Make a gross motor rainbow game for preschoolers

Rainbow Hop

Bring on the rainbows! We have had a long winter. Mostly because it’s our first winter living in the snow (California –> North Dakota). The days are far less sunny than I’m used to, not to mention much, much colder. I am anxiously awaiting the end of winter and the beginning of spring- bring on…

Make a simple puzzle for preschoolers and toddlers using animal toys! When kids are done with the puzzle, they have a simple coloring sheet to do as well.

DIY Puzzles and Coloring Sheet

This post contain affiliate links One of my must-have preschool supplies are Safari Ltd. animal figurines. We love using them for pretend play, as math manipulatives, for sorting, counting, etc. They are so versatile! (which is one of the reasons they made it on our Gift Guide for Little Learners last year. The Toobs make awesome…

Name Recognition activity that has kids moving! This is a great gross motor exercise for preschoolers!

Name Recognition Movement Activity

This post contains affiliate links When we bought these stepping domes back in October, I knew they would be great for indoor movement activities. They were a little bit of an investment up front (even if I did buy them on sale), but we’ve gotten great use out of them so far! Then today during home…

Sharpening pencils used to be the coolest job in the class! Give preschoolers a chance to sharpen pencils to work on their fine motor skills.

Pencil Sharpening Fine Motor Activity

The other day I was going through some old boxes of teaching supplies when I happened upon a few cases of unsharpened Ticonderoga pencils (I wasn’t donating those puppies when I left the classroom! Ticonderogas are the holy grail of pencils!). My curious kids wanted to open the cases, even though I told them they…

Bring your preschoolers and toddlers inside for this fun pumpkin patch hopping activity!

Indoor Pumpkin Patch Hop

This post contains affiliate links My boys are ACTIVE. They love to ride scooters, bicycles, and basically run amok all day long. I’m always desperate to find on the lookout for great products to continue promoting their gross motor skills (especially as the weather turns and their energy is all concentrated indoors!). Ever since I…

Back to School Name Recognition Activity | Preschool art and fine motor project

Back to School Name Recognition Activity

When I was a teacher Ticonderoga pencils were the top-of-the line, most coveted pencil around. They didn’t break while sharpening and they left a smooth line across the paper when writing. I would be so sad when I saw students coming into the classroom with anything less than a Ticonderoga, so I always stocked up…

Combine fine motor skills and alphabet practice with this Alphabet Geoboard Activity!

Geoboard Alphabet Matching

Do you remember using geoboards in your elementary classroom? I always got so excited when the teacher pulled out fun math manipulatives/ geoboards because it meant less of the mundane pencil-and-paper practice and more of the fun hands-on activities that I loved! As a former teacher and now home preschool mom, I realize kids need…

Marshmallow Constellations

This post contains affiliate links Not too long ago we made planet sun catchers, and since then my kids have been slowly but surely becoming more interested in astronomy (at the preschool level of course). We checked out a book about being an astronaut and watched YouTube videos about space. Then, in a completely unrelated activity,…

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…

Fine motor work for preschoolers using nature finds!

Nature Threading

We’ve been finding new ways to use nature in our preschool activities lately because, really, you can’t beat the beauty of nature and all the sensory benefits it brings! One of our most popular activities has been this Invitation to Draw Spring Plants– check it out really quickly then come back here to read the…