The Cutest Bug Theme Healthy Snacks for Kids

Spring is in the air!  Everywhere we look we see new growth and colors sprouting.  The days are also starting to get longer, giving us some extra time to play and explore outside.  Lately, my  toddler has really taken an interest in discovering  new bugs.  She’ll get down to their eye level to inspect these tiny and curious new creatures.  Given her new fascination and the seasonal change, it only seemed perfect that we dive into learning about bugs.   {Read More}

Free Printable Flower Theme Number Cards

We like to use number cards in a variety of ways to reinforce early number sense skills. I often make a new seasonal set to reignite student interest in using them. By adding in some seasonal manipulatives and changing out the cards, you can practice important preschool math skills in a playful way.  These free printable flower number cards include number cards, ten-frame cards, and word cards for the numbers zero to ten. Ways to Use the Flower Number Cards Number cards can {Read More}

Big Bug Art for Creative Kids

We had so much fun with the art techniques we used creating ladybug art that I wanted to include a similar art invitation in our bug theme preschool lesson plans (available in variations for the home and classroom). Here we use some of our favorite stamping methods and a few added details to create a BIG bug art collage. This is terrific to do as a collaborative activity with multiple kids. Everyone can add their own unique touch to the final {Read More}

10 Great Rainbow Videos and Songs for Kids

As we dive deeper into exploring the science behind rainbows, I thought it would be great to connect our learning to some visual explanations of this beautiful phenomena of light.  Of course, there hasn’t been a cloud in the sky to signal any chances of a rain shower and a real sign of a rainbow.  So we took to YouTube to dig up some rainbow videos and songs for us to enjoy.   It can be tricky trying to explain {Read More}

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}