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...]

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...]

Using Do a Dot Pages in Different Ways

Using DoADot Pages

Want a simple way to use some of those fabulous Do a Dot printables floating around on the internet without busting out the paints? While painting them with dot markers is a lot of fun, I wanted something my toddler could do more independently without the risk of having fabulous new dot artwork all over my kitchen while I cooked dinner! So I printed off a do a dot printable … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Sorting with Your Toddler

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    Opportunities to sort with your toddler will often pop up without any planning (and often it is the most meaningful). Instead of sorting the monkeys by color into a tray or piles, sort them as you hang them.  Hanging the monkeys with their same colored friends instantly becomes a game.   Your toddler will have fun sorting, matching colors, … [Read more...]

Learning with Candy

Learning with Halloween Candy

  Halloween candy isn't just for eating! You can also sneak in a little bit of learning with the candy before (or while) you eat it. Sorting is one of the best ways. Kids don't even realize they are learning as they practice this important skill with their candy. Sort by Color Sort by Shape Sort by Type sort by brand -Which did you get the most of? tootsie rolls/not … [Read more...]

Learning with Stamps

Learningwithstamps

Stamp sets can be so much fun to get creative with! Create a scene, tell a story, or just decorate any way you want. Stamps can also be turned into a fun learning activity. Stamp the Pattern - Stamp a pattern and have your child use the stamps to continue the pattern. For example, crown, princess, crown, princess, crown, what comes next? Or princess, princess, castle, … [Read more...]

Spring Sorting

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To celebrate Spring, we sorted birds into their nests by color and by size (below). The nests were really easy to make with brown paper bags (lunch size). Roll the top down and scrunch. Keep rolling and scrunching until you get down to the bottom. That's it! Not only can you sort by size or shape with this printable, but you can write letters, numbers, or words on the … [Read more...]

Learning with Bottle Tops

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Start saving your bottle tops and lids! There are so many ways you can have fun learning with them! Here are a few to get you started: 1 - Bottle Top Fish 2 - Bottle Top Names 3 - Sorting with Bottle Tops 4 - Bottle Top Sentences 5 - Bottle Top Shapes and Colors 6 - Bottle Top Numbers and Counting Cards … [Read more...]