Preschool Spring Activities Using Flowers

I get so giddy when spring arrives! After a winter of little color, it’s hard not to be delighted with the beautiful flowers that adorn our neighborhoods. We love to explore color this time of year, so putting together preschool spring activities using flowers is so fun!

There are so many learning opportunities using flowers, too. We make sure to have vases of real flowers in our science area and we will grow our own as well.  Along with exploring live flowers and planting our own from seeds, we read various flower books, create flower art, as well as other hands-on flower activities. My spring and gardening Pinterest boards are packed with ideas, but I thought I’d share some favorites on my blog for easier reference.

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Preschool Spring Activities Using Flowers

 

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preschool spring activities using flowers

 

 

preschooler flower activities

 

  • Work on fine motor while tearing paper to make colorful flowers. (3 Dinosaurs)

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Bonus! Make it easier with this preschool flowers lesson plans packet!

Preschool Flower lesson plans  Flower Lesson Plans for Home Preschool

Get a Full Week of Flower Theme Learning and Play

Save time and get right to the playful learning with these printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and there are different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.

 

This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:

1) Initial Sound Flower Building Activity
2) Flower Number Cards
3) Flower Petal Counting Emergent Reader
4) Flower Alphabet Matching Set
5) Uppercase and Lowercase Flowers for Hands-on Games and Activities
6) Flower Life Cycle Cards
7) Flower Roll and Graph Game
8) Flower Patterning and Sorting Cards
9) Name Letter Sorting Activity Mat
10) Shape Pieces for Flower Building with Shapes

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Gardening Ideas for Kids

The weather is warming up. It’s time to plant! But, you know your little ones would LOVE to help. (Yes, they would!) So now you are wondering about gardening ideas for kids.

Children learn from growing things.

Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow. (Source.)

Ready to garden with your children?

Preschool Gardening Activities

 

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Gardening Ideas for Kids

This collection not only contains ideas for growing plants, but also art ideas, sensory ideas, and outdoor garden art!

 

Teach your children how to plant seeds and take care of them with some simple tips.

Create a sunflower gardening project by starting your seeds in plastic cups.

For an miniature indoor garden, make a terrarium.

An egg carton makes a nice greenhouse. (Hazel and Company)


 

Gardening Ideas for Kids

 

Watch seeds grow in a jar. (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Grow plants from food scraps. (Modern Parents Messy Kids)

Use a coffee can to make a bug house. (Research Parent)

Dissect a flower and study its parts. (Sugar, Spice and Glitter)

Gardening Ideas for Kids

Explore real or artificial flowers with a garden sensory bin. (Mess for Less)

Examine different seeds with a magnifying glass and compare. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Use different colors of construction paper to make a flower garden. (Cutting Tiny Bites)

Draw bugs on stones and use in the garden. (Daisies and Pie)

Gardening Ideas for Kids 3

Dress up a terra cotta pot with thumbprint butterflies. (Upstate Ramblings)

Make a bird feeder out of a juice carton. (Red Ted Art)

Recycle empty water bottles to make colorful wind spirals. (Happy Hooligans)

Play this alphabet activity during your garden theme. (Buggy and Buddy)

Gardening Ideas for Kids

 

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More fun ideas for young children:

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Gardening Ideas for Kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
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Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

I love building multiple skills with one activity. This fine motor rainbow craft for preschoolers does just that. We have not only fine motor building taking place, but also color recognition AND math!

Recently I shared our rainbow color sorting sensory bin. Our preschoolers were so excited to learn the order of the colors that I put together a 3-dimensional rainbow craft. We then used this as a prop while reading the book “Planting a Rainbow“.

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

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Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

What we used:

  • Rainbow printable (scroll down for the link to download)
  • Beads in rainbow colors
  • Pipe cleaners in rainbow colors
  • Small clear or white plastic cups
  • Cotton balls
  • White glue



Putting it together:

I sorted the beads and placed them in matching bowls. (Not a requirement. I just happened to have some on hand.) I made 4 copies of the rainbow sheet and put them in clear plastic pockets. (Can I just say how much I love having these pockets? No laminator needed and I can reuse them with other activities!)

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

I first invited the preschoolers to place one bead on the matching color on the printable. (1:1 correspondence is another important math skill for preschoolers!)

