No Time For Flash Cards http://www.notimeforflashcards.com kids crafts, books, and play ideas for children. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:44:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.4 Water Table Activity – Make A Mess and Explore! http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/water-table-activity-make-a-mess-and-explore.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/water-table-activity-make-a-mess-and-explore.html#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:44:01 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25781 As parents and teachers we often create activities with something specific in mind, then when we add our little ones the activity takes a turn. That is the moment when we can encourage or lose our cool and stop everything and fight against our little charges and get the activity “back on track”. There will […]

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sensory play outside As parents and teachers we often create activities with something specific in mind, then when we add our little ones the activity takes a turn. That is the moment when we can encourage or lose our cool and stop everything and fight against our little charges and get the activity “back on track”. There will be days when the best choice IS to redirect the children and stick to the plan but many more where we can trust our children and follow their learning and exploration.

My plan was to have a desert and swamp water table activity her plan was to explore what happens when things get wet. We went with her plan, I’ll still share mine in case it’s useful for you. water table outside fun

Gather your materials. You will need some sand, rocks, and desert animal figurines for the desert side of the table. For the swamp side you will need water, pebbles, grass clippings, frogs and other swamp animal figurines.

sand in water table

Pour your sand into one side.

water table swampAnd your water in the other. Add all the extras.

 

I envisioned exploring the differences and for a few minutes she did. water table swamp small worldWe talked about the frog life cycle and made snake prints in the sand… and then went off-book and the real fun started. desert snake prints

The kinetic sand went into the water, and out, and in. sand with water in water table

Flowers were added. water table activity for kids

More water!

water table mess

She stirred the water and let it settle, found the animals and hid then under the water again… and kept exploring.

messy water play in water table

Parenting and teaching is a balance of choosing your battles, but it’s only a battle if we choose to look at it that way. If we choose to think about how they are exploring, how they are learning about their world through their senses and following their own curiosity we can battle bigger issues than sticking to the plan all the time.

 

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Spring Crafts For Kids { Add Yours } http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/spring-crafts-for-kids-add-yours.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/spring-crafts-for-kids-add-yours.html#respond Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:16:20 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25777 What are you up to today? After my long run today I am off to teach Sunday school and then collapse ( just a guess). I hope you have had a wonderful week of learning and are planning a great one ahead. I’d love to see all your spring themed crafts, lessons, and science activities […]

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rp_kids-crafts-preschool-blog-455x34711-455x34711111.pngWhat are you up to today? After my long run today I am off to teach Sunday school and then collapse ( just a guess). I hope you have had a wonderful week of learning and are planning a great one ahead. I’d love to see all your spring themed crafts, lessons, and science activities today.

Link them up here… after I get back from church I will be scrolling through them all!



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25 Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/25-mothers-day-gifts-kids-can-make.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/25-mothers-day-gifts-kids-can-make.html#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:09:28 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25765 I have to be honest with you all the years I have been blogging I have kind of loathed making Mother’s Day crafts because it’s just been me making them with my own kids who turn around and give them to me. This year I am SUPER excited because my students are making a super […]

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cheap mother's day gifts kids can make I have to be honest with you all the years I have been blogging I have kind of loathed making Mother’s Day crafts because it’s just been me making them with my own kids who turn around and give them to me. This year I am SUPER excited because my students are making a super cute craft that I can’t reveal yet… I don’t want to wreck the surprise and I know at least a few of my students parents read the blog ( Hi!). Instead, let me share with you some of the wonderful Mother’s Day gifts kids can make mom, grandma, or other special caregivers they want to celebrate on Mother’s Day.

