Posts Tagged "Pre-Kindergarten"

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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Free Printable Toy Labels

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Free Printable Toy Labels

Printables for ages 3 to 7. I am totally Type A. Everything has a just right spot in our house. Even the toys. So I was excited when my friend, Carli, over at Dimple Prints agreed to whip up some colorful toy labels I could use to help my kids stay organized. The simple word-picture connection is an easy way to build new readers’ confidence because they can practice “reading” the pictures.   To make your own set of toy labels, just print the freebie on card stock. Cut out the circles with a 2 inch punch and laminate them. Easy peasy. Find More For more new reader...

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LEGO Game: Where’s LEGO Man?

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LEGO Game: Where’s LEGO Man?

Activity for ages 3 to 5. Ready for a simple way to help kids learn important direction words including {in front, on top, behind, left and right}?  This easy prep, fun-to-play partner game uses one of kids’ favorite toys to do just that: LEGOS!! Just dig out a divider and a few of your child’s blocks and you’re ready to play. Doesn’t get much simpler than that. To Prep I arranged two sets of playing pieces. Each one had a LEGO base, LEGO man and a short tower of blocks. {I used the larger DUPLO blocks but the smaller LEGO pieces would work just as well.} I...

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LEGO Game: Race to Twenty

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LEGO Game: Race to Twenty

Activity for ages 4 to 5.   My boys are big LEGO fans so I love using them to sneak in some reading and math practice when I can. The Race to Twenty Game was a low prep, fun way to help Big Brother {4.5} work on those tricky teen numbers.   To Prep   I pulled out ten blue DUPLOS and ten green ones. I stuck them together in towers and used a Vis-a-vis marker to write the numbers 1-10 on the blue DUPLOS and 11-20 on the green ones. {Writing with a Vis-a-vis let me easily wash away the numbers when we were finished.} Race to Twenty I grabbed a dice and invited my son to join...

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30 Must-Have Kids’ Craft Supplies

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30 Must-Have Kids’ Craft Supplies

Supplies for ages 3 to 7. This post contains affiliate links. At no extra expense to you, Playdough to Plato will be compensated if you make a purchase.    You probably already know that crafts are an awesome way to entertain kids. Long days  magically fly by when they’re hard at work creating projects. That’s why I filled a large plastic tub with kid-friendly craft supplies. I wanted to make sure that I’d be ready for almost any craft activity my boys could dream up. What’s inside our ready-for-anything craft box? These 30 must-have kids’ craft...

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Kids’ Science: Growing Seeds with Toddlers

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Kids’ Science: Growing Seeds with Toddlers

Activity for ages 1 to 5. Back in March, our family spent one sunny weekend sowing hundreds of seeds in our raised beds. While my 4 year old daughter has been sowing seeds since she was a tot, it occurred to me she had never really seen what happened to those seeds she so carefully buried in the earth.  So I made this simple, toddler friendly way to learn about seed germination.   To Prep I gathered together a few simple supplies:   Several tall, clear plastic containers I could find {make sure it has a lid if you have a toddler.} Paper towels Cotton balls Glue Spray bottle...

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Caterpillar Crunch: Beginning Sounds Sort

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Caterpillar Crunch: Beginning Sounds Sort

Activity for ages 4 to 7.   As a follow up to one of our all time favorite books, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I pulled together a hands-on sorting game to help my daughter practice tricky digraph sounds TH-, CH- and SH-. {This could easily be adapted to work on numbers, colors, shapes…}  In this activity, our hungry caterpillars love to crunch up fresh leaves… But not just any leaves.  They’ll only eat leaves that make the same sound as they do.   To Prep To get ready for the activity, I gathered a few supplies I had on hand: 3 mason jars...

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Kids’ Science Experiment: Bicolor Flowers

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Kids’ Science Experiment: Bicolor Flowers

Activity for ages 3 to 6. Of all the things my children love about gardening {digging holes, hunting bugs, watching seeds sprout…} their hands-down favorite is watering.  To show them just what the plants do with all that water, I added a little twist on a classic kids’ science experiment by dyeing a single flower two colors.  I have to say, this was a whole lot tricker than I had anticipated but the results made the struggle worthwhile!   To Prep   To start, I gathered a few supplies: 3-6 white flowers {The thick stems of Gerbera Daisies work best. I picked up...

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