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Tape Maze

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This is a variation on the traditional Montessori “Walking on the Line” activity.


A roll of masking tape.


Tape a very long piece of masking tape to the floor. Place several other long pieces of masking tape on the floor that cross […]

Beautiful Marbled Eggs

Sweet Pea is 47 months old.

NOTE: Are you looking for an edible version of this activity that can be used with real eggs? Read my Beautiful EDIBLE Marble Egg post!

From: I love the look of marbled Easter eggs and decided to try our marbled paper technique to create […]

Homemade Fingerpaint

Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: I found this homemade fingerpaint recipe at Not Just Cute.


Printer friendly version of this fingerpaint recipe. (This is a .pdf file and requires Foxit or Adobe Acrobat for viewing.) Stove. Saucepan. 3 TBS sugar. 1/2 Cup cornstarch. 2 Cups cold water. Containers for holding the […]

Sidewalk Water Painting

Sweet Pea is 38 months old.

From: This is a very fun and easy outdoor activity that I saw on the excellent Teach Mama blog.


Pleasant weather. An old paintbrush. Bowl of water. Concrete, wood, rocks or any other object that can be “painted” with water.


Bring your materials […]

Father’s Day Card

Sweet Pea is 37 months old.

From: The Crafty Crow featured a cute Father’s Day card from No Time for Flashcards and I decided to do something similar for Sweet Pea’s Grandpa.


A white piece of paper or card stock. A blank card or colored card stock cut and folded into […]

Mother’s Day – Clay Bead Necklace

Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I was planning on having Sweet Pea make clay votive holders for Mother’s Day gifts, but the Crayola Air Dry Clay I was going to use specifically says, “Do not mold into candle holders or other like items for use around flame.” So we went to […]

Contact Paper Collage

Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I saw this really fun contact paper collage at What Do We Do All Day?


Contact paper. Scissors. Masking (or other removable) tape. Several bowls or baskets Different types of materials appropriate for sticking on a collage. (We used scraps of paper, pom poms, wooden […]

Interview with Elmo’s Mom

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: Back around New Year’s, Amy posted about her yearly family interview on Teach Mama and then I recently saw something similar from Nicole at Tired Need Sleep.


Pen or pencil. List of interview questions. (Amy has a down-loadable one here or you […]

Audio Books

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: A friend recommended the young-adult book The Lovely Bones. I figured that the young-adult categorization meant it was practically a children’s story so I began listening to the audio-book version of it. In the car. With Sweet Pea strapped into the back seat. 67 seconds later […]

My First Book of Cutting from Kumon

Sweet Pea is 34 months old.

From: We have had great luck with Kumon’s “My First” series of books, so I decided to order Kumon’s My First Book of Cutting from Amazon.

Prerequisite: If your tot hasn’t worked with scissors before, I suggest you try the Introduction to Scissors – Cutting Play-doh activity […]