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}

Hot Chocolate Math and Science Activities

As soon as the temperature starts to drop, we love to welcome the seasonal change with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Recently, as we were pouring our marshmallows into our cups, it turned into an impromptu counting game.  My preschooler insisted that she wanted the most, so we compared the numbers in each cup to make sure that she had the largest amount.  Whenever a favorite tasty treat can take on different forms of fun and learning, it’s a winning {Read More}

Wire and Wood STEAM Building

We’ve been introducing a new STEAM building each week as an after school activity here at home. Most of them involve simple materials, and I give little instruction to the girls. Instead I invite them to use the materials to create whatever they think would interesting given the materials provided. This wire and wood invitation turned into a collaborative project, and the girls seemed to like creating DIY toys similar to winding bead mazes. Materials Affiliate links included. Large wooden {Read More}

Craft Stick STEAM Challenge

Afternoon STEAM challenges have become a highly-anticipated part of our routine around here lately. I recently shared how the girls created their own styrofoam sculptures during a week of painting and building. This craft stick STEAM challenge was set up in a similar way, and you can set it up at home or in the classroom too. Craft Stick STEAM Challenge Materials (affiliate links included) Various craft sticks-We used regular craft sticks, mini craft sticks and skill sticks we received from CraftProjectIdeas.com {Read More}

Building Activities for Kids-Up! From Blocks to Rockets

Whether you’re playing with wooden blocks, Lego, pattern blocks, nature blocks, homemade blocks or some other clever building blocks, building activities for kids can lead to so much learning and fun. Playing with blocks fosters creativity. It allows kids to develop problem-solving skills. And a child’s interest in blocks can be used as a tool for incorporating many other learning objectives. In our newest book Up! From Blocks to Rockets that exactly what you’ll find: 30+ projects to transform your {Read More}

Ten Apples Up on Top Play Dough

Fall and apples  go hand and hand for us, so we always like to find some new ways to play and learn with apples this time of year. Recently my youngest child learned to read Ten Apples Up on Top all by herself, and she’s very proud. She’s been reading it over and over again, so I thought we’d do some follow up activities to go along with her enthusiasm. This is also a terrific book to use at home {Read More}

STEAM Creations Challenge with Paper and Staws

Open-ended invitations lead to so much learning. In this STEAM Creations Challenge you’ll only need three common materials. Kids will use their own creativity and problem solving to create anything they are inspired to build using the materials. This would be great to set up as a maker space in the classroom, an after school activity, or a summer boredom buster. STEAM Creations Challenge Details Materials Paper-We used scrapbook paper to make it more decorative but you could use plain {Read More}

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}

Scratch and Sniff Five Senses Art for Kids

Over the years we’ve shared a lot of hands-on ways to learn about the five senses. A while ago I saw this great literacy activity from Fun-A-Day, and I’ve wanted to try scratch and sniff art ever since.  Here we’re using stencils to guide our creations, but you could also do this as a process art activity by eliminating the stencils. Materials Jello-powder in a variety of scents and colors (placed in open shallow containers) White school glue White cardstock Cookie {Read More}

Fireworks Straw Rocket

The Fourth of July has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. I love the relaxed summer days, cooking out, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. And I especially love fireworks…thankfully so do my girls. We don’t miss a fireworks show, but instead of just watching it’s also fun to join in the play. In the past we’ve made fireworks play dough, fireworks rings and more. This year we upped the fun level with {Read More}