Blog Me Mom http://www.blogmemom.com Fun And Easy Kids Activities Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bell Drop http://www.blogmemom.com/fine-motor-activities-jingle-bell-drop/ http://www.blogmemom.com/fine-motor-activities-jingle-bell-drop/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:00:53 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13841 This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks!
More jingle bells activities. We can’t get enough of all the fine motor activities we can do with these simple jingle bells. They were great  in a simple sound sensory activity. We paired with scented writing tray and now for some extra jingly math fun we are plaiting them with some up cycled paper rolls { More fine motor activities here}

Materials { Affiliate links are included below  for your reference}

Paper Rolls
Holiday Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper
Christmas Jingle Bells
Small Tongs
Cookie Sheet
Clear Tape
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Now wrap the paper rolls with some festive gift wrapping paper {picked them up at the Dollar Store} and use tape to adhere the edges

paper rolls math activities

Bring out the colorful small jingle bells and place them with the now colorful rolls

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Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bell Drop

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More jingle bells activities. We can’t get enough of all the fine motor activities we can do with these simple jingle bells. They were great  in a simple sound sensory activity. We paired with scented writing tray and now for some extra jingly math fun we are plaiting them with some up cycled paper rolls { More fine motor activities here}

Materials { Affiliate links are included below  for your reference}

Paper Rolls
Holiday Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper
Christmas Jingle Bells
Small Tongs
Cookie Sheet
Clear Tape
MATERIALS

Now wrap the paper rolls with some festive gift wrapping paper {picked them up at the Dollar Store} and use tape to adhere the edges

paper rolls math activities

Bring out the colorful small jingle bells and place them with the now colorful rolls

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I used the same silver tongs we used in the jingle bells fine motor tray activity.

homemade fine motor game for christmas

They are just as fun as without the tongs

holiday paper rolls with bells

You can get in some sorting exercises by encouraging your child to separating the bells into different colors. After separating the bells into 3 different clear cups { I like to use clear cups to make the colors stand out } Then we used foam number stickers and stuck on the paper rolls.

fine motor activities

Surprisingly my 6 year old was just as interested in this fine motor activity as my 4 year old. The kids picked up the corresponding number of jingle bells and dropped into the paper rolls. The sound of the bells on the metal cookie sheet was the highlight!

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Removing the paper rolls and admiring the nicely fallen down bells  comes next.

play withe christmas paper rolls

Then the kids were unto themselves playing with the jingle bells on the cookie sheets making lots of sound.

play with jingle bells fine motor play

I think the best part is the cookie sheet. The sound the dropping jingle bells make adds to the excitement which makes this a more engaging fine motor activity.

 recycled fine motor game

You can also tape all the paper rolls to the wall and place the cookie sheets below them.

jingle rolls on the wall

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Jingle Bell Drop Fun and sensorial fine motor and math activity for kids

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bells Fine Motor Tray http://www.blogmemom.com/fine-motor-activities-jingle-bells-fine-motor-tray/ http://www.blogmemom.com/fine-motor-activities-jingle-bells-fine-motor-tray/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:20:14 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13820 Fine Motor Activities with a holiday twist. Expanding on our peppermint writing tray this fine motor activity will make learning and creating extra fun.

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Materials {Affiliate links to the products are below}

Christmas Jingle Bells Peppermint Extract Salt Tongs AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Color Number cards Flat Tray

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Fine Motor Activities : Jingle Bells Fine Motor Tray

Fine Motor Activities with a holiday twist. Expanding on our peppermint writing tray this fine motor activity will make learning and creating extra fun.

