apple stamp art

Hello friends,

     Have you been apple picking yet this season? My grandma happens to have apple trees in her yard! We have been lucky enough to have (basically) unlimited access to apples this season! I have the perfect activity for apple abundance. If there are no apples to spare, just use the apple ends that nobody will eat anyways. I often find use of our scraps. I use them for Saylors sensory when it applies to the current lesson. 

     Saylor used his fine motor skills and hand eye coordination to create apple inspired art! I encouraged him to stamp apples on his paper using green and red paint. I would have included yellow too, but we were all out! 

     You’ll see that he decided to turn it into a little finger painting session as well, so we rolled with it! That’s just what you have to do with the little one activities!  He is pretty young still and learning structure as we go. Doing little lessons like this now will make it easier for him to follow instruction later, when he has the focus to go with it.

     I talked about colors, shapes, sizes, and textures out loud while Saylor created his art. I also encouraged him to count the apple slices on the paper. (of course he can’t count yet- however, he can begin to recognize numbers as separate beings/begin to listen to their patterns.)

     This activity is easy to put together- and didn’t require a trip to the craft store! Even the kitten joined in!
Alright, time for a cliche mama coffee break. Enjoying your remaining week!



Fall Sensory Bottles

Hello friends,

    Today I made sensory bottles for Saylor. He absolutely loves them! I have made many sensory bottles, but this container has to be my favorite! It’s a good size, easy lids, and durable! If you’ve ever been around a one year old you’ll know that ‘durable’ is very important, ha!

     I make sensory bottles so Saylor can observe items that I don’t want ending up in his mouth. I write on the sensory bottles to display each item as a word. Although Saylor obviously can’t read, he can observe words as separate beings with various letters. He is able to observe shapes of letters and patterns in each word. I make sure to communicate about the items in the jar on a daily basis. “What color is in the jar?” “What does this sound like?” “Big Leaves!” “Little leaves!” Etc. Repetition is so helpful- just a little bit every day will help with developmental connections! 

Sensory Bottles

You Will Need

•Empty peanut butter jars or Wowbutter jars for my no nuts friends

•Spray Paint (optional for fashion reasons)

•Items of your choice for the jars


• Sharpie Marker

See! Easy Peasy! I will reuse my jars for different items in the future. Whatever is related to our lesson at the time. I recommend a little glue under the lid with liquid filled jars. Just in case!! 

Until next time, 


Vegetable Finger Paint

Hey there!

I’m so sorry for my lengthy hiatus. (for the maybe three people who follow my blog or at least creep at it from social media outlets) Our family recently moved from Columbus Ohio back to Fort Wayne Indiana. I have been busy adjusting and taking care of our general information changes such as mail,doctors,dentists, etc while also making time to visit the zillion people who want to see us since our return. It seems like things are finally starting to settle down again now that we have given everyone their initial visit. So back to business!

I have my in home childcare plan all ready and will hopefully get to put it into action as soon as we find a house. Until then I am solely a stay at home mama which has been my favorite task yet! I have recently started putting lesson plans into place to help me get in a routine. Saylor is a solo student for the time being but I want to be in the habit of lesson planning before I accept outside kids. This week we are learning about gardens,planting, and growing in hopes that spring will soon be here! 🙂

Teaching about gardens is one of my favorite topics for younger kids. It not only provides tools for growing wonderful fruits, vegetables, and plants but also helps them build so many other lifelong skills. Gardening teaches to spend time caring for something outside of yourself from an early age. It teaches the importance of offering your time,care, and patience to see growth. This is such an important lesson that they may not comprehend immediately but having the experience will make connecting the dots so much easier later in life. Gardening will also provide them will skills in science and knowledge about the earth. I don’t know about you but I am thankful for our earth and I would like to keep it a livable place for a long while! Teaching kids at a young age about caring for our earth is so beneficial in the long run.

Saylor will be 8 months in two days so his lesson plans are still pretty basic. Here is the painting activity we did today. I placed contact paper on the floor and provided various colors of paint. I also placed Saylor’s plastic vegetables on the contact paper and let him do free painting while using the veggies as tools. If you don’t have plastic vegetables you can use fresh vegetables of any kind. Since we have plastic vegetables I have quite the variety for his art. SPOILER ALERT: Get clean up tools ready before you even start this project. When the contact paper dries you can create adorable sun catchers for the window.

Encourage your kids to observe the colors,mixing,textures,shapes,etc during this art project. When the sun catchers are finished you can continue encouraging kids to observe colors, shapes,lines,etc.