Camping Hunt Preschool Activity and Backyard Campout Ideas

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. All opinions are my own.

Backyard Campout Ideas for Familes

I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge camper. Since being married, we have camped annually at a family reunion and that has been about the extent of my camping adventures for the past eight years. Last summer, we wanted to try camping in our backyard before family reunion came around so that our four year old could get used to the idea of sleeping in a tent. Family reunion was her first real camping experience and we wanted to be totally prepared for it. I have heard of people taking their camp trailers to camping locations close to their home for the first time each season as kind of a trial run for the year. I loved that idea! It is a great way to make sure you have everything you will need when the time comes to actually go camping.

Backyard camping is the perfect solution for our family right now. We are still a pretty young family and are still getting the hang of things in the camping world. Since our first backyard campout, it has become a favorite of ours. There are a few things that can make backyard camping special. [Read more…]

Home Preschool Ideas and ABC Printable

When we moved in September, we had promised Harper that she could go to preschool when we lived at our new house. She was so excited! During one of Dave’s interviews, we went and toured two preschools that we were considering. Unfortunately, neither of them worked out because of price and distance from our house. Every other preschool was already full. We came way too late in the game and I was left with a devastated three year old who just wanted to go to preschool.

We already were doing a few little things at home to help her learn some of the things she would learn in preschool, but I knew that I needed to have more structure than that since she wouldn’t be getting traditional preschool right away. I had no plans of home schooling and I wouldn’t even call what we have been doing “home school”. We have just simply added “preschool activity” to her chore chart so that we are all held accountable for getting in some sort of preschool activity each day. I have seen her develop a lot overtime and I am so glad that I didn’t put off the learning until she could go to traditional preschool. She will be going to preschool this Fall and she will be very prepared to learn even more.

I just wanted to share a few home preschool ideas so that if you are in the same boat as me and just want to make sure your child is getting some education at home, you can use these ideas!

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Autumn Scavenger Hunt Preschool Activity

 

By now, you have probably noticed that we really love doing simple scavenger hunts around here! I think they are a great way to let toddlers and preschool aged children take a moment to really pay attention to the world around them. My daughter loves doing hunts with me, so I continue to make them for each season. It is another reason for us to go “hunting” together! These are perfect for preschool or joy school settings as well.

To add to the collection, now there is an Autumn Scavenger Hunt!

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Halloween Hunt Preschool Printable

I never really realized how much I love Halloween since I became an adult. I LOVE Halloween! Here is the funny part… I HATE being scared. I don’t love haunted houses and absolutely hate scary movies. That isn’t what I love about Halloween though. I love the changing seasons, the home decor that gets to come out, the costumes, and the fun little traditions that come along with Halloween. One thing that I absolutely love about the Halloween season are all of the fabulous Halloween ideas that show up on blogs. One of my favorite places to go for Halloween ideas is Cupcake Diaries. She does an awesome Halloween series each year and I am always blown away with the awesome ideas that people have each year!

30 Days of Halloween on Cupcake Diaries

I was invited to share a Halloween idea as part of the Cupcake Diaries 30 Days of Halloween and I am so excited to bring you my next preschool printable activity…

A Halloween Hunt Preschool Printable!

Halloween Hunt Preschool Free Printable

If you have followed my blog for a while, you have probably seen that we love to do preschool hunts around these parts. I have [Read more…]

Preschool Back to School Style

I cannot believe that I have a child who is old enough to be in preschool. We aren’t exactly sure what we are going to be doing for preschool yet. We aren’t sure if we will be living in this area still, if we will have our daughter attend a traditional preschool, or if we will be joining a joy school type environment. There are so many options out there! I do know that no matter what we will end up doing, I want her to feel prepared and feel confident about starting her journey as a student.

I think a major part about feeling confident as a student, is how you feel in your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean your kids need to be in designer clothing, but I do believe that if you feel good in your clothing, you act more confidently. That’s why I am sure to hit up all of the great sales to get some pieces that will transition nicely from season to season and can be worn to preschool and to play in. [Read more…]

Summertime Finger Painting Ideas

Now that summer is officially upon us, kids seem to think they need to be busy all of the time! My daughter is 3 years old and even though she isn’t on a summer break from a normal school routine like a lot of kids are, she still seems to get the summer boredom. That is so hard on moms! I love to let her play outside, but sometimes it is too hot to play outside.

