LEGO Game – Roll, Build, and Create!

DIY LEGO game for kids LEGO is huge at our house. Even if some of their marketing to girls efforts miss the mark ( did you read this?), the toy is still amazing for boys and girls. LEGO is creative as well as great for spatial and fine motor skills. This LEGO game is super simple and my kids play it often building on to their creations or making new ones. What I love about this game that wasn’t really part of the design was that it’s a great way to kickstart LEGO creations. When kids feel like building but don’t know what to build this game acts as kindling and helps start the fire for bigger ideas. Of course players are also working on subitizing skills ( recognizing amounts without counting – on dominoes, dice, tally marks etc…)  and number recognition. If that is your goal you could use multiple dice for older children and have the add or subtract and match up the sum or difference to the numbered sections. It’s so versatile!

Gather your materials. You will need some LEGO or DUPLO , a divided tray or individual bowls, a die, and a permanent marker.

lego game for kids

Write the numbers 1-6 on the divided tray. Don’t worry you can use a dry erase marker to remove the permanent marker when you are done playing. boost creativity with lego

Fill the sections of your tray with different types of LEGO bricks. You can have your children help you sort them as well. Sorting is an important skill so any time you have to practice is worthwhile. I included a lot of mini figures because in my experience kids tend to create more stories with the figures and my daughter loves to make stories with her LEGO.

lego game for children

Once they are all sorted it’s time to play. Use the center section to roll the die and whatever number they roll is the type of brick they get to build with. lego game for preschool

She was into it immediately.lego games for kids Soon she had an audience and hearing her explain the game to her dad was awesome. lego game for families Understanding multiple steps is important and when she taught her dad she had all the steps down pat! LEGO roll and build math game

One of the great things about this activity is that there is no strict ending point. Kids can stop when they feel their creation is complete or pop it to the side and come back another day. Ours is STILL in our sunroom two weeks after getting it out. I find both my kids playing with it most days.

 

58 Books Every Preschool Class MUST have

must have books for preschool class libraries Now that I am back in the classroom teaching I see first hand how useful blogs like mine and so many others are for early childhood educators who are planning lessons. With that in mind I decided to bring together my top books every preschool class must have. I would have loved for this list to be a perfect catchy number like 50 or 75 but my list ended at 58. It was hard to break it down to such a small list of my personal must have books. I know that you will have many titles to add so feel free to leave a comment with the titles you use in your class.

 

Alphabet Books

animalia by Greame Base

Animalia by Graham Base

eating the alphabet

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlertalphabet under construction

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

chica chica boom boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

 

Awesome Read Aloud Books

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Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

something from nothingSomething From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

I love you stinky face

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

mortimer

Mortimer  by Robert Munsch

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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Press Here by Herve Tullet

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!by Mo Willems

 

Books About Colors

planting-a-rainbow

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert

little-blue-and-little-yellow

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo LionniBrown Bear Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

mouse paint

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Counting Books

Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Granny Went To Market

Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

goodnight moon 123

Goodnight Moon 123 by Margaret Wise Brownfish eyes

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Elhert

mouse count

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Books About Emotions, Separation Anxiety and Social Learning

the way I feel

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

it'smine

It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni

Elmer

Elmer by David McKee

toddparr_bedifferent

It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

kissing hand

The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn

No David

No, David! by David Shannon

potty training books for toddles

Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

Owl Babies

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

 

Rhyming Books

( many other books included in other sections also rhyme)
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!by Karen Beaumont

how big is a pig

How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton

My trucks is stuck

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis

one-duck-stuck

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

seuss hop on pop

Hop on Pop  by Dr.Seuss

seuss mr brown can mooMr. Brown Can Moo, Can You  by Dr.Seuss 

 

Shape Books

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

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Perfect Square by Michael Hallmouse shapes

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Thematic Books

(There are so many more books but these are my favorites) 

math books for preschoolers

On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl (space/counting)

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (dinosaurs)

snow the mitten

The Mitten   by Jan Brett (winter)

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Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (farm)

House For A Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab  by Eric Carle (sea life/ months of the year)

very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (days of the week,nutrition, bugs)

llama

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino (animals/families)

the snowy day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (weather/winter) 

 

lola at the library

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

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Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee (families)The Family Book

The Family Book by Todd Parr (families)

from tadpole to frog

From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (spring/pond life/life cycles)

Our Stars

Our Stars by Anne Rockwell (space)

Dinosaur Roar

Dinosaur Roar! Board Book by Paul and Henrietta Stickland (dinosaurs/opposites) 

Leaves

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (fall)

i love bugs

I Love Bugs!by Phileomon Sturges (bugs)

Firefighter Frank

Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington (fire safety/community helpers)

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Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley (Earth day/nature)

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Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (community helpers)

 

I KNOW you have titles to add. So leave a comment with your must haves or swing by No Time For Flash Cards on Facebook and tell me there!

