Use pencils as a math manipulative! Great back to school math activity to learn tally marks.

Learning Tally Marks with Pencils

We are officially stocked up on back to school supplies- new glue sticks, full boxes of crayons, and beautifully perfect #2 pencils (nothing screams back to school more than #2 pencils)! Each of those school supplies are going to be used for loads of fun home preschool activities (see: Glue Bin, Melted Crayon Art, and…

Take preschoolers on a shape hunt using these fun DIY I Spy magnifying glasses!

I Spy Shape Hunt

“I spy, with my little eye, a triangle!” Have you played I Spy with your kids to find shapes in their environment? I Spy is a great preschool game that takes zero supplies and keeps kids happily entertained for a while! And while the classic version of the game is wonderful, I wanted to come…

Fish in a Pond preschool math activity- we use this for counting, estimating, and shape recognition. Love that it uses simple dyed pasta fish as the manipulative!

Fish in a Pond Shapes Activity

This post contains affiliate links This week we have the honor of judging the #earlylearning101 challenge on Instagram and the theme is SHAPES (not familiar with the challenge? It’s hosted by Early Learning 101‘s Instagram account where every week a new educational theme is chosen. Guest judges choose from all the contributions and feature four…

Can preschoolers really learn anything from marshmallows and toothpicks?

Marshmallow and Toothpick Building Challenge

I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore and am compensated for my work. I received product free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. You probably remember doing the classic marshmallow and toothpick building challenge in middle school. You know the one, where the teacher passed out a bag of ‘mallows and…

Sorting Parts of a Flower

Sorting Parts of a Flower

Hello spring!! So we’ve been enjoying spring themed preschool activities around here (see our Nature Cutting Tray) when I was struck with inspiration to extend the activity for my kids- sorting the freshly dissected parts of a flower! This activity is a total two-for-one win because in preparing one activity, you can get another one…

Making patterns using "robot parts",What a fun robot theme preschool activity! Perfect for math and fine motor development.

Robot Patterns Preschool Activity

Beep. Boop. Beep. I am a robot… My nearly four year old likes to pretend play he’s a robot. The problem is he has the game all wrong, robots are supposed to take orders from their master (ahem- me). I should be able to push  button and have my little robot clean up all his…

Exploring numbers through the sense of touch

Exploring Numbers Through the Sense of Touch

Whew, we took quite a break since first starting this series! Adding two new family members will do that to a blogger, though. Now we’re getting back on track and I’m sharing the fourth post in our “Exploring Numbers through the Senses” series. We’ve already completed sight, sound, and taste, today is all about touch.…

Lunch by numbers

Lunch by Numbers

Welcome back to our “Exploring Numbers through the the Senses Series”! This is the third post in and we are exploring numbers through taste… kind of…. Forgive me that I don’t quite know how to TASTE numbers. What I decided to do was help build a conceptual understanding of quantity (totally numbers related!), and I’m…

nursery rhyme sorting activity

Nursery Rhyme Sorting Activity

In the past, I’ve done a couple story sorting activities with my boys (Goodnight Moon Story Sorting). They were fun, easy to put together, and provided LOADS of educational benefits. While sorting is typically considered a math skill, in a story sorting activity, we combine math and literacy- winning! Today I put another twist on…

10 black dots math activity for preschoolers

10 Black Dots Math Activity

Welcome to day 2 of our “Exploring Numbers Through the Senses” series! Yesterday we posted our first activity based on Sound (Number Sound Boxes), today is all about the sense of SIGHT! We will be exploring what numbers LOOK like (incorporating both the numerical symbol as well as a conceptual understanding of them). As you…