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Materials {Affiliate links to the products are below}

I had this delicious smelling Peppermint Writing Tray. Once the kids were done tracing on them I set out cups of these really cute jingle bells along with a silver tongs. { Recipe for the peppermint writing tray in the above link}

peppermint fine motor tray

Before starting to work with the fine motor tray, I let my 4 year old explore the bells. She had fun trying to pick them up using the tongs. She mixed the bells up and was generally having fun with the bells {Try making our jingle bell soup for some sensory play}

jingle bells activities with salt tray

Then she simply traced the numbers { in our case} with her tiny fingers.

salt tray writing with bells

And used the tongs to pick up the bells. Then she tried tracing the number outline with the jingle bells. She tried various hand positions before she was comfortable with one position to hold

using tongs and bells in fine motor peppermint tray

You can introduce patterns if the child is receptive.

writing with jingle bells on peppermint tray

After tracing and patterning, both the kids were off to making their own designs.

fine motor practice using jingle bell tray

Jingle Bells art. Art tray that smells amazing too.

jingle bell art on salt

A simple easy to put-together fine motor tray for kids.

jingle bells fine motor tray with peppermint salt

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Fine Motor Activities for Kids | Christmas Fine motor activities with jingle bells

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

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Gifts for Babies : Great baby toys for under $10 http://www.blogmemom.com/christmas-toys-gift-guide-baby-toys-10/ http://www.blogmemom.com/christmas-toys-gift-guide-baby-toys-10/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:07:09 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13784 If you are looking for gifts for babies, then this gift ideas for babies list will be a great starting point. Are you looking for some quality stocking stuffers? Again this list will come in very handy. 

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Gifts for Babies  : Great baby and toddler toys for under $10

If you are looking for gifts for babies, then this gift ideas for babies list will be a great starting point. Are you looking for some quality stocking stuffers? Again this list will come in very handy. 

Who said men are hard to shop for? Have you tried shopping for a baby? I’m suddenly faced with the responsibility of putting together a quality gift basket for a baby. I kid you not….you will get overwhelmed with the sea of options. Then there is nagging thought ” Will she out grow this fast?” ” Should I spent that much on something he will lose interest quickly”. It is true that babies don’t need a ton of toys. They are quite happy with your cups, spoons and your Tupperware cabinet. However they don’t mind a few colorful, well-made, not to mention budget-friendly toys. Right? { If homemade toys for babies is your thing, then check out the link} Here is another great homemade baby toys list from Learn With Play At Home.

Here is a list of  toys that will certainly be great gifts for babies and younger toddlers. All the 20 toys under $10 { at the time of publishing this post}

Sorting and Stacking

gifts for babies for stacking and sorting

Tolo Toys Rainbow Stackers :

Bright and colorful cups great for nesting and stacking. It will be fun for babies and toddler to try stacking them both ways. The edges have a wonderful texture for babies to touch and explore. Older babies and younger toddlers will start focussing on the shapes and colors of these gorgeous stackers.

Playgro Babushka Stacking Cups

These unique stacking cups are based on the popular Russian Babushka nesting dolls. The colorful cups are great visual stimulation and toddlers will enjoy manipulating these cups.

Melissa & Doug Stacking Cars

We own plenty of M&D products. The quality is top notch of course. These “First cars” stacking set is true to its name – best first cars for your baby. They stack beautifully and the babies will have a great time with them. Once they are older, your toddler will have a fantastic time playing pretend with them.

Bright Starts Grab and Stack Blocks

These soft blocks are super popular! For good reason. They are great for hand-eye co-ordination and they are oh-so-colorful. Babies 6 months and up will have a fun time, chewing, manipulating and even building with them. Oh let’s not forget the best part! Tumbling town the block tower.

Grasping and Pulling

gifts for toddlers and babies grasping

Kids Preferred The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wood Grasp and Twist Toy 

Who is not a big fan of Eric Carle? This toy will go very well with The Very Hungry Caterpillar bookI’m sure as caregivers you would have read the book at least once to your child. As an extension this beautifully made grasping caterpillar toy will be a fantastic addition. The antennae can be grasped and pulled and the entire body can be twisted in different directions. Great for those developing finer muscles. The book and this toy will make a great baby/toddler gift.

Haba Klick-Klack Rattling figure :

Yes! There is a beautifully made HABA toy for less than 10 dollars. Isn’t that amazing? This wooden clacker (rattle) will be a great addition to your collection if you are a HABA fan. They manufacture well-made wooden toys with non-toxic paint. This clacker is great for older babies who can manipulate the rattle. Babies 6 months above will find it exciting when they are hitting the “understanding cause and effect” milestone.

