Easter | Spring Sensory Bins in a DIY Sand & Water Table

Easter/Spring sensory bins in a DIY sand/water table @ jaxinthebox.com I think spring has finally sprung. Not only is Easter around the corner, but the snow has melted here in Southern Wisconsin and green blades of grass are trying to muscle their way through the hay-like mat of sod in my backyard. My head is swimming with visions of fun outdoor summer activities. While it’s still too cold to put our DIY sand & water table to use, I’ve prepped some sweet Easter and spring-themed sensory bins (more…)


We were on TV talking about how to save money on family vacations!

I really enjoy the folks at Fox6 Real Milwaukee and am always excited to return and share family-friendly tips and tricks. Just in time for spring break and summer vacation, last week I shared my strategies for vacationing on a shoestring budget. If you missed that blog post, you can find all the details here: Vacation on a Shoestring: Part 2.

Click the picture below to view the video of the television segment (or just click here: Fox6 segment). Enjoy!

Jessica Lahner, Ph.D. from jaxinthebox.com talks about strategies for saving money (and staying sane!) on your next family vacation.

And make sure to enter to win this sweet Petunia Pickle Bottom Cross Town Clutch! The giveaway ends this Wednesday, April 9th! Click the picture below (or here: giveaway) to learn how to enter — it’s painless I promise!

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See what fun, DYI activities I demonstrated on TV that you can do at home!

A few weeks back, I published a series of posts on preparing your child for kindergarten. In WI, like in many other states, the educational standards are being raised. This means our kids are expected to know more than just how to tie a shoe and stand in line when they enter the doors of their 5-year-old kindergarten class.

One of my favorite things (more…)

Teaching Pre-Kindergarten Skills: No Flashcards Required | Part 3. Handwriting

Preschool handwriting activities @ blog.jaxinthebox.com with extension activities.This is the third post in a 3-part series on early learning activities. See Part 1: Reading for three pre-reading activities and my thoughts on how to use these learning games. See Part 2: Math for two hands-on math activities great for kids ages 2-4.


Teaching Pre-Kindergarten Skills: No Flashcards Required | Part 2. Math

Hands-on preschool activities @ blog.jaxinthebox.comThis post is Part 2 of a 3-part series on fun, early learning activities you and your kiddo can do together at home. See [Part 1. Reading] for my philosophy on when and how to introduce these games and why I think it’s important (in moderation of course — just like chocolate). And Part 3: Handwriting suggests three creative ideas for early handwriting practice.

Here are two of our favorite math activities. (more…)