Invitation to draw spring plants

Invitation to Draw Spring Plants

Hello Spring!! Here in the desert of Southern California, spring only lasts like a week before we hit 100 degree summer temps, so I’m taking advantage of it and doing some spring early learning activities with the kids. Preschool learning activities in the spring usually involve plants and insects. We’ve already done a Nature Cutting…

Make jack-o-lanterns with play dough and pattern blocks!

Play Dough and Pattern Block Pumpkins

This is yet another example of an activity made up by my boys! While we’ve done pattern blocks and play dough before, this invitation to create turned out unique just because we switched the color of the play dough to orange! Supplies Orange Play Dough Pattern Blocks My kids had jack-o-lanterns on the brain because…

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}  Our preschool co-cop had a playdate themed around birds today, so I came up with an activity to do with my boys beforehand to spark their interest in the topic. At the recommendation of this Teach Preschool post, I went ahead and purchased the book More…

Animals Should Not Wear Clothes Activity

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links} Have you read the book Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing  by Judi Barrett? It’s one of my favorite classic books! The illustrations are funny (my 3 year old laughs through most of the silly scenarios in the book!) and the text is simple. For older children…

Invitation to Create with Wagon Wheel Pasta

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}   I was out of regular spaghetti noodles the other night, but I had lots of wagon wheel pasta on hand. As it cooked, I looked at the shapes and thought they were really interesting- not only did they look like little wagon wheels, but they also looked like…

S.T.E.M. Activity with Salt Dough and Blocks

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}     It’s no secret that I love incorporating literacy opportunities in play. Actually, I’ll incorporate literacy in almost any activity, including eating! (see our Letterpress Toast) But I am admittedly less gifted in incorporating STEM activities into our daily repertoire (STEM activities include science, technology, engineering, and…

Nature Suncatcher

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links} Nature suncatchers are nothing new. Preschool teachers everywhere make this activity a regular part of science exploration- and with good reason! When students are allowed to take a walk and gather natural elements, they are learning how to appreciate their surroundings. While in the classroom they carefully…

DIY Yarn Paintbrushes

Before I was a mommy or teacher, I was an after school and summer daycare program coordinator. I loved the carefree days I spent with the kids after school doing arts and activities. And for me, nothing says after school fun quite like painting. It was always the favored art activity 🙂 Yarn painting is…

Toddler Architecture (with salt dough and blocks)

Play-Doh is such a playtime staple, but most [toddler] parents want a dough that is a little more “sensory safe”. That’s where salt dough comes in. While it may not taste great, it’s safe to test. Cannon does in fact taste test it every time we use it (it only takes a small nibble before he realizes it’s not so…

Magnetic Art

A magnetic bowl is not a standard item in playrooms or preschools (it’s more commonly found in mechanic’s shop), but it is such a great tool for investigation! Not only is the bowl magnetic, it’s also reflective so as your little munchkin plays they are able to see a bit of their own reflection! I decided…