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Indoor Activity Ideas for a Preschooler

Whether the weather is uninviting, someone feels out of sorts, or it’s an inside play day, mommies sometimes need a “go-to” for an activity. I’m creating a jar of activity sticks, and they’ll be simple: craft sticks with a different activity handwritten on each stick.

Here is my list, a work in progress, that is primarily geared towards preschoolers. What would you add to it?

Activity Sticks Ideas:

  • ABC Mouse (online subscription)
  • Bake together
  • Bath time / Water play
  • Bean bag toss
  • Beans box
  • Blocks
  • Build a fort
  • Candy Land
  • Color Wonder
  • Connect Four
  • Crayons
  • Dance
  • Dolls
  • Dominoes
  • Hopping
  • Hopscotch (on porch or painter’s tape on the kitchen floor)
  • I Spy – books, pictures, in the house
  • Jumping jacks
  • Letter craft
  • Memory game
  • Movie and popcorn
  • Musical instruments bag
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Ornaments
  • Painting, watercolors
  • Paper hats
  • Piano time
  • Picnic inside
  • Play store (cash register, make play money)
  • Play-doh
  • Puppets, paper bag
  • Puzzles
  • Read stories
  • Sing silly songs
  • Stickers
  • Sun catchers
  • Tape, double-stick (art collage, etc)
  • Tape, masking
  • “Tinker” box (random collection of stuff)
  • Treasure hunt
  • You Tube (songs, nursery rhymes, animals)

I have a  Pinterest board with many indoor activities. Please share what activities your little ones enjoy! 🙂


Book Review ~ The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival

Ah, the joy of autumn: crisp leaves, bright colors, fall festivals, and more. It’s something I look forward to annually, so I requested a copy of The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain to review.




Full of colorful pictures depicting the beauty and fun of fall, the Bear Family attend the gathering at Farmer Ben’s where they enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, a hayride, and meal while giving thanks for the harvest and their blessings. Our 4-year-old son enjoyed the story and asked if we could “do that too” as the children picked apples and more.

Recommended for ages 4-8, I would say ages 4-6 as the story is nice but light. It is a good addition to seasonal readings and focusing on being grateful to God for the firstfruits and blessings of the day, but it isn’t a story I would add to our personal library to read often. The end of the book includes three questions to discuss and two activity suggestions.

In exchange for my honest review, I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Book Look Bloggers program.

3 out of 5 stars



Two Years

April 8th used to be another day on the calendar to me. It was the day after my Grandma’s birthday, but held no other significance — until two years ago.
In 2012, April 8th was Easter, the day my “Cute Little Mama” moved on Home, and my “new normal” began.
My Dad has a healthy perspective to recognize her passing on Easter and not concern himself as much with the exact date. And, really, what better day than Easter? I agree, but my mind and heart hold 2 days since Easter changes annually.

I will not dwell here today on how much I miss her. Instead, in honoring her memory, I will share Part 2 of my list of things I’m thankful for about my mom. (You can read Part 1 here.)

Dear Mom,

Thank you for:

  • being excited about my surprise visits
  • raising me to help others
  • raising me to notice when others may need help
  • teaching me manners and expecting me to use them
  • teaching by words and example of how to be a lady
  • taking me to the library and encouraging my love of reading
  • attending ceremonies for all the important things and making me feel special for what I earned
  • celebrating my birthday every year…even in my 30s, offering to order pizza
  • being so excited when I told you I was getting married
  • helping me choose my wedding gown
  • taking me to Girl Scouts and helping me earn my badges
  • sewing clothes for me
  • giving me your opinion, upon request, knowing I’d probably choose the opposite
  • letting me go to Grandma’s for 5 summers in a row, across the ocean and then the U.S.A.
  • telling me stories
  • listening
  • being overjoyed of my pregnancy and first holding your grandson
  • thinking of us and buying goodies
  • Christmas traditions
  • telling me you threw Gone with the Wind across the room when you finished it. (That freed me to do the same with a few, too.)

I love you, Mom. ❤


Fluttering wings, delicate landings, pretty colors – those are three things that came to mind about butterflies until a year and a half ago. I’ve always liked them, but they’re even more special now.

I started noticing many butterflies around me. It was April, so spring was here, and butterflies were expected. The number of butterflies, how often they arrived, and that they stayed with me (and us) represented something much more: Mom was sending butterflies. She had passed on earlier that month, but she made (and makes) her presence known through butterflies.

There are many stories I could tell, but this one is the most recent.

Two dear friends surprised me this Christmas with unexpected, touching gifts. At different times they presented me with a thoughtful keepsake I never considered looking for and purchasing: a butterfly ornament for our Christmas tree. They are lovely and touching. One is a deep purple, which is my favorite color. The other has many colors, but mainly turquoise, which was Mom’s favorite color. The fact that Christmas was Mom’s favorite holiday adds to the sentiment.

I cannot look at the ornaments without tearing up, but I’m thankful for the ladies who chose to unexpectedly gift me with them.

Dear Mom, Thank you for ___, Part 1

mom and hearts

As many of you know, my dear, sweet, cute little mama passed on in April 2012. She was my best friend, and I miss her every day.  Being in the middle of the holidays is especially difficult as Christmas was her favorite time of year. The missing is getting easier in that it’s not constantly raw, but sometimes the reality of my “new normal” slaps me in the face.  I took some time the other evening and wrote a list of memories and things she did for which I am thankful. Here is part of the list in no particular order.

Thank you, Mom, for:

  • loving me
  • mothering me
  • choosing to be a homemaker
  • letting me be myself
  • encouraging me
  • believing in me
  • trusting me
  • being my best friend, especially as an adult
  • telling me “no”
  • letting me share your bed when Dad traveled, even though I probably hogged the covers
  • teaching me how to put together jigsaw puzzles
  • teaching me how to play Mah Jongg
  • enjoying margaritas, red wine, and strawberry shortcake
  • being a good cook
  • teaching me to cook
  • showing love
  • believing in the inherent goodness of people
  • praying
  • being patient with me
  • understanding my emotions
  • hugs
  • kisses
  • laughter
  • quiet
  • reading alone and together
  • taking me to piano lessons every week for years and treating me to a Blizzard on the way
  • being happy to hear my voice when I called you

More of this list to come at a later time . . .

(Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)