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

The beads were then threaded in rainbow order onto the pipe cleaner. (I bent the end of one side of the pipe cleaner to keep the beads from falling off.)

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

 

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

Once those were finished, I got the white cups ready. Each rainbow needs 2 cups, 1 for each end.

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

I poked a hole in the bottom of each cup and pushed the ends of the pipe cleaners into them and then twisted the ends inside the cup so they wouldn’t pull through.

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

The next step was brushing the glue on the cups.

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

And then sticking the cotton balls on the glue for clouds.

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

When they were dry, we used them during circle time while reading Planting a Rainbow. As we came to each color in the book, we touched that color bead on our rainbow.

Free download: Rainbow Color Sorting Sheet

Fine Motor Rainbow Craft for Preschoolers

More ideas to try:

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15 Rainbow Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Exploring the rainbow is our favorite way to expose young children to colors and color mixing. I’ve share how we’ve made rainbows on bubble wrap and sorted rainbow colors in the sensory bin. But what about science? How can you wonder what happens while working with ROYGBIV? I’m thrilled to have found 15 rainbow science activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

Hands-on science that get young children excited about what will happen next!

Pouring, mixing, fizzing, squishing … ingredients that make early learning fun!

15 Rainbow Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Some of these activities are more suitable for preschoolers than toddlers. Close supervision is required.

15 Rainbow Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Skittles Rainbow Science: What happens when you add skittles to water? (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Scented Rainbow Science: What happens when you add vinegar to frozen baking soda? (Fun-a-Day)

Marshmallow Color Change Experiment: What happens to water after colored marshmallows are dissolved in it? (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Colorful Water Beads Experiment: What happens when you hydrate colorful water beads? (Little Bins)

Sparkly Fizzing Rainbow: What happens when you add glitter to baking soda and vinegar? (Preschool Powol Packets)

Color Changing Flowers: What happens when you place white flowers in colored water? (Laughing Kids Learn)

Rainbow Paper Color Science: What happens when you dip black paper into clear nail polish and water? (The Science Kiddo)

Make Your Own Rainbow: What happens when you take everyday items and shine light on them? (Lemon Lime Adventures)

Rainbow Salt Discovery Jars: What happens when you color salt using chalk and add it to a jar? (Preschool Toolbox)

Exploring Prisms: What happens as the light from the sun passes through the prism? (Buggy and Buddy)

Rainbow Ice and Salt Experiment: What happens when you color a block of ice and then add salt? (Powerful Mothering)

Rainbow Density Jar: What happens when layer liquid mixtures that have different densities? (Schooling a Monkey)

Traveling Colors: What happens when you add the colors from the rainbow onto salt and glue? (You Clever Monkey)

Rainbow Water Xylophone: What happens when you fill jars with colored water, each at a different level? (Mama Papa Bubba)

Rainbow Clean Mud: What happens when you add toilet paper to soap flakes and colored water? (Simple Fun for Kids)

15 Rainbow Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

Trains and train tracks are a staple in many toddler and preschool classrooms, mine included. They are not only fun to play with, but they are also very helpful when we are dealing with separation anxiety or need something to calm our environment. Recently our block area was transformed into train play with Old Tracks, New Tricks, a new book written by Jessica Petersen. We gathered all the wooden tracks we owned (we’ve had many considerate parents throughout the years who have donated what they no longer use) and our huge tub of Duplos (again, donated by many parents over the years). I watched as our preschoolers worked together to construct pillars and ramps, buildings and walls, all inspired by the book.

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

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Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

I introduced the book Old Tracks, New Tricks during our morning meeting. As I read it to our preschoolers, I gave them plenty of time to absorb what they saw on each page. When we saw how bossy the trains were to the 3 new tracks, we paused to talk about feelings. How did it make the new tracks feel when they were treated that way? But then the new tracks decided not to let those trains bother them. Instead, they got creative. The other tracks got involved, and eventually the trains wanted to be part of the fun. We watched what happened when the trains and the tracks had to work together and how they were rewarded with lots of fun. We compared it to how we work together on classroom activities.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Activity

I love getting the preschoolers involved in decisions. We knew we wanted to add trains to our block area after reading Old Tracks, New Tricks, but what would we put with them? We once again looked at the photos in the book and decided that we definitely needed Duplos. LOTS of Duplos.

