During the long winter months, I can always count on some festive birds to be a bright spot against the white snow. This gorgeous kids’ art project reinforces cutting, painting and gluing skills while refining students’ fine motor skills! Want more from Playdough to Plato? Become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all…
These 20 motivating winter activities are perfect for pre-K and kindergarten! Use them as math and literacy centers, early finisher activities, morning tubs… the sky’s the limit. Whether you’re putting together a winter unit, or just want to step up math and literacy learning, this Winter Activity Pack is a must. Grab your set in our shop…
These winter playdough recipes are a simple way to enjoy the icy outdoors during the winter months – right from the warm comfort of home! Since we’ve been blasted with freezing temperatures outside, I decided to whip up a few batches of winter playdough with my 2.5 and 5 year-olds that would let them imagine playing in…
Get ready for some snow-tastic winter STEM challenges!
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> Pattern Block Snowflakes
–> Mitten Patterns
–> Roll and Cover Game
The motivating batch of winter STEM challenges are perfect to use with small groups or as centers in pre-k, kindergarten or first grade.
These 20 motivating winter activities are perfect for pre-K and kindergarten! Use them as math and literacy centers, early finisher activities, morning tubs… the sky’s the limit.
Whether you’re putting together a winter unit, or just want to step up math and literacy learning, this Winter Activity Pack is a must.
Check out all the fun details below.
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> Alphabet Snowballs (Upper and Lowercase Match Up)
–> Alphabet Letter Sound Puzzles
–> Winter Alphabet Spin
–> Winter Beginning Sound Clip Cards
–> Arctic Sight Word Race – EDITABLE
–> Arctic Sight Word Snow Writing – EDITABLE
–> How to Build a Snowman Flap Book
–> 2 Silly Story Starters
–> Snowman Counting Mats 1-10
–> Snowman Ten Frames from 1-20
–> Color by Ten Frame
–> Roll to 50
–> Roll to 100
–> Missing Numbers
–> This or That (3 versions for easy differentiating)
–> Greater Than and Less Than Mittens-
–> Odd and Even Snowball Sort
–> Penguin Goldfish Patterns
–> Snowman Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mats
–> Making 10 Penguin Activity
–> Subtracting from 10 Snowflake Activity
NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.
The changing from season to season is a great way to teach students about the passage of time. These activities can provide kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade helpful ways to explore the whole year. Whether you’re looking for apples, leaves and pumpkin centers in the fall or snow, penguin and hot cocoa themed…
Sometimes you just have to jump in and learn by doing. Centers that have hands-on learning are the BEST way to do just that. When children can engage and immerse themselves in a skill they’re working on, the more they’ll be motivated to take pride in their education and continue to grow a love of…
What’s better than ice cream on a hot summer’s day?! Ice cream with a little kids’ science sprinkled on top, that’s what! This deliciously fun ice cream in a bag is so simple. It’s one of our favorite treats to make while camping. With a few common ingredients and a little muscle, you too can enjoy…
Hot summer days are ideal for this fun kids’ science activity: making a solar oven pizza! Teaching your child how to build a solar oven requires a ton of glueing, but the result is worth every minute of prep. Little scientists and pizza fans will beg, “More please!” as they learn about solar power in this awesome…
This paper plate flower craft for kids is sure to brighten up your home or classroom after a cold and dreary winter. And, as a big bonus, it’s a great homemade Mother’s Day gift too! My favorite Mother’s Day gifts from the kids are items they have made themselves. After you create your paper plate flower craft,…
I don’t know about you, but after a long and gray winter, I’m always excited to see flowers start to grow. You too? From working on phonics and letter sounds to science experiments and ten frames, these flower activities are perfect for kindergarten and first grade. There are even some gorgeous flower art projects that…
I’ve tested a lot of different playdough recipes – cooked and uncooked, scented and not… but this one is my hands-down favorite because it comes out bright and squishy every time. The one pot playdough recipe requires a few minutes of stovetop cooking, but I promise it’s worth the step. Most squishy no-cook playdough recipes…
Are you looking for a fun way to practice magic E words this winter? This icy magic E sort is a must-play! You can stay warm and cozy inside while you practice six long vowel word families. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Vowel Team Centers in our shop for…
This kid’s science experiment is an oh so simple, hands-on way to learn how certain animals like frogs and turtles are able to survive winter’s freezing temperatures. This interesting life science experiment is eye-opening! Looking for more cool science? Grab our 30 Science Experiments in our shop – including a no prep journal to keep…
Spring is one of my favorite seasons! I love watching the bright, bold flowers appear in the garden after the long, gray days of winter. This symmetrical flowers painting activity will add the right pop of color into your classroom! This art project has so much color and variety! It’s perfect for primary-age students. For…
Whether you’re a super fan of the movie Frozen or you’re just on the hunt for some wintery science projects kids will love, these 20 Frozen science experiments are sure to melt your heart. Whip up ice that’s hot to the touch, melt Elsa’s frozen hands, make some fizzy ice castles and more. Get inspired below and then…
