We've had many requests for activities that you can do with infants and toddlers. While one post cannot do justice to a whole realm of activities and suggestions, we'll offer some ideas over the next few weeks that you may find useful! If you have suggestions for things that have worked for YOU...we'd love to hear from you!! Play for infants and toddlers is not meant to merely "occupy" them, but … [Read more...] about Loving Care for Bonding with Baby!
This is a sampling of the 45+ Literacy, Math, Science, Art, and Play Activities found in the BUGS and INSECTS UNIT available on this blog! INTRODUCTION TO LADYBUGS AND INSECTS An introduction and extension to Ladybugs would be to ask children "Have you ever held a ladybug in your hand? You can follow this up with color recognition: "What are some things that are RED like a ladybug?" Look for … [Read more...] about Bugs and Insects Theme Activities for Preschool!
1) MAKE A RAIN GAUGE and RECYCLE PLASTIC BOTTLES Build a rain gauge by cutting off the top third of the plastic bottle and inverting the top inside the bottom to form a funnel. Use a permanent marker to record inches on the side of the bottle. Explain that people who report on the weather need to know how much it rains each day. Introduce your rain gauge and have children brainstorm ways the … [Read more...] about Recycling Plastics for Kids!
Let's face it...it is a weekend morning and what you'd REALLY like to do is take a moment to breathe, get a cup of coffee, chat with your spouse, and RELAX a moment. Seems like some far off dream for parents who have preschoolers at home, but even with church, errands, etc. you CAN find a little downtime!What does your child like for breakfast? On Saturday Mornings we have what is known as GYOF … [Read more...] about Help for Weekend Mornings!
We love making these Rainbow "sand" jars! To make: Pour salt on paper plates and have the children rub chalk (drawing chalk works best, but any colored chalk will do) in circles until the salt takes on color. Fold the paper plates in half and assist the children in pouring their salt plates into a glass BALL jar. Fill the jar approx. half full, add miniature letters, shapes, numbers, … [Read more...] about Rainbow Salt Discovery Jars
Our Transportation Theme is available for download from our website at The Preschool Toolbox Blog. It comes with a complete instructional manual for all the 30 literacy/math/science activities as well as all the pdf's, pictures for visual aids, and power points. Need ideas? These are just a FEW of the ideas in the Transportation Unit. Transportation Unit Introduction: How did you get here … [Read more...] about Transportation Theme Activities!
TEXTURED Train Paintings: We used texture stampers (square) and tempera to paint the train cars. If you do not have textured stampers, the children can paint with various materials. Suggestions might include: cotton balls, cardboard, leaves, other nature items, Q-tips, or bubble wrap. The engine template is from the is available in the Transportation Theme available here on the blog! Car … [Read more...] about Transportation Theme Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten!