Engineering with Mud Bricks. Preschool STEM activity for spring.

Engineering with Mud Bricks

April showers bring…mud play!! We’ve had a few days of rain this week which means we have an abundance of mud to play with (hesitant about muddy play? Check out our Tips on Playing in the Mud post here!). Playing in the mud is a great sensory experience for kids and we are dedicated to…

Five Little Pumpkins STEM Activity

Do you know the popular finger play “Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate”? Or maybe you’ve read the board book over and over again. This is a super popular rhyme to recite/read with toddlers and preschoolers, and today I’m sharing a fun STEM activity that can serve as an extension to the book! This…

Preschool build and Measure block center | preschool STEM | This measuring tape is a necessity for block centers!

Preschool Build and Measure Center

  This post contains affiliate links When you were younger, what was your favorite preschool center? A few of my favorites were the listening center (with headphones and books on tape), the dramatic play center (and of course I always wanted to get there first so I could grab the heels and play mom), or…

Investigating Levers with Preschoolers

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}   Before I had my boys I was a 4th/5th grade teacher and one of my favorite units to teach was Simple Machines. There were so many incredible hands-on learning opportunities with this unit that I just couldn’t fit it all in. One project I always…

Dinosaur Fossil Dig

{This post may contain affiliate links}   Last week’s preschool co-op theme was dinosaurs. Our co-op has munchkins ranging from 18 months to 3 1/2 years old, so I like to try to offer a variety of hands-on play and learning activities that will be enjoyable for everyone. There are typically 3-5 activity centers for the kids to explore,…

Snowman Ice Melting Activity

{This post may contain affiliate links} We have a lack of real winter weather where we live. No snow, frost, or even rain. So all the “winter” weather my boys experience are manufactured (fake snow at local events around town). Consequently, I thought I’d manufacture my own winter sensory experience for them! Supplies: Googly eyes Foam…

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…

Early Math and Fine Motor Activity

Hi everyone- I’m back!!!! I know my dear friends have been asking when I would be coming back to blogging. Let me tell you I missed it. A day didn’t go by that it didn’t cross my mind. And each activity I did with my boys made me think of how much I wanted to share…

Investigating the Properties of Ice

  My family and I live in Southern California- land of eternal sunshine. We haven’t t had much of a winter around here lately. As a matter of fact, we only recently had a few days of rain (which Cannon was amazed with!). During this brief rain, it became pretty obvious that Cannon has been “meteroligically sheltered”–.…

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…