Alligator Small World Play

When possible we like to get a closer look at the animals the girls show an interest in. We’ve created habitats for roly-polies, snails, and a variety of other bugs. We dig for worms and watch the life cycle of butterflies up close. But aside from visiting our local zoo, I’m not quite ready to let the girls get up close and personal with an alligator. We do live in an area where alligators can be seen sunning on the {Read More}

Lemon Sensory Water Play

Have you ever made homemade lemonade with kids? If so, you’ve probably noticed that they would go on playing long after the juice is squeezed from all those lemons. After making a few batches of lemonade this summer, I decided to let the kids have their own lemon sensory bin for water play so they could continue their play long after we had finished making our newest pitcher of lemonade. I am not exaggerating when I tell you they spent HOURS {Read More}

ABCs and 123s Preschool Learning Activities

If you have a toddler or a preschooler you’re probably always looking for fun ways to teach them in a playful way. And most likely you want preschool learning activities that are quick to prepare, meaningful, and engaging for your child. Well, I’ve been busily working behind the scenes with a group of amazing educators and parents to bring you a new go-to resource for teaching letters and basic math skills. Here’s your sneak peek! ABCs and 123s 40+ Hands-on {Read More}

Jellyfish Craft

When my girls pop inside to escape the summer heat they often choose some sort of crafting or painting activity. While we were at the library last week we happened to read a book about jellyfish, so this was a fun jellyfish craft to make after reading together one afternoon. Use it at home or in the classroom for a J is for Jellyfish theme or summer activity. Materials Affiliate links included Tempera paint Paper Wide toothed comb Q-tips Books About {Read More}

Fish Crafts for Kids

Summer is meant to be spent outdoors, but sometimes you need to take a break from the heat and the sun. Head inside and make some of these fish crafts together. They’d be great to make after a visit to the beach or an aquarium. And once summer is long gone, you can use these crafts for a fish theme, an ocean theme, or Letter F week. These creative fish crafts include some clever process art ideas so you can try painting {Read More}

Seashell Sight Word Practice

“Ugh, do I haaaave to practice my sight words?!” “Can’t we do it later?” Is that what you hear when you try to get your kids to do a little school work over the summer? But there you are staring at that list of words your child’s school sent home for you to remember, so why not make it so fun they’ll be asking you to practice those sight words? This seashell activity is terrific for sight words that preschoolers {Read More}

The Rainbow Fish Book Activities

Using a picture book to inspire learning in many skill areas can be a lot of fun, and it helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the book itself. The Rainbow Fish (affiliate link) by Marcus Pfister is a terrific book to use for an ocean, fish, summer, or friendship theme. We read this book over and over again, but we recently did a play dough counting activity inspired by the book. I thought I’d gather a collection of ideas so you {Read More}

Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough

Whenever we can combine a great book, play dough, and hands-on learning I know we’ve got a recipe for a memorable activity that the kids will love. As we’re sailing into summer we’ve been reading some of our favorite fish books. We’re also reviewing teen numbers, so I though this Rainbow Fish counting play dough activity would be a fun way to practice both number recognition and counting. Materials for Rainbow Fish Counting Play Dough The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Purple and {Read More}

Butterfly Garden Play Dough Invitation

The girls’ grandma bought them a nature tube with beautiful butterflies during a recent visit, and we’ve been waiting for spring to arrive so we could use them for this butterfly garden play dough invitation. In the past we’ve created bug play dough and garden play dough, but we’ve never had butterflies until now! We’ve had this beautiful invitation out for weeks now, and the girls haven’t grown tired of making colorful butterfly gardens yet. Materials Affiliate links included Play {Read More}

Preschool Ladybug Art

Whether we plan to or not, somehow ladybugs always enter are activities in the spring. About two weeks ago my oldest daughter found a ladybug while we were playing outside. She decided to create a ladybug habitat for it, and so began another venture in all things ladybug. My youngest daughter enjoys painting, so one day after school we decided to create some ladybug art. No paint brushes required! Create Your Own Ladybug Art This is a two-day project so {Read More}