Preschool Art with Balloons

Have you ever tried preschool art with balloons? If not, you have been missing out. Seriously, this is so much fun.

FUN!

I’m not sure if it’s handing the balloons that makes it so much fun, or smooshing the paint around. (Smooshing might not be a word, but I’m going with it.)

While we continued to paint at the art table with our toddlers, we added an additional challenge with our preschoolers.

We painted vertically. 

Yep, we took this activity to the easel. It created a new challenge, but our preschoolers were up for it.

 

 

Preschool Art with Balloons

 

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Preparing this activity: 

 

We did not completely blow up the balloons, as we wanted the children to be able to grab them. We also used smaller balloons for easier handling. (Although now I’m thinking how fun this activity could be with really large balloons. Hmm….)

 

Pour paint into containers and set a balloon in each one. We wanted at least 2 colors for color mixing fun.

 

Preschool Art with Balloons

 

 

Can you tell that our easel gets used a lot? Hard to believe it was new last fall!

 

Preschool Art with Balloons 

 

 Now, some clever preschoolers figured out that it was easier to handle the balloons if they pinched the knot. The teacher in me was thrilled because I could see some good fine motor strengthening happening.

 

Preschool Art with Balloons

 

Balloon Painting with Toddlers

 

You are probably wondering why I’d want to even try this art with toddlers because of the possible mess. Ah, but if you have been following my blog for awhile, you know mess does not scare me. I want them to experience different tools and textures.
(Note: if you are looking for mess-free art, try this.)

 We simply placed large sheets of paper at our art table, along with the trays of paint and balloons.

 

Preschool Art with Balloons

 

 They knew just what to do. And they loved the slip-sliding that started happening.

 

 Preschool Art with Balloons

 

And that’s it! Pretty easy, lots of fun. And if the mess scares you, take it outside! This would be a fun one for the patio.

 

 

More painting fun for toddlers and preschoolers:

Preschool Painting with Tea Bags      Painting with Frozen Watercolor Hearts - A fun Valentine's activity for kids!      easy toddler friendship art

 

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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 activities involve lots of hands-on exploration and can be shared with older children, too!

fun summer activities for toddlers

 

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Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers:

Paint with Balls – This is a fun activity that involves rolling balls dipped in paint. Try it indoors or outdoors!

Drive Cars Through Paint – If your toddlers love cars, they will adore this hands-on activity! Grab their favorite cars and trucks, add paint, and roll them across paper.

 

Make Prints From Bubble Wrap – The next time you have some leftover bubble wrap, invite your toddlers to make prints from them.

 

Play with Homemade Lavender Scented Dough – Toddlers will love helping you make this calming play dough. Save for those moments when everyone needs to wind down.

 

Paint with Rolling Pins – Wrap some of that bubble wrap around a rolling pin, add paint, and have fun!

 

Mix Colors with Hands – This is a fun activity to do on the patio! Mix 2 colors of paint with the hands and watch how a new color is created.

 

Have Fun in the Sandbox – Add various materials, such as a rain gutter, for endless outdoor summer fun.

 

Stamp Circles with Paper Tubes – This activity is super simple, yet so much fun! All you need is a recycled paper tube and some paint.

More fun summer activities for toddlers:

fun summer activities for toddlers

Patriotic Discovery Bottles – Add some red, white, and blue to a water bottle for the 4th of July.

Frozen Sparkly Paint – Whip up your own sparkly watercolor paint, stick it in the freezer, and you have a fun activity on a summer afternoon.

Plant Seeds – Kids love to help in the garden!

Paint Outdoors – Take your painting materials outside and enjoy the nice summer weather.

fun summer activities for toddlers

  • Paint Big – Take a big sheet of paper outdoors for some fun big painting. (Learn with Play at Home)
  • Simple Water Play with Balls – Add some small balls with water in a wading pool for some cool summer fun. (Learn, Play, Imagine)
  • Soapy Sea Foam SensoryPlay – Have fun with sea creatures in foamy water. (Twodaloo)
  • Pouring Water – Learning how to pour water is perfect outdoors with the inevitable spills and overflows. (Hands On As We Grow)

fun summer activities for toddlers

 

  • Bird Feeders – Use recycled paper tubes to make backyard feeders for our feathered friends. (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
  • Build Your Own Sprinkler – Toddlers love to jump in the sprinkler on a hot day, so why not make one yourself out of a plastic bottle? (Housing a Forest)
  • Splash Pad – Turn a tarp into a fun slip and slide. (1 Little dude and 3 Little Ladies)
  • Make Chocolate Ice Cream – No ice cream maker needed! This refreshing summer snack can be made in a bag. (The Pleasantest Thing)


More activities for toddlers:

Learning Activities for Toddlers     Fun Toddler Painting with Legos     25 activities for busy toddlers

 

 

Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

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Easy 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 some fun creating!

