• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.”…

  • 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…

  • Marshmallow Structures

    Building with marshmallows and toothpicks is a fun idea, but this activity did not last long. It’s way too tempting to quickly build and quickly eat! Next time I might structure this a little more and see if the boys can…