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Play Placemats and Stovetop - closeup of the blue placemat

Play Placemats and StovetopI made these for the kids in my preschool class. They are made out of scrapbooking paper and were laminated. For the placemats I traced around a small plate, cup, utensils, and made a triangle for a napkin to create templates on cardstock. Then I used the templates to trace each shape onto scrapbooking paper. I attached all of the pieces to the placemat with a glue stick and then laminated them.

 

Ice Cream Bucket Frog Totem

Making an Ice Cream Bucket Frog TotemWhen children study certain Native American cultures or read books influenced by native traditions they often create crafts as part of the lesson. This is a page about making an ice cream bucket frog totem.

 

Paper Bag Nature Journal with Collection Pockets -finished nature journal with magazine photos and child's name

Paper Bag Nature Journal with Collection PocketsInspired by lalala...'s post, I made my kids these paper bag nature journals to carry on our walks. There are pockets so they could collect special leaves or anything they'd like.

 

Nature Weaving - child holding his creation

Nature WeavingThis is a fun activity to do with your kids. They can take them on walks to collect things they find along the way. Then once they are finished you can display their collection!

 

Rainbow Nature Hunt - printout of the rainbow colors with cut flowers matching each color

Rainbow Nature HuntCan you find natural items outside that make up the colors of the rainbow?

 

Nature Collection Bracelets - tape on wrist covered with flowers and leaves

Nature Collection BraceletsThis is a fun way to collect items outside, especially if you are out on a walk. First wrap a piece of masking tape loosely around your wrist, sticky side out.

 

Worm Play Mat - play mat with purple Play-Doh worm

Worm Play MatHere is a fun play mat that I created. Kids can make worms for it out of Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, or even paper. If you laminate it they can also draw worms and tunnels onto the mat with a dry erase marker. Enjoy!

 

Trace, Cut, and Draw (Worm) - worksheet

Trace, Cut, and Draw (Worm)I started these with my preschool students as part of our summer remote learning program. Each one relates to the current unit we are doing. It is a great way for them to practice their skills and then do a fun little project at the end. Here is the worm worksheet, if you would like to work on it with your kids, grandkids, etc.

 

Remaking 'The Scream'- montage of the painting and the recreation

Remaking 'The Scream'One of the projects assigned in my daughter's art class was to recreate a famous painting with items found at home. My son loves the painting "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and volunteered to help her in recreating it. They used clothing, blankets, and strips of cardboard to create the background. My son posed as the figure in the painting. I think it turned out pretty amazing!

 

Touchpoint Math Key - closeup of points on 4 - 7

Touchpoint Math KeyMy son is in kindergarten and they have been working on touchpoint math. His most recent worksheets don't have the touch points on the numbers and he doesn't have all of them memorized to do it without the dots.

 

Feed the Monster Math Game - view of the possible coins that can total 5

Feed the Monster Math GameThis is a fun and free addition math game. This concept could be applied to many different types of games including: subtraction, division, alphabets, etc., but here's my example teaching my daughter addition - adding to #5.

 

Crafting Supplies from Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment - heart shapes on white paper from dyed hearts after experiment completed

Crafting Supplies from Baking Soda and Vinegar ExperimentThis is a fun indoor experiment for your kids to do and then you can make a nice card or decoration too. They will be exploring the chemical reactions of baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring - fun fizzing!

 

Making an Egyptian Headdress - smiling child wearing the headdress

Making an Egyptian HeaddressA very last minute activity was assigned to me. This was urgent so I had to gather random materials that could be used to make an Egyptian headdress.

 

Carrot Counting Activity for Toddlers - all done

Carrot Counting Activity for ToddlersThis is a perfect craft that doubles as a learning resource and game to help your toddlers learn to count.

 

Planetary Artwork - finished artwork

Planetary ArtworkOne of the books we (my children and I) read was about the solar system. After reading a book, we like to have a hands on activity. Today's hands on activity is using watercolors to recreate some of the planets. We did Earth, Mars, Venus, and our moon. We used glittery watercolors and it's extra sparkly and pretty (according to my toddler girl).

 

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Heart Shaped Caterpillar Name Puzzle

Heart Shaped Caterpillar Name PuzzleAfter making the caterpillar Valentine's Day card, I thought the concept would be an amazing way for my daughter to learn how to spell her name. She knows her alphabet and that her name starts with a "J", but without having the letters in front of her physically, to complete her name she says them out of order.

