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Tips for A Simple After School Play Date

A Back to School Brownie baking Party - an after school activity. This post has lots of tips for hosting a successful after school party.

Since we officially have started school, we now get to plan after school activities!  And the possibilities are endless!  We have been considering a number of extra-curricular activities to keep our kindergarten kid busy during the afternoon.  And last week I decided to have a fun after school play date with her friends to celebrate Back to School.  It just seemed natural to bake brownies!  Our play date was actually simple to throw together and the kids had LOTS of fun.   I thought I would share with you our best ideas for planning an after school play date.

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Growing Up

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

Nest Building

Task #17: Toy Sorting and Cleaning

This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series Tackling Tasks

We are kind of minimal when it comes to toys.  I mean, we don’t deprive our children the joys of playing with things, but we don’t buy a whole lot of things for them.  But even though we don’t buy a lot, it seems like we HAVE a lot!  And sometimes it can get to be a little overwhelming.

For today’s task, I wanted to accomplish a few things with the girls’ toys:

  • Sort them into give, store, and play categories
  • Clean them!
  • Create a toy rotation system.

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A Simple Indian Summer Playdate

Everybody is talking fall already, but we live in the desert so we can count on another month or two (maybe three) of summer before the temps start to really fall (all the way to the 70s!).  So I thought I would share a little summer end play date idea.

I wanted to give the kids a fun activity to do without getting messy so we set up a clean finger painting station on a plastic yellow table-cloth taped to the floor.  I have seen this idea just about everywhere on Pinterest and it actually took a long time for me to understand just how it worked. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Farm Fun

We are in the midst of a Farm Unit for our Tot School for Twos with G and so we have farms on the brain.  Even W is getting in on the action and playing and learning about farm animals!  And there are a couple of places you can go to check out all the action: Continue Reading