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!

The Oil Drip Pan Magnet Board

oildrippinI have a confession to make: I spend A LOT of time on Pinterest. From recipes, to DIY home projects, to beauty regimens, I have found some great ideas on this social media platform. I have Pinterest to thank for softer skin – the honey and sugar scrub recipes I’ve pinned are nothing short of fabulous. Pinterest is the reason why my kids have a really cool sensory table and a super upgraded play kitchen. {Awesome tip: Go to Pinterest, Type in ‘Ikea Play Kitchen Makeover.’ Be prepared to have your socks knocked off!} My husband is probably thanking the heavens for Pinterest every day, because I was a terrible cook before finding the pins on my “Scrumptious” board!

But have you ever come across an idea and thought “There is no way this project can be that easy to complete” or “This looks way too good to be true”? Click here to read about my Pinterest adventure!

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!