New UP! eBook: Taking Playful Learning to New Heights!

cover-image-3d-650Take Playful Learning UP! with Our Newest Collaborative eBook!

We are pleased to offer our readers the newest collaborative eBook:  Up! From blocks to rockets.

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Up! will take your child’s love of blocks, building, and creating far and wide across the curriculum. With 30+ projects across math, literacy, science, art, and play, Up! shows YOU how to support passion-led, project-based, and hands-on learning.  UP! will help your child make connections, go deeper in their understanding, and encourage their questions and creativity. It includes inspiring ideas for block play, mobiles, rockets, airplanes, parachutes, build challenges and more. And it comes with 100 printables.

All the activities in the book are FUN! Every activity has been tried, tested and approved by our children. The activities have been carefully chosen to offer a wide range of explorations, working across the curriculum to incorporate play, imagination, math, literacy, science, sensory and art.

The sky’s the limit when you’re learning with Up!


What you’ll get in this eBook:

:: 30+ hands-on projects that invite your child to explore all things Up!

:: guidance on how to support your child’s interests, and how to help them expand their exploration and learning across the curriculum. This book is all about hands-on, project-based, passion-led learning. :: multisensory activities for children aged 4 to 10 :: resources for parents and teachers, at home or in the classroom, with ideas for indoor and outdoor learning :: material lists, step-by-step instructions, and full colour photographs of every activity.

:: suggestions for variations and extensions so you can adapt the activities to suit your child :: a wide range of learning activities including:

  • Ideas to set up and develop block play
  • Activities that use blocks for math lessons, with number games, measuring activities, and shape-building challenges
  • Construction play invitations with sensory elements and imaginary play, to develop language, spelling, and storytelling, and to promote co-operation and collaboration
  • Art projects on the theme of Up! including Caulder-inspired kinetic mobiles and upright weaving
  • Prompts that encourage creative thinking and innovation: exploring the possibilities of rocks, ice, marshmallows, customizing blocks with new designs, and using huge cardboard boxes that can build structures bigger than you are
  • Science projects that invite your child to think about all the other things that go Up! including homemade rockets, airplanes, parachutes, pulleys and constellations


:: 100 printable pages including shape challenge cards, build challenge cards, and a set of world architecture prints.
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This is an eBook, which means you will be sent a link that allows you to download a PDF containing the eBook and all the resources. You can save it to your computer or iPad* and then either read it on screen or print some/all of the pages, as you prefer. You can buy the eBook wherever you are in the world.

You pay via PayPal, which will take care of any currency conversion for you. The eBook costs US$ 14.99. *You can buy the eBook now, on any device, and then download it when you are ready.

Depending on the apps you have installed and your operating system, you might be able to download the eBook on your mobile device. However if you have any doubts or problems, I recommend you use a computer to download the book and then share it to your mobile devices. You will be sent download instructions when your purchase the eBook.

NOTE:  LAUNCH SPECIAL!  UP! is currently available at a special launch price for the first two weeks only, until Friday 30th September: $11.25.

New Up! eBook for Playful Learning!

The Up! eBook is published and sold by Cathy James at Please direct any customer service queries regarding purchases of the ebook to [email protected] or refer to the NurtureStore FAQ. The Up! ebook is protected under copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.



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Tips for Better Quality Sleep Routines for Kids! @Seven_hugs

Better Sleep Routines for Kids

Tips and Guidelines for Better Quality Sleep Routines for Families with Kids!

Families across the nation are now transitioning kids into back-to-school bedtimes and good sleep routines. Quality sleep makes a huge difference in how kids learn and function daily. Lack of adequate sleep is linked to an increase in injuries, obesity, diabetes, depression, self-harm, and even increased suicidal tendencies among teens. With a few tips and tricks, parents can help kids establish good sleep habits for a healthy and productive start to the new school year!

How Many Hours of Sleep Should Kids Get Each Night

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now promoting guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for the recommended amount of sleep kids should get each night.  Print the Sleep Guidelines for Kids as a reminder for your own family.

  • Infant 4-12 months – 12-16 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 1-2 years – 11-14 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 3-5 years – 10-13 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 6-12 years – 9-12 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
  • Teen 13-17 years – 8-10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

When kids get the recommended amount of sleep, their bodies can perform important functions that can only be done during sleep. Kids who are well-rested also tend to have better behavior, improved learning and memory, better self-regulation skills, and are physically and emotionally better equipped to handle daily life.

Sleep Tips for Families with Kids

Parents tend to think that kids can make up for the lack of sleep at another time. It doesn’t usually work that way. Kids’ bodies tend to get overstimulated by increased amounts of adrenaline and cortisol (hormones that stimulate the body). Those hormones often keep kids awake, cause nighttime waking, or even cause early waking in the morning. Lack of sleep cannot be made up the next day by sleeping later or napping longer as it throws off the natural rhythms of the body. Consistent bedtimes (and wake times) are the only way to keep the body’s internal clock regulated for healthy sleep.

Back-to-School Sleep Enhancing Tips for Families with Kids:

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  • Turn off ALL screens 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Light stimulates wakefulness and will make it more difficult to fall asleep. Establish a family charging station that is OUTSIDE of the kids’ bedrooms.
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine 30-45 minutes before bedtime: bathe, put on pajamas, brush teeth/hair, read and relax at the end of the day before bed.

Hug One Sleep Monitor for Better Quality Sleep

  • Use of a sleep tracking monitor, like hugOne, will provide input on kids’ sleep patterns so families can adjust bedtimes or routines as necessary.
  • Use of the hugOne smart alarm will help kids wake up on a consistent schedule to keep the body’s internal clock functioning well.
  • Keep temperatures and humidity levels at home consistent for good sleep. When kids’ bedrooms are too hot or humid, it is more difficult to relax and rest well. The hugOne sleep monitor will also auto adjust temperatures and humidity in the home for optimal sleep comfort.


The hugOne sleep monitor offers important sleep information and the assistance parents need to help every family member get adequate sleep. With a little family discussion and preparation, parents and kids can establish back-to-school sleep routines for a great start to the new school year!

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30+ Science Explorations to ENGAGE Preschoolers in ACTIVE Learning!

  • 30 Science Explorations to ENGAGE Young Learners30+ Science Explorations to ENGAGE Preschoolers in ACTIVE Learning!

Preschoolers are ACTIVE learners.   Learning how to become great scientists can be exciting and FUN for our youngest explorers.  Try some of the explorations below at home or in the classroom to PLAY with science for amazing discovery and learning.


Pretend Play in Preschool:  How to BE a Scientist

Pretend play has a strong link to social and emotional intelligence, language, inquiry and problem solving skills, creative expression, sequential thought processes, and general nurturing skills in preschool.  Through pretend play, preschoolers will begin to move beyond their natural egocentric views and toward the understanding of various roles that others have in our world.  We hope your own kids will enjoy becoming SCIENTISTS as we pretend, learn, and, ultimately, apply new knowledge to our everyday world.

Fall Science for Kids


  • Why Do Fall Leaves Change Colors?  Almost every teacher or parent of a preschool child is asked the question:  “Why Do Fall Leaves Change Colors?”  Often, parents (and even some teachers) do not quite remember WHY leaves change colors…they JUST DO!  Experimenting with colors and exploring fall leaves with preschoolers is fun play as the vibrant colors of fall leaves appear!
  • Bubbly Fires Science Experiment  Who are the people in your neighborhood?  Exploring the jobs that helpers have in the community is FUN learning for curious kids!  Come learn and play with the #TeachECE Early Childhood Team this week as we explore all the various helpers in our own neighborhoods with a COMMUNITY HELPERS THEME.  Our own “bubbly fires” science experiment will encourage kids to use critical thinking skills while playing to learn!
  • Corn Life Cycle and Free Sequencing Activities for Kids  The first corn farmers in the United States were the American Indians.  Approximately 75% of the food we eat everyday contains corn in one form or another.   Teaching young kids about the growing cycle of a corn stalk is not only interesting, but it will help “plant the seeds” (pun intended) for future studies on life cycles and how plants develop.  Come create, sequence, and learn more about CORN!
  • Pumpkin Life Cycle and Printable Sequencing Cards/Life Cycle BookletAs Fall approaches, the season offers great opportunities for playing and learning! Creating the Pumpkin Life Cycle crafts below are a wonderful way to incorporate science, literacy (Letter P and Sequencing), and fine motor skills into your fall lesson plans.
  • Spider Life Cycle and Free Sequencing Cards for Kids  All living things have a life cycle that repeats itself – the same pattern goes on and on.  Spiders are not insects as they have eight legs and not six like insects do.  Spiders are a member of the arachnid family and further distinguished from insects as arachnids have no antennae or wings. Come create, play, and learn about SPIDERS!
  • Pumpkin Boats – Sink or Float?  This fall science exploration is always a blast for preschoolers.  Come see how to float a pumpkin boat.
  • Nuts and Seeds Sensory Sound Explorations  The Sense of Hearing is powerful learning for preschoolers!  In order for the children to explore sounds, they must be able to locate the primary body parts that provide sensory sound information: the EARS!
  • Fall and Thanksgiving Science for Kids  Halloween and Thanksgiving Taste Testing Experiments are fun discovery whether at home or in the classroom.  Free printable recording sheets for documenting learning.
  • Fall and The 5 Senses:  Explore sensory science with preschoolers and discover the best of fall.

