Still Playing School: June 2014

Nature Soup

When presented with a container of water for sensory play our kids made one of my favorite recipes from when I was a child. They cooked up Nature Soup! This post is part of our monthly Sensory Bin Challenge.


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Rain Walk with Kids - From E to D Version 2.0 Series

In the summer of 2011 I took 1 1/2 year old toddler E on a rain walk to explore water on a warm day. Now that she is 4 1/2 and our youngest is 1 1/2 it was time to revisit this nature provided sensory experience!


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Honey Transfer: A Fine Motor Water Activity

Transferring honey is the perfect way to bring fine motor practice to our honey bee unit! We were as busy as bees with this one!

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The Purple Crayon Extension Activity

We received a creative story extension for the book Harold and the Purple Crayon as part of The Educators' Spin On It Love Books Summer 2014 Exchange!


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Blogging: Three Years In

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Three years ago today I decided on the name Still Playing School, settled into a tiny corner of the internet, and wrote my very first post about how I entertained my (then) toddler by inviting her to paint with water. What else has happened in the past three years?

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A Message in a Dream

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I had a dream that unidentifiable man was introducing me to a group of people. He referred to me as a mom with two kids and I reacted in a way I never do in my conscious world.

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Condiment Cup Flower Craft

Condiment cups open up to craft the prettiest blooming flower art! Kids love watching their flowers grow!


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Zoo Animal Check List for Kids

Our preschooler loved going on a Zoo Scavenger Hunt! We've included our zoo animal check list for free for you to print and enjoy!

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Tips for Tiny Foot Rubs

This play idea is brought to you by Knoala – Raise Happier Kids. Knoala is a free app that offers activities for parents to enjoy with infants to preschoolers.


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Sand Art on the Light Table

We love watching videos of sard art stories on the light table. For this month's art theme in the Light & Reflection series we decided to try sand art with light ourselves!

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Water Wall for Kids

A great way to cool off and engage the kids in fine motor play this summer is a homemade portable water wall! All (but one) of the materials were re-purposed, recycled, and free!

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Ice Cream Play Dough

Ice cream play dough is irresistibly realistic yet it won't melt while you play! We set up a pretend ice cream shop.


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Gems on the Light Table

Loose parts on the light table inspired an array of play based learning. We used gems to explore a variety of math concepts!


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Barefoot Books Review

Our favorite board books for toddlers are Barefoot Books! We have several of their stories that are read multiple times per day at our house!


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Favorite Fine Motor Toys

Kids work on their fine motor skills while playing with their favorite toys! They don't even realize they are strengthening their hands for writing while they play. Here are our recommendations of the best fine motor toys available. 

The best fine motor toys to strengthen kids hands while play!

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Postcards for Kids

Writing postcards is a motivating and fun way to add literacy to your vacation! Here are our best tips for inviting children to write postcards.

Writing postcards is perfect summer literacy practice for kids!

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