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

We decided to pull our gigantic plastic tub of assorted Duplo pieces out of the storage closet and add it to our block area. We filled another basket with trains. We were eager to get to work!

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

The preschoolers began stacking the Duplos, figuring out which tracks would need support. A lot of collaboration happened while the bricks were moved around, especially once the tracks were involved.

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

“How can we raise the tracks?”

This was the first question that led to some pillars.

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

Some of the tracks were completely substituted with Duplos.

“The trains can still travel across them.”

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

Structures were also made alongside the tracks, as walls and buildings.

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

I love activities such as this because they encourage children to think of alternative ways to use materials. It’s also a great way to revive old toys, putting them to new use.

Train Play with Old Tracks, New Tricks

More About the Book:

Old Tracks, New Tricks is written by Jessica Petersen, who blogs at Play Trains, and published by The Innovation Press.  The rhyming text is fun to read as children predict the last words in each line. Jessica includes ideas to spiff up your wooden train tracks, such as with foil and even glow-in-the-dark materials for nighttime fun! The photos are bright and fun, showing  off lots of different ways to customize your tracks. While writing the book, Jessica kept in mind all the stages of the train lover, from toddlers to preschoolers and older.

Want to see more? The Innovation Press has provided a free preview of the first ten pages!

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15 Learning Games for Preschoolers

Games for preschoolers provide so many learning opportunities. We make sure to play these types of games in our classroom regularly. Sometimes we will play them as a large group at circle time, sometimes in groups of 4 during small groups, and they are also used as an activity during centers time. I am always looking for more ideas, so recently I got out my planner, opened up Pinterest, and went hunting for learning games. There were many available, but these are 15 that I loved the most. Oh, and a couple are my own, just because I love to share my ideas, too!

15 Learning Games for Preschoolers

 

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15 Learning Games for Preschoolers

 

  1. Recognize numbers and colors: counting game with play dough.

  2. Count the flowers: spring math game. (Fun a Day)

  3. Practice sharing: rainbow fish game. (Science Sparks)

  4. Distinguish sounds: the sound box game. (Let’s Play Music)

  5. Count the flowers: spring flower game.

  6. Work on coordination: hook a duck game. (Play and Learn Every Day)

  7. Count the spots: ladybug counting game. (Modern Preschool)

  8. Build color skills: clothespin color game. (School Time Snippets)

  9. Count objects: number card game.

  10. Work on counting and color skills: Pete the Cat math game. (Buggy and Buddy)

  11. Space theme: moon math game. (Stir the Wonder)

  12. Learn colors: color match game. (Mama Bee Simple)

  13. Move while learning numbers:  Olaf bowling game (A Little Pinch of Perfect)

  14. Learn letters: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom alphabet bean bag game (Meri Cherry)

  15. Move while learning numbers: Hop on Pop game (Cutting Tiny Bites)

 

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Fun Rainbow Color Sorting Sensory Bin

After a grey winter, we cannot wait for our classroom to burst with color. So is it coincidence that one of our last winter themes involves the rainbow? I think not. During this theme I wanted a sensory bin that not only had every color in the rainbow, but also different textures and tools to strengthen the hands and fingers. It didn’t take me long to find the perfect items to a fun rainbow color sorting sensory bin.

Ready for some colorful fun?

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

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Rainbow Color Sorting Sensory Bin

What we used:

  • Color sorting cups
  • Rainbow pom poms
  • Rainbow buttons
  • Rainbow feathers
  • Tongs or tweezers

 

Book to go with this activity:

Planting a Rainbow

 


It all started with these color sorting cups that I found on Amazon. I just knew they’d be perfect for not only this activity, but many future activities as well. (Fellow teachers, I’m sure you understand how we must find toys that have multiple uses, right?)

I love how they nest (each cup is numbered on the bottom).
Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

I love how they stack.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

The children, of course, love how they can be knocked over.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

I placed everything into the sensory bin, along with some tweezers and tongs, as I am always looking for ways to strengthen those hands and fingers!

