Spider Puppet Halloween Craft

I have always loved making our spider headband craft with kids in the classroom and at home.  It’s a sure bet for creating some giggles around here! This year I decided we’d try a bit of a twist on that classic favorite and create spider puppets. They make a cute Halloween craft to hang, but this way the girls can also use them for playtime. We’ve used them to act out The Itsy Bitsy Spider, make up our own spider plays, {Read More}

Books About Firefighters and Fire Safety

Fire Safety week is in October. This is a great opportunity to introduce or review fire safety with kids. Books are a helpful tool to begin conversations about your class or family’s plan in the event of a fire. The books listed below can be used as part of a unit in your classroom or read at home. Preschoolers and early elementary kids will also enjoy the books we have listed below that tell more about what firefighters do and how to be fire {Read More}

Falling Leaves Math Activity

The girls had so much fun with our falling apples addition activity that I wanted to build on that enthusiasm with another fall inspired math activity. This is a quick and fun way to practice counting or beginning addition. Falling Leaves Math All you need are some fall leaves–real or from the store depending on what is available to you–and a container. Place leaves in the container. We used 10 leaves so we could practice counting and number combinations for 10, {Read More}

Pigs in the Mud Sensory Play and Song

Tinker gets home about two hours before her older sister this year. I’ve been asking her what kind of things she’d like to do this time. Most days she enjoys tinkering by herself with Legos and puzzles to unwind after a busy school day, but she has also asked to “get messy.” I was happy to oblige and set up this fun sensory play invitation after school one day. It certainly is messy! Don’t worry it’s pretty easy to clean {Read More}

Free Apple Letter Cards for Making Words Activities

As children learn to identify the letters and sounds in the alphabet they are ready to begin making words.  These free printable apple letter cards are a fun way to practice during your fall literacy activities. Get Ready Since Lovey knows all letter sounds I used all of the letter cards in this activity. However, if your child has learned a handful of letters you can still get started with making words activities. Simply limit the cards used for the {Read More}

Button Worm Apple Fall Name Activity

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 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

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

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

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}