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When we took our trip in January to Neuschwanstein Castle on the way down to Garmisch, we were amazed at the gorgeous 19th century art and architecture we encountered. Floor to ceiling paintings decorated the walls, impressive woodwork amazed us throughout, but it was the throne room floor that really took our breath away. The entire floor is paved in tiny mosaic tiles depicting all sorts of animals... Imagine how many tiles it took to fill that space! It was so beautiful that I knew we had to do a follow up activity and make our own mosaics, and why not make our own salt dough tiles while we're at it!

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I've been wanting to play with powdered paint for awhile, there are so many cool activities you can do with it! So, when I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and discovered you can make it out of crushed chalk, I knew I had found my next project! From Amazon, powdered tempera paint will run you almost $50 with shipping, this method costs $5!

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While things haven't gone quite as we had hoped when we moved in to a small village in Germany, we still love the area. And, before we move due to the lack of social opportunities for the kids and I, I wanted to capture the picturesque area around us with an art project that the kids could do. We made a map of the area around our house out of washi tape and liquid watercolors and it turned out pretty beautiful, just like our little village!

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My grandma had a rotary phone in her house growing up. I remember playing with it; I maybe have even used it to make a call once. That was 20 some odd years ago.

Watch as some kids today try to figure out what a rotary phone is, and how to text on it. I chuckled.

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I don't see the appeal, but for some reason, whenever I ask Aurora what her favorite animal is she tells me it's a pig. I remember when we visited Nebraska a few years ago and went to the county fair, we toured the livestock barns and when we got to the pigs she burst in to terrified tears! After such a traumatic first meet n' greet, I'm a little surprised that piggies were her pick, but she's been unwavering in her animal favoritism for the past several months! Because I knew she would be ecstatic about it, and because it's finally feeling like spring this week, I threw together a farm sensory bin for the kids to play with this morning.

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Tomorrow is national pancake day! Normally, I don't go all out for silly holidays, but we're talking about pancakes here. There is nothing silly about cake that is socially acceptable to eat for breakfast! I first found the recipe on the Kids Activity Blog, but have seen variations that include all sorts of different ingredients, so pretty much anything goes!

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With Dr. Seuss's birthday coming up this weekend, I was super excited to come up with a project to honor his creative brilliance. The kids both love his books, Gray is a huge supporter of Go Dogs Go and Aurora loves The Lorax (probably because the movie is on Netflix)! We've painted ourselves with colored pudding before, and that was fun, but the colors weren't very strong, so I wanted to find a recipe that produced vibrant colors and was non-toxic.

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Fight Cabin Fever: Take a Hike at Fontenelle Forest

The end of winter is in sight! We've fought cabin fever at Fontenelle with Family Sundays, Snow Shoeing, Clubs and Mud Pies, but one of our favorite cabin fever relievers is the wonderfully simple, going for a walk.

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Join us for Hands-on-Habitat

This year, the first days of spring at Fontenelle Forest will bring more than nice weather – they also mark the kick-off of a brand new program called Hands-on-Habitat, designed especially for children ages 0-5 years old and their parents. 

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Earlier this week, my preschooler and I made these awesome alphabet magnets out of perler beads. They're so cute and functional, I've been dreaming up lots of ways for us to use them in our play! This morning we decided to submerge them in a bin of water and gravel and go fishing!

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We've been dreaming about summer, running through the sprinkler, road trips to the beach, and lots of lazy days at the pool. Can you tell we love water? Since it's too cold for those activities yet, I've been trying to come up with lots of water play ideas for the kids and our daily tot trays have been quite the source of inspiration! Most days I set up some sort of learning activity for each kid on their own tray that they can play with by themselves. This allows me to get a few chores done in the morning without the kids underfoot, and they're happily engaged at the same time! 

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I'm always amazed by the myriad of preschool skills that are involved in creating any one project. What started off as a simple suggestion from my (almost) four year old to play with the perler beads turned in to an epic craft! Fine motor skills were used, the color spectrum and alphabet were practiced, life skills were learned. All in all, it was quite the crafting journey for my preschoolers this morning!

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Fight Cabin Fever: Mmm! Mud Pies! Served up by Fontenelle Forest

How's that Cabin Fever? Still need some opportunities to fight it? Fontenelle Forest has a great activity for preschoolers and their parents or guardians to try their hand at creating some scrumptious fun.

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We've been having fun with lots of different artistic science experiments lately, and this beautiful marbled milk experiment is no exception! I first remember doing this for an elementary school science fair, so long before the days of Pinterest this fun activity has been amazing kids! With only three ingredients involved, this is a great winter boredom buster with a few learning objectives thrown in to boot!

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We've been having fun with lots of different artistic science experiments lately, and this beautiful marbled milk experiment is no exception! I first remember doing this for an elementary school science fair, so long before the days of Pinterest this fun activity has been amazing kids! With only three ingredients involved, this is a great winter boredom buster with a few learning objectives thrown in to boot!

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