Haba Rosi Ringlet Clutching Toy :

Yes, another HABA beauty for under 10 bucks. This is a darling clutching toy for your young baby. It is made of soft material (cotton) and perfect as the first holding toy. Zero and up.

Melissa & Doug Friendly Fish Grasping Toy

Just like the caterpillar toy, this fish toy made by M&D will make a great gift. The babies and can pull on the elastic cord and twist and turn the colorful fish for some fun motor fun!

Musical Toys

gifts for babies and toddlers music toys

Skip Hop Explore and More Musical Phone, Owl

How adorable is this owl? This wonderful phone which plays ten wonderful melodies for auditory stimulation. The buttons will provide a constant souuce of entertainment for your baby.

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

This take along tunes was our favorite when the kids were young. Baby Einstein videos might have a bad reputation now but their toys are well made. This one is very easy to carry for the parents and very easy to grasp for babies (6 mo.plus) The caterpillar handle has some colorful beads for extra playtime for baby. All the tunes are classical melodies from their videos.

Hohner Kids MT608 Musical Toys Percussion Effect – Assorted Colors

These well made percussion instrument ( similar to a tambourine) is a joy to hold, play and make music. The jingles are well protected and the handle is great for baby’s little hands to grasp. Babies 6 months and above

Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas Musical

Shake!Shake!Shake. Children any age love to listen to music. This wonderful set of maracas features a gorgeous soft bottom for little baby’s hands. The handles are well made and easy for little handles to grasp. Great for babies who are old enough to grasp, hold and shake!

Moving Toys

moving toys gifts for babies

Smart Frames Animal Runners-Zebra 

This is a well-made rolling toy for mobile babies and younger toddlers. At this price, this will make a fantastic batter-free toy gift.

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Corn Popper

I know! This toy probably is the most noisiest toy a house could have. But you know what? It probably is the funnest toy any child could toy. Most of the children have thoroughly enjoyed this toy. Toddlers especially would adore pushing this popper while the corns popped. They pretend to be vacuuming the floor and what not! There is even a baby version of the same toy. {Sassy Pop n’ Push Car}

Manhattan Toy Go Push Toy, Kitty

We have owned this toy when my children were babies. Thinking back we were surrounded by animal toys! This rolling toy is great for babies when an adult is around. They love watching their caregiver push the toy and love to crawl after the zooming kitty. There are many toys that encourage crawling in babies ( whether it is right or not is beyond the scope of this post) But if you are in the market for one, this one will do its job for under $8.

Sensory Toys

gifts for toddlers and babies to help with their sensory needs

Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set

To stimulate the sense of touch these sensory balls with gorgeous textures will come in handy. Babies will enjoy chewing and exploring first and will start to slowly explore the texture using their hands. Older babies and younger toddlers will love throwing the ball down and try to understand “cause and effect” part.

Toysmith Liquid Motion Bubbler

Well this one is not exactly a “toy”. But provides plenty of calming visual stimulation for babies and toddlers. Well for anyone really. When my children were young they enjoyed this Discovery Kids Animated Tropical Fish Marine Aquarium LampI mean it was fantastic for them to lay on their play mats and watch the fish just swirling by. The above motion bubblers is slightly similar. Please note that the child has to be supervised when this bubble toy is being used.

Shapes and Colors

shapes and colors baby toys

Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks

Who doesn’t own this set? This first shape sorter set will make a great, well loved gift for any baby or toddler. It is under $10 but this toy will be well-loved. The kids will have a ball trying to learn to match the shapes with the appropriate openings on the lid. It is also a great travel toy since it can be packed away in a neat container with a handle.

Hide N Squeak Eggs

How fun is this toy! Shapes, colors, textures, hand-eye coordination and pure fun!

Activity Cubes

Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball

The above are simply recommendations! Please do your research before purchasing any of the toys. See if they will fit your family. Talk to us in the comments. What other “Under $10″ toy will you add here?

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Holiday Gifts for babies and toddler for under $10

Looking for  baby play ideas?

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-for-kids-sound-soup/ http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-for-kids-sound-soup/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13774 This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog.

