Autumn Sensory Play

autumnbinpinWelcome October!

Oh, how I love the cool breezes of Autumn! From sweater weather and tall boots, to beautifully colored changing leaves, to pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING, there are elements of the season that everyone can enjoy.

With mild weather comes more opportunities to get out into the fresh air with the family.  Over the weekend, we took the Littles to Linvilla Orchards‘ Pumpkin Land. After carefully selecting which pumpkins we’d bring home, we fed the animals, rode the ponies, and made our way through the straw bale maze. We were also sure to pick up some apple cider and sweet potato pie to enjoy when we got home! 🙂

See how a fun family outing turned into spectacular sensory play!

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Pool Noodles: A Summer Favorite for Year-Round Fun! (Part 2)

poolnoodlepart2PINSummer may be fleeting, but pool noodles are here to stay!

In my previous post, I shared two ways I recycled pool noodles to create activities for my Little Boy and Little Girl to enjoy year-round. These have been great for independent play and as something to promote sharing and conversation.

Today, I am back with two additional ways I have repurposed our old pool noodles.

Click here for more ways to use your noodle!

Pool Noodles: A Summer Favorite for Year-Round Fun! (Part 1)

PoolNoodlePinImageBy now you may have noticed that I like to recycle things around the house to use for fun activities with the littles – fabric, toilet paper rolls, squeeze-pouch tops… the list goes on. Today I’m back with a way to recycle a summer time favorite that doesn’t need to disappear when the warm weather does.

Pool Noodles: We often use them for water play. But what do you do with them when summer is over?  Rather than stuffing them in the back of a closet or throwing them away, you could recycle them to make fun “any season” activities.

Today, I bring you PART 1 of my Pool Noodles series.

Click here to use your noodle!

Squeeze Pouch Tops: A Surprising Essential for Play and Learning!

pinimageI love recycling things to make toys and activities for my littles. I find that they enjoy my DIY and home made activities much more than toys I buy from retail stores. Can anyone else relate to having toddlers get more excited about playing with the packaging than the actual toy?

Today, I am sharing something made from one of the most surprising materials available: squeeze-pouch tops! Check it out!

The Button Slide – A Fine Motor Activity

thebuttonslide_mylifewithlittlesWhat are Fine Motor Skills?  When we talk about fine motor skills, we are usually referring to a child’s movement of small muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrists. Examples of fine motor movement include: picking up and manipulating small objects, holding a crayon or feeding utensil, and buttoning/zipping a jacket.  Fine motor skills are an essential part of daily living activities such as dressing, feeding and playing. Research shows that along with attention and general knowledge, fine motor skills can also be a predictor of math, reading, and science success in school.

Try one of my FAVORITE fine motor activities: The Button Slide! Let’s go!