Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Autumn Spice Pumpkin Bread

October has flown by, but it will not be over until I share our favorite recipe for pumpkin bread! Bursting with flavor and open to add-ins, this bread is a fall tradition for our family.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Peach-Pear Pie

Here in Florida, we are still on the brink of autumn with traces of summer. This pie is a wonderful bridge between the two.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Smelly Bottles

I don’t want to neglect this severely forgotten sense, and this is a cheap and easy way to get toddlers learning with their noses!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Bumbleberry Pie

I have to be honest – when I saw this recipe in my Taste of Home pie book, I decided to make it only because of its quirky name. It turned out to be a favorite though, despite a few mishaps!

Why is it called bumbleberry, you might ask? There is no such berry as a “bumbleberry,” after all. But after a little research (and the reading of a cute little story), I can give a few answers…

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Toddler Tuesday: 13 Ways to Play with Pool Noodles

We don’t have a swimming pool in our classroom, but pool noodles are a big part of our play and learning! I bought 3 different colors from the Dollar Tree and cut them up, and even I was surprised how much fun we got out of them! Some of these were my ideas, but the toddlers contributed some ideas of their own too. 

Here were the stages of our play with pool noodles! Odd numbers were toddler ideas; even numbers were my ideas.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Sweet Potato Pie (with a twist!)

I am sharing this recipe 7 weeks before November 28 because it tastes like Thanksgiving and you are going to want to try it. We modified the recipe a little with tasty results!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Sensory Balloons

How would you like a simple activity that will captivate your toddler, calm them down, teach them about different textures, and exercise the muscles in their fingers at the same time?! Well, you’ve come to the right place! Introducing the sensory balloon for toddlers!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Pie-Day: Pumpkin Pie

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year, especially when October rolls around. Unfortunately in Florida, we don’t experience the leaves or weather of the season, so we have to take fall where we can… hence this pie! (Check out all our family's pies since 2010!)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Texture Turtles

Our toddlers just finished a month focusing on our five senses, and this was one of the many fun projects we made! 

Of course we try to incorporate our five senses in what we do all throughout the year, and this simple activity would be fun for an animal unit, learning about colors or shapes, enriching a study about textures, and more.

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