No Time For Flash Cards http://www.notimeforflashcards.com kids crafts, books, and play ideas for children. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Easter Sensory Activities that you can touch, taste, see, smell, and hear! http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/easter-sensory-activities.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/easter-sensory-activities.html#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:59:20 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25597 As a preschool teacher I get asked a lot about how I teach. One thing I usually say is that in my class my students explore with all their senses. This isn’t because of careful planning it’s just a fact. Young children use all their senses to make sense of what they are experiencing. Because […]

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easter sensory activities As a preschool teacher I get asked a lot about how I teach. One thing I usually say is that in my class my students explore with all their senses. This isn’t because of careful planning it’s just a fact. Young children use all their senses to make sense of what they are experiencing. Because that is how they learn we also have to teach that way. Here are 18 Easter sensory activities that are wonderful experiences for all their senses.

easter sensory activities

Marshmallow Easter Bunny – fantastic for touch and taste!
Texture Easter Eggs – explore how the materials feel so different!
Polka Dot Slime – feel it and be amazed at what you are seeing from Fun At Home With Kids
Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Puzzles – Feel the different textures and see the different shapes.

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Shaving Cream Marbled Easter Eggs – use almost all your senses for this activity from Hands On As We Grow
Frozen Yogurt Easter Eggs Make them and taste them.
Easter Egg Sticky Wall – Fun sensory activity from Toddler Approved
Easter Egg Collages – explore silky and smooth textures with this ribbon craft.

sensory ideas for easter
Easter Sound Match – explore sounds with this fun game from A Mom With A Lesson Plan
Shaving Cream Easter Bunny – Get your hands messy with this great craft from How Wee Learn.
Easter Sensory Tub – Dig through spring with this multi-sensory activity.
Paint & Eat Easter Egg Waffles – not only for taste these are visually stimulating too!

easter touch and feel
Soft Cotton Ball Bunny – Make it and feel it!
Fancy Egg Shakers - these shakers from Mama Smiles are visually stimulating and perfect for learning about sound.
Marshmallow Easter Egg - children love the feeling, smell, and not surprisingly taste of these colorful marshmallows.

easter ideas for kids
Peeps Play Dough – I can’t imagine kids NOT wanting to taste this from Kids Activity Blog.
Bunny Color Match – Bright visuals help make this activity a hit!
Easter Writing and Printing with Carrots – explore how carrots, taste, smell, and feel with this activity from Nurture Store.

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Easter & Spring Activities For Kids { Add Your Post! } http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/easter-spring-activities-for-kids-add-your-post.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/easter-spring-activities-for-kids-add-your-post.html#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:50:59 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25594 We are on spring break and can’t wait to try some activities we’ve been saving up. Of course we also have our Spring Break Bucket List { Print for FREE here } . Still I would love to see what you have been up to and what great activities you have to share.

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rp_kids-crafts-preschool-blog-455x34711-455x347111.pngWe are on spring break and can’t wait to try some activities we’ve been saving up. Of course we also have our Spring Break Bucket List { Print for FREE here } . Still I would love to see what you have been up to and what great activities you have to share.

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LEGO Game – Roll, Build, and Create! http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/lego-game-roll-build-create.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/lego-game-roll-build-create.html#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:36:34 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25580 LEGO is huge at our house. Even if some of their marketing to girls efforts miss the mark ( did you read this?), the toy is still amazing for boys and girls. LEGO is creative as well as great for spatial and fine motor skills. This LEGO game is super simple and my kids play […]

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DIY LEGO game for kids LEGO is huge at our house. Even if some of their marketing to girls efforts miss the mark ( did you read this?), the toy is still amazing for boys and girls. LEGO is creative as well as great for spatial and fine motor skills. This LEGO game is super simple and my kids play it often building on to their creations or making new ones. What I love about this game that wasn’t really part of the design was that it’s a great way to kickstart LEGO creations. When kids feel like building but don’t know what to build this game acts as kindling and helps start the fire for bigger ideas. Of course players are also working on subitizing skills ( recognizing amounts without counting – on dominoes, dice, tally marks etc…)  and number recognition. If that is your goal you could use multiple dice for older children and have the add or subtract and match up the sum or difference to the numbered sections. It’s so versatile!

