Shamrock Number Line Scavenger Hunt

number line activity This number line scavenger hunt activity took only minutes to throw together and while we used shamrocks for a St.Patrick’s Day theme you could do this any time of year with any theme your child likes.  If they are still learning number order write the numbers on the tape and have them match the numbers, if 20 is too much try with 5 , 10 or 15. This is such an easy activity to adjust to your child’s ability and to repeat over and over. This would be a fun group activity as well, have each child search for one number and place it on the line.

Gather your materials. You will need something to write numbers on like foam shamrocks, shapes, or post it notes. You will also need some painter’s tape and a marker. st. patrick's day math

Start by writing your numbers on the shapes. number line activity

Next lay out the tape and write the first and the last number, for us that was 1 and 20. Make dots of write the numbers in between. math activities

Hide the numbers all around your house! math activity for preschool

Invite your little mathematician to search for the numbers and place them on the line. Give them a hand if needed but also give them time to figure it out on their own best they can before you step in.

She searched for a handfulmath scavenger hunt then placed them on the number line and then went back for more. math scavenger hunt

I never get bored of watching my children or my students make great connections and I was wowed watching my youngest find the right spots of all these numbers without any help . math activity for children

She thought she had found them all but there were a few missing. A quick trip into the kitchen and she popped them right on the line! math activity

All done and pretty darn proud ! number line

St. Patrick’s Day LEGO Challenge!

St.Patrick's Day Lego ChallengeWe love LEGO challenges, but my 4 year old and I love them for very different reasons. I love them because they build confidence, fine motor skills, and they keep her totally engaged while I cook/check email/have a conference call. She loves them because they are fun and challenging. Our most recent LEGO challenge was a St.Patrick’s Day themed one and I really thought that the LEGO leprechaun and pot of gold would be super tricky but I was super wrong. She plowed through them like a pro. When I find and activity my daughter ( or my students at school) really likes and engages her I will adapt it from theme to theme. It’s familiar but still new and she is excited to do something with the new theme. It keeps her interested and learning and I don’t have to re-invent the wheel.

Gather your materials. I admit I LOVE creating these little LEGO creations. It takes me back to when I’d challenge myself as a child with LEGO. If this isn’t your thing you can still do challenges with simple creations like these we did a few months back. St.Patrick's Day Lego Activity

I always make two exactly the same and then dismantle one so my daughter has a model and all the pieces she needs to recreate it. Soon I will be putting all the pieces for all 4 in one pot and let her sort them, but we aren’t there yet. No need to make this more challenging that needed. It’s supposed to be fun.

I had planned to do this at my desk but when she saw the tray on the floor where I was getting an overhead shot of the materials she started building right there. lego challenge for kids

As she completed each creation she shifted around the tray. Lego challenge for children Oh and I have been asked by numerous readers about where I got this tray – Dollar Tree. It’s held up very well too.Lego challenge for preschool st paddy's day

The pot of gold was shockingly simple for her to recreate, I thought the rainbow on the diagonal would pose a challenge but it didn’t!pot of gold

Even though the challenge wasn’t easy she still loved them and these symbols of St.Patrick’s Day gave us a chance to talk about leprechauns, rainbows with pots of gold and the end of them, and Ireland. That is the other main goal of these holiday themed activities to spark interest in the holiday, it’s symbols and traditions.lego challenge st.patrick's day

How To Make A Cloud In A Jar – Kitchen Science

how to make a cloud in a jar We are studying weather in my classroom right now and my own kids get to be the guinea pigs for all activities that I am not certain will go smoothly with my preschool class. I posted this Instagram of our first attempt and immediately people were asking for more information. I asked my kids to help me re-do the experiment with step by step photos so we did a little more kitchen science to show you how to make a cloud in a jar.

Gather your materials. You will need a glass jar with a lid ( although a snug dish will work), hot water ( boiling works even better), an aerosol spray ( we used hairspray), and ice cubes. If you have a child capable of handling boiling water a pyrex measuring cup is great to have on hand as well.how to make a cloud in a jar

Start by boiling the water then pouring it in the jar. We used about 1/3 of a cup.how to make a cloud in a jar

Quickly spray the hairspray into the jar. The spray gives the water vapor a surface to condense into tiny cloud droplets. Some experiments use a match instead. Both work but boiling water was enough of a risk for one experiment.how to make a cloud in a jar

Pop the lid on with the ice and watch the cloud form. how to make a cloud science experiment This was our 4th time overall doing this and my 4 year old was still amazed.how to make a cloud in a jar

When you are ready lift the lid and let the vapor out!how to make a cloud in a jar

For more science ideas check out our list of 15 Fun Science Experiments For Kids

15 easy science activities for kids

Duplo Rhyming Game

rhyming game This Duplo rhyming game is fantastic because you can make a bunch or just a few and it gives you another way to use these awesome blocks even if your kids insist they are too bog for them now. Rhyming is an important building block for reading and a fun one to work on with kids if you only have a few minutes. This only takes a couple of minutes to put together and while I used stickers if you have a talent for drawing you could draw the images too. Do not worry about using permanent markers on Duplo, I’ll show you a trick at the end of the post to get it all off when you want to. Check out all the fun we had with these simple Duplo rhyming game.

Gather your materials. You will need some Duplo ( although any blocks will work but it is extra fun to click them together), a permanent marker, some stickers or a talent for drawing, and a child eager to rhyme! sticker duplo rhyme matching

Dig through the stickers and find some rhyming items. This is easier than you might think. Ours were : cat/bat , dig/pig, dish/fish, wheel/seal , and barn/yarn. Some other rhyming pairs found just these two sticker pads are : goat/boat , tree/flea, cone/bone, rat/cat, and rock/sock. Stick the stickers on the blacks. It doesn’t matter if they are vertical or horizontal.duplo rhyming game for kids

Write the word below the sticker.duplo rhyming activity This came in handy for my daughter when she wasn’t sure what the wheel was. She knew it rhymed with seal because they were the last two blocks left but didn’t know what the sticker image was. After looking at the first letter she substituted the w sound as the first sound in seal and shouted out ” It’s wheel!”

Break the pairs up and invite your rhyming wizard to come and match these blocks up!Duplo rhyming puzzles for kids This is where the power of Duplo came in because it’s just enough novelty to get her excited about checking out what Mama created for her.rhyming game for kids

I was so pleased when she not only matched them up but used the written words to make deeper connections.duplo rhyme puzzles for kids

I said I’d tell you a little trick to get permanent marker off these blocks. Simple write over it with dry-erase marker. rhyme game for kidsThen wipe. That’s it!

Books That Rhyme

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Keep the learning going with some great books that rhyme!

25 picture books that rhyme

Cat In The Hat Word Search FREE PRINTABLE

dr.seuss free printable You can’t throw huge parties for every little event but recognizing fun days like Dr.Seuss Day is a fun way to promote literacy in your home. This Cat in The Hat word search FREE printable is a great after school activity for school age kids perhaps served with green eggs and ham or one of these other Dr. Seuss inspired snacks.  Click on the image below and save the image to your computer then print. It’s that easy!

cat in the hat free printable

 

Need some Dr.Seuss ideas for younger kids? Here are 55 sorted by the book they are inspired by to check out. Click here to see them all

Seuss Activities for class

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