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2012 Gift Ideas

I always get asked for Christmas gift ideas so I’ve updated last year’s list to include some of the our favorite toys from this year. Since Sweet Pea has outgrown some of her old toys and discovered new ones, I’ve also put down a suggested age range next to each item. All of my toy […]


Introduction to Scientific Observation: Dancing Raisins

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.


From: I have been looking forward to getting a lab kit for Sweet Pea so I was very excited when I found a Primary Science Set that was suitable for preschoolers. The kit included 10 activity cards and this “Dancing Raisins” activity was one […]


Christmas Gift Ideas


I have had several people ask about Christmas gift ideas, so I thought I would create a post to share with all of you some of our “best hits”.

Board Games Haba – My First Orchard My husband and I love board games. Orchard was one of Sweet Pea’s first games. It is […]


Sequencing Cards

Sweet Pea was 4 years old.

From: One of our friends gave us a set of Brain Quest Cards and Sweet Pea went crazy over the ones that involved story sequencing. Sequencing is a great early literacy activity so I found these heavy cardboard sequencing cards on Amazon for her. I also bought a […]


Mighty Mind

Sweet Pea is 47 months old.

From: I kept seeing the Mighty Mind product pop up on my Amazon recommendations and decided to try it. (Apparently Amazon thinks I am a 4 year-old child. All my recommendations are decidedly geared towards the preschool set. You think I might enjoy reading the new Jean […]



Sweet Pea is 48 months old.

I am always running out of audio books for Sweet Pea. We have listened to the entire Little House series, Anne of Green Gables, all of Ramona, Henry and Ribsy, Winnie the Pooh, a few Magic Treehouses and as much of Junie B. Jones as I […]


Montessori at Home: Book Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)


From: Several months ago John Bowman contacted me and asked if he could use some of my Tot School pictures in his new book Montessori at Home. Now his book is finished and he has offered to give away a free copy to one of my lucky readers.

Observations: This book is aimed […]



Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: Have you heard of Twig? Sweet Pea has recently outgrown a lot of her toddler things so I have been looking for some new preschool toys. I had seen a lot of great reviews for Twig, a unique building block set, so I was thrilled when I […]


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 […]


Melissa & Doug Shape, Model and Mold

Sweet Pea is 32 months old.

From: Our good friends gave Sweet Pea this Melissa & Doug Shape, Model and Mold Clay Set for Christmas.

Observations: The set comes with 4 different colors of dough and several wooden tools for rolling, cutting and stamping it. Sweet Pea really loves everything about this kit […]