15 Quiet Time Activities for Preschoolers

You need some calm, quiet time to get a few things done around the house. You have a younger child who is taking a nap. You are trying to get dinner on the table. Or you are a teacher who needs to calm an extra-energetic classroom. (Don’t I know those days!) You need something to hand them that will give you those more peaceful moments. You need one of these 15 quiet time activities for preschoolers.

Turn on some soft classical music.

Take some deep breaths.

You’ll be happy to have these materials when you need them!

 

15 Quiet Time Activities for Preschoolers

 

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Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Rain. It’s something we see a lot of in the Pacific Northwest. So when we were preparing our weather theme activities, I just knew I had to include something that involved rain. Truly, it was so simple. Our preschoolers love water in our sensory bin, they  to squeeze and pour. That helped me come up with this rainy weather sensory bin for preschoolers.

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

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Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Every day during our morning meeting our class helper reports the weather, so our preschoolers are already familiar with it. We love noticing the clouds and wondering if the sun is hiding behind them. We also play a lot in the rain during recess. So to explore weather in the sensory bin was an addition to something we already love! We’ve already had fun with a winter sensory bin, a fall sensory bin, and a summer bin as well.

Before introducing our rainy weather sensory bin, we introduced some weather books:

We then made rain in the sensory bin.

What we used:

  • Plastic cups (I used a large thumbtack to poke holes in the bottoms of them)
  • Cotton balls
  • Water
  • A bin to put everything in

The activity:

At first the preschoolers scooped and poured water, as that is what they love to do.

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

And then the water started trickling out of the holes. It not only looked like rain, but it sounded like it, too, as it hit the surface of the sensory bin.

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

The preschoolers then explored what happened if they held the cup higher. Did it change anything?

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Then they scooped the cotton balls into their hands and squeezed the water out, pretending rain was being squeezed from the clouds. (This is a great activity for strengthening the hands and fingers!)

 

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Then they pushed the cotton balls into the cups. The more they pushed, the more water dripped through the holes in the bottoms of the cups.

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

What a fun way to learn about rain in a hands-on way!

Here are more rain ideas to try:

Colored Waterfalls

Rainy Day Nursery Rhymes (Let’s Play Music)

Rain Pre-Writing Activity (The Educator’s Spin on It)

Puddle Jumping Alphabet Activity (Mom Inspired Life)

Paper Plate Umbrella (Happy Hooligans)

Raindrop Suncatchers (Pre-K Pages)

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

 

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Marble Valentine Heart Activity for Preschoolers

Another holiday is coming up! And there are so many cookie cutter crafts available. But whenever I can squeeze in some child-directed process art, I do. This marble Valentine heart activity for preschoolers is all process art, and yet because it’s in the shape of a heart, it fits right in with Valentine’s Day.

I am often asked what’s the difference between teacher-directed and child-directed. It comes down to this: if you can hand them the materials and let them do their own thing, it’s child-directed. If you are sitting right there, guiding them every step of the way, it’s teacher-directed.

This is definitely child-directed!

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

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Marble Valentine Heart Activity for Preschoolers

 

What you will need:

Paper doily hearts

Marbles

Red tempera paint

Something to transfer the marbles to the heart, such as bug tongs

A box lid

Setting it up:

Pour some paint into a bowl. Add the marbles and bug tongs. (Or whatever you choose to use for transferring the marbles.)

Place a paper doily heart inside the box lid.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Invite your preschooler to transfer the marbles from the bowl to the box lid.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Hold on to the sides of the box lid and tip it back and forth to move the marbles. This takes some upper body coordination as the preschoolers figure out how much tipping is needed to move the marbles around.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

If you want a bigger challenge, use a larger box lid. More thought will be needed to figure out how to get the marbles to get to the paper heart, not just the box lid.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Busy children especially love this activity because of the motion involved. They don’t even need to sit. Move the chairs away from the table and let them stand. They actually might use more of their body this way, too.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

This is also a good activity for those with low motor tone. It uses the fingers, hands, arms and shoulders.

