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Shape Making with Simple Geometric Patterns! So simple! So Imaginative!

Geometric Tiles

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Inspired by the Shape Maker blocks, I created my own simple, geometric tiles! We are having so much with these!20161214_162004

20161213_221845This link contains the instructions on how I make my Craft Foam tiles.

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Here is a link to the PDF! Enjoy your free shape making tiles printable!

DIY Homemade My LIttle Pony Memory Game – 4 Levels of Difficulty Built In!

My Little Pony Memory Game Free Printable

This year, it is all about homemade Christmas gifts.  Also, to make high quality presents on the cheap that are flexible and are usable across a wide age range.

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DIy Homemade My Little Pony Guess Who Game – 4 levels of Difficulty!

Guess Who! My Little Pony Level 1 Game Play Guess Who

Free Printable for a DIY Homemade Guess Who Game

I found the original Guess Who to be a bit on the Caucasian side.  So, I made my own very diverse group of characters with My Little Pony!

Free Printable PDF Template Guess Who Game My Little Pony


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Free Printable PDF Template Guess Who Game My Little Pony

DIY PVC Pipe Fort Construction Set

PVC Pipe House

I wanted to give a versatile birthday gift that was original, made with love, and inspired imaginative play. With much research, I landed on the 1/2″ PVC pipe construction set idea. It is perfect for indoor fort building during the winter as well as water or sand play in the summer. We have made extra long telephones around the playset. The boys make swords. The girls make wands. One child even made a cube as a walking toy for my little one.

I purchased various pipe fittings and color coded them with a Sharpie Permanent marker. I cut 1/2″ pipe into 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 centimeter increments. The pipe lengths were color coded by length using electrical tape. Eventually, we will use them for learning equivalent fractions. With a handy dandy pipe cutter, a baby asleep in the car seat and my oldest in nature class, I turned the trunk of my mini-van into a toy production workshop. It only took a few days to get enough pieces cut for both my child and the birthday gift.

Sewn Felt Mail Bag and Envelopes

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The time had come to begin practicing actual handwriting. So, our first go at it was by writing the names of family on the Felt Envelopes with fabric paint. Playing “Mal Carrier” was a great way to teach her our address too. p1180194