Bubble Bin Sensory Play

bubble bin sensory playWhen my daughter and I found these pink and purple whisks at the store today we knew they would be leaving with us but we weren’t sure yet what we were going to use them for. A few aisles later we were sure whatever we did do it would involve bubbles. Whisking bubbles is a classic Montessori activity although we have spun it a little with the bubbles at the start and whisking in color. We also added glitter and the whisks were princess whisks but that was just our interpretation of it. My daughter had a blast as you will see…

 

Gather your materials. You will need a bin that holds water, some dish soap ( I have done this with baby shampoo with my son who had extremely sensitive skin as a tot), some food color, whisks, glitter( optional) and some fun cups for the glitter and later for scooping and pouring. princess bubble bin supplies

Start by filling your bin with water and add in the soap. princess bubble bin bubble maker

Explore. bubble bin soap frothing

Add some food color and mix! princess pink bubble bin sensory soap playShe loved how the bubbles would froth. bubble bin over

Time for some glitter. princess bubble bin glitterFirst pour it in the cup then add it in and mix some more.princess bubble bin glitter water play

I must have taken 100 pictures sitting back and watching her play. bubble bin

After a long while she ditched the whisks and put as much of her body into the bin as she could fit. bubble play whisking bubblesThank goodness she was wearing her favorite new pink shoes, I think they were the only barrier stopping her from getting in the bin completely. bubble bin whisking bubbles

 

 

Monarch Butterfly Craft For Kids

monarch butterfly craft I hope you like butterflies as much as we do! This butterfly craft was inspired by our first monarch butterfly sighting ( or at least we think it was a monarch). When my daughter and I were digging through our craft cabinets for inspiration we saw the party streamers saved from Halloween and this is what we made. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out or if the streamers would stay in the clothes peg. We made these a week ago and they have stayed in place perfectly.

Gather your materials. You will need some wooden pegs like these from craftprojectideas.com , party streamers in orange, yellow, white, and black, markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. monarch butterfly craft for preschool

Start by cutting your streamers. If your child is interested you can have them make a pattern. monarch butterflies craft

Next color your peg with markers. My daughter loved this and colored both of ours at the same time. We used smelly markers and in the split second that I was putting the camera back down she stuck both the markers up her nose. Can’t really blame her, they smell so good! Guess we will need to get new markers. butterfly craft for preschool

Time to put the party streamers into the pegs. These pegs have a slit and the paper can be carefully slid into it and then scrunched. Great concentration exercise! monarch butterfly craft for kindergarten

Next time for some pipe cleaner antennae. Pink was a must. mess free butterfly craft

What I love about this butterfly craft is that there is no drying time. No paint and no glue means no wait needed to send it home or play with it!

 

Books About Butterflies

Extend or introduce this activity with a story or two about butterflies. All our book lists include affiliate links.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heligiman is part of my favorite non fiction for kids series ” Let’s Read and Find Out Science”.  I always grab these books at garage sales and thrift stores. In this edition you follow a classroom of students observing a caterpillar as it metamorphosis into a butterfly. A classic spring activity for preschool age children to discover and learn about life cycles. Also a perfect match for your own Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden which I highly recommend and will be doing this year with my son. Reading non fiction with your preschoolers is important as it teaches them seamlessly that writing and reading is not just for stories but for information too.

butterfly colors

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horaeck is such a wonderful book! I love the simple text and engaging story about a little girl who is trying to find the butterfly that she saw the day before. In her attempts she finds many other colorful bugs in her garden. At the end of the book is a beautiful pop up butterfly that will delight your little readers. I read this to a class of 2 and 3 year olds who were glued to every page and both my kids who are 3 and 7 loved it as well.  Great book!

 

 

Color By Number Easter Eggs

easter egg game for kids Math and art work well together with this simple game made for decorating Easter eggs. For kids who love art it’s a fun way to mix some math into something they like and for little math whizzes it gets them into a little art too! You could use real hard boiled and cooled eggs but we used craft ones from Walmart so our finished eggs could be brought out every Easter.

Gather your materials. You will need some craft eggs, permanent markers, some masking tape, and some dice.easter egg math game supplies

Start by adding numbers to your markers. I couldn’t find our masking tape so I used paper and taped papers with numbers on ( masking tape would be way faster) making sure that you use numbers that will be rolled.easter egg math game for kids

Time to play!

easter egg math game for easterRoll and count.easter egg math game for kids drawing

Color using the marker with the number you rolled. I let my daughter color as much as she wanted with each color but you could set a timer to keep things moving if need be.

