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My Favorite YouTube Videos for Kids

My Favorite YouTube Videos for Kids

There are so many great quality programs for littles on YouTube — one thing we did yesterday that worked amazingly was setting a timer for 15 minutes of playtime and then doing a “brain break” YouTube video and repeating the cycle! Another thing that works […]

A Year of Seasonal Toddler Themes

A Year of Seasonal Toddler Themes

We are sharing activity ideas every day in our Facebook groups Baby and Toddler Activity Time, and Preschool Activity Time! Here are some seasonal activity themes to use for activity inspiration! Fall September Apples School Leaves and Trees Seasons: Fall Shapes October Bats Spiders Pumpkins […]

Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity

Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Tumbleleaf Coloring Activity My son’s favorite shows right now are Tumbleleaf and “Mouse-Cookie.” His cousin was so sweet and sent him these finger puppets (pictured above) of the characters of Tumbleleaf and we have been having so much […]

Spring Books and Fingerplays for Babies and Toddlers

Spring Books and Fingerplays for Babies and Toddlers

This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Spring Books and Fingerplays Spring is just around the corner! Talking to babies and children about the changing seasons prepares them for the changes and gets them excited for what’s to come! A fun theme to explore in […]

12 Sensory Activities You Can Buy on Amazon

12 Sensory Activities You Can Buy on Amazon

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Something very similar to the above popped up on my Instagram feed this week. And while I will admit that most of the time I want to be a Pinterest mom, and sometimes I even try Pinterest activities, […]

Toddler Activity Time

Toddler Activity Time

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Toddler Activity Time We’ve tried a few Pinterest activities this week and some were really fun! For more great “real mom tested” ideas, please join and contribute to our Preschool Activity Time group on Facebook! We also have […]

Naptime Deal: How to watch Daniel Tiger episodes online for FREE!

Naptime Deal: How to watch Daniel Tiger episodes online for FREE!

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. For the longest time, we were using the same few episodes on YouTube and then we found out that Amazon Prime has all of the Daniel Tiger episodes from the first 7 seasons (Update: As of 2019, only […]

Shapes Theme

Shapes Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays The Circle The circle is a shape That’s easy to be found. It has no corners on it And is completely round. (Form circle with fingers) A Square is its Name Here’s a shape that you should […]

Fall Theme

Fall Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Scarecrow, Scarecrow (Sung to: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around)   Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around (children turn around) Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down (children jump up and down) Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high (children hold hands […]

Leaves and Trees Theme

Leaves and Trees Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Five Autumn Leaves Five autumn leaves hanging from a tree (hold up 5 fingers) The first one said “Very soon we’ll be free.” The second one said, “I’m falling to the ground.” The third one said, “I’ll […]

School Theme

School Theme

This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays To preschool we will go! (Tune: Farmer in the Dell) To preschool we will go! To preschool we will go! We’ll learn and play and make new friends To preschool we will go! This Is The Way […]

Apple Theme

Apple Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays Ten Red Apples Ten red apples growing on a tree. Hold arms up in the air like branches. Five for you and five for me. Shake one hand and then the other. I will shake the tree […]

ABC Theme

ABC Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Songs/Fingerplays Action Rhyme: “Alphabet Beat”   First clap your hands. Then stomp your feet. Everybody do the alphabet beat. Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a, Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a, Wave […]

Space Theme

Space Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information.  Songs/Fingerplays Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Climb […]

Baby, Toddler, & Preschool Activity Time!

Baby, Toddler, & Preschool Activity Time!

Looking for activities to do with your baby, toddler, or preschooler? We are sharing real-mom-tested activities in Baby & Toddler Activity Time and Preschool Activity Time! Here are the themes we have been exploring: Activity Time Themes Each theme has ideas for songs/fingerplays, books, videos, […]

Beach Theme

Beach Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays At the Beach At the beach, The sun shines down (make a sun with arms over head) I see smiles (point to smile) On kids all around. Smiling in the sand, Smiling in the sea, But the […]

Zoo Theme

Zoo Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Songs/Fingerplays One, One, the Zoo is Lots of Fun! One, one: the zoo is lots of fun. Two, two: see a kangaroo. Three, three: see a chimpanzee. Four, four: hear the lions roar. Five, five: watch the seals […]

Carnival Theme

Carnival Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Follow along with our weekly themes in   Baby and Toddler Activity Time and Preschool Activity Time! Songs/Fingerplays “Five Little Kernels” Five little kernels sizzling in the pot All of a sudden, one went POP! (count down) Carnival […]

Fruits and Vegetables Theme

Fruits and Vegetables Theme

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. Fingerplays Lemons in the Bowl  Five big lemons in the bowl. (Hold up five fingers) One fell out and started to roll. (Fold down one finger, and roll hands) It bumped the table and it hit my toe […]

Fishie Activities

Fishie Activities

 This post contains affiliate links. See more information. I recently found this song/poem/rhyme, and it is perfect for summer: 5 Little Fishies Swimming in the Pool The first one said this pool is cool The second one said this pool is deep The third one said […]