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}

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}

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}

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}