5 Preschool Pinterest Boards You Don’t Want to Miss

I love Pinterest. There are lots of great ways to use Pinterest–wish lists, project ideas, menu planning, and more. I have found that I have a mixture of Pinterest boards, but some of my favorite to pin to are preschool focused. Today I’m sharing my Top 5 Preschool Pinterest Boards. Make sure to follow them!
5 Preschoool Pinterest Boards You don't want to miss from www.happybrownhouse.com Fine Motor skills, Playdough, Sensory Bins, Math, and literacy

Playdough

The Playdough Pinterest Board is where I gather unique ideas for playdough play, playdough recipes, and printable playdough mats. It’s a fun board to follow for hands-on fun for little hands. Oh, who am I kidding, I love to play with playdough, too!


Fine Motor Skills

The Fine Motor Skills Board is where I gather ideas for all things fine motor. You’ll find a little bit of everything over there–cutting skills, twisting skills, pinching skills, lacing skills and tearing skills.


Sensory Bins

The Sensory Bin Board is where I gather ideas for sensory experiences. I love scrolling through it to find ideas on what to add to my sensor bins and keep up with unique sensory bin ideas.


Literacy for Littles

My Literacy for Littles board is full of ideas to immerse kids in literacy activities–learning letters, sight words, and more!


Math for Littles

My Math for Littles board is full of ideas for helping kids learn numbers, patterns, number sense, and more!



Of course, there are plenty more Pinterest boards that I add to often. I have a board for each Kindergarten unit we did last year that coincides with My Father’s World Kindergarten. There are plenty of crafts, sewing, and home ideas as well. I’m also a member of a few group boards that are specific to preschool and printables. I hope you’ll follow these boards and more!


Want to find more amazing Pinterest boards? Some of the iHomeschool Network bloggers are sharing their best Pinterest Boards. I’m sure you’ll find something else you love!

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Letter Tiles Spelling Mats

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Letter Tiles Spelling Mats free printable colors, numbers, and shapes

I’ve got a treat for you today! I’ve put together a printable pack of spelling mats to go with the our favorite letter tiles that are perfect for preschool or kindergarten kids.

What’s in the Letter Tiles Spelling Mats Pack?

Combined, this printable pack is 27 pages long. Inside you’ll find spelling mats for color words, number words, and shape words. Each set has letter matching (one-to-one correspondence), beginning letter matching, and blank templates. The blank templates can be used in a variety of ways: spelling practice, handwriting practice, stamping the letters, and anything else you can come up with!

Letter Tile Page (Color Words)

Spelling Mat Ideas

  • Print on cardstock and laminate them for durability
  • To avoid child frustration, gather the letter tiles needed ahead of time.
  • Hide letter tiles in rice,sand,beans,etc. and let your child hunt for them while spelling
  • Place letters in a “feely bag” for an element of surprise
  • Hide the letters needed around the room and let the kids hunt for them
  • For active kids, place letters in a bucket at the opposite side of the room. Let kids race to the bucket, choose a letter, and race back to find the match on the spelling mat.
  • Have kids tell you the name of the letter before they can place it on the mat.

Letter Tile Spelling Mats (Number Words)

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How to Make a Superhero Comic Strip Invitation with your iPhone or iPad

Y’all, I totally amazed myself with this one. While I’m crafty, I can’t get over how awesome Jonah’s Superhero Comic Strip Birthday Invitations turned out using a comic strip app on my iPhone. Did you hear me? I made this on my phone! Not one piece of scrapbook paper was used during this project!

Superhero Invitation Tutorial

Superhero Comic Strip Invitation Tutorial

Before you do anything, you will need to download the Strip Designer App. At the time of writing this, the app is $2.99. While I’m more of a free app girl, I realized that buying the app was cheaper than paying someone from Etsy to make a custom invitation for me.

You’ll also need a cute picture of your little Superhero. I dressed my son in his Superman t-shirt under a white dress shirt. We poked the lenses out of some 3D glasses left over from a movie and he wore just the frames. He instantly looked like Clark Kent. With some posing, it was perfect! I totally snapped this in Instagram and added my favorite filter.

