Play Dough with Popsicle Stick Flowers

easy popsicle stick flowers I made these flowers for a fun addition to our play dough area at preschool. My four-year-old saw them sitting out before we went to school and had to play. Still in her PJs ( but that’s normal around here right?) she tested this activity out before I took it into my class. The way she played interested me because she turned each color for flower into a family and matched them all up, giving some names and even creating stories about them. I love seeing how sensory play boosts language and literacy!

play dough activity for kids

Gather your materials. My friends at craftprojectideas.com sent me these mini popsicle sticks and foam flower stickers you can use theirs like I did or make your own with adhesive foam sheets. You will also need some play dough.

 

You need two matching stickers for each flower. Peel the backing off one.easy diy toys for play dough

Press the stick into it.flowers for play dough

Peel the backing off the matching sticker and sandwich the two together.

Told you it was easy.

play dough play for kids

PLAY

matching up flowers

I love her little stories. flower playdough activityThe yellow family was off to the Nutcracker with an auntie  grandma, and a good buddy. By encouraging these stories, you are encouraging storytelling which is an important building block for strong literacy later on.

Play dough activity for spring

Books About Flowers

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books about flowers for kids

 

Letter Of The Week – Letter U Crafts and Activities

letter of the week u Are you doing a letter of the week with your child? If you are here are some ideas for your letter of week letter u week. Can I share a few of my thoughts about letter of the week? I think letter of the week is a fun way to use a little novelty to focus on one letter, but that’s it. Please only focus a small amount of attention on the single letter and continue to focus on all letters as a whole. Letters work together and children learn about letters and how they work when they use them in meaningful ways. Play is meaningful, art is meaningful, and a fun craft can be a mix of both but focusing too much busy work is not. Choose one or two fun ideas from this post then check out the whole alphabet activities after the u crafts and activities.

Letter U Crafts

umbrella u

Unicorn UUmbrella UUnderground u

Crafts and Activities for U week

cupcake liner umbrella craft

Uncle Sam Puppet Cupcake Liner Umbrellas

Whole Alphabet Activities

sea shells alphabet activity

Outdoor Alphabet Hunt –    Shell Letters   – Alphabet Mail Pretend Play 

Letter Of The Week – W Crafts and Activities

letter w ideas for letter of the week Are you doing a letter of the week with your child? Does your class follow a letter of the week program? If you are here are some ideas for your letter of week letter v week. Before I get to the crafts can I share a few of my thoughts about letter of the week? I think letter of the week is a fun way to use a little novelty to focus on one letter, but that’s it. Please only focus a small amount of attention on the single letter and continue to focus on all letters as a whole. Letters work together and children learn about letters and how they work when they use them in meaningful ways. Play is meaningful, art is meaningful, and a fun craft can be a mix of both but focusing too much busy work is not. Choose one or two fun ideas from this post then check out the whole alphabet activities after the letter v crafts and activities.

 

Letter W Crafts

letter of the week w

Word WWinter WWings WWatermelon W

Crafts and Activities that Start with W

letter of the week w

Watermelon play dough slicingWorm PaintingLetter Watermelons – Ice Cream Cone Witch’s Hat – Worms in Dirt Treats

Whole Alphabet Activities

alphabet sensory bin

Alphabet Sensory BinFishing For LettersPainting with Letter Cookie Cutters

 

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.