 

I love this photo because it shows how much we reuse our box lids! You can see several different colors of paint plus glitter from previous paint rolling activities.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

How to adapt this for younger children: 

We’ve used sensory balls and golf balls. I suggest starting with the sensory balls since they are larger and lighter, and then move to the golf balls.

Marble Valentine Heart Activity

Related posts:

Foil Valentines Hearts      Painting with Frozen Watercolor Hearts - A fun Valentine's activity for kids!     Preschool Valentines Activity - free printable! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

 

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Valentine’s Counting and Color Sorting Activity

We love simple activities that build skills! This Valentine’s counting and color sorting activity is perfect for small groups or independent work. It can be done in the classroom setting or in the home. All you need to do is download the free printable that is shown at the end of this post (scroll down), add objects that are the same colors, and it’s ready to go! You will see how I also turned this into a counting activity by creating a number line, and also an easy art activity.

I’m excited to announce that this activity is part of my book Learn with Play. Check it out here!

Preschool Valentines Activity - free printable! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Preschool Valentines Activity - free printable! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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Valentine’s Counting and Color Sorting Activity

 Valentine's counting activity with free printable!

What you will need:

 

  • Foam hearts (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) or any desired shapes

  • White glue

  • Paper plate or other paper, cut into a heart shape

  • Colored hearts printable (offered at the end of this post)

  • Number line 1-6, written in the same colors as the hearts

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Color matching activity:

 

preschool valentines activity

 

Place at least 5 of each color of the foam hearts into a container, mixed up. Invite the children to remove the hearts from the container and sort them by color. Then place the hearts on the matching color on the printable.

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

1:1 correspondence:

 

preschool valentines activity

 

Once again, mix all the hearts together so that the children need to sort them by color. Have them place one foam heart on the matching paper heart.

 

Counting the hearts:

 

preschool valentines activity

 

For this activity, I drew a simple number line by hand, using the same 6 colors as the hearts. I invited the children to place one heart on each number, making sure the foam heart and the number were the same color.

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

You could extend this so that they place 1 heart under the number 1, 2 hearts under the number 2, etc.

 

Simple art:

 

preschool valentines activity

preschool valentines activity

 

With the hearts still on the number line, squeeze 6 puddles of glue on a piece of heart-shaped paper. The children can then remove each heart from the number line and place on the glue. (1:1 correspondence)

 

preschool valentines activity

 

 

 

 Click here for free download: Colored Hearts Printable

 

 

Here are other fun Valentines activities to try:

Foil Valentines Hearts      Valentines Art      Easy Kids Valentines Craft

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Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Holidays can get pretty crafty, but I am always searching for preschool learning activities, Valentines Day included. Those of you who’ve been following me know that I love process art, such as our spin art valentines and when we painted hearts using marbles. And I love to add theme-related activities to other areas of our classroom.  I also love activities that help develop skills and concepts. I put together a collection of Valentines Learning Activities for Preschoolers that are playful and fun. If you have more ideas to share, please let me know in the comments section, or on my Facebook page!

 

 

Valentines Learning Activities

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  1. Learn the letters in your name with this heart-shaped name puzzle. (How Wee Learn)

  2. Download a free printable for a fun heart color recognition activity. (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

  3. Add some science to your valentine activities as you explore with conversation hearts. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)

  4. Play a heart matching game with upper and lowercase letters. (Hands On As We Grow)

  5. Learn what happens when you mix oil and water together with some food coloring and heart-shaped paper. (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)

