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25 (super easy!) activities for preschoolers to do at home


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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 04/27/20

Got water and some basic supplies? Here are the easiest, least messy ways to keep your little ones entertained.

If you’ve got little ones at home, you know these days in self-isolation can feel like time is ticking backwards. There are only so many episodes of Daniel Tiger you can watch in a day, and if you can’t get outside, the options of things to do feel so limited. Luckily some clever and creative parents have come up with plenty of easy ideas for the rest of us!

These activities use very basic supplies, are easy to set up, and create minimal mess. And your little one will love them! Even older kids can join in the fun for most of these.

1Pouring Station

If you’ve got water, some kitchen utensils, and any kind of tray or box or cookie sheet, you’ve got an engaging activity. Water play makes everything better! And if it spills, no worries – your floors will get cleaner!

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💦POURING STATION💦 Thank goodness for the pouring station on days like today 😂 Swipe to see this activity over the years – ending with my sweet Sam, age 25 months in one of the first photos we ever posted to Instagram 😭 Pouring Station is legit – and it just doesn’t get old 🙌🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a storage container, add cups, bowls, scoops, funnel – whatever you have on hand… I promise it’ll work 🎉 This is my beloved storage container / sensory bin (a 41 qt bin from Target – I call it the “two buns bin” because it’s great for siblings) and my kids will play here on and off all day 💦 Here’s the 411 and some FAQ: yes, that’s just normal food coloring in the water and nope, it won’t stain 🙌🏻 It’s totally optional, but it’s diluted so much in the containers that it works for us 😉 I put a towel under this to catch drips and spills – you can also move this outside or to the bath tub 💦 Every now and then, I move all the cups out of the bin, tip it, and pour water back into the jars to “reset” the activity 👏🏻 Of course the water was totally a brown color by the end but the kids don’t care 🤣🤣 If you have questions about how my kids learned to play with set ups like this, I have an IGTV called “sensory bins 101” where I explain how I guide my kids in managing this type of play 👍🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Finally, the amount of learning going on here is amazing 👏🏻 This is how my kids have learned to pour and fill over the years, about capacity and volume, and how liquids behave 🤯 Today, Kate (5) figured out displacement 😱 This is hands-on learning at its finest 🎉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep the Pouring Station in your back pocket right now – it’s a gem to pull out when you need a moment to breathe ❤️ Again, check out that IGTV on Sensory Bins if these are new to you – I promise it’s doable 😘

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2Lego Bath

Bath time is a great way to pass the time when it feels like the clock is ticking backward, and you can greatly extend the fun with new toys and activities while your kids splash around. DUPLO in the bath is a classic.

3Toy Wash

When was the last time you washed your kids’ toys? Never, if you’re me, but it turns out kids LOVE to give their toys a good scrub. Grab some soapy water, washcloths or scrub brushes, and a bunch of waterproof toys. Boom, you’re in business. You can make it even easier by having the kids wash their toys in the sink, so there’s zero set-up.

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🧼TOY WASH🧼 aka how to actually get toys clean 🤣 It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s basically free and who doesn’t need cleaner toys + playing kids in their day 👏🏻👏🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is an easy one to set up with LOTS of options to make it work at your house 😉 For our set-up, I started with my beloved 41 qt storage container (from Target) and a second, smaller tub inside that one – it’s like a turducken of sensory bins 🦃🦆🐔 The smaller bin has tear-free soapy water, the other side plastic toys. I add in brushes and wash clothes, dry towels, etc – anything to help the kids with their cleaning 🧽 Yes, water got on my floor, so now I’m saying I basically mopped today 🤣 Close enough 🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ OTHER OPTIONS: do this in the bath tub, do it outside, do it with a towel underneath. Theme it – maybe all cars, all dolls, all animals 🛁 Keep the party rolling 🎉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My kids (almost 7, 5, and 3) have loved this for years – when they finished here, they moved the supplies outside and worked on their backyard toys 🙌🏻🙌🏻 It’s an oldie but a goodie – a classic for a reason ❤️❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ UPDATE: it’s been a month since I put my “Playing Preschool” homeschool program on sale with the code HOME25. That code is still active and will remain active as so many of us face the reality of schools closing for the rest of the year. If you’re interested in learning more about my ebook – check out the link in my profile OR my story highlights “What is PP?” and “PP FAQ” ❤️

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4Popsicle Bath

Kids love Popsicles (who doesn’t?) but they can get so sticky and messy that it doesn’t seem worth the hassle. Popsicle bath solves that problem and is a fun, relaxing, special experience for little ones. Give it a try!

