Activities For Toddlers & Preschoolers

3 Fun Ways to Teach Color Mixing

3 Fun Ways to Teach Color Mixing

My four-year-old is very confident in his colors, so I’ve decided it’s time to start teaching him about color mixing. You know, color combinations like “blue + yellow = green” or “red + yellow = orange”. Learning colors is one thing, but teaching color combinations isn’t always as easy. When I described the concept of mixing colors to Luke and he looked at me like I was crazy I knew a hands-on approach would do the trick. Having taught my three oldest this concept years earlier, I had a few tricks up my sleeve. Here are three hands-on ways to teach color mixing, and make it fun! 1. Create... Read Post
Fun with Vegetable Stamping

Fun with Vegetable Stamping

Recently, I was gathering some art supplies to do a project with my four year old, Luke, and had an idea. Why not try something different today? I could tell that Luke was in a “messy” mood, and thought paints were the way to go. But what could we do that would be different from the usual painting activity? Then I remembered something I had seen years ago, but sadly had never tried – vegetable stamping! I pulled open the refrigerator and grabbed a green pepper. Then I snagged a couple of potatoes from the pantry and went to town creating some fun vegetable stamps. I made a potato stamp with... Read Post
5 Ocean Themed Crafts for Kids

5 Ocean Themed Crafts for Kids

Guess what the top family summer vacation destination is? The beach, of course! Countless families head to the beach each summer for their family vacation to enjoy the ocean, play in the sun, waves and sand. Given its popularity, I thought it would be fun to share some crafts for kids that are beach and ocean themed. They’re a great opportunity to get some crafting time in, as well as chat about your upcoming vacation or share favorite moments post-vacation! Here are five ocean themed crafts that will provide entertainment, a bit of education, and transport you to the beach! 1.... Read Post
Pretend Play with Dinosaurs

Pretend Play with Dinosaurs

Like most kids their age, my five-year-old and three-year-old adore dinosaurs! I think they enjoy the artistic license their extinction allows for! They can make their dinosaurs do absolutely anything, because – at the end of the day – there is a lot about dinosaurs that we just don’t know! They were thrilled to try out the new ALEX Toys 3D Dinoland! My five-year-old had no trouble following the instructions to build the dinosaurs: My three-year-old helped him find all the right pieces: They loved the 3D volcano, and spent some time playing just with it and the dinosaurs before building the... Read Post
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 mix n’ match and put together their own monster creations, which they love to do is and it’s great for their visual motor skills and bilateral coordination! As a bonus, the balls jingle, so it’s fun for even the youngest of kids! Bowling is exciting, entertaining, and a great for activity to reinforce eye-hand... Read Post
Using Tots Art Start to Foster Toddler Creativity

Using Tots Art Start to Foster Toddler Creativity

It’s sometimes hard to get all the way through an art project with a toddler.  My 2 ½ year old daughter is constantly bubbling over with excitement about wanting to do “a project”, but it’s not always easy to come up with something appropriate to her level of fine motor skills as well as something that can be done from start to finish in 15-20 minutes, or before she loses interest. Enter Tots Art Start kit from ALEX. In this box are the makings of 6 art activities – some shaped pieces of paper for decorating, a little baggie with some shredded paper for collaging, assorted tissue papers and... Read Post
ALEX and Scholastic Partner for Reading and Crafting Fun

ALEX and Scholastic Partner for Reading and Crafting Fun

Did you know that ALEX  has partnered with Scholastic in the launch of two books, Jungle Party and Moody Monsters? Written by children’s author, Jenne Simon with illustrations by ALEX, inspired by the Little Hands line, the books bring together the very best of the reading and crafting worlds for preschoolers aged 3+. Each book teaches children important kindergarten-ready skills through vibrant stories and fun, interactive toddler crafts that keep the learning and imagination going long after the book is finished! Jungle Party In this story, animals from far-off places come together in the... Read Post