Invitation to Play: Halloween Sand Play

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 6:40pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Halloween Invitation to Play

Today I created my first Invitation to Play.  You may be wondering, what is an invitation to play? Pop on over here, Anna, a blogger at The Imagination Tree, has an amazing post about it. 

If you don’t have time to read the entire post, basically an invitation to play is “a little set up of play materials for your child to come and discover and play with in any way they choose.” (Anna ,

What you need:

·      Black sand

Cute Multi-Media Initial Cavas Craft for Kids

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 12:11pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

This summer my girls and I have been adding little "extras" to their room decor including an art display board my handy husband created, adding 3-D butterflies and flowers to their focus wall, dance photos (finally) in frames and hung, and a shelf each to display their sculptures, pottery, canvases and other special treasures. I am trying to teach my girls to take pride in their room and their creations in the hopes this will entice them to clean their room everyday without having to go into nagging mommy mode. 

DIY Wooden Spoon Puppets for Kids

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 7:57pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Each month my girls excitedly wait for their new Chirp and Chickadee Magazines. Did you get those as a kid? I remember getting mine in the mail and devouring the articles on science, nature, memorizing the goofy jokes and ogling over the monthly craft projects (and begging my mom to help me complete it). My girls go through the same giddiness when their magazines arrive each month.

This month’s craft project was Wooden Spoon Puppets. It was the first thing the girls showed me, followed by “When can we make some of our own Mama?”

DIY Sensory I Spy Bottles for Kids

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 6:17pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

I Spy was one of my favorite "quiet" games when I was a child. It was the perfect anytime, anywhere game. I remember playing it our living room, in the backyard, in the car, at the playground, EVERYWHERE! My brother and I would always try to find new ways of making the game more and more challenging the older we got. No matter where we traveled our eyes could always find something new and exciting to spy.

When I started my teaching career I remember finding a the Find It! game at a teacher's supply store. It was a large clear bottle full of colorful beads and many small treasures hidden inside. The bottle came with a card that showed a picture of all the treasures that were hidden inside. I desperately wanted one of these bottles for my pre-kindergarten class but as a first year teacher with limited budget for my inner city classroom I just could not justify spending $50 on one game (no matter how awesome I thought it was). Now you can pruchase these games for about half the price but if you are crafty and frugral like me you can make your own for much less!  

1st Birthday Party Activity Ideas

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 12:20pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

1st Birthdays are a huge milestone for birthday child and parents like! I often (half) joke with my clients that the 1st Birthday party is really a chance for parents to say "Hooray! We survived!". Whether you are planning a small gathering or a large fiesta for your extended circle of friends and family here are some fun activity ideas that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages!

Baby Safe Finger Painting (recipe via Tinkerlab

How to Melt Old, Stubby Crayons into “NEW” Crayons & Why We Love Colouring

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 9:25pm -- Mel Gibb

If your house is anything like ours, then somewhere in it there is a huge container of crayons. These crayons have been acquired over the years from restaurants, birthday parties, school supplies, gifts, and the likes. And, if you’re fanatical about crayons, like I am, you’ve purchased the 120 pack with macaroni & cheese, timberwolf, asparagus, tickle me pink, and wisteria in it. In our container with these new whimsical colours are the crayons that date back to when I was using them as a child. Many of them are broken into bits and pieces that most would say are no longer of useful. However, with a bit of creativity, Eleanor, my 16 month old, and I turned these old crayons into new treasures.

DIY "I Spy" Sensory Bags

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 9:32pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

At then end of each session of Intellidance™ Babies I put together a sensory play class. During this class I set up different stations around the studio that allow the caregivers and babies a chance to discover, explore and play with a variety of materials. My stand bys are finger painting, tunnels, vestibular tops, ball pit, instruments, sensory balls, and puppets. Each session I also try to include something new. When I found this DIY Sensory Bag on Pinterest I knew I had my new station!

Simple Tie Dye using Sharpies

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 6:01pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

On Friday afternoon Bria and I spent 3 hours making 10 of these shirts:

My five-year-old Creative Jazz students are being fireworks for the year end concert at J'Adore Dance. I love this class! They are little spitfires full of energy and creativity who always make me smile. They are dancing to Katy Perry's "Firework" because I love the message of letting your inner light shine! I found the tutus below back in January but needed shirts to complete their outfits. 

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