 

What are your favorite 4th of July traditions? Hop on over to my Facebook page and let me know!

 

 

Easy 4th of July Crafts for Kids

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Fun Summer Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Inside: Fun Summer Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

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 fun summer sensory bin, I wanted bright, happy, sparkly fun.

They loved it.

Because it contained shiny stuff. Oh, how our preschoolers love anything shiny!

And it included containers with lids. Remember our St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin? Yep, same love. They filled those containers to the top and snapped on the lid. Then, opened the lid and dumped everything out. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

 

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Fun Summer Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

What we used:

  • Dyed rice – you can see how we do this here: sunflower sensory bin
  • Small sparkly objects
  • Small containers with lids

Oh, and make sure to read some fun beach books!


summer sensory bin

Yep! Filling those containers to the top!

If you look back to my sensory bin activities, you will see that many include some sort of container. Toddlers (especially) and preschoolers love to fill containers. If it has a lid, that’s a bonus!

summer sensory bin

I also think about textures.

Who can resist taking big scoops and slowly sifting it through your fingers?

summer sensory bin

And dump. But of course! This might be the most favorite part. If you have a child who likes to dump anything, being able to redirect him to an activity like this works wonders.

summer sensory bin

And that’s it! It really is that simple!

 

summer sensory bin

More ideas to try:

Bubble fun for kids! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds      water activities for preschoolers - teaching 2 and 3 year olds     Gardening Ideas for Kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

And look at these beach activities!

Create an ocean themed sensory writing tray as a fun way to learn how to write letters and sounds, children’s own names and even sight words too!

Set up a simple ocean sensory activity that is science too!

Explore and learn about the ocean habitat with play dough.

You can find even more on my beach/ocean pin board.

 

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46 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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 some time outdoors.
  • Some you will find in your town.
  • Some you can easily make.

What could you add to this list? Please let me know in the comments!

 

Fun Summer Activities Perfect for Preschoolers

 

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Bonus! Moms, make this summer much more fun! And easier, too!

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Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the e-pack. Its jam-packed with gorgeous photos of super fun activities to do with the kids!

  • Several printable summer planning pages (art supply prep list, Summer Bucket List template, etc.)
  • Four summer themes with over 45 Simple and FUN activity ideas with full instructions and supply lists. With 80+ total activities and ideas to do!
  • Adventure ideas and tips – you can have adventures without leaving your backyard or use the ideas to get out and explore your community.
  • Tips and articles for a successful summer: managing sibling conflict, what to do with the toddler, how to enjoy a museum with your kids, etc.
  • Reading recommendations to go with each of the 4 themes.

Download it now!

 

More of my summer collections:

preschool literacy activities for summer      fun summer activities for toddlers      outdoor games for preschoolers

 

 

 

You might also like these summer ideas:

2016 Summer-A-Day Calendar (Free Printable)

29 Dollar Store Finds That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

30 Cool Summer Activities

60 Days of Cheap Summer Fun

A Ton of Free Summer Printables

Summertime Scissors Practice

 

 

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Fun Preschool Summer Camps and Activities – Keep Them Busy!

Summer has arrived. You have 1, 2, or perhaps even more kids to keep busy until school returns in a couple of months. You are just waiting for the “I don’t have anything to do” whine. Parents, I’ve got you covered. I’ve collected the best, most fun preschool summer camps and activities that my talented blogger friends have put together.

Seriously, fun activities!

Summer camps you can do at home.

Summer printables you can download and give to the kids today.

Art camps that are perfect for mixed age groups, so you can use them with playdates.

Summer book clubs that will add more literacy to your kids’ days!

Or how about printable activity calendars that give you a plan for each day?

So next time you hear “Mom, there’s nothing to do!”… you have some fun ideas at your fingertips. And you just might get some free time to grab a cup of coffee, check your emails, think about what to make for dinner!

 

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Fun Preschool Summer Camps and Activities

Here is the collection! Please note that these are in no particular order. Scroll and click on what looks good, and you will get the details.

 

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Over 45 simple and fun activities put together by moms like you! 20 moms, to be exact.

Four summer themes with over 45 Simple and FUN activity ideas with full instructions and supply lists. With 80+ total activities and ideas to do!

For a limited time, I have a coupon that is just for Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds readers!

Enter the code: teach30 when checking out to get 30% off Camp Mom or any of the ebooks on that website!