Roll, count and color  again. easter egg math game for preschoolUsing dice doesn’t only work on counting as children get familiar with them they will start subitizing which is the ability to know an amount without counting. My daughter did it with the dice much to my surprise. She knew the individual amounts but then counted the dots to find out the sum. Older children could take it a step further simply adding the two amounts instead of counting all the dots. You could also use other operations like subtraction or multiplication for more able kids.easter egg math game for little kids

She adored this and completely covered her first egg then continued to play and play making even more.

Spell Your Name – Spelling Game

name actvities My house is full of kids who want to know how to spell everything. So far I am keeping up but as you may know, spelling is not one of my strengths. I struggle and because it’s such a struggle for me I try hard to make spelling enjoyable for my kids. I want them to associate spelling with fun not fear.  This is a super simple spelling game, my daughter loves it and she is learning how to spell all the names in our family. You don’t have to stick to names this could be used with any spelling words. How are you going to play?

Gather your materials. You will need some sentence strips, a marker, some masking tape, some dice ( I used two but you might need 3-4), and pom poms. Wearing a tutu is optional and fabulous.name spelling activity for kids

Start by writing out your family names on the sentence strips. If my son had been home I would have requested his aid for this. I am always trying to sneak in more writing since it’s something he ( and most kids) can use practice with. He wasn’t home so I did it myself.name game name plates

Next cover your dice in masking tape. I had to cut the tape in half lengthwise. I was going to use little labels but they didn’t stick to the dice at all!learn to spell your name

Add the letters in your names to the dice. Our little family has short names with the same letters popping up all over so we only needed 2 dice. You may need many. If one person has a much longer name you could use middle initials or even adding in middle or last names to the shorter ones to even things out. spelling name game

Get your pom poms and get ready to play.name game name recognition activity

Roll! name game roll a letterPlace a pom pom on a letter when you roll it. If you roll more than one letter in your name you must choose only one to cover with a pom pom. If you have two of the same letter like I do ( Allie) you can only cover one letter at a time.name game roll and win

She had three letters covered and two to go. name game counting too

Finally she spelled her dad’s name before I managed to roll all the letters in mine.roll and spell name game

We played with four players later and it was a blast! We even made my sister her very own name plate when she came for a visit and she joined in the play.

 

Snow Window – Winter Activity For Kids

winter activity for preschool Snow has clobbered many of you along with freezing temps but here in the Pacific North West we are still green and wet and needed to make our own snow . Whether you are in sunny Florida or too cold to go outside Minnesota you can play with snow and stay warm while you do with this fun indoor winter activity for kids . This is a fun exploration that is opened ended and really encourages creativity. My daughter ran with it and I love what she made. She has always wanted to make a snowman and even though we’ve never had enough snow ( that she can remember) to make one she managed to make one with this winter activity .

Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, painter’s tape ( you could use real tape but it might muck up your windows), cotton balls, q-tips ( some cu in half) , cotton pads and a window! snow themed preschool activity

Start by taping the contact paper to your window sticky side out. I find it’s easiest if you tape the top edge on first then peel and tape the sides and bottom last. snow window sticky window activity

Get the snow bits ready by the window and invite your child to explore.  As she created she told me all about how this was her yard and it snowed and she was playing…Snowflakes came first…snow activity for kids

Then she discovered that dabbing the cotton ball created little puffs of cotton on the window.snow mural for preschool Very similar to when we made a pompom window last year. cotton ball snow window art activity

Snowman time!snow window activity for 3 year olds

She didn’t forget arms. snow window toddler activity

I loved watching her and really didn’t get involved at all. This was all her. snow windowShe explored textures, shapes, and cause and effect with serious intent while also working on fine motor skills and storytelling as she went.

Books About Snow

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un-brella

Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!

snow snow snow

Snow! Snow! Snow!by Lee Harper captures the excitement of a snow day spent sledding and defying gravity for those precious few moments as you zoom down the hill. My son gave the book a thumbs up but my daughter wasn’t as into it although when the 3 dogs in the book landed with a thump both kids were giggling. Edited to add :  The next morning my daughter ran to this book and smiled the whole way through loving it! Funny how 8am reading gets a different response than 5pm after a long day.

the snowy day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a classic. Some classics are the type of books that lose their relevance and leave readers wondering what the hype is about. This book is timeless. A little boy goes exploring in the snow and discovers his world in a new way. The illustrations are magical and the way that  they convey the emotions this little boy experiences throughout the day are nothing short of perfect.