Winter Science Activities for Preschool

Winter Science Activities for Preschoolers!

  • Life Cycle of an Evergreen (Christmas Tree) – Free printable sequencing cards  Whether you have an artificial or real Christmas tree at home or in the classroom, learning about evergreens is fun science for kids!  The simple Christmas Tree Life Cycle craft will help preschoolers learn how conifers grow from a seed to an adult Christmas tree.
  • Dissolving Teddy Bears Science Experiment  Cute and cuddly bears provide wonderful inspiration for learning and explorations at home or in the classroom.  Purchase a box of teddy bear cookies (or make your own at home) and come discover the wonders of simple preschool science with us!
  • Blubber and Ice  Animals that live in the Arctic region (Arctic Ocean, parts of Canada, Russia, Alaska, and some Nordic Countries) are known as Arctic animals.   Arctic animals have special adaptations that allow them to survive on the frozen tundra in this unique region of the world.  One of the special adaptations is BLUBBER.  Blubber is a thick fatty tissue just under the skin of many arctic animals such as seals, whales, and polar bears.  The fatty tissue not only keeps the animals warm in the extreme cold, but it serves as a fuel source when food is scarce.  To help preschoolers visualize the insulating properties of blubber, try the following simple science experiment!
  • Magnet Games and Discoveries in Preschool  Come learn about magnets with suggestions for hands-on learning and discovery for preschoolers.  It’s FUN play!
  • Christmas and the 5 Senses:  Explore smelly jars, sensory play, and MORE with the science of Christmas.

Spring Science Explorations for Preschool

Spring Science Explorations for Preschoolers!

Summer Science Explorations for Preschoolers

Summer Science Explorations for Preschoolers!

  • Sea Turtle Life Cycle and Sensory Bags for Playful Learning  Exploring an ocean is exciting for preschool children!   Ocean animals, shells, sand, and water are a wonder and bring out the natural curiosity that is at the heart of every young child.  Whether your children have a chance to visit a real ocean or not, learning about the life cycle of a sea turtle is playful discovery for preschoolers!
  • What’s Inside a Baseball?  Hands-on Science and Discovery!  If you live in the United States in the summer, there are few sports that can rival the excitement of baseball for kids!  As we played at a local park last week, our kids found a baseball almost buried in the dirt.  Some of the kids discussed if we should keep the ball or leave it.  In the end, we chose to leave it in case another child should come back looking for it.  On our walk back home, one of our kids asked: “Do you know what’s inside of a baseball?”  We had to find out!
  • The Wonder of the Solar System  Come explore gravity, sorting, and creating with playful learning at its best!  Ideas and suggestions for engaging young kids in the wonders of the solar system.
  • Ice Cream Science  Can your kids discover FLAVOR by TASTE alone?  Tasty and FUN science with a free ice cream printable for your discoveries.


STEM and STEAM Education in Early Childhood!

STEM and STEAM Learning:  Even preschoolers can begin explorations into critical thinking and problem solving.  Try some of these simple STEM education activities to build important skills.

  • STEM Flower Constructions – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities compel preschoolers to use cross-disciplinary tools and critical thinking skills to solve a basic problem.  By integrating STEM activities into normal daily routines, preschoolers can gain new knowledge that they can take with them beyond the classroom or home environment and apply to problems found in their everyday world.  Come explore the FUN of spring STEM with a Flower Construction Challenge in Preschool!
  • STEM:  Evergreen Tree Building Challenge – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities compel preschoolers to use cross-disciplinary tools and critical thinking skills to solve a basic problem.  By integrating STEM activities into normal daily routines, preschoolers can gain new knowledge that they can take with them beyond the classroom or home environment and apply to problems found in their everyday world.  Come explore the FUN of Winter STEM with an Evergreen Tree Building Challenge designed just for preschoolers!
  • STEAM Learning:  Tessellating Shapes in Early Childhood – STEAM activities engage skills from various educational disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) to invite young kids to discover new knowledge through inquiry and solution-based learning. By combining playful investigations in Early Childhood with a STEAM Education approach to learning, young kids are challenged to use cross-disciplinary and critical thinking skills to explore how ALL learning is connected to their everyday world! Come explore and PLAY as we add “the ARTS” to STEM for a STEAM approach to learning about tessellating shapes in Early Childhood.


  • For MORE Ways to Play and Learn, The Preschool Toolbox has ready-made thematic units that each include an extensive active science learning category.  Each theme has literacy, math, science, arts/crafts, songs/fingerplays/accompanying Power Points, food/food crafts, and gross motor/pretend play suggestions.  Come play with us this year!

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The ULTIMATE Playful Learning Resources for #Preschool and #Kindergarten!

Back to School Resource Bundle Sale

The ULTIMATE in Back-to-School Resources for Preschool!

We’re excited to offer a “trunk load” of back-to-school resources created just for your own students and kids.  Whether you homeschool, provide childcare, work in center-based care, or teach in a public classroom, there are over 52 Titles and 3800 pages of resources in an instant download.  Until 10 September 2016 we can offer the entire resource collection to you, our readers, at a 92% discount.

Plan your entire preschool year or use the products to supplement lessons/curriculum ALL YEAR LONG!  This bundle provides resources and ideas to work on numbers, letters, shapes, colors, art, fine motor, visual perception, and so much more!

The bundle of resources also comes with bonuses that will help with common issues like picky eating, potty training, and MORE!  It’s like having an entire preschool and childcare resource library right at your fingertips!

31 Educational Printable Packs, including:

  • Alphabet: Learn the Alphabet Mega Pack, The Ultimate Preschool Literacy Pack, ABC Workbook, Letter Sounds Mazes, Alphabet Formation Rhymes, A-Z Espanol.
  • Math: Counting Pack, Shape Games, Math Facts clip cards.
  • Montessori & 3-part cards: Farm Animal Families, Dinosaur Unit, Famous Paintings & Artists, Africa A-Z.
  • Packs: All About Leaves pack, Autumn pack, Space pack, Letter Tile Spelling mats, Ladybug Unit, Ocean Animals Unit, Goldfish Crackers pack.
  • Other: My First Calendar, Dinosaur Pom Pom mats, Nursery Rhyme concepts of print pack, Learning Seasons & Months, Back to School Teacher’s pack.
  • and more!

13 Ebooks, including:

  • 50 Alphabet Crafts
  • 99 Fine Motor Ideas
  • Learn with Play: 150+ activities for year-round learning
  • LEARN: Hands-on Learning for your Preschooler
  • Sensory Bins
  • Read, Create & Share
  • Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go
  • The Undeniable Power of Play
  • and more!

10 Bonus Resources, including:

  • Potty Train in a Weekend
  • Yoga for Kids
  • Homeschooling with ADHD
  • Crunch! Put a Stop to Picky Eating
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Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

Back to School Resource BUNDLE for Preschool

Resources Included in this FANTASTIC Bundle:

Detailed information of each Title:

Crunch! Put A Stop To Picky Eating and Help Your Kids Love Veggies

Crunch! Put A Stop To Picky Eating and Help Your Kids Love Veggies
Toddler, Preschool, Kids in general
If you are struggling with a picky eater, fussy toddler or just don’t know what “healthy” is. Crunch! has everything you need to teach your kids to eat and enjoy a healthy diet. It is based on current research (shared in the book) plus personal accounts of true stories. Written by a pediatric doctor and mother of 4 young children.

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Read, Create & Share: A Year of Growing with Young Children
Toddler, Preschool
Read, Create & Share: A Year of Growing with Young Children is a step by step guide how the author spent a year reading, creating and sharing with others. After reading a themed book, there is a creative project to complete. Sometimes you might be cooking a yummy treat. Other times you might be making a piece of art. The last and most important component is the sharing piece. Each month your kids will take their creation that was made in the create step to a local group, charity or person in need. The ebook includes free colored printables.

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

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50 Alphabet Crafts for Little Kids
Toddler, Preschool
50 Alphabet Crafts for Little Kids includes crafts for letter recognition, letter formation and word recognition. It also features a fun and engaging craft for every letter of the alphabet! Easy step-by-step instructions are provided for each simple craft, with helpful color photographs to guide you through every project. Make learning fun with your little one and get crafting with your child today!

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82 Questions to Ask About Art
Kids in general
Not sure how to talk about art with kids? Use this list of 82 questions to spark your conversation! From looking questions to telling stories, you will have tons of ideas on how to approach works of art with your students. This PDF include a list of questions as well as printable notecards.

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Art Around the World in 30 Days eBook
Kids in general
Information, lesson ideas, and discussion questions about 30 artworks from around the world!

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Sensory Bins
Toddler, Preschool, Kids in general, Grade 1-3
Sensory bins are a simple and inexpensive learning tool that can benefit all children. Whether you are interested in incorporating sensory bins into your home, classroom, preschool, Day Care, or homeschool, this guide will provide you the necessary knowledge and ideas to get started.

