“If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” Number Recognition and Counting Activity

One of my daughter’s favorite books for me to read to her is “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”. I was really happy to see the animated series on Amazon Prime because it brings the book to life. The illustrations are so beautiful and I find myself singing the song when we begin reading the book. As always I have to find a way to mix in a little learning time during our days and it’s always great when there is a matching storybook to any lesson that you intend to teach to a preschooler.

_If You Give A Mouse A Cookie_ A Number Recognition and Counting Activity

Number recognition and counting is something that we try to include in everyday activities in our lives.  On the 4th of July, we went to watch the fireworks at our city’s amphitheater and even there I noticed my husband and my daughter counting the numbers on the chairs.If You Give a Mouse A Cookie She thought it was fun, but I’m sure she would have told me, “not now momma!” I hope that you and your little learner will enjoy this activity that I created just for our favorite story “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” It’s free to print. Be sure to share it with your child’s PreK teacher and your mom friends.

Carmen

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Ice Cream Letter Match: A Free Alphabet Printable for Preschoolers

We are just a few days away from it officially being Summer and of course, that means tons of fun for kids who are on Summer break. Summer break is also the perfect time to continue to work on learning or academic areas that kids may struggle with during the school year. We will continue to work on writing, comprehension, and division with our son, but for my daughter, we are continuing to learn alphabets. Our focus right now is recognition only. Once we have a few of them down we will begin with learning sounds. This will also help her with learning to spell her own name.

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Today I’m sharing a free alphabet printable that is perfect for preschoolers. My daughter enjoyed gluing the alphabets to their match and that was all that she wanted to do on the first day. On day two we took a little more time with recognition. This printable is perfect for children ages 3 and up and ice cream as a treat is the perfect reward for them after completing this activity. You can access this free printable Ice Cream Letter Match and here for the paste sheet.

 

 

I hope that you and your little learner will enjoy this activity. If so, please Pin it on Pinterest and share it with friends!

 

Easy DIY for Kids Pretend Play Food

Pretend play is fun, but also a necessary component for child development. Children learn to use their imaginations when they pretend to play out different roles or scenarios. This helps with social relationships, emotional skills, thinking skills, problem-solving, but more importantly, it’s just fun!

As an advocate for all things Early Childhood, it’s important to me that my daughter has every experience that she would have if she were in daycare or preschool. During our #totschool sessions, we make sure to include pretend play. One of the great things about pretend play is using lifelike props such as purses, costumes, wigs, play food, and so much more.

My daughter enjoys pretending to cook and bake, so we gifted her a KidKraft kitchen set for Christmas. Although we bought her a ton of play food and dishes she still wanted to use our food containers and utensils from our kitchen. One day I gave her an empty box of pasta and she was so excited to pretend to actually cook the pasta in her own kitchen set. It’s a good idea to buy the durable plastic play food for pretend play, but many of the play food sets that are now sold in stores are made from wood with labels that peel very easily or from wooden boxes that bend and tear. I decided to share this easy DIY to make your own play food boxes. This DIY is also perfect for daycare, PreK, and Kindergarten Teachers.

 

Can You Really Potty Train Your Toddler in 3 Days? Part 3 of 3

What fun is potty training without some bells and whistles to make it just a little easier? That’s what I hope today’s blog post does for you.

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When it comes to the “germ factor” I feel like the process of potty training boys is much easier. Simply because they can stand and “go” anywhere. In Part 1 of this series, I shared how we introduced potty training to both of our children starting with our son. We first started teaching our son to sit on the potty, but we quickly allowed him to learn to stand, fewer germs for the both of us when we are out in public places. In Part 2 of this series, I assured you that I would share all of the resources and supplies that we used to survive the potty training nightmare at home and in public places. Let’s begin with what we used for our son at home.

When my son was a toddler I chose a potty seat similar to this style. muchkin-arm-and-hammer-potty-seat-the-mommy-365Considering that this was almost 9 years ago it didn’t have this much fanciness, but it did have the convenient splash guard designed just for boys and it did convert into a step stool for him as a toddler when we no longer needed it for pottying.

I started off doing that good old mama hold over public toilets when he had to poop. That got old for me real quick because he was heavy and could not focus on actually pooping. After a few of those bad restroom visits, I decided to order these very, very helpful and disposable toilet seat covers.  They cover the entire toilet without sliding off. I especially appreciate the fact that his pants did not have to rub the bottom of a dirty toilet bowl on a public toilet. Yuck!