More information: Camp Mom

 

Summer Activity Calendars (starts in July)

These calendars are perfect for families or classrooms with preschoolers through grade 2! Families can hang the calendar on the refrigerator each month and take the resource sheet with them to the library to gather the books for the month.

Click here to view more details

 

Summer Camp at Home (Starts in July)

Your kids will be busy learning, making and playing active games. No more wasted summer!

Each day SUMMER CAMP AT HOME offers 3 different activities (that kids can watch in a fun and short video with easy instructions).

The camp has 45 videos PLUS a fun bonus CHALLENGE BOARD GAME.

More information: Summer Camp at Home

 

Art Spark DIY Summer Camp

Here’s your summer solution for mixed age groups! This is a complete program of fun, engaging art adventures that work with kids of all ages. Invite some friends to join in!

More information: Art Spark DIY Summer Camp

 

Summer Printable Fun and Learning Pack

20 printable scavenger hunts, life skills and games for kids that will keep them engaged and busy for HOURS this summer!

More Information: Summer Printable Fun and Learning Pack

 

Summertime Thematic Unit for Preschoolers

The summertime thematic unit is a 182 (total) page unit for use in a home, classroom, or center setting with preschool and kindergarten children. Suggestions for younger and slightly older children are given where possible.

More information: Summertime Thematic Unit

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More summer activities for kids:

 

Virtual Book Club for Kids Summer Camp

This book club is 3 weeks of camp themed fun created by early childhood specialists and busy moms. Geared for kids ages 18 months to 8 years old.

More information: Kids Summer Book Club

 

The A-Z Play at Home Series

Playful activities that expose young children to the alphabet, one letter a day!

More information: The A-Z Play at Home Series

 

Storybook Summer

Add more reading to your preschooler’s summer with these fun books. Each one comes with a suggested activity!

More information: Storybook Summer

 

Young Scientists Summer Camp

These activities can work for multiple ages from preschool through early elementary school. There’s so much learning, playing, and exploring going on this summer. Included are great science snacks, games, projects, and of course experiments and activities for each day of the week. Each day has its own theme with several experiments and activities listed to try. You can modify them or add to them as you need to for different abilities.

More information: Summer Science Camp Experiments for Kids

 

Nature Camp

Nature Camp is a great way to get some outside learning while you’re still playing and exploring the outdoors!

More information: Nature Camp

 

Preschool STEM Camp

5 days of book-themed STEM explorations for children ages 3-6.

More information: Preschool STEM Camp

 

summer printables, packets, camps

 

More summer activities:

Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers     Fun Alphabet Learning Activities for Summer     Fun Summer Activities for Preschoolers

 

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Fun Alphabet Learning Activities for Summer

“I’m looking for ways to keep my preschooler interested in the alphabet while he’s on summer break.”

This was a recent email I got from a dear reader. While I have my own fun alphabet learning activities, I wanted to expand the collection.

And so, I asked my favorite early childhood bloggers. They didn’t disappoint. In fact, I got over 35 of the very best alphabet learning activities. This collection is amazing!

Best part? No workbooks or flashcards are involved. Nope. These are hands-on, FUN activities with a summer twist. They can be done indoors or outdoors. (Who wants to be indoors on a nice summer day?)

And if you are looking for more ideas, scroll down towards the end of this post to learn about Camp Mom!

 

 

Fun Alphabet Learning Activities for Summer

 

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Bonus! Moms, make this summer much more fun! And easier, too!

preschool summer camp activities

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the e-pack. Its jam-packed with gorgeous photos of super fun activities to do with the kids!

  • Several printable summer planning pages (art supply prep list, Summer Bucket List template, etc.)
  • Four summer themes with over 45 Simple and FUN activity ideas with full instructions and supply lists. With 80+ total activities and ideas to do!
  • Adventure ideas and tips – you can have adventures without leaving your backyard or use the ideas to get out and explore your community.
  • Tips and articles for a successful summer: managing sibling conflict, what to do with the toddler, how to enjoy a museum with your kids, etc.
  • Reading recommendations to go with each of the 4 themes.

Download it now!

 

 Fun Alphabet Learning Activities for Summer


More activities for preschoolers:

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Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

Toddlers and preschoolers love to use real aquarium fish nets! I shared our ocean theme sensory bin where these nets were a huge hit with the small aquarium rock and pretend sea creatures. But I wanted something that would be easier for toddlers and young preschoolers without any choking hazards. Hello fun color sorting fish sensory bin!

It’s all about scooping and pouring with this age group. For this reason, I try to find fun ways to incorporate these in our sensory bins. Water is always a favorite, but sand and other materials work well, too. Also, if we have a child who likes to dump toys, we can redirect him to this type of sensory bin.

