Curb the Summer Boredom

I joined the hosts of Fox6’s Real Milwaukee this morning to talk about adding a bit of flexible structure to the lazy days of summer. The producers have not linked to the resources I mentioned yet, so I wanted to publish a quick post to so you have what you need at your fingertips!

Click here to view the segment.

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Here are the links that will help you get started creating your own summer sanity saver (aka: Summer Binder):

Review: Baby Jack & Co. Lovies

Blankie, lovie, tee tee (as my older sons called theirs), the soft, cuddly blankets to which small children become emotionally attached go by many names. They provide a sense of security when parents are away, keep monsters out of bedrooms at night, and are a natural and important part of childhood. (more…)

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…)

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.

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Rainbow Rice: Make colored rice without stinky alcohol.

Rainbow Rice without rubbing alcohol. blog.jaxinthebox.comRice is a great addition to sensory play. White rice is fun, but colored rice is definitely better!

I’ve been wanting to color our rice for a long time, but wasn’t sure I could stomach the stinky rubbing alcohol smell most recipes require. So when I saw that Jackie of Happy Hooligans (you know I love her!) had tried an alcohol-free method, I had to try it.

I used her recipe, but I’ll share some best practices I discovered while spicing up my rice. (more…)