Educational Ideas

Excellent play tools for school age kids’ small motor development

New baby on a block became an inspiration to a real explosion of small motor development activity in my home: crocheting, macrame bracelet weaving, etc. I was thrilled to use the new baby as an excuse to get some fun of my own by making him a cute bunny hat; my kids loved to jump [...]

Thinking outside of the box. Fine motor activities for toddlers.

Honestly, this is the easiest sensory activity to set up for a toddler. And, surprisingly, absolutely fascinating one for him!  As a mom, I find it fascinating too: small motor coordination development, sorting, bigger-smaller concepts, colors and shapes are all the benefits packed inside each little box… Supplies: boxes. Boxes of every possible shape, shape, [...]

Sizzling hearts. Valentine’s Day art and science project.

What project could combine art, science and… Valentine’s Day? This one can. All three of my young artistic scientists (or scientific artists if you please) enjoyed every step of the way and surprised me how we’ll they understood the science behind it in the end. Supplies: baking soda Citric acid (we had quite a lot [...]

Delicious recipe how to organize the best play kitchen for kids

Weather your little one is a boy or a girl, a well set up kids’ kitchen will attract him like a magnet. All three of my boys went through a phase of playing in a kitchen with a great vigor; every little girl’s eyes just light up as soon as she walks through our door [...]

Marble Mania. Math and small motor activities for kids from preschoolers to school age

My little adorable toddler, the Big Button, is busy sifting marbles to and from. Clickety-cluck. The door bursts open and his older brother, Smiles, rushes through the door. The daily explosion of greetings and hugs is cut short as he notices the colorful marbles, spoons, tongs and ice cube trays: he is heading straight for [...]

Head Full of Marbles. Great sorting activity for preschool kids.

I always looked at them as a choking hazard.  My kids always found them so attractive to handle, roll, transfer from one container to the next.  My mom always believed it was ok, if done under supervision.  And then I haven’t seen marbles for a really long time, until rediscovered to hem in a completely [...]