6 Lego Duplo Preschool Activities

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Looking around my children’s playroom it’s easy to see what the favorite toy is. It’s Lego Duplo. Even though my oldest who is 7 has been playing with classic Lego for years now he will still happily play with Duplo with his little sister. Creating castles, forts,bridges, airports, guns, and our favorite Hex-bug mazes! Playing creatively with Duplo is the bulk of what we do with the toy but these colorful and sturdy blocks are also wonderful manipulatives for learning. Here are 6 Lego Duplo preschool activities we have used for fun and learning. Click through the title to be taken to the full activity post.

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1. Color Sorting with Duplo lego painted wrapping paper

2. Painting with Duplolearning with duplo for preschool

3. Replicating Structureslearning with lego

4.Measuring with Duplolearning with lego3

5.Duplo Playdough Printsduplo building game

6.Building A Rainbow With Duplo

Lego Books For New Readers

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Calling All Cars

City Adventures, No. 3: Calling All Cars! (Lego Reader, Level 1) by Sonia Sander was the first Lego book we checked out from the library a few years ago. We’ve since bought the book because my son loved reading it and could do it without any help in preschool.  The story is a simple one about a bank robber and the police that must save the day. Stories like this really appeal to young kids because they are so black and white. The bad guy stole money , now the good guy will get him! What I love about them is that they involve him even more in the Lego world, and after reading he does go and create more.

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LEGO City: Ready for Takeoff! (Level 1) is not just a cute book for Lego fans but also for anyone taking a trip by plane to get their kids ready for what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the details and how well it helped us prep my son for air travel. We got it for a trip from Seattle to Chicago we took a few summers ago and it was an instant hit. The text is a great mix of sight words, words that need to be sounded out and the illustrations are wonderfully helpful for kids needing visual clues for some words.  Even if you aren’t going on a plane any time soon this is a good book all about air travel, and it just happens to also be set in Lego City.

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LEGO Kingdoms Defend the Castle (DK READERS) by Hannah Dolan is another Lego book that we’ve had for years but never makes it into the donation box.  This one is about two feuding groups of knights and there is an evil wizard in there too. Knights are a big part of my son’s pretend play so I knew this book would be a hit when I bought it. I like the vocabulary in this book, my son loves big words and I find him repeating the words quietly to himself as he practices the pronunciation.  It makes me happy to know he is reading what he wants to but I don’t have to worry that he isn’t being stretched as a reader or reading complete drivel in an attempt to read what he’s interested in.

How do you play with Lego Duplo at your house?

 

 

15 Winter Crafts & Activities For Kids

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winter crafts for kids Winter may not technically be here for a few more days but last week sure felt like winter !  I thought I would take a break from all the Christmas posts and share some of our favorite winter crafts and activities for kids. Some of these are really old and it’s fun to look back at how little my kids were but it’s also great for all of you looking for activities for kids of all ages. I hope you can find some fun.

Cork Painted Snowflake 
Simple Penguin Craft
Winter Sensory Tub & Fine Motor Play

winter activities for kids
Arctic Ice Sensory Tub
Cotton Ball Snowflake
Winter Train Table Play
Hole Punch Snowflakes

hot chocolate math for kids
Hot Chocolate Math
Writing Letters In The Snow
Cupcake Liner Snowflake Garland

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Footprints In The Snow Winter Playdough
Marshmallow Snowflake
Letter Snowman
Winter W
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Alphabet Crafts For Kids

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I like to create alphabet crafts with kids because it gives children a chance to make the letters and become familiar with their shapes before they are able to master writing them.  One of my main goals with very young children is to let them get comfortable with letters so letters are accessible and not something mystical that only big kids and adults use to read and write. Letters are for everyone and aren’t just part of the alphabet in perfect order.

Most children will become familiar with the letters in their names or other significant letters first and even though it’s most useful for kids to learn lowercase many recognize uppercase first because most toys and book targeted at toddlers include them. My advice is to use what your child knows and introduce the rest ( upper and lowercase) at the same time through play. Above all else have fun creating and getting creative while learning the alphabet. Here are some of our favorite creative alphabet crafts to add a little letter learning into your craft time.

 

Family Letters
Letter Monsters
Alphabet Cookie Cutter Painting
Letter Pizza Craft
Flower Letter Garden
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Alphabet Photo Magnets
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree
Funny Font Letter Collages
Alphabet Mural
Monogrammed Napkin Rings
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Letter Constellations
Letter Snowman
Magic Letters
Letter Watermelons
Disappearing Letters

In addition to these 15 alphabet art projects you can also dive into my more than 50 letter of the week crafts. We have uppercase crafts for every letter ( many more than one) and many lowercase letters too. Check out our Letter of The Week page for links to every letter.

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Easy Ghost Crafts & Activities For Halloween

easy ghost crafts for kids

Even though Halloween costumes have been out in the stores for a month I still feel like it’s crept up on me. My youngest and I made a really cute Halloween craft yesterday that I will post it soon but today I wanted to share some of our favorite ghost crafts and activities.  Yesterday we got our Ghost Bottle Bowling game out and played for the first time since last year and it was just as much fun as it was when we first made it. Here it is with 10 other easy ghost crafts and activities.

 

Contact Paper Ghosts
Puffy Paint Ghost
Ghost Bottle Bowling
Banana Ghost Treats
Haunted House Math
Collage Ghost
Potato Print Ghost Garland
Marshmallow Ghost
Cookie Cutter Ghost Painting
Ghost Sugar Cookies
Sponge Painted Ghosts

 

Do you have a ghost craft to share? Add a link in comments!

 

 

25 Playful Ways To Work On Fine Motor Skills

 fine motor skillsAs parents we sometimes take things like reading and writing for granted.  For our young kids these skills are huge hurdles in the first few years of formal education. Whether your child is educated  at home or in a school much time and effort is spent on these basics. Working on fine motor skills can help your child develop the hand strength and dexterity they need for handwriting. Tracing letters over and over again isn’t the only option you have . These playful fine motor activities that will develop their skills while they have fun learning . Other than these fun educational ideas some toys that promote fine motor skills include Lego, Perler beads , and lacing cards.

Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Dry Erase Mazes
Cork Board ABCs
Bead & Spell
Alphabet Glue Tracing
Button Excavation
Unwrap & Count Corks
Pound and Learn Hammering
Clothes Pin Patterns
Feather Color Match
Nuts & Bolts Spin Spelling
Simple Cereal Bird Feeders
Paint Chip Color Match
Q-tip Painted Easter Eggs
Nature Cutting
Button & Cork Builders
Playdough & Bead Animals
Lock & Key
Playdough Kabobs
Rhyming Peg Board
Shell Sorting
Letter Rainbowing
Dry Erase Word Search
Design Your Own Lacing Pattern
Cereal Bracelets

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