Superman Costume

Once I started playing around in the Strip Designer App, I realized I wanted a colored background for parts of the invitation. There wasn’t a way for me to do that within the app. I was only able to use photos. To solve that, I made a blank page in “Paint” on my computer. I changed the color of the entire background to my desired color and saved it. I sent it to upload to my phone through my Photo Stream. Voila! Rinse & Repeat. I did three colors—yellow, green, and blue.

color blocks

Now, you’re ready to play in the Strip Designer app!

I chose a layout that would give me enough room for party information in speech bubbles and highlight the picture of my son. Place the color images that you uploaded to your phone into the template as if they were photos.

comic strip layout

Choose speech bubbles and sound effect words to place on top of the colors. I used the speech bubbles to hold party information.

comic strip words

Basically, I played with things until it looked good.

*Personally, it was a little hard to make on my iPhone’s small screen. I definitely think it would be easier to use on the iPad, if you have one.

When I was pleased with how the invitation looked, I was happy to realize there were options to share the invitation or print directly in the app. I chose to save it to my Photo Stream and print from my computer. I printed it out on some photo paper at home, stuck them in envelopes and mailed them. Easy-peasy. Here’s a copy of the final invitation with our personal information removed.

Superman Invitation


Once I got the hang of the Strip Designer app and figured out I needed the colored background images, it was EASY! The best part? My little guy loved it!

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Disclosure: I have no affiliation with the makers of the Strip Designer App mentioned in this post. I’m just sharing what worked for me. The link to the app is an affiliate link. If you found this tutorial helpful, I’d love it if you went through my link. Thanks! All affiliate earnings go toward our adoption.

Dog’s Colorful Day

Dog’s Colorful Day is a fun book for young children. The book naturally leads to learning activities focusing on colors and numbers. It’s a favorite around our house.

Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting

About the book:

Dog starts off the day with one black spot on his ear. But it seems that wherever he goes, he runs, rolls, and trots right into colors. As he wanders around town, Dog collects spots made of red jam, blue paint, pink ice cream, and more. When he finally arrives back home, Dog has ten different colored spots. And then it’s bath time for this colorful canine, who makes learning colors and numbers easy, messy, and fun!

Dog's Colorful Day Activity www.happybrownhouse.com

Asher has finally started to join in the learning fun! While his attention span is still very short at this point, he definitely has a desire to join us at the table for activities he can do. At 22 months, he can count to ten with minimal assistance. One of the skills we have been focusing on is color recognition.

Combining the need to work on colors, his interest in dogs, and his counting skills, we spent some time enjoying Dog’s Colorful Day. After we were finished reading and pointing to all the colors on Dog, Asher used the dot markers to make dots on a Dog printable from Making Learning Fun. He loves dot markers, so this was a perfect activity for him.

When he finished, we hung his masterpiece on the refrigerator and cleaned up. Asher didn’t think he was clean enough and helped himself to a bath like Dog. Ahem…

bathtub silliness after Dog's Colorful Day activity

Jonah wanted in on the learning fun, too, so I made some printable activities of our own to focus on more advanced skills like, identifying tallies,  reading color/number words, and reading a “key” using color-by-number. I thought I’d share it with you and your little one.

Dog's Colorful Day Kindergarten Pack

This pack is full of cards for matching games, color-by-number pages, and more! Download it free today! (Link below)

Dog's Colorful Day Kindergarten Pack (2680)

Reminder: When sharing, please link to this blog post, not to the download url. For personal use only. These files may not be uploaded to any other site. A book and a Big Idea from iHomeschool Network

Looking for more picture book fun? Be sure to visit the iHomeschool Network for A Book and a Big Idea, a blog hop where iHn bloggers share some of their favorite picture books and coordinating enrichment activities!

Roll-a-Monster Game {Free Printable}

Roll-a-Monster Game by Happy Brown House

Using the book If You’re A Monster And You Know It as our starting point, we played a Roll-A-Monster to review body parts and build our own silly monsters. It’s a fun little book that grabbed Jonah’s attention.

