Pretend play is a must but spending too much on costumes and props is not. We love finding costumes at big box stores on clearance after Halloween but we also love making our own. Most of these DIY costumes and props are still around my house and are among the most treasured play things. These are all fantastic ways to support your child’s pretend play even if pretending doesn’t come naturally to you.
Valentine’s Day is in less than a month and it’s time to celebrate love and friendship while being creative, learning a little about shapes and getting ( a little) messy. Here are 14 of our favorite Valentine’s Day Crafts that are all about hearts!
Princess Wand Valentine
Sorting Hearts Math Activity
Shake Painted Heart Valentine
Circle of Friends Heart Wreath
Musical Hearts Game
Hearts Playing Card Banner ( great for a math lesson too!)
Puffy Heart Wreath
Love Bug with Heart Wings
Heart Sun Catcher
Heart Filled Dump Truck Craft
We haven’t seen much snow this winter but it hasn’t stopped us from making snowmen. These 9 snowman crafts are our favorite that you can make no matter what climate you live in. On Friday we will be sharing our favorite snowman books. Don’t miss it there are so many great ones to choose from.
These are my favorite posts of 2012. This year has been an amazing one for No Time For Flash Cards and while our readers soared in numbers it doesn’t feel like the community was lost in the shuffle. Thank you for so much support and inspiration. Your comments, pins and likes fuel the fire that keeps us creating, reading and sharing. These 12 posts are not the most popular ones ( check out the most popular ones here) , they were the 12 my kids seemed to connect with the most and that I was the most excited to share.
12. Emotional Snowmen. This post was the brilliant work of our contributing writer Kim Young. Talking to your kids about emotions doesn’t have to be a lecture especially with fun novel activities like this.
11. Move & Groove Alphabet Game. This gross motor letter game was such a huge hit with both my kids that I had to include it. It’s easy to make and a lot of fun to play too.
10. Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub . This took way more planning on my part than 99% of my ideas and it was well worth it. The kids loved it.
9. Alphabet Peg Dolls. This post is part of our Alphabet For Starters Series . I made the dolls but both my kids still play with them.
8. Sticky Table Art . What a simple idea but it kept my son intrigued for ages. It was so beautiful too.
7. Hot Chocolate Math . Math is bog around here but this simple tray idea has been used with and without marshmallows with basic math for my daughter or simple equations for my son.
6. Table Top Loose Parts. I can’t take credit for this idea but I will happily share it again. Loose parts is a fun open ended play with odds and ends and kids love it.
5. Listen and Find Word Search. I was so excited to introduce my son to a strategy I used with my 6th graders while student teaching. He loved it as much as they did.
4. Neighborhood Photo Safari and Book. My husband teases me that I love this one because of the firefighters . That may be part of ti but the real reason is that months later we still read this book at least once a day.
3. Love Bomb. This post was part of a Tinkerlab craft challenge and the results were awesome! My son adored the process and I loved the end product. It’s still displayed in our playroom.
2. Books About Strong Girls. This one just hit home for me. As a mom of a little girl who is already fond of princesses and make up I need as much help as I can get to make sure she is strong, confident and loves herself for all the right reasons.
1. Multicultural Paper Dolls . This post is my favorite because I designed it with a clear objective ; to explain that our skin color is just another attribute like eye or hair color. What’s inside , like our heart is all the same. My son got it and not just a little, he really got it.
Do you have a favorite activity or post we did from 2012?