Preschool and first grade lesson plan to use with the book 10 Black Dots

10 Black Dots Art and Math Activity

Do you see how well loved this book is?!? We have a few books that are in need of replacements because they are so well loved. Caps for Sale and 10 Black Dots are two of those books that need replacing. Before we decide to upcycle this book, I wanted to give it one more…

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…

Exploring numbers through the sense of touch

Exploring Numbers Through the Sense of Touch

Whew, we took quite a break since first starting this series! Adding two new family members will do that to a blogger, though. Now we’re getting back on track and I’m sharing the fourth post in our “Exploring Numbers through the Senses” series. We’ve already completed sight, sound, and taste, today is all about touch.…

Lunch by numbers

Lunch by Numbers

Welcome back to our “Exploring Numbers through the the Senses Series”! This is the third post in and we are exploring numbers through taste… kind of…. Forgive me that I don’t quite know how to TASTE numbers. What I decided to do was help build a conceptual understanding of quantity (totally numbers related!), and I’m…

10 black dots math activity for preschoolers

10 Black Dots Math Activity

Welcome to day 2 of our “Exploring Numbers Through the Senses” series! Yesterday we posted our first activity based on Sound (Number Sound Boxes), today is all about the sense of SIGHT! We will be exploring what numbers LOOK like (incorporating both the numerical symbol as well as a conceptual understanding of them). As you…

Exploring numbers with our five senses: Number Sound Boxes

Number Sound Boxes

Welcome to the first post in our “Exploring Numbers through the Senses” series! To kick off our first post, we are sharing how we learned about numbers with our sense of SOUND. This was a tricky sense to explore numbers with, but it was definitely one of m son’s favorite! This post contains affiliate links…

Giant DIY Shapes puzzle

Giant DIY Shapes Puzzle

We have been on a bit of a shapes and puzzles kick, lately (see our other DIY shapes puzzles here). I made this giant shapes puzzle for my two year old, but even my three year old has been enjoying it! You’ll have to forgive me, though. Since I made this project on a whim,…

Shapes in my Neighborhood photo book

Shapes in our Neighborhood Book

OK, this activity was fun to put together! My kids like to take walks and point things out in our neighborhood- cars, RV’s, street signs, etc. So when I saw that the Early Childhood Education Team wanted to write posts around the theme “My Neighborhood,” this project was the perfect fit for us! This post…

Make simple toddler and preschool puzzles out of recyclables!

Puzzles from Recyclables

  So yesterday was trash day and there were a few boxes that were left out of the recycling bin. I thought it was the perfect chance to use them in environmental print puzzles I’ve done before. The problem with them is the cardboard on food boxes is pretty flimsy, so trying to push them…

DIY Shape Puzzles- Upcycle blocks to make these simple puzzles for preschoolers!

DIY Shape Puzzles

There are so many shape puzzles on the market. We have a few ourselves. But I wanted to add another one to our repertoire- one that offered a different opportunity for creativity and investigation after we were through with the shape recognition. Supplies Markers Jenga blocks First, I used a sharpie marker to draw and…

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