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Take a browse around these sites and you will find oodles of fun, creative, clever play ideas that your children will LOVE! Covering everything from crafts and…
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Science for Kids: Chromatography Butterfly Craft
Art and Science for Kids: Explore chromatography using coffee filters and markers! Fun STEM / STEAM activity for children. Turn the results into a butterfly craft- perfect for spring! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com
grab and sort cvc word building game for kids to practice spelling with the letter c
Grab and Sort: CVC Word Building
Fun early literacy activity to practice C-V-C words using letter tiles. Great idea for late preschool or kindergarten.
DIY threaded straw necklace are simple and easy for children to make themselves and can be given as gifts. Perfect toddler party activity and lots of fun. Fine Motor, Craft Ideas, Summer, Crafts, Fine Motor Activities For Kids, Crafts For Kids, Craft Activities, Sensory Processing
DIY threaded straw necklace - Laughing Kids Learn
DIY threaded straw necklace are simple and easy for children to make themselves and can be given as gifts. Perfect toddler party activity and lots of fun.
an air fort made out of plastic on top of a wooden floor with text overlay that reads diy air fort
12 easy indoor activities to entertain kids on yucky days
Easy Contact Paper Mandalas Make these simple, yet stunning, contact paper mandala suncatchers with your kids and fill your home or classroom with gorgeous vibrant colours and patterns. All you’ll need is some sticky backed contact paper, some tissue paper and our free printable mandala template.
Easy Contact Paper Mandalas
Easy Contact Paper Mandalas Make these simple, yet stunning, contact paper mandala suncatchers with your kids and fill your home or classroom with gorgeous vibrant colours and patterns. All you’ll need is some sticky backed contact paper, some tissue paper and our free printable mandala template.
two green leaves on top of each other in front of a white circle with the words, scented playdouh
How to make mint scented play dough - Laughing Kids Learn
Mint scented play dough recipe for kids to enjoy playing with. #playdough #scentedplaydough #playdoughrecipe #playdoughrecipes #mint #sensoryplay #sensoryplayideas #sensorylearning #sensorydevelopment #play #playtime #childcare #crt #creche #kindergarten
paper bag sea otter craft for kids with free template
Stuffed Paper Bag Sea Otter Craft with Printable Template!
Paper Bag Sea Otter Craft for Kids with Free Printable Template: This sea otter craft is super easy to make and goes great with an ocean or sea life unit. You can even add a printable baby sea otter, sea star or make a tissue paper kelp forest for your sea otter. #oceancrafts #sealifecrafts #seaotter #seaottercraft #paperbagcraft
a close up of a glass with liquid in it and the words rain clouds written below
Rain cloud science experiment - Laughing Kids Learn
Children can learn about the weather with this rain cloud science experiment. Easy to conduct and fun for kids, you can use a jar or a glass from home.
three decorated golf balls sitting on the grass
Decorating golf balls for father's day gift is a simple idea and will be loved by dad.
Decorating Golf Balls for Dad as a unique and fun Fathers Day Gift. Simple to make and easily a crowd favourite for those dads who enjoy playing golf.
a baby playing with toys on top of a white sheet that says, zero to two the book of play fun ideas for babies and toddlers
Zero to Two: The Book of Play
Zero to Two: Book of Play is a wonderful ebook full of incredible play ideas that your baby would love. Create long lasting memories with your babies and toddlers with this ebook zero to two. All the best bloggers have contributed to this.
a child's hand is picking up plastic toys from a tray filled with them
Dinosaurs in ice - excavation sensory activity for kids
Dinosaurs in ice excavation sensory activity for kids. This is a fun and simple play idea that children can do at home. Easy to prepare. Put your dinosaurs in an ice tray and freeze. Get your children to help the dinosaurs escape. Ideal for problem solving and fine motor development.
three decorated golf balls sitting on the grass
Decorating golf balls for father's day gift is a simple idea and will be loved by dad.
