Beach Themed Activities

beach activity daycare It’s summer… well it will be in a few days and I am ready to go to the beach! We are heading to the beach later this summer but until then we will have to create our own beach with these beach themed activities.  I have never blogged about it but one of my favorite and simple as can be beach themed activities is to paint shells.

shell crafts for kids

Grab some shells, water colors , paper towels, and paint! After you do that check out the ideas below for more fun.

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Shell Picture Frame
Paper Plate Sun
Beach Sensory Tub

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Shell Memory Math Game
Mermaids
Sea Urchin

Shell Sorting
Shell Sorting
Paper Plate Crab
{Safe} Beach Glass Sensory Play

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Bubble Wrap Starfish
Sandpaper Sun
Shell Letters

ocean themed crafts
Paper Bag Jellyfish
Beach In A Jar

 

What is your favorite beach activity?

21 Playdough Activities

preschool playdough ideasPlaying with playdough is our go to activity. We add bugs, googly eyes, buttons… use cookie cutters, scissors, even a garlic press while playing. Playdough is wonderful for fine motor development and creative play. I like it because it’s relaxing! Here are 21 playdough activities perfect for your preschooler.

 

Recipes for homemade playdough and my favorite Gluten Free Playdough

Playdough Sculptures
Playdough Bug Fossils
Footprints In The Snow – Winter Playdough
Learn The ABCs with Playdough

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Playdough Lego Prints
Fill In The Blank Spelling With Playdough
Playdough Battleground
Playdough Bakery Pretend Play

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Embellished Playdough Animals
Explore Emotions with Mr. Playdough Face
Fruity Scented Playdough
Digging for Buttons in Playdough

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Alphabet Playdough
Playdough Kabobs – Fine Motor Fun
Silly Hair – Playdough Play
Playdough Bugs
Drinking Straws + Playdough

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Playdough Rainbow – Color Sorting
Slicing Watermelon Playdough
Practicing Cutting With Playdough
Playdough Earth

 

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

Active Learning Activities for Boys and Girls

active learning activities for kids Some children will show a great need for kinesthetic learning while others like my son will just need a balance. After a full day of auditory and visual learning at school I like to provide that balance. He’s polite, mature and eager to learn at school ( or so they tell me). At home he tackles, bumps, shoves and begs to wrestle. I’m fine with this but I know that when I try to supplement his school day learning with more activities at home I need to make them dynamic. No matter how your child learns best giving them lots of different ways to learn will benefit them.

Here are some of our favorite active learning activities. These activities let kids move while they learn. Many are outdoor but most can be done indoor or out.

gross motor letter game for kids

Basic Letter Games

Move & Groove Letter Game
Gardening For Letters – Dig and Learn!
Sidewalk Chalk Letter Game
Build With Letters
Letters On The Go

letter activities spelling with sidewalk chalk

Word Games For Early Readers
Word Scavenger Hunt
Indoor Gross Motor Reading Game
Sidewalk Chalk Spelling Game
Sight Word Yard Clean Up!
Find & Rhyme gross motor rhyming game.

nerf gun backyard math for kids
Moving with Math
Nerf Gun Math
Water Balloon Math
Cheese Ball Math
Counting Around The House
Find & Count Bug Hunt

nature color hunt

Colors
Indoor bug hunt and color match.
Nature Color Match
iPhone Color Hunt

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Not So Still Science
Egg Drop
Sound Safari
Squirt Gun Science

29 Fun Shape Activities

shape activities for preschool Learning shapes is much more fun when it’s hands on. Creating shapes, creating with shapes , and playing games with them are all great ways to learn what shapes look like and how to make them. These shape activities are fun, dynamic and your kids will love them. These are some of my very favorite shape activities along with a few from Tinkerlab , The Imagination Tree, and Kids Activities Blog.

shape art for kids

Heart Rainbow Wall. Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day.
Shape House. Fantastic for basic shapes and little hands.
Shape Dinosaur. Make shapes exciting for your little paleontologist.
Shape Sorting. An easy introduction for young preschoolers.

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Pegboard Rubbings. Simple quick shape activity that kids love.
Shape Ninja. If you have Lego fan this might look familiar!
Tracing Circles from Tinkerlab
Shape Sail Boat. Set sail while learning about geometry.

shape painting
Sponge Painting Shapes. Perfect for even the littlest artists.
Shape Pizza . Add shape toppings to your circle crust.
Sandpaper & Felt Shape Matching – contrasting textures make this more than just shape matching.
Shape Bulldozer. Bulldozers are rad!

garbage truck shape craft
Shape Trash Truck . Perfect for those kids who go batty on garbage day.
Shoot and Spray Shapes – fun outside activity.
DIY Geoboard A perfect hands on way to make shapes while working on fine motor skills.
Shape Banjo. Great way to mix math with art and music.
Shape Castle. Make it big and detailed or simple just don’t forget the glitter!

ocean shapes mural
Ocean Shapes Mural – cooperative art project using shapes.
Shape Printing with Paper Tubes from The Imagination Tree
Shape Firetruck. Firetrucks were the big thing around here for a long time.
Shape Snake . Make a little one or a huge long snake full of all sorts of shapes.

mining for shapes
Mining For Shapes. Play pretend while learning about shapes too.
Shape Skyscraper. Sort your shapes and make a 3D building with them.
Shape 4 Leaf Clover. Get ready for St.Patrick’s Day with this fun shape craft.
DIY Shape Sorter from Kids Activities Blog

glow in the dark starry sky paintings
Glow in The Dark Stars – These really glow!
Shape Princess. For your princess obsessed kiddos.
Shape Bat – Great for Halloween or for a unit about nocturnal animals any time of year.
Shape Scarecrow – This guy is too fun not to include!