Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough

We love bringing picture books to life through pretend play. This play dough invitation is part of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. You only need a couple of materials to set it up. Kids love using the invitation to create their own Chicka Chicka trees and act out the story. You can also use the invitation for some guided alphabet and word building activities. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough Invitation Materials {Read More}

Doreen Cronin Book Activities

Doreen Cronin has mastered bringing characters to life on the pages of her books.  In fact, she does it so well that readers are given first hand insight into their very deep, adventurous, and often hilarious thoughts.  Cronin’s books are a favorite among many children, including my own.  We love to laugh at the farm animals’ ingenuity in her “Click Clack…” books, and discuss our own day to day perspectives based on her “Diary of a…” books. What’s really great {Read More}

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities for Preschoolers

Bill Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? is a classic picture book that has remained a relevant favorite among preschoolers over time.  It was an essential text in my childhood library, classroom, and now in my own children’s library at home.  Picture books with predictable text such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear are excellent ways to introduce young children to reading.  It is also one of my favorite books to engage young readers in choral reading.  This {Read More}

Ten Apples Up on Top Play Dough

Fall and apples  go hand and hand for us, so we always like to find some new ways to play and learn with apples this time of year. Recently my youngest child learned to read Ten Apples Up on Top all by herself, and she’s very proud. She’s been reading it over and over again, so I thought we’d do some follow up activities to go along with her enthusiasm. This is also a terrific book to use at home {Read More}

Read Play Create Summer Activities for Kids

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean learning stops. Sure the schedule might be a bit more flexible and we may not plan full theme weeks for preschool time, but we can do a lot of playful learning with summer activities inspired by picture books. On days we stay home we love to read a story at the beginning of the day and then do an activity or two related to the topic of the book. And because I know you’d rather be {Read More}

The Rainbow Fish Book Activities

Using a picture book to inspire learning in many skill areas can be a lot of fun, and it helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the book itself. The Rainbow Fish (affiliate link) by Marcus Pfister is a terrific book to use for an ocean, fish, summer, or friendship theme. We read this book over and over again, but we recently did a play dough counting activity inspired by the book. I thought I’d gather a collection of ideas so you {Read More}

Ivy Kids Monthly Subscription Box for Kids

While I love planning learning activities for my kids, sometimes I’m just plain busy. It’s nice to have some go-to resources that are already made for me. Ones that involve little or no preparation or planning on my part. Ones that I can just pull out on a whim for some meaningful learning time. Sounds dreamy, right?! I know that many of you feel the same way. A monthly subscription box for kids can super helpful for these situations. I was {Read More}

Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough

Whenever we can combine a great book, play dough, and hands-on learning I know we’ve got a recipe for a memorable activity that the kids will love. As we’re sailing into summer we’ve been reading some of our favorite fish books. We’re also reviewing teen numbers, so I though this Rainbow Fish counting play dough activity would be a fun way to practice both number recognition and counting. Materials for Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Purple and {Read More}

Easy Starfish Craft

We are only a few weeks away from summer! We’re already daydreaming about days at the beach. Whether you’re heading to the beach soon, teaching an ocean theme, or learning about starfish together this is an easy starfish craft that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Materials Affiliate links included. Tempera paint-We chose orange and yellow Potato masher-Grab one from Dollar Tree or your kitchen stash Cardstock Scissors Blue paper (optional) Glue (optional) Nonfiction book about starfish-We read Star of {Read More}

The Listening Walk Outdoor Activity for Kids

Aliki has written so many terrific informational books, that it was very hard to choose which one to explore for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. Exploring the Outdoors with a Listening Walk This post contains affiliate links. We ended up reading both My Five Senses by Aliki and The Listening Walk written by Paul Showers and illustrated by Aliki.  We discussed how our senses work together to help us learn about the world around us. Then we made a list {Read More}