Posts Tagged "Pre-kindergarten"

Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack

Activity for ages 5 to 8. Having kids create stories based on popular books is a fun way to get them writing. That’s why I was excited to base my newest activity pack on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of my favorite titles of all. The set includes an editable sight word game, story sequencing cards, a fun butterfly life cycle project and {most exciting!} a Very ______ Caterpillar writing project.    I used the activity pack with my multi-age class of kindergarten through 4th graders this summer and am excited to report it was a huge hit. You can purchase your own set for...

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Kids’ Science: Rubbery Eggs

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Kids’ Science: Rubbery Eggs

Activity for ages 3 to 8. My kids and I have been staying busy this summer with activities from our Backyard Summer Camp eBook – an easy to follow guide sharing 42 math, science, literacy, cooking, arts and crafts projects for kids. {You can pick up your own copy for just $9.99.}   Our first week was filled with fun camping activities. We learned about buoyancy by making aluminum foil fishing boats, we turned ordinary mason jars into adorable camping lanterns… we even baked a delicious batch of trail mix. My kids loved that the projects were fun and I loved that they...

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Kids’ Science: Exploding Pop Rockets

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Kids’ Science: Exploding Pop Rockets

Activity for ages 3 and up. My four year old daughter, A’s, favorite 4th of July event is watching fireworks explode in the night sky.  So I whipped together this 4th of July twist on those classic Alka-Seltzer rockets.  This kids’ science experiment uses antacids which can contain aspirin so make sure to inform your kids that it is a medicine and should not normally be played with. Also make sure to clean up any remaining bits of antacid tablets – especially if you have toddlers in your home.   To Prep I gathered together a few supplies: Mini M& M...

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2D Shapes: Marshmallow Geometry

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2D Shapes: Marshmallow Geometry

Activity for ages 4 to 6. After our recent camping trip to the Oregon Coast, my 4 year old has been obsessed with marshmallows.  So I was excited to put her favorite camping treat to work helping her learn more about 2D shapes. Marshmallow Geometry is a fun way to teach the names and characteristics of 2D shapes. 2D Shapes Activity Prep   I gathered together a few simple supplies: Pretzel sticks {toothpicks are easier to build with so grab them if you have some on hand} Mini marshmallows Card stock {or construction paper} Marker   I quickly drew 4  2D shapes on a sheet of...

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Kids’ Science: Magic Balloons

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Kids’ Science: Magic Balloons

For ages 4 and up. For the past month, my 6 year old son has been a balloon blowing machine. He was thrilled when I pulled together this fun kids’ science experiment showing him four ways to blow up a balloon WITHOUT his mouth. Ready to give these magic balloons a try too?   To Prep   I grabbed my supplies: 2 clean bottles yeast a teaspoon of sugar vinegar baking soda a packet of Pop Rocks candy a roll of mint Mentos a couple bottles of soda a funnel and balloons {You’ll want the big, regular sized balloons rather than water balloons.} Magic Balloon #1: Warm...

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20 ABC Games for Boys

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20 ABC Games for Boys

Activities for ages 3 to 5. ABC games are a great way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. What makes this roundup of 20 ABC games a little different is that it’s filled with boy-tested and strongly approved activities that are about the things boys love most. No worksheets allowed. So roll up your sleeves, pull on your fireman hat and get ready to channel your inner superhero. 20 ABC Games for Boys   Set up alphabet tunnels. {Toddler Approved!}   Grab your child’s Matchbox cars and set up a motivating game of Alphabet Parking Lot. {I Can Teach My...

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Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

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Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Activities for ages 3 to 7. Tis the season for all things outdoors.  To keep my 4 year old daughter, A, engaged during long hikes and jaunts on the beach, I’ve loaded our activity bin with several easy outdoor scavenger hunts.  {There is something about the thrill of the hunt that never fails to motivate my 4 year old.}   I decided to challenge my daughter by asking her to find items that will help build her vocabulary too.  The best thing about all these hunts is they can be adapted for various ages and for so many different occasions.   Beach Clean-Up Scavenger...

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sticker Match Up

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sticker Match Up

Activity for ages 3 to 5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of our favorite alphabet books for kids. The silly rhyming story helps little readers learn the names of letters as they dance up the side of a coconut tree and then come crashing down. One afternoon, I pulled together this simple ABC activity for my 4.5 year old. It was a natural follow up because it gave him practice matching pairs of uppercase and lowercase letters on a miniature coconut tree… just like the one in the book!   To Prep   I grabbed an empty paper towel roll and used a Sharpie to write the uppercase...

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Camping Themed Story Stones

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Camping Themed Story Stones

Activity for ages 4 to 7. I’ve been dying to make story stones ever since I came across them on Pinterest and thought this would be a perfect camp craft to do with my 4 year old daughter, A, while her brother napped in the tent.  I’ve seen story stones made using acrylic paint, permanent markers, decoupaged magazine clippings… even fabric, but I thought the most travel and kid friendly way to make them was using Sharpie oil based paint pens.  These pens aren’t cheap but they almost beat out my hot glue gun as my favorite craft tool so I think they are totally worth...

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25 Fun Quiet Time Activities

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25 Fun Quiet Time Activities

Activities for 4 to 7 year olds. This post contains affiliate links. When my oldest son gave up naps almost a year and a half ago, I scrambled to set up a quiet time routine that would keep him entertained for half an hour so that I could have a much needed break in the middle of the day. Fast forward to today and we have a system that works really well for the two of us. What are our tricks?   The Time Timer You know when preschoolers ask, “How much time is left?” My son does that a lot. That’s why The Time Timer has been a must for us. I would seriously be their...

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