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Sound Soup

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While stimulating all the five senses during sensory activities for kids  is important, most of the attention goes to touch and sight. Most children thrive very much on feeling and enjoying the texture of any given sensory materials. Bet it gooey play { snow goop anyone?} or running their hands through scented rice or cornmeal. { All messy play ideas here} However the sense of sound hasn’t really got any attention here in our household. Today’s sensory play idea is yet again a Christmas sensory activity. Best of all – this is created and implemented by by 6 year old. Ooh and it involves jingle bells. Brace yourself for more jingle bell activities { Stop by our jingle cups post}

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Jingle Soup — Process

She started with a shiny bowl of water. Then insisted on adding our peppermint salt from our writing tray. But I strongly suggest adding peppermint extract and food coloring to color and scent the water. The salt content messed up our bells..

making bells soup

Then she slowly added all the small bells we had purchased. These bells are really small about the size of a garbanzo bean. They were perfect for our kind of play. While adding the bells, she watched how some bells sank immediately and some took time to sink. A few for floating for a longer time. See how sensory activities for kids can be used to think, explore, hypothesize and investigate. { Have you seen our Playful Learning : Science and Math Activities for kids book?}

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We ended up adding all the 3 packs of jingle bells we had.

christmas actvities with bells

 

I can’t stress how gorgeous this entire soup creation experience was. All the colors of the bells mixed along with the peppermint aroma was just screaming “Christmas sensory activity”

Then came the best part. Once all the bells were added she started having tremendous amount of fun “mixing the bell soup” Why was it oh-so-fun? Well because it made insane amount of sound. Generally mixing is fun for kids. But add sound to that, then its something they don’t want to stop doing.

sound soup for christmas

Later, she added slightly larger bells because the focus had shifted to “playing restaurant” { Christmas sensory play and role play}. Leave it to the kids to come up with the best sensory activity ideas.

She declared that the green, white and gold bells were different colored peppers and she was making a hot and spicy pepper soup.

Christmas fine motor play

She really enjoyed using the tongs during play time and started creating some unique dishes for the customer { me of course!}

christmas sensory activities for kids

Golden soup is served.

pretend play with bells

 

Then sensory activity morphed into so much more and she started sorting them into several bowls.

Christmas Sensory Activities with bells and water

These are golden cupcakes by the way. They are very good for your health!

Veggie soup with bells

Will you try this simple fun “Jingle Soup” during your next playtime with your  kids? Just remember to use a metal container while creating the soup to have the best time. 

Sound soup sensory play for christmas

 

Some of our favorite “soup” themed sensory activities 

Googly Eyes Soup from Fun At Home With Kids

Fall Leaves soup from Next Comes L

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Sensory Play with lots of bells

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-kids-peppermint-writing-tray/ http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-kids-peppermint-writing-tray/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:23:44 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13759 This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog.

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Sensory Activities for Kids : Peppermint Writing Tray

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It has been a while since the children and I had some fun time with sensory activities. We used to be really big on sensory activities for kids simply because my children enjoyed getting their hands in all kinds of sensory bins and exploring. They still love them. Since my oldest is 6 and younger is 4 years here we are adding a learning twist in their usual sensory play. We did a similar sensory activity for kids using shaving cream and paint. {Check our rainbow writing here}

Materials { Affiliate product links below for your reference}

Scented Peppermint Writing Tray Base

materials needed

In  a large plastic baggie add 2 cups of salt, 2 drops of food color and peppermint extract. The amount of peppermint extract depends on your preference. My kids love the scent and we ended up adding 1 TBSP of extract. I adore the Americolor gel food color (link in the materials section) and always use that brand. I purposefully used a gel color so that the remnants of the food color can add to the nice texture of the peppermint salt. If you prefer a much cleaner look, go with liquid food color. After the extract and the food color is added, shake the baggie really well to mix the color.

Scented peppermint salt

The children took this one step ahead and dumped all the scented salt into a bowl and used their hands to evenly mix the salt. This step was a wonderful addition to this easy writing activity. Once the peppermint permeated the kids on cue screamed ” Smells like Christmas, smells like Christmas” … I think so too.