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🛀🏻POPSICLE BATH🛀🏻 Forever my love: popsicle bath will always be tops over here ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Popsicle Bath is the childhood equivalent of blowing in a Nintendo cartridge. It resets everything. 🎉 The popsicle bath just has this magical way of fixing every thing 🤯 Grumpy kids: popsicle bath. Sick kid: popsicle bath. Time is ticking backwards because you’re on day WHO EVEN KNOWS of being quarantined: popsicle bath 😉 It is perfection. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There’s nothing special going on here – just toss the kids in the tub like normal but hand them a popsicle 💦 All the mess of eating one is washed away and the kids have the most lovely, relaxing time – who wouldn’t want to do this 😂 My kids always rinse off just fine at the end (I bathe them like normal once they finish)👍🏻 Sure, the popsicle went in the water a few times but on the gross scale of kid life – this isn’t even a blip for my children 🤣🤣🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, no popsicle bath post will ever be complete without a shout out to my amazing Mom, who I miss terribly these days 😭 The popsicle bath was her go-to when I was a kid and so much of who I am with kids activities goes back to who raised me ❤️ Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love letting my kids have popsicle baths – I truly remember every bit of how magical taking one is ✨

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5Creation Station

“Creation station” is a cute name for what should actually be called “dump the recycling bin on the kitchen floor and let the kids have at it.” The beauty of this activity is that you can use literally anything you have on hand. Markers, stickers, glue, safety scissors: Any craft supply works. And the thrill of getting to tear apart recyclables and rebuild them into a new playtime creation is a surefire way to ignite your kids’ imagination.

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🌟CREATION STATION 🌟 aka what I set up for my kids this morning so they'd leave me alone for five seconds while I took down Christmas decorations 😱🎄Ok ok it was a tad longer than 5 seconds – 35 MINUTES they played here 💃🏻 and then kept bouncing back to it (I left this up all morning in the name of "The Rest of My House Looks This Messy so It Kind Of Blends In" 🤣 That was the alternative title of this activity but it seemed a tad wordy 😂 Anywho, here's what you are seeing: a bunch of "classy garbage" from my recycle bin 🙌🏻 Boxes, wrapping paper, tissue paper, etc etc etc 👏🏻I set this up with 3 sets of kid scissors, 3 wet glue bottles, and 3 glue sticks (because heaven forbid if we share this holiday season) 🤦🏻‍♀️ This was Matt's (age 3) first time trying wet glue – he was over the moon ‼️ He can't really use scissors yet but he tries and it's fabulous ✂️ Whenever I make a set up like this – I always call it a Creation Station because I had one of these in my Kindergarten classroom of yesteryear 😭 and it holds little attentions spans with such simple ease 👏🏻 Did you know "tinkering" (aka building and creating without direction) is a super important activity for kids and one that is highly regarded in the early childhood education community? 🤯 So while this may look like just a pile of garbage on my kitchen floor and a dynamite way to keep the kids busy over winter break…. 😂 it's also some much needed and amazing learning 😱 Go forth and do a little dumpster diving today for some classy garbage – it's a winner for everyone 🏆

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6Ripping Bin

This is “creation station junior” for the toddler set. Toddlers love to rip up books and paper, as my poor mistreated home library shows. Give them a chance to indulge that fun in a way that’s totally harmless.

7Ice Scoop

Scooping, pouring, playing with ice … it’s a preschooler’s dream! And you don’t need any special supplies: just water, ice, and something for scooping.

