Crafts and Activities For Kids { Link Up! }

rp_link-learn-2014-455x178.jpgWhile you are reading this I am hopefully happily running a half marathon here in Washington State – I can’t wait to see all the awesome kids activities and crafts you link up after my race. I will be cozy in my sweats getting totally inspired by the amazing posts y’all share week after week.

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50 Summer Activities For 3 Year olds

3 year old activities Three is that magical age between being a baby and being a big kid and is the perfect time to mix some planned activities in with free play. I get asked often about my schedule and I hesitate to share it because our schedule changes so much. What I won’t hesitate to share is that three year olds shouldn’t be sitting down doing mom or other adult directed activities a lot. This is the icing not the cake. The cake should be free play including having sensory materials available, outside time,  tons and tons of books within reach,  and lots of quiet cuddle time too!

Here are 50 summer activities for 3 year olds some are as simple as setting something up and letting them explore and others are more structured.

summer activities for 3 year olds

Sticky Window Pom Pom Play

4th of july sensory activity for kids
Shaving Cream Fireworks

Shell Sorting
Shell Sorting

toddler activites
Color and Clean Car Wash

dinosaur themed activitiy
Backyard Dinosaur Bone Dig

star fish craft
Bubble Wrap & Dish Scrubber Starfish

paper plate octopus craft
Paper Plate Octopus

Alphabet Sensory Tub
Alphabet Sensory Tub

paint like jackson pollock
Paint Like Jackson Pollock

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Liquid Color Mixing

truck painting for toddlers
Truck Painting

five senses activity sound
Sound Safari

potato prints
Potato Masher Painting

ocean sensory tub
Ocean In A Box – water play

feather painting
Feather Painting

hose it down
Hosing Down Shapes and Letters In The Yard

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Paper Plate Crab

spray painting
Spray Painting

jewel butterfly craft
Paper Plate Butterfly

Preschool Pretend Play Scientist
Mad Scientist Lab

find & count bug hunt nature activity
Find & Count Bug Hunt

rainbow sensory tub
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub

cutting into nature outdoor scissor skills
Nature Cutting

bug
Bug Painting

mud pie play
Mud Soup

weather activity for preschool
Make Your Own Weather Station

ocean themed crafts
Paper Bag Jellyfish

Mining Activity
Mining For Magnets

driveway graffiti
Driveway Graffiti

uncle sam puppet for 4th of july craft
Uncle Sam Puppet

paper plate sun
Paper Plate Sun

bulldozer party
Construction Site Sensory Tub

playdough kabobs for kids
Playdough Kabobs

sensory activities for kids
Touch Box

letter of the week
4th of July Letter F craft

fly swatter painting
Fly Swatter Painting

Nature Color Hunt
Nature Color Hunt

worm painting for toddlers
Worm Painting

patriotic activity for kids
Flag Hunt

camping for kids
Pretend Play Camping

obstacle course fun
Build Your Own Obstacle Course

4th of july crafts
Cupcake Liner Fireworks

watermelon letter craft for kids
Letter Watermelons

Pretend Play Vet Clinic title
Pretend Play Vet Clinic

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Gelatin Gooey Ocean Play

sensory tub prints
Sensory Table Painting

car wash for toddlers
Backyard Car Wash

alphabet hunt outdoors with duplo
Outdoor Alphabet Hunt

handprint fireworks 4th of july
Handprint Fireworks for 4th of July

simple super crafts painting with nature
Painting with Nature

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg – what activities do you like to do with your 3 year old? Tell us on our Facebook page!

Toilet Paper Roll Fish Craft

fish craft for preschool This is such a fun craft. My daughter and I each grabbed some toilet paper rolls and originally I thought we’d turn them into butterflies since my daughter adores butterflies but when I cut one as an experiment we both said ” It looks like a fish!” then grabbed the paints. I like to try to make crafts like this fish craft as exploratory as possible. Yes there are way more boundaries with them than open ended art and but you can adjust that in many ways. I added the glitter to add texture to the fish but also to add some more mixing and hands on creation for my daughter.

Gather your materials.You will need some toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half, paint, glitter, dishes for the paint, paint brushes, scissors, glue and googly eyes … you may want more than one per fish if your kids are like mine!paper tube fish craft

Start by putting the paint into containers and adding glitter. I try to give my daughter as much choice as possible so she chose the paint colors and glitter colors too. She added a lot and I was struck speechless when she didn’t choose pink immediately.glitter paint fish craft

Mix them up if you add as much glitter as my daughter did you might need to add a little more paint after to make sure it will still spread.glitter paint fish craft for preschool

Paint the tubes. I used a plastic lid as a plate for painting and drying.toilet roll fish craft for preschool

I loved the colors she chose and how they blended. Let dry.toilet paper roll fish craft for children

When dry push in the sides of one end of the tube to make a point.paper roll fish craft

Squish the whole tube down.fish craft for preschool

Make two diagonal cuts in the end of the tube and then in the middle.cardboard roll fish craft for kids

Time for glue and goggly eyes.cardboard fish craft Let dry.fish craft for daycare

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preschool activities ebookI am so excited to be  part of this Playful Preschool ebook. Together with an amazing group of early education bloggers we have created a resource packed with hands on and play based learning.  This ebook has ideas for all sorts of learning from language and math to science and art for your little ones. It’s a MUST for your summer. Buy it now and have it ready for those long summer days when you start hearing ” Mom., I have nothing to do!”

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What is great about this ebook is that not only will it help fill up those days when you need a fast but worthwhile idea to keep your kids busy, it is great year round. For all of you that homeschool your preschoolers these ideas are for you, for all of you who send your kids to school but still have a few days a week when you want to keep them busy with engaging activities this one is for you… basically it’s for anyone with kids 3-5 !

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30 Fun Ways To Teach Colors

teach colors preschoolOver the years I have been asked by more than a few parents and readers why we stress color recognition in early childhood education. It can seem like busy work and as adults we don’t really use this skill. But that’s not true at all, we do use the skills your little ones are using as they differentiate and recognize colors. Those skills develop as we develop and turn into letter recognition, recognizing sight words, and other higher level sorting. Just because this is important stuff and the building blocks for even more learning doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun! Sitting your kids down and getting them to memorize color names won’t offer them the opportunity to sort the same way a hands on activity will so have fun and the learning will happen.

Here are 30 ways to teach colors with fun hands on activities.

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Mix and Make Color Mixers
Mixing Colors In The Snow
Roll A Rainbow Game
Star Sensory Bin and Color Sorting
Colored Glue Exploration
color mixing with shaving cream 3
No Mess Shaving Cream Color Mixing
Make Your Own Finger Paint
Rainbow Playdough Match & Stick
Matching Nature Color Hunt
DIY Light Box & Color Exploration

craft for boys
Traffic Light Craft & Color Matching
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub
Gross Motor Color Matching for Toddlers
Garbage Truck Color Sorting
Indoor Bug Hunt
Trash Rainbow Craft and Preschool Activity
Trash Rainbow Collage
Color Heart Sorting
Spin Art Rainbows
Creepy Crawly Color Sorting
Valentine Color Matching Mural
how to teach colors
Monochromatic Texture Collage
Feather Match
iPhone Photo Safari Color Hunt
Cork Painted Rainbow
Mess Free Color Mixing
color matching butterflies
Butterfly Color Matching
Multilingual Color Hunt
Color Mixing with Ice
Easter Egg & Bunny Color Match
Water Balloon Color Mixing