Category Archives: Preschool

Exploring Numbers 0-10 Pretend Garden Meal

Pretend Garden Meal

Welcome to another Early Childhood Education Wednesday post. Where the Early Childhood team shares free themed hands-on activities that you can try with your early learner. Last week we explored Shapes and this week we are exploring Pretend Play. At the bottom of this post, you will find more pretend play ideas for your early learner.

Life kind of got the best of me the week before and I didn’t have much time to put into planning our homeschool week. So, I put together a few simple activities using only pretend food to keep them busy and allow me time to play catch up during the week.

With these activities, we worked on language skills, writing, numbers 0-10 (written, number words and 1:1 Correspondence) and a few other skills that just popped up through play.

Explore a plant eating dinosaurs stomach and learn how long it takes to digest their food with this simple project.

Plant-Eating Dinosaur’s Diet Exploration

Hey Guys, I have a review for you. I was sent 1000 Extreme and Extraordinary Dinosaur Facts by Discovery Kids, published by Parragon Books, a couple of months ago to review as part of a Book of the Month. (While I’m compensated for this, all opinions and activities for this book are my own.)

Let’s get into it. This book was a winner when I first opened it because it was dinosaurs, my girls are major dino heads. We cracked it open right away and they started to wow at the images and infographics. This book has some beautiful images, and the facts that are inserted in the images stand out but doesn’t take away from the pictures.

20 Fall Pumpkin Activities for ages 2-5

With Fall comes beautiful Pumpkins. My children and I love playing, baking, and creating with pumpkins. The smell of them when they are uncooked fills the air and you know it’s fall. The feel of insides gushing through your fingers as you squish their insides in your hand. The taste of the pumpkin seeds after seasoning and baking in the oven on low. Pumpkins provide so much delight to the senses and they are a classic staple of Fall here in Midwest America.

When I was looking for ideas to do with my girls for fall I automatically started to hunt for pumpkin activities, and boy did I find them. Here is a list of some of my blogger friends and I pumpkin activities that we have been able to enjoy with our kids. All of these are hands-on activities and can provide your child with lots of fun.

0ver 20 budget friendly pumpkin activities for children ages 2-5.

Family Roles Craft and Activities

Welcome to another Early Childhood Education Wednesday post, where a team of homeschooling and educational bloggers share free hands-on learning activities for you to try. Last week’s theme was Teddy Bears, this week’s theme is MY Family.

Last week we talked about family and one of the activities that my girls liked the most is the one that they are still wearing right now as I type this up. This activity has my four-year-old spelling the words sister, and almost daughter.Family roles bracelets and activities for kids aged 2-5 .

20+ Fall Leaf Crafts for Ages 2-5

Fall is here, Fall is here! We love Fall over here and one aspect in particular that we enjoy is the changing of the leaves. The girls enjoy going on walks In the crisp air with baskets and picking up leaves. Sometimes the problem for me is what to do with all the leaves that they find. Well, this year I asked around for a little inspiration and, boy do I feel inspired after reading through these wonderful crafts.

As you know I try to keep all crafts that I share budget friendly. So all of these are good to do if you are working with a small budget. Not all of these crafts use real leaves or uses leaves at all.

Autumn/Fall leaf crafts for children ages 2-5

Teddy Bear Alphabet Activities

Teddy Bear Alphabet Activities

I thought that this was going to be a dud week because we had been hunting/missing the postal delivery man daily (seems like when I want something to hurry this mess happens. Please tell me I’m not the only one), but nope. So, I am going to share the fun that we did have with these quick and easy Teddy Bear Cards I made for the week and our Teddy Bear Book.

Alphabet Activities

Measure with leaves. Measuring with non-standard units of measurements.

How Long Am I? Measuring With Leaves

Welcome to another Early Childhood Education Wednesday post, where a team of homeschooling and educational bloggers share free hands-on learning activities for you to try. Last week’s theme was Numbers 0-5, this week’s theme is Fall STEM. (If you are looking to find out more about what STEM is )

I had this great idea that we would measure things around the house after a nice trip to the library for a fall read and a walk with our baskets to collect leaves.

Reality: Woke up looking a hot mess, the severe asthmatic kid couldn’t breath, the 2-year-old has been having crazy crying fits, there is dog hair everywhere and it’s making my allergies not respond well to antihistamines and I got a sick kid who can’t make it to school. So the library trip was a no go.

My girls were still up for a project (That’s what they call the lessons we do). It just so happens that I ran to our Dollar General a couple of days ago looking for some fall decor. Leaves were a part of this purchase.

Home-made color counting book and activites for preschool aged kids

Counting Colors Book and Activity

Welcome to another Early Childhood Educational Wednesday post, where a team of homeschool and education bloggers share some free hands on lessons once a week. This week’s Theme is Colors, last week we covered All About Me. This week I am sharing about a oops on momma’s part that turned into a fun lesson

I was going to do a craft with the girls. When we went to grab some materials we discover that we had no brown pom poms to work with. 🙁 That means momma needs to go to the store and, I don’t do store runs unless I have a nice list.

So to figure out what other color pom poms I needed, I pulled out our color cards (given to me by my best friend, I laminated them to keep them safe to pass on). We laid them on the table and the girls went and grabbed one pom pom of each color. From there they figured out which colors were missing.

After we figured what colors were missing we looked at our jars and guessed which colors we had the least of. To see if we were right we placed all the pom poms on their colors, then counted each color.

Preschool Theme: All About Me

All About Me Booklet

Welcome to another Early Childhood Educational Wednesday post. This weeks Preschool Theme: All About Me , last week we covered Teaching Responsibility.

We had a very fun week learning all about ourselves. I tried to present activities that both of my girls could participate in. Each one got something different out of each activity and with each activity they discovered a few new things about themselves and that makes me happy.

 

With our “All About Me” topic I touched on

  • Name
  • My Body
  • My Likes
  • Family
  • Emotions

 

We put together an All About Me book for each of the girls and we took our time putting it together. So by the end of the week we had a nice sized book that covered a few areas about that I touched on.

Teaching ABC's hands on activities

How We Learn Our ABC’s

Wow! I can’t believe that I have been blogging this long where I am able to share with you the many ways that we have learned our ABC’s. The subject this week for the Early Childhood Education post is Learning the ABC’s, last week we shared Making Friends. today I’m excited to share how I worked with my younger two for learning their ABC’s.

To be honest I was not the first who taught any of my kids their ABC’s. All of my girls learned from watching TV. We use to watch WTTW’s Sesame Street (before it became PBS Kids and Sprout) and they taught my girls their ABC’s first. Of