Roll and Color Easter Math Game

We love playing roll and color math games to practice early number sense skills. For our Easter theme we used decorative Easter eggs to set up our roll and color game set. In preschool and kindergarten children will learn to read number words through a variety of activities. This helps them with math, but it also gives them an advantage in reading. Some of the number words are high frequency (or sight) words that you’ll find on the dolch lists, and {Read More}

Patriotic Star Craft Suncatcher or Wand

Planning a trip to a holiday parade? Looking for a pretty way to add some red, white, and blue to your windows for the Fourth of July? Or maybe you’re making a big display in your classrom? This patriotic star craft is an easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers, and you can use it in many ways. Materials Affiliate links included Sticky contact paper Silver glitter Red and blue tissue paper squares Ribbon (we used silver) Wood Dowel (optional)-We used square {Read More}

Red White and Blue Process Art

We’re seeing red, white, and blue everywhere we go, and Tinker has been especially fascinated with learning how to make stars. One afternoon I set up a simple process art activity to help her practice making her own stars before diving in to create her own red white and blue masterpiece for the Fourth of July. Materials (Affiliate links included) Large white poster board or paper Patriotic washi tape Tempera paint Assorted paint brushes Glitter glue Create Your Own Process {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}

Jumping Jelly Bean Painting

After a couple of not so great visits to the dentist we’re working on cutting out unnecessary sugar from our diet. So far that’s going well, and my girls are on board. But have you noticed alllll the candy that comes home around the holidays? I know you have! We’re finding creative ways to put some of it to use. By using it for fun activities like this Jumping Jelly Bean Painting, the girls aren’t quite as sad about not eating {Read More}

Jelly Bean Science Experiment

Simple science experiments are a meaningful way to get kids into the habit of thinking like scientists. It’s especially helpful when kids can take the lead in determining the steps and make their own observations. That’s exactly what Tinker did in this jelly bean science experiment. I’ve mentioned before in our bubble science post how much we love The Curious Kids’ Science book (affiliate). Since Tinker did the gummy bear exploration in that book, she’s been curious to see how different {Read More}

Washi Star Necklace 4th of July Craft

I’ve mentioned before that my kids are tape-aholics. We go through tons of tape around here, and I always love to see what kinds of creations the girls come up with using our tape collection. Whether they are creating independently or we’re doing a craft project together, they always come up with something clever. When I saw this patriotic washi tape recently I knew we could have some fun making a 4th of July craft. Our playtime turned into these {Read More}

Yarn-Wrapped Stars Fourth of July Craft

I’ve mentioned before that Tinker loves to “sew” but she’s not quite ready for traditional sewing projects. Instead we’ve tried a variety of projects using yarn and threading of sorts. Yarn-wrapped crafts have been some of her favorites. In the past we’ve made yarn-wrapped eggs, ornaments, and fish. Today we’re sharing a pretty yarn-wrapped star that makes a great Fourth of July craft decoration or necklace for kids. We started by hot gluing a star shape with five wood stirrer {Read More}

Books About America and the 4th of July

As summer begins we see red, white and blue begin to pop up all around.  Whether it’s for Memorial Day, 4th of July or because it is summer, the sight of red, white and blue for many people reminds us of what a great country we live in. To celebrate all things red, white and blue this summer we have a list of books about America. If you would like to read books about a certain state or area, check out {Read More}

4th of July Craft Bracelet for Kids

We like to do some festive activities as we lead up to big holidays, and the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. No major planning, no stress, just family, fun and fireworks! As we get ready this year we made these simple bracelets as a quick and easy 4th of July Craft. The girls wear them during dress up now, and they’ll be fun to wear for parties and parades as we get closer to the July. {Read More}