Critical Thinking Activities

Critical Thinking Activities for Your Preschoolers and Toddlers

Some children loves puzzles and love a challenge. Here are 10 critical thinking activities that promote critical thinking for your toddlers and preschoolers. What Can You Make with a Circle?  - A fun and creative game to play at home, in the car, on an airplane, or in the waiting room. Copy Me - This critical thinking activity is quick and easy to set up at home. … [Read more...]

FREE Printable Matching Games

Free Printable Matching Games for Kids

  Matching activities are a great first activity to try with your toddler and preschoolers love to match, sort, and play Memory with these cards. Here's a collection of 60+ FREE printable matching games for your preschooler or toddler: Matching Colors Bug Color Matching Pumpkin Color Matching from Confessions of a Homeschooler Bird Color Matching Crayon … [Read more...]

Sticker Puzzles

Sticker Puzzles

Sticker puzzles are an easy way to challenge your little ones. Here are 3 different versions to use with stickers you have on hand and this printable puzzle mat. Sticker Matching (left) - You will need 9 pairs of matching stickers. Stick one set on the puzzle mat and leave the others loose for your child to match by setting it on top of the shape. Sticker Outline (middle) … [Read more...]

Puzzle Egg Hunt

Puzzle Egg Hunt

You can have egg hunts all month long without having to fill the eggs with candy or cheap toys. The trick....a puzzle egg hunt! Stuff the eggs with 2-3 puzzle pieces and hide them around the house or yard. Some puzzle pieces may be too large to stuff in the eggs, but the 100 piece puzzles seem to be the perfect size. Go on an egg hunt. After you find all of the eggs, dump … [Read more...]

Letter Puzzles

DIY Letter Puzzles

While your preschooler is learning letters, add a fun challenge with these DIY letter puzzles. Materials: craft sticks, permanent marker   I used foam craft sticks (from a dollar store) for our puzzles, but any craft sticks, popsicle sticks, or strips of cardboard would work. Use whatever you have on hand. I looped a piece of tape on the table and stuck the craft … [Read more...]

Puzzles Summer Challenge Week 7


Puzzles for kids are the perfect way to practice critical thinking skills. Spice up your Summer with The Activity Mom's 8 Week Summer Challenge! For each of the 8 weeks of Summer we will challenge you to try one new activity. Pick one activity to try from the themed list and try it any time during the week. That's it. Guaranteed Summer fun! Summer Challenge - Week 7 … [Read more...]

Math Games


Make math experiences fun with these Math Games, organized by age from Toddlers to Age 6. Early Toddler DIY Baby Abacus Roll and Count (Early Toddler Game) Count and Sort Preschool Wonder Pets Dice Game (printable) DIY Bottle Top Counting Cards Parking Lot Number Practice Roll a ____ Dice Games Preschool … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Puzzles (printable)


Little man enjoys puzzles, so I created these Thanksgiving Puzzles (printable) just in time for Thanksgiving! He was a little confused at first because he wanted all of the pieces to fit to make one picture. The printable has 7 individual puzzles made just for little hands.  Although, my 8 year old didn't mind playing with them as well. Turkey Puzzle Just print out … [Read more...]

Christmas Puzzles (printable)

Christmas Puzzles (printable) Day 15 - Activity Advent Countdown  Print these Christmas puzzles, cut into pieces, and let your child have fun putting them together. Keep the pieces of each puzzle separate or for more of a challenge, put them all into the same pile. … [Read more...]

Carrot Puzzle


Carrot Puzzle One night when you are cooking dinner, cut a carrot into a few chunks to make a carrot puzzle and challenge your child to put it back together. … [Read more...]

Popsicle Stick Puzzles


Anything can be a puzzle! Even Popsicle Stick Puzzles! I got this idea from Crafts-N-Things for Children. Head over to read her detailed tutorial on how to make your own. Basically, you print an image, use modge podge to glue it to craft sticks and then cut the sticks apart. Number the sticks and you have a puzzle that your child will be really excited to solve! … [Read more...]