The Mitten ~ Letter Mazes

The Mitten Letter Mazes

We love the book, The Mitten, by Jan Brett!  For the past couple of years I have created printables to go along with this awesome book. Don’t have the book?  You can read it online for free {currently} over at We Give Books!

You can see all printablesI have created based around this book below…

The Mitten Clip & Learn {beginning sounds}

The Mitten Read & Write the Room Cards

The Mitten Story Props

The Mitten Roll & Graph and Dot Fun

My friend Jolanthe also has a The Mitten Printable Pack, which we love too!

This year I decided to add a few letter mazes featuring the animals from the book.  You can download them for free below!

~>~>~> Download The Mitten Letter Mazes Here <~<~<~

More Winter Fun…



Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting Printables

Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting Printables

Here’s a new Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting set for you!  This set includes images in color and BW so you can choose.

{We have more in the following themes also ~ {Noah’s Ark, Tinkerbell, Despicable Me, Lalaloopsy, Sofia the First, Mouse Paint, ABC, 123, Nativity, Christmas Fun, Thanksgiving}.

~>~>~> Download Winter Clothing Q-Tip painting here! <~<~<~


More Winter Fun…

Winter Theme Pinterest Board

Winter Theme Collection

Just Color! ~ Winter Fun

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Winter Fun Coloring set! This set features penguins, kids having fun in the snow, winter clothing, and winter sports!

Winter Coloring Printables

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

We also have 1 other Winter Coloring set…

Just Color Winters


Looking for more Winter Theme fun?

Winter Theme Pinterest Board

Winter Theme Collection

Snowball Bath Time {from the mom who doesn’t really like bath time}

Snowballs in the bath

It wasn’t well thought out, it wasn’t planned ahead, it was a spur of the moment idea that turned into a super fun time for my girl.  Seriously I am usually the bath mom who just tries to get it DONE as quickly as possible, I don’t really like bath time. But, the idea hit me so I went with it, instead of doing my normal hurry up routine.

It went something like this…

“Hey L, we’re going to take a bath now.”

{whine, whine, whine}

I think quickly and notice our winter sensory bin,

“Hey, we could choose some things from your bin that could go in the bath and add some white shaving cream and have a winter bath!”

{suddenly the bath isn’t such a bad idea and she gets excited}

We grabbed ping pong balls and a small snowman and headed upstairs.  As we were getting ready she asked for her ABCs so we spelled out the word WINTER at her request {I suggested SNOW, she didn’t want that word}.

I added bubbles and then we threw in the ping pong balls which were “snowballs.” I added some white shaving cream into a little plastic container to be our snow drift and the fun kept going!

We hid snowballs, counted them, even had a snow ball fight {bouncing them against the wall}!  We searched for the WINTER letters and made the word a few times.  Overall, what was a spur of the moment idea turned into a load of warm winter bath fun that she has already asked to do again.

Winter Bath Fun

Now, if I can just muster up the good-mommy in me and actually do it again, that’d be great! I posted this on Instagram the night we did this and got this reply “Seriously, I think your a bit too much fun sometimes 😉 what a lifetime of memories your creating for your three!!!”   winter bath fun

While I appreciate that I appear to be so much fun, it made me realize the importance in telling my readers that I do not always do things like this, in fact I routinely avoid certain “fun” activities like the plague. I too am inspired by moms who are fun and creative in areas that I am NOT {have you seen the adorable blog, Bath Activities for Kids?}.

Always remember, I struggle with yelling at my kids, I have anxiety issues that inspire me to check-out at times, I am extremely challenged by one of my children in particular, and I am not super-mom by any stretch. I am most certainly not always the FUN mom.  I do my best and am extremely real ~ just like you! I just have a blog with nice photos of the things I do with my kids.  Don’t ever let that fool you into thinking that my entire life looks like the photos on my blog, OK?

Are you a fun bath mom, or a hurry-up-and-get-it-DONE bath mom like me?

Winter Sensory/Imagination Bin

Winter Fun Sensory Bin


My kids had SO much fun with the Christmas Sensory/Imagination Bin, I couldn’t wait to get the winter bin ready for them!!!


I decided to go with a white/silver/blue color theme and just threw in anything interesting I could find.  Here’s what I have so far…

  • white packing peanuts
  • white beads
  • white pom poms
  • silver plastic ornaments {got last week at Target, $1 section}
  • mini snowmen & penguins {from Michaels}
  • mini snowmen and penguin erasers {Michaels}
  • mini snowflakes and white stars {Michaels}
  • mini snowman tin, and other wintery buckets {Michaels, and Target}}
  • small snowmen {one is a Weeble-Wobble and one is from a Little People winter set}
  • clear and white lids {from our bottle top collection}
  • clear and blue lights {from the Christmas pack, also from Michaels}
  • penguins {1 stuffed, 1 Animalz, 1 Little People, 1 plastic, 1 pez container}
  • polar bears {Little People, Anamalz}
  • Pengaloo Penguins {we love this game!}
  • silver garland {got it for 25 cents last week at 75% off Target dollar spot!}
  • winter stuffed animals {I gathered our polar bears, penguins, and seals to have close by as they play}
  • large snowman bowl {I bring this out to play alongside of the bin, it’s obviously too big to put in the bin}

Here’s a glimpse at our winter bin in action {these photos are from 2 different days}…IMG_4363






I think the penguins were kissing 😉IMG_4388

She wasn’t so sure about the tinsel…IMG_4623

Spontaneous sorting makes a momma happy…

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I plan to use our bin as the focus of our Tot School time, using the various manipulatives as items to work on Tot Tray type activities.  I plan to bring in different containers, spoons, tongs, etc. each day to work on different skills.  I also plan to add anything new “wintery” I find while it is still in rotation!This may just be the new relaxed approach I am seeking for Tot School right now as I am having a hard time balancing detailed plans for all 3 kids.  We’ll see!


Here are some blog posts I found featuring other winter sensory bins…


Have Fun!!IMG_4637