You can change the colors ( think red, green and gold) and make a visually appealing Christmas sensory activity. { All our Christmas activities here}

Christmas sensory activity with peppermint salt

Once the kids had their time exploring the salt, I added a few more props to make it more of a writing tray. Doesn’t mean we can’t make it fun! I there in candy cane pipe cleaners and real candy canes { My children think they are too spicy. Yes!!!} Along with the writing props I added a couple of brushes to smooth the tray between writing sessions.

Now take a look at this one. Isn’t this a fantastic Christmas sensory activity which doubles as a wonderful sensory writing activity. { All our playful writing activities here}

Peppermint sensory writing activity

I wrote down a few sight words on small sheet of paper and my older one had fun practicing writing them.

Write your sight words sensory writing

Between words, she would use the pastry brush to smooth the peppermint writing tray and get ready for the next one.

write with scented salt

Depending on the kids’ preference some would adore using the real candy canes or some would have fun holding on to the pipe cleaner candy canes. Either way both are a fun way to introduce some sensory writing.
Christmas sensory activity with a scented writing tray

To keep all the salt inside tray using a foil pan or a y tray with a lip.

More writing activities here

More sensory activities for kids on our Pinterest boards

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Scented Peppermint Writing Tray Activity for kids with an easy recipe to make the base

For more Christmas Crafts for kids inspiration visit our Pinterest Board

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

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Christmas Crafts for Kids : Homemade Ornaments with Foam Cups http://www.blogmemom.com/christmas-crafts-kids-homemade-ornaments-foam-cups/ http://www.blogmemom.com/christmas-crafts-kids-homemade-ornaments-foam-cups/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:27:24 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13743 This post contains Amazon affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, you have our heartfelt thanks for supporting our blog.

Well, we haven’t really caught the Christmas crafts fever yet! Last year the kids and I managed to do a few Christmas crafts but we couldn’t share them all with you!…

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Christmas Crafts for Kids : Homemade Ornaments with Foam Cups

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Well, we haven’t really caught the Christmas crafts fever yet! Last year the kids and I managed to do a few Christmas crafts but we couldn’t share them all with you! Here is a simple homemade ornament kids made last year. Such an easy ornament but doesn’t compromise on the cute factor.

Materials { Affiliate product links below for your reference}

materials

Not a lot of materials huh? Gotta love these upcycle projects! { <—Here are a few more of them}

Using acrylic paint have the kids paint over the cups using some cheerful colors.

painting jingle bell cups

Then to make those brightly colored cups extra colorful and cheerful we added a big dose of glitter on them when they were still wet with paint. While the cups are drying set out a few colorful jingle bells. { You can purchase them at your local craft store or online. Link included above}

Christmas Crafts for kids making ornaments with cups, glitter and jingle bells

Set the materials out for the children. Christmas Crafts don’t have to be very involved. This project right here was perfect for my kids { aged 3 and 5 then} More importantly they were able to enjoy the homemade ornament making process together.

Christmas Crafts with foam cups and bells

Once the paint dries, along with the jingle bells set out some sparkly pipe cleaners.

materials for Christmas craft jingle cups

Have them thread one bell at a time through some pipe cleaners. { Cue fine motor practice}

Threading the jingle bells

Punch out 2 holes on the bottom of the foam cup.

threading the bells to the cups- ornaments kids can make

The children can easily thread a pipe cleaner through the holes in the cups.

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You can leave the top portion of the pipe cleaners as it is { like a handle to hang on the tree} Or the kids can turn them into hearts for good measure.

jingle cup homemade ornaments

What do you think? Do these Jingle Cups fall under the super easy Christmas Crafts for kids category? Talk to us in the comments!

Kids ornaments craft with cups

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Christmas Crafts for Kids Making ornaments using bells and cups

For more Christmas Crafts for kids inspiration visit our Pinterest Board

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

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Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers http://www.blogmemom.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-kids-gifts-for-animal-loving-explorers/ http://www.blogmemom.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-kids-gifts-for-animal-loving-explorers/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=4279 This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting the blog!

