Little Engineers

Between grandparent gifts and a few of our purchases, we’ve slowly built up a large stash of train tracks and fun pieces over time.  Building toys like train tracks (and Legos) are such a great investment. And the addition of one or two interesting pieces like a tunnel, train station, or more bridge pieces can add whole new life to …

Water fun

Colton delights in the job of filling up the kiddie swimming pools. Luke knows to stay out of the picture when Colton has a water hose in his hands.

A pile of dirt

I forgot how much entertainment lies in a pile of dirt. I dug a hole trying to sink an umbrella stand into the ground next to the sandbox but didn’t have any luck getting it to work. However, my effort did not go to waste. The boys moved in quickly on the excavation site with alternative plans. Colton ran to …

Star Chart

I bought a $0.60 poster board and a $1.90 pack of star stickers. As it turns out, this has been the best $2.50 I’ve spent in a while.  I wanted an easy way to encourage good behavior and reward acts of kindness but didn’t have a plan. So without thinking, I hung the poster board on the fridge. Looked at …

Alphabet Climb

The other day I was talking to the boys about the sounds of letters again. “Mom, that is boring.” Okay, okay, I hear you. Take two. Some time passed, and I decided to instead put post-it notes with letters on the climbing structure. With their body and mind moving, they couldn’t get enough. Letter recognition, sounds, words that start with …

Puzzle Mania

The boys are huge puzzle builders these days. More often than not, Colton races to finish his puzzle first. Luke takes it in stride, “That’s okay, Colton. Puzzles are not a race.”  

Washing Mom’s Car

My car needed a little love, so I decided I should give it a quick wash at home. I turned to Luke, who had turned in his tablet early from quiet time and was playing by himself waiting for his brother to finish up. “Want to wash my car with me?”, I asked him. Luke got wide-eyed. “Me?” he said …

Motivating Fine Motor

I bought a pair of money banks that keep a running total as coins are inserted, as a Christmas present for the boys. I found them at a local discount store in the men’s gift idea rack. They weren’t a big hit with my little men at Christmas time. When I tried to put in a few coins to demo …

Cleaning the Whole Earth

Colton announced, “You know what I’m learning about in class? Cleaning the whole earth! We need to save it!” He held up a tissue and dropped it. “You know what that is, mom? That’s litter. We need to clean that up.” He had a renewed interest in his garbage trucks this morning, and lots of trash pickup happening in his …

Simple Play

Sometimes I spend too much time on Pinterest checking out cool craft and therapy ideas, but then realize they take more patience and materials than I can muster up. I keep gravitating back to the simple and not too perfect ideas that many times come from using what we have on hand. I tossed a pack of carrot seeds into …