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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Need some sea animal books? We have a bunch. Click on the image to be taken to the post with full reviews.

Playful Preschool ebook ON SALE NOW

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 !

All of this for $8.99 !

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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
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No Mess Shaving Cream Color Mixing
Make Your Own Finger Paint
Rainbow Playdough Match & Stick
Matching Nature Color Hunt
DIY Light Box & Color Exploration

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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
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Monochromatic Texture Collage
Feather Match
iPhone Photo Safari Color Hunt
Cork Painted Rainbow
Mess Free Color Mixing
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Butterfly Color Matching
Multilingual Color Hunt
Color Mixing with Ice
Easter Egg & Bunny Color Match
Water Balloon Color Mixing

DIY Stenciled Pillowcase

DIY stenciled pillowcase craftAll day long I invite my daughter to play. I lay out play dough with buttons, Lego with her princess figurines, her doctor kit and stuffed animals… but often I forget to invite her to read. We read a lot and never miss our three books every night but I don’t usually lay out a stack of books and invite her to read independently. When Tulip For Your Home invited me to create a fun stenciled pillowcase for a sponsored post I knew exactly what I wanted to use this for. To make quiet time more inviting in her room with a fun pillow and a stack of great books.

Here is how I made the pillowcase. Oh and I was worried when I saw they only had one pillowcase in the box… what about if when I mess up! Well I didn’t mess up because the stencils and the secret weapon ( the adhesive ) worked perfectly!

Gather your materials. You will need a pillowcase, Tulip For Your Home stencils, stencil adhesive, paint, and paint roller. I also used a plate for spreading out my paint.paint your own pillow case

Start by spraying the adhesive on the back of the all over stencil. Ours was polka dots. If you spray and let it dry ( so it’s tacky) the stencil can be repositioned multiple times. I am glad i did this because apparently straight lines aren’t as easy for me as they should be.paint your own pillowcase and make reading more comfy

Paint. The roller made it so at preschool pick up I wasn’t covered in paint. There was no way my daughter knew what I was making her!paint pillowcase reading fun

Let dry.pillowcase reading

Repeat the adhesive spraying on the 2nd stencil.pillowcase tulip for your home

Find just the right spot and paint. Let dry for a few days.owl pillow tulip for your home

Fill with a pillow, add some books, and invite your child to read quietly. She was so excited to have a new reading pillow with an owl on it!

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Need some books to cuddle up with your new pillow? We have some great lists. Here are five of my favorite books lists:

Books About Strong Girls
Books About Being Different
Books About All Kinds Of Families
Books About Construction

Rainy Day Fun – Indoor Gross Motor Activities

active rainy day activities It’s been raining like crazy all weekend. When it gets like that even here in the Pacific North West  where kids are accustomed to it they get antsy. Antsy kids get into trouble real fast… so keep them busy and learning with these fun indoor gross motor activities. As I was compiling this collection I started noticing how many of the ideas came from Jamie over at Hands On As We Grow instead of just listing her blog over and over I decided to do a round up featuring her work with some of our old favorites thrown in. Pop over to her blog for even more ideas to keep your kids moving and learning  Hands On As We Grow .

 

Obstacle Courses

Learning Obstacle Course
Simple Obstacle Course For Crawlers
Activity Course with Balloons

Scavenger Hunts

hands on as we grow scavenger hunt for kids
Indoor Bug Hunt
Book Hunt
Spy Game Scavenger Hunt    (pictured above)
Rainy Day Puzzle Hunt
Rhyming Scavenger Hunt

Target Practice, Balance, and Concentration

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Walk The Line
Newspaper Throwing
Move & Learn Shape Recognition
Color Toss

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Throw paper at A Sticky Spider Web ( this is one pictured above is one of my favorite posts of all time, anywhere!)
DIY Balance Beam
Spider Web Walking
Family Bowling

Letters, Numbers, and Movement Oh My!

gross motor letter game for kids

Move and Groove Letter Recognition Game
Sight Word Treasure Map
ABC Tape Maze
Word Scavenger Hunt

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Sight Word Match
Indoor Gross Motor Reading Game
Number Maze Inside!
Counting Around The House
How far can you jump? Movement and math!