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⭐️ICE SCOOP⭐️ Anyone else need a little help making it to the weekend 🙋🏻‍♀️Just this girl🤷🏻‍♀️ This is a go to activity for us because kids and ice are like peas and carrots, moths to flames, Tom Hanks to Wilson (minus the tragic ending) 🏐 This is such an easy activity to set up especially if you regularly jam your ice maker like I do 🤣 OR you have left over ice from a party 🎉 *Do make sure to use best judgment and supervision with your kids and ice – you will know what they are ready for this* 👀 So I set up this activity with a bin inside a bin situation 👍🏻 Most of you have heard me make the turducken joke about this and I'm gonna stick with it 😂 Big bin (28 qt Sterilite from Target) with a smaller bin set inside of it. Turducken 🦃🦆🐥In the smaller bin, I put water. I dye my water blue with one whole drop of generic food coloring (doesn't stain because it's water based and so diluted) and I put all the ice in the other container💦 Kate's mission here is to transfer all the ice to the water using a slotted spoon ✨ “Ice Scoop" always keeps her so occupied and gives me a solid break from the never ending "…but why" questions of kid life 🤣 Then once she finishes, she transfers it back. This kind of meticulous task is perfect for holding her attention 🙌🏻Once she's "done" with scooping and transfering, she always asks me to remove the water bin, dump the water in with the ice, and then she adds something classy like Paw Patrollers to the bin & does an arctic pup rescue or something 🐶🚨 She just kind of takes the water and ice idea and runs with it 🏃🏻‍♀️I love when activities can start out set in place and then transition into some completely engaging independent play ❤️Of course some water gets on the floor – you can put a towel under this to contain it – OR you can roll with it like me and call it as close to mopping as will happen on a Friday 😂Happy Weekend to All🎉

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8Apple Washing

This is a brilliant way to knock out a household chore and keep your kids happily entertained. You can use apples, potatoes, carrots, or any other sturdy produce.

9Bread in a Bag

Any kind of baking recipe would work, honestly. Kids love to knead dough, measure and dump ingredients, and especially mix everything together.

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🍞BREAD IN A BAG🍞 It works 🙌🏻 And it’s also Unit 5 Food>Week 2, Wednesday> Measurement activity ❤️ This is the kind of hands on learning I’m talking about 🎉 So often with young kids and math, we say “They know their numbers” 🗣 And usually we mean is “they can count from memory” 🤷🏻‍♀️ There is SO MUCH MORE to numbers than memorized counting 🙌🏻 One of the skills I put down in Playing Preschool is Number Sense – which is much more than “knowing numbers” 😉 We want kids to KNOW what to do with numbers and what numbers can do: they show value, sequence, amounts, we can use them for data, for measuring, for combining, for determining size 🎉 And simple activities, like Making Bread in a Bag, can help kids use numbers in a really big way ✨ THIS ACTIVITY: In a nut shell, you mix ingredients in a ziplock bag, do some magic (jk), and somehow homemade bread is made 🙌🏻 Amazing right?! ‼️ You can SEE THE RECIPE in my story highlight “Bread in a Bag” but what I love even more about this activity and eating warm bread as a butter delivery system 🤣 is everything it teaches: how to read and follow directions, how to use numbers to measure, using numbers to count amounts, using numbers to quantify time, seeing a chemical reaction, and starting a task and seeing it through to completion 😱 I cannot even with how amazing it is 🎉 Playing Preschool is my hands-on daily activities program and it’s an honor to share it with you all ‼️ Look in profile to learn more about my ebook ❤️❤️❤️

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10Ice Smash

So simple yet so brilliant, this activity is a beloved favorite in my home. Dump ice on ground. Invite kids to smash the ice. That’s it! Yet somehow it keeps them entertained so well. It’s best outside, but you could do set it up in a plastic bin inside as well.