It includes idea lists, storage and money saving tips, information on using sensory bins with Sensory Processing Disorder, and helpful recipes.

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

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Africa A-Z: Montessori Style Activities
Preschool, Grade 1-3
This is a collection of 7 Montessori activities to enhance your unit on Africa. It features photos and descriptions of things found in Africa that start with every letter of the alphabet.. yes, even X and Q! It also includes 3-part cards, a phonetic reading activity, living and non-living sorting, plant and animal sorting, parts of lion 3-part cards and booklet, and photos of the biomes of Africa.

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The Ultimate Reading Challenge
Kids in general, Grade 1-3, Grade 4-6
The Ultimate Reading Challenge will challenge students to read a variety of texts over the school year. Since it is editable, it is adaptable to a wide variety of ages! There are two versions: Level 1 and Level 2. The differences are the number of books and categories suggested. Level 1 suggests 25 books and 5 categories (plus your choice). Level 2 suggests 42 books and 9 categories (plus your choice). Each category is EDITABLE, so YOU get to choose the suggested categories or genres! Suggestions are typed in, but you can delete and edit as you please! You can even get creative with it- instead of genres, type in ANY type of category you would like!

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Letter Tile Spelling Mats (Seasons and Celebrations)
Preschool, Kids in general, Kindergarten
The Letter Tile Spelling Mats {Seasons & Celebrations} Bundle is a year full of letter tile fun for emergent readers. This Letter Tile Spelling Mat bundle is designed to expose young learners to theme vocabulary words, letter matching, beginning sounds, and spelling practice. Includes 80+ pages containing letter tile spelling mats for 14 themes around the year.

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ABC Workbook
Do you have a preschooler learning the alphabet? No need to jump from one blog to the next to get different printables. Get all the printables you need to work with your child right here. You’ll get handwriting pages, dot coloring pages, play dough mats, and ABC flash cards for games. Have fun learning the alphabet together.

All About Leaves Printable Pack

All About Leaves Printable Pack
Learn about fall leaves with our All About Leaves Printable Pack! This unit has 30 pages of activities, including:
– An activity on why leaves change color
– A discussion and quiz about deciduous and evergreen trees
– A Leaf Symmetry activity
– Our Leaf Identification Flashcards
– And Leaf Coloring Pages!
– An answer key is also provided.

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Homeschooling with ADHD
Are you homeschooling a child with ADHD? Are you considering homeschooling for your ADHD kids? Then this ebook is for you!

Written by an ADD mom to three kids with ADHD, this ebook is just what you need to decide if homeschooling is right for your kids and how you can make a success of it.

Homeschooling kids with ADHD can be tough, but it is so rewarding. Let the advice in this book help you love your homeschooling journey!

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

farm animals families montessori 3-part cards printables by I believe in montessori

Farm animal families Montessori 3-part cards
Toddler, Preschool
These 3-part cards will help your child to know more about different farm animals families. He will learn the names of males, females and young. Also the child can sort the cards by categories, such as mother, father, child, family, male, female, young, group.

The material consists of:
– 45 name and picture cards
– 45 picture cards
– 45 name cards
– 8 labels of categories

5 Montessori materials for learning about seaosons and months printables by I Believe in Montessori

5 Materials for learning about Seasons and Months
Toddler, Preschool
This is a set of several materials for learning about seasons and month in Montessori way.
The colors correspond to Montessori color coding of seasons.

Activity 1. Introduction to seasons
Activity 2. Circle of months (with color grades)
Activity 3. Circle of months complicated
Activity 4. Seasons words classification
Activity 5. Months puzzle

There are two versions of the material inside for Southern and Northern Hemisphere.

Artist and his Painting matching cards printables by I Believe in Montessori

Artist and his Painting Montessori-inspired Cards
Toddler, Preschool
These cards will help Children to remember artist and one of his artworks. Cards are made in a bingo-like style where you need to match colorful cards to black and white ones.

I made this material in a form that one card has one painter and one painting on it. This will help the Child to be concentrated on the couple artist+painting more and he will form a more strong connection between them. Another addition is learning names of artists and their works.


Visual Perception, Tangrams, & Handwriting Workbook
Grade 1-3, Kindergarten
This activity workbook has information on all of the visual perceptual areas necessary for written work. Included in the workbook are creative tangram puzzles, tangram drawing activities, and tangram building challenges that will work on all of the skills needed for improving line awareness, letter formation, and neatness in written work.


Basic Shapes for Beginners
Toddler, Preschool
A hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers. Designed for ages 2-5 to be completed in 6 weeks. Includes resource list, items needed organized by week, and printables for designated activities.

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My First Calendar for Home or School
Preschool, Grade 1-3
Learning about the calendar during circle time can be developmentally appropriate for young children with this calendar set this has been designed especially for students aged 2 – 7 and others who benefit from visual cues.

It includes these components:
1. Month Headers (with seasonal/U.S. holiday graphics AND plain)
2. Days of the Week
3. Today/Yesterday/Tomorrow headers
4. Attendance chart
5. School Schedule – 20 visual cards
6. Home Schedule – picture cards for special days, every day events and holidays.
7. Traditional calendar pieces – 14 sets of numbers (1-31)

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

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Yoga For Kids
Toddler, Preschool, Grade 1-3
A fun set of 20 yoga poses that are on cards with a description as well as a full sheet printable of the pose. Real kids are used in these yoga poses. They are perfect to use at home, educational setting, or for a celebration. Poses included in this set are Lotus, Bow, Cobra, Butterfly, Forward Fold, Airplane, Bear Walk, Frog, Bicycle, Child’s, Resting, Turtle, Seated Fold, Happy Baby, Bridge, Chair, Boat, Star, Lion, and Downward Dog.

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Therapy at Home Camp: Beach Week
Kids in general
A beach themed autism therapy at home camp pack that includes 12 speech activities and printables, 12 social skills activities and printables, and 24 sensory activities to do at home or at the beach.

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First Grade Math Facts Clip Cards 1-10: Strawberry Theme
Grade 1-3
50 pages of clip cards with all addition and subtraction facts from 0-10.

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LEARN: Hands On Learning Plans for Your Preschooler
Preschoolers can have lots of fun learning their ABCs, 123s, shapes, colors and so much more! LEARN is packed full of learning activities with a hands on (no worksheet) approach. (Digital PDF eBook)

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

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Nursery Rhyme Concepts of Print Pack
Preschool, Kindergarten, first grade
Children need to understand basic concepts of print before they can learn to read. Since children love nursery rhymes, these classic poems are the perfect text for teaching concepts of print. This file contains 280 pages of printable activities featuring ten different nursery rhymes. The file includes instructions for how to teach concept of word, voice to print matching, and more.

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Montessori-inspired Dinosaur Unit Syllabus
Preschool, Grade 1-3
Montessori-inspired dinosaur themed unit study for children ages 3-6, complete with directions, materials, and printables.

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Rachel’s Day in the Garden
Toddler, Preschool
Act out a day in the garden with Rachel in this yoga book for kids! Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! IPNE Book of the Year 2015 and Winner of Children’s Book Category 2015. Age group: Toddlers and Preschoolers, ages 2-5.

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The Quick Guide to Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum
Kids in general
10 tips to help guiding people through the process of choosing a homeschool curriculum.

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Printable Dinosaur Pom Pom Mats
Preschool, Kids in general
This Pom-Pom Color Match Game is a simple way for young children to develop fine motor skills and learn about colors. 6 sheets with 6 dinosaurs. Full color.

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Alphabet Sound Mazes
Kids in general, Grade 1-3
Ready to print alphabet sound mazes for every letter of the alphabet. Perfect way for young children to practice initial sounds in words to find their way through the letter mazes.

Goldfish Math Literacy Pack

Goldfish Crackers Math & Literacy Pack
Toddler, Preschool, kindergarten
Early learning printable pack featuring 20 hands-on math and literacy activities specifically designed to be used with Goldfish crackers. There are over 50 pages in this pack with no prep required – just print & play! Great for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners who love Goldfish crackers.

Spending 5-10 minutes each day during snack time with these activities will teach and reinforce many early learning concepts, such as counting, number recognition, shapes, colors, patterns, measurement, graphing, simple addition, alphabet recognition, letter sounds, letter cases, sight words and more!

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CVC Word & Picture Tracing Cards
Preschool, Grade 1-3, kindergarten
These CVC Word & Picture Tracing Cards are designed for preschoolers and kindergartners to practice reading a word, tracing it, writing it, then tracing and coloring the corresponding picture. Kids will practice reading, handwriting and fine motor skills at the same time!

The set includes 36 cards featuring 36 short-vowel CVC words & pictures. It comes in 2 versions so you can choose the best one for your child’s skill level. One version has larger letters to trace while the other version has smaller letters and there is blank space for children to write the word on their own. These cards are a great way to encourage and motivate young readers!

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

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Alphabet Formation Rhymes
Preschool, Kindergarten
Teach little ones how to write uppercase alphabet letters with these formation rhymes! This set of printables explains how to write the uppercase letters with a fun little rhyme. These can be used as posters around a room, tracing with a finger, or tracing with a writing utensil.