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Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers

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We have a wild life enthusiast at home; a little girl who will run towards a bug  (except bees and wasps because she learnt a bitter lesson that we don’t paint those guys) or any animal to further observe. I’m sure almost all the kids love animals. If you have one such kid you are shopping  for, you can use this guide as a good starting point. This list is ideally suited for kids age 2-5 years.

Magnifying Glass

Any wild life loving explorer should have a magnifying glass on their everyday adventures to parks, nature walks or simply their backyard. It is fun to look at bugs and leaves up close and personal. This Melissa and Doug product comes in both “boy colors” and “girl colors”.  My pre schooler has been using this product for the last 2 years.

  Bug House

Where will your explorer store her nature walk finds? This is advertized  as a bug box, but it doesn’t have to strictly be one. We have observed many  bugs ( not the ones that are alive). More than anything else, this has served as our must-have for hikes and nature walks and has been a big part of many pretend play scenes ; usually a house for the animals.

 Kid-Tough Binoculars

Kids binoculars just like the magnifying glass and bug box is a staple for little explorers both indoors and outdoors.

Flashlight

How about after dinner backyard exploration? Your young explorers need a cool flashlight? This one will serve that purpose.

A complete explorer’s kit

I would personally get this amazing kit for an animal loving explorer on your gift list. It has everything a young backyard explorer would need.

Explorer Role Play Costume

Critter Clinic –  Vet Set

Animal lovers and explorers love to care for the same animals too. This adorable set comes with everything your little veterinarian will need to take care of the animals. It also has a  animals as pretend patients.

 Safari LTD Wild Toob

 Safari makes great pocket-friendly animal figures that can be used in numerous pretend play scenes. Combine with play dough, dirt, sand or throw them in a sensory box you will have child entertained for hours. The TOOBs come many in many themes : wild animals, farm animals, prehistoric animals, bugs.

Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Mini Barn

Animal Planet Mommy and Baby Play Set

  Does you kid group all his/her animals into little families? A tiger always has a mommy, daddy and a sibling? This would be perfect for an animal loving kid.

 Animal Planet Super Treehouse Playset

Look how fun and gorgeous the play set! This is endless hours of animal play for your little people. If you are a DIY person, check out this amazing homemade tree house for the animals from Childhood 101.

 Schleich animals

All animal loving kids should own at least one of these glorious Schleich animals. They are well-made, accurate high quality animal figurines which parents and kids will love at the first sight.


 Special Mention : Homemade gift for your explorer.

I have a perfect homemade gift for a little explorer. Go check out Debbie at Go Explore Nature. An awesome blog about being with kids outdoors and connecting with nature. She has a tutorial for an amazing roly-poly terrarium. It is very simple to make and the receiver would be thrilled. (Can’t say much about the parents!)

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Best gifts for animal lovers and young explorers

I don’t want leave you without any gift related to our beloved pre historic animals : Dinosaurs

For a comprehensive list of dinosaur gifts, please visit 3dinosaurs.

For a fantastic list of dinosaur books to give your dino-obsessed kid please visit Montessori Tidbits

Happy Holidays and hope these suggestions serve a base for all your gift shopping needs. Don’t forget to check out these great gift suggestions from my favorite blogs.

Fun Gifts Beyond Toys by No Twiddle Twaddle,

Book + Toy Companion Gifts by What Do We Do All Day?,

Best Art Supplies for Kids by To Train Up a Child,

Gifts to Inspire the Imagination by The Pleasantest Thing,

Educational Games by True Aim Education,

Basic/Traditional Toys by Creative Playhouse,

Therapeutic and Fun Gift Ideas for Child Development by Creative Learning Fun,

Top Toys for Babies by B-InspiredMama,

Top Toys for Curious Kids by KC Edventures,

Educational/ Headache Free Toys for Christmas and Hanukkah by CAUTION: Twins at Play,