 

Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

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Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

Good ol’ Amazon did it again! I was searching for chunky plastic fish that toddlers could hold in their hands, scoop and pour. When I found what I was looking for, I realized I could pull together a color-sorting activity in our sensory bin.

Ta da!

I grabbed our color sorting bowls and aquarium fish nets, filled our sensory bin with water, and it was ready. That easy!

 

Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

The first thing the children did was fill the nets with as many fish as they could. They weren’t even thinking about the colors.

Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

They then dumped the fish into the bowls. Again, not thinking about sorting them by color.

Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

 

They were simply having fun building their fine motor skills while filling and dumping, over and over again.

Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

But then they started paying attention to the colors of the fish and the colors of the bowls, as shown in this video:

Super simple and fun, right?

For those of you at home, try this in the bathtub!


Fun Color Sorting Fish Sensory Bin

More fun water table ideas:

Rainy Weather Sensory Bin for Preschoolers   Color Sorting Water Bin     10 Little Ducks Eric Carle

 

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How to Make an Easy Butterfly Feeder

I love using our outdoor area as a nature classroom. We are lucky to be surrounded by mature trees and flowering shrubs that invite butterflies, birds, bees, and squirrels. Our toddlers and preschoolers are lucky to see all of this in person every time they are out there. And so, creating feeders for these creatures is extra fun. The idea of how to make an easy butterfly feeder came to mind after we released butterflies last month. The children continue to talk about that experience, so I knew this activity would be a hit.

 

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

Disclosure: I was given 100 Backyard Activities That Are the Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever to review for free. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

My blogging friend, Colleen Kessler, an award-winning educator and founder of the blog Raising Lifelong Learners, asked me if I’d like a copy of hew new book 100 Backyard Activities That Are the Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever. Knowing all the fun activities Colleen shares, I eagerly accepted. Her book is packed with fun ideas to do with your kids outside.

When you put away the video games, close down the computer and turn off the television to head outside, you actually can make yourself smarter. I’m serious. Studies show that being outside around nature can make you calmer, more peaceful, more attentive and even increase creativity and inventiveness.

Those are Colleen’s words, and I wholeheartedly agree.

How to Make an Easy Butterfly Feeder

It was a hard decision to make, since there are so many fun ideas to try. We decided to make the Super Simple Yogurt Lid Feeder on page 90.

What we used:

  • Lid from a plastic container
  • Hole punch
  • 4 long pieces of yarn (We used lacing yarn since they have nice tips, making it easier to thread the beads.)
  • Pony beads
  • Very ripe fruit

How to make the butterfly feeder:

Punch 4 holes in the lid, as evenly spread out as possible. Tie one end of each strand of yarn between the hole and the edge of the lid.

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

Invite the children to string beads on the yarn. The book’s photo shows 8 pony beads on each strand. My preschoolers just could not stop at 8. They adore threading beads and kept on going. It made the feeder a little heavier, but we figured it wouldn’t blow around as much in the wind.

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

Plus truly, if you know me by now, you know that I won’t stop a preschooler from wanting to use those fine motor skills!

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

This is very much like when we made our macaroni necklaces. I did have them stop every so often so that I could tie knots in between a series of beads. This way if they dropped the yarn, we would not lose all the beads that were carefully strung on the yarn.

And yes, I have learned this from experience. Beads spilling everywhere. And frustrated children!

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

And so, they threaded those beads until their fingers got tired or we ran out of yarn.

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

Once the beads were all strung, I tied the 4 pieces of yarn together at the top.

When we were finished assembling the bird feeder, we talked about the fruit we’d place on it. At circle time I cut strawberries, an apple, and an orange and we took them outside. The preschoolers carefully placed the fruit on the lid.

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

Every so often I’d pick it up by the ends of the yarn and see if it would balance okay. We quickly realized we had too much fruit so we removed some pieces.

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

We looked around our outdoor area and found a tree that we felt would work best, near lots of flowers. We hung it and stood back, delighted!

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

We are now watching and waiting for some butterflies to try our feeder! In the meantime, we can make more pretend butterflies to hang in our classroom.

Preschool Science: Make a Butterfly Feeder

 

More activities from the book 100 Backyard Activities:

  • Wet Bugs, Dry Bugs – Roly Poly Bug Experiment
  • The Most Colossal Worm Home You Can Make
  • Stupendous Spider Web Art
  • Finding and Identifying Bird Nests
  • Groovy CD Case Bean Plant

100 Backyard Activities That Are the Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever! is available on Amazon!

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More fun preschool activities:

Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids       10 Fun Preschool Science Experiments      Preschool Science - Gravity Experiments

 

Get a Full Week of Butterfly 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.