Quick, easy and a little magical – this kid’s science experiment with ice is simply too cool not to do. The classic activity challenges little magicians scientists to lift an ice cube using only a string and salt. With serious wow factor, this science experiment is a simple, fun way to learn about salts’ effects on…
If you’re looking for first grade centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite first grade centers in one spot right here. Just click one…
If you’re looking for kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite kindergarten centers in one spot right here. Just click one of the…
If you’re looking for pre-kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite pre-kindergarten centers in one spot right here. Your students will love switching…
Hands-on number games are a great way to help kids learn how to read, write and understand numbers. This list of 20 “why didn’t I think of that?!” fun number games shares our favorite finds from across the web. Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our bundle of best-selling Pre-K centers in…
This quick prep kids’ science experiment is a must-try for winter! Just grab a bag of candy canes and a bowl of warm water and you’re ready to make candy cane stripes magically disappear. Follow the simple step-by-step below and then grab 30 more easy-to-follow science experiments kids will beg to repeat (plus a no…
It’s always fun to change learning activities with the season and Hot Cocoa Addition is a perfect way to warm up this winter. Practice adding sums within 10 with a motivating, simple matching addition game. For an extra bit of fun, drink some real hot cocoa while you play! Snag your activity and then hop…
Get students excited about writing with this festive winter craftivity! Children will love dreaming up ideas about how to bring a snowman to school and you’ll love that it’s so quick to prep. The snowman writing craftivity also makes a fabulous winter hallway display. Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our amazing…
I love activities that put a seasonal twist on learning important concepts, and these snowman button counting puzzles do just that! They are a great math center or hands-on learning activity for preschool or kindergarteners this winter. Snag your activity and then check out our Number Formation Pack in our shop! Getting Ready I always…
Our snowball digraph puzzles are a fun, hands-on winter literacy center or word work activity. Just match the digraph to a word that starts with it. No snowsuit required! Snag your activity and then hop over and snag our Vowel Team Centers for more practice with words! Getting Ready To prep, I printed the digraph puzzles…
It’s “snow” much fun to practice digraphs with a game! This playful, hands-on activity is a great way to add some excitement to your literacy centers this winter! Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our Vowel Team Centers for more word work fun! Getting Ready This digraph game was super quick and…
Do you need a fun addition game to play this winter? Mitten Addition will add some serious excitement to your math centers! Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our Place Value Cover Up in our shop! Getting Ready This addition game was super quick and simple to prep! I printed the addition…
Are you in need of a motivating way to practice reading, spelling and writing sight words this winter? Grab some salt, a baking dish and our free snowflake sight words download for some snowy fun. Use the download button below and then hop over and grab our jam-packed Word Work Centers in our shop – it’s bursting…
These adorable snowman addition puzzles are the perfect activity for the classroom as the air grows colder. The poor snowmen are missing their hats, and they need little mathematicians to find them! Our snowman button counting puzzles were such a hit for counting practice that I was excited to add in these snowman addition puzzles…
Building a snowman is always a winter highlight for kids! Bundle up that excitement with this colorful snowman craft so children can remember the snowy fun all year long. Looking for more crafts and activities? Become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the tools, strategies and support you need to…
This Q-tip snowflake STEM center is such an easy way to stretch students’ learning. Make it once, throw it into a bag or box, and you’re ready for some hands-on STEM fun all winter long. Snag your free snowflake center and then grab more STEM activities your kids will love with our Epic STEM Challenges…
Mixing up a batch of this sparkly reindeer toothpaste is sure to get any little scientist excited about chemistry. This is a pepperminty holiday twist on the popular Elephant Toothpaste demonstration. With just a few ingredients, the results are amazing! Grab 30 easy-to-follow science experiments kids will beg to repeat (plus a no prep science…
My kids are always hate watching their snowmen slowly melt away but, with this sparkly playdough snowman in a jar, they’ll never have to worry about having a dropping snowman smile again! My kids had so much fun creating families of snowmen that we decided to share the fun by making these playdough snowmen in…
This printable Christmas tree number match up is a fun, low prep way to work on number recognition, subitizing, counting, ten frames, and twenty frames with Pre-K and Kindergarten students this winter! Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our Number Formation Pack in our shop! Getting Ready To prep this number match…
Graphs of the week are a valuable way to teach students how to create, read and analyze graphs.
This mega bundle provides 5 pocket chart graphs for each month so kids can practice data analysis all year long.
They’re great to use as morning work or quick whole group lessons!
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> EDITABLE student cards that make it easy to print personalized pocket chart cards for every child in class.
–> 5 pocket chart graphs for each month.