 

Ice Cream Bucket Frog Totem - hand holding the finished totem  piece

Ice Cream Bucket Frog TotemMy son's junior kindergarten class put on a play this winter, based on the story of the Rainbow Crow. Each child was one of the forest animals in the story and they each made a totem piece of their animal. My son was the frog and this is the frog totem that we made:

 

Paper Plate Clock - finished clock

Paper Plate ClockThis is an inexpensive learning tool you can make to help your child learn time. This paper plate clock is made with household supplies you probably already have at home!

 

Laurel Leaf Headdress - child wearing the laurel leaf headdress

Laurel Leaf HeaddressHere's another year for my kiddo's United Nations Celebration. This means another DIY costume. His country was Greece and so I'm gonna need a headdress. Mostly they are laurel leaf headdresses, so I'm gonna make one.

 

Movable Reading Card - consonant and vowel game

Movable Reading CardI came up with this idea when I observed my little boy struggle with his reading. I created an improvised reading tool to make it easier for him to read and pronounce the sounds of different letters.

 

Heart Shaped Paper Groundhog - glue all pieces for final groundhog

How to Make a Heart Shaped Paper GroundhogThis is a page about how to make a heart shaped paper groundhog. It doesn't have to be Groundhog Day to make this cute craft with your kids. Cut out paper heart shapes and get started.

 

100th Day of School Paper Plate Gumball Machines  - alternative method is to make 100 dots using a bingo marker

100th Day of School Paper Plate Gumball MachinesThe 100th day of school is often celebrated with games, activities, art projects, costumes, and parties. I think it started because the 100th day is when Kindergarten students get around to counting to that number. One enjoyable craft for the occasion is making these paper plate gumball machines.

 

How to Make Pattern Strips - pattern example

How to Make Pattern StripsOne skill used to foster cognitive development is patterns. Children learn to recognize, complete, and create patterns beginning in preschool. You can either make your own pattern strips or print them from numerous education sites.

 

Rorschach Snowflakes - different design

Rorschach SnowflakesGrowing up, you hear that every snowflake is unique. Whether this is true or not, this craft is perfect for demonstrating that. No matter how many times you do this craft, each flake looks different from the previous one. Kids of all ages have fun creating these symmetric patterns.

 

Christmas Santa sticker game cards

Christmas Sticker Memory GameChildren love to be a part of everything! And with this game, they can choose their own stickers and create their own cards to play with! It will be more exciting to play a game they made. It can be tailored for individual or small group play and for Pre-K and up.

 

Toddler Pom Pom Sorter

Toddler Pom Pom SorterI am always looking for activities to keep my toddler busy. This pom pom sorter is simple and stuffing the pom poms into the holes is great for working on fine motor skills. You can even color around each hole and turn it into a color match game!

 

Three different colored popsicle with matching sticks.

Felt Popsicle Color Matching GameThese cute felt Popsicles are a great tool for teaching your toddler their colors. They also work well for pretend play!

 

Geometry Bird Project - middle school boy holding a Styrofoam bird project

Geometry Bird ProjectMy son recently had to make a sculpture using geometric shapes for his middle school geometry class. It turned out really cute and could easily be the start for a fun crafting project.

 

Apple Stamp covered in red paint

Apple StampsMake apple stamps from a real apple and teach your child about the letter A.

 

Picture Me Craft for Kids

Picture MeThis is an easy craft for kids of all ages and something we just did with the kindergarten class that I volunteer in. It does not take much time but makes a beautiful gift for parents, grandparents or someone special. This craft can be done anytime of the year.

 

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Race Car Game

Race Car GameThis game is simple to make and fun to play. It will also give your kids practice in addition.

 

Magnets in tin.

Baking Tin Primary Colour GameAttach the hook and loop to the back of the tin and hang it at kid level. Place one magnet in each cup. Help your toddler arrange them so the each colour is all together in line.

 

Yellow and purple pages.

Collage "Teach Me" Book For KidsThese books can be made on any subject and your kids can help make them. Cut out pictures from magazines about your subject: colors, numbers, animals, etc. Great for preschoolers.

 

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