Use pool noodles for an extra-large threading activity for preschoolers!

Pool Noodle Threading

We don’t have pool, but that won’t stop me from hoarding pool noodles!! Last year a friend asked if I would like to have a bag of cut up pool noodles she had. My answer was obviously a loud and resounding YES!! Did I know what I wanted to do with said noodles? No. Did it…

Play food and foil- this is great fine motor work for preschoolers! Great idea to add to the play kitchen as well.

Play Food and Foil Fine Motor Activity

Do you use foil in preschool activities? Foil has been a staple in our activity repertoire since we first introduced it three years ago in this Foil and Toys fine motor activity. Foil is an amazing sensory supply because it is so crunchy and provides lots of sensory feedback (auditory, tactile, and even visual stimulation). Crunching…

Teach preschoolers how to chop carrots! Great kitchen activity for kids (and so much to learn from it!)

Teaching Preschoolers How To Chop Carrots

This year our preschool co-op is doing something new- we’re holding a monthly “Kids in the Kitchen” class. That’s right- a PRESCHOOL cooperative class focusing on developing kitchen skills for 4-year-olds! I am so excited about this one and I can’t wait to share the whole curriculum with you in the coming months (watch for…

This scissor skills activity is great to include in a spring preschool unit (gardening, Easter, vegetables).

Practicing Scissor Skills with Carrot Stems

The other day I was doing some kitchen lessons on chopping carrots with my preschoolers, and just as I was about to discard the stems my son started using his scissors to cut the greens! I was happy to let him continue cutting, since practicing scissor skills is one of the preschool activities he seems…

Tips for teaching toddlers and preschoolers how to develop scissor skills

Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills

I know there are many educators (both homeschool and classroom teachers), who fear keeping scissors out for kids to use. They put glitter and paint in the same category as scissors- a preschool version of TNT that should be kept under lock and key! But I’ve been giving my toddlers and preschoolers access to (kid-friendly)…

Need a quick activity to keep you sane during the "witching hour"? This pasta sorting activity is perfect!

Pasta Sorting Tray

Pasta is life in our house. We eat pasta all. the. time. It is a staple! So naturally, we have at least four different kinds of pasta in our cupboards at all times. Tell me I’m not alone in this… The other day I was cooking (pasta, obviously), and I needed to keep the kids…

Toothpick fine motor activity- this is a great idea when I'm cooking dinner and need to get the kids to focus on something productive!

Toothpick Fine Motor Activity

It’s 7 a.m. and you really don’t want to turn the TV on for the kids just yet… but you need to make breakfast/coffee/get ready and they are already starting in on the “I’m borreeeddd” routine. What do you do? There are so may SUPER SIMPLE kitchen activities you whip out and assign invite your…

Water pouring is a great practical life skill that toddlers and preschoolers enjoy practicing!

Preschool Pouring Tray

Can your preschoolers pour without spilling? The other day we had a preschool co-op meeting centered around kitchen skills. The particular skill we were working on that day was pouring. I feel like my kids are ALWAYS spilling, so pouring practice felt like it was just a fancy way to say “spilling practice,” but it…

Upcycle wine corks to make a simple Cat in the Hat inspired fine motor activity! Preschoolers and kindergartners can work on this during Read Across America/ Dr. Seuss' birthday in March!

Cat in the Hat Fine Motor Activity

It’s getting close… Read Across America/ Dr. Seuss’ birthday is just right around the corner (March 2nd)! We’ve been getting ready by pinning lots of preschool activities and doing plenty of our own Seuss inspired crafts (this Cat in the Hat marble painting is my favorite!) Today we used wine corks to create a simple and…

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…