Activities for Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!


Do you have a Dr. Seuss fan at home?   Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! By Dr. Seuss is perfect for beginning readers.  The large print on each page, along with lots of repetition, makes this Seuss book a great fit for my kindergartner and first grader.  They were so proud when they were able to read it on their own, that we just had to do a few activities to go with Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now.  

activities to go with Dr. Seuss book Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now


After reading through the book a few times (you just can’t read a Dr. Seuss book once!), we talked about all the ways you could move.

Then we tried out a few moves of our own!

We tried to go like crabs by doing the crab walk.  We tried going like babies and crawling.  We tried going fast; we tried going slow.

activity for Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now


We had lots of fun coming up with crazy, silly ways we could go.

Then it was time for a Seuss craft!

To go with the picture on the book’s cover, we traced our hands while pointing.  Then we wrote different ways to say “go” on our hands (“exit,” “leave,” “move”…).    For extra fun we taped them to a few paint stirring sticks I had on hand to make our own signs.

craft for Dr. Seuss book Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now



Looking for more Dr. Seuss fun?  Check out some of our previous posts!


Rainbow Treasure Hunt



It has been a long time since we have played with our colored rice.  This week my daughter pulled out all the colors we had. When she realized we almost had a complete rainbow of colors, she asked if we could put them all together, and our rainbow treasure hunt sensory bin was formed!


Rainbow Treasure Hunt -- great for St. Patrick's Day or any day!


To make our bin, I pulled out the large under the bed storage container I keep for sensory play.

My daughter helped to carefully pour each color into the bin.  (We had a lot of the red, white, and pink mix from our candy cane rice!)

rainbow rice sensory bin


Once all the colored rice was in the bin, she hunted out some LEGO Friends, along with a small treasure chest and pieces of “gold.”

We scattered some of the treasure on top, and I hid some under the rice for her to hunt for.

rainbow rice sensory play


For an extra touch of magic, I sprinkled a bit of glitter across the rice before she went on her treasure hunt.


She had lots of fun discovering all the hidden treasure, and I had lots of fun creating a sensory bin with my daughter’s help.


If you liked this, check out our other sensory play ideas!

Water Beads in Snow


With snow on the ground and super low temperatures, we have been busy with all kinds of indoor snow activities. This week we have painted snow and even did our spelling in the snow!  One thing I had really been wanting to try was water beads in the snow, and I have to say it was a huge hit!

fun sensory play with water beads in the snow



To start with, I got out our largest sensory tub (a large, under the bed storage container) and put a couple inches of clean, white snow at the bottom.

Then I scattered a several handfuls of colorful water beads across the snow’s top.

fun winter sensory play: water beads in snow



Tip for messy sensory play:   I like to place a plastic sheet under any sensory bin containing water (or in this case snow).  I also always put several towels within hand’s reach that the kids can use to wipe up spills.  It really helps contain the mess to a minimum!


They could not wait to get started!

I purposely didn’t get anything else out to add to the sensory bin; I wanted to see what they would do on their own.

Before I knew it, they had out spoons, bowls, and salad tongs.

I loved watching them scoop up the water beads using the tongs!  (Great for increasing hand strength and coordination needed for writing skills.)

playing with water beads in snow



The water beads were so bright and colorful against the white snow, and such a different texture.  I wondered what would happen to the water beads in snow, and was happy to see they retained their unique, slippery, slightly squishy feel.

My 5 and 7 year-old played with the water beads and snow for over an hour.  That’s what I call a hit!

Are Essential Oils Just a Fad?


Our Oil Explorers group is having an awesome series this month:  The Skeptics Guide to Essential Oils.  I am so excited to be a part of it and to share a bit with you here today!

If you use social media very often, chance are you have stumbled upon several posts about essential oils lately.  It may even feel like essential oils are just the latest fad when it comes to health and beauty products on the market.


Are essential oils just a fad?


I admit, I used to think that.

Then I started realizing all the products I’ve been using for years that actually contain essential oils.  That wonderfully relaxing lotion I love at the end of the day?  It contains eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils.  The baby bath wash so many of us use to help little ones fall asleep at night?  Lavender.

This past winter, with so many illnesses running rampant, I started researching for ways to boost the family’s immune systems, and what did I discover?   Essential oils.

But with all the hype, are they just a fad?

No, essential oils are certainly not just a fad.

In fact, essential oils (sometimes called aromatic oils) have been used by numerous cultures around the world for centuries.  I knew that essential oils are often used for medical purposes, but I didn’t know that traditional Indian medicine has a 3,000 year history of using essential oils.  (3,000 years!)  During that time they have identified hundreds of natural substances, like cinnamon, ginger, and myrrh, that have healing properties.

And, when it comes to the science of healing, you can’t forget about the ancient Greeks.  Hypocrites, the Greek physician who is known as the “Father of Medicine,” documented the effects of over 300 essential oils from plants, including saffron, peppermint, and thyme.  Not only that, but the ancient Greek soldiers were actually given an ointment made of myrrh to help fight infections on the battle field.

My favorite tidbit of information when it comes to the history of essential oils revolves around on of my new favorite oils:  Thieves Oil.  Thieves oil is based on the legend of four thieves that would rob the bubonic plague victims in Europe during the 15th century.

How did they keep from getting sick themselves?  They covered themselves with cloves, rosemary and other aromatics that were highly effective against airborne bacteria.  (Little did I know the cloves I threw in the water on the stove at Christmas time to give the home a nice holiday smell could actually be helping us!)

Now, I’m not covering the kids with thieves oil (definitely not recommending that), but I have been using a diluted thieves oil with the family this winter, and so far we haven’t been sick.

So, if they aren’t just a fad and they’ve been around for centuries, why does it feel like they are suddenly everywhere? My guess is social media.  We live in an age where information can spread like wildfire.  And if there is something you believe in, something you are excited about?  Well, you want to share it!


Are you a skeptic like I was?  Want to know if they really work?  Do brands really matter?

Find out the answers to those questions and more with the other awesome posts in The Skeptics Guide to Essential Oils!  

Are essential oils just a fad?


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