Washi Tape Crafts – Easter Egg Banner !

easter egg craft for kids with washi tape We love washi tape crafts and I actually bought these rolls for something else but this craft couldn’t wait. Our bunnies are already out on our mantle and we needed something to complete our Easter decor. Handmade holiday decor is always my favorite. I love getting these crafts out year after year and hearing my children tell me the stories about how they were made.  This Easter craft is perfect for people who are a little gun shy about crafting mess but still want to make something colorful and fun with their kids.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, washi tape ( affiliate link for the tape I used) scissors, pencil, and string if you are turning the eggs into a banner. washi tape easter egg craft for preschoolAlso I love using trays to keep everything in one spot.washi tape crafts

Start by drawing an egg on the paper. I made some and left some blank. easter egg crafts As you will see my daughter made her own after. I had a regular white pieces of paper folded and cut in 4 and eggs drawn on some but some left blank. I wanted to give her the option of making her own but not requiring her to.

Invite your artist to come create!Tape easter eggs

She got into adding the tape right away. I had to show her how to rip the tape once but after that she had a handle on it. You can also use scissors. Tape past the lines covering as much as the egg as you can. tape easter eggs washi tape

Cut out the egg once all the tape is on. egg washi tape craft Watching her cut gave me a jolt of nostalgia. She is growing so fast I can’t believe she is so good with scissors already. Wasn’t she just playing with blocks in her high chair? <— her first activity on the blog!

Repeat. easter egg craft for kids I made a few and she made a few. I am glad I had paper ready without any outline because she did want to make her own. easter egg craft

After you have a good collection of eggs easter egg crafts for preschoolflip them over and using the washi tape attach the eggs onto the string. easter egg banner for kids

Hang it up!easter egg craft banner handmade

 

Don’t forget if you don’t want a banner you can JUST make some eggs! washit tape easter egg craft for kids

Spring Crafts & Activities for Kids { Add your links! }

rp_kids-crafts-preschool-blog-455x34711-455x347111.pngSpring is here!  I hope you had as nice a day where you are as we had here. My kids were up in one of our trees for an hour, then they helped a neighbor garden, and played on a friend’s new rope swing! It was the perfect spring afternoon. Tomorrow is supposed to rain so I will need some ideas. This is where you come in. Show me what YOU have been doing and share it with my readers.

If you need even more ideas you can check out my Easter for Kids and my No Time For Flash Cards Pinterest boards. Another great place to find more ideas as well as interesting discussions most days is the No Time For Flash Cards Facebook page.



36 Fun & Easy Easter Crafts For Kids

easy easter crafts for toddlers  Easter is one of my favorite holidays and it’s time to gather up my favorite easy Easter crafts for kids. My youngest and I starting making some new ideas this week and I will post those soon too! Until then here are 36 of our easiest and fun Easter crafts. easy easter crafts

Marshmallow Easter Bunny Craft 
Tape Resist Easter Egg
Frozen Easter Eggs
Paper Plate Easter Baskets 

easy easter activities
Paint and Eat Waffles
Collage Carrot
Easter Chick Treat Box
Van Gogh Inspired Eggs

easter crafts to make at home
Easter Egg Letter Game
Opposite Texture Easter Egg
Easter Egg E
Color By Number Easter Eggs 

 no time for flash cards
Polka Dot Dyed Eggs
Soft Cotton Ball Bunny
Easter Egg Letter Match
Paint Easter Eggs In A Bag 

easter egg crafts
Foam Easter Magnets
Q-Tip painted Easter Eggs
Bubble Wrap Easter Egg Painting
Jelly Bean Carrot Cupcakes

easter ideas for kids
Marshmallow Easter Egg
Marshmallow Painted Easter Bunny
Rabbit R
Easy Easter Egg Collages

easter fun for preschool

Easter Egg Color Match
Felt Carrot Treat Bag
Roll & Paint with Easter Eggs Dice Game
Yarn Easter Egg

easter crafts and activities
Peek-A-Boo Chick
Easter Egg Sun Catcher
Bunny Ears Hat
Carrot Patch Cupcakes

easter crafts for kids
Easter Egg Bugs
Rock Easter Eggs
Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Shape Matching
Bunny & Egg Color Match