11Bubble Foam Baking

Got some liquid soap and basic baking utensils? You’ve got all you need for a crowd-pleasing activity. Let the kids have at it with no worries about the foam getting on your floor: It’s just soap!

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🎉BUBBLE FOAM BAKING 🎉 Oh sweet bubble foam – you little game changer you 😍 Bubble Foam is a little trick I picked up from my friend Asia @funathomewithkids (she's one of the OG activities bloggers) 🙌🏻 I actually stumbled on her post BEFORE I started Busy Toddler and making bubble foam for a then 21 month old Sam was a life changing day for us 🎉 We do it so much now – it's hard to remember a time before bubble foam 😂 Ready for how easy it is? It's just tear free body wash + water 💦 THAT'S IT ‼️ I made two batches for this activity (one red, one yellow) and each was made from 1 cup of body wash/bubble bath plus 1/2 cup water and some optional squirts of optional food dye ❤️ Mix it with a hand mixer under "stiff peaks" form 🏔 Think British Bake Off and homemade whipping cream – you want stiff peaks here 😉 It is really amazing was a hand mixer will do to bubble bath 😱 The texture and consistency is so cool 👍🏻 I decided for this round of bubble foam fun to put in a whole bunch of baking supplies for the kids to get their dramatic play on 🥄🧂🍽 Bubble foam doesn't last forever…30-45 minutes of play but you can "remix" it and the peaks will come back 🌋 What I love about this is that while it's messy play, it's also just soap and water so arguably the cleanest messy play around 🤣 "Oh no, don't get any of that soap and water on my floor….. what will I do?” 🤣🤣 Oh bubble foam 🎉What would I do without you? 🎉

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12Bobbing for Apples

Out of apples? Use limes, lemons, toy balls … whatever you’ve got on hand that’s round (ish) and will float! Add water, tongs, and a muffin tin, and you’ve got a great little project for preschoolers to strengthen their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

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🍏 BOBBING FOR APPLES 🍎 Action word —> GRIP 💪 Let’s talk… 🗣 Do you know what? You’re NOT the only mom or dad in the world who struggles to take care of your kiddos while taking care of 💫ALL THE THINGS💫 like: paying the bills, cleaning up, and trying to find a last minute costume for yourself. 🤔Psst… just go as a tired parent. 🧟‍♀️It’ll be fine. 🤪😂But, seriously, we all need a few tricks up our sleeves to keep the sanity in our homes so that we can get a few things done without turning on the tv to pacify our kids (it’s okay, I totally do it too!!). But, this? 👉This activity is not only on point with Fall, but it’s also so easy that you could set it up now and get something like the dishes cleaned. 😳Win/win!🙌 . HOW TO: 1️⃣Fill a bin with some water. Add apples (or lemons, limes, whatever you have on hand). 2️⃣Balance a muffin tin on the bin – we found that ours fits PERFECTLY on the corner! 3️⃣And let your little one *grip* the apples with tongs or ditch the tongs for another tool like a pasta spoon. 👍👍👍 . This not only works those little hands, but also crosses the midline, works on hand-eye-coordination, and gives you five minutes to plan that costume for yourself. 🦹‍♀️Easy peasy, but SUPER engaging. And, all my kids walked away eating an apple for snack so…. double parenting win! 🍏 🙌🙌 Happy *almost* Halloween! Hears to staying sane 🤪😘

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13Freeze Toys in Blocks of Ice

I did this activity for the first time ever with my kids last week, and I couldn’t believe how much they loved it. Now they ask me to freeze more toys for them every night.

I put the ice block on a cookie sheet next to a bowl of very warm water, and my kids drip the water onto the ice to “set the toy free.” You could use a pipette, syringe, squeeze bottle, scoop, or just a spoon. I still can’t believe how much my kids love this super simple activity!

