Easy Valentine’s Day Craft

easy valentine's day craftThis easy Valentine’s Day craft was inspired by these hole punch snowflakes we posted years ago. What I love about these hearts aren’t just that they are pretty , they are so simple and are a craft that you can put down and start dinner, run to the bust stop to pick up a sibling, or put away until the next day. Using a hold punch is a wonderful tool for building hand strength but make sure you have the right size punch that your child can maneuver to avoid any frustration.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper ( great way to use up scrap paper! ), hole punches, scissors, and some ribbon. You will also need some painter’s tape to hang them up without leaving too much gunk on your walls or windows. easy valentine's day craft

Start but folding some paper in half and cutting hearts. easy valentine's day craft for kids

Time to punch, hole punch heartI am telling you this one was tricky. hole punch heart craft for valentine's dayEveryone helped punch the holes. hole punch heart valentine's day craft

Make sure there is a hole in the middle of the top to thread the ribbon through. hole punch hearts

Thread it through and tie a double knot. This was too tricky for my daughter. The hearts are fragile and rip easily on this step. We decided we were a heart factory and the kids punched most of the holes and Mama tied on the ribbon. hole punch hearts in window

Hang them up in the window using painter’s tape. easy valentine's day decor

 

Books About Love & Friendship

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Check out these 14 wonderful books about love and friendship after you make these fantastic hole punch hearts Valentine’s Day craft!

Freeze & Free – Preschool Science Experiment

preschool scienceHave I mentioned we are getting super excited for our upcoming trip to Disneyland? Well we are. I am not sure who is more excited me or the kids but one thing is for sure is that we are using this excitement to drive our activities. This preschool science experiment was also driven by a fun day at school. I work upstairs in then 2-3 class while my daughter is downstairs in PreK and last week the older kids were melting ice to free objects under the ice. She had so much fun I decided to adopt the idea for even more fun at home the next day. Of course using our Anna Magiclip Doll just added to the fun. Fun isn’t all my daughter was working on either between squeezing the pipettes, and digging the beads out of the ice she managed to work on a bunch of fine motor skills too.

Gather your materials. You will need a plastic container, some fun beads ( these ended up being so important, you’ll see), some eye droppers or pipettes, an Anna doll ( or any big item you want to freeze), water, a container for the warm water, a tray, and some paper towel.science forpreschool

Start by pouring a little water into your container. Add most of the beads. Let freeze.freeze anna from frozen scicence experiment

Add the Anna doll face down more water and the rest of the beads. The reason I did this in two stages is so her body wouldn’t all be at the very top. I wanted to make my daughter work to free her!

Let freeze ( this took hours).freeze anna in ice science experiment for kids

Get some warm water, the pipettes, some paper towel, and an eager excavator ready.freeze and thaw science experiment for kids

Pop the ice out of the plastic, turn it over and place it on the paper towel so it doesn’t slide everywhere.

Start squirting it with warm water.frreze and thaw anna frozen science experiment for preschool

My daughter was determined to free Anna as Elsa and Olaf watched.thawing anna scicence for preschool

She got some beads first. Then part way through she stopped and looked at me seriously saying ” Mom this is the amazing part of life!” I took that to mean the activity was a major success.freeze and free science frozen

There was a hold made by a air bubble under Anna so my 4 year old started shooting the hot water into it!frozen science idea for kids

We refilled the water and kept going. freeze anna science experiment for kidsShe caught a bead on the end of a pipette!fine motor frozen activity science

Finally we freed Anna and Elsa gave her a hug but that wasn’t the end of the fun. anna frozen science

 

hug frozenShe informed me that she had to free the rest of the beads.

Winter Math Game Inspired by Frozen

frozen party game I had no clue what to name this game. After watching Frozen for the 15th time and yes if you must know I still cry when Anna steps between Hans and Elsa, my daughter and I brainstormed some ideas. We thought about making a Sven craft, then some snowflakes but we already have so many snowflake crafts … then this popped into my head. What if we used my daughter’s favorite movie EVER as inspiration for a gross motor math game? I wasn’t sure it would work but I knew we had to try. Well it did work and she loved it! Using your child’s interests is so important when doing educational activities at home. At school they won’t always get a chance to have such targeted ideas presented to them and at home it’s a great way to entice them to do something educational , how can they resist when it’s all about their favorite movie/book/character… etc… Also worth noting is that this would be a FUN Frozen party game for birthday parties. I’d write names on the snowflakes and have the party goers retrieve their own and the birthday boy or girl grab the frozen heart in the middle.

This could easily be adapted to any theme – you just need a basic shape, some things for the numbers, and stuff to walk over. You’ll see.

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The Rules Of The Game:
*Roll the die and retrieve the number snowflake you rolled without falling off the snowflake ( you can decide what constitutes falling off the tape).
*Walk back to the start and drop the snowflake.
*After they have retrieved a designated amount of the snowflakes ( we did 3) they can go retrieve the frozen heart at the middle.
*If they step off the snowflake or step on any of the pom poms they must start all over again.

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How To Set It Up

Gather your materials. You will need some painter’s tape, some pom poms, snowflakes, a marker, and a die or two.  You may also want a heart gem to make the center heart. The one we are using was a tree ornament my daughter created herself but seemed perfect for this activity.frozen party game

Start by making the number snowflakes we were just doing 1-6 to match the number she rolled but if  you are playing with 2 dice and working on addition or subtraction you’ll want all the possible sums/differences.frozen inspired math game

Pop the tape on your floor. snowflake gross motorI am too nervous to use this on my newly re-stained wood floors so I stick to our living room carpet. My daughter even helped.frozen birthday party games

Now place the pom poms randomly. These are ice bombs and if you step on one you must return all the snowflakes you have earned and start again. don't slip off the snowflake

Place the numbered snowflakes on the tape. snowflake game for preschool

Make a little snowflake to act as the starting point.

