Put A Lid On It !



Nature Jar!

Toddlers and Preschoolers love to find things, this activity uses that natural curiosity and combines it with some fresh air ! We went to a nearby beach but you can do this at a park, forest or even your own backyard!

  1. Gather your materials. All you need is a glass jar and somewhere to discover nature!
  2. Start finding things to put in your jar. My son thought this clam shell was pretty cool but it was too big! I like to put a layer of sand or grass in first and then put larger things on top. With older children I would set out a mini scavenger hunt ( find 3 rocks, 5 leaves, 4 shells…) , toddlers will have a blast just picking things up and popping them in the jar.
  3. I tried to find all different shells, pointing out what color they were to my son, but he was more interested in rocks! Still I was shocked how well he walked along the beach searching for rocks to pop in!
  4. Keep going until the whining or in our case the rain starts.
  5. Pop the lid on and take the nature home with you to recount your day later!

* Recounting an activity is a great thing to do with your child, it is actually a very important skill and is important for early literacy , so sit down even with toddlers and pull out your jar and talk about what you did at the beach/park !

There Is Something In The Water

Fancy Foam Fish

This activity isn’t just about a fancy fish, putting on the sequins one by one is great for fine tuning fine motor abilities! Although some younger preschoolers would love this , I would probably not do this with toddlers, sequins have a way of finding there way onto tongues and into mouths!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of foam sheets, a marker, scissors, glue and some sequins. If you don’t have foam sheets fear not, plain old construction paper works too.
  2. Draw an outline of a fish on one piece of foam and cut out.
  3. Lay the first fish on the second piece of foam and draw a slightly larger outline and cut it out.
  4. Make small cuts into the tail for a 3D effect, don’t cut too far or you may cut the tail off!
  5. Cut a small mouth and hole for an eye. The larger outline underneath will make it look like there is a mouth and an eye! You could also use a gooley eye instead of cutting a hole. Glue the two pieces together.
  6. Add lots of glue dots!
  7. Add your sequins!


Books!

For some great books about Fish click here !

Song!

Shark Attack!


Baby Shark
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Baby Shark
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Mama Shark
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Mama Shark
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Daddy Shark
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Daddy Shark
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Here comes a Swimmer
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Here comes a swimmer
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SHARK ATTACK
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SHARK ATTACK
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No more Swimmer
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No more Swimmer
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Thanks for Dinner
doot doot doot doot
Thanks for Dinner
doot doot doot doot


Name Bugs – Cursive Handwriting Craft

craft for kids

 


  1. Gather your materials. This is such a fun and easy project, all you NEED is something to write with , some paper and scissors. After that grabs anything you have on hand to decorate, paint, sequins, pipe cleaners, sparkles- anything goes!
  2. Fold your paper lengthwise so the fold is on the bottom.
  3. Write your name in cursive handwriting ( This is a great way to get your kids to practice too, I had an after school group doing these with all sorts of words not just their names.)
  4. Cut out around your name.
  5. Open up and see the outline of your bug ( or alien, or butterfly or monster… go with whatever appeals to your child the most).
  6. Get decorating!

* You can also have older siblings write their preschool or toddler aged siblings names and have the little guys do the decorating ! Cooperative projects have long been shown to actually foster cooperation between children, even if it doesn’t always seem to be working that way!

Father’s Day

Father’s Day
Card

I am notorious for forgetting Father’s Day, two years in a row while teaching preschool I quickly grabbed art supplies during pick up time and through together cards for dads! This one isn’t quite so rushed but it is easy!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need two pieces of some sturdy paper or 2 blank cards, some crayons, a marker, glue and a heart paper punch. Oh and your child’s hand!
  2. Have your child color one piece of paper/ one card. I am using crayons because that is what I have on hand but you can decorate it how you see fit. If you are going to do something like paint do step number 5 before this one.
  3. Trace your child’s hand
  4. Cut out, if you want you can add sparkles, or other decorations too!
  5. Using a paper punch punch a heart out of the middle of the card. If you don’t have a pper punch, you can draw a heart and carefully cut it out.
  6. Glue the cut out hand to the inside of the card , so when it’s closed the heart is filled with the hand .
  7. Add your message and you are done!
Books!

Giving Dad a book that he can share with your little one is a great gift, here are 3 you might want to check out!

” Daddy Hugs” by Karen Katz is a cute little counting book for toddlers. I gave it to my husband last year for his first father’s day and my son hated it. However in the year since it’s become a favorite and nothing beats a board book for when toddlers get to that destructo stage.

” The 10 Best Things About My Dad” by Christine Loomis didn’t leave much of an impression with me until I hit #8, which says ” When I am sad he hugs me close . He never says “Don’t cry”. That page won me over, and made this book stand out for me. I love that it’s promoting sensitivity in both the dad and little boy! I think anything that shows such care is worth a look.

“My Daddy and Me” by Amy E. Skalansky is a simple cute book with a repetitive text, and illustrations of various daddy and child pairs. There isn’t much to this book but it still left me with a happy feeling reading it and my son enjoyed it too.

Letter Of The Week ! Ff !

Fluffy Feather F !

This is a super fast and easy craft but it actually hides a lot of learning in such an easy activity. Not only are your children learning about the letter F and it’s sounds, we also snuck in a sensory activity with the feathers!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some feathers, construction paper, glue , crayons and some scissors.
  2. Draw a fat F, if your child is able to have them draw it, it’s better to have them do a wonky F than you doing a perfect one, remember it doesn’t have to be perfect but if you let them do it they are learning even more!
  3. Time to decorate the F with crayons- or markers if you want! I would avoid using paint only because you would have to wait for it to dry before step 4.
  4. Pop on the glue!
  5. Add the feathers. If ou are doing this with a toddler watch carefully for this step, the feathers can get stuck on their fingers and frustration can set in FAST, so before they throw a tantrum and end the activity prematurely try to step in and help .
  6. Cut the F out and glue it onto another piece of construction paper for stability.
Song!

( Please excuse the bags under my eyes, my son is
sick- I have not slept in days!)

Five little Frogs

Five little frogs sitting on a well
One peeked in and down he fell
Froggies jumped high
Froggies jumped low
Froggies jumped everywhere to and fro!


Additional Activities


Purse Full of Letters!

Toddlers and Preschoolers love “finding” things , grab an old purse and pop some foam or magnetic letters in it. Sit down and make a BIG deal about it. Saying ” Woooow look at this bag, it’s got some very very cool things inside. Do you want to see what’s inside?” they will be digging this and sit down excited. Remember at this age we want to use enthusiasm when teaching to a degree that you will probably feel silly but it pays off! Ask your child what each letter is, or what they found, what color it is or if they are past this level you can ask them what begins with that letter!