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!

Please Note:  This sale bundle is now closed for purchases.  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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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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The ABCs and 123s ebook is published and sold by Cathy James at NurtureStore.co.uk. Please direct any customer service queries regarding purchases of the ebook to support@nurturestore.co.uk or refer to the NurtureStore FAQ

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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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