Easy Painting Activities For Toddlers

art ideas for toddlers I was digging through my own archives the other night as I was lesson planning for my preschool class and found a bunch of posts I’d forgotten about. I found exactly what I needed for my lesson plans and decided to share some of what I found with you as well. These easy painting activities for toddlers are all great for children who are just starting to explore with art. They are open ended, easy to do with one or 10 kids, and let children explore. For more art ideas for toddlers ( and big kids) make sure you are following us on Pinterest and Facebook! 

Do you have a favorite art activity to do with toddlers? Link it up or tell me about it in comments. My children aren’t toddlers anymore but I am always looking for new ideas for my classroom.

art activities for toddlers

Cork Printing
Fly Swatter Painting
Baby Block Painting
Painting with Bugs

toddler painting activities for daycare
Sponge Painting
Pumpkin Printing
Letter Cookie Cutter Printing
Bath Poof Painting

easy painting ideas for toddlers
Splat Painting
Toy Track Painting
Cookie Cutter Prints
Garden Vegetable Printing

toddler printing and painting ideas for preschool
Pot Scrubber Painting
Rubber Duckie Printing
Feather Painting
Painting With Water

painting ideas for young toddlers
Animal Track Paintings
Glass Sponge Painting 
Potato Masher Painting
Painting With Sound

Halloween Lego Challenge

Halloween Lego Challenge for kidsSince we posted our first Lego Challenge for preschoolers my daughter and I have been doing these little challenges a lot. They are simple to put together and she loves them. I decided to kick it up a notch and try a themed challenge. Halloween is just around the corner so I decided to go with a Halloween theme. It took a little bit of trial and error to get the items built , I think they were harder for me than her! I made 4 different challenges and she did 3 first thing in the morning and then the last before we left for preschool. When you child is doing a harder challenge be on hand to help but try to attack it as a team. I find that frustration levels are much lower for us when I say ” This is tricky what do you think we should do next?” vs ” Let ME see if I can help you.”

Gather your materials. You will need some Lego – when I create these little challenges I build both at the same time then dismantle the one I want her to build. I just grabbed all the Lego I could find in our bucket that were the colors I thought I needed.  You may also want a divided tray too.

halloween lego challenge supplies

Make your scary Lego creations! We made a pumpkin, ghost, Frankenstein, and candy corn. I am not including patterns because these are all odds and ends pieces. I just want to INSPIRE you to make your own and present the activity the same way. Halloween Lego Challenge big

After you have made your creations make sure that you have the exact pieces to create another. As I said above I create them at the same time which means I often run upsatirs to dig through my son’s room for more so everything is exactly duplicated.

Present the Lego with one guide and all the pieces to create the matching piece.

halloween Lego challenge for preschool

Challenge accepted!

Halloween Lego challenge for kids

She needed a little help with some of the building but not as much as I thought she would. She is methodical about where she starts and how she builds them up. I know who will be putting together all the IKEA furniture in our house in a few years! I thought the ghost was going to be the hardest but the candy corn was not because of the pattern but because the pieces were small and her four year old fingers had to work extra hard to get those tricky pieces together even though the pattern was simple for her to follow. Halloween Lego challenge for girls and boys

After a quick change for school it was time to make “ghosty”.

LEGO challenge for halloween

When she was done she immediately started taking them all apart so she could make me a challenge. Taking apart Lego is great for building hand strength too so I am all for it!

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For all of you who read Link & Learn but don’t link up I hope it’s a useful one stop shop for you. I know I use it for great things to pin to my Pinterest boards and share on Facebook. I even go back to old Link & Learns from years past for ideas.

If you are new and want to link up but are a little nervous, don’t be. Everyone with posts that are useful for families and children are welcome. Jump right in.