–> 5 follow up record sheets for each month.
These 18 editable holiday sight word board games are a huge time and money saver! Type your unique word list once and the words pop into the right spot on every single game.
Use it with any word list under the sun: sight words, word families, themed holiday words, classmates’ names… the sky’s the limit! Kids love that they’re fun – grown ups love that they’re ready to play!
Whether you’re in need of ready to go word work activities, literacy centers or fun spelling practice , this pack has you covered.
The games make practice reading, spelling and writing words so motivating.
EASIEST PREP EVER
The sight word game boards couldn’t get any simpler to prep. Just print the activity you want kids to work on, grab one or two school supplies like playing pieces and dice, and you’re all set. Easy peasy!
EASILY DIFFERENTIATE WORD LISTS
The sight word board games are incredibly easy to differentiate so you can give kids at different reading levels “just right” practice. Type in your word list for your first level of readers, and print the activity you want your kids to play.
Hop back to the word list and swap out the words for your next level of readers. The new words will automatically load into the correct spot on all of the activities.
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND
The 18 editable sight word board games are guaranteed fun for kids!
The pack includes ready to play board games and coordinating follow up record sheets for tons of holidays:
–> New Year’s Dash
–> President’s Day Run
–> Groundhog Scoot
–> Valentine’s Day Zip
–> Leprechaun Scramble
–> Easter Hustle
–> Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
–> July 4th Hustle
–> Columbus Day Race
–> Halloween Dart
–> Veterans Day Bustle
–> Thanksgiving Charge
–> Hanukkah Sprint
–> Santa Scurry
PLUS 4 BONUS SEASONAL GAMES
–> Spring Scramble
–> Summer Splash
–> Fall Shuffle
–> Winter Surge
Add a major dose of magic to your lesson plans this winter with a batch of engaging snow STEM challenges! Students will love learning how snowflakes are made and then diving into engineering, problem solving and (of course!) STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
The STEM challenges are perfect for winter parties, snow units, early finisher activities, STEM boxes or just because.
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> Snow fact sheet
–> “All About Snow” record sheet
–> 10 toothpick and marshmallow task cards + record sheet
–> Build your own toothpick and marshmallow snowflake + record sheet
–> 10 EASY geoboard task cards + record sheet
–> 10 HARD geoboard task cards + record sheet
–> 12 task cards comparing the weight of marshmallow “snowballs” to common class supplies like paperclips
–> 2 EASY roll and cover pattern block mats
–> 2 HARD roll, add and cover pattern block mats
–> I Have, Who Has 2D Shape Game
These Holidays Around the World STEM challenges are a must-try! Students will love diving into engineering, problem solving and (of course) STEM!!
All eight STEM challenges include record sheets to help kids keep track of their answers AND easy to follow instructions making it easy for you to lead the activity.
They’re perfect for winter parties, festivals of light units, early finisher activities, STEM boxes or just because.
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> 15 LEGO building task cards + record sheets
–> 15 pattern block task cards + record sheets
–> Pattern block design challenge
–> Pipe cleaner yule goat challenge
–> Design your own pipe cleaner holiday creations
–> Build a dreidel
–> Play dreidel
–> Tally dreidel spins
Dive into holidays around the world this winter with a mega pack of math, literacy and STEM activities students will love!
Use the fact sheets to teach important details about each holiday and then work on sight words, phonics, CVC word families, 2D shapes, number sequencing, addition, story writing, STEM skills and more.
The 70+ activities are easy to differentiate for a variety of levels making the set perfect for kindergarten or first grade.
Plus, as an exclusive bundle bonus, you’ll receive passports and stamps to keep track of your around the world adventure!!
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> BONUS: Holidays around the world passport
–> BONUS: Passport stamps
–> BONUS: Holidays around the world journal covers
–> 8 Holidays around the world STEM challenges
–> 13 Hanukkah centers
–> 14 Diwali centers
–> 15 Chinese New Year centers
–> 11 Kwanzaa centers
–> 11 Las Posadas centers
–> 9 St. Lucia’s Day centers
These STEM challenge cards are the perfect addition to your favorite building block center (LEGOS, wooden blocks, DUPLOS… you name it!)
Kids will love using real world pictures as inspiration to build 11 common objects each season!
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
SPRING-> kite, tree, butterfly, flower, rain boots, watering can, umbrella, bunny, garden trowel, bird, duckling
SUMMER-> popsicle, beach ball, sea star, crab, sailboat, sunglasses, strawberry, shell, soccer ball, fish, sand castle
FALL-> maple leaf, scarecrow, spider, bat, apple pie, candy corn, pumpkin, apple, squirrel, black cat, tractor
WINTER-> mittens, snowflake, pine cone, sled, evergreen tree, gift box, cocoa mug, rose, gingerbread man, penguin, polar bear
The STEM challenge cards are a great way to help kids develop abstract thinking, design, engineering and building skills!
