Caterpillar Egg Counting Mats

When possible we love to integrate student interests into our learning activities. In the spring kids are fascinated by all the new little creatures we encounter during outside play. As part of our preschool butterfly theme lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms we created caterpillar egg counting mats to practice number recognition, counting, and fine motor skills as we learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Materials for Worm Math Sensory Bin Affiliate links included These mats can {Read More}

Rainbow Play Dough Color Matching Caterpillar

Color recognition is a basic skill for toddlers that can easily be integrated into a variety of ways to practice.  A hands-on repetitive activity helps to increase recognition while building on new vocabulary.  As we’ve learned about the colors of the rainbow and now moved on to exploring bugs, I decided to combine both topics with a rainbow play dough color matching caterpillar activity for my toddler. This color matching activity is a tactile way to combine color recognition with {Read More}

Spring Flower Art Invitation

To celebrate the first day of Spring, we decided to plant some flowers.  My girls excitedly ran up and down the aisles of our local garden center smelling and eyeing the rainbow of colors until they found the perfect ones to bring home.  After we got our flowers into the soil and gave them plenty to drink, I decided to follow up on the fun with a flower art invitation.  Materials to Create a Spring Flower Art Invitation Affiliate links {Read More}

Chrysanthemum Preschool Name Art

Preschoolers love to see their own names on display. Not only is this fun for them, it also helps them learn to recognize and spell their name. We recently designed a full week of home preschool and preschool classroom lesson plans to go along with the book Chrysanthemum, a book whose central theme and lesson links to the main character’s name. This book is wonderful for teaching many concepts related to names, flowers, self-confidence and more. One of the activities we included {Read More}

Preschool Snowflake Activities

Snowflakes are captivating for little ones even if it doesn’t snow where you live. We always love learning about snowflakes as part of our winter theme activities. My buddy Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day! and I have been busily working behind the scenes to compile all of our best activities into weekly printable lesson plans for you to use in the classroom or at home. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorite preschool snowflake activities. Preschool Snowflake Theme Activities Snowflake Literacy Activities {Read More}

Outer Space Play Dough Invitation

Since play dough is such a popular play activity for kids, we like to incorporate it into our learning activities often. This outer space play dough invitation is inspired by our space theme lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. Set it out for kids to play with as they are learning about the night sky and the planets. Outer Space Play Dough Invitation Materials Affiliate links included. Black play dough-Buy some or make your own with black icing {Read More}

Make Your Mark Writing Activities Book

We’ve been working behind the scenes on a fabulous new resource for parents, and it’s finally ready for you! My new collaborative book, Make Your Mark, brings you 30+ projects that will help your child develop a love of writing, creative storytelling, self-confidence and compassion. Through play, art, language, and writing this book will help your child improve writing skills and discover ways to make their mark on the world. Make Your Mark – a book about creative writing, confidence, compassion and {Read More}

Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray

The girls have enjoyed using our play dough writing tray to practice forming letters and writing spelling words, so I thought we’d make a new tray with a holiday twist.  Sometimes changing just a couple of elements can give an activity brand new appeal. This candy cane play dough writing tray is perfect for writing activities during the month of December. Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Tray Materials Affiliate links included. Play Dough-We used red and white play dough with {Read More}

Robot Play Dough

Are your kids fascinated with robots? There’s something about them that kids are naturally curious about, so it’s fun to use a robot theme for preschool or at home. We recently put together a full week of robot-inspired lesson plans, and this robot play dough invitation is one of the activities we developed for the theme. It’s a great activity for the classroom or home. Materials  Affiliate links included. Silver Play Dough (We used our go-to play dough recipe and added {Read More}

Spider Babies Fine Motor Play

Whether you’re getting ready for a spider theme or planning some engaging Halloween activities for you kids, this spider babies fine motor activity is easy to set up and fun for kids. We did this as part of our spider theme lesson plans. The kids enjoyed that challenge, and they liked learning that many spider babies really are carried on their mother’s backs. Materials for the Activity Affiliate links Free Spider Babies Fine Motor Mat Jumbo Tweezers Plastic Toy Spiders Books {Read More}