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Shape games
Toddler, Preschool
10 games for toddlers and preschoolers to explore and learn about shapes!

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A to Z Español: A Spanish Alphabet Super Pack!
Kids in general
Help kids learn the Spanish alphabet from A to Z with this 79-page printable pack! Kids can learn a word for each of the 29 letters in the alphabet and use the included pronunciation guide and flashcards for practice!

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Autumn Printables for Toddlers and Young Preschoolers
Toddler, Preschool
Fun, learning activities for children to broaden their vocabulary, develop fine-motor skills and ability to discriminate according to different characteristics, like colour and size. These are great for the Montessori classroom as individual quiet activities.

Autumn Printables for Toddlers and Young Preschoolers contain:
– photo cards for sorting colours
– autumn vocabulary photo cards (includes American and British versions)
– autumn shapes match – up activity
– cards for practising counting 0 -5 (using pegs)
– size sorting
– puzzels
– dot-a-dot worksheets
– puzzles for colouring in
– handwriting practise activity
– living/non-living cards for sorting
– matroyshka doll strips for cutting

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Family Systems
Kids in general
The kids are screaming, the house is a mess, and you have no idea what you will making for dinner. But I have learned a secret that will completely transform how you get through your days!

The secret is systematizing your routine. When you create a system for each part of your day you can break free from the turmoil that defines your day. You will become calmer and freer because you will know what comes next instead of winging it all of the time.

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Space Printables Pack
Toddler, Preschool, Grade 1-3
Whether your child dreams of being an astronaut, loves looking at the stars, or hopes to visit the moon one day, you’ll find something they’ll enjoy in this Space Printables Pack. This pack features 75 printable space-themed educational activities for kids ages 2-7. The activities in this pack cover a range of skills, including shapes and sizes, colors, patterning, puzzles, fine motor, mazes, math (number identification, counting, addition, subtraction), and literacy (letter identification, alphabetic order, phonemic awareness, word searches). Many of the activities have multiple versions so you can tailor the activity to the developmental level of your children.

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Growing Up Centsible: a no nonsense guide to helping kids become financially responsible adults
Preschool, Grade 1-3
This guide includes parenting ideas and kid activities with one goal in mind: teaching kids about to be financially smart.

Along with over 30 pack filled pages, you receive bonuses including a Teaching Kids about Money activities pack and a promo code for my Montessori materials store.

Filled with simple and tangible ways for you to bring positive money ideals to your family’s life, this guide covers mindset, preparing yourself, ideas for the family, parenting ideas around teaching money sense, and includes loads of resources for your journey.

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Learn the Alphabet Mega Pack
Toddler, Preschool
Learning the alphabet is easier than ever! With this 230 page pack, you can help your preschooler learn their letters while practicing early phonics skills, coloring, fine motor skills, handwriting, and more! Best of all, the activities included in this pack require either minimal prep or none at all!

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Beginning, Middle, and End Story Writing PDF Lesson
Grade 1-3
Beginning, Middle, and End: Story Writing, 250 PDF pages including interactive notebook pages and a kindergarten printable. This lesson reviews the beginning, middle, and end of some familiar stories. Sequencing of sentences is also covered. Students practice drawing a story using a graphic organizer for the three parts of beginning, middle, and end of their own story . . . later writing the paper on pages designed for each story component. There are five different story planning pages are included, two versions of the basic three page story, and two “chapter book” printable writing frames.

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Grade 2 Editable Writing Through the Year Illustrated Writing Pages and Rubrics
Grade 1-3
This PDF has a variety of illustrated writing pages with school year themes, writing rubrics, and student work covers. All of these pages are generic and are designed to be used with any books. For instance, if there is a farm story, the farm writing page could be used. If there is a construction story, one of the construction pages could be used.

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Sensory Processing Disorder Brochure for Care Givers
Toddler, Preschool, Kids in general, Grade 1-3
A customizable, printable, brochure to introduce coaches, babysitters, and other adults about your child’s unique sensory needs. Covers what SPD is, the different ways it can effect various senses, and what that means for YOUR child. Never again worry about your child being with someone who doesn’t understand their needs.

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Ocean Animals Theme for Preschool and Kindergarten
Preschool, Kindergarten
The Ocean and Ocean Animals Thematic Unit is a 189 (total) page unit for use in Preschool and Kindergarten. If you plan to use the theme to accompany core studies for one week only, you will have many activities left for a “new” unit the following year. This theme includes playful learning activities for math, science, and literacy as well as numerous songs, poems, art and crafts activities, gross motor ideas, food/food crafts, dramatic play, and book suggestions. A 42 page instructional manual serves as a guide with detailed instructions/photos for games, projects, and activities. There are 10 Power Point presentations and 35 activity files (some with numerous pages for differentiated learning) that are ready to download and print. Suggestions for younger or slightly older children are given where possible.


Back to School – Summer Recap & Social Activities
Grade 1-3
This is a back to school unit that contains 23 printables that will help you get to know your class, and help them getting to know each other. It works well with both students you are familiar and unfamiliar with. All the printables are explained in the teacher’s guide. The tasks are set up / phrased in a manner that enables all children to participate comfortably, regardless of social background. No expensive holidays, traveling abroad etc, is mentioned. Everyone will be able to complete the tasks, having been at home the entire summer, or been on the road.

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The Ultimate Preschool Literacy Bundle
This preschool literacy bundle includes a full year of lesson plans for teaching oral language, phonological awareness, and phonics. This bundle includes over 400 activities and included printable images.

Hello Sunshine! Counting Printable Pack

Hello Sunshine! Counting Printable Pack
Toddler, Preschool
The Hello Sunshine! Counting Printable Pack includes 10 different printable activities that focus on counting up to 10:
– Play dough mats.
– Clip cards
– I Spy games
– 2-piece puzzles.
– Line-up puzzles with 5, 6 or 10 pieces.
– Roll and Cover games.
– Grid game.
– Sun counters 1-10.
– Introduction to the number line.
– Write the missing number.


The Undeniable Power of Play
Baby, Toddler, Preschool
Rooted in research, The Undeniable Power of Play is an ebook of 101+ tips, activities, recipes, and insights to teach your child through play at home or in a classroom

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Kindergarten Ladybug Unit
Preschool, Grade 1-3, Kindergarten or 4-7 year olds
Awesome ladybug unit for 4-7 year olds! Includes a unit planner, activity instructions, science background, printables, and more! Each day in the week-long suggested plan includes a math, language arts, and science/other learning activity. Hands on and fun!

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool


Merry Memories: Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family
Kids in general
Holiday recipes, crafts, and activities to start new traditions with your family.


Kaleidoscope: Hands On Explorations in Colour (and Color!) For Kids
Preschool, Grade 1-3
Kaleidoscope includes 25 AWE-INSPIRING projects all about COLOUR! Projects include jello printmaking, Skittle science, spinning tops, more than a little rainbow magic, a rainbow code breaker, artwork inspired by renowned artists Klee, Kandinsky, Warhol and Giacometti, writing and poetry prompts, a photography hunt and instructions to make your own kaleidoscope (of course!)…and that is not even half of the great value ideas included. Each and everyone has been chosen for it’s unique approach to the study of and experimentation with COLOUR!

Designed to be used with kids aged 5 to 55, each project includes a supplies list, step by step instructions, full colour photographs and ideas for extending learning. Plus we’ve made sure that the activities only require materials that you already have in your home or classroom. Perfect for teachers, parents, camp organisers, youth and community group leaders, homeschoolers, after school care educators, this is STEM, art and literacy like you’ve never seen it before – dressed up in all the colours of the rainbow!

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Potty Train in a Weekend
Baby, Toddler, Preschool
Have your child potty trained in three days! It is the only complete guide to potty training that you will need. In this book, you will learn the secret to potty training in three days, how to deal with hurdles such as: ‘They won’t poop on the potty!” or “They were using the potty, but now they are having accidents all of the time!” (regression).

You will not be going back and forth between diapers, pull-ups and underwear anymore. You child will be completely trained in a weekend. Parents all over the world are having success with this system and now you can, too!

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Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go
Kids in general
100 of our easy Crafts for kids, each printable on one page with supply list and step by step instructions.

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool

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99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5
Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
The Hands Have It!
Squeezing Play Dough, Fastening Buttons, Snipping with Scissors, and So Much More

99 Fine Motor Activities presents fun, engaging ideas to involve the fine motor muscles in your child’s hands, fingers, and wrists. Ten talented moms come together to share the most successful, creative, and inspiring invitations to play that they set up for their own kids to get those little hands working!

Your child’s hands develop and change so much in the first years of life. From chubby newborn fists that can barely open to infants reaching for your face as they coo to toddlers self feeding and stacking blocks, soon you will have a preschooler learning to cut, write, and turn the pages of a book!

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Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning
Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten
The perfect book to have on hand for inspiring you on holidays, weekends, or anytime the kids just need something to do! A fun mix of hands-on fun with learning, celebrating, and appreciating family time.

Don’t forget that this incredible offer only lasts until September 10, 2016.  We know you will LOVE it and your kids will gain valuable skills all year through!

