Encouraging Hearts and Home: For the Little Ones

I found a collection of posts from last week's party that all reminded me of when my kid were babies and pre-school aged.  Having gone to school and getting my master's in early childhood education I had lots of great ideas for taking care of my kids and keeping them entertained but I love that I am always learning new ideas (fodder for when I may have grandchildren or grand nieces/nephews someday).  I hope you enjoy them too!

And Now, It's Time for This Week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop!  

Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

Some of my favorites from last week's party:

Making Fairy Soup by Serenity You

Use the form below to share your family-friendly posts this week, and please consider these nice things you can do:

  • Follow and/or subscribe to your host's blog.
  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!
  • Check out our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board where each host pins her 10 favorite posts each week.
  • Join us every Thursday!
  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Linda at Apron Strings & Other Things!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Linking up with: Thinking Out Loud, Spread the Kindness,



  1. Awww these bring back so many great memories. Did you ever use a "water table" in the summer- that was a big hit here as was running through the sprinkler :)

    1. Oh yes, and we put so much more than just water in it too! I used to bring it inside for the winter and use dry oatmeal or rice or pasta to keep them busy year round.

  2. The edible dirt tray is hysterical! Thanks for the party!

  3. Thanks for featuring our edible dirt tray! The baby and preschool years are so much fun (and so much work!).

  4. Joanne,
    My sons would have loved an Edible Dirt Tray when they were young!! They would also love it now too!! LOL!
    Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party each and every week!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Thank You!! I hope you are having a great week!!

  5. What fun inspiration for my two youngest granddaughters, Joanne. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

  6. Thanks so much for hosting each week!

  7. Thank you so much for hosting Joanne! I have started a new venture and would love for you to join our community! Please check us out at #42! :-)

  8. Joanne, thanks so much for hosting and for featuring my post about Dr Apgar! My entry numbers are 16 and 17.

  9. Such a great idea with the Cheerios. I have one granddaughter who ate sand to beat the band. And now have a grandson who seems to be following in her footsteps. Bought him a water table and sand box but mom is afraid he will eat the sand. Now I can help remedy that!!

    And I love the fairy soup. Used to make stone soup (which was taco soup with a rock in it) in the library with my second graders. Will try fairy soup with the grands this summer.

    1. Yes, sand and water tables don't have to be nearly that limiting. We put all sorts of goodies in ours!

  10. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  11. My daughter would have loved the fairy soup when she was little! These are great ideas to share. Pinning! Visiting from Thinking Out Loud Thursday.


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