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*Thank you to Chicco for sponsoring this post.  I know shopping for a car seat may not be the most thrilling item on your list of to-do’s but we all know it’s one of the most important safety choices we can make for our kids. We’ve used a variety of Chicco seats from infancy onwards […]

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Mother’s Day will likely look a little different for most of us this year, and fresh flowers may not be an option! I came up with these paper flower bouquets as an activity for the Spring Mama Notes Activity Shop boxes long before quarantine started, but they seem even more fitting right now! The concept […]

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This post is sponsored by Portal from Facebook. We are so grateful to the brands that support The Mama Notes and keep us in business! Facebook provided Portal devices and compensation for this post but all opinions are my own.  If you’re anything like our family you’ve spent the past few weeks connecting with your […]

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Looking for a simple way to get creative with your play dough? Try making your own puzzles! You can press in puzzle pieces you already have (we love using alphabet puzzles) or even use toys, such as animal figurines for younger children to match. We have been loving our resin alphabet letters from Bacon Bit […]

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After being stuck inside for over a month and struggling to get my girls to clean up we started threatening to take away any toys left out. I got out a cardboard box and walked around with it and it really motivated them to pick up! A reader told me they call this box “time […]

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My girls (age 2 and 4.5) had so much fun getting creative with this at-home cardboard nail salon! They were able to practice their fine motor skills carefully painting in the fingernails and get creative at the same time. This is such a simple activity! I can’t take credit for this idea, it’s been popping […]

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I’m trying to not think about the fact that Piper likely won’t return to her pre-k class and school she’s been at for 3 years. And that I’ll be the one preparing her to enter public school Kindergarten in the fall. To say I’m a little overwhelmed is an understatement. Between researching for hours online, […]

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Screen time, I think it’s a pretty popular word amongst parents right now – at least in our household. Prior to being quarantined for over a month we had pretty good screen time limits in place and I felt good about our routine. But, things have changed just a little bit with two parents working […]

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After getting many requests for a printable with JUST numbers I finally made a few this week! You can get the alphabet one here. Next week I’ll be sharing a bunch of fun ways to use these!! Click here to download.

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I know I’m not the only one with a ton of plastic Easter eggs hanging around right now! I’ve gathered up all the toddler activities we’ve tried with plastic Easter eggs so far along with some new ones. I plan on keeping a basket of these eggs out after Easter to use over the next […]

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Both of my toddlers (ages 2 and 4.5) are really into using scissors and cutting right now, the younger one more so because it’s a newer skill she’s developed. I’ve been running out of creative ideas for practicing but came up with this a few weeks ago and it was a big it! I will […]

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Here are some of our favorite Amazon finds to help you survive the next few weeks or months at home in isolation with your kids. You can also check out more favorites in our Amazon shop here and if you’re looking for ways to use these supplies be sure to check out this round -up […]

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