  6. Strengthen number skills with this collection of Montessori-inspired valentines math trays. (Living Montessori Now)

  7. Estimate and measure candy hearts. (Free printable from Buggy and Buddy)

  8. Build shape recognition skills while playing valentines mailbox math. (Pre-Kinders)

  9. Learn about the letter H with this H is for Heart alphabet craft. (I Can Teach My Child)

  10. Make your own valentines memory game to practice letter recognition. (No Time for Flashcards)

  11. Frozen vinegar hearts make a fun valentines science activity. (Inspiration Laboratories)

  12. Pair up the pictures that rhyme with this heart rhyming word activity. (School Time Snippets)

  13. Learn about giving and receiving with this felt valentine post office play set. (Imagine Our Life)

  14. Enjoy this fun collection of Valentine learning activities from Pre-Kinders.

  15. Practice putting the letters of your name in order with this idea using Post-It notes. (Here Come the Girls)

  16. Sort conversation hearts by color using a free printable. (Teaching Tiny Tots)

 

 You might also like these ideas:

toddler winter art    winter circle time activities   winter theme sensory bin   Valentines Ideas for Kids

 

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Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Teaching kindness in the classroom is one of our most important jobs as teachers.

From the moment our toddlers start their school year, we are working on teaching them how to care for others. We start working on empathy. Young children are very egocentric, so it takes great work to help them recognize the needs of others.

But we work on it. Every single day. From the first day they arrive as toddlers until the last day of pre-kindergarten, when they are ready to move on to the big world of kindergarten. We are setting the stage for their future years.

It is THAT important.

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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about kindness. I was part of a kindness blog hop a few years back, where we all shared ways we have taught our young children how to be kind. I also shared how we focused on kindness during the Christmas season. But I honestly don’t think I can write enough on this topic. It is that near and dear to my heart.

I take these types of pictures often during our school year:

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This photo shows how one child reached out to another. It felt so natural.

Recently one of my blogging friends, Anna from The Imagination Tree, created The Kindness Elves. They were part of our Christmas theme, as I mentioned earlier. When I learned that there was a teacher packet to go along with The Kindness Elves, as well as a new book, The Story of the Kindness Elves, I decided to add it to our curriculum.

Kind Classroom is an eBook packed full of helpful resources and printable materials for teachers using the Kindness Elves in their classrooms.

The Kindness Elves are the perfect addition to the classroom setting as they make wonderful mascots and are encouragers of kind and caring behaviour towards others.”

 

The Story of the Kindness Elves

In the clouds not too far above your home, live the teeny tiny Kindness Elves who spend their days making special kindness potions. One day they discover they need the help of some very special children on a very important kindness mission!”

I divided this beautiful book so it could be read during  3 days. I really wanted our young children to absorb how special these kindness elves were, and how they encouraged others to be kind. I was amazed at all the thoughtful comments my preschoolers gave!

 

Our Kindness Shelf

In the Kind Classroom ebook it’s suggested to create a kindness shelf. I placed our kindness elves and their home on the shelf, along with their book (The Story of the Kindness Elves).  I also added other kindness books and our kindness mailbox.

 

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

During our centers time, I placed our kindness mailbox on a table, along with the kindness elves and heart-shaped paper, stickers, and pens.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Our preschoolers could not wait to write notes to each other and to their family members!

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

It warmed my heart to see that mailbox fill!

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

By the end of the week our preschoolers were very skilled at creating love notes.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

They wrote so many notes to Sparkle and Pop that their mailbox got jammed.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

We had to come up with another place to store our notes for the kindness elves. We found the perfect heart-shaped box.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

I introduced our kindness stone during our circle time. I explained that when this stone is in our hands, we think good thoughts about someone else.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

We say something kind about another friend in our classroom, and then we pass the kindness stone to the next child.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

And when I saw 2 friends holding hands as we went our our letter hunt around the building, my heart was full.

Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

This brought tears to my eyes, as I mentioned on my Instagram picture. This confirms why I love my job. I adore their tender hearts.

 

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Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

 

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Winter Bear Dramatic Play Activity

We love to use our dramatic play area for acting out ideas connected to our current theme. After reading one of our favorite books, Bear Snores On, we put together a winter bear dramatic play activity.

