Scratch and Sniff Five Senses Art for Kids

Over the years we’ve shared a lot of hands-on ways to learn about the five senses. A while ago I saw this great literacy activity from Fun-A-Day, and I’ve wanted to try scratch and sniff art ever since.  Here we’re using stencils to guide our creations, but you could also do this as a process art activity by eliminating the stencils. Materials Jello-powder in a variety of scents and colors (placed in open shallow containers) White school glue White cardstock Cookie {Read More}

How to Make a Roly Poly Habitat with Kids

On our walks to school lately the girls have been spotting roly-polies, lots of them! After the third day of collecting them and releasing them my first grader asked if we could make a home for them and learn more about them. Well of course we can! Over the next few days we made a roly-poly habitat and learn more about these little bugs! Affiliate links included. As we got started making our roly-poly habitat, I remembered seeing a great {Read More}

Butterfly Garden Play Dough Invitation

The girls’ grandma bought them a nature tube with beautiful butterflies during a recent visit, and we’ve been waiting for spring to arrive so we could use them for this butterfly garden play dough invitation. In the past we’ve created bug play dough and garden play dough, but we’ve never had butterflies until now! We’ve had this beautiful invitation out for weeks now, and the girls haven’t grown tired of making colorful butterfly gardens yet. Materials Affiliate links included Play {Read More}

Preschool Ladybug Art

Whether we plan to or not, somehow ladybugs always enter are activities in the spring. About two weeks ago my oldest daughter found a ladybug while we were playing outside. She decided to create a ladybug habitat for it, and so began another venture in all things ladybug. My youngest daughter enjoys painting, so one day after school we decided to create some ladybug art. No paint brushes required! Create Your Own Ladybug Art This is a two-day project so {Read More}

Feather Flower Craft

While searching together in our craft supplies recently Tinker came across a full bag of yellow feathers. Without hesitating she popped the bag open. (Yes, feathers flew everywhere.) And she immediately started playing with them as she declared, “I want to make something with these.” Since we’ve been doing a lot of flower activities like our play dough counting garden and chalk counting garden, flowers must have been on our minds. After a couple minutes of playing and brainstorming we came {Read More}

Wiggly Worm Sensory Play

Eeeeewwwwww! That’s what my youngest daughter said. Yessssss! And that’s what my oldest daughter said when I asked if they wanted to play with  this wiggly worm sensory bin. Their responses didn’t surprise me. For years my oldest has delighted in catching worms and bugs of all kinds while my youngest is happy to observe from a comfortable distance. But that didn’t stop them both from enjoying this messy play activity. Use it at home just for fun or include {Read More}

Chalk Counting Garden

When introducing a new activity to kids, it can be helpful to present similar learning goals in a variety of ways. This gives kids multiple opportunities to practice a new skill. Last week we shared our play dough counting garden. In that activity Tinker used play dough to create sets of flower petals to match a number. That activity inspired this outdoor version. Whenever we can take learning outside, it’s a hit! Set Up the Counting Garden Invitation While Tinker {Read More}

Easy Butterfly Craft Ring

When we have a little extra time after school my oldest daughter and I like to doodle. One day we were sitting at the table drawing butterflies, and she said “I wish we could make these fly.” I said, “Let’s give it a try.” So we took a little time to make this easy butterfly craft that can “fly”…well sort of. In addition to a fun after school craft, these can also be used in the classroom or at home for {Read More}

Play Dough Counting Garden

Spring is a great time to explore flowers and gardening. Whether your indoors or outside little ones will have fun creating their own garden. This spring play dough invitation is quick to set up. And it’s a great way to practice counting and learn about the parts of a flower. Affiliate links included. To set up the activity, you’ll need some number stamps. This version from PlayDoh is the set pictured. We also really like this dough stamper set from {Read More}

Duck Pond Play Dough Invitation

After our duck pond math and sensory play activities we just had to put together a play dough invitation. The girls enjoyed setting up their own individual duck ponds, and the invitation inspired a lot of pretend play and story telling. Duck Pond Play Dough Invitation Materials This post contains affiliate links. We were able to reuse the materials we had gathered for the duck pond sensory play activity, so aside from making a quick batch of play dough this was {Read More}