DIY Counting boxes

These super easy DIY Counting boxes are an amazing fun quiet time learning toy!

With a baby in the house we go through a ton of baby food. This means lots of those little containers that are awesome for re-purposing for crafts, on the go snack containers, or even into educational toys. Gerber’s new Lil’ Bits convenient plastic tubs are perfect for your crawler and for crafting. We have had a blast playing with these counting boxes made from our Gerber Lil’ Bits containers.

These super easy DIY Counting boxes are an amazing fun quiet time learning toy!

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Geoboard Gourd

This geoboard gourd is a fantastic fine motor activity!

Yesterday was a rough shopping day. It took three stores to find the one thing I was looking for…who would have thought that black-lights could be that hard to find this time of year? While out and about Meatball was on his best behavior. Poor little guy was just about falling over exhausted. Since he was so good I let him pick out one item. His choice? A gourd…

Now what was I suppose to do with that?!

Then I remembered seeing this adorable Geo Math Pumpkin over at Fun.A.Day and I knew what we were doing. This Geoboard Gourd activity was a BLAST!

This geoboard gourd is a fantastic fine motor activity!

Earlier this month we had made some teal pumpkins to support FARE’s allergy awareness campaign and the kids ended up using golf tees to poke holes into their pumpkins, which they loved. So I knew this was right up their alley!

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Even and Odd Number Hop

Even and Odd Number Hop Game

This last week has been filled with tears as Livia has worked her way through her homework. And when asked how her day at school went the response was always somewhere along the lines of, “Oh, it went well but I hate math.” One of the ways that Livia stims is through humming and even at times Opera singing. So, the day she came home and admitted to getting in trouble during math class for “warming up her vocal cords” I knew it was time to find a way to make math fun and help some of the concepts she was struggling with concrete themselves in her mind. This Even and Odd Number Hop Game was a solution to our math problem.

Even and Odd Number Hop Game

With Livia she was able to identify even and odd numbers up to 10. The minute we got up to 11, 12, 13…she would begin to scramble and stim. The key to creating a memory is attention; being able to focus on the sensory input long enough to make a working memory (and eventually a semantic memory).

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Invitation to Invent: Can You Build a Catapult?

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

Hey, Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow jumped over the Moon….

This classic poem by Mother Goose has for years been a favorite of my kids. There are many days that Livia sings it to Roo as he swings back and forth and smiles. Or days when at lunch Meatballs’ dish runs away with his spoon. I have never figured out what it is about that silly rhyme, but my kids love it. So when my kids pulled out their Horizon Snack Grahams while packing their lunches and saw that they were shaped like cows, it was of no surprise to watch them start playing the Cow jumped over the Moon!

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

Watching their imaginations at play so the next day during homework snacks I presented them with an invitation to invent a machine to help their cows jump over the moon.

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Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers

Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers

Farm Sensory Math Game: Your kids are bound to love this simple sensory math game that will have them digging for numbers while learning basic farming terms and concepts!

Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers

Recently we were sent two books (Casey & Friends A Year on the Farm and Big Tractors) and a friendly red tractor for review. Meatball is all about everything trucks, tractors, or trains right now so this was right up our alley!

After exploring the books (which we loved) we went browsing around Pinterest looking for some inspiration on how to tie the book A Year on the Farm into our daily activity.

A Year on the Farm Casey and Friends Book

What we found was this awesome Chocolate Play Dough Recipe from the Imagination Tree that with some modifications to fit our theme turned into hours of fun!

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