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...]

Preschool Ocean Theme

Ocean Theme Activities

Our last theme of the school year is the ocean. Of course, the best way to teach this would be to actually take them TO the beach, but it's not close enough for us. Plus, our families are fortunate to visit the coast, making our preschool ocean theme that much more meaningful. What I love about this theme is that there are so many fun ways to study shells and ocean animals! From the science … [Read More...]

Toddler Art Tips

Toddler Art Tips

Putting together toddler art might seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you add their endless energy and desire to get as messy as possible. I've had many parents look at me like I'm crazy when I share our latest creation at the art table. Now, I know that it might seem easier for me since I'm in a classroom setting. But even as a young mama I turned our kitchen table into an art center for … [Read More...]

46 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Fun Summer Activities for Preschoolers

Where can you find preschool activities for summer break? This is what some of my preschool parents have asked towards the end of each school year. Also, I've had messages on my Facebook page asking the same question. So, I spent some time this week searching for activities that would not only keep little hands and brains busy, but also are fun and easy to set up. Some simply involve … [Read More...]

Easy 4th of July Crafts

4th of July Crafts for Kids

  If you are planning  a 4th of July camp or children's party, or if you are wanting to add some kid-made Independence Day decor to your house, check out these easy crafts! You'll find red, white, and blue to hang, light, squeeze, shake, and even eat. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Even older children can join in the fun! So, celebrate America's birthday with your children with … [Read More...]

Easy Shape Activities for 2 and 3 Year Olds

Shape Activities for Preschoolers

Teaching shapes doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, we prefer easy shape activities for 2 and 3 year olds. Something tells me that's why you landed on this post. You are searching for the same! There are so many fun, hands-on ways to introduce children to different shapes at in the classroom (and also at home!). No worksheets. No flashcards. Simple shape activities that involve hands-on … [Read More...]

Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

Summer! Oh, how we love summer! I've been collecting fun summer activities for toddlers just for you. And I love this collection! Our toddlers love to be busy : creating pouring dumping moving and moving did I mention moving? I decided to round up some of our favorite toddler activities that can be done during the summer, indoors and out, any time of the day. These fun … [Read More...]

Healthy Snacks for Toddlers

Healthy Snacks for Toddlers

Toddlers can picky eaters, right? You are wondering how to get all those good foods into their little (very busy) bodies. I know with my own toddler children, they did love their snacks. I wish I had this collection of healthy snacks for toddlers back when they were little, but am happy to pass it along to you parents now. Do you have a picky eater? What has worked for you? I'd love to know. … [Read More...]

Toddler Ocean Art

Toddler Ocean Art

This toddler ocean art might look like a craft, but it's really process art. And you know I am all about process art, right? Recently our preschoolers made colorful jellyfish. While those also involved process art (spraying the tentacles with watercolors), I knew we needed something simpler for our toddlers. Toddlers love to stamp with paper tubes. Why? It's the motion. It allows them to … [Read More...]