4 Gift Ideas for Everyone: Want, Wear, Need, and Read by Home Learning Journey,

Gifts that Inspire Pretend Play by Connecting Family and Seoul,

My Favorite Books and Toys for Preschoolers by Mama Miss,

Educational Toys for Preschoolers by The Freckled Homeschooler,

Montessori Inspired Toys by Smiling Like Sunshine,

Gift Ideas for Older Kids (9-12) by Kitchen Counter Chronicles,

Toys for the Classroom by Teach Preschool,

Gift Ideas for Budding Readers by Mom 2 to Posh Lil Dives,

Stocking Stuffers: A Teacher’s Top 10 by Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers,

Book Ideas for Everyone on Your List by Pragmatic Mom,

Toys that Stand the Test of Time by Mamas Like Me,

Top Board Games for Kids and Families by Coffee Cups and Crayons

Note: Post contains affiliate links which means if you happen to buy the toy by clicking through I’ll get a really minuscule dollar amount.

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Edible Playdough Recipe : No cook marshmallow playdough http://www.blogmemom.com/edible-playdough-recipe-no-cook-marshmallow-playdough/ http://www.blogmemom.com/edible-playdough-recipe-no-cook-marshmallow-playdough/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 05:34:58 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13670 Edible Playdough Recipe : No Cook Marshmallow Playdough

Two of our reader- favorite play recipes are edible play recipes. Our edible water beads (rather taste-safe)  and our edible slime recipe. While we loved our chilled play dough recipe, I think this no-cook marshmallow play dough has become our well-loved cornstarch based play dough recipe. Before I continue let me tell you that the first time I saw marshmallow being used to create play dough was on My Buddies and I.…

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Edible Playdough Recipe : No Cook Marshmallow Playdough

Two of our reader- favorite play recipes are edible play recipes. Our edible water beads (rather taste-safe)  and our edible slime recipe. While we loved our chilled play dough recipe, I think this no-cook marshmallow play dough has become our well-loved cornstarch based play dough recipe. Before I continue let me tell you that the first time I saw marshmallow being used to create play dough was on My Buddies and I. Check out the original marshmallow dough recipe that started it all!  Since I love a good no-cook recipe, I wanted to try to recreate this recipe without a stove! It was quite simple with a jar of marshmallow creme.

{ all playdough recipes here}

Grab your Marshmallow Creme jar. Add 1/4 cup of creme in a bowl. I also take the extra step of slightly microwaving it ( 10 seconds) to completely make it fluffy. After adding the creme add a few drops of gel food coloring. To the now colored marshmallow creme add 1/3 cup of cornstarch
no cook marshmallow playdough process

edible playdoughYes this part is super sticky. Keep kneading and mixing until you the dough all balled up. Add 1 tbsp of oil if you prefer to make it come together easier.

edible playdough recipe with marshmallows

If your dough is still sticky I would add more cornstarch. But make sure you don’t overdo this part since the dough will more crumbly and hard and not soft and squishy. Line up your edible playdough and set out the usual playdough tools.

playdough play ideas

The marshmallow playdough takes markings and printing very well.

easy to make no cool playdough recipe

You can roll, squish and pinch it too! It is soft and almost stretchy.

marshamallow edible playdough recipe

 My kids loved kneading and cutting.edible playdough

cutting marshmallo playdouhj

They did some printing too. I can see how this dough just like playdough can be used to practice scissor skills. Best part, if the kids decide to do a taste test, you don’t have to panic since you know that the ingredients are all edible and taste-safe!

edible playdough with marshmallow

 We even tried a marbled version to make this gorgeous candy cane with our playdough recipe. Just go easy on the kneading and mixing after adding your red color you will get a marbled look.

candy cane marshmallow playdough

Here is this gorgeous marshmallow dough post from Mama Papa Bubba based on the original recipe. Here photos and play ideas are amazing!

Ingredients and measurements { affiliate links for your reference}

1/4 cup Marshmallow Creme

1/3 cup Cornstarch

A few drops of Gel Food Color

1tbsp oil

Edible playdough - no cook marshmallow playdough

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

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Thanksgiving Art : Corn Rubbing Art Project http://www.blogmemom.com/thanksgiving-art-corn-rubbing-art-project/ http://www.blogmemom.com/thanksgiving-art-corn-rubbing-art-project/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:20:39 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13650 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Halloween went by so soon! Boo! Now before just jumping over to the Holiday season let’s please remember the Big November in the middle. November is a big month for us : apart from Thanksgiving we have  2 birthdays and an anniversary.…

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Thanksgiving Art : Corn Rubbing Art Project

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Halloween went by so soon! Boo! Now before just jumping over to the Holiday season let’s please remember the Big November in the middle. November is a big month for us : apart from Thanksgiving we have  2 birthdays and an anniversary.