Preschool Butterfly Lesson Plans       Home Preschool Butterfly lesson

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

1) Butterfly Life Cycle Roll and Graph Game
2) Butterfly Life Cycle Roll and Graph Game
3) Caterpillar Uppercase Alphabet Cards
4) Butterfly Lowercase Alphabet Cards
5) Butterfly Life Cycle Cards
6) Butterfly Symmetry Matching Cards
7) Butterfly Life Cycle Word Building Mats
8) Caterpillar Measurement Recording Sheet
9) Caterpillar Patterning Activity
10) Caterpillar Syllable Sort
11) Caterpillar Egg Leaf Counting Mats (Numbers 1-10)

Get Your Lesson Plans

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

Homemade Father’s Day gifts made by kids are the best. Well, ALL gifts made by kids are the best. There is something about those handprints, those scribbles, those photos that capture your sweet little one at the age they are right now.

Trust me on this. Many years from now you will look back on this gifts and smile. I’m so glad my husband and I saved all those parent gifts our children made throughout their childhood years!

I probably said something similar in my Mother’s Day Gifts post, but it’s so true. I have a drawer in my nightstand that holds most of these treasures. Okay, there might be a box in the garage, too.

 

Homemade Father's Day Gifts

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

  • You Are My Superhero – Create a darling painting for dad using a hand and footprint. (Glued to My Crafts)

  • I’m Hooked on Daddy – This handprint on canvas would especially be cute for the dad who loves fishing. (Glued to My Crafts)

  • Hands Down … Best Dad Ever – Need a quick gift? Download the free printable, add handprints, and pop it into a frame. (Catch My Party)

Homemade Father's Day Gifts

 

  • DIY Photo Tile Coasters – For less than $5 you can purchase individual tiles and add photos to make a personalized gift for Dad. (Pop Sugar)

  • Decorated Golf Balls – If Dad loves to golf, he will love his own unique golf balls. (Laughing Kids Learn)

  • Framed Sand Foot Prints  – The sweetest keepsake that uses sand and plaster of Paris. (Paging Fun Mums)

Homemade Father's Day Gifts

 

 

 

Homemade Father's Day Gifts

 

 

 

  • Father’s Day Printable Questionnaire – Here’s another fun idea that you can do at the last minute. The answers are sure to make dad chuckle. (Kinzie’s Kreations)

  • Trinket Box – Glue popsicle sticks together for a place for Dad to store his keys or other small items. (Craft Elf)

  • Toddler Keepsake Key Chain – A simple idea for toddlers (or older kids) that involves plastic and markers. (Crafty Creative Kathy)

 

Homemade Father's Day Gifts

More ideas for young children:

Learning-Activities-for-Preschoolers      Farm Activities for Preschoolers     teaching kids how to count from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

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44 Preschool Learning Activities for the Outdoors

You’ve planned your learning activities for the classroom or homeschool, but it’s just too nice outside to be indoors. What to do? Take learning outdoors! I’ve put together 44 preschool learning activities that are perfect for the outdoors.

Counting.

Measuring.

Letter hunts.

Science with nature.

And more.

Lose the 4 walls and the ceiling and get outdoors with this fun collection!

Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids

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44 Preschool Learning Activities for the Outdoors

The photo collages beneath each group of activities is shown left to right, starting with the first activity in the group. When you click the title of the activity, you will be taken to the original post with full directions.

 

  • Paint with Bubbles: Whip up a batch of vibrant bubble paint and make prints.
  • Outdoor Canvas Painting: Collect flower petals and add them to a watercolor canvas art activity.
  • Water Spray Alphabet Hunt: Work on letter recognition or letter sounds with water and a spray bottle! (Mom Inspired Life)
  • ABC Excavation Sensory Bin: Fill ice trays with ABC beads and freeze for a fun letter exploration activity. (Parenting Chaos)
  • Garden ABC Hunt: Get outside and enjoy some fresh air while practicing letter recognition. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
  • Alphabet Ice Boats: Match the letters on the boats as the ice starts to melt. (School time Snippets)

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  • Bubble Play: Make your own bubbles and try some fun activities that little kids love. (Red Ted Art)
  • Floating Flowers: Collect flowers from the garden and add to a tub of water. (Twitchetts)
  • Learn with Leaves: 7 math activities that you can do outside! (Crafts on Sea)
  • Exploring Senses in Nature: Make an easy DIY mystery bag and fill with natural materials for a fun tactile sense activity. (Natural Beach Living)
  • Play with Helicopter Seeds: These are fun to use for large motor activities, nature hunts, fine motor, counting, and in crafts! (Lalymom)
  • Outdoor Play Ideas Jar: Use the free printable for activity ideas, place in a jar, and let the kids pick a fun outdoor idea. (Kitchen Counter Chronicles)