Decorating Golf Balls for Dad as a unique and fun Fathers Day Gift. Simple to make and easily a crowd favourite for those dads who enjoy playing golf.
four cupcakes with white frosting and blue, pink, green and yellow sprinkles
How to make sherbet
Simple 2 ingredient recipe on how to make sherbet with different flavours. Lots of fun for kids to make and an edible science activity.
two fake bugs sitting on top of a green rock next to another fake bug with red eyes
Insect Slime Kids can Make
Insect Slime Kids can Make - Laughing Kids Learn
a yellow toy dump truck sitting on top of a white paper covered wall with the words painting with toy wheels
Painting with toy cars and truck wheels
Painting with toy cars and truck wheels - Laughing Kids Learn
a baby laying on top of a bed next to a heart shaped balloon
Balloon kicking activity for babies
Balloon kicking activity for babies - Laughing Kids Learn
a child's hand reaching into a pile of confetti paper with the words sensory glitter blob on it
Simple sensory bag using glitter and baby oil - Laughing Kids Learn
This simple to make sensory bag using glitter and baby oil is great for babies and preschoolers as it will develop sensory awareness and more.
Queen's Crown craft for kids is great fun and creative. You can also make a King's Crown too. This is an ideal addition to any pretend play set up or when you need a costume. Make this King's Crown today. Crown Crafts For Kids, Crown Craft, Crown Crafts, Alice In Wonderland Fancy Dress, Queen Crown, Paper Crowns, Themed Crafts, Crown
Queen's Crown craft for kids
Queen's Crown craft for kids is great fun and creative. You can also make a King's Crown too. This is an ideal addition to any pretend play set up or when you need a costume. Make this King's Crown today.
a paper cup sitting on top of colored straws with the words threading activity for kids
Fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes - Laughing Kids Learn
If you want an activity that is simple to set up and engaging for your toddler, try this fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes. Children develop their fine motor skills, concentration and problem solving skills with this handmade teaching tool or handmade toy. Fun for toddler to make too.
four different types of yarn wrapped around each other on the ground with text that reads, what do you think?
Learn about shapes using paper plates and yarn - Laughing Kids Learn
Preschoolers will love to learn about shapes using paper plates and yarn. Great activities that will help children understand shape properties and features.
a person holding up a cup made out of toilet paper with the words musical shakers on it
Simple musical shakers for kids
Homemade baby guitar instrument using rubber bands - Laughing Kids Learn
a paper cup with straws attached to it and the words threading activity for kids
Fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes
Fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes. This is ideal for toddlers and preschools to use tools to help with their coordination of objects and have fun at the same time. This threading activity for kids is a must try. So simple to set up and make at home.
a paper plate that has a colorful spinner on it next to some penny coins
DIY coin or penny paper plate spinners
DIY coin or penny paper plate spinners are fun to make and play with your children. Great activity to watch and ideal for teaching children about mixing colours together. Pattern making. #pennyspinners #diytoys #coins #patternactivity #mixingcolors #mixingcolours #makingpatterns #diy #papertoys #papercraft #funforkids #preschooltoys #spinningtop #spinningtoys #paperplatecraft #diytoy #diytoysforkids #paperplateactivity #paperplates #paperplate #spinningplates
a paper plate that has a colorful spinner on it next to some penny coins
DIY coin or penny paper plate spinners
DIY coin or penny paper plate spinners are fun to make and play with your children. Great activity to watch and ideal for teaching children about mixing colours together. Pattern making. #pennyspinners #diytoys #coins #patternactivity #mixingcolors #mixingcolours #makingpatterns #diy #papertoys #papercraft #funforkids #preschooltoys #spinningtop #spinningtoys #paperplatecraft #diytoy #diytoysforkids #paperplateactivity #paperplates #paperplate #spinningplates
a bowl filled with plants and spoons on top of a wooden table
Fun making Wombat Stew with your kids
Marcia VaughanFun making Wombat Stew with your kids. Great outdoor play activity to do with your children as a follow up to the classic children's storybook 'Wombat Stew' by Marcia Vaughan. Also idea activity to do when looking at animals and their interactions.
a young child sitting on top of a cardboard box with colored pencils in it
DIY zipper board for kids
DIY zipper board for kids is a simple toy to make for your child and includes zips on cardboard. This is ideal to help children develop fine motor skills and extend their thinking.
some cards that have been placed on top of each other with the words spiral quick and easy
Spiral: Easy Way to Practice Multiplication for Kids
Learning multiplication facts can be such a chore. Make multiplication for kids fun and engaging with this simple card game! Only takes 2 minutes to set up. #mathgames #mathcardgames #multiplicationfacts #funmathgame #easymathgame
a star cut out on top of a cardboard box
Simple DIY shape puzzle for babies and toddlers
Matching star shape activity puzzle that you can make at home for your child. Great fun and can be adjusted to suit the ability for your kids. Square, circle, triangle, star are all great shapes to include on the cardboard board. Great cardboard activity for kids.
two paper bags with faces on them sitting next to confetti
How to make a simple paper bag jelly fish
DIY paper bag jellyfish craft, a trending activity for parents and caregivers of young children.