Preschool and Kindergarten Back to School Resources for Preschool




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Back-to-School with Personal GPS: Goals, Prayer, and Sustenance

GPS for Back to School

Back-to-School with Personal GPS:  Goals, Prayer, and Sustenance

As we begin to prepare for a new school year, I love to use GPS as a guide. GPS is an intimate personal navigation system that I use daily, weekly, and monthly.

G=GOALS – what are my goals for myself and my kids – daily/weekly/monthly.

P=PRAY/PEOPLE – Am I spiritually connected daily to help me teach the little people who need me present and to connect with other educators to help/learn/grow.

S=SUSTENANCE/SUPPLIES – do I have what I need to meet those goals TODAY? Am I taking care of myself? Do I have a daily/weekly/monthly lesson plan that is flexible as I see what my kids need and are interested in? Do I have support to help me help others in my classroom (if not, how can I make that better)? Have I gathered the resources I need in the classroom to help me achieve goals?

As all of YOU, our valued colleagues and readers, begin to prepare for the new school year, I hope you put yourself first. Plan for yourself as you plan for your own little ones.

How can YOU be your BEST this year?!

What will you add to my own list?

GPS Personal Navigation for Back to School


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How Do I Introduce the ABC’s and 123’s to Preschoolers?

ABCs and 123s Playful Learning eBook for Kids

ABC’s and 123’s Book for Playful Learning

As an educator for 33 years, I’ve often fielded questions from parents and colleagues about appropriate ways to introduce literacy and math concepts to preschoolers.  I’m honored to co-author the ABC’s and 123’s Book to guide parents and teachers toward developmentally appropriate practices for playful learning with their own kids at home or in the classroom.

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ABCs and 123s Book for Preschoolers - playful learning at its BEST!YOU and YOUR KIDS will LOVE the EASY to Set-Up Activities:

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All the activities in the book are FUN! Every activity has been tried, tested, and approved by our own children. The activities are based on play –  your children will be exploring and learning through their senses.  Preschoolers will love the engaging invitations while  building important skills through play.

The activities have been carefully chosen to offer a wide range of math and literacy skills, working across the curriculum to incorporate play, imagination, science, sensory, and art.  When kids are challenged to use critical thinking and to problem solve while PLAYING, they gain skills to last a lifetime.

What you’ll get in this book:

:: 40+ hands-on play ideas that will help your child build their letter and math skills :: multisensory activities for children aged 2 to 8 :: resources for parents and teachers, at home or in the classroom, with ideas for indoor and outdoor learning :: material lists, step-by-step instructions and full color photographs of every activity

:: suggestions for variations and extensions so you can adapt the activities to suit your child

:: a wide range of learning activities, across literacy and math, including:

  • learning to recognize and write letters and numbers
  • understanding both upper and lower case letters
  • drawing shapes and making marks
  • working on alphabetic order
  • working on spelling names, sight words, cvc words, and other vocabulary
  • developing language skills
  • understanding one-to-one correspondence
  • learning to count, to add, and subtract
  • base-ten understanding and double digit addition

ABCs and 123s eBook for Preschoolers

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This is an ebook, which means you will be sent a link that allows you to download a PDF containing the ebook and all the resources. You can save it to your computer or iPad* and then either read it on screen or print some/all of the pages, as you prefer. You can buy the ebook wherever you are in the world. You pay via PayPal, which will take care of any currency conversion for you.

Please note:  You can buy the ebook now, on any device, and then download it when you are ready. Depending on the apps you have installed and your operating system, you might be able to download the ebook on your mobile device. However, if you have any doubts or problems, I recommend you use a computer to download the book and then share it to your mobile devices. You will be sent download instructions when you purchase the ebook.

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38 Ocean Themed Activities for Preschool!

As our own preschoolers prepare to end our school year, we’d like to offer a special round-up of playful learning activities from the Early Childhood Education Team.  We hope your own kids will love playing and learning this summer with activities centered around an Ocean Theme!

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Top Ten Ocean/Beach Themed Activities Across All Learning Areas:

Top 10 Ocean and Beach Theme Activities

Literacy/Book Activities for Preschool:

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean Story Book and Activity

A House For Hermit Crab Activities

Commotion in the Ocean Book and Activity

There’s a Shark in the Sea Beginning Sounds Song

Message in a Bottle Craft

Story Telling Sea Shells

Alphabet Ocean Sensory Bin

Alphabet Fun with Seashells

Under the Sea Painting with Pout Pout Fish

Ocean-Themed Math Activities for Preschool:

Find the Hidden Numbers Ocean Clip Cards

Ocean Color Sorting and Threading

Fishbowl Counting Mats and Fishy Letters

Making 10 Addition Puzzles

Ocean I Spy Counting Printable

Ocean Animal Tangram Cards

Free Ocean Matching Pack Printable

Ocean-Themed Science Activities for Preschool:

Sea Turtle Life Cycle and Sensory Bag

Hunting for Sharks Teeth with Kids

Sea Turtle Life Cycles

Jello Ocean Exploration on the Light Table

Ocean-Themed Arts/Crafts/Sensory Play for Preschool:

Collaborative Ocean Art Project for Kids

Ocean Play Dough Invitation to Play and Learn

Small World Ocean Play (Without Water)

Play Sand – Ocean Play

Spin Art Fish

Paper Plate Shell Craft

Ocean Inspired Mono Printing

Laundry Hamper Sailboat

Under the Sea Play Plus Search and Find

Super Simple Ocean Sensory Bin

Ocean-Themed Playdate Suggestions for Preschool:

There are 5 Oceans Children’s Song

DIY Mermaid Tiara to Make and Wear

Host an Ocean Theme Playdate

Ocean Themed I Spy Jar

Ocean Animal Busy Bag

Painted Shells Art Project

Make Rainbow Sea Shells

Water Color and Salt Coral Reef

Ocean Animals Thematic Unit from The Preschool Toolbox

For even MORE ways to play and learn this summer, please see the OCEAN THEMATIC UNIT here on the blog!

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The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments

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Rachel Miller, Holly Homer, and Jamie Harrington of Kids Activities Blog and Quirky Momma bring the FUN of science explorations to everyday play in their newest book, the 101 coolest simple science experiments.  The book comes complete with colorful photos and simple instructions that invite kids to use critical thinking skills, explore outcomes, and have FUN doing it!   If you are a parent, childcare provider, childcare center or classroom teacher, the book is must have for your own resource library!

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The 101 coolest simple science experiments book is grouped into 4 categories for everyday playful learning explorations:

  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • Physics and Making Things Move
  • Exploring the World
  • The Human Body

Have your own kids try DISSOLVING INK explorations (from the Kitchen Chemistry Section).  For FULL instructions, see here!

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Our own kids are experimenting with various kinds of catapults (from the Physics and Making Things Move section) and testing which constructed catapult will successfully launch an item the farthest!  The catapult building lesson (pg. 63) is an inquiry and solution-based experiment that is fun for kids, but it also provides the opportunity for kids to gain knowledge that can be carried beyond the classroom (or home) to solve problems encountered in the larger community.

As the kids build the initial catapult from the book, they will begin experimenting on their own with various construction materials and developing their own ideas!

Catapult Design inspired by the 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer, Jamie Harrington, and Rachel Miller

Catapult Design inspired by the 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Holly Homer, Jamie Harrington, and Rachel Miller

The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments will challenge your own kids to critical thinking about how things in the world work through simple explorations! Be sure to pick up your own copy today and join us for a summer of playful learning and FUN!



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Rainforest Tree Frog Math Games for Preschoolers!

If you are new to the Wednesday #TeachECE series, we WELCOME you!  Each week, we partner with other early childhood professionals to offer playful learning activities centered around a weekly theme.  This week, activity suggestions revolve around a RAINFOREST THEME.  Come play to learn in preschool with FUN Tree Frog Math Games to encourage developing skills!

Rainforest Tree Frog Math Games for Preschool

Rainforest Tree Frog Math Games for Preschool!

Materials needed:

Prior to the activity – print the tree frogs, laminate for durability, and cut out each frog.  Print as many of the lily pads as necessary for the numbers your own children are learning or currently working on (laminate the lily pads, cut them out, and number with a dry erase marker).  Tape the lily pads onto a table, large tray, or a work mat before introducing the activities below.

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Rainforest Tree Frog Math Game for Preschool

One-to-One Correspondence:   invite the kids to count out the number of tree frogs that correspond to the number on the lily pad.  The kids should place the number of frogs on the lily pad (remind preschoolers to count out loud as they place each frog on the corresponding numbered lily pad).

Subitizing:   place a predetermined small number of tree frogs on top of a lily pad.  See if the kids can tell how many frogs are on the mat without counting the individual cards.

Addition:  invite the kids to place the corresponding number of tree frogs on two of the numbered lily pads.  The kids should then count the total number of tree frogs on both lily pads for practice with basic addition.  Begin with lower numbers until the kids gain confidence.

Tree Frog Math Games for Preschool

Subtraction:  set a pre-determined number of tree frogs on top of one of the printable lily pads.   Invite the kids to roll a die and TAKE OFF the corresponding number of tree frogs from the lily pad.  The game is over when all the tree frogs have been removed.

