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}

Science Experiments with Ice: Videos for Kids

When exploring the properties of matter, ice is a fun way to introduce solids as you can manipulate it to a liquid, gas and back to a solid. We don’t get the chance to experience much of an icy white winter here in Florida.  The closest we’ll get to ice is from our freezer!  Whether you step outside to grab some ice or just walk to your freezer door, you are in for some fun hands on ways to explore {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}

ABC Sensory Bins

Exposing preschoolers to the alphabet is an essential part of early childhood learning.  In my classroom and at home, I like to encourage this in an exploratory hands-on way.  An ABC sensory bin can provide this and so much more.  One of the best added benefits to sensory bin exploration is strengthening fine motor and vocabulary skills and letting those imaginations grow!     ABC Sensory Bins When practicing the alphabet, there are a variety of extensions to build upon {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}

Preschool Snowflake Activities

Snowflakes are captivating for little ones even if it doesn’t snow where you live. We always love learning about snowflakes as part of our winter theme activities. My buddy Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day! and I have been busily working behind the scenes to compile all of our best activities into weekly printable lesson plans for you to use in the classroom or at home. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorite preschool snowflake activities. Preschool Snowflake Theme Activities Snowflake Literacy Activities {Read More}

Winter Counting Art Snowflake Emergent Reader

Art. Math. Science. Reading. Sensory Play. Outdoor play. Pretend play. Social skills. Self-help skills. There is SOOOO much to to incorporate into our busy days with preschoolers and kindergarteners, so whenever I can I love to do activities that touch on a variety of key areas. It saves planning time, exposes kids to a variety of skills, and gives us extra time in our day to do other things.  We recently used the snowflake emergent reader for our snowflake lesson {Read More}