Making a Map-Toddler Style

Luke is really into maps lately! He even put it on his Christmas list asking Santa for a really big map for Christmas. This morning he was sitting with me as I was looking through Pinterest looking for map ideas for him and was so excited at each map photo, that I got the idea for him to make his own map! We have a large one I use for homeschooling and I think Santa just may deliver a map or two for Christmas, but this one is his very own to play with on the floor with cars and blocks and whatever else he likes.  He loved making it and I loved hearing his imagination through the process; he made {mountains, roads, and houses}

I set out a large piece of poster board, two plates with paint and string and sponges.

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Toddler Time and Tin Cans


Most of my posts about homeschool are based on projects done with my oldest, but the last couple of days my Toddler has been very active in the kitchen!

I love that he likes to help bake, and it’s so important for toddlers to be an active participant in their families, that I always welcome the helping hands. (even if it entails more work in the end for me ūüôā

What Toddlers learn in the kitchen:

Math- shapes, sorting, measuring, counting

Social Skills- team work, following directions, responsibility

Reading- even though they can’t yet read, pointing to and looking at the books or boxes are beginner steps in reading!

Fine Motor Skills- Stirring, pouring, mixing, and pressing.

The first recipe we made was a fruit smoothie! We had peaches to spare and several other ingredients, so we made it up as we went along and it came out pretty good! We combined peaches, yogurt, milk, ice, peanut butter and ¬†¬†¬† fluff… was tasty!






The next baking project was brownies, and both boys shared in who got to add what ingredients and – the most important part- who go to lick what when we were done!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The other project we did today was with my oldest. As we study the colonial times I like to throw in some hands-on activities. The idea of making our own tin can lantern came into play as we take a closer look at what life was like in comparison to today’s world of technology! We have a book filled with ideas to do as we go along, so we started with this one! I saved a tin can, it is to be filled with water and set to freeze as it makes it easier to punch the holes. I tried to do it without and it, and it just didn’t work ;P¬† Once frozen he drew his design and then we laid it down on a towel and he used nails and a hammer to punch through, we added a tea light after melting the ice out and ta- da!-

a Colonial lantern!


Fun ideas for learning!





A simple math game I made up that can be applied to any subject such as language arts, history, science etc. or even a variety of all the above ( which is how we first played the game.)  This is how we use it for math lessons when we need a break from the same old, same old!


Gym Parachute


Flashcards- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Money


….and what ever you choose if anything- this game really can be done on the fly! Just ask questions verbally if you’d like.

First spread the parachute on the floor. Roll the dice and walk around the parachute that number of steps. The color you land on determines the category of questions.

Orange- Addition                                      Yellow- Money

Green- Subtraction                                   Red- Time

Blue-Multiplication                                  Purple- Players Choice

Answer correctly and you can advance your next turn, answer incorrectly and you must skip your next roll and answer the next card in play before proceeding with a roll of the dice. We don’t keep score in any way, we just go around until we feel the game is over. Just a fun way of reviewing the math skills and concepts.

Enjoy trying it out and let me know what other ideas you build upon this one!







I was so excited to find these magnetic bowls at the local store.¬† I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for at first, but had to grab them anyway! Having a busy toddler, I love that these bowls stick right onto a cookie tray and away we go with sorting and stacking! AND NO SPILLS ;)!

First I set out our magnetic letter blocks, then some colorful paperclips- which he discovered really took a spin of it’s own on contact! Then I gave him an assortment of things to try out, some magnetic, some not.

The possibilities are endless being that they are magnets themselves, so we will continue to explore with them and share anything that’s super fun and creative with you.¬† He loves to collect rocks, so I’m thinking we will glue on some magnets and play around with positive and negative poles!

Have an idea? Please share!