We added a great big stuffed bear along with smaller stuffed animals. Since we read the book prior to turning our dramatic play area into a bear’s den, the children were ready to role play what happened in the book.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

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Winter Bear Dramatic Play Activity

So much learning can take place through play. The dramatic play area is especially popular because the children can use their imaginations as they act out various scenes. When they can tie it in with something they recently experienced in real life, or a book we just read, it becomes that much more meaningful.

I cannot take the credit for this year’s bear’s den. My creative co-teacher decorated a big box, complete with fiberfill on the top to mimic snow. She displayed photos of real bears and we had bear picture books nearby.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

We asked the children to bring in a favorite stuffed animal. As they arrived, they placed their animals in a basket near the den.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

And that’s when they noticed a great big bear sleeping in the cave, just like in the book. To say they were excited is an understatement!

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

After our morning meeting, we invited the children to visit the den. They pulled the bear out and brought their own animals into the den. They pretended to be sleeping, waking up, leaving the den, and returning.

Many times.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

As we got ready to go to gym, we placed the big bear and his friends back in the den for a nap.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

When we returned from gym, bear had awakened and was out of the den, reading a book! We never did figure out how that bear got into the chair…. hmm….

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

We then made bears at the art table.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

And made a bear den bulletin board.

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

So much learning going on through play!

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

Winter Dramatic Play with Bear's Den

More ideas to try:

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens      Watercolor-Snowflakes - Winter art for kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds     20 winter crafts for preschoolers

 

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Fun Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

One of our themes for January is ice and snow. It’s iffy if we will really get snow in our neck of the woods, but this year we got a record amount. I’m talking multiple snow days with piles and piles of snow! So, when we finally returned from our snow break, it only seemed fitting to read All You Need for a Snowman and create a fun snowman craft with pom poms.

And the cutest little black hats.

And carrot noses made out of pipe cleaners.

Oh, and googly eyes. I have to mention them again since I apparently really, really love those goofy little things.

 

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

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Fun Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

What we used:

Creating these snowmen:

Select a larger and smaller pom pom. (This is a great lesson on size discrimination.) Squirt some tacky glue on one and stick the other to it.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

Then squirt some tacky glue on the face for the googly eyes and pipe cleaner carrot nose. Working with such small pieces requires concentration and builds fine motor skills. Oh, and we learned that it’s easier to place the snowman on its back while adding all the features.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

Squirt some glue around the rim of the hat and plop it on the top of the snowman. Add a twig arm on either side of the snowman’s body.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

When the snowman is completely dry, wrap a felt scarf around the neck, if desired.

Okay, so I found the cutest tiny shovels. (They are here if you are curious.) Look how darling this snowman looks completely adorned!

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

However, not all the children wanted to add everything. Some chose to keep their snowmen basic, and that is perfectly fine. What they wanted to add was their choice.

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

I am in love with these little guys and the children are, too!

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

They look so sweet when grouped together, too!

Cute Snowman Craft with Pom Poms

Here are more snowman activities you can try:

Playdough Snowman

Spool Stamped Snowman

Bubble Wrap Printed Snowman

Snowman Sensory Bin

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Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

You need to come up with a quick winter activity that is easy to set up and doesn’t make much of a mess. Hello, easy winter art with paper mittens! And I’ve even tossed in a free printable. This winter craft is perfect for the classroom, during a play date, on a quiet afternoon at home.

If this looks familiar, that’s probably because you are recalling our no-mess pumpkin art. Same idea, different season.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

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Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

What we used:

Getting started:

Pour some paint into a dish and add some marbles. After downloading the free printable mitten, cut it out and place it inside the plastic bag.

The activity:

Invite your child to transfer the marbles from the paint into the bag.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

Once all the marbles have been added, seal the bag and start pressing on top of the bag, moving the marbles around.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

You can even shake the bag a bit to get the marbles moving. (Just make sure it’s sealed tight!)