Plus 1 or Plus 2:  have the kids roll a die one time and place that number of tree frogs on a lily pad.  To do mental math, invite the kids to add (+1) or (+2) to the number of tree frogs on the lily pad.  To self-check, have the kids physically add (+1) or (+2) tree frogs to the number of frogs on the lily pad and count again to check their answer.

Skip Counting: practice counting up by 2’s or 5’s by placing the appropriate numbers of tree frogs on several of the lily pads.  Tip:  making a number line (1-20) will help kids have a visual when beginning skip counting skills.

Print the 5 and 10 Frames for further practice with the paper Rainforest frogs or for use with miniature tree frogs.


For more playful learning ideas with a RAINFOREST THEME, please the wonderful activity suggestions below:

Phonemic Awareness Activity:  Rainforest Animal Slide by Growing Book by Book

Find the Hidden Preschool Letters- Rainforest Alphabet Game by Learning to Walk

Easy DIY Rainforest Inspired Container Garden by Capri + 3

Rainforest Matching Activity for Preschoolers by Life Over C’s

Leaf Cutter Ant Craft by Still Playing School

Rainforest Fine Motor Activity by Munchkins and Moms


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Spring STEM for Preschool: Flower Construction Challenge

If you are new to the #TeachECE Wednesday series, WELCOME!  Each week we partner with other Early Childhood professionals to offer you, our valued readers, activities and suggestions centered around a weekly theme.  This week we’ll focus on SPRING STEM ideas to encourage your own kids at home or in the classroom!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities compel preschoolers to use cross-disciplinary tools and critical thinking skills to solve a basic problem.  By integrating STEM activities into normal daily routines, preschoolers can gain new knowledge that they can take with them beyond the classroom or home environment and apply to problems found in their everyday world.  Come explore the FUN of spring STEM with a Flower Construction Challenge in Preschool!

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Spring STEM in Preschool:  Free-Standing Flower Construction Challenge

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Objective:  To encourage preschoolers to use critical thinking skills and cross-disciplinary tools to gain new problem solving knowledge that can be applied to the everyday world.

Skills Presented in this Simple Challenge:

Science:  Preschoolers will use skills within the scientific method (observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating) while planning, constructing, and documenting learning in the playdough flower challenge.

Technology:  Students will use digital cameras to photograph their own flower designs and print the photos to share with peers.

Engineering:  Preschoolers will construct a free-standing flower from simple supplies that exhibit early attempts at engineering.

Math:  Preschoolers will use mathematical skills (estimation, same/different, lines, patterns) to construct the flower and gain knowledge of mathematical relationships in the challenge.

Discuss the STEPS for STEM SUCCESS before the challenge and while the kids are constructing their own designs:


STEM INQUIRY: Preschoolers are asked to engineer a basic free-standing flower using only the simple supplies below.

  • Playdough – commercial or homemade
  • Craft Sticks – 10 per student

The kids will ask HOW to construct their flowers.  Try to answer their questions with open-ended feedback to allow them to use critical thinking tools to solve the problem independently.  Invite the kids to draw a picture of how they want their flower to look.  It is truly amazing to watch young kids creating, thinking, and learning through play.

Documentation of Learning and Use of Technology:  As the kids construct, have them take digital photos of their constructions to print and share with their peers.  Kids will often develop “new” ideas from looking at photos of other flower constructions.

A few of our own preschool free-standing flower design photos:

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Building Challenge Wrap-Up:  Have the kids come together to share the photos of their flower creations. Invite the kids to explain why they decided to construct their flower in the manner they chose. If any of the kids made improvements (adjustments) to their initial designs, ask them to share why the improvements were necessary.  In the photo above, the student initially had too many playdough petals on his flower.  The flower was heavy and caused his construction to topple over.  The child reduced the amount of playdough used for the flower portion – what a beautiful flower he designed!  As the kids look at the various photos, ask students what they would change in their own flower design (if anything) if they had the opportunity to do the challenge again.  STEM challenges in preschool invite kids to think critically, play, gain new knowledge, and explore how that knowledge can be used in the future.

We hope your own kids enjoy playing and learning with STEM challenges!  For more SPRING STEM activities from The Early Childhood Education Team, please check out the awesome suggestions below!

Spring STEM Activities with Eggs from The Educators’ Spin on It

Spring FLOWER STEM Investigation from Life Over C’s

Your kids might also enjoy:

Lavender PreWriting Sensory Activity for Preschool

Lavender Pre-Writing – free flower printable with a sensory paint idea for playful learning!

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Walkin’ In the Jungle Gross Motor and Sequencing for Preschool!

Welcome to the Wednesday #TeachECE series!  Each week throughout the year, we partner with other early childhood professionals to offer tips, activities, and suggested play ideas for your own kids at home or in the classroom.   Winter weather can be challenging for staff and students.  We try to get our kids outside twice a day, but when the weather doesn’t cooperate, indoor large motor games are a must to get little bodies MOVING!  Come “Walk in the Jungle” with us and explore music and movement, listening skills, and a sequencing activity designed just for your own preschoolers!

Walking in the Jungle Large Motor and Sequencing Activity for Preschool

Walkin’ In the Jungle Large Motor Music and Movement Game for Preschool!

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If your own preschoolers have not been introduced to “Walking in the Jungle” on the Animals CD by Super Simple Songs, you’ll want to try it!  Our own kids ask for it almost daily and it’s a great song to get kids moving their bodies and listening!  The song includes large motor movements:  walking, stomping, jumping, and skipping (for preschoolers, skipping often looks like gallops or sliding as they learn to skip).  In each verse, the children must LISTEN to the sound an animal makes and guess which animal the sound belongs to before it is revealed.  Our kids now SHOUT the names of the animals as they now know which animal comes next in the song.  Whether it is a frog, monkey, toucan, or a tiger, the kids delight in knowing what sound each of the animals makes!  The song introduces walking forward while counting, stopping, and then stepping backwards, too.  Play the song through once for your children and ask them to just LISTEN to the words, sounds, and what movements are included.  Play the song again and ask the kids to try each of the movements within the song.

Walking in the Jungle Music and Movement for Preschool

Sequencing Cards to Accompany Walking in the Jungle by Super Simple Songs

Sequencing Cards to Accompany Walkin' In the Jungle by Super Simple Songs

Materials needed:

Print one set of the sequencing cards for each of the children.  Laminate the cards for durability or if laminating supplies are not available, clear contact paper works well, too.  Have the kids tape each of the sequencing cards to a craft stick or a straw.  Play the song, Walking In the Jungle, and invite the kids to LISTEN and hold up the animal card that corresponds to the SOUND that animal makes as it is introduced in the song.  Keep the cards and invite the children to sequence the cards without the music by the MOVEMENT that corresponds to each animal:  WALKING=FROG; STOMPING=MONKEY; JUMPING=TOUCAN; and SKIPPING=TIGER.  You might also wish to print two copies of the cards for a simple animal matching game.

Your kids might also enjoy:  ZOO and FARM ANIMAL ACTIVITIES for PRESCHOOL!

Farm Animal Bingo

Be sure to check out other LARGE MOTOR Activities from the Early Childhood Educational Team below!

Great Day for Up Reading Game from Growing Book by Book

Beginning Sound Movement Game from Mom Inspired Life

Beginning Letter Sounds Tunnel Gross Motor Game from Capri +3

Move Like an Insect Gross Motor Activity from Life Over C’s

Bug Shapes (Bugs Fun Kids Math Games) from Learning 2 Walk

UNO Movement Game for Kids from Still Playing School



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Tips for Helping Preschoolers with Self-Regulation Skills!

Welcome to the Wednesday #TeachECE series.  Each Wednesday throughout the year, we partner with other Early Childhood professionals to offer you tips, suggestions, and activities designed just for ECE.  This week’s articles are centered around a BODY theme for use at home or in early childhood classrooms.  Earlier this month, I had a chance to poll parents, childcare providers, and ECE Educators in our closed FB group (The Preschool Toolbox) about the most important skill they believe preschoolers should have or acquire; hands down, the answer was body self-regulation.   While each child is different, there is one similarity among all children:  improved learning and behavior requires strong body awareness and self-regulation skills.  Today, we’ll explore how intentional and integrated practices can help your own preschoolers manage emotions, thoughts, and actions.

Tips for Helping Preschoolers with Self Regulations Skills


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As with other developing skills, self-regulation begins early and at home.  When parents model self-regulation skills and invite kids to practice and internalize appropriate responses to their environment, kids will garner skills that are important for learning and eventually in the workplace and larger community.  While many parents and teachers know that self-regulation is important, guiding young kids to regulate responses to sensory stimuli can be challenging.  The tips below will provide a basic format for gently guiding young children to internalize important self-regulation skills:

  • Make sure that every child is aware of expectations for behavior at home and at school.  Preschoolers need consistent expectations, a routine they can count on, and sufficient sleep to employ emerging skills.  I’m going to say the last one again, SUFFICIENT SLEEP – LACK of sleep is the number one negative behavior trigger for many preschoolers.  Self-regulation skills are easier for young children when they know exactly what to expect from their environment. Discuss and role play the expectations:  Do we hit other children or adults when we are angry?  What do we do when we are angry instead of hitting?  For non-verbal children, biting can be one negative response to environmental stimuli.  What can we do instead of bite?
Hand Sign Suggestions from

Hand Sign Suggestions from

Showing children appropriate responses to varying situations and observing/monitoring successes and challenges at home and in the classroom can give parents and teachers a heads-up to triggers and what areas need work with various children.  Teaching non-verbal children basic hand signs is often an effective way to help them communicate positively (for basic signs, check out  Keep routines for preschoolers as consistent from day-to-day as possible.  Activities and events will change, but the daily routine should remain the same (including naps and bedtimes).  A visual timetable is valuable to help preschoolers understand daily routines whether at home or in the early childhood classroom.

