Ways We Learn Through Play


Make some scary spiders

We continued with our paper plate crafts and made these black spiders. They were both an exercise in patience, because we had to wait for the black paint to dry before we could glue the eyes and legs on; and in counting….how many legs do spiders have? They have eight. Mr. G is learning how to count and learning about cool insects so it turned out to be a pretty fun craft activity.

The spiders were great company to add to our spooky ghosts :)


Paint some gourds and/or pumpkins!

We went the no-carve route this year and decided to just paint the gourds that we collected in the field next door (see previous post)…..we had two small pumpkins to paint as well.

Just throw them in the art corner and see what happens…




We did so much this day that it was actually a little TOO much. Note to self: don’t go crazy on the holidays. Ok.

A few of the activities we did was, of course face painting.

Here is Darwin’s colorful rainbow, Mr. W wanted a rainbow too as soon as he saw it.

Even though it doesn’t really go with his skeleton costume :)

We also made these, uber-yummy pumpkin pancakes. The recipe is listed on my Toddler Recipes page, check it out, make it, enjoy it!

All the kiddos ate several servings…and licked their plates (except for Darwin, all he wanted was the blueberries…but that’s no surprise coming from my blueberry king).

I had to make funny faces…since it was a holiday and all!


Whip up some Kale Smoothies

I have mentioned it before, and I’ll say here again, I love KALE. Greens (in general) are the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins, as well as phytonutrients. Putting greens in smoothies is one of our families way of adding it to our diet in a very easy way (no cooking necessary).

To make sure that we are not disguising the kale I make sure that kiddos actually put the greens into the blender.

We also added strawberries, bananas, yogurt and milk. Pushed the right buttons….

Yumtastic! Let me mention that this little girl here is a pretty picky eater, she could not get enough of this smoothie!

Any leftovers of smoothies I freeze into popsicle forms…and they are healthy enough to be eaten at breakfast ;)



Make some Rain Stick Sensory Bottles

I saw these on Pinterest and immediately wanted to make them. But I’m cheap and didn’t want to buy a thousand toothpicks, and we have SO MANY sticks in our yard it seems ridiculous not to use those!
Plus it was an added excuse to go on a stick hunt, and then we got to break them in to tinier sticks. The fun never stops!
Fine motor skills were put to the test while fitting the sticks through the small opening.
We used Quinoa and Amaranth, just like In Lieu of Preschool did in theirs. It did seem to produce a very nice sound in the end.
Plus I kind of like the way they look with the natural sticks versus the toothpicks.
The kiddos all danced around the yard with these afterwards, shaking them like crazy. I think it was a successful project!


Do a happy feet dance

Last…but definitely not least.

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happy feet


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