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

This activity is not only develops fine motor skills, but it’s also a fun sensory idea. Children who have an aversion to getting paint on their hands will feel more comfortable having the ingredients inside the closed bag. Sensory seeking children will enjoy pressing on the smooth plastic and moving the marbles around.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

When finished:

Remove marbles and paper mitten from bag. That’s it! Easy peasy and fun.

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

As promised, here is your free download: Free Mitten Printable

Easy Winter Art with Paper Mittens

 


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This Winter Science Activities packet is filled with 10 hands-on learning activities that are sure to capture the interest of your little learner. Teach little learners about states of matter, density, chemistry and more with really fun experiments. All the activities come with detailed instructions, material lists, and some experiments include printables. For only $3.00 you can buy it now.

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Groundhog Day Activities for Preschoolers

It’s almost February, and we are planning some simple Groundhog Day activities for our preschoolers.

On February 2 of each year, we wonder if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow. If Phil does not see his shadow, the legend is that spring will come early.

This is a fun opportunity to teach preschoolers about light and shadow, plus there are so many cute props they can make to go along with fun poems and songs. There are even some cooking activities that work well for this day. I collected over 15 different simple Groundhog Day activities for preschoolers that can work in the classroom or at home. Some are geared for older children, but can be easily adapted for this age group.

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Groundhog day books for kids:

 

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12 Winter Math Activities for Preschoolers

 

I love the variety of winter math activities I have collected! Now when I go to plan my winter preschool curriculum, I can easily add these to our agenda. There are so many ways to add math to the environment, as I shared in my Everyday Math Play collection. Numbers can be explored in the sensory bin. Counting can happen with craft activities. Measuring and weighing is a fun science activity. Math can even take place during large motor play! I took all this into consideration when putting together this collection of 12 winter math activities for preschoolers.

Are you following our preschool math board yet?

 

 

Winter Math Ideas for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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12 Winter Math Activities for Preschoolers

 

Winter Math Ideas for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

1. Put together a gingerbread counting busy bag that can be taken just about anywhere. (Wildflower Ramblings)

2. After making a hot cocoa craft, count and glue marshmallows on it. (Apples and ABC’s)

3. Download these free hot cocoa counting cards for some simple winter math fun. (The Measured Mom)

4. This counting snowballs winter math activity can be adapted for preschoolers and kindergarteners. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

 

Winter Math Activities for Preschoolers

 

5. Children can help make the snowmen for a fun button counting game. (Mama Papa Bubba)

6. Download this free printable for a counting and color recognition activity.

7. Practice number recognition while going Olaf bowling. (A Little Pinch of Perfect)

8. Make your own finger puppets and count to 5 while reciting “5 Little Snowmen”. (Inner Child Fun)

 

Winter Math Activities for Preschoolers

 

9. For those with stronger fine motor skills, try this hole punching activity. (Sugar Aunts)

10. Put together a winter counting sensory bin. (The Imagination Tree)

11. Practice simple counting while singing “5 Little Penguins”. (Let’s Play Music)

12. Play “count the snowballs” using snowman party cups. (Pre-K Pages)

 

More math ideas for young children:

Preschool Math Activities     preschool math

 

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Hands-On Math Activities for Preschoolers

When we choose math activities for our preschoolers, we look at playful ways to build counting skills. We also look for activities that can be adapted to different skill levels, since we have children at many different levels. Some of our preschoolers can count to 20 and beyond, while some are just starting to count to 4. Math is more than worksheets and flashcards. It’s about exploring numbers and counting, being completely engaged in the fun of numbers. Hands-on math activities for preschoolers.

 

Hands-on Math Activities for Preschoolers

 

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Setting Up Activity Trays

Before the children arrive, we set up the math activity trays on a table.  We work with our preschoolers to keep the materials on the tray, although, quite honestly, this can be a challenge with younger preschoolers. It’s not uncommon for our younger children to want to pick up the pieces and carry them around the room, often dropping them off in a different center. However, we continue to model how to use the materials and keep them on the trays so that other children can easily work on them as well.

