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}

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}

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}

Feather Flower Craft

While searching together in our craft supplies recently Tinker came across a full bag of yellow feathers. Without hesitating she popped the bag open. (Yes, feathers flew everywhere.) And she immediately started playing with them as she declared, “I want to make something with these.” Since we’ve been doing a lot of flower activities like our play dough counting garden and chalk counting garden, flowers must have been on our minds. After a couple minutes of playing and brainstorming we came {Read More}

Play Dough Counting Garden

Spring is a great time to explore flowers and gardening. Whether your indoors or outside little ones will have fun creating their own garden. This spring play dough invitation is quick to set up. And it’s a great way to practice counting and learn about the parts of a flower. Affiliate links included. To set up the activity, you’ll need some number stamps. This version from PlayDoh is the set pictured. We also really like this dough stamper set from {Read More}

Frog Life Cycle Small World

In preschool and early elementary kids learn a lot about the different animal life cycles. The transformation of a frog’s life is often fascinating to young children. For years we’ve been trying to find our own little frogspawn to watch this all happen, but we haven’t had any luck finding one yet. We’ll be on the lookout again this spring, but for now we set up this frog life cycle small world for some pretend play. Materials Affiliate links included. {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}

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}