Grab your set (below) and then hop over and snag our Famous Landmark Cards too!
Looking for an engaging batch of STEM challenges to add to your centers or STEM boxes?! These pattern block STEM challenges are an easy way to work on problem solving, geometry, math vocabulary… even beginning fractions!
Just print the cards on cardstock, cut them apart, and grab a batch of pattern blocks. Kids will love building all 55 designs!
Plus, as a bonus, the set also includes record sheets and challenge worksheets for kids who are ready for a next step.
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> 15 any time design task cards
–> 10 fall task cards
–> 10 winter task cards
–> 10 spring task cards
–> 10 summer task cards
–> 3 bonus challenges
Looking for easy prep, fun to solve STEM challenges for kids?! This epic bundle combines ALL of my STEM challenges into one easy purchase – my best-selling landmark cards, toothpick and playdough STEM structures, weight and length challenges… they’re all here! And that means you’ll get an entire year of STEM challenges in one easy download.
Each activity pack includes easy to follow instructions, challenge cards, record sheets and answer keys.
AND THE BEST PART IS…
All 150+ challenges use simple supplies like toothpicks, pattern blocks and paper so you can quickly gather what you need without breaking the bank or making late night Target runs.
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> Scientific Method Posters
–> Editable STEM Box Labels and Student Checklist
–> Toothpick Structure Challenge Cards
–> Famous Landmark Challenge Cards
–> Weight Measurement Challenges
–> Linear Measurement Challenges
–> Pattern Block Challenges
–> Geoboard Challenges
–> Computer Coding Challenge Cards
–> Cookie Structure Challenges
–> Marshmallow Boat Challenges
–> Straw Challenges
–> Craft Stick Puzzles
–> Paper Challenges
–> Molecules and Atoms
–> 4 Season Building Cards
–> Telling Time Challenges
–> Christmas STEM Challenges
–> Winter STEM Challenge
–> Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges
–> St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenges
–> Easter STEM Challenges
–> Spring STEM Challenges
–> Back to School STEM Challenges
–> Apple STEM Challenges
–> Farm STEM Challenges
–> Fall STEM Challenges
–> Holidays Around the World Challenges
–> Snow STEM Challenges
–> Rainbow STEM Challenges
–> Earth Day STEM Challenges
–> Building Block STEM Challenges
–> Alphabet Geoboard Challenges
–> Math Geoboard Challenges
–> Symmetry Mats
Welcome Instagram friends! This is the place to find all of our latest posts in one spot. Simply scroll down and click on the activity you’re searching for – our newest posts are on top. Spring STEM Challenges in our shop // on Teachers Pay Teachers 3D Shape Puzzles Sticky Ice Rainbow Digraph Puzzles Egg…
These 23 Christmas activities will make even the Grinch smile! The festive math and literacy centers include alphabet games, counting activities, pattern and shape practice… so much learning in one download.
The set is perfect for Pre-K and Kindergarten!
INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
–> Rhyming Clip Cards. Clip the word that rhymes!
–> Alphabet Christmas Lights. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.
–> Letter Sound Puzzles. Solve playful puzzles by matching letters to words that start with them.
–> Alphabet Clip Strips. An awesome way to practice upper and lowercase pairs.
–> ABC Trees. Roll the alphabet die and color the matching ornament. So fun for letter recognition!
–> Christmas Themed Handwriting Activity Sheets (in Print and D’Nealian). Strengthen letter formation and fine motor skills.
–> EDITABLE Sight Word Maze. Race to Santa’s workshop and read sight words along the way.
–> Christmas Bingo (Class Set). Play a fun round of Bingo as you practice reading Christmas themed words.
–> North Pole Little Reader Book. Practice pointing underneath each word, using picture clues and more.
–> 5 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.
–> Christmas Counting Clip Cards. A fun counting, number recognition and fine motor activity in one.
–> Counting Mats. Reinforce counting from 1 to 10 and ten frames.
–> 1-20 Ten Frame Dab. Read the number and then fill your ten frame with that many dots.
–> Color by Ten Frame. Work on instantly recognizing the numbers 1 to 20.
–> Spin to 20 Game. Race to reach 20 as you practice adding on.
–> This or That. Compare two numbers and color the one that’s largest.
–> Roll to 30 Sheet. Practice number recognition and adding on as you race to 30.
–> Making 10 Challenge Cards and Review Sheet. How many more do you need to make 10?
–> Cut and Paste. Solve AB, ABB and ABC patterns.
–> Candy Cane Patterns. How many different patterns can you create?
–> Reindeer Spin and Graph Shapes. Flick the spinner, name the shape and graph it. What shape reaches the top first?
–> Christmas Tree Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mat. Race to cover the pattern block mat and practice number recognition and adding along the way.
NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.