Simple instructions on how to make dancing ribbon rings. Your kids will love running and playing with these rainbow streamers. Great for imaginative play. Diy Gifts, Diy Gifts To Make, Gifts For Kids, Diy Christmas Gifts For Kids
How to make dancing ribbon rings - Laughing Kids Learn
Simple instructions on how to make dancing ribbon rings. Your kids will love running and playing with these rainbow streamers. Great for imaginative play.
there is a collage of pictures with different things in the photo and text overlay that says bug bin
Insect or Bug Themed Sensory Bin
Fun sensory bin for kids, featuring lots of creepy crawlies, flowers, fine motor tools and more. Great for a spring, bug or insect themed week of home preschool!
a child is sitting on a bench next to a tree and holding a clipboard
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids (FREE Printable)
Free Printable Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids: Head outside and explore your own backyard, neighborhood or park with this scavenger hunt activity. Focus on animals, plants, colors, textures, and more! #scavengerhunt #outdoorplay #freeprintable #scienceforkids #handsonlearning
DIY threaded straw necklace are simple and easy for children to make themselves and can be given as gifts. Perfect toddler party activity and lots of fun.
DIY threaded straw necklace - Laughing Kids Learn
DIY threaded straw necklace are simple and easy for children to make themselves and can be given as gifts. Perfect toddler party activity and lots of fun.
crafts and activities for spring with text overlay
Spring Crafts And Activities
This great collection of Crafts And Activities For Spring features rainbows, bugs, flowers, and loads more. You'll also find great ideas for spring holidays like St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and Earth Day.
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Paper cup weaving craft for kids to make and gift - Laughing Kids Learn
Here is a paper cup weaving craft for kids to make and gift to a friend or keep themselves. It’s creates a decorative cup that you can store odd bits and pieces in. This craft is ideal for children of school age and you’ll find they struggle to stop at making just one. I find […]
science experiments for preschool and up with text overlay that reads light science experiments for preschool and up
Light Science for Kids: Ways to Explore Refraction and Reflection
a bowl filled with plants and spoons on top of a wooden table
Fun making Wombat Stew with your kids - Laughing Kids Learn
Have you ever had fun making Wombat Stew with your kids? The girls and I love reading the Australian classic children’s picture story book. It makes us laugh, learn and fortunately no wombats are harmed at any point in the book. I love Australia Day. It happens once a year and I look forward to […]
four eggs with faces painted on them and the words tool for teaching emotions in kids
Tool for teaching emotions in kids
tool for teaching emotions in kids of all ages
three pieces of tin foil sitting on top of a black surface with the words guess the objects covered in tin foil
Guess the Objects covered in Tin Foil - Laughing Kids Learn
Simple activity where toddlers can guess the objects covered in tin foil. Testing their understanding of object permanence and known shapes.
paper plate butterfly life cycle craft and science activity
Butterfly Life Cycle Paper Plate Craft
Paper Plate Butterfly Life Cycle Craft for Kids (with FREE printable template)- Fun spring and science activity about butterflies and caterpillars for kids! #buggyandbuddy #paperplatecrafts #butterflycraft #butterflies #craftsforkids #kidscrafts #springcrafts #springcraftsforkids #scienceforkids #lifecycle
lego duplo ring toss game for kids to play with
LEGO Duplo Ring Toss game for kids - Laughing Kids Learn
This LEGO Duplo Ring Toss game for kids is fun and great for children of all ages. It's simple to set up and will have your child learning with play.
an animal life cycle craft and science activities for kids
30 Life Cycle Activities for Animals & Insects
Kids will enjoy these books, crafts and hands-on activities that explore animal life cycles!
four different types of yarn wrapped around each other on the ground with text that reads, what do you think?