Today we are sharing a simple Thanksgiving art project with corn. We love Turkey Crafts just as much as corn crafts! { Visit the link for all our Turkey Crafts}

Materials

  • Indian Corn
  • White Paper
  • Crayons
  • Tape

Lay down a corn on a sheet of white paper.

Tape the edges to the corn so that the paper stays in place.

roll tape corn art

Set our crayons so that your child can gently rub/color on the paper. After a few tries he/she will get the hang of it! Once the markings/rubbings show up on the paper things get really interesting for them. We did not stick to Indian Corn colors but if you prefer you may set out only browns, oranges, reds and yellows. As you can see the kids loved their greens and purples.

roll and tape for corn art

My 6 year old preferred to hold down the paper as opposed to using a corn with taped paper. Whatever works for your kid I say!

rubbing corn with crayons

The resulting markings are just gorgeous. The entire process is very soothing. {Check out our earlier coin rubbings. Great for math/number sense}

corn art

You can cut our corn shapes from the resulting rubbing art or just frame it as it is. Visit our fine motor corn art post to see a sample. We created corn art first and made a corn bunting for the mantle.

 thanksgiving art projects with corn

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CORN RUBBING  THANKSGIVING ART FOR KIDS

Thanks for reading

A few interesting Thanksgiving Crafts and activities post you may enjoy!

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

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Playful Science and Math Activities for Kids http://www.blogmemom.com/playful-science-math-activities-kids/ http://www.blogmemom.com/playful-science-math-activities-kids/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13616 Introducing another FANTASTIC resource for caregivers of young children! We have co authored a wonderful book packed with playful science and math activities – 40 to be specific.

{Our earlier books : Zero-two: play ideas for babies and Three-five: playful preschool}

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities

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Introducing another FANTASTIC resource for caregivers of young children! We have co authored a wonderful book packed with playful science and math activities – 40 to be specific.

{Our earlier books : Zero-two: play ideas for babies and Three-five: playful preschool}

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities

Buy Now

  • Fizz, Pop, Bang! is designed to bring hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science.
  • It is packed with strong learning opportunities in math and science, shared through ideas that incorporate art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach.
  • It is suitable for school, home school, summer camps or fun weekend projects.
  • Amazing resource for any mom/caregiver looking to engage his/her child in everyday science.
  • Inspiring ideas, but really practical and everything all in one place
  • Great photos, step-by-step guides, all things you can easily try at home
  • 40 ideas for children aged 3 to 8, with twenty printable resources (inc. math and science graphing and recording sheets, magnet maze, monster match and sort game, print and build 3D solid blocks, rocket math game, tracing shapes, fact family dominoes, catch and count fish game, and engineering challenge cards) and with additional links to over 80 more activities

- $7.99 for two weeks only, then $9.99, so buy now!!

Here are some more sneak peeks into the book.

The book has a fantastic tutorial for making a periscope. Yep! really!

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Almost all of the science experiments presented here are FULL of color. Any activity involving color is a sure fire way to engage a  kid, right?

color

The book has fabulous science lessons like this one here – a magic balloon that does NOT POP? A simple science lesson on stress and strain presented with a fun experiment.

pop

How about  a wonderful collection of kitchen science experiments to engage even your most “can’t sit-still-for-a-lesson-kid”

kitchn

If you decide to buy, here is where you do it!

 You can buy this e-book in your native currency and Paypal will handle the conversion for you.

You can buy it now, on any device, and then download it when you are ready. Depending on the apps you have installed and your operating system you might be able to go ahead and download the book on your mobile device. But if you have any doubts or problems, I recommend you use a computer to download the book and then share it to your mobile devices.”

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 All of our Science Experiments here on our category page

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