If You're a Monster and You Know It

Monster Body Parts Prep

Using craft felt, I made some simple shaped body parts for the monster.

Roll-a-Monster Game from Happy Brown House

I free-handed my monster shapes and cut them out of inexpensive felt from the craft store.

felt

Roll-A-Monster Game Printable

Once the felt monster pieces were ready, I created a printable to go along with the game. I’m offering the Roll-A-Monster Game and the directions to you so you can spend some time giggling with your own “Little Monster.”

Roll-a-Monster Game {Free Printable} from Happy Brown House

Download Roll-a-Monster Game (2637)

How to play the Roll-a-Monster Game:

  1. Roll the dice.
  2. Count the dots.
  3. Look at the chart to see what monster body part to add to your monster (Download below)
  4. Place the correct body part on your monster.
  5. Now, it is the other person’s turn.
  6. If you roll a number that you’ve already used the body part (like feet), roll again. If you roll a number the second time, and you still can’t go, then your turn is over.

Enjoy!

Happy Monster

Other Favorite Monster Books:

go away big green monsterGo Away, Big Green Monster!

there was an old monsterThere Was An Old Monster!

glad monster, sad monsterGlad Monster, Sad Monster

Bye-bye big bad bullybugBye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!

Monsters don't eat broccoliMonsters Don’t Eat Broccoli

tickle monsterTickle Monster

nighty night, little green monsterNighty Night, Little Green Monster

Letter Hunt {Printable}

Letter Hunt Free Printable

 

Using some of our old magazines, we went on a letter hunt the first week of homeschool. Since Jonah still really needs more practice cutting, I helped cut some of the words for him (maneuvering magazines and scissors was a little difficult and frustrating) and then he cut the letters apart. Other than my minimal cutting help, he did this activity independently.

Letter Hunt Activity

It was a good chance to talk about letters and different fonts. “Look at this funny A! It has a hook on the top and a big belly!” We also looked through The Funny Font Book that I made last year.

Since we had so much fun with this activity, I thought I’d share it with you! Grab an old magazine or newspaper and take your little one on a letter hunt!

Click to download: Letter Hunt

Note: This printable is provided to you free of charge. While I am providing this material to you free of charge, there are a few things that I would ask from you in regards to the resources found here.

You are more than welcome to:

  • Save the files on your computer and print off copies for yourself (or classroom) whenever you would like.
  • Link directly to my site (or blog post) to share my files with others. Please do not link directly to the PDF file. (To link directly to the blog post, click on the post title. Then you can copy and paste the url from your browser.)

I would ask that you DO NOT:

  • Host any of my files on your own or other sites.
  • Alter or sell any of my file. The intention behind the files is to provide them free of charge to others.
  • Sell files to make a profit ~ i.e. print them off, laminate them and sell them to others.
  • Transmit or store any resources on any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

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B is for Bugs {Printable}

Our life has been full of creepy, crawly bugs lately.

We’ve watched caterpillars grow and change into butterflies. We’ve stopped to watch a parade of ants and then watched them problem-solve when the sidewalk chalk paint interrupted their procession…And don’t even get me started about the war the Mr. has been waging with the wasps around Happy Brown House!

We’ve made Stained Glass Butterfly Art and Spider Web Snacks.

And just when I thought I couldn’t handle anymore bugs….we did some more.

Bug Fingerprint ArtTo be honest, I’m so glad we did. I love that I have his fingerprint drawings from his last night as a four-year-old…forever.

B is for Bugs Fingerprint Art Printable

Since we’re celebrating a birthday around here, I thought I’d share a little present with you!

Free Download: Bb is for Bugs Fingerprint Art Printable

 

This printable is FREE of charge and you are welcome to download it for you personal and/or classroom use only. However, free or purchased printables are NOT to be reproduced, hosted, sold, or stored on any other website or electronic retrieval system (such as Scribd or Google docs). My printables are copyright protected and I appreciate your help in keeping them that way. :)