Candy Heart Play Dough Sight Word Play

We do a lot of open-ended play dough invitations, but sometimes I like to combine our sensory play with a specific learning goal. Both of my kids have sight words and spelling words they are required to practice each week, so we come up with a lot of fun ways to do that. If your little ones are learning sight words, use these free printable sight word cards and this candy heart play dough invitation to practice spelling sight words {Read More}

ABC Sensory Bins

Exposing preschoolers to the alphabet is an essential part of early childhood learning.  In my classroom and at home, I like to encourage this in an exploratory hands-on way.  An ABC sensory bin can provide this and so much more.  One of the best added benefits to sensory bin exploration is strengthening fine motor and vocabulary skills and letting those imaginations grow!     ABC Sensory Bins When practicing the alphabet, there are a variety of extensions to build upon {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}

Hot Chocolate Sensory Activities

We had so much fun trying some of the Hot Chocolate Math and Science Activities that I wanted to build on the enthusiasm and continue with this fun theme.  As delicious as hot chocolate and marshmallows smell, I thought- why not involve the senses with some hot chocolate sensory activities?   Hot Chocolate Sensory Play Whenever we are stuck inside on a cold or rainy day or just looking for a boredom buster, I love to grab a sensory bin {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}

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}

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities for Preschoolers

Bill Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? is a classic picture book that has remained a relevant favorite among preschoolers over time.  It was an essential text in my childhood library, classroom, and now in my own children’s library at home.  Picture books with predictable text such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear are excellent ways to introduce young children to reading.  It is also one of my favorite books to engage young readers in choral reading.  This {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}

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}