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,…

Make this super simple planet Earth Sun Catcher with preschoolers! use it during a unit on the solar system, space, or for Earth Day.

Planet Earth Sun Catcher

How does your preschooler’s crayon collection look? Is it a little shabby with nubby, dull crayons floating around the box? I don’t know about your kids, but nothing is more uninspiring to my kiddos than crayons that don’t have a point. They refuse to color with them. It’s a problem. So the other day I…

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…

Planet Earth Fine Motor Activity

Planet Earth Fine Motor Activity

Happy Earth Day! Or if you’re visiting this page any other day of the year, happy fill-in-the-blank day! đŸ˜‰ Maybe it’s simply a happy Friday for you, or a happy lesson planning day if you’re here as a preschool teacher. But for us today, it’s Earth Day. While today isn’t really a holiday we “celebrate”…

layers of the rainforest fine motor activity

Rainforest Fine Motor Activity

Earth Day is approaching which means teachers will be preparing units on reducing, reusing, and recycling (see our preschool recycling sort here), along with studies in conservation and environment protection.  Another popular preschool theme that coincides with Earth Day is a unit on the rainforest. Do you remember reading The Great Kapok Tree when you…

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…

pom pom color push- w fun unique way to sort colors! Gives preschoolers and toddlers fine motor practice as well.

Pom Pom Color Push

Color sorting is a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers to practice. There are so many ways to teach colors, but I have an affinity for the ones that involve other skills (like fine motor practice). This Paint Chip activity and this simple Preschool Color Sort were great places to start, but this Pom Pom…