mother's day gifts kids can make

Button Pendants
Tinted Mason Jars by Hands On As We Grow
Recycled Picture Frame
Book Order Bead Necklace
Grandma’s Brag Bag

mother's day crafts for kids to give to mom
Newspaper & Button Flowers
Love Bomb
Make Your Own Kissing Hand Necklace
Finger Print Flower by Nurture Store
Recycled Vase

mother's day crafts for toddlers and kids
Vibrantly Colored Coffee Filter Flowers by Fun At Home With Kids
Napkin Rings
Handmade Stamp Prints by A Mom With A Lesson Plan
Toddler Made Recycled Necklace
Twizzler Necklace

mother's day crafts kids can give to mommy
Milk Plug Ring
Pool Noodle Flower Bouquet
Art Magnet
Sequin Suncatchers
Sandpaper Printed Dish Towels by Toddler Approved

mother's day ideas
Flower Magnet For Mom
Recycled Paper Hearts
Dried Lentil Flowers
Salt Art Jar
Family Flowers

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Play Dough with Popsicle Stick Flowers http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/play-dough-with-popsicle-stick-flowers.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/play-dough-with-popsicle-stick-flowers.html#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:02:20 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25753 I made these flowers for a fun addition to our play dough area at preschool. My four-year-old saw them sitting out before we went to school and had to play. Still in her PJs ( but that’s normal around here right?) she tested this activity out before I took it into my class. The way she […]

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easy popsicle stick flowers I made these flowers for a fun addition to our play dough area at preschool. My four-year-old saw them sitting out before we went to school and had to play. Still in her PJs ( but that’s normal around here right?) she tested this activity out before I took it into my class. The way she played interested me because she turned each color for flower into a family and matched them all up, giving some names and even creating stories about them. I love seeing how sensory play boosts language and literacy!

play dough activity for kids

Gather your materials. My friends at craftprojectideas.com sent me these mini popsicle sticks and foam flower stickers you can use theirs like I did or make your own with adhesive foam sheets. You will also need some play dough.

 

You need two matching stickers for each flower. Peel the backing off one.easy diy toys for play dough

Press the stick into it.flowers for play dough

Peel the backing off the matching sticker and sandwich the two together.

Told you it was easy.

play dough play for kids

PLAY

matching up flowers

I love her little stories. flower playdough activityThe yellow family was off to the Nutcracker with an auntie  grandma, and a good buddy. By encouraging these stories, you are encouraging storytelling which is an important building block for strong literacy later on.

Play dough activity for spring

Books About Flowers

Click over to our books about flowers book list. Click here or the image.

books about flowers for kids

 

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Early Literacy Activities with Slime http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/literacy-activities-with-slime.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/04/literacy-activities-with-slime.html#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:09:55 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=25732 After my daughter and I explored letter recognition and upper and lowercase letter matching yesterday with slime we started looking around the playroom for more items to use with the slime. Immediately we saw the cookie cutters that we usually use with playdough. We started making letter impressions and I knew right away that this […]

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literacy activities with slime After my daughter and I explored letter recognition and upper and lowercase letter matching yesterday with slime we started looking around the playroom for more items to use with the slime. Immediately we saw the cookie cutters that we usually use with playdough. We started making letter impressions and I knew right away that this would be perfect for my preschool class that aren’t quite ready for the tiny little alphabet beads that we used yesterday. They are still learning their letters and these big cookie cutters are perfect for their newly three-year-old hands.

Gather your materials. You will need some slime ( check out this post for our recipe), and some alphabet cookie cutters.sensory alphabet activity

Explore and have fun squishing the slime through the cookie cutters and making impressions.

slime and cookie cutters with gak

As we were playing we discovered that we could also use these cookie cutters to make words. What a fun way to work on spelling words! If you have lowercase cookie cutters that would be even better ( we only have uppercase ones). What a great way to use slime for older siblings and younger siblings at the same time. Here are five basic early literacy ideas you could do using just slime and alphabet cookie cutters :

Place all the cookie cutters on the table and give your child a ball of slime to flatten.

gak with cookie cutters

1.Call out a letter sound and have your child grab the letter that makes that sound and squish it into their slime.

2. Call out a word and have your child spell it.

3. Call out a word and have your child spell a rhyming word in the slime.

4. Call out a word and have your child squish the letter that makes the initial letter sound into the slime.

5. Just let them play with the letters and slime. Trust me they are learning.

sensory activity that promotes literacy

 

How do you use sensory materials for literacy learning? Leave a comment and tell me how or pop over to No Time For Flash Cards Facebook Page and tell me!

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