Puddle Jumping Sight Word Game

April showers bring May flowers!  Here in Florida, we get afternoon showers quite often.  I don’t always resort to staying inside if it’s a rainy day.  We’ll sometimes just head on out with our rain boots and dance in the rain!  My oldest loves to find the biggest puddle she can and jump right in.  What kid doesn’t love jumping in puddles?  I consider it a childhood rite of passage!  This rainy day fun sparked an idea for learning.  We {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}

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}

14 Love Bug Crafts and Activities

Every February we seem to get bitten by the love bug.  Love is in the air and we start seeing in hues of red, purple, and pink!  One of my favorite things to do with my girls to celebrate a holiday is create some handmade crafts or keepsakes.  And if there is a craft to capture their hand prints or remember those sweet little finger prints, you bet we’re doing it!  Recently, my oldest daughter has developed an interest in {Read More}

Hot Chocolate Math and Science Activities

As soon as the temperature starts to drop, we love to welcome the seasonal change with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Recently, as we were pouring our marshmallows into our cups, it turned into an impromptu counting game.  My preschooler insisted that she wanted the most, so we compared the numbers in each cup to make sure that she had the largest amount.  Whenever a favorite tasty treat can take on different forms of fun and learning, it’s a winning {Read More}

Make Your Mark Writing Activities Book

We’ve been working behind the scenes on a fabulous new resource for parents, and it’s finally ready for you! My new collaborative book, Make Your Mark, brings you 30+ projects that will help your child develop a love of writing, creative storytelling, self-confidence and compassion. Through play, art, language, and writing this book will help your child improve writing skills and discover ways to make their mark on the world. Make Your Mark – a book about creative writing, confidence, compassion and {Read More}

Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray

The girls have enjoyed using our play dough writing tray to practice forming letters and writing spelling words, so I thought we’d make a new tray with a holiday twist.  Sometimes changing just a couple of elements can give an activity brand new appeal. This candy cane play dough writing tray is perfect for writing activities during the month of December. Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray Materials Affiliate links included. Play Dough-We used red and white play dough with {Read More}

Shape Reindeer Collage Art and Math

After seeing how much fun my own kids and many of you had making shape monsters, we decided to continue the creative fun with a Christmas twist. We used our shape reindeer set and some collage materials we had in our craft stash to make some adorably unique reindeer collage art. Along the way we learned about shapes, and we’ll be continuing on with some literacy and math extension activities using our reindeer. Materials for Shape Reindeer (affiliate links) Take a {Read More}

Free Printable Thanksgiving Turkey Shape Matching Activity

Roll and color activities are engaging for kids, especially those who are kinesthetic learners. We had so much fun with our roll and color fall leaves set that we decided to make a Thanksgiving version too. In this free printable turkey shape matching activity kids get the chance to practice shape recognition as they color in their own turkeys. At home you can set this activity up as quiet work during rest time, a choice option on a home preschool {Read More}