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At Home Activities for Infants through Preschool

post #1 of 20
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Hi, I am a SAHM with a M. Ed and I have a blog that focuses on open-ended play and sensory play for infants through preschoolers.  My activities are budget conscious and can all be done at home.  I just started my blog (at my friends' request) and am trying to get more readers so I don't feel like I'm talking to an empty room!
 
If you're willing, please come check it out at:
 
 
or
 
funathomewithkids.blogspot.com
 
Some of my most recent posts were about ice sensory play, foam window art, black glue watercolor painting, and a five day Leprechaun gold hunt.
 
Thanks! 
post #2 of 20

I LOVE your blog. It's hard to find good ideas for infants. I will be following your blog. Thanks!

post #3 of 20

This might sound silly. I'm new to blogs: Do I join somewhere and new posts are emailed or do I just check back? How does it work. Thanks :)

post #4 of 20
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Thank you so much!  You can either subscribe to my RSS feed (there's a pop out button on the right hand side of the blog or you can click on the orange button at the top right of your address bar) and then it will show up in a blog reader (like Google Reader) or you can just "like" my fan page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FunAtHomeWithKids).  I post an update on Facebook every time I post a blog, so it will show up in your newsfeed.  I am also on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103070429642461526081/103070429642461526081/posts) and do the same update with posts.  

 

I think most people prefer to "subscribe" via Facebook or Google+ these days.  Let me know if that doesn't make sense!

post #5 of 20
Thank you for sharing your blog! It's awesome. Can't wait to try out all of your ideas : ) I have a 20th old. I'm wondering if you have a favorite activity at that age?
post #6 of 20
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Yes!  Painting with my 20 month old was our favorite activity - I'll try to get a post up on it within the week with more details.  Also, any sensory bins would be really fun (http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/03/basic-sensory-play-supplies-before-i.html) - in the opening picture with the sand and shells table, my daughter is around 22 months.  If your child is still putting things in their mouth, I'd stick to "edible" fills like rice, dried beans, dried split peas, etc.  Otherwise you could give any of the materials I've listed as bin fills a try (or anything else you think of).  But painting, playing with sensory bins, and digging for worms were our favorites at that age.  :)

post #7 of 20
Thanks! I would love to see the paint post. Do you mean finger painting or with brushes? I love the idea of digging for worms too. With gardening time around the corner that's a good one I would not have thought of at all. Again, thanks for sharing your creativity! : )
post #8 of 20
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Both!  I think I'll have the post ready by the end of the week.  I just have to go find all the relevant photos --- and I have a lot of photos to sort through!!!

 

You're so welcome!  If you "like" my fan page on Facebook, you'll see when the painting post goes up (I always post links to new posts):

 

www.facebook.com/FunAtHomeWithKids

post #9 of 20
I would absolutely "like" your fan page, but I don't have a FB account. Maybe I'll ask my husband to like it : )
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I have been a follower for awhile, I found your blog through Pinterest :) It's great!

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Hey GER611 - There might be a slight delay on the body painting post as I'm trying to work with our favorite paint company to giveaway a set of paints alongside the post.  I'm just waiting to hear back.  They'll probably say no, but it would be cool if a reader got a free set, so I figured I'd give it a try!  And that would be awesome if your husband liked it!  The more FB fans I have, the more likely our favorite companies are to give free products to readers (and sometimes me, too!)!

post #12 of 20
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Aw, thanks inkslinger!  Thank goodness for Pinterest, right?  It's really helped get the word out about my little blog!!!  :)

post #13 of 20

Hi Ledbeta - no worries on the delay! We'll be here. My husband "liked" your fan page yesterday : ) 

post #14 of 20
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Ack!  GER611 - I have been slacking on that Toddler Art post I'd told you I'd do!  I was waiting and waiting for a response from Lakeshore, and of course they never got back to me (boo!) and since then I just keep getting distracted by other posts.  :/

 

I do have a draft, so I'm halfway there, and in the meantime, I'd love to recommend this book:http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Messy-Art-Book/dp/087659206X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1365866382&sr=8-5&keywords=maryann+kohl.  I am planning on finishing the post this weekend - so if nothing else comes up, it should be up soon.  Thank you for your patience!!!!  :)

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Ledbeta, Please don't worry!  Thanks so much for the book recommendation - sounds good! We'll give that a try : ) 

post #16 of 20
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It's done!  It's done!


http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/04/painting-with-toddlers-unstructured.html

 

Thank you for your patience!  I apparently get easily distracted by writing up shiny new activities (hahahaha).  :)

post #17 of 20

Thanks Ledbeta! Looks like fun : ) Very cute video. We will give it a try. I think LO will love it! 

post #18 of 20
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Yay!  I hope it's as much fun for you guys as it was for us!  And make sure you have the camera handy.  :)  I was so glad to have gotten those pictures of crazy paint covered S!  

post #19 of 20

I really love your blog...you're so creative!  Thank you for the ideas.  

post #20 of 20
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You're welcome, NurseMomx4!  I love hearing that!!  It makes me feel less crazy taking so much time sorting photos and writing posts.  :)

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