Rainy Day Activities: Indoor Shower Ball Pit

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Today is one of those rainy days when all I want to do is curl up in my pajamas with a good book and relax the day away. Of course, being stuck inside means the kids have at least seventeen times the amount of energy they normally have, and by mid afternoon my dreams

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Blueberry Banana Muffins: Baking and Book Making

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This past week the kids and I did 3 themed learning activities involving blueberry banana muffins! Yum! We baked together, did a hands-on, messy play activity in the sand box that the kids have begged to repeat all week long, and even wrote and illustrated books about the process that the kids enjoy “reading”

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15 More Must-See Sensory Bins

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Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a Jeweled Rose, and Learn with Play at Home. Be sure to follow our Tuesday Tots Pinterest board! Can one ever have too many sensory bins??? After having seen the

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Winter Sensory Bin with Arctic Animals

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Winter is drawing to a close for us, but this winter sensory bin with Arctic animals will never go out of season! My kids have played with this bin daily for a solid month! Not only does it give them a chance to explore a land quite foreign to us — we barely get

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Peter Rabbit Small World Book Play

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My kids and I are huge fans of classic stories. The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are some of our favorites, and of course the most popular of those is The Tale of Peter Rabbit. To give my kids a chance to act out the story which is GREAT for comprehension, I created a

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Dinosaur & Volcano Small World Play in the Bath

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It’s time for another Wash & Learn with Bath Activities for Kids! This week we bring you Dinosaur & Volcano Small World Play in the bath, and it might just be my preschoolers favorite bath time so far. My 4 year old actually requested something to the effect of “dinosaurs and volcano with lava

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Fancy Chocolate Cupcakes for Valentine’s Play

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I’m not sure what it is about a cupcake that makes people love them so much, but we’ve found that even cupcakes made from play dough are super fun — especially when they’re made with chocolate play dough that smells DIVINE! Here are our fancy chocolate cupcakes for Valentine’s play: Materials Needed: Play Dough

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Make Your Own Little Sandbox for Indoor Construction Play

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Do you follow In Lieu of Preschool on Facebook or Pinterest?? While shopping this past Christmas, I kept seeing the cutest little indoor sandboxes on display. I especially loved the one for construction play and knew my two preschoolers would have a blast with it. I just couldn’t see paying $25-$30 for a box

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Submarine Science for Kids

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I am always looking for ways to combine fun and learning for my two preschoolers and I love it when I can find great science activities for young children. When I spotted a baking powder submarine toy for a few bucks in our local Marbles kids’ museum gift shop, I knew it would be

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How to make a Light Saber

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Luke, age 4, is finally graduating from his multi-year love affair with the Disney Cars characters to more “mature” interests like the Avengers and Star Wars. Like most kids who are fans of Star Wars, he is very drawn to light sabers. They are cool, right?!? So when I ended up with a couple

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