Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough

We love bringing picture books to life through pretend play. This play dough invitation is part of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. You only need a couple of materials to set it up. Kids love using the invitation to create their own Chicka Chicka trees and act out the story. You can also use the invitation for some guided alphabet and word building activities. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough Invitation Materials {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}

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}

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}

River Play Dough Invitation

Help kids learn about river animals and habitats with this river play dough invitation. Preschoolers will have fun with the sensory elements of the dough and engaging in pretend play. But don’t leave out the older kids, they can model what they learn about river animals and habitats as they build their own river life model. Materials Play dough-We used homemade blue and brown play dough Small plants-We gathered ferns from our yard Driftwood pieces Blue glass gems Small pebbles River {Read More}

Pretend Snow Arctic Small World Sensory Play

One morning before school Tinker announced “Mommy, I’d really like to do a project when I get home.” I asked her whether she wanted to play a game, make something, or get messy. The way her eyes lit up at the “get messy” part of my question was adorable, so I gathered a few items and made some pretend snow.  Since it’s finally colder where we live, I thought she’d love it. Originally I planned to only have the pretend snow in a sensory {Read More}

Winter Small Worlds

Is it snowing where you live? While my girls would love to be playing in real snow, that just isn’t going to happen here in Florida so we have to get creative. Whether it’s really snowing where you live or you just want to pretend it is, these winter small worlds are a fun way to inspire kids to engage in winter pretend play. Winter Small World Play From snowman building to cascading snow this winter wonderland from Buggy Buddy {Read More}

Silly Monster Craft Collage Art

Did you grow up in a neighborhood where all the kids played together? You know the kind where kids couldn’t wait to get home to play. The kind where school afternoons led to hours of running, creating, and memory making with all the neighborhood kids. I didn’t know they still exist. But somehow with our recent move we lucked into one of those old school neighborhoods, and we are all loving it. Most days the kids play outdoors and come up with {Read More}

Spring Chick Play Dough Invitation

The girls were so engaged in last week’s bunny play dough invitation that I decided to set up another quick invitation for spring. With just a few materials you can put together a quick spring chick activity like this one. It can be for a spring, Easter, or farm theme. Materials This post contains affiliate links. Play dough made from a recipe in The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book and Wilton Icing Colors Assorted googly eyes Black jewel buttons Yellow feathers Chenille stems {Read More}

Bunny Play Dough Invitation

Although the girls still play with play dough often we haven’t created a new invitation to share with you in a while. One day after school I set up this Easter inspired bunny play dough invitation, and the girls jumped right in. Materials This post contains affiliate links. Play dough made from a recipe in The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book and Wilton Icing Colors Wilton comfort grip bunny cutter and and bunny cutter with tail Assorted googly eyes Pastel Buttons Pony beads Chenille stems {Read More}