Back to School Bundle for Teachers and Parents

Back to School Resource Bundle for Preschoolers

Woo hoo! I am so excited to help promote this amazing back to school bundle for teachers and parents and homeschoolers, too!  The 54 titles cover everything from crafts and activities to educational printables. You might recall my book Learn with Play. Well, it's included in this bundle. Imagine many, many more fun and educational activities all in one place! The timing is perfect for back … [Read More...]

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Separation Anxiety Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Separation anxiety is tough. You parents who are going through it are nodding, perhaps through tears. It's so hard to leave your babies, especially if they are clinging onto you, not wanting you to leave. And even if you do finally say those good byes and leave, you might find yourself going through the whole thing again the next day, perhaps being even worse. You are looking for separation … [Read More...]

Preschool Math Activity with Bear Counts

Preschool Math with Bear Count

Books are a big part of our every day. We've found that they become even more meaningful when we can connect activities with them. You've seen us do this with Zoo Looking, when we put together a zoo small world play scene. We also did a color mixing activity that related to Little Blue and Little Yellow. One of my very favorites, however, is a preschool math activity with the book Bear Counts. … [Read More...]

Building Fine Motor Skills with Lego Bricks

Fine motor strength - learning with Lego

Preschoolers with weak fine motor skills can be frustrated when they try to use tools such as paint brushes and markers. In fact, they might stay away from them altogether. It's important to find playful activities that not only strengthen those fine motor muscles, but also build the child's confidence. Building fine motor skills with Lego bricks has been very successful. Young children love … [Read More...]

10 Easy Science Activities for Toddlers

simple toddler science activities

  Toddlers can be very curious about how things work. In fact, you might hear "why?" a lot. This is a good time to give them opportunities to investigate, finding answers to those "why" questions. Hands-on science exploration should be a part of your toddler curriculum. Simple, short ideas that work with their shorter attention spans. Today I'm going to share 10 easy science activities for … [Read More...]

How to Have a Class Helper in Preschool

how to have a class helper in preschool

How to have a class helper in preschool...I'll be honest here. This took me a very long time to figure out. I thought giving every child a job each day would rock! Um, no. It was just too much for this age group. I had this pocket chart where we would display on our classroom wall with each name and the jobs and .... no. Now,  I know other teachers of 3 year olds say this works. And if … [Read More...]

Fun Block Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Block Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Our block area is one of our most popular centers in our toddler and preschool classrooms. The children love to use their imaginations as they construct buildings, homes, airplanes, robots ... anything their minds think of. Are you wondering about fun block activities for toddlers and preschoolers? Let me share our favorite ways we used ours this year, as well as the benefits. This post … [Read More...]

25 Favorite Preschool Learning Themes

Learning Themes for Preschoolers

Are you like I was, searching for themes that will work with preschoolers? Do you have stacks of notes with ideas but not sure where to go next? Take a deep breath. I am hoping to help you with this collection of 25 favorite preschool learning themes. I have searched for the "perfect" preschool themes. I've redone our curriculum so many times during the 15+ years I've taught 3 year olds. … [Read More...]

Summer Sensory Bin

summer sensory bin

Ah, summer. During our last couple of weeks of school, we all have summer on our mind. After all, we are having fun with our ocean theme, complete with a beach day. This year we actually had summer weather, too! Bonus! So, when I put together our summer sensory bin, I wanted bright, happy, sparkly fun. They loved it. Because it contained shiny stuff. Oh, how our preschoolers love anything … [Read More...]

Easy Ways to Use Rhythm Sticks in the Classroom

rhythm stick activities

Children love percussion instruments, so the first ones we use are rhythm sticks. They are easy to hold and simple to use. And there are so many benefits! So now you are looking for easy ways to use rhythm sticks in the classroom. I've got you covered! Over the years of using rhythm sticks in our toddler and preschool classrooms, I've found that simple is best. The children are working hard … [Read More...]

Counting with Race Cars

toddler counting with race cars

Toddlers love cars! Well, they love anything on wheels. But cars seem to be the biggest hit. We've done many activities in our classroom involving cars, even painting with them! So, I just knew counting with race cars was going to be popular.   Counting with Race Cars There are so many fun ways to build counting skills through play. This is perfect for toddlers who want to keep … [Read More...]

How to Have Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

Circle Time with 2 Year Olds

Recently one of my readers asked me about circle time with 2 year olds: Hi. I am a toddler teacher. My students are from 2 to 2 1/2 years old. This is my third week on the new job. I am struggling with circle time and trying to keep their attention on me. I feel like at a loss and a failure. Do you have any tips to share? It occurred to me that I've written several circle time posts for … [Read More...]