Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Amazing Deals on Dress Up!

I usually suggest waiting until after Halloween to grab clearance costumes for your dramatic play area, but this year I'm telling everyone I know to RUN to the Dollar Tree because they have some amazing costumes out already. 

You can't beat dress up clothes and accessories for a dollar, and while I know that the quality may not be the best they're all $1.  Can I say it one more time ONE DOLLAR! Ok, I'm pretty sure that I've managed to convey my level of excitement, now let me show you a visual. 

I bought all of this for my own daughter - she's getting a great big bag of dress up clothes for Christmas and I spent less than $20 on all of it (I also snagged a few items that are not pictured, including a unicorn headband and tail, black cat mask, and dress up necklaces).

They also have chef aprons and hats, turtle shells, pirate gear, a variety of wands and tiaras, witches hats, and wigs.  If you've ever wished that you had more options in your dramatic play area then go go go to the nearest Dollar Tree quick, these are bound to be picked over fast!

**This is not a sponsored post, I just love the current offerings from the Dollar Tree**

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Freebie - Summer Birthday

Happy Friday! I was searching for a freebie to share and when I stumbled on this one it struck a nerve.  I love this Summer Birthday form from Khrys Greco because I was the kid with a summer birthday.  I think one year I was allowed to bring in a birthday treat on the last day of school, other than that one year I never got to celebrate my birthday at school.  I think that this is a fun way to let families know that celebrating a half birthday is an option.  Download your copy and have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

What I'm Working On

I thought I'd pop in and share what I've been up to lately, these more personal posts are some of my favorites! Here's what has been keeping me busy:

  • Making felt food for my little one - so far I've finished 4 donuts
  • Editing and formatting a leadership training for work
  • Searching for cute and easy 4th of July play activities - last night I dyed pasta red, white and blue
  • Preparing for a HOT weekend, it's supposed to be 110 degrees here on Saturday, so I've stocked up on popsicles and water toys
  • Designing a massive bulletin board
  • Catching up on Southern Charm whenever possible
  • Trying to stay off of Amazon, online shopping is my weakness
  • Looking forward to my birthday in a week!
What have you been up to? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Felt Food

Years ago I made a set of felt food for my classroom. When I make something I have a tendency to go a little above and beyond, which means that this particular set of felt food was amazing, but took me FOREVER. Which is why I haven't made any more, until now.  I'm working on a set for my own daughter to play with so I thought it would be fun to share some of my inspiration with you.

Here are some of my favorite DIY play food ideas:

Sliced Cheese from Pieces by Polly

Pasta from Fairy Fox

Sugar Cookies from Cuddle Bear Baby

Breakfast from Hanging on by a Needle and Thread

Cookies and Crackers from Adeline Makes

Pop Tarts from Marmie's Market

Smores from Heart Felt Sisters

I could keep posting pictures all day, but I think you get the idea. I'll be sure to share mine when I get it done!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Freebie - Cloud Hunt

Happy Friday! I am all about being outside this week and today's freebie is the perfect easy outdoor activity for a lazy summer afternoon.  This Cloud Hunt Bingo game from Green Grubs is the perfect way to encourage children to be creative while taking time to pay attention to the world around them.  Go download your copy and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

50 Activities to do outside

The weather has been beautiful and I am fully in the summer spirit. All I want to do is be outside, so I thought I'd put together a list of all the fun things that little ones could possibly do outside for those times when my "let's go outside" is met with a chorus of "I don't want to."

  1. Look for bugs
  2. Follow some ants
  3. Put together wildflower bouquets
  4. Make daisy or clover necklaces
  5. Build a sandcastle
  6. Dig a deep deep hole
  7. Go to the park
  8. Pretend the playground is a pirate ship
  9. Make mud pies
  10. Start a sand bakery
  11. Find shapes in the clouds
  12. Draw your scientific observations
  13. Decorate with sidewalk chalk
  14. Blow bubbles
  15. Make giant bubbles in a baby pool
  16. Chase a butterfly
  17. Play dodge ball
  18. See how high you can go on a swing
  19. Build an obstacle course
  20. Throw water balloons
  21. Run through a sprinkler
  22. Soak in a wading pool
  23. Have a squirt gun fight
  24. Start a game of tag
  25. Build a fort
  26. Watch ice cubes melt in the sun
  27. Trace your shadow
  28. Play hide and seek
  29. Pretend that you're camping
  30. Make music with things you find outside
  31. Pick up litter
  32. Plant a garden
  33. Ride bikes
  34. Start a car wash for bikes
  35. Read books outside
  36. Have a picnic
  37. Make up your own game
  38. Start an outdoor dance party
  39. Fly kites
  40. Put together a bike parade
  41. Go for a walk
  42. Listen to birds
  43. Create your own relay races
  44. Do crayon rubbings
  45. Take a hike
  46. Go on a scavenger hunt
  47. Start a rock collection
  48. Jump in puddles
  49. Play with a parachute
  50. Fly paper airplanes
Now you're sure to have a response every time a child tells you that they are bored!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Freebie - Ultimate packing list

Happy Friday! I am currently on vacation, so I thought I'd share something a little different this Friday.  Those of you who have followed Preschool Ponderings for some time are well aware that I have a passion for all things organization. It should come as no surprise that I am known as the master of the packing list, but I may have found a freebie that challenges even my own list - this packing list freebie is from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.  If you don't have a love for packing like I do, then this list is going to be your best friend! Go download yours and have a wonderful weekend!