 

Storing Activity Trays

We store all of our materials in a shared storage closet with the other preschool teachers. We’ve found that storing each activity in a plastic gallon bag (zip top or sliding top) works well. They sit nicely upright in a box on a shelf.

 

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Easy Winter Watercolor Snowflakes

We welcome each year with our easy winter watercolor snowflakes. Using pipettes and other types of droppers not only strengthen fine motor development, but they are also fun to use! Once preschoolers learn how to use them, they want to keep going, such as with our pine cone art and our colorful waterfalls. This type of activity is definitely is part of my top 10 ways to get fingers ready for writing.

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Easy Winter Watercolor Snowflakes

What you will need for this activity:

 

 

Preparing the activity:

Pour the liquid watercolors into containers and thin with water to desired strength. I suggest placing the snowflakes on some sort of tray that can contain the watercolors, because preschoolers love this activity so much that excess watercolors will flow off the snowflake.

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Invite the children to squeeze the watercolors onto the snowflakes.

You  might need to show them how to squeeze the paint into the pipette and then release it onto the snowflake. You will know when they get it – their faces will light up!

 Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

 If you don’t have access to the pre-cut tissue shapes, you can cut your own out of coffee filters. We’ve done this in the past and they work well.

 

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds 

 

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

When they are finished, let the snowflakes dry completely.

 

 Watercolor-Snowflakes - Winter art for kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Displaying the watercolor snowflakes:

 

We’ve primarily displayed our watercolor snowflakes on bulletin boards, as shown below, often mixed with other artwork. They also look lovely as window displays and can also be turned into festive garland. You could also hang them from the ceiling, as we did with our watercolor doily art.

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

 Head on over to my winter Pinterest board to find more fun activities like this!

 


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17 Winter Snacks for Kids      15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers      Winter Math Ideas for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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This Winter Science Activities packet is filled with 10 hands-on learning activities that are sure to capture the interest of your little learner. Teach little learners about states of matter, density, chemistry and more with really fun experiments. All the activities come with detailed instructions, material lists, and some experiments include printables. For only $3.00 you can buy it now.

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15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers

The cold weather is here. We love to explore ice this time of year! While planning winter theme, I found 15 fun winter ice activities for preschoolers. These are engaging, hands-on ideas that can be done in the classroom and at home. Ready for some winter fun?

15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers

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15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers

 

  1. Freeze blocks of ice and paint on them.
  2. Explore ice and water in the sensory bin.
  3. Brainstorm ways to keep ice from melting. (Planet Smarty Pants)
  4. Scoop ice out of water for a chilly sensory experience. (Busy Toddler)
  5. Princess lovers will have fun with this ice castle excavation activity. (School Time Snippets)
  6. Add some STEM to your winter theme by experimenting with frozen magnetic pieces. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
  7. Explore a rainbow with melting ice. (Powerful Mothering)
  8. Practice letter recognition while trying to remove letters from ice. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
  9. Melt frozen hands with salt and water. (Happy Hooligans)
  10. Go fishing for ice and learn what happens when salt is added. (Science Kiddo)
  11. For a simple winter science activity, explore fizzy ice. (Toddler Approved)
  12. Freeze Lego figures in water and excavate them. (Lemon Lime Adventures)
  13. Do you want to melt a snowman? This ice melting activity looks like a fun sensory idea! (Munchkins and Moms)
  14. Make volcanoes from ice and watch them erupt. (Reading Confetti)
  15. Paint with gingerbread ice men. (Practical Mommy)

 

15 Fun Winter Ice Activities for Preschoolers


 

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This Winter Science Activities packet is filled with 10 hands-on learning activities that are sure to capture the interest of your little learner. Teach little learners about states of matter, density, chemistry and more with really fun experiments. All the activities come with detailed instructions, material lists, and some experiments include printables. For only $3.00 you can buy it now.

