Apple Tree Play Dough Invitation

Do you get to go apple picking in your area? We would love to go apple picking. Unfortunately we live in an area where there are no apple trees, so we have to make do with our own creative ideas. This apple tree play dough invitation is our little twist on on apple-inspired loose parts play and “apple picking.” Apple Tree Play Dough Invitation Materials Red, yellow, green and brown play dough-We added a bit of apple pie spice to {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}

Garden Scavenger Hunt Free Printable

Fresh air, the smell of flowers, new discoveries to be made…what’s not to love about outdoor scavenger hunts? Print out this free garden scavenger hunt and take it along with you as you look for signs of spring. You’ll also practice counting, measurement, color matching and more along the way. This is a great spring activity for beginning readers, and pre-readers can work with a parent or reading buddy to do the scavenger hunt, too. Kids will search for a {Read More}

Color Matching Nature Walk

It’s way too nice to be inside, so we’ve been outdoors as much as possible. If the flowers are in bloom where you live, try this color matching nature walk. It’s a great way for young children to learn colors, and it’s a terrific activity for helping older kids focus in closely on details like different shades of colors. You’ll need some color samples in a variety of colors, a hole punch, and a ring clip to help hold your {Read More}

Crumpled Paper Fall Art for Kids

In the fall we love to do a mix of learning activities, sensory play, arts and crafts. Since we don’t get the beautiful colors of fall on our trees here in Florida, we like adding a little color to our walls this season with art like this fall craft inspired by Buggy and Buddy’s gorgeous crumpled paper art. If you’re looking for art to make any time of year, check out how they created their crumpled paper art. Materials Pipettes Water {Read More}

Sticky Flower Garden Number Activity

While we had our sticky wall up for our sticky flower garden activity I decided to use the same space to practice number formation with Tinker in this sticky number activity. We used the same contact paper that was taped to the wall sticky side facing out. Then I used a permanent marker to write large numbers. We grabbed a container of flower petals from all of the activities we’d been doing. And Tinker got to work adding the flower petals {Read More}

Sticky Flower Garden Sensory Art for Kids

When I shared our recent flower petal math activities I promised I’d share a couple of ways to put all of those flower petals to good use when you were done with them. This sticky flower garden is one easy way to do just that. Kids can explore the sensory elements of the flower parts and sticky paper while creating their own unique sticky flower gardens. We chose to make our garden on a vertical surface, but you could also {Read More}

Comparing Numbers with Flower Petals

Last week we shared how we used fresh flower petals to practice addition. While we had our flowers we did many different activities with them. Another way we used them for math was to compare numbers using the flower petals. For this activity you’ll need a pencil, our free printable, and flowers. We chose to use fresh flowers for the added sensory element, but you could also choose synthetic flowers if you prefer. The goal of the activity is to {Read More}

Flower Petal Addition Activity

When we use concrete materials to help kids practice math, they are more likely to understand the concept. In the spring kids are often out and about collecting or admiring flowers, so we decided to use some fresh flowers in this hands on addition activity. It’s great for kids in preschool and kindergarten. All you’ll need to try this with your kids are some flowers, a pencil, and our free printable recording sheet. I wanted to focus on different ways {Read More}

Falling Leaf Art and Science

Singing is a big part of our daily activities. A simple preschool fall songs inspired us to create some “falling” leaf art. We also incorporated a little bit of science along the way. Setting Up To set up the activity I peeled the backing off of large sheets of Con-Tact Paper (affiliate link) and taped them sticky side up on the ground. Then I set out some fall materials~leaves, small twigs, pumpkin seeds, and acorns. Use anything you like. Not everything {Read More}