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

I needed to make sure everything was color coordinating, since this would be a sorting activity.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

The first thing the children did was start sorting them by color. They told me the yellow pom poms were popcorn.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

They would gently shake the bowl to make the pom poms jump up and down.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

And then all the colors of pom poms got involved, some ending outside the sensory bin. No worries, our children are working on picking up what falls on the floor.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

We also have a small broom and dustpan available for taking care of spills.

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

How to adapt this sensory activity for toddlers:

Set the buttons and small pom poms aside. Toddlers love the feeling of the jumbo pom poms! Replace the tweezers with small scoops. (We use these for lots of activities, by the way!) They will be more interested in scooping and pouring the pom poms than actually sorting them by color, but that’s okay. It’s all about exposure!

Fun Rainbow Sensory Bin

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Best Books for Kids to Sing With

Our toddlers and preschoolers love to sing! We sing various times during our day. Some are planned, such as during circle time, and some just happen randomly, such as when we are in the middle of a transition to a new activity.  You don’t need to have a beautiful voice, either. I used to be very self-conscious about my voice, knowing it was nothing close to my sister Lauri’s professional sound. But when I am singing with my little friends, I forget that. I just relax and enjoy the moment. I even sing up on stage with the children in front of an audience! Another favorite time to sing is while reading books. We love our collection of best books for kids to sing with! Singing instead of reading the words is a great way to build language skills and learn new words, too. So check out some of our favorites below and try a few with your toddlers and preschoolers!

Best Books for Kids to Sing With

 

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Best Books for Kids to Sing With

 

Inch by Inch: The Garden Song – David Mallett

 

The Wheels on the Bus – Illustrated by Jerry Smith

 

Down by the Bay – Raffi

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Illustrated by Annie Kubler

 

Five Little Ducks – Illustrated by Annie Kubler

 

You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis

 

Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Helen Oxenbury

 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – Eileen Christelow

 

I Got Two Dogs – John Lithgow

 

The Farmer in the Dell – Ann Owen

 

Pete the Cat Collection – Eric Litwin

 

Down By the Station – Jennifer Riggs Vetter

 

Roll Over – Merle Peek

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat – Jane Cabrera

 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Jane Cabrera

 

Itsy Bitsy Spider – Iza Trapani

 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Caroline Jayne Church

 

Do Your Ears Hang Low? – Caroline Jayne Church

 

Over in the Meadow – Oliver A. Wadsworth

 

Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee – Paul Galdone

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Watercolor Shamrocks

Okay, everyone, you know how much I love watercolor art. Well, I found a way to turn a color mixing lesson into vibrant St. Patrick’s Day watercolor shamrocks.

Remember my popular waterfall art? This uses the same method, but on a flat surface, not upright. Using pipettes strengthens the hands and fingers, essential for writing and scissors skills development. Any activity we have done using this nifty tool has been a hit with our preschoolers.

The end result? Well, scroll down to see. They are looking very festive hanging in our window!

Watercolor Shamrocks - Fine motor art for preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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St. Patrick’s Day Watercolor Shamrocks

The color of the month during March is green. We do several color mixing activities, such as our cardboard tube painting. I decided to make these watercolor shamrocks be another color mixing activity.

What we used:

  • Blue liquid watercolors
  • Yellow liquid watercolors
  • Pipettes
  • Coffee filters, cut into shamrocks


 

watercolor shamrocks

I set plastic trays on our art table, and then the coffee filter shamrocks on top. Because we do so many activities with pipettes, our preschoolers were already familiar on how to use them.

If your preschooler has not mastered this skill yet, I suggest practicing with water and an ice cube tray, as shown in our water transfer activity post.

watercolor shamrocks

As the 2 colors are dropped onto the shamrock, a third color appears. This is always magical!

watercolor shamrocks

A few of the preschoolers chose not to mix 2 colors, and that was fine. But the majority were more than excited to see what would happen using 2 colors.

watercolor shamrocks

When finished, move shamrocks onto a clean dry tray.

watercolor shamrocks

You can leave them as is, mount onto paper, or hang.

watercolor shamrocks

I love how they hang gracefully in our window!

Watercolor Shamrocks - Fine motor art for preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Now, head on over to my pin board to find hundreds more St. Patrick’s Day and rainbow activities!