Learn about shapes using paper plates and yarn - Laughing Kids Learn
Preschoolers will love to learn about shapes using paper plates and yarn. Great activities that will help children understand shape properties and features.
a purple balloon sitting on top of a bottle filled with white liquid and some bubbles
Blow up a balloon using science
Activity for kids to blow up a balloon using science. Great for teaching and learning about chemical reactions. Inspire a love of science.
a baby laying on top of a bed next to a heart shaped balloon
Balloon kicking activity for babies
Balloon kicking activity for babies - Laughing Kids Learn
Learn how to make a simple homemade lacing board for kids. Great way to develop fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination and concentration. Creative fun. Gross Motor
Simple homemade lacing board - Laughing Kids Learn
Learn how to make a simple homemade lacing board for kids. Great way to develop fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination and concentration. Creative fun.
Simple instructions on how to make dancing ribbon rings. Your kids will love running and playing with these rainbow streamers. Great for imaginative play.
How to make dancing ribbon rings - Laughing Kids Learn
Simple instructions on how to make dancing ribbon rings. Your kids will love running and playing with these rainbow streamers. Great for imaginative play.
a small child is playing with toys in a box that he made out of cardboard
DIY tugging box for fine motor development - Laughing Kids Learn
Simple box with ribbons that lengthen and shorten as pulled is this DIY tugging box for fine motor development. Never-ending fun for young children.
the instructions for how to make a paper rocket with free printable templates are included
How to Make Straw Rockets
DIY Straw Rocket Craft for Kid: This STEM and STEAM activity is much fun for kids of all ages! A fun physics science activity with free printable. #science #scienceforkids #freeprintable #craftsforkids #kidscrafts
there are many different pictures with words about camping and activities for kids to play in
Indoor Camping Party: Ideas & Activities
Great ideas for an indoor camping party or camp-out birthday party for kids! Perfect for a fun themed sleep-over too! How to set up indoor camping, great camping activities to do, how to make s'mores in the oven and more camping fun without all the bugs ;)
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Planet Earth Pom-Poms- Earth Day Craft
Make this fun Earth Day craft with your kids! Fluffy pom poms in the colors of the Earth- great fine motor work for preschoolers, kindergarten, or elementary kids.
a person holding a toy dinosaur in front of some ice cubes on a table
Dinosaurs in ice - excavation sensory activity for kids
Dinosaurs in ice - excavation sensory activity for kids - Laughing Kids Learn
there are many different pictures with the words earth day snacks on them, including blue and green cupcakes
20 Earth Day Snacks
Healthy Earth Day Snacks for Kids- great ideas for class parties or celebrating at home.
the book cover for science for kids exploring rainbow reflection patterns with cd discs and paper
Rainbow Science: Creating Light Patterns with a CD
an easy art activity for kids to do with oil pastels
Oil Pastel Painting for Kids
Oil Pastel Painting for Kids. Kids of all ages will love this super cool process art activity to turn oil pastel drawings into paintings!
a paper cup sitting on top of colored straws with the words threading activity for kids
Fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes - Laughing Kids Learn
If you want an activity that is simple to set up and engaging for your toddler, try this fine motor threading activity using straws and cardboard tubes. Children develop their fine motor skills, concentration and problem solving skills with this handmade teaching tool or handmade toy. Fun for toddler to make too.
easter eggs with some sayings on them
Easter Egg Hunt Clues for Outside | Printable Riddles for Kids
Easter Egg Hunt Clues for Outside | Printable Riddles for Kids - Edventures with Kids
a pink and purple felt star on top of a wooden stick
Star felt play wand - Laughing Kids Learn
Simple hand sewing project for kids in making a star felt play wand. Great gift idea and a great way to teach children simple sewing techniques.
printable easter cards with the words, free printables for kids to use
Easter Charades for Kids & Adults with FREE Printable Cards
an egg painted with colorful paint and the words, how to make plaster easter eggs
Making Plaster Easter Eggs to Paint
Making Plaster Easter Eggs to Paint If you need a fun, Easter craft to try with your kids, try these making plaster Easter eggs! Use silicone moulds to make your own plaster of paris Easter eggs to decorate with your kids. Not only is it a great way to get creative, but it is also a lovely way for kids to make an Easter keepsake.