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FROZEN BEAR RESCUE 🐻 There’s nothing like becoming a parent and realizing you can freeze just about anything. 😂 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I especially love this because it combines my two favorite supplies – water and counting bears (listed above on toy list). ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The night before I added water and a few winter bears into a muffin tin. BUT HERE IS A PRO TIP. – 👉🏼Fill the water half way with the bears, let it freeze, then top it off and put back in the freezer. This helps the bears from rising to the top and keeps them snug in the middle. 😉 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The next day, wait for the lull in the day and voila! You have gained 20+ minutes of flipping through that Athleta flyer on your counter. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I also love squirt bottles because it is helping prep these chubby fingers to writing, buttoning, cutting and zipping over time. The squeezing is literally strengthening his hands as he plays. 👋🏼 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I also added a little blue food coloring, because, why not? It’s so diluted that it doesn’t stain and easily washes away. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 🏃🏽‍♀️So go ahead! RUN and add the counting bears to your holiday wish list and get freezing. This indoor activity is the bomb and you’ll see on that they are a staple! #sensorplay #sensorybin #finemotoractivities #finemotorfun

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14Shaving Cream Writing

As I compiled this list, I went to the experts for advice: I asked my kids (ages 5, 3 and 1) for their favorite activities we do at home to share with other families. My five-year-old said, “Tell them to play with shaving cream!”

Shaving cream is a staple for plenty of fun crafts (puffy paint, learning to write) but you can keep it simple and just let them squirt it everywhere in the bathtub, or out in the backyard on a hot day. Guaranteed to be a hit!

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⁣SHAVING CREAM CAKE🍰⠀ If you’ve ever wanted to engage in some super cool messy play, now is your chance! 🤪 ⠀ ⠀ Decorate the cake is a blast and a great escape from feeling pressured to get all the things done right now. – I assure you, behind the scenes, they are truly learning through play! ⠀ ⠀ Now I get it. The mess! 😱Keep in mind that cleanup is a hose down and washing machine step away.  We used the entrance of our driveway so it could all easily wash away. – which bonuses as the second round of play. ⠀ ⠀ For this, I handed over a box covered in a paper bag to Hayes (4.5). I then added shaving cream to the top along with our colored play buttons and pipe cleaners for cake decorations. ⠀ ⠀ His job was to decorate the cake. 🎂He used some kitchen supplies to spread the “icing” and designed the cake how he saw fit. ⠀ ⠀ Of course, Will (2.5) wanted in as well so I remembered to stay close to supervise alongside as they decorated and played. ⠀ ⠀ Behind the scenes:⠀ ✅Exploring texture ⠀ ✅Prompting pretend play ⠀ ✅Self-guided play⠀ ✅Fine motor strength when squirting more shaving cream⠀ ✅Creativity ⠀ ⠀ Decorate the cake is a hit! You can find all the details @dayswithgrey link in bio under our homepage. It will be the first activity listed! ⠀ ⠀ Happy decorating! ✌🏼

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15Stuffed Animal Houses

Cardboard boxes never disappoint for imaginative play, and this activity taps into kids’ creative abilities wonderfully. Between constructing the house and decorating it, it’s the perfect STEM project.

16Giant Rain Clouds

Rainy April is the perfect time for this simple science experiment.

17Egg Drop

Put to good use those plastic eggs leftover from Easter with this activity that’s so simple yet entrancing to little ones.

18Dinos and Eggs

This activity has so many variations: Any toy that’s waterproof and small enough to fit in an Easter egg is fair game.

19Egg Grab and Drop

Another great use for Easter eggs and an invitation for creative play and fine-motor strengthening.

