Healthy Road Trip Snacks

We are going to the Wolf Lodge to surprise our 4-year-old for his birthday. My kids have no idea and I’m so excited. We have never been and they have been asking to go for a while now. We always told them no because it was too far away. (It’s only 7 hours away). You know as well as I do that 7 hours is an eternity for small children for a road trip. My children are really good on road trips though. Here is a post about some things I have in the car to entertain them with.

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16 Mommy and Son Date Ideas

That will not break the bank!

At first, when I found out my second baby wasn’t a girl I was a little disappointed. I wanted to have the little girl to go shopping with, get our nails painted and play with Barbies. But now I’m truly blessed I had boys. All that girly stuff I’ve done before now it’s time to play with all boy stuff. Hehe It can be hard some times to connect with my boys but when we get together we have so much fun. It wasn’t always that easy for us to connect until now. I’m going to let you know 16 cheap little dates you can go on to help connect more with your son(s).

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Valentine Preschool Fun

Hearts, hearts, and more hearts. Conversation hearts are so much fun but are becoming harder to find in stores. Find them >>HERE<< You can sort, graph, stack, simple adding, subtracting and measure with them. Find so much more Valentine fun below.

 

We are planning to make tons of valentine cards for everyone and we have playdough with heart cutters and puzzles. You can use the Valentine cutters to dip in paint and then have the kiddos stamp them on paper to make into a card. If you want to skip the handmade cards click this >>link<< to get already made valentine cards.

I love Valentine’s Day! It’s so much fun, the kids love to have themed parties with their cousins. We come up with all kinds of craziness. I also have done lots of these activities with my kids at the preschool. Plus, check out 32 activities you can do with heart die cuts here.

Here we played pin the arrow on the heart. This is perfect for children that don’t like to lose. There really is no winner to this game but it’s fun to see where your arrow is on the heart.

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At our dollar store, I had bought a 100 piece puzzle to use on the 100th day of school. As we were putting it together there was one piece missing. Instead of tossing the puzzle I figured I would save these pieces for cards for grandparents for Valentine’s day. I will have them use paint, I used marker here in this picture and I think paint would be better.

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We love using these shape pieces to come up with all kinds of designs. I figured this would be fun for my oldest, he loves creating things. A great activity to get them thinking.

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I got two decks of cards and pulled all the heart cards out. Then made hearts and numbered them. Once they pick a card they can shade in the number. You can also use heart stickers or stamps.

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We plan on making a heart pizza and my oldest plans to make valentine cupcakes. If you have any questions about the activities you see, let me know. Please subscribe at the top of this page if you haven’t already. I’m always posting preschool crafts and activities. I hope you will have a fantastic Valentine’s Day. Love ya, Mary xoxo

 

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Successful Secrets For Circle Time

Some of you may know that I had worked in a childcare setting for over 15 years. I love letting you in on some of my secrets. Sometimes, I miss a classroom full of kids from time to time. Now I teach my own kids along with some friend’s children. We have loads of fun. Circle time with them is my favorite and would like to share you just how I have my circle time.

I feel it is important to have a little morning circle time with your children. Give them a time to talk how they feel and share stories. You will see how relaxed and happy the children are once you read all my secrets.

All the time I get, “How do you get all these kids to sit and listen to you?”
First, I would like to say how important a schedule and routine is for young children. They like to know what they are going to do and what is about to happen. Staying consistent is all you need to have a successful circle time. But I have some other tricks I would like to share with you.

Tips:

*Start with a good morning dance song (get all those wiggles out).
*Then get them to all sit in a circle around your focus board check out mine >>here<<.
*I like to then sing (Open and Shut them, short and sweet to get their attention).
*Next, I have our discussion for the day.
*Sing a song that goes along with your theme for the week.
*HERE IS A GOOD ONE!!*-Children like surprises, if you can have a box or eggs or anything small you can hide something in, they like the mystery. You can even tell them the one that sits the best gets to see what’s inside first.

*Read your themed books (please be engaging here. Be loud, soft and use silly voices. Books with CDs are also great. You can even bring a puppet to help read the story.)
*Pledge
*Then let them DANCE, they have set long enough they deserve some wiggle time.

 

If you have one or two children that wiggle around a lot make sure they sit next to you. Even if they keep running off (younger ones) have them sit in your lap or help hold the book.

Stay organized and have everything you need before you sit all the kids down. You know as well as I do, once you get up and take your focus off them, they all turn into animals:) hehe

I hope these little tips help you feel confidence in your next large group. Have fun and let me know if you have another secret to share.  Enjoy! Love ya, Mary xoxo

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