Chrysanthemum Preschool Name Art

Preschoolers love to see their own names on display. Not only is this fun for them, it also helps them learn to recognize and spell their name. We recently designed a full week of home preschool and preschool classroom lesson plans to go along with the book Chrysanthemum, a book whose central theme and lesson links to the main character’s name. This book is wonderful for teaching many concepts related to names, flowers, self-confidence and more. One of the activities we included {Read More}

Free Printable Flower Theme Number Cards

We like to use number cards in a variety of ways to reinforce early number sense skills. I often make a new seasonal set to reignite student interest in using them. By adding in some seasonal manipulatives and changing out the cards, you can practice important preschool math skills in a playful way.  These free printable flower number cards include number cards, ten-frame cards, and word cards for the numbers zero to ten. Ways to Use the Flower Number Cards Number cards can {Read More}

Big Bug Art for Creative Kids

We had so much fun with the art techniques we used creating ladybug art that I wanted to include a similar art invitation in our bug theme preschool lesson plans (available in variations for the home and classroom). Here we use some of our favorite stamping methods and a few added details to create a BIG bug art collage. This is terrific to do as a collaborative activity with multiple kids. Everyone can add their own unique touch to the final {Read More}

Free Printable Pet Rock Writing

There are so many ways to use rocks for learning and play. In this free printable pet rock writing activity we’re bringing our pets to life and using our creativity to come up with special character traits about our new friends. Choose Your New Pet Rock Start out by going on a rock hunt. You didn’t really need an excuse to head outdoors, but this is  good one anyway! See what differnet kinds of rocks you can find. Then choose {Read More}

Roll and Color St. Patrick’s Day Math

Developing number sense is one of the primary goals of early math instruction. In addition to learning to identify numbers and count, kids must also develop an understanding of how numbers relate to one another and the meaning behind the counting they are doing. In preschool and kindergarten children will learn to identify numbers that are one more and one less than a given number. This free printable St. Patrick’s Day Roll and Color activity can be used as a game to {Read More}

Ways to Use Alphabet Mats for Letter Recognition

When kids show signs of readiness for learning the alphabet, it’s helpful to introduce them to letters in a hands-on way. One of the ways we like to teach the alphabet is to use letter mats. These printable mats can be used for a wide variety of activities. Some of the activities are for one-time use like creating process art and making collages. Other activities can be reused. These activities are very handy for busy teachers and moms teaching preschool at {Read More}

Candy Heart Play Dough Sight Word Play

We do a lot of open-ended play dough invitations, but sometimes I like to combine our sensory play with a specific learning goal. Both of my kids have sight words and spelling words they are required to practice each week, so we come up with a lot of fun ways to do that. If your little ones are learning sight words, use these free printable sight word cards and this candy heart play dough invitation to practice spelling sight words {Read More}

Encourage Kids to Dream Big

This post is sponsored by Disney. All opinions are my own. As we settle into the new year, adults often reflect on their priorities and goals for the upcoming year. This is also a great time of year to talk with kids about their goals and ambitions for the year ahead. We all want our kids to dream big, so why not spend a little time talking about their dreams? Then encourage kids to dream big, and record those dreams {Read More}

Free Printable Heart Number Cards

As kids learn more about number sense in preschool and kindergarten it is helpful for them to see numbers represented in different ways. These free printable heart number cards include number cards, ten-frame cards, and word cards for the numbers zero to ten. They are great for one-on-one math practice at home. In the classroom use them for small group activities, math centers, or independent tasks.   Ways to Use the Heart Number Cards Number cards can be used for a wide variety {Read More}

Valentine Math Roll and Color Activity

Roll and color games are a fun way for kids to practice early math skills without it feeling like work.  We’ve had so much great feedback on our previous roll and color sets that we just had to make another set for Valentine’s Day. In this free printable valentine math activity kids will practice counting sets and coloring in the heart with the corresponding number. If you’re teaching kids different early math skills the full roll and color heart set covers {Read More}