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...]

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...]

Squirt a Shape Bath Game

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This simple bath game was a big hit in our house this week! I got some brightly colored foam sheets from the Dollar Tree and cut them into the simple shapes we had been learning.  She loves "sticking" them to the walls, taking them down, and putting them back up. Once she had some shapes up on the tub walls, I gave her the baster and asked her to squirt the circle.  Then I … [Read more...]

Shape Activities for Toddlers (printable)

Toddler Shape Activities

My toddler has been spending a lot of time exploring shapes lately.  I wanted some super simple "craft" ideas that didn't require a lot of preparation on my part to fill those random fussy moments when we need *something* new to do.  I made some simple shape outlines that we could use as a starting point for these activities. Try some of these easy ideas to set up an … [Read more...]

Pig Shape Matching (printable)

Pig Shape Matching

We are spending lots of time exploring shapes with my toddler right now, and I wanted a fun matching game to play with her.  These cards are great for practicing shape matching with your toddler or preschooler! Pig Shape Matching Simply print out two copies of this free printable, cut them apart, and laminate if desired.  Your toddler or preschooler can then match the pigs … [Read more...]

Paper Plate Heart Wreath

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  Spread the love with this paper plate heart wreath!   Cut the center out of a paper plate. Use a heart paper punch (Let your child punch the hearts if possible!) to punch 20-30 hearts or trace them and let your child cut them out. Glue the hearts around the paper plate, let it dry, and hang to decorate!   … [Read more...]

Kids’ Activities using Old Magazines

Activities with Old Magazines

The New Year organizing bug has hit my home (better late than never, right?) and I find myself just looking for ways to get rid of "stuff" we have laying around.  One thing I have a difficult time letting go of is old magazines.  I hate just getting rid of them!  That got me thinking about all kinds of ways they could be used with my toddler, as well as older … [Read more...]

Learning Link Activities

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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...]

Nativity Shape Craft (printable)

Nativity Shape Craft

Download the Nativity Shape Craft Printable Christmastime is here!  I'm loving doing Advent activities with my daughter these days, and especially being able to share with her the story of Christmas.  We haven't quite jumped into shapes yet, but she is curious about them and loves playing with her shape puzzles. I originally intended this to be a craft for her, but after … [Read more...]

Learning with Craft Sticks

Learning with Craft Sticks

You can have fun learning with these 3 simple crafts! Materials: craft sticks, Elmer's Early Learners Glue Pen, Elmer's Early Learners Glue Stick, small objects (stickers, foam, buttons, foam, feathers, googly eyes, etc.) Learning Activity 1: Sort and glue objects by shape onto the craft sticks. I like how this new Elmer's Early Learners Glue Stick is a triangle shape … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

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With an Irish crew at home, St. Patrick's Day is always a fun holiday for us! Recently, during a Dollar Tree shopping spree, I lucked out and found the perfect pack of shamrocks. They are sold in sets of 12- 6 dark green and 6 sparkly light green.    These shamrocks can be used for a variety of hands-on learning fun, but I decided to focus on shapes. Using a glue gun, I put … [Read more...]

Cookie Jar Shape Matching (printable)

Do you have one of these Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Jars?   Baby N got one for Christmas and I made this Cookie Jar Shape Matching printable to go with it for B. Match the cookie jar pieces by color, number, or shape (depending on which strip you cut out). … [Read more...]