Word Building With Letter Magnets & Word Families

word family activity with letter magnets As children get a firm grasp on letter sounds they will be able to manipulate those sounds to create new ones.  My daughter has been playing with letter sounds for a while ( I think she is desperate to catch up to her big brother) and rhyming is one of her favorite things to do. All of her time rhyming has definitely helped her be able to isolate and substitute sounds and I wondered if she was ready for some word families. She was. I chose the word families that we used in this activity ( all, ap, at, it ) because she can sound them out without help. I wanted her to be able to build the words without me, because you are using masking tape you can easily switch up the word families as your child develops.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some masking tape, some letter magnets ( try to find ones that are fully magnetic instead of having little magnets glued on the back to be safe) , a cookie sheet, and a marker. The older brother overseeing the activity is completely optional. word building word families with magnets supplies

 

Add a few strips of masking tape on your cookie sheet.Write the word families you want to work on with your child. You can do a few or stick to just one. Here is a list of the 37 most common word families. word building with magnets

Take a few moments to have your child sound out the word families for you to make sure that this activity will be challenging but not impossible. When we give children challenges they grow but if we give them impossible tasks we end up discouraging them and sending them the message that learning is too hard for them. word building with magnets

 

Add a bunch of letter magnets ( I had 3 packs available) and help your child do the first modeling sounding out the word family and then adding the first sound and sounding out the word again.  Then let them at it.word building with word families

She started adding the magnets then sounding them out with her brother overseeing under strict instructions “To let her do it herself.” Sometimes she’d add one that didn’t make sense, he’d shake his head ,  and she’d just remove it and try with another letter. After a few letters he declared he wasn’t needed and left. I left words that she sounded out but might not know the definition of like pall. Even though should couldn’t tell me what a pall was she was sounding out the words correctly so I decided to leave it be. When kids are a little older I would ask is that a real word? Then ask them to look it up to find out.word building with letter magnets

I am so happy I caught this picture. After she made a word it was so amazing to her she turned to me saying ” Mama I did it again!” as if the other times were just flukes. I LOVE moments like this when kids take ownership of their abilities. She KNEW she could do it at that moment and continued to build the rest of the words.word building learning is fun

We will do this again soon with a few of these word families and mix in one or two new ones. Remember kids love repetition, it feels good to know what to expect and it gives them a chance to master something.word building with magnets and cookie sheets

 

50 Halloween Craft Ideas For Preschool

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halloween crafts and activities Halloween in my favorite holiday to create crafts and activities for. There are so many different themes like spiders, bats, ghosts, pumpkins, mummys and my favorite Frankenstein! I know you will be able to find great Halloween craft ideas and activities from this list. Don’t forget to read some great Halloween books after craft time. If you need some suggestions check out our favorite Halloween books here.

halloween craft

Easy Mummy Craft 
Contact Paper Ghosts

Halloween Math - Count and Fill
Count & Fill Frankensteins
Halloween Graphing

pumpkin craft
Feel & Learn Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

haunted house math activity for kids

 

Haunted House Math 
Halloween Patterns 

shape bat craft for preschool

Easy Bat Craft 

Simple Halloween Sensory Tub

easy halloween craft

Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Easy Peasy Jack-O-Lantern Stencils

muck monsters

Monster Muck Sensory Play 
Ghost Sugar Cookies

halloween game for kids

Ghost Bottle Bowling
Glittered Pumpkins For Toddlers

candy corn counting math activity for halloween

Candy Corn Counting 
Cookie Cutter Ghosts

halloween craft

Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Pumpkin Playdough

preschool math

Monster Math 
Flyswatter Monster Paintings

halloween crafts for toddlers

Texture Collage Ghost
Pumpkin P

Marshmallow Skull Craft

Marshmallow Skull
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern

eyeball painting halloween craft for kids

Eyeball Painting
Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath

easy halloween cookies

Easy Spider Cookies 
Candy Corn Sort & Glue Craft 

pumpkin dry erase

Dry Erase Jack-o-Lantern
Pumpkin Prints

Frankenstein Craft

Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Pumpkin Playdough

Halloween Sensory Tub
Halloween Sensory Tub
Marshmallow Counting and Ghost Craft

puffy paint ghost

Puffy Paint Ghost
Googley Eye Monster Math 

bat craft for kids

Hand Print Bat Craft 
Banana Ghost Treats

Monster craft
Messy Monster Craft
Recycled Halloween Wind Socks 

ghost potato prints

Potato Print Ghost Garland
DIY Monster Blocks &  Memory Game 

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Magnetic Haunted House 
Witch’s Hat Treat 

gross motor activity for kids

Spider Web Walking 
Minion Halloween Dress Up 

halloween estimation jars for kids

Spooky Estimation Jars
Frankenstein Magnet