MEGA Christmas in JULY Thematic Activities for Preschool!

Since my oldest daughter was born on Christmas Day, we’ve always celebrated a half-birthday in July.  This past January, she passed away from a pulmonary embolism suddenly at the age of 30.  To carry on, our preschoolers will celebrate her 1/2 birthday with CHRISTMAS in JULY THEMED ACTIVITIES!  We hope your own kids will join in the FUN and visit the great activities linked for your convenience below!


Come celebrate CHRISTMAS in JULY with playful learning just for preschoolers!

Christmas in JULY Literacy Activities for Preschool!

Christmas in JULY Math Activities for PreschoolChristmas in JULY Math Activities for Preschool!

Christmas in JULY Science Activities for Preschool!Christmas in JULY Science Activities for Preschool!

Christmas in July Fine Motor ActivitiesChristmas in JULY Fine Motor Activities for Preschool!

Christmas in July SensoryChristmas in JULY Sensory Activities for Preschool!

Christmas in July CraftsChristmas in JULY Crafts for Kids!

Christmas in July Pretend PlayPretend Play AREAS – Santa’s Workshop and Twinkly Light Caves from Home Grown Friends!

Twinkly Light Caves for Christmas in July Pretend Play

Christmas in July Books for Kids!

Rainy Day Mum offers Story Book Advent with a great selection of Christmas Books and Accompanying Activities for Kids!  Great Christmas Reading and Learning!

Christmas in July Books for Kids!FREE CHRISTMAS SONGS and RHYMES for CIRCLE TIME from Living Montessori Now



Bell Theme for Toddlers and PreschoolersBELL THEMED ACTIVITIES for TODDLERS and PRESCHOOLERS from Every Star is Different

Christmas Thematic Unit for PreschoolCHRISTMAS THEMATIC UNIT from The Preschool Toolbox Blog

We hope your kids enjoy playing and learning with CHRISTMAS in JULY!


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Outdoor Number Order Sorting Game for Preschool

This week the Playful Preschool Education Team is offering activity suggestions centered around a ROPE THEME for preschoolers!  We hope you’ll take a moment to visit the other playful learning activities linked for your convenience at the bottom of this post!

Outdoor Number Order Sorting for Preschool


Objective:  to incorporate playful early math skills into an outdoor gross motor game for preschoolers.

Materials needed:

  • Rope or string – enough to tie between two objects outdoors (a tree, lawn chairs, or outdoor play equipment).
  • Clothespins
  • Cards (or paper) labeled with the numbers 1-10.

Invite the kids to help string a rope between two objects outside (if inclement weather, the game can also be played indoors).  Show the children how to knot the rope so it will remain tied.   Randomly sort all of the numbered cards and lay them out, face down, on the ground.  An adult should give a signal to “GO” to begin the game.  Each of the children must then turn over the numbers, work to sort the cards into number order on the ground, and then clip the cards into correct number order on the rope with the clothespins.

Outdoor Number Line Game for Preschool

For very young children, make a visual number line 1-10 that the kids can use when sorting and clipping the numbered cards.

Sorting Numbers on an Outdoor Number Line

Use larger numbers for older children who are confident with the numbers 1-10.

There are MANY variations of this rope game, we’ve listed a few to try below:

  • Use cards labeled with LETTERS that spell the the child’s name or the names of family members.

Matching Uppercase to Lowercase letters on an Alphabet Line

  • Invite the children to match and clip uppercase letters with the lowercase letter.
  • Make an Alphabet sorting and clipping line – for younger children, begin with only a few letters at a time until they are confident with correct ABC order.  Invite older children to clip ABC order with a larger number of labeled cards.
  • Clip two numbered cards on the rope for older children and see if the children can ADD the two cards together.  The children must then locate a labeled number card that represents the SUM of the two numbers and clip that card to the rope.

Our kids played the number order game at a local splash park.  You know the game is a keeper when other children at the park come and ask to play!  Older kids joined in helping our younger kids make larger number lines.  It was a great day of play and learning!

For MORE ways to play and learn with ROPES, please visit the wonderful activities below!

Learning Letters with a Rope Pulley by Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Activities: Grab and Pull Letters by Growing Book by Book
Rope Balance Game for Kids by Capri + 3
Jumping Rope and Skip Counting to the Beat by Tiny Tots Adventures
Preschool Number Games: Rope and Shell Connect-the-Dots by Fun-A-Day
Craft Rope Ornaments for Kids by The Educators’ Spin On It

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Sticker Counting Sticks in Preschool!

Sticker Counting Sticks in Preschool CollageThis week the #PlayfulPreschool Blogging Team is offering playful learning activities centered around a STICKS THEME for preschoolers!  Please take a moment to visit the other activities linked at the bottom of this post for great ideas to use this summer (or throughout the school year)!


