Water Table Activity – Make A Mess and Explore!

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.

 

Letter Of The Week – Letter T Theme

letter of the week letter t activities Are you doing a letter of the week with your child? If you are here are some ideas for your letter of week letter s week. Can I share a few of my thoughts about letter of the week? I think letter of the week is a fun way to use a little novelty to focus on one letter, but that’s it. Please only focus a small amount of attention on the single letter and continue to focus on all letters as a whole. Letters work together and children learn about letters and how they work when they use them in meaningful ways. Play is meaningful, art is meaningful, and a fun craft can be a mix of both but focusing too much busy work is not. Choose one or two fun ideas from this post then check out the whole alphabet activities after the T crafts and activities.

Letter T Crafts

letter t treasure

3D Letter TTree TTorch tTrain Tracks tTreasure t

Crafts & Activities For T Week

tiger craft

Leaf Rubbing TreeRecycled Painting TreeTiger Puppet

Truck CraftTire Tracks Painting–  Tadpole Craft

Paper Plate TigerTurtle CraftTambourine Craft

Whole Alphabet Activities For Preschool

heart shaped upper case & lowercase letter memory game

Alphabet Road Magnet ActivityLetter Rubbing Board  – Letter Memory Game  – Move and Groove Letters 

Spring Crafts For Kids { Add Yours }

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!



25 Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

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

Play Dough with Popsicle Stick Flowers

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