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}

Skittles Rainbow Science Investigation

We are currently learning about rainbows along with our St. Patrick’s Day activities.  As part of our exploration with rainbows, we decided to do a little investigative Skittles rainbow science.  I posed the question to my preschooler, What do you think will happen to the water when we add Skittles to it?  She hypothesized that it would make “colorful tasty water!” Materials Affiliate links included. 5 clear cups Skittles Coffee stirrer Room temperature water    Setting up the Science Experiment {Read More}

Roll and Color St. Patrick’s Day Math

Developing number sense is one of the primary goals of early math instruction. In addition to learning to identify numbers and count, kids must also develop an understanding of how numbers relate to one another and the meaning behind the counting they are doing. In preschool and kindergarten children will learn to identify numbers that are one more and one less than a given number. This free printable St. Patrick’s Day Roll and Color activity can be used as a game to {Read More}

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock and Gold Coin Sensory Bag

When introducing a new topic to toddlers and preschoolers, a concrete learning tool is a great way to help solidify new information.  A fun way to achieve this is by involving the senses through sensory exploration.  With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to introduce my little ones to some traditional symbols and colors of the holiday.  A St. Patrick’s Day sensory bag filled with shamrocks and gold coins seemed fitting! A sensory bag is a mess {Read More}

Pot of Gold Sight Words St. Patrick’s Day Activity

Are your kids excited about St. Patrick’s Day? Mine are already asking when we’ll do our next St. Patrick’s Day activity and discussing how they’ll design their leprechaun traps this year to be sure to catch that little leprechaun. To channel some of that enthusiasm into our school time I decided to make little pots of ABC gold for the girls to use when practicing their sight words and spelling lists. Materials Black pots (Affiliate link) Gold coins (We purchased ours {Read More}

Race to Gold Counting Game

Have you ever noticed how some kids count the space they are already on as the first space when they move? While playing board games recently I noticed Tinker was having a little difficulty moving forward along the game board. It’s very common, and with a little practice they quickly learn to take advantage of that extra jump forward. I designed this easy Race to Gold counting game to help Tinker practice counting forward and backward using the game board. Later this {Read More}

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Play

They say you’ll find gold at the end of a rainbow, but it’s just as much fun to search for it in a soothing water play activity. That’s just what we put together in this St. Patrick’s Day sensory play activity for preschoolers. Materials Affiliate links included. Shallow container Green water beads (hydrated)* Gold coins and green plastic coins Shamrocks Water tinted with green food coloring Combine all materials and invite kids to explore freely. Tinker loved scooping handfuls of {Read More}

St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough Invitations

We enjoy play dough throughout the year. It’s a rare week when we don’t have some sort of play dough invitation set up for after school. Not only is play dough a nice soothing sensory activity, it’s also a fun way to explore different themes. This collection of play dough invitations includes ideas for some hands-on St. Patrick’s Day play.  You’ll find colorful and sparkly play dough recipes, creative materials to include in invitations, and more! St. Patrick’s Day Play {Read More}

Gold Scavenger Hunt ABC Activity

My girls adore scavenger hunts. Whether we are on a nature walk, outside, or indoors, they love finding special things as part of a scavenger hunt. It’s easy to build on this enthusiasm by incorporating some of the learning goals they are working on. For St. Patrick’s  Day we set up this ABC gold scavenger hunt and they’ve had tons of fun searching for gold and practicing the alphabet. Materials All of our materials are from Dollar Tree, but many {Read More}

Rainbow and Gold Pom Pom Water Play

Tinker has been on a water play kick lately, so we’ve been setting up new ideas regularly. Today we’re sharing a St. Patrick’s Day inspired water play bin full of rainbows and gold. You don’t need many materials, but you’re little is sure to have tons of fun. Materials As with any water play bin I tried to include items that would both sink and float. Here’s what we gathered… Pom poms in a rainbow of colors White pom pom {Read More}