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Exploding Ivory (Bonus: “How to Make PlaySnot® – A New Sensory Material”).

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Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: This quick little activity is from Our Best Bites.

Material:

A brand spanking new bar of Ivory soap. A plate. A microwave.

 

Procedure:

Put the bar of Ivory soap on the plate and put the plate in the microwave. Set the timer for […]

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Edible Marbled Easter Eggs

Beautiful Edible Marbled Eggs (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Many people have asked me if my original Marbled Easter Eggs are edible. I always respond by saying that I don’t recommend eating them. Since the egg shells are porous enough for dye to leak through and stain the egg whites, I imagine that the shaving […]

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Origami for Kids: Simple Cat

How to fold an Origami Cat

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

Prerequisite: Your child must be able to fold a sheet of paper and make a crease in it, which can be tricky for a for a small child. If your tot struggles with this, then start with something like Kumon Let’s Fold book.

Material:

A […]

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Glue Paint and Chalk Pastels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found this cool idea on Mommy Labs.

Material:

A bottle of white school glue. One color of Liquid watercolor or food coloring. A chopstick or thin paintbrush handle to stir the glue. Paper or card stock.

Chalk Pastels

Damp cloth for […]

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Do-a-Dot Numbers

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: Here are the Do-A-Dot number pages! A long time ago, I created a set of uppercase Do-A-Dot letters and since then, many people have asked me to also create number ones. These Do-A-Dot sheets are tedious to make so it took me a while to get […]

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Using a Gravy Separator (and an Introduction to Density)

Gravy Separator (and introduction to the density of liquids) via Shannon's Tot School

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

Intro: This is a super easy practical life lesson with a good dose of science. During the holidays, Sweet Pea saw my gravy separator and wanted to know what it was, so I set up this quick little activity for her on the spot.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be […]

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Annual New Year’s Interview – 2013

Interview Your Tots Every New Year's!

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: A few years ago I saw this great idea at Teach Mama and now we do one every year. Amy revamped some of her interview questions so they are more geared towards older children now, but mine are still aimed for younger ones.

Material:

Pen or […]

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Thanksgiving Candy Turkeys

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: A couple of years ago, we spent Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house, and she showed us how to make these adorable candy turkeys. I thought they were so cute!

Material:

Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups. (You will need 1 for each turkey.) Ferrero Rocher chocolate candy. […]

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Acorn Cap Jewels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found these beautiful acorn cap jewels at Homemade Serenity.

Material:

Acorn Caps. (Acorn caps by themselves should be fine, but immediately bake whole acorns for 1-2 hours in a 170 degree oven to kill any insects that are hiding inside!) Glue. Colored Markers. […]

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CLOSED: Bob Books (and a Giveaway!)

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Several people told me that “Bob Books” are fantastic for beginning readers, so when Sweet Pea started showing an interest in reading, I bought the first set for us to try.

Material:

A set of Bob Books.

 

Prerequisite:

Before your child tries to […]

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