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Growing Up

Simple Tsum Tsum Mickey & Minnie Costumes

Our girls are like a lot of kids their age: obsessed with all things Disney!  They love Minnie and Mickey and all their friends, too.  And a while back we discovered a fun Disney toy that was price conscious enough for us to start a collection: Tsum tsums.   Over a number of months, we have collected quite a few of these fun little toys.  And so when it came time to dress up to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party, we thought it would be fun to have the girls dress up as Mickey & Minnie Tsum Tsum!

The costumes ended up being really simple to put together, so I thought I would share a quick how-to with you about the costumes. Continue Reading

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Apple Stamp Phonics for Short Vowel Sound Aa

Apple Core Stamps - project for short-vowel sound Aaɑ

Apples!  It is almost apple season around here – I got a great deal on Gala apples last week.  Our girls love apples.  G likes her’s without the peel.  W likes her’s with – and will eat G’s discarded peels.  Last week we were having snack time after working through the very first lesson in The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading.  And I suddenly had a great idea for a craft to reinforce the concepts taught in that phonics lesson – the short vowel sound for Aaɑ.

It seems like there is no shortage of apple activities out there.  And I hesitate to share this one with you, but we did it and enjoyed it, so I am sharing!  This simple activity built upon a number of facts the girls already know, and added a little bit more to their understanding of apples.  Here’s what we did.  Continue Reading

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Toddler Fall Bucket List

My absolute favorite time of year is fall.  I love all the smells and flavors of the season!  I love the holidays and the wardrobe.  I love it all.  And though we don’t actually experience fall in this part of the country the way that everyone else does, I love to do fall activities with our toddler girls.  And I have been kind of neglecting doing the fun things we are used to doing lately, so I thought I would challenge myself to complete a bucket list with our girls this season.

It is a busy time of year for us, but I am hoping to this bucket list will help me to focus in on the joys of the season while teaching my girls (and having FUN!).  We have already done some of these activities in previous years, but I am hoping keeping and making traditions will be something the girls love as much as I do. Continue Reading

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Itsy, Bitsy, Creepy, Crawly Play Date

Super simple Spider sensory bin - perfect for a Halloween themed play date.

We have a standing play date each week with a special group of moms and toddlers.  We rotate hosting duties and it works very nicely for socializing the kids and the mamas.  I love hosting because I love trying to come up with fun things for the kids to do while they are here.

Since we are coming up on Halloween I thought it would be fun to have a  Trick or Treat play date to play with and eat spiders! Continue Reading

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Simple Pumpkin Decorations

We are getting going on our pumpkin fun this fall and we have a couple of those dollar pumpkin candy pails.  G loves playing with these and keeps one of them around almost year round.  I have lots of ideas for how to play with these, but we hit on an impromptu activity when some Thanksgiving stickers made an appearance in our house.

G was so excited to have the stickers that before I even knew it, every one in the house had a sticker on his/her shirt.  I thought fast and redirected her decorative talents toward the pumpkin pails and she was happy to decorate the pumpkin with her stickers.

At G’s age stickers are very fun, but they are a fine motor challenge.  Continue Reading

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Simple Pumpkin Counting 1, 2, 3

We are kind of late the pumpkin/fall party this year.  We have been so busy with our farm unit for Tot School for Twos that we have neglected to spice up our fall with seasonal activities.  But I am hoping to remedy that situation over the next few weeks.  We are not much for the “scary” part of Halloween and I definitely lean more toward a love of Thanksgiving, so we still have plenty of time for pumpkins and leaves this year.

Our little one is starting to learn to count individual items.  She has known how to count to ten for a while and counts to 20 (missing a few along the way) sometimes, but she often just starts counting to talk, not to actually count.  So, I have been working with her on pointing to each individual item as we count together, SLOWLY! Continue Reading