Managing Big Emotions in Preschool

  • When a child’s behavior is less than desirable and big emotions erupt, preschoolers are not in a place to learn new skills.  Learning different skill sets and responses have to be taught when kids are calm and practiced daily by integrating into everyday activities.  Role playing throughout the course of daily interactions helps kids remember appropriate responses to the environment.  Many teachers (and parents) want kids to learn in the moment of big emotion, but it rarely happens.

Self Regulation Skills in Preschool

  • Find a safe spot where the child can calm down first.  Set up an area at home or in the classroom, where the child can manage emotions.  Make a mental plan for big emotions that occur in public places.  At times, the safe place at home or in the classroom has to be apart from the other children (especially if kids are apt to throw toys or harm another child/adult).   This area can be equipped with soft music the kids can listen to, soft toys/dolls to play with and to improve communication, sensory bags or calm down jars, acrylic hand mirrors to provide a visual of body language, word and picture cards to help kids express themselves, and deep breathing picture cards that will remind kids how to calm their body – we have our kids place their hands on their tummies, breathe in through their nose to see if they can feel their hand move on their tummy, and then breathe out slowly through their mouths.  We also practice deep breathing daily so it can be an automated response that kids can draw upon as necessary.  Make sure the other children know that the safe area is not a play area, but only for children who need to use the private space in order to calm down and be alone.  Note:  for children that cannot calm without an adult present, stay close, but ask that they employ skills you have been working on and model again if necessary (deep breathing, meditation, looking at emotions/feelings cards, looking in the mirror for visual body clues, listening to calming music, playing with a sensory squish bag, etc.). The goal is to scaffold developing skills and withdraw direct adult intervention to encourage self regulation as skills grow and kids mature.
  • Follow-up – once a child has stopped the undesirable behavior, discuss and role play ways that the child could make better decisions in managing emotions, thoughts, and actions.

Tips for Encouraging Self Regulation Skills in Preschool

  • If you have a child that is struggling daily, engaging them multiple times a day in discussions about “trigger scenarios and transitions” is extremely helpful.  Role playing the scenario with a peer beforehand will help kids have tools when the need arises.  What transitions or trigger scenarios can you identify at home or in the classroom for your own kids?

With a LOT of practice, patience, and perseverance, parents and teachers can guide our preschoolers to acquire the self regulation skills necessary for a successful beginning to the primary years and beyond!

For more ideas and suggestions, you might also like:

Making Friends in PreschoolBe sure to check out the other articles and activities from the Early Childhood Education Team below:

How Does Your Temperature Change After Exercise? Fun Science Experiment for Kids from Capri +3

Let’s Look Inside a Bone by Tiny Tots Adventures

Moving My Body Gross Motor Game from Life Over C’s

Thumbprint Addition from Rainy Day Mum

Where is the Heart? Body Identification Game from Still Playing School



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Spring Weather Theme for Preschool – Stained Glass Umbrellas & Sunshine Math

We’ve had over 49 inches of snow so far this winter!  Our preschoolers (and teachers) are anxiously awaiting spring’s arrival!  Just in the last month, we’ve gone from -23 degrees to a stormy 50 degrees outside today!  Our kids can finally see the grass peeking out from beneath all of the melting snow!   To celebrate the warmer temperatures, we made stained glass umbrellas and played with sunshine math.  We hope your children enjoy crafting and learning with us this spring!

Stained Glass Umbrella CraftStained Glass Umbrella Craft – Stained Glass Umbrella Template

Materials needed:  One umbrella template per child or craft (linked above), blue and yellow tissue paper, scissors, glue sticks, and clear contact paper.

Prior to the craft:  Cut out the umbrella from the template including the hole in the center.  The blue and yellow tissue paper should be cut into squares (see photo above).   Younger children will need assistance with cutting.

When the template and opening is cut, place the umbrella onto a piece of clear contact paper (sticky side up).   Invite the children to use the tissue paper squares to cover the opening in the umbrella.  Once the children are finished, cover the entire umbrella with another sheet of clear contact paper.  Older children can cut the umbrella shape out, but younger children will need assistance.

The stained glass umbrellas make wonderful spring weather crafts to display at home or in the classroom!

SUNSHINE MATH – a roll, count, and cover activity- Sunshine Roll_Count_Cover

Sunshine MathMaterials needed:  One sunshine math printable (linked above) per child, two dice, and bingo dot markers (or small items/manipulatives to cover the numbers).

Invite the children to roll 2 dice, count the number of dots, and cover the corresponding numbered sun with the chosen manipulative (or mark with a bingo dot marker).  When the children have rolled all of the numbers except for the number 1, have the children roll just ONE die until the number 1 is rolled.

For younger children:  Have the children roll only one die to begin the game; it will allow the children to concentrate solely on the numbers 1-6.  As the children gain confidence with counting and number recognition skills, add the second die to work with the numbers 1-12.

Spring Weather ThemeFor more Spring Weather activities for learning and play, see the SPRING WEATHER THEME for Preschool and Kindergarten now available via this blog.

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Wet Chalk Kite Crafts and Learning Games for Young Kids!

The wet chalk kite crafts are a fun activity to do indoors or outside! The kites make a great craft to display, but the bow activities will also enhance early math and literacy skills.   

Wet Chalk Kites

Materials needed:  One square piece of paper for each child, chalk (drawing chalk works best for this activity, but sidewalk chalk can be used), any color of Wikki Stix, and small cups (for water).

Invite the children use the Wikki Stix to make any design desired on the white paper (if you do not have Wikki Stix at home, painter’s tape will work to make chalk resist kites also). The children should choose several colors of chalk to use on each of the sections of the kite.

The children can then dip the chalk into the cups of water (the water will make the colors brilliant).   The children can color each of the sections as desired.  The Wikki Stix will keep each colored section of the kites separated.

When finished coloring each section, the children can remove the Wikki Stix and allow the kites to thoroughly dry.

When the chalk kites have dried, the children can make kite strings by attaching a long strand of Wikki Stix to the bottom of the kite.

Learning Activities to Accompany the Kite Crafts

Bows Template – Kite Bow Template

The Kite Bows file (linked above) can be used in many ways to enhance learning with young children when combined with the wet chalk kite crafts above.

HINT:  Laminate the kites after drying and use a dry erase marker for some of the learning game suggestions below.  The bows can also be laminated for use with the different games, too.

CVC Words – print the bows file and label each bow with  different vowels.  Label one of the kites with two letters (for ex:  C _ t).  The children must then find a bow that could be used to make a word.  In this example, the children would find a bow labeled with the letter “a” to make the word Cat.  **The bows will adhere to the Wikki Stix kite “string” so no glue will be necessary (Yarn or String will work for the kite tails, but the children will need to tape the bows to the string).

Sight Words – label the kites and bows with any sight words the children have had introduced.  Place all the bows face down on a table or the floor and have the children find the bows that match the words on each of the kites.  We have also used the kites for word families (see -ar word family kite pictured below).

Names – invite the children write or stamp the bows with the letters that make up their names and place the letters in the correct order on the kites tails.

Patterning – label each of the kites with a pattern the children have had introduced:  AB, ABC, AABB, etc.  The children can then use the different colors of bows to create patterns on the Wikki Stix kite strings.

Numbers – label the kites with different numbers the children are working on.  The children must place the number of bows on the kite string that corresponds to the number on the kite.  Addition/Subtraction:  label the kites with a simple addition or subtraction problem.  The bows should be labeled with the sum to the problem.

Letter Recognition:  label the kites with an uppercase letter(s) and the bows with a lowercase letter(s).  The children must find the matching letters and place them on the kite string.

Color Recognition:  print two copies of the bows and place 2 or 3 colored bows on one of the kites.  The children must find the matching colored bows and place them on the kite string.  For older children, label the kites with a color WORD and have the children place the corresponding bow on the kite string.

Additional Crafting – the kite bow file also contains an additional paper bow template.  Our older kids used the template with Wikki Stix to make paper bows.

We hope your kids enjoy the kite craft and the kite bow extension games this spring!  If you have additional suggestions for games, please leave us a comment below to share with others!

For more ways to play and learn with young kids, check out our learning themes!  Each theme is available as an instant download with songs, fingerplays, math, science, literacy, food crafts, arts and crafts, gross motor suggestions, and an extensive book list for PLAYFUL LEARNING at home or in the classroom!