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Play! frozen inspired math game

Roll. snowflake game for kids

Walk.

Pick up the snowflake. slip snowflake

Avoid those ice bombs!Slip off the snowflake

Roll again and again until it’s time to gather the frozen heart in the middle. There are so many ways to play with this idea. I hope we’ve inspired you to create something for your kids!

This was the perfect game after a few sick days to just get up an move a little. By using something she is great at ( numbers are her thing) mixed with something she is not… balance not so much her thing… I created a challenging but fun activity.

 

29 Ways To Make Math More Fun For Kids

fun math activities I hated math for so long that I had to hold back tears on my first day of math class at Teacher’s College. I was so nervous to be back in a math class after years of avoiding it. That feeling was so terrifying that I’ve made it part of my mission as a mom and teacher to make fun math activities so that my children and students won’t find themselves so terrified by a subject that they are holding back tears just thinking about it. Math is fun. Last year I spent one day a week as a math docent for 2nd grade and created hands on ways for those kids to practice math and this year I am back to the little tiny guys with my 2 and 3 year old class. This list of fun math has toddler math activities through to elementary ideas I brought home from being a docent. If your child already has some anxiety about math like I did don’t tell them you have a fun new math activity to do, omit the math from the title and just say game or activity or craft project. Don’t put up the wall before you get them interested.

Remember that like reading math is one of those subjects that really does benefit from a lot of practice. Using fun math activities like these you don’t have to resort to drill and kill activities although I admit as kids get older math is one of the places where I might make a little room for some flash cards but not in the preschool years!

 Fun Math Activities For Preschool

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I have all of preschool together because some 3 year olds latch on to math early and some 5 year olds don’t show real interest until later on. Find games and activities that look like they would interest your kids don’t worry about how old my kids look in the photos. There is no checklist that every little developing human hits in order. Fun means not too challenging to be frustrating and not too easy to be boring. It might require some trial and error – but if you read through the posts you can probably figure out which will work for your kids.

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Lego Math Game

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Count & Pound Math Game

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Counting Around The House

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Candy Corn Counting

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Button Numbers Mural

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Color By Number Easter Eggs

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Sort The Mail Math Activity

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Monster Math Game * Great for all ages!

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Shell Memory Game with Numbers fun math activities for kids
Monster Math Tray

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Count & Match Math Game

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Laundry Line Math Match Game

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Shape Hunt Find & Color

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Hot Chocolate Math * easy to adapt to any level.

 

 

Fun Math Activities for School Age Kids

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These games and activities were all created with kids in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade age range. Does that mean your preschooler can’t do them? No. Check them out and see if you can find something rad for your little math whiz or adapt something to fit her interests.

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Valentine’s Day Math – Jar Of Hearts

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Outdoor Number Line

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Make A Valentine Math Game & Craft

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Secret Code Math

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Shoot & Add Nerf Gun Math

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Tally Mark Dominoes & Speed Racer Game

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Make Math Drills Fun- 2 Activities For Kindergarten

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Lock & Key Math fun math activities
Candy Apple Tree Math

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Connect The Dots With Math fun math activities
Water Balloon Math

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7 Ways To Use This Simple Color By Numbers

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Place Value Robot

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Pokemon Math Activity

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Outdoor Math Ideas for Kids

Easy Alphabet Activity For Kids

alphabet activity This alphabet activity was created because my daughter adores the alphabet, she loves stamps, and I NEEDED 10 minutes to finish cleaning the bathrooms before my holiday guests arrived. She LOVED it and I wanted to say that while printables are great I know that for me printing something out can be cumbersome. I don’t have my printer out all the time and sometimes I am out of ink. I didn’t have time to make this a printable and I am glad for that now because it shows you that you don’t need it to be pretty and perfect to be useful and fun!

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, something to write on ( I love using clipboards), some letter stamps and stamp pad ( or stickers), and a marker.alphabet activity

Start by writing out the alphabet on a piece of paper leaving out some letters. I wrote out 5 sheets at once because I had a feeling ( and it was right) that my wee one would want to do a bunch.alphabet activity

Prepare the tools you are using with the sheets. You can also just have your little learner write the letters. I didn’t think my little one could accomplish that solo but in the days since we did that I think she might be able to. I am going to make some more sheets and repeat this activity, she loved it so much.alphabet activity

Let the fun begin! Adjust this activity to your child. If they struggle with some of the letters make sure that you have lots of letters they do not struggle with to balance out the success and challenge. If possible have the easy ones as the first few if you know there is a challenge ahead. If they are having a hard time sing the alphabet while touching each letter and when they get to a blank spot the song will act as a prompt. fill in the blank alphabet activity for kidsI quickly took pictures of the first sheet – ran next door and cleaned the bathroom while she yelled out which letters she was doing.alphabet activities

Then she called me in because she said she ” Made up an even better letter idea!” She grabbed a highlighter from her basket and started highlighting all the letters. This is a fun and easy way to work on letter formation anywhere but I’d only have kids this young (4) do it if they are interested. If they are resistant work on writing their name and more authentic writing like making signs, writing cards… anything that doesn’t make writing a chore. Start them out on the right foot. That said if they are like my daughter who is fond of writing and wants to do it, have the materials available and support them as they do. alphabet activity fill in the blanks

Learning doesn’t only happen with perfect graphics in all sorts of colors so don’t stress about picture perfect printables. They are fun and can add excitement at times but learning will happen when the activity fits the child no matter how pretty something is.