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55+ Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine motor development is an important part of the toddler and early childhood years. In order to learn how to draw and write, the hands must be strong enough to hold writing tools. Fine motor is also necessary for independence. Think about zipping a coat, buttoning pants, opening a door, getting a glass of water. These all require fine muscle control. And yet, according to some studies, children are entering kindergarten lacking fine motor skills. And then the question is asked how? How can we help our young children build strong hands? I hear this question often from my own preschool parents. And so I thought I’d put together a list of 55+ fine motor activities for home.

Yep, over 55 easy ways to help your young children strengthen their break from school skills. Simple ideas your children can do at the kitchen table, in the bathtub, or outside. 50+ fine motor ideas that use simple materials, many of which you already have in your home. Activities that are perfect when your children are on break from school, the weekend, a rainy day, any time!

Fine Motor Activities That Can Be Done at Home

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This collection of fine motor activities is geared for children ages 2-5. Some will be more suitable for younger children, some for older. Choose the activities you feel are best for your children and build on them as they are ready.

 

55+ Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

Fine Motor Activities for Home

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Top 10 Toddler and Preschool Posts for 2016

As each year comes to a close, I love looking back and seeing what worked. Every time I put a post together, I wonder how many will find it useful. I can never guess how well any of them will do. I hit the publish button and wait. And yes, it’s always the biggest thrill to watch a post just take off! I am excited to share with you our top 10 toddler and preschool posts for 2016. Some of these have been around for years, others were just written this year.

Top 10 Toddler and Preschool Posts for 2016

 

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Top 10 Toddler and Preschool Posts for 2016

 

  1. Ice Painting

ice painting for kids

I had NO idea how popular this post would be. It was my first viral post and goes crazy every January. It shows me that you all love simple and fun activities. I don’t blame you. I do, too!

2. Music for Energetic Kids

 

17 Action Songs - Gets Toddlers and Preschoolers Moving! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

All of my posts that deal with busy kids do well, but this one is at the top. I love using music to get those wiggles out, especially on days where we cannot get outside, or we just simply have lots of energy stored up.

 

3. 67 Free Printables

Free Printables for Preschoolers

This post took off as soon as I hit publish. I’m not surprised. I love free printables! I don’t have a lot of time to search for printables as I put together my weekly activities, and I figure you don’t, either. So I wanted to have a one-stop place you could go to find them.

4. Simple Journals with 3 Year Olds

how to journal with 3 year olds

This post is near and dear to my heart and it always ranks in the top 10, year after year. I’ve had many, many readers send me emails saying how they started using these simple journaling ideas with their preschoolers with great success. That just puts a big huge smile on my face!

5. Music and Movement Activities

music and movement for preschoolers

Another fun collection of activities that can be done to music! There are some fun instruments you can make, too.

 

6. All About Me

22 preschool all about me theme ideas

We start each school year with an all about me theme. We not only learn more about ourselves, but about our friends as well!

7. No-Cook Snack Ideas

no-cook fun snacks for kids

This collection was put together when I realized sometimes we cannot have access to the oven upstairs. I know other classrooms are in the same position, so my hope was to give you some options so that cooking activities could still take place.

8. Toddler Valentine Crafts

valentine's crafts for toddlers

Normally evergreen posts are the only ones to make the top 10, but this particular collection gets a lot of love, year after year. I think it’s because most Valentine’s crafts are too complicated for our younger children. I’ve found that even if they are supposed to be geared for toddlers, they are still too involved. But I was able to find 15 that are appropriate for toddlers.

9. Creating a Preschool Circle Time

Creating a Preschool Circle Time - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

This post gets a lot of attention year-round, but especially during the summer when teachers are planning the new school year. There are a lot of posts out there about circle time for older preschoolers, but not 3 year olds.

10. How to Set Up a Preschool Classroom

How to set up a preschool classroom.

Another post that is near and dear to my heart. I love that there are 7 early childhood settings to tour, and that I got to work with them while we put this together.

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