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Mindful Learning – Get Valuable Homeschooling Resources

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Parenthood, Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mindful Learning – Get Valuable Homeschooling Resources

As parents, we think a ton about how our children learn, and what our role is in facilitating and guiding their education. That’s why I’m happy to be an affiliate for this new eBundle on Mindful Learning! The Mindful Learning eBundle holds 6 carefully selected learning and homeschooling resources, with a focus on early reading. This is a practical bundle with over 1,200 pages of learning fun and numerous printables. If you’re stuck in a homeschool rut, if your child keeps asking for fun learning activities and you’ve no...

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Kids Art Wilmington NC: Sit Back and Relax

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Kids Art Wilmington NC: Sit Back and Relax

I’ve probably mentioned this a thousand times: when it comes to kids doing art, less is more. So, so, so much more. Yes, it’s super cute when your kiddo comes home from preschool with their little handprint stamped on construction paper in the perfect form of a heart, with “I love you mom” written on it in bubbly penmanship. But don’t you wonder how much screaming (and how many baby wipes) it actually took for that piece of “art” to come home? Face it: Pinterest and mommy blogs can be exhausting. Who...

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Car Activities and Train Activities for Kids

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Car Activities and Train Activities for Kids

Last week’s theme at Tmuffin was “Things that go Vroom.” The kids were racing cars around, driving our cardboard train, and having all kinds of fast fun. In case you forgot to grab a free project sheet or missed one of our activity classes, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled some of our inspiration for this week’s theme below. Sensory Table: Just through the entrance gate is our ever-changing sensory table. This week, we created a DIY parking garage using cardboard boxes and duct tape. We hot glued it all...

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Frozen fun for the Fourth of July

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Frozen fun for the Fourth of July

Looking for something fun for the kiddos to do on these hot summer vacation days.   Try making some frozen rainbow ice sculptures.   This activity is not only cheap, it will keep the kids cool and entertained.   The kids will love building  or painting with these frozen colorful gem like ice blocks.  It takes a little prep time the night before, but the fun is totally worth the  effort. What You’ll Need: ice cube trays recycled plastic containers of varying shapes and sizes food coloring , liquid watercolors or washable...

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Black Play Dough from Outer Space

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Black Play Dough from Outer Space

I’m starting off this post with 2 caveats: 1. Black play dough will get all over your carpet if you’re not careful. 2. Unfortunately, this outer space play dough does not glow in the black light as I hoped it would. But… it’s the softest play dough I’ve ever made, and it’s a super-cool sensory treat. It’s dark and rich, and the glitter… well, glitter makes everything pretty much perfect. I got the recipe from Jenae over at I Can Teach My Child. She has a great Outer Space Play Clay tutorial with...

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Connecting with your baby through water play

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Play | 0 comments

Connecting with your baby through water play

Water play is probably one of my favorite sensory activities for children of all ages. I have introduced water play with both of my babies very early on.  As soon as they were able to sit reasonably well I had them splashing in water.  Water play isn’t as messy as it sounds and there are lots of ways to pull together an activity in just a few minutes.  It is also a good way to sneak in a little cleaning help from your toddler.  Water play is my go-to activity in the hot summer months when my kids are particularly bored or unsettled. ...

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7 Reasons to Take an Independent Birth Class

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Birth, Uncategorized | 0 comments

7 Reasons to Take an Independent Birth Class

Imagine if someone just tapped you on the shoulder and said, “Here’s your baby,” handing you a fragile, helpless newborn. Uh, what? You would need a little more time to prepare, right? You would need to get your mind in the game. You would at least need to get in the mindset of motherhood. Pregnancy, birth and motherhood are a journey. You don’t just skip a period and end up with a baby in your arms. Everything happens gradually, and it works that way for a reason: It helps you transition into motherhood. Birth is the same way. If you...

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Easter Baskets: Kids Activity Book Ideas

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Easter Baskets: Kids Activity Book Ideas

As I was cleaning up my kids’ art supplies the other day, I had a genius idea. Amidst the drawer jammed with wrinkled paper, half-opened markers, stickers and sticker books, tangled shoe laces, and other seemingly useless but nevertheless saved materials was a lightbulb. Metaphorically speaking, that is… I would never leave a glass object near my crazy kids. Just permanent markers, glue, perfectly safe stuff that can only destroy the house. Anyway, I began to put some of the activities in plastic zipper bags. Here, the idea took on...

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Grow Flowers from Paper – You might find a pot of gold!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Grow Flowers from Paper – You might find a pot of gold!

At last Friday’s Play Cafe, our newest instructor, Laurel, brought the magic of little leprechauns to Tmuffin. The kids left with smiles on their faces and something cooler than a pot of gold – gold “coins” that they can plant. Wherever the coins are planted, a sea of marigolds will sprout! This is an easy project that can be so much more than a St. Patrick’s Day craft, and lots of moms wanted to know how to make their own plantable paper, so we’re sharing! Here’s what you need: bits of paper (any...

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Warning: Pinterest May Make Your Child Turn Blue

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Parenthood, Play | 2 comments

Warning: Pinterest May Make Your Child Turn Blue

I’m addicted to Pinterest. I drool over blogs filled with kid-friendly activities, showing preschoolers proudly displaying their handmade creations, images of glass jars lined up on shelves filled with googly eyes and bits of scrap tissue paper, and perfectly just-out-of-focus closeups of chubby little fingers up to their elbows in sensory materials like dried lentils and puddles of glitter. My 3-year-old has also been blue for 2 days, and I have hot glue in my half-melted hair. A recent project that entailed painting with jet-black acrylic...

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