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The downside of using a potty seat like the one that I purchased for my son is that you have to dump all of the urine and poop into your toilet. If you’ve ever had to do this you know that you’re always avoiding splashing yourself. Eeeww! When it came time for us to begin potty training with our daughter I remembered not liking to have to dump the waste into the main toilet. I decided that it would be best to just buy her a potty seat that goes on the big toilet. That would keep me from having to dump the waste. We originally started with this cute Minnie Mouse seat. minni-mouse-disney-potty-seat-the-mommy-365She was really happy, but with potty training, you want to eventually encourage your little one to go to the potty themselves. The more that I thought about this her lack of interest in potty training, I realized that it was likely because of the type of potty seat that we were asking her to use. I also realized that it would be harder for her to learn independence in using the potty if she can’t even reach the potty because it was on the big toilet. I did not want her to step onto a step stool to reach the toilet without me because I did not want her to fall inside of the toilet. This can happen, parents, so please be careful and realize that a toilet can easily become dangerous and cause a toddler or infant to drown or suffocate.

After lots of thinking, I figured that it would be a better idea for us to have a smaller floor size potty seat for her to reach with as little assistance as possible. I took her with me to Target and together we picked out a potty seat that she really liked. She was so happy to choose this potty seat and it made her feel like a big girl. I really believe that the special design of this potty seat is what encouraged her to enjoy using the potty. She especially liked the flushing sound that the seat makes.

Now let’s move on to the potty training in public horror that I experienced with my daughter. I tried to initially clean the toilet seat with the travel size Clorox wipes and spray. I even had gloves. That quickly became a fail because the cleaning solutions need to sit on the toilet for a few minutes to at least kill most of the germs. Who has time for that in a public restroom? Definitely not a toddler. With her dancing and saying, “mommy hurry” I knew we had to come up with something else. On our second outing (with potty training) I tried to hold her over the seat like most of us moms do. She complained the entire time and could not get comfortable enough to use the toilet. Anyone that knows me personally knows how I feel about germs in public restrooms. While helping her potty the scarf that I was wearing rubbed along the toilet. I was immediately sick. Nooo, omg! After this fiasco, I decided that I would purchase the same toilet seat covers that I used with her brother, but during my search for those, I saw a newer potty gadget that fits our on the go lifestyle a little better.

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Upon my attempt to order the potty seat covers I saw a travel potty seat that I felt would be more cost efficient for our many uses. I decided to order the travel potty seat by OXO. This seat has been such a blessing for us. It comes with disposable liners and you can always reorder more. However, I have found that large durable trash bags work just as well. It also comes inside a drawstring bag that can easily fit into a large purse or diaper bag.  We have finally ditched our large diaper bag, so I just carry it on my arm or drop it into my large purse.

What I really appreciate about the travel potty seat is if the kids and I are traveling alone without my husband I can allow my daughter to potty safely without leaving my son outside of the women’s restroom. He’s almost 9 and hates going inside with us when it’s crowded with other women. It’s so dangerous in the world that we live in and I don’t like the idea of allowing him to stand outside of the women’s restroom for even a few minutes.  I would recommend that you make sure that you still carry wipes if you do choose to order the travel potty seat.

I hope that these affordable finds and potty training tips are a blessing to you during your potty training journey like they were for me. I want you all to enjoy this journey of parenting and motherhood with as less stress as possible.

 

Carmen

 

Valentine’s Day Alphabet Pattern Learning Activity

Today I’m sharing a super easy and fun learning activity for toddlers and young learners. My daughter loves to practice cutting, so after I created this activity I made sure to print two, one for her to cut up for fun and one for us to actually use during our morning learning time. This activity uses 4 different pictures and the Alphabet of those pictures.

Valentines Day Alphabet Pattern Cut and Paste

 

To make this activity even more meaningful for my toddler, I incorporated alphabet flash cards. I used the letters that are on this activity to help her understand what each letter means.

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If you think that your toddler will enjoy this learning activity for Valentine’s day or any time of the year please download it, print, and enjoy! Happy Valentines Day! ↓

Valentines Day Alphabet Pattern Cut and Paste