The Mess Mat

Pantry Power {Sensory Bin}

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Mess Mat for Sensory Play! I “structure” our Sensory Playtime at 10:00am on Mondays at our Mess Mat. I use flying quotations there because the point of Sensory Play is actually that it isn’t highly structured play time. The essence is that kids get to explore freely and stimulate their… Read More Pantry Power {Sensory Bin}

The Mess Mat

Heart Stamping with Pudding Painting | Valentine’s Day Activities

The intent was to of course make Valentine’s for February. That plan did not come full circle… sorry grandparents. Apparently, the boys have a much different interpretation of how things should go when mom breaks out the pudding paint… I blame our Handmade Christmas festivities… {with a big ole’ grin} Anyway, they still had fun,… Read More Heart Stamping with Pudding Painting | Valentine’s Day Activities

The Mess Mat, Toddler School

February Discovery Box | All the People I LOVE for Valentine’s Day

We kick start our month of LOVE with a super fun {but prep-intensive} Discovery Box entitled: All the People I LOVE. This is a great way to work on family recognition and or course a little discovery learning. We managed to sneak in a little science {static electricity… totally counts} too! I first saw this… Read More February Discovery Box | All the People I LOVE for Valentine’s Day

Toddler School

A Toddler Reading Comprehension Lesson | I’m A Dirty Dinosaur

For today’s Literacy Lesson after lunch, we worked on reading comprehension. I built my lesson around the Kane Miller book, I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian & Ann James. You can snag your own peppy book HERE. They have also just released I’m a Hungry Dinosaur! I can’t wait to get that one! Throughout the book, you… Read More A Toddler Reading Comprehension Lesson | I’m A Dirty Dinosaur