I like to have a few backup activities that can be done inside on the days that are too hot to go outside. One of these activities is finger painting! I feel like finger painting is something that children of many ages can enjoy. It brings a whole new level of creativity for kids when they can get their hands dirty! To stick with a summer theme, I came up with two different summer finger painting ideas that are pictures your kids can create.

Summertime Finger Painting Ideas on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Teaching Computer Skills to Preschoolers

This post is sponsored by HP Sprout. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My mom used to be a teacher’s aid in a developmental preschool class. I would substitute teach in the class every once and a while and I was always in awe of just how much children that age can learn and how eager they are to learn more! Now that I have a preschool aged child of my own, I am even more in awe because I am able to see her learn and grow each and every day. One thing she absolutely loves to try is to use the computer. With both of her parents working on the computer a lot, she is bound to have some interest in technology too! I think it is really important to let your kids discover the computer at an early age. It helps develop fine motor skills, they learn to problem solve, and they will be able to adjust to new technology as it is introduced throughout their lives. Thankfully, I have a husband who is a certified teacher and currently is a technology coach for teachers. He has really helped me teach our daughter computer skills that are just right for her age. You can teach computer skills to preschoolers too!

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Summer Hunt Preschool Activity

This post is sponsored by HP Instant Ink. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I remember when my family got our first printer. It was really big and we had to use the printer paper with the holes in the sides of it that were all connected together in order to use it. The thing I remember most about it was how loud it was! It was loud and it seemed to take forever to print anything in black and white. Printers have come a long way since then. I love having the ability to print in color, at my house, without fancy paper, and in seconds! Technology is a beautiful thing! The only thing that has kept me from printing a lot of the things I would like to is the ink. I hate going to the store to buy more ink! It is an unexpected expense that I seem to have to make a special trip to the store for. There have been numerous times that I have wanted to print something, but decided against it because it would use too much ink. Have you ever found yourself saying things that you know that your own mother said word for word? I remember my mom telling me I couldn’t print something because it would use too much ink. These exact words seem to escape from my lips every, single day with my daughter.

Well, guess what? I will NEVER run out of ink again and it is a beautiful thing! HP Instant Ink is a program that HP created that you can sign up for and your printer can instantly tell HP when it is running low on ink. The ink shows up on your doorstep and you don’t ever even have to order the ink. It saves you up to 50% on ink and saves you a trip to the store!

HP Instant Ink Delivery on www.girllovesglam.com

Watch the video all about our HP Instant Ink journey and how it will change everything for us now that we will never run out of ink.

To celebrate the ability to print out whatever we want, I made a fun summer hunt preschool activity printable!

Summer Hunt Preschool Activity Printable on www.girllovesglam.com

I don’t have to tell my daughter that printing out activities would take too much ink anymore! She has loved printing out her games that she plays online and I have loved printing off different preschool activities for us to do together, like this summer hunt.

Get your own summer hunt printable [Read more…]

Color Hunt Outdoor Preschool Game Printable

Color Hunt Outdoor Preschool Game Activity Printable

I created my color hunt preschool activity and had fun in the sun with Banana Boat as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #BestSummerEver

Color Hunt Preschool with Free Printable on www.girllovesglam.com

I love finding fun activities that can be turned into something that is educational too. My three year old is at a pretty crucial age for learning. Thankfully I have an awesome teacher husband who can give me suggestions of different preschool activities I can do with our daughter each day that will be best for her particular stage. He mentioned that having activities where preschool aged children can match up different things and solve simple puzzles is great. He suggested doing some sort of preschool scavenger hunt with her where we could implement colors too. That is where the color hunt preschool game printable was born! [Read more…]

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Details and Free Printables

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It is hard to believe that my little girl is finally three years old. She is sassy and full of life and is so ready to take on the big 3! To celebrate her birthday, we had a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party! This little girl loves everything Minnie Mouse. I hope that by sharing some of the fun details about her Minnie Mouse birthday party, it can inspire you when you are planning a Minnie Mouse party of your own!

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