All About Me Poster

All About Me Poster

Put your junk mail to good use and make an All About Me poster! Armed with a stack of grocery flyers, toy store ads, circulars and a few simple art supplies, your preschooler can make a cool poster AND he'll get some hands-on sorting practice, a key early math skill. What You Need: Junk mail ads (grocery circulars, toy store advertisements, etc.) Newspaper Safety … [Read more...]

Sensory Play and Fine Motor Skills

Sensory Play and Fine Motor Skills

We have quite a few bags of homemade colored rice (click for recipe) on hand so I decided to put them in the water table for something different - Sensory Play and Fine Motor Skills. We ended up mixing the colors, which the kids thought looked really cool! I took a variety of beads that I had on hand, and then curled some pipe cleaners around a pencil to make a bunch of … [Read more...]

Sorting Legos by Color

Sorting Legos by Color

  My two year old is really into building with Legos! Since Legos come in all different colors I thought it would be a great way to introduce sorting! Sorting Legos by Color I picked up a pink lego and asked her what color it was. She said "pink". I asked her if she could find any other pink legos on the ground and we started to create a group. Next, we did … [Read more...]

Food Sorting Game – Order Up!

Order Up A Food Sorting Game

This sorting game can be played with any age group and any skill with your own play food at home! While playing outside in the cottage kitchen, we decided to cook up some special orders. I asked for foods that start with the letter “B” My daughter proudly served me bread, blueberries, burger, and a banana. Next up, I ordered a plate of “round foods” or foods in the … [Read more...]

Sorting Beads

Sorting Beads

This sorting beads activity started with a giant bag of pony beads from the craft store. I liked that this bag included flower beads and animals beads. It is a perfect mix for sorting! Using a mini muffin tin, I told my girls “Sort these beads…however you would like!” I gave them each a bowl of beads and they started with their own separate sorts. Some were by size, some … [Read more...]

Personalized Friendship Bracelets

DIY Friendship Bracelets

With the end of the school year approaching, these personalized friendship bracelets are a fun way for kids to make small gifts for their classmates while working on letter sorting and lacing beads! We used this cord (found at Walmart) and alphabet beads. There are NOT a ton of vowels in each bag, so if you are intending on making words or names, buy 2-3 bags. You can … [Read more...]

Kids’ Activities with Groceries

Sorting Groceries

Sorting I consider it a bonus when the kids help me unpack or put away groceries. On this particular day, we were in a hurry to get things put away so we could get to a play date which added extra incentive for N to help me get it done quickly. This was the perfect opportunity for SORTING! "As you unpack the bags, will you put the things that go in the pantry over here … [Read more...]

Toddler Color Sorting Craft

Toddler Color Sorting Craft

  I cut squares from a bunch of scrap construction paper, gluing one of each color on the top of each column.  Then, I let G sort and glue the remaining pieces.  He loved this activity and proudly stated each color by the end! Written by Jill … [Read more...]

Sort and Balance Toddler Activity

Toddler Color Matching

  Grab some popsicle sticks and pebbles (we get ours from the Dollar Tree or Daiso).  Have your tot balance the pebbles on the sticks. Up the ante by telling him a specific number to count out (one on the first stick, two on the second, ect) or match the pebbles to the same colored sticks. It’s a great fine motor activity! Written by Jill … [Read more...]

Learning Link Activities

Learning with Links 1

I found a package of colorful learning links at the Dollar Tree and knew they'd be great learning tools for G (2 years old).  Here are some ways we used them: Patterns  Making AB patterns was totally new to him, and it took a few tries, but he totally got the hang of it!  We read the pattern together, almost like a song, and he did so great to complete the patterns. … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Sorting (printable)

thanksgiving sorting

This Thanksgiving sorting activity is a fun way to introduce sorting as well as share about Thanksgiving with your child.  Be sure to check out the variations to modify it for an older toddler! Print out the Thanksgiving Sorting pages, laminate (optional), and cutting apart the pieces. We used them for sorting with my 18 month old (who is just learning this skill), so I … [Read more...]

November Busy Boxes

November Busy Boxes 1

G loves his Busy Boxes oh-so-much!  In fact, I actually have to fill these while he is NAPPING because if he sees me doing them, he wants to do each one RIGHT THAT SECOND! Here's what he's working on this month: 1. Transferring pompoms into a paint tray with a long-handled spoon 2. Pushing the peg through the wood (Dollar Tree) and then balancing a marble on top … [Read more...]