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Put on a Puppet Show!

Put on a Puppet Show!

Pretend play is important for kids. It encourages creativity and imagination, as well as critical developmental skills. At our house, I try to do my best to encourage creativity and imagination at every turn. We have a designated area for art and crafting with plenty...
Printable: Dress Up Cow

Printable: Dress Up Cow

Time for some giggles! This dress up cow printable is udderly fa-bull-ous! There are two different outfits for moo-velous designer fun! Download and print out several cows so your little one can mix and match and create different looks! If cut in advance, this is a...
Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

I love getting my kids outside! They get exercise, the house stays cleaner, and they rarely argue! Here are some of my favorite ways to keep kids busy and active outdoors! 1. Channel classic games: My kids really enjoy Paddle Tether Ball. We also play kick ball,...
Bowling Up a Strong Core

Bowling Up a Strong Core

Bowling is a great activity for kids, and ALEX’s Wacky Bowling Set makes it extra fun. The baby bowling set is for kids 18 months and older and includes 6 wacky pins and two colorful balls. My daughter loves the different monster faces! The pins come apart so kids can...

Pretend Play: Fun Kitchen Learning

We recently traded our large plastic play kitchen in for this adorable wooden play kitchen. We paired it with a play cooking set and baking set for lots of pretend play.  My husband is thrilled with the smaller footprint, and my kids adore it! They actually use it a...
Five Easy Games You Can Play with Bubbles

Five Easy Games You Can Play with Bubbles

Everyone in our house is getting excited for summer, and anxiously awaiting the warm weather that’s on its way.  In anticipation, the kids and I have been planning some outdoor play with bubbles! Kids young and old never tire of playing with bubbles. Popping them,...
Make Your Own Carnvial at Home

Make Your Own Carnvial at Home

What better way to entertain your kids for the day than a carnival?  But instead of spending tons of money, we decided to get creative and make our own carnival at home. To get started, we made a costume for daddy to wear as he ran all of our carnival games, which...
Printable: Bottle Cap Bugs

Printable: Bottle Cap Bugs

Between all the BBQ’s and thirsty kids running around this summer, don’t let all those empty bottles caps go to waste! Recycled materials make great craft supplies. Turn those bottle caps into cute little bugs and have a leaf party! Mix and match to create...
Teaching Preschoolers Good Hygiene

Teaching Preschoolers Good Hygiene

My youngest child just turned four years old, and has embarked on a new journey of independence. It’s been happening for quite some time, but I noticed an increase right around his birthday. All of a sudden, he doesn’t need my help doing all sorts of things that I...
Creative Ways to Play Traditional Games

Creative Ways to Play Traditional Games

My six-year-old, four-year-old, and three-year-old mastered color matching quite a while ago, but they still really enjoy putting together the color matching focused button art game from ALEX. Since it’s fairly easy for them at their ages, they’ve gotten...
The Benefits of Baking For Kids

The Benefits of Baking For Kids

My daughter recently found a new passion – baking cupcakes.  The benefits of children baking in the kitchen surprised me. I noticed that the process of figuring out a recipe and making it all by herself gave my daughter: –  a sense of accomplishment – ...
Teaching Kids Independence

Teaching Kids Independence

I’ve been thinking a lot about teaching kids independence lately. With four children aged seven and under, I need my children to be as self-sufficient as possible – and I know that they are happier being able to do more on their own as well. I’ve learned that we have...
Recipe for Success…and Sidewalk Paint

Recipe for Success…and Sidewalk Paint

ALEX’s Kid Concoctions book titled Weird Wacky & Wild Stuff You Can Make At Home! is filled with all sorts of easy-to-make at-home concoctions. Things like slime, paints, play dough, toys and more that kids can make on their own using everyday household...
5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

5 Ways Babies Learn with Building Blocks

Sometimes the simplest toys are the most fun and educational. Classic wooden building blocks are no exception. But when we received our set of Maxville Blocks, we knew they were anything but ordinary. ALEX Toys took their wooden building blocks above and beyond the...
Monkeying Around

Monkeying Around

ALEX’s Monkey Balance Board is a therapist’s dream toy!  It’s perfect for working on your child’s gross motor skills, and, with a little creativity, it can keep the kids occupied for hours. The concept is pretty simple.  The child stands on the board with a foot on...
The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

My oldest daughter Emma loves crafts. She gets it from me, and usually I’m happy to help her – but, with three other (younger) children, I am always looking for fun craft kits that she can do on her own. When I saw the Patch A-Peel Purse, I knew it would be hit. I set...
Printable: Octopus Tube Craft

Printable: Octopus Tube Craft

Designed specifically for preschoolers, our kids activities are fun to make and play with afterwards. Check out our Octopus fun facts and games to add to your play time together after your Octopus is complete! In addition to our downloaded printable, you’ll...
Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

My Giant Paper Flowers is one of my all-time favorite ALEX products. It’s not just because it was one of the first products I helped create for ALEX, it’s because this one really has a wow factor. Take brightly colored tissue paper that’s been cut into whimsical...