Objective:  To encourage practice with 1-to-1 Correspondence through the use of activities that encourage playful participation.

One-to-One Correspondence is the knowledge that a certain number relates to a specific quantity of objects. The goal is to help young children gain confidence not only with number recognition, but to help them move beyond just recognition and towards the question: How many items make up any specific number?

Materials Needed:

  • Craft Sticks (5 to begin – 10 as the children gain confidence with counting)
  • Stickers
  • Permanent Marker

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Prior to the activity:  label 5 craft sticks with the numbers 1-5 and set out on a table or a large tray.

Place small stickers (any kind your children like will do) in a bowl.  To begin, use only the amount of stickers necessary to complete the number of counting sticks desired for the activity.

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Invite the children to count out the number of stickers that correspond to the number indicated by each of the counting sticks.  Remind the children to count out loud as they peel and place each sticker on the numbered craft sticks.  As the children master 5 craft sticks, use larger numbered craft sticks for counting practice (for larger numbers, large craft sticks are necessary for the required sticker space).  The activity provides great visual and tactile skills for encouraging one-to-one correspondence.


1).  Label 10 craft sticks with the numbers 1-10.  After the children add the corresponding number of stickers to each craft stick, randomly shuffle the sticks and invite the children to place the sticks in correct number order beginning with the number 1.  Variation: Label the sticks with the numbers 5-15 and have the children work to place the craft sticks in the correct number order (starting at a number OTHER than 1).

2).  Label 10 large craft sticks with the number 10 and invite the children to place 10 small dot stickers on each of the craft sticks.  The sticks make great “10 bars” for counting to 100 by 10’s. For younger children, label the individual craft sticks with various numbers for practice with skip counting by 2’s and 5’s.

3).  Write the number WORD on the craft stick and encourage the children to place the corresponding number of stickers on each stick.

4).  Write any basic pattern on the craft sticks (ex:  AB, ABC, AABB, AABBCC).  Invite the children create those patterns with different sticker designs.  For older children: use a wider assortment of stickers for more complex patterning.

Your children might also enjoy:

Playful Learning with Sticks

For MORE ways to play and learn with STICKS, please see the wonderful activities below!

Alphabet Activities – ABC Stick Flags by Growing Book by Book

Making Shapes with Sticks by Powerful Mothering

Math Activities & Free Counting Cards for Sticks by Life Over C’s

Creating with sticks and playdough by Mom Inspired Life

Pooh Sticks by Rainy Day Mum

Nature Crafts for Kids:  Beaded Sticks by Fun-a-Day


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Lemon Essential Oil and Parmesan Pita Crisps #oileveryday

Lemon Essential Oil and Parmesan Pita Crisps

Finding healthy snacks that kids can help make is sometimes a challenge for busy families. The Lemon Essential Oil and Parmesan Pita Crisps are an easy way to get kids in the kitchen and learning skills while creating a healthy snack!

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Ingredients needed:

  • Lemon Essential Oil – 4-6 drops (mixed with water or olive oil in a glass spray bottle)
  • 5 Pita Rounds – any kind – we used gluten-free pitas, but any kind your children like will work.
  • Parmesan Cheese – grated (to taste)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Invite the children to help line a standard cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Cut each pita round into 4 sections with kitchen shears (supervise younger children closely).  Set each of the pita sections on top of the parchment paper.  Have the children help count out the number of Lemon Essential Oil drops to add to the olive oil or water in the spray bottle. Lemon Essential oil is highly concentrated (it takes 75 lemons to make ONE 15 ml bottle). Pass the spray bottle around to each child and have them shake well to distribute the lemon oil. The children should then spray each pita section well with the lemon oil (pressing the spray bottle is great fine motor work for little hands).  Invite the children to spoon grated Parmesan cheese over each pita.

Lemon Parmesan Pita Crisps

Bake the pita sections at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes (or until the Parmesan cheese is a nice golden color).  For thinner crisps, cut each pita round into fourths and gently tear each section apart before spraying with lemon oil and adding the Parmesan cheese.

Lemon Parmesan Pita Crisps (2)

5 pita rounds will make 20 thick pita crisps or 40 thin pita crisps.  Serve the pita crisps with fresh fruit for a wholesome snack your kids will enjoy making and EATING!


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For more ways to use ESSENTIAL OILS EVERYDAY, please see:

Lavender Scented Sensory Paint for Pre-Writing Skills in Preschool

Lemon Bar Sugar Scrub for EVERYDAY!

Coffee and Sugar Thieves Bars using Recycled Keurig K Cups


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