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…

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…

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,…

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