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}

The Cutest Bug Theme Healthy Snacks for Kids

Spring is in the air!  Everywhere we look we see new growth and colors sprouting.  The days are also starting to get longer, giving us some extra time to play and explore outside.  Lately, my  toddler has really taken an interest in discovering  new bugs.  She’ll get down to their eye level to inspect these tiny and curious new creatures.  Given her new fascination and the seasonal change, it only seemed perfect that we dive into learning about bugs.   {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}

Rolling Rainbow Painting Action Art for Kids

Continuing our fun with rainbows, we took our learning outdoors to create some colorful rainbow art.  The very thought of paint gets my little ones excited, so I decided to put together a process art and science activity that involved rainbows, ramps, and paint! Materials Needed for Rolling Rainbow Art Affiliate links included plywood or cardboard tempera washable paint art easel paper a variety of balls Prepare Your Art Space I set the ramp up using a piece of plywood {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}

10 Great Rainbow Videos and Songs for Kids

As we dive deeper into exploring the science behind rainbows, I thought it would be great to connect our learning to some visual explanations of this beautiful phenomena of light.  Of course, there hasn’t been a cloud in the sky to signal any chances of a rain shower and a real sign of a rainbow.  So we took to YouTube to dig up some rainbow videos and songs for us to enjoy.   It can be tricky trying to explain {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}

Skittles Rainbow Science Investigation

We are currently learning about rainbows along with our St. Patrick’s Day activities.  As part of our exploration with rainbows, we decided to do a little investigative Skittles rainbow science.  I posed the question to my preschooler, What do you think will happen to the water when we add Skittles to it?  She hypothesized that it would make “colorful tasty water!” Materials Affiliate links included. 5 clear cups Skittles Coffee stirrer Room temperature water    Setting up the Science Experiment {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}

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock and Gold Coin Sensory Bag

When introducing a new topic to toddlers and preschoolers, a concrete learning tool is a great way to help solidify new information.  A fun way to achieve this is by involving the senses through sensory exploration.  With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to introduce my little ones to some traditional symbols and colors of the holiday.  A St. Patrick’s Day sensory bag filled with shamrocks and gold coins seemed fitting! A sensory bag is a mess {Read More}