Button Worm Apple Fall Name Activity

Preschool name activity-Worm Eating Apples

Now that school has started we’re ready to welcome fall, and we always love to kick off fall with apple theme activities. This button worm lacing name activity is a hands-on way to help kids recognize the letters in their name and practice fine motor skills. We’ve had a traditional button snake inspired by Happy Hooligans for years. It’s a great beginner toy for threading and fine motor practice. Now that Tinker is able to thread that with ease I thought {Read More}

Apple Activities for Fall

Fall Apple Activities for Kids-Simple sensory play and learning activities for fall

Fall is coming, and we’re ready! In just another week we’ll be heading back to school. And it’s time to break out some of our favorite fall apple activities. Join in the fun with some of these apple activities! Our twist on bobbing for apples combines fine motor practice and water play that is great for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Create your own mini apple orchard with this bleeding tissue art apple tree. Practice fine motor skills and name recognition with {Read More}

Duck Activities

FB-rubber ducks

Rubber ducks can be a lot of fun to play with, but they don’t have to be saved for bath time. We like using them for learning activities and sensory play, too.  With a dozen rubber ducks (affiliate) you can create many different opportunities for play and learning. Duck Activities Add some water and enjoy your own mini duck pond sensory play. Get those duck swimming in this duck race fine motor activity. Set up an invitation to create a play dough duck {Read More}

Yarn-Wrapped Fish Craft

Yarn-Wrapped Fish Craft Window Display

Tinker loves sewing and anything to do with yarn. A while back we made a yarn-wrapped egg craft, and I thought it would be fun to use the same technique to make a yarn-wrapped fish craft for summer. Whether you’re making just one with a child at home or a whole school of fish with a class or small group, these fish make a pretty window display or hanging mobile. Materials Recycled cardboard (we used a cereal box) cut into {Read More}

Duck Pond Sensory Play

Duck theme water play

We are lucky to have a ton of ducks near the ponds in our neighborhood. Recently we spotted some new baby ducklings, and it has sparked a renewed interest in ducks. This simple duck pond sensory play is a fun way for kids to engage in pretend play and water fun with a duck theme. Last year we had fun with duck pond fine motor races and rubber duck math. We were able to reuse those ducks and some basic {Read More}

Free Printable Bird Watch Tally Sheet

Outdoor Activity -Bird Watch with Free Printable

We’ve definitely been taking our fun and learning outdoors lately. Why not!? This free printable is a great way to practice math on the go. Use it to practice tallies, counting, and comparing. It also encourages kids to observe closely to spot birds in nature. The first time we tried the tally sheet we observed birds in our yard and on a nature walk in our neighborhood. It would also be a great activity to take to a local park {Read More}

Books About Rabbits

Books About Rabbits

Bunnies are so fluffy, cuddly and gentle. There are so many wonderful stories about rabbits.  The list below includes some well-loved classics and fantastic new rabbit stories and fact books. For little ones that love rabbits, animals and all things spring this is a great list. Books About Rabbits This post contains affiliate links. Fiction Books About Rabbits Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story by Cori Doerrfeld Little Bunny Foo Foo is a hilarious twist on the classic nursery {Read More}

Bug Play Dough Invitation

Bug Play Dough Invitation

Welcoming spring also means welcoming all of our bug friends back, and the girls have been having fun playing with some of their long lost pals outside. This bug play dough invitation was inspired by their love of all things creepy crawly, but don’t worry your little one doesn’t have to like bugs to have fun with this bug play dough invitation. Materials This post contains affiliate links. Playdough made from a recipe in The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book and Wilton {Read More}

Bird Nest Letter Matching Game

Broken eggs

Yesterday we shared how we used plastic eggs to practice letter recognition. The girls had so much fun pretending to be birds that we played another quick alphabet game to practice matching upper and lowercase letters. Bird Nest Letter Matching Game As we did in the original game we started with a set of plastic eggs labeled with the upper and lowercase letters. This time instead of leaving the eggs together we broke them apart. I left the halves with {Read More}

Rescue the Eggs Letter Recognition ABC Game

Check to make sure all the eggs have been rescued

Just because Easter is over doesn’t mean you have to put away the plastic eggs. In fact you can use them for all sorts of play and learning activities year round. Here we are using them in a fun ABC game that combines letter recognition practice with pretend play. Set up the ABC Game We started with a full set of plastic eggs that were labeled with the uppercase letter on one half and the lowercase letter on the other. {Read More}