 

preschool outdoor learning

 

  • Cutting Lavender: If you have lavender in your yard, invite your child to snip it for some fine motor fun. (Teach Me Mommy)
  • DIY Dice Game: Work on gross motor development while completing the task that the dice lands on. (Days with Grey)
  • Hammering Ice: Fill ice cube trays with water and small plastic bugs, freeze, and take outdoors to hammer! (Beauty Through Imperfection)
  • Sink or Float Science: Fill a tub with water, collect items, and see if they sink or float. Use the free printable to document results. (Buggy and Buddy)
  • Blow Bubbles with Household Objects: Discover which household objects work best to blow bubbles. (Playground Parkbench)
  • Spread Shaving Cream on Blocks: Help your children develop spreading skills with this fun activity. (Happy Hooligans)

preschool outdoor learning

 

  • Safari Small World: Create a safari small world in the sandbox with loose parts, including  natural materials. (Little Worlds Big Adventures)
  • Nature Number Art: Collect items on a walk, roll the dice, and create something with that many of the pieces. (Mosswood Creations)
  • Sand Cast Starfish: Next time you go to the beach, make this fun keepsake! (Crafts by Amanda)
  • Shadow Art: Add some hands-on STEAM to your outdoor time with this fun art and science activity. (Rhythms of Play)

 

preschool outdoor learning

 

  • Stone Faces Craft: Collect rocks on a nature walk and use the free printable to create funny stone faces. (Messy Little Monster)
  • Earth Craft with Rain: Use markers on paper and see what happens when rain falls on it. (To Be a Kid Again)
  • Jackson Pollock Art: Drip paint on a large sheet outdoors! (Learning and Exploring through Play)
  • Nature Paintbrushes: Collect pieces of nature while on a walk and then use them to paint with. (Messy Little Monster)

 

preschool outdoor learning

Looking for a more structured summer camp program for your kids?

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Let the kids have the best summer ever! They will be busy learning, making and playing active games. Each day Summer Camp at Home offers 3 different activities.

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More ideas for kids:

summer sensory bin      Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers     Fun Summer Activities for Preschoolers

 

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Preschool 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. This collection of preschool ocean theme activities are fun and engaging!

What I love about this theme is that there are so many fun ways to study shells and ocean animals! From the science table, to the art center, inside the sensory bin, on top of the light table, and in the books we read.

Here’s some of our favorites!

Preschool Ocean Theme Ideas - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

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Preschool Ocean Theme Activities

During our morning meeting I like to introduce what we will be doing that day.

preschool ocean theme

I read an ocean book and then brought out my basket of assorted shells. We noticed how they had different textures.

 

preschool ocean theme

Group meetings are perfect for passing objects around, so we carefully passed the shells from one friend to the other, running our fingers across them.

preschool ocean theme

Shells at the Playdough Table

My co-teacher made this playdough that same morning, so it was still warm. You can just feel it now, right? It was quite relaxing, and I’m sure that’s a big reason why all 6 chairs at the table were occupied much of centers time.

preschool ocean theme

We provided rolling pins to roll the dough flat, and small shells to poke into the dough.

preschool ocean theme

Shells at the Light Table

preschool ocean theme

Oh, how we love our light table! While it’s fun as a surface for small world play and construction, it’s also perfect for exploring. The light highlighted the details of the shells, making them so inviting to touch.

preschool ocean theme

Shells at the Science Table

Long ago, as a new teacher, I had made these colored paper starfish and had them laminated. It was for some circle time activity, I am quite sure (oh, my poor memory), but I thought they’d be fun at the science table. I also included a photograph of shells, a display of shells, and a couple of ocean discovery bottles.

preschool ocean theme

Our toddlers and preschoolers love to explore at this small round table. It’s a perfect size for 1, 2, or maybe even 3 children. There is a shelf under the table to store books. I have no idea where this table was originally purchased. My co-teacher’s mom found it at a local Goodwill, along with 2 chairs. Score!

preschool ocean theme

Of course, a shell must be put against the ear to “hear the ocean”!

preschool ocean theme

Jellyfish at the Art Table

watercolor jellyfish craft

You can read all about this art activity here. Not only were they fun to make, but they also looked lovely hanging from our classroom ceiling.

watercolor jellyfish craft

Toddler Fish Art

Toddler Ocean Art

Our toddlers loved stamping curved paper tube rolls onto fish-shaped paper! You can read more about that here.

