Recycled Cardboard Crafts and Activities

We reuse a lot of cardboard around here. Whether we’re using large boxes to make pretend play scenes, painting on large sheets of cardboard, or making crafts with smaller boxes or tubes, we end up making a lot of new things out of old cardboard. These fun cardboard crafts and activities were shared during the recent recycled crafts Discover and Explore linky.   Kid-Designed Cardboard Castles from Fun-A-Day Cardboard City Project-Based Learning and Pretend Play from Lemon Lime Adventures Cardboard {Read More}

Easy Tree Snack for Kids

As we explored different trees outside and learned about the different parts of trees, I wanted the kids to be able to make their own models of a tree. To make it  fun, we played with our food a bit and created this easy tree snack for kids. Get a full week of tree theme lesson plans for  Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom. We started with a few different kinds of pretzels. To begin with I showed the kids this plate and {Read More}

Recycled Crafts for Kids

My daughter is now referring to our recycling bin as “the other craft box.” She also says it’s “the place where we put stuff that we might be done with, but maybe not just yet.” I love it! Given her love of crafting from the recycling bin, my features from the Discover and Explore Earth Day linky are all made in part with recycled materials. I hope they inspire you to look at your trash a little more creatively and {Read More}

Tree Activities for Kids

    I didn’t really expect  our alphabet series to be full of exploring natural elements, but I like to follow the kids’ lead. It’s a great time to be outdoors and learn more about the world around us, so we’re seizing the opportunity. For the letter T we learned about trees. Today I’m sharing some of the many tree-inspired activities around the web.  There are ideas for science investigations, literacy and math activities, book-related projects, and many terrific crafts {Read More}

Earth Day Song {Discover and Explore}

We sing songs…lot’s of songs. There are so many benefits of incorporating music into learning and play that there is rarely a day when we aren’t singing something. Plus, it just makes learning fun! One of our favorite songs lately is Sing for Spring from the March 2011 issue of Scholastic’s Let’s Find Out magazine. You can see a digital copy of the magazine with the song on the Scholastic site.  While you are there take a look at the {Read More}