  The kids thought it was cool and gross all at the same time!
 
 We ordered pizza since it's one of Slimer's favorite foods.  Then they enjoyed some "Ecto-Juice" and green cupcakes.
 
 

I had planned on them doing a little scavenger hunt on our street since several of the kids are our neighbors, but we didn't have time.  So I saved the sheets for them to do some weekend when they're bored.

Our last activity was a mess.  Remnants of it are still stuck on our cement 3 weeks later.  But they had a blast!  I got enough green silly string from Dollar Tree to make "Proton Spray" for them to have a silly string fight with.  It was definitely everyone's favorite part. 
 
We didn't do goody bags.  Instead, I put their marshmallow men, their "ectoplasm" slime, and a Ghostbusters certificate in a red paper bag for them to take home.

Several of the kids said it was the best party they'd been to.  I had a lot of fun watching my son and his friends have a good time getting messy and having fun.  Those are the best parts of childhood!  If you're planning a Ghostbusters birthday party, you can find the free printables I created below. 
 
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

25+ No Carve Pumpkin Painting Ideas

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I was going through some old pictures and found these ones of when Bear was in his Octonauts phase and I painted our Halloween pumpkins in different characters for him.  He had some sensory issues when he was younger, so I thought I'd share them along with some other fun ways to paint pumpkins for other mommas with SPD kiddos (or those who just don't like the mess that carving makes!).
 

Here are some other incredibly creative no-carve pumpkin ideas you can do with your kiddos!
 


Grab some mini pumpkins and turn them into donuts for delectable breakfast table décor.
Add a bit of creepy to your porch with this huge eyeball pumpkin.
Halloween is cold around these parts, so a Frozen pumpkin is quite fitting.
Practice the alphabet while decorating pumpkins with this fun ABC pumpkin.
This caramel apple pumpkin is one of my favorites!



Use an old pot and create a pumpkin gumball machine!
Candy corn ombre pumpkins would be easy to make with a white pumpkin, too.
Use brass thumbtacks to spell out spooky words after painting your pumpkin.
You gotta catch 'em all to make these super cute Pokémon pumpkins.
Using Mr. Potato head pieces to decorate pumpkins is sheer genius!



Create a variety of pumpkin monsters to spookify your porch.
A Harry Potter pumpkin? Yes please!
This little unicorn pumpkin is super sweet.
Love emojis? Then paint some emoji pumpkins.
These are some amazing character painted pumpkin ideas.  I had to share them all.



http://www.mamasmiles.com/sharpie-pumpkins/
http://www.craftymorning.com/no-carve-minion-pumpkins/
http://handsonaswegrow.com/halloween-craft-pumpkin-mummies/
http://jaderbomb.com/2014/10/02/glow-in-the-dark-pumpkins/
https://www.instagram.com/p/u1puQGycXl/?taken-by=nakianieves



http://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/paint-resist-pumpkins-easy-pumpkin-decorating-for-toddlers/
http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2012/10/puffy-paint-jack-o-lanterns.html
http://deliciousbydre.com/superhero-pumpkins/
http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/a-fun-and-easy-way-to-paint-pumpkins/
http://www.smallfriendly.com/small-friendly/2011/10/chalkboard-pumpkins.html

I'd love if you shared links to any no carve pumpkin ideas you've used!






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Friday, October 21, 2016

Toddler Playschool: H is for Halloween lesson plan {free printable}

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This week's theme is Halloween. Surprised? This is another one of those topics where there are just SO MANY books and activities to pick from.  So, I went with some of our favorites.  Some of the more favored activities, we'll save for empty time this weekend as well.

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me!
 
 
 
 
Click the link below to download 


I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Friday, October 14, 2016

Toddler Playschool: G is for Grocery Store lesson plan {free printable}

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This week's theme is the grocery store.  So exciting, right? As moms, I think it's one of the places I dread the most. But it's also a place that Sunny LOVES to go to.  The shopping carts that have seats where the kids can "push" the cart and the free cookies have a lot to do with it, I'm sure.  But trips to the store can offer lots of learning experiences.  Below is what I put together to explore one of her favorite places.

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me!
 
 
 
Click the link below to download 


I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Friday, October 7, 2016

Toddler Playschool: F is for Forest Animals lesson plan {free printable}

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Sorry in the delay for getting this out.  As I've shared before, Sunny only sleeps on her own about 45 minutes a night, so I have to cram everything into that time span.  These lesson plans might seem cryptic, but I will be updating them with pictures and activity explanations as soon as I'm able. When I started this Toddler Playschool adventure, I'd planned on including all of that info in these posts.  But we all know what happens when we plan...

This week is Forest Animals. There are so many activities and books for this one, it was hard to narrow it down, so I ended up going with what was most age appropriate.

If you missed the first few weeks, you can find them here:
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. We'll be exploring a different theme each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides us with a framework of activity ideas we can use and expand on.  Very soon, I will be providing links to activities on these posts... There's just not enough time for me!
 
 
 
 
Click the link below to download 


I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

21 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids plus Laurie Berkner CD Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by Waldmania PR.
 
Years ago, while teaching preschool in a classroom setting, I was introduced to Laurie Berkner's music.  It was love at first song, lol. Aside from the fact that Laurie's songs make great foundations for learning activities, they also speak the language of children, which is why I love them so much.  Laurie and her band have just released another amazing album, entitled "Superhero". Laurie explains the title track by saying, "I believe we are all superheroes and that kids in particular can feel empowered by realizing how they can help others."

So I thought, what better way to celebrate the new CD's release than to share some ways that your kids can be superheroes through random (or not so random) acts of kindness. Plus, you have the chance to win a copy of Laurie's new CD for your family!
 
Set up a take home a soldier program at your church.

Go through your bookshelf and pull out gently loved books to give to a local shelter.

Return a shopping cart to the parking lot corral for someone.

Make a survival kit for some of your local police officers.

Make blessing bags for the homeless. You can drop these by your local shelter or keep in the car to pass out to those you come across.


Surprise a family you know with a "Dinner is on Us" basket.

Send a care package to soldier.

Help your kids make no sew dog toys from old t-shirts for a local rescue group.

Read books to get friends and family to donate canned food for local food bank.

Drop off cookies to your local Fire Department on holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve.


Rake leaves or shovel snow for elderly neighbor.

Leave quarters taped to trinket machines at stores as a little surprise for a special kiddo.

Set up a lemonade stand for whatever your child's favorite cause is.

Trick or treat for UNICEF and collect spare change to help children all over the world.

Fill a shoebox as a family for Operation Christmas Child.


 
Sponsor a child with The Raining Season. You'll get to correspond with your child and have monthly Skype sessions with them.

Collect old blankets and donate them to an animal shelter.

Make fleece tie blankets and donate them to your local foster care program.

Collect socks, underwear, and stuffed buddies to make "bedtime bags" for a local foster care program. These basic necessities are often the most needed.

Ask friends and family for unused coats, gloves, and hats that can be given to a local shelter.

Collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House.


There are so many ways that we can help our kids to make the world a better place and to positively affect the world around them.  Laurie actually has an amazing Kickstarter program going on right now.  She wants to bring a live concert to 5 hospitals or schools for children with special needs.  She is a superhero in her own right. Which is why I want to make sure her music inspires as many families as possible. Enter below for a chance to win your copy of Laurie Berkner's new CD!





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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waldmania PR.
I received a free CD for this opportunity, however, all opinions are mine.
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