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Hop Into Springtime Math with Learning Centers

 If your kids are as stir crazy for spring as some of the adults I know (myself included), why not use that momentum to bolster their classroom learning? April is Mathematics Awareness Month, so in honor of this and the new warmer season, we bring to you Springtime Math Learning Centers. These activities will get students out of their seats and actively into learning and reinforcing their math skills.

Learning Centers are separate work areas where students tackle an activity on their own or in small groups. These areas typically include a sign or poster for the center, have clear directions (including expected behavior), and involve a set time frame. Here are few additional tips and a quick guide to help walk you through your first learning center experience.

  • Center groups should generally not exceed five (5) students.
  • Review the materials and any reporting that the students will be responsible for.
  • Have a planned phrase that you will use to get the attention of your entire class. An example for younger students could be “1,2,3… All eyes on me!”
  • Center areas can be placed around the room, including rug areas, reading nooks, or in a space outside the classroom.
  • Allow plenty of time for orderly cleaning of each center.


Free Spring Math Center – Basketball Addition

Spring Math Learning Centers

The following examples are learning center ideas to use in your class or during larger math events. They contain easy, colorful activities for practicing elementary addition skills, along with fun games and folder activities.  Included: Each learning center activity comes with a teaching instruction sheets, including directions and the materials needed.

1.  Spring Activity Center – Subtraction

2.  Spring Activity Center – Addition

3.  Math Counters

4.  Basketball Addition Game

Caterpillar Counting – Perfect for Spring Math!

5.  Caterpillar Counting Game

6.  Lego Counting Circle – Give students a series of numbers and let them brainstorm how many shapes they can make using the given number.

7.  Creative Graphing – This is the same concept as the Lego circle. Using a piece of large graphing paper, give students a number and let them create, using various colors, different spring shapes and designs with that number.

8.  Pattern Play – Give students a set of shapes that they need to cut out, color, or create using various art materials. Depending on the age, you may want to pre-make the shapes, or have younger students stick to drawing.

9.  Spring Math Learning Centers

10. Math Folder Games

Note: If working with younger students, cut and laminate the math counters before your students work at the station.

The options for learning centers are endless, and they can easily adapt to any subject or topic that you are teaching. This includes language arts, science, sports, the holidays, and more. If you’re looking for ideas, abcteach has an abundance of great learning center, the literacy center, and reporting activities. Check us out! And if you have any questions, or don’t find exactly what you need, please let us know. We’re here to help.

 About the Author:

Lindsey Elton has been working with the abcteach team since 2009. She currently manages the abcteach blog and other social media, and is a key contributor to marketing and membership initiatives. Lindsey is the daughter of two educators, with whom she collaborates regularly for their classroom knowledge. She has a passion for languages, sustainability, and empowering the community.

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Spring and the 5 Senses: Activities for Preschool!

Spring is a magical time for kids!  After the winter, everything begins anew!  Take your kids outside and watch for signs of Spring’s arrival.  Observations over the course of only a week can provide the children with great fun and many learning experiences about Spring and the 5 senses!

Spring Nature Walks – Nature Walk Record Sheet 

Materials needed: 1 nature walk record sheet.pdf per child, 1 clipboard per child, crayons or markers. Take your students outside on a nature walk so they can use their sense of sight to find and record the items listed on the worksheet. As each child finds one of the items, they can circle or cross off the item from their list. When you return back home or to the classroom, discuss the things the children found (compare and contrast the items that each of the children found.) One child may not have seen a tree, but others may have.  See if the children can recall what kind of items they found. For example, one child may have crossed off the vehicle after seeing a blue car. Another child may have seen a red van. This activity can lead to a large follow-up discussion.

Extension: Depending on the season and your location, your students might be able to find different items or objects. Use the blank record sheet to write, draw, or glue pictures from magazines of things you want your students to find.

What can your children HEAR?  Have the children close their eyes and try to determine what they hear when outside on nature walks!  Turn up your speakers and close your eyes…listen carefully, what do you hear in the video clip below?

Rain Sticks

Set out an assortment of beans, rice, and small items in containers. Ask parents for assistance in gathering enough toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls for each child to make a rain stick. Have the children decorate the tubes with markers, crayons, fabric strips, collage materials, etc. (seal one end of the toilet paper roll with wax paper (doubled-over for strength) and a rubber band prior to setting out for the children.) Have the children fill or spoon beans, rice, and/or small items (beads, shells, etc.) into the tubes until they are approximately two-thirds full. When done filling the tubes, help the children seal the final end of the tube with wax paper (again, doubled-over) and a rubber band.

Extension idea: Have the children bring the rain sticks to circle/carpet time and listen for the different sounds they make. Is one rain stick softer or louder than the others? Do they really sound like rain or something else?

Have the children gather several items in a bag.  Bring the items inside to help the children explore the items with their sense of touch.  What do the items FEEL like?  Help the children brainstorm words that describe what they are feeling.  Are the items rough, smooth, bumpy, scratchy, itchy, soft, hard, scaly, etc.?  Glue the different items on a poster board and write the descriptive words underneath each of the items found.

What do your children SMELL on the nature walks?  Again, have the children close their eyes and use their sense of smell to find things in nature.  Collect a variety of items to have the children smell (some suggestions:  tree bark, grass, flowers, berries).  Go outside after a spring rain and ask the children to describe what they smell.  Brainstorm words that describe different smells – fresh, musty, moldy, woodsy, etc.

Make a Spring Senses Sensory Bin where the children can explore items from your nature walks.  Set out magnifying glasses, tweezers, rocks, twigs, paper or real flowers, dirt, different textured ribbons, and grasses in a large bin or drawer.  Let the children explore different items using their senses of touch, smell, sight, and hearing.  *Watch for children with seasonal or other allergies as tree bark, flowers, and grasses (among other items in nature) can make allergies worsen.

Umbrella Snacks for Spring

Set out apple slices, banana slices, chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, and cheese sticks for the children.  Post a picture of an umbrella and have the children try to use the snack materials to make an umbrella.  Have the children describe the TASTE of their umbrellas (are they crunchy, sweet, sour, bitter, etc.)  It is a fun activity for snack time and the children will amaze you with their creations!

For More Activities for Spring and Spring Weather, see the Spring Weather Theme here on the blog!


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In like a LION? March Weather for Kids!

Children love to discuss the weather and observe weather patterns in their own cities and towns.  Below are a few suggestions that will help the children understand the changes that occur as many climates transition from Winter to Spring.


In like a LION and Out like a LAMB! – In Like a Lion Poem and Lion or Lamb Recording Chart

Materials needed:  1 Poem (linked above) for each child, 1 Lion or Lamb Recording Sheet for each child, and stickers or markers.

Introduce the concept of “Lion or Lamb weather”. Which animal makes a loud sound?…which a softer sound? Name several types of weather and ask which animal it would be…Lion or Lamb? What is the weather like today? Is it like a Lion or Lamb? What would the phrase, “In like a Lion and Out like a Lamb” mean? Read the poem (linked above) with your children and discuss today’s weather.  Which weather is stronger…weather like a Lion or Lamb?

Print the recording sheet and  have the children place an X or a sticker in the boxes of the Lion or Lamb Recording Sheet (linked above) to represent the type of weather for each day in March.  Print the poem (linked above) and have the children circle all the letter L’s they find on the page.

Puffy Paint Lions and Clouds

Puffy Paint Lion

Materials needed:  liquid glue, unscented shaving cream, yellow food coloring (we improvised and used a little yellow tempera as we were out of yellow food coloring), mixing bowl and spoon, large plate or platter (can do individual plates for each student), Wikki Stix or black pipe cleaners for the facial features, yellow construction paper, and pencils.

Mix the glue and shaving cream in a large bowl.  We used 1/4 glue to 3/4 shaving cream ratio and it worked well.  Some puffy paint recipes call for equal parts of shaving cream and glue, but the paint does look “puffier” when you use MORE shaving cream.  Experiment to see which ratio you prefer for different crafts.  We made ONE huge Lion for our classroom, but the children could do individual ones, if desired.

Mix the glue/shaving cream and add drops of yellow food coloring until desired color is reached.  Place the mixture on a plate or platter and spread into a circle.  Have the children cut strips of yellow construction paper (we cut each vertical strips of standard construction paper into four smaller strips.)  Demonstrate how to curl each piece of construction paper around a pencil.  Let the children work together to create the lion’s mane.  We used black Wikki Stix for the facial features, but black pipe cleaners would work too.

Puffy Paint Clouds

Materials needed:  liquid glue, unscented shaving cream, mixing bowl and spoon, craft sticks, and blue construction paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix liquid glue and shaving cream in the ratio desired (see instructions above for the Puffy Paint Lion Craft).  Have the children use spoons to transfer the puffy paint from the bowl to their sheets of blue construction paper.  Our kids used craft sticks to spread the paint mixture into clouds, but the kids can use their fingers, too.

Let the clouds dry overnight.  Send the paintings home in a gallon-sized zippered bag if doing the craft in the classroom.  This craft makes really puffy clouds that are great for display during your weather theme!

We hope you and your children enjoy learning about LION or LAMB kinds of weather at home or in the classroom!



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