Gather your materials. You will need some LEGO or DUPLO , a divided tray or individual bowls, a die, and a permanent marker.

lego game for kids

Write the numbers 1-6 on the divided tray. Don’t worry you can use a dry erase marker to remove the permanent marker when you are done playing. boost creativity with lego

Fill the sections of your tray with different types of LEGO bricks. You can have your children help you sort them as well. Sorting is an important skill so any time you have to practice is worthwhile. I included a lot of mini figures because in my experience kids tend to create more stories with the figures and my daughter loves to make stories with her LEGO.

lego game for children

Once they are all sorted it’s time to play. Use the center section to roll the die and whatever number they roll is the type of brick they get to build with. lego game for preschool

She was into it immediately.lego games for kids Soon she had an audience and hearing her explain the game to her dad was awesome. lego game for families Understanding multiple steps is important and when she taught her dad she had all the steps down pat! LEGO roll and build math game

One of the great things about this activity is that there is no strict ending point. Kids can stop when they feel their creation is complete or pop it to the side and come back another day. Ours is STILL in our sunroom two weeks after getting it out. I find both my kids playing with it most days.

 

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58 Books Every Preschool Class MUST have http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/58-books-every-preschool-class-must-have.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/58-books-every-preschool-class-must-have.html#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:14:26 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25563 Now that I am back in the classroom teaching I see first hand how useful blogs like mine and so many others are for early childhood educators who are planning lessons. With that in mind I decided to bring together my top books every preschool class must have. I would have loved for this list […]

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must have books for preschool class libraries Now that I am back in the classroom teaching I see first hand how useful blogs like mine and so many others are for early childhood educators who are planning lessons. With that in mind I decided to bring together my top books every preschool class must have. I would have loved for this list to be a perfect catchy number like 50 or 75 but my list ended at 58. It was hard to break it down to such a small list of my personal must have books. I know that you will have many titles to add so feel free to leave a comment with the titles you use in your class.

 

Alphabet Books

animalia by Greame Base

Animalia by Graham Base

eating the alphabet

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlertalphabet under construction

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

chica chica boom boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

 

Awesome Read Aloud Books

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Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

something from nothingSomething From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

I love you stinky face

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

mortimer

Mortimer  by Robert Munsch

Paper_Bag_Princess

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Where_The_Wild_Things_Are

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Press Here by Herve Tullet

dont-let-the-pigeon-drive-the-bus

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!by Mo Willems

 

Books About Colors

planting-a-rainbow

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert

little-blue-and-little-yellow

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo LionniBrown Bear Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

mouse paint

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Counting Books

Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Granny Went To Market

Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

goodnight moon 123

Goodnight Moon 123 by Margaret Wise Brownfish eyes

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Elhert

mouse count

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Books About Emotions, Separation Anxiety and Social Learning

the way I feel

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

it'smine

It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni

Elmer

Elmer by David McKee

toddparr_bedifferent

It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

kissing hand

The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn

No David

No, David! by David Shannon

potty training books for toddles

Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

Owl Babies

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

 

Rhyming Books

( many other books included in other sections also rhyme)
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!by Karen Beaumont

how big is a pig

How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton

My trucks is stuck

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis

one-duck-stuck

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

seuss hop on pop

Hop on Pop  by Dr.Seuss

seuss mr brown can mooMr. Brown Can Moo, Can You  by Dr.Seuss 

 

Shape Books

My-Heart-Is-Like-a-Zoo

My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

perfectsquare

Perfect Square by Michael Hallmouse shapes

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Thematic Books

(There are so many more books but these are my favorites) 

math books for preschoolers

On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl (space/counting)

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (dinosaurs)

snow the mitten

The Mitten   by Jan Brett (winter)

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Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (farm)

House For A Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab  by Eric Carle (sea life/ months of the year)

very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (days of the week,nutrition, bugs)

llama

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino (animals/families)

the snowy day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (weather/winter) 

 

lola at the library

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

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Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee (families)The Family Book

The Family Book by Todd Parr (families)

from tadpole to frog

From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (spring/pond life/life cycles)

Our Stars

Our Stars by Anne Rockwell (space)

Dinosaur Roar

Dinosaur Roar! Board Book by Paul and Henrietta Stickland (dinosaurs/opposites) 

Leaves

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (fall)

i love bugs

I Love Bugs!by Phileomon Sturges (bugs)

Firefighter Frank

Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington (fire safety/community helpers)

earthdaybigearth

Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley (Earth day/nature)

trashy town circle time activity

Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (community helpers)

 

I KNOW you have titles to add. So leave a comment with your must haves or swing by No Time For Flash Cards on Facebook and tell me there!

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Washi Tape Crafts – Easter Egg Banner ! http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/washi-tape-crafts-easter-egg-banner.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/03/washi-tape-crafts-easter-egg-banner.html#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:49:04 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25542 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 […]

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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

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