Toddler Ocean Art

Ocean Sensory Bin

Ocean Theme Sensory Bin

I found these small fish aquarium nets and added aquarium gravel and sea animals. You can read all about it here.

Ocean Theme Sensory Bin

Beach Day

The grand finale of our ocean theme was beach day with our preschoolers. They wore beach attire to school and brought their towels. We played beach music, made ice cream, and were so happy the sun was actually shining that day. Because, where we live, that’s not often the case in May.

preschool ocean theme

 


For more advanced preschoolers, check out this ocean literacy packet!

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More ideas to try:

Fun Summer Activities Perfect for Preschoolers      preschool literacy activities for summer     Fun Summer Activities for Toddlers

 

Ocean Theme Activities

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




15 Fun Water Activities for Preschoolers

Preschoolers love water. Give them a tub of water and a cup and they will fill and pour water over and over again. So why not add on to this with some fun hands-on learning? I’ve put together 15 fun water activities for preschoolers. Activities that allow them to:

  • Feel
  • Squeeze
  • Pour
  • Poke
  • Explore

These activities can be done year round, in the classroom or at home. With one child or many children.

And they are easy. We like that!

 

water activities for preschoolers - teaching 2 and 3 year olds

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15 Fun Water Activities for Preschoolers

 

Color Sorting: This activity not only builds color recognition skills, but fine motor, too!

Water Squeezing: Have you ever used turkey basters in your water table? This is a favorite with our preschoolers! (Our toddlers love it, too.)

Transferring Water: Once young children can master turkey basters, they are ready for pipettes. This fine motor activity is also nice for calming down energetic children.

Washing with Water: Add small sponges to soapy water, along with some favorite toys to wash. In this particular activity, we used our collection of rubber ducks.

water activities for preschoolers

Kitchen Water Xylophone: Fill jars with various amounts of water and notice how different they sound. (Sugar, Spice and Glitter)

Leak-Proof Bag: Stick pencils through a plastic bag filled with water and it won’t leak! (Paging Fun Mums)

Keeping Paper Dry Science Activity: This water science idea will be like magic to preschoolers! (Pleasantest Thing)

Soapy Sea Foam Sensory Play: The colors in this activity are beautiful! Just add shells and ocean animals and pretend you are at the ocean. (Two-Daloo)

water activities for preschoolers

Pool Noodle Boat Fun: What a fun idea to use cut pieces of pool noodles as boats for the water table! (FSPDT)

Floating Chalk Prints: Wonder what happens when you shave colored chalk and add it to a pan of water? And then place a piece of paper on top? Try this activity and find out! (Picklebums)

Water Wall: You can make a homemade water wall for the backyard that your children will love! (Little Bins for Little Hands)

water activities for preschoolers

Bottle Caps and Water: Fill caps with water using pipettes. Another fun way to work on those fine motor skills! (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Sink or Float: Collect items from nature and see which ones sink and float. (Laughing Kids Learn)

Experiment with the Changing Shape of Water: Find out what happens when water is poured into different shaped containers. (Stir the Wonder)

How Many Drops of Water Fit on One Penny: This activity will add some fun STEM into your day! (Our Whimsical Days)

water activities for preschoolers

What are your preschooler’s favorite water activities?

 

Water activities for preschoolers - fun ways to explore! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

More fun ideas to try:

Gardening Ideas for Kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds      preschool color activities     learning games for preschoolers

 

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Fun Play Date Activities

One of the many areas I discuss during our parent night is the benefits of having fun play date activities with classmates. The biggest benefit is that they build social and language skills. Many of our parents have found that once they scheduled a few play dates, they saw their child’s confidence strengthen. As a teacher, I see that as well.

There are many simple and fun play date activities that can easily be set up inside or outside the home. They do not have to be elaborate! I thought I’d share in this collection in case you are looking for some play date inspiration.

What are your children’s fun play date activities? Let me know in the comments section!

 

Fun play date activities for preschoolers

 

 

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Fun Play Date Activities

 

Fun Play Date Activities for Preschoolers

Paint with Watercolors: Keep a stash of watercolor palettes handy for an easy painting activity.

Play Dough Fun: Whip together a batch of no-cook play dough for a fun kitchen table activity.

Blow Colored Bubbles: Have fun with vibrantly-colored bubbles that you can easily make with the kids.

Paint on Ice: Freeze water ahead of time and invite the children to paint on the ice with watercolors.

Fun Play Date Activities for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.

