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Hot Coco Play-dough

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I found this chocolate play-dough recipe several years ago and it smells good enough to eat. When you cook it, it smells so much like brownies. I’ve never tried eating it, but I’m guessing it doesn’t taste as good as it smells. Anyway, I love using this play-dough for a Valentine’s Day or hot coco theme. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups… Read more »

Water Beads Sensory Tub

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One of Rosebud’s stocking stuffers this year was a bottle of water beads. I’ve been seeing these things on early childhood blogs for several years, but have never seen them in person. They always looked so cool and I’ve always wanted to try them, but never had the opportunity with any of my classes. Well, I finally got the chance… Read more »

Holiday Goody Bags for Toddlers

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At work, we usually do a secret Santa gift exchange the week before Christmas. Sometimes we give to a family in need and fill a box with gifts. Some of our teachers make up bags for the children and some of them don’t. This year, I wanted to do something a little different. Right now, I don’t have a class… Read more »

Gift Giving Sensory Tub

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This week, I decided to make up a festive sensory tub for Rosebud. I’m calling it the gift giving sensory tub. What’s in the tub? Wrapping paper, Small boxes, Ribbon, Bows, Tissue paper, Bells, Snowman rings, Sparkly pompoms, A bulb shaped ornament that opens, A gift bag A small stocking. Today was the first time Rosebud got to play with… Read more »

Do’s and Don’ts of Working with Children Who May be Different from You

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. This topic is close to my heart as I can not only relate to it from my own childhood, but it comes up on some level in my work every day. I know that working with children is stressful. Add to that, behaviors, issues or cultural differences that you may be… Read more »

Five Interactive Winter Books for Toddlers

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As I’ve written about before, Rosebud and I love to read. I often buy her new books based on the season and or if there’s a holiday coming up. For the spring, I get out her books about birds, plants and baby animals. In the fall, we read books about pumpkins, leaves and of course Halloween. The winter is no… Read more »

First Snowfall Sensory Tub

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We had our first real snowfall on Friday. When Rosebud woke up, she was so excited to see snow. Unfortunately, both of us have been fighting off colds for the past few weeks so I’ve only taken her out a couple of times since the weekend. However, I figured why not bring some snow inside to play with? I don’t… Read more »

Pumpkin Spice Play-dough

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I love anything pumpkin spice, so I couldn’t let fall fly by without making this play-dough. For some reason, it took me forever to get all the ingredients on hand to make this play-dough, but I’m glad I finally was able to make it. It smells fantastic and goes great with any Halloween or fall themed activities. As soon as… Read more »

What to Do When You Feel Hopeless

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Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt hopeless, but you keep going because there’s this one thing that is keeping you afloat? It’s this one thing you look forward to regardless of everything else that is horrible about your particular situation. Everyone goes through these dark periods in their life. Unfortunately, I’m in the tunnel right now…. Read more »

Can We Stop Being so Judgmental Already?

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This post was inspired by an interaction I had with a coworker this week. For those who may be stumbling across my blog for the first time, I work in an early childhood program. As is the case with most programs, we have parents fill out intake paper work before the child joins us. This way, the teachers can get… Read more »