 

More ideas for your preschooler:

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Dealing with Big Emotions in the Preschool Classroom

You get your classroom set up, everything is organized, you are ready for that first day of school. The children arrive and you smile as you watch them get to know each other. And then you hear a high-pitched scream. It completely startles you. There are big sobs. You are trying to figure out what happened, but the child just screams louder. You are dealing with big emotions in the preschool classroom and need the tools to calm this child.

I know because I’ve been there.

Dealing with Big Emotions in the Classroom

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Dealing with Big Emotions in the Preschool Classroom

Dealing with big emotions in the classroom has been part of my teaching life for years. I’ve had students go from happy to angry in what seemed like a second. I’ve had children who’ve cried a lot, always seeming to fall apart over different situations. I’ve had children with big worries that I wished I could soothe. I’ve had children who would shout at the top of their lungs when they didn’t get the toy they wanted. I’ve watched children have big meltdowns but had no idea what prompted them.

I’ve gone home exhausted, sometimes in tears. And I’ve received so many messages from parents and teachers who’ve asked for help, feeling the same way. They wished they knew why their children acted the way they did. They were desperate for answers.

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Dayna is a national board certified educator who is now a stay-at-home mom of 3, one that deals with big emotions. She truly understand what we are going through. She’s lived it and has the tools to help! She wrote the popular post Top 10 Tips Every Parent of an Anxious Child Should Know. And now she has put together The Worries Workshop.

 

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Dealing with Big Emotions in the Classroom

 

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Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

We love tying our activities to favorite children’s books! When my co-teacher showed me her newest book called Love Monster, she said she was putting together a fun craft that would be done afterwards. Oh my goodness. I cannot wait to show you the Love Monster counting craft she put together for preschoolers!

They had to use their counting skills to put each piece on their monster and also work on their scissor skills to trim the body and create ears.

Check this out!

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

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Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

Supplies:

Before introducing this activity, cut these from different colors of construction paper (you will need one full set for each child):

  • 1 mouth
  • 3 teeth
  • 6 toes
  • 6 toenails
  • 1 heart
  • 1 body

You will also need 2 jumbo googly eyes per monster.

We first read Love Monster during circle time. We watched how sad he was until he met someone just like him.

 

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

And then we were invited to make our own monsters.

We first had them cut triangles from the top corners of their monsters. These are the ears. Glue them to the top of the monster’s head.

Then start gluing the pieces on! We used to have them brush the glue onto paper, but recently we’ve been using squeeze bottles. The hands and fingers need to work hard to squeeze the glue out of the bottle, and there is more concentration needed on where the glue is going.

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

See those jumbo googly eyes? I bought them online for a previous project and had NO idea how big they were. When I opened the package I was a bit startled! They would completely overwhelm the project I had intended them for.

So when my co-teacher was putting this love monster activity together, I just knew they’d be perfect. I mean, really, look at them! They give the monsters so much personality!

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

We wrote out a list of how many of each piece needed to be added so we could point it out to the preschoolers while they worked.

The most challenging were the toes and toenails. But wow, what a great one-to-one correspondence activity! They had to glue 1 toenail to each toe.

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

When all the pieces are on the monster’s body, let dry thoroughly.

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

Aren’t they adorable? And each one has it’s own personality.

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

We had our preschoolers name their monsters and we displayed them on our bulletin board.

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

Lots of skills being worked but most of all, they were fun to make!

Love Monster Counting Craft for Preschoolers

 

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20 Eric Carle Craft Projects for Kids

 

We are in love with the author Eric Carle, so I thought it would be fun to put together 20 Eric Carle craft projects for kids that go with his books.

Literacy is a very important part of our toddler and preschool curriculum. We read several books each day and often will invite the children to create a craft that connects to one of them. Our 3 year olds also enjoy circle time activities that go with the books, and we will also extend related activities to other areas of our classroom, such as the light table and writing table. We even add literacy to our block corner. Our goal is to set a firm foundation for the love of books that will stay with our students their entire lives.

 

Eric Carle Crafts

 

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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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15 Quiet Time Activities for Preschoolers

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

 

Check out even more activities on our weather pin board!

 

 

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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

 

 

Marble Valentine Heart Activity


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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

preschool valentines activity

 

 

 

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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