Mini Volcanoes: Mix up a simple concoction and watch the colors fix and blend. The highlight is using squirt bottles! (Meri Cherry)

Shaving Cream Fun: Your play date is sure to be a hit with this fun (and messy) collection of shaving cream ideas. (Learn, Play, Imagine)

Mud Pies: A classic activity that we all remember doing as kids! (B-Inspired Mama)

Backyard Car Wash: Line up the trikes, scrub them, rinse, and repeat. (P is for Preschooler)

Fun Play Date Activities for Preschoolers

Easel Painting: Make your own 3-sided easel out of cardboard for two or three friends to use. (Pink Stripey Socks)

Sparkly Magic Wands: These are quick and easy to make, perfect for a play date. (The Craft Train)

Sense of Touch Walk: Take the kids on sensory walk. (A Mom with a Lesson Plan)

Art Activities: Arrange a few materials on your kitchen table and invite them to be creative. (Artful Parent)

Fun Play Date Activities for Preschoolers

Paint the Playhouse: Take the play date outdoors and let them paint the playhouse with washable paints. (No Time for Flashcards)

Spray Paint with Watercolors: Kids love this activity! We prefer doing it outdoors so we don’t need to be as particular to their aim.

Sidewalk Painting: This was a favorite with my kids and their playdates! (Happy Hooligans)

Blow Bubbles: Make your own simple bubble snakes and watch the fun happen. (Housing a Forest)

Fun play date activities for preschoolers

More ideas for young children:

preschool color activities    Preschool Name Recognition Ideas   Preschool Math Activities

 

 

 

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




Easy Mother’s Day Gift Made by Kids

You are looking for an easy Mother’s Day gift that can be made by kids. You want it to be simple, yet much appreciated.

I’ve got you covered!

Throughout my years of teaching, we’ve made many different gifts for Mom. You all know how I am not thrilled about crafts and gifts that are mostly done by adults. However, that can be a challenge when finding a gift to give to an adult. It’s a struggle I’ve dealt with year after year.

Until this year!

I finally found a great gift for Mom that is simple AND that the children put most of the work into. All the teachers in my preschool agreed this one is a keeper because not only is it simple, but it can be done with every age in our program, from toddlers to 5 year olds.

 

great gift for mom

 

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Easy Mother’s Day Gift Made by Kids

 

What you will need for this activity:

Once you get all your ingredients and you are ready to begin…

Make sure that there are no chunks in the epsom salts.

We placed our epsom salts in small sandwich-sized zip-lock baggies and had the children hammer the chunks. (We know how much they love to hammer anything, so why not add it to this activity?)

 

great gift for mom

 

Then, add the salt to a big bowl.

We did ours in 3-cup batches. We added about 5 drops of lavender essential oil. You can alter this depending on how weak or strong you want it to be.

 

great gift for mom

 

Time to fill the jars!

Toddlers and preschoolers love to pour! I placed the jar right in the bowl of scented salt because I knew there would be overflow. No mess and no waste!

 

great gift for mom

great gift for mom

 

Time to wrap it up!

Place the top on the jar and tie the ribbon around it. We added a super simple handmade tag.

 

great gift for mom

 

great gift for mom

 

It’s that simple!

Easy Mother's Day Gift Made by Kids

Ready to give to Mom!

great gift for mom


More ideas for young children:

learning games for preschoolers      preschool sandbox      preschool writing

 

This activity is part of our Mother’s Day gift collection:

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Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds




23 Alphabet Activities for Kids

Inside: 23 alphabet activities for kids. (Although if you count, there are more. I couldn’t resist adding more as I found them!)

Preschool parents are concerned their children won’t learn their ABCs. I get that. I was that parent.

Then I became a preschool teacher. I relaxed. As a teacher, I know that alphabet learning  should be hands-on. It’s not about flash cards or workbooks. It’s about providing playful literacy activities that excite young children to want to learn more.

If you are a preschool teacher, you might wonder at what part of your day should you include alphabet learning. My answer? All day long.

Remember my post about how to add literacy in all areas of the classroom? (If not, I’ve got you covered. Just click here.) Parents can add similar activities in the home.

Bottom line: keep it fun and let them explore!

23 Alphabet Activities for Kids

 

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23 Alphabet Activities for Kids

 

 

Bonus! Add more literacy fun with these alphabet formation rhymes!

Uppercase Alphabet Rhymes

Teach little ones how to write uppercase alphabet letters with these formation rhymes! This set of printables explains how to write the uppercase letters with a fun little rhyme. These can be used as posters around a room, tracing with a finger, or tracing with a writing utensil.

For $3.00 you can download your digital file and start today!

Lowercase alphabet letters are also available. Download here.

 

 

 

More fun for preschoolers:

10 Literacy Games for Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds     preschool color activities     Preschool Math Activities

You can find more activities on our Literacy Board.

 


23 Alphabet Activities for Kids

 Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds