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DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

Making playdough is a great activity for any afternoon, especially to entertain antsy kids! This DIY mint playdough uses my BEST homemade playdough recipe, with added mint extract!

Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Slime is super easy to make and really fun to play with! Red, white and blue slime is a creative kids activity for the Fourth of July or any open afternoon!

The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe – Bright Colors!

The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe – Bright Colors!

Playing with playdough is a great sensory activity for kids of all ages. You can easily make a batch of this soft salt dough and kids can choose their favorite colors to mix in! We’ve made playdough many times. This is the best homemade playdough recipe that results in soft, moldable dough that’s not too salty or drying. I’m also happy to share some of my creative tips for making vibrantly colorful dough and minimizing the mess of mixing in the food coloring. The next time you are looking for an interactive kid’s activity, try making this homemade playdough recipe!
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Get Creative with Eco-Friendly Art Supplies

Get Creative with Eco-Friendly Art Supplies

I love inspiring my kids with messy art projects and crafty activities. We tried out some eco-friendly finger paint, play dough and natural coloring pigments that are made with ingredients derived from the earth.

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Glitter cloud dough is soft and fun to stretch and mold. You can mix in sprinkles, confetti, tiny treasures and more! Easily make this fluffy homemade dough for your kids using cornstarch and hair conditioner!

Trolls Inspired Kids Toys & Sensory Activities

Trolls Inspired Kids Toys & Sensory Activities

If you have young kids then you know that kids like to stay super active. When I’m not saving my 2-year-old from daring stunts, I’m often crafting or painting with my girls. After nap time in the afternoon my kids often enjoy some screen time. My girls love colorful movies such as Trolls, especially since it has lots of  upbeat songs! These Trolls-themed activities are a fun way to engage with kids who love color and glitter.
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Easy Homemade Rainbow Unicorn Playdough

Easy Homemade Rainbow Unicorn Playdough

My kids love color, glitter and playdough, We combined all three and made rainbow unicorn playdough! This easy salt dough recipe is easy to make and fun to play with.

Kids’ Easter Basket Gift Ideas under $15

Kids’ Easter Basket Gift Ideas under $15

Easter baskets are a fun way to celebrate Easter and the coming of spring! You can easily fill your kids’ Easter baskets with useful items that add value to your life without just adding clutter.

Science & Snacks for Preschoolers

Science & Snacks for Preschoolers

My life with young kiddos is made up of many busy days and kid-friendly activities. I’ve found it successful to have a loose schedule so my kids know what to expect each day. We do preschool most weekdays and the kids learn the alphabet names and sounds, practice writing letters and numbers, and we usually do a creative project. Once my kids finish a few pages of their school workbooks, it’s fun to enjoy a snack before doing a simple science activity or craft.

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Valentine’s Day Inspired Activities, Crafts & Snacks

Valentine’s Day Inspired Activities, Crafts & Snacks

Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate with the people you love! These creative Valentine’s Day kids’ projects, sensory activities and yummy snacks are some fun ways to make the holiday memorable for your family.

Teach Kids to Swim & Love Water with a Mermaid Tail

Teach Kids to Swim & Love Water with a Mermaid Tail

Learning how to swim is a great skill kids can use year round and swimming lessons are especially important for water safety. Sun Tail Mermaid fins are a fun way to encourage kids to learn how to swim and get comfortable around water.

Fun Kids Stuff for Play Time & Snack Time

Fun Kids Stuff for Play Time & Snack Time

Every mom with young kids dreams of their children being able to play nicely together by themselves. Well, at least I do if that’s any indication. My kids are ages 2, 3 and 5 — all of which struggle with attention span, self control and sharing. We regularly practice playing together and enjoying independent play in the next room over. While I’m making their snack, my kids get the chance to play nicely with their interactive toys and preschool activities. They also enjoy exploring the outdoors and my older girls love dressing up! Here are some fun ideas and gear for indoor and outdoor play and creative healthy snacks!

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Fun Stuff For Active Kids! Animal Blankets, Glitter Slime & More

Fun Stuff For Active Kids! Animal Blankets, Glitter Slime & More

My kids love playtime activities that are interactive and creative! Kids can dress up with Wild Things Animal Blankets, play with homemade glitter slime or create art on a chalkboard table to make the shortened fall days a little more interesting.

Interactive Activities for Stir-Crazy Kiddos

Interactive Activities for Stir-Crazy Kiddos

Stuck inside? Colder weather or rainy days often create lots of opportunities for creative activities and imaginative play. We love to create a DIY sensory bin, design kid-friendly art, and practice learning new skills through play.

DIY Cloud Dough with Cornstarch & Conditioner

DIY Cloud Dough with Cornstarch & Conditioner

Cloud dough is a fun sensory activity for kids. You can make it yourself using cornstarch and conditioner. You can also add food coloring and glitter to make this sensory cloud dough extra fun! This DIY kids activity is engaging for afternoon playtime or a creative kids party. We made cloud dough roses to play with at my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. Cloud dough is a lot like play dough, except it doesn’t contain salt and it smells like your hair conditioner!

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