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⁣EGG GRAB AND DROP 🐣⠀ Yep! Kitchen tongs and a box will add a whole lot of excitement to your morning. ☀⠀ ⠀ Last night we gathered on stories for our Sunday Night Set Up to make Egg Grab and Drop. – We do a new activity every Sunday at 7 PM est.  Coming together as a community helps us all hit restart for the week ahead.⠀ ⠀ Here, we did the same idea in two ways.⠀ ⠀ MY TODDLER grabbed each egg with kitchen tongs and placed it to the hole in the box. The mystery of where egg goes brings on pure joy. ⠀ ⠀ He also (2.5) had an idea of his own what to do with the supplies, so we started there. It is just as essential to allow children to explore ideas first and then come back around to what you have planned. Many times I will see a new concept flourish that I would have squashed if I didn’t give a chance. Staying flexible makes these activities more enjoyable for all. ⠀ ⠀ MY PRESCHOOLER (4.5) has more control, so he grabbed each egg and placed it to a section of the egg crate. I prompted the idea that the eggs were hot lava, and they could not be touched. – it worked. 😂🌋Then he told me the container was the cooling section. – Sounds like a good plan to me. ⠀ ⠀ For those that can’t get the tongs to work, try a ladle or big spoon. All great tools to work left to right and practice hand-eye coordination. ⠀ ⠀ Join us on to see the post or on IG stories to see all the different variations this morning. – They are SO GOOD!☕️

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20Build A Fort

A classic of childhood games, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned play fort in the living room.

21Bubble Caps

It’s like a bubble bath, but in miniature in the kitchen, and with the bonus of turning junk-drawer odds and ends into an engaging activity.

22Sock Match

Matching is a great educational activity, and assigning the job of matching socks to your preschooler lightens your laundry load a tiny bit too.

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GIANT SOCK MATCH 🧦 For years now, I’ve been holding on to all those tiny newborn socks. On Saturday I was finally ready to swoop them all up and find their matches. 💪🏼 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• As I dove into that giant heap of socks, I noticed Will wanting to help. 😅The problem was that there were just TOO many socks for him to be able to pick out the matches. 🤦🏼‍♀️My two-year-old found himself quickly becoming distracted by jumping into the pile and seeing just how far each one can stretch. 👦🏼His mind couldn’t focus on finding socks that looked alike even though his interest to help was there. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Then it hit me. 💡 What if we took the idea of finding the matching pair of socks, and scaled it down for his brain to process and problem solve? And that is when the magic happened. 🌈 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Last night we set this up together on IG stories for our #breakfastinvitation Sunday Night Setup. It will be there until 7:30 EST tonight, or you can catch it always at ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In the meantime, head over to stories to see what YOU ALL used for this hands-on matching game! Hint: it’s not all socks!✌🏻#learningthroughplay

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23Pet Hospital

Setting up a toy hospital is a great way for kids to practice empathy and creativity. I remember playing “hospital” with my baby dolls decades ago; it’s an old one but a good one!

24Mail Letters

Creating some snail mail is a great way to brighten a loved one’s day. Have your kids scribble away on paper and just pop it in an envelope.

Pro tip: Ask your preschooler what they’d like to say to your loved one, and take down *exact* dictation. Their stream-of-consciousness words will be hilarious to read, and a sweet keepsake.

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HAPPY MAIL FOR GRANDPARENTS ✨ Anyone else have kiddos who are missing their grandparents right now? Or are your own grandparents not able to see each other currently? Mine are in two different care facilities due to different levels of needs, but my Grandpa rides his motorized scooter to visit my grandma every day and right now both of their facilities are on lockdown so they don’t get to see each other at all. 😭💔😭 Heartbreaking, right?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ So today we made some happy mail for my grandma and grandpa in different care facilities – and for all of our other grandparents too. 🥰⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Our little set-up included:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🖊 markers⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🖍 pencil crayons⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🗒 drawing paper⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🏷 coloured card stock⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ✉️ different types of envelopes⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ✏️ a pencil and eraser⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ✂️ scissors⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 💖 little cue cards each with a grandparent’s name written on it⁣ ⁣⁣ And then I basically let the kids to it. They were very into me drawing them “colouring pages”, so we did a lot of those, making sure to sign their names and add the year onto each piece. I’ll write a quick little note to include with each and then tomorrow we’ll drop them off in the mailbox. ❤️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Do you have grands – or anyone else who might appreciate a little happy mail at the moment? 💌

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25Doll Bath

This is a sweet way to encourage kids’ nurturing side with soapy, splashy fun.

Here’s hoping these activities my own children love will help you get through these days of quarantine!


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