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 […]

How to Make a Sundial with Children

Summer is the perfect time to explore shadows and sunshine with your children. The days are bright and the kids need something productive to do. Why not pack a little learning into the summer schedule with a fun sun activity? Let’s make a sundial! Materials: Posterboard Paper Plate Playdough Stick or Pencil Marker Timer or […]

The Natural Next Step~Writing

Ultimately, the goal of developing fine motors skills is for children to be able to function in everyday tasks. One of the natural next steps after strengthening little fingers is to use the skills through writing. Writing is a big piece of the fine motor puzzle. Set them up for success Hopefully, I’ve convinced you […]

Roll-a-Monster Game {Free Printable}

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. Monster Body Parts Prep Using craft felt, I made some simple shaped body parts for the monster. […]

Letter Hunt

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 […]

B is for Bugs {Free 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 […]

Pound the Sound: a sensory sound game for preschoolers

In my last post, I shared about Preschool Hammer Practice using common household items. Today, we’re going to extend the activity by adding some letter sound practice! Prep your materials: Using a marker, write letters on your piece of styrofoam. You can choose target letters that you are working on, or write the entire alphabet, […]

Mommy & Me: Shape Building

I’ve got a post over at Totally Tots today sharing a fun and easy shape building activity. It’s a super simple one to make…like 2 seconds. Easy-peasy! Jonah and I took some time while Asher was hanging with Daddy to build some shapes. (You can see the tutorial for setting up this activity in my […]

Construction Letter Tile Spelling Mat

One of my favorite tools I used in my Kindergarten classroom were plastic¬†Letter Tiles. Beginning readers love to manipulate letters and practice phonics ¬†with hands-on activities. Now that Jonah is old enough, they are one of his favorite things to work with, too. I recently made a few Letter Tile Spelling Mats to go along […]

Mommy & Me: Pretty Paper Factory

We love Eric Carle books. Alot. They are the books that we return to over and over and over again. One of the things that make Eric Carle books so unique are the way he makes his illustrations. They are made from paper that he has painted and added texture to himself. (You can see […]