Category Archives: Tot Schooling

Bug Sensory Bin

Easy Bug Sensory Bin

Last week the theme for my class was Buzzers, Hoppers, and More. So I put together a  bug sensory bin that my kids could play with until all of the kids were in the room. This bin introduced them to the theme, allowed them to socialize, was a great quiet activity, and allowed them to use their imagination.

I put this bin together in 5 minutes with the help of my five and three-year-old. Every morning they came in and helped me set up my class for my morning welcome activity. I am going to share with you how one sensory bin over the course of five days can provide lots of learning and how the children retained the knowledge that they gathered each day.

How many bugs can they shove in the box at once.

Fine Motor Skill Garden Boxes

The theme last week in my class was Gardening. So I put together some fine motor skill boxes for the kids. These were easy to set up, didn’t cost much to put together, and are great for allowing the kids to explore if you give no instructions. Out of all the activities that we did that week, this was the kids favorite and led to the most interaction. It’s not easy to keep a toddler’s interest for long periods of time and this activity was able to do it.

Creative Expression Group Activity: Under the Ocean

Oh wow! It’s been a while since I have written. I think I might have forgotten how this goes, but I’m back ladies and gentlemen. I now have a full class and we have been doing lots of fun activities and this week for the Early Education theme we are talking Oceans.

My class did a group creative expression a few weeks ago that they still go and visit on the wall every day. This project works on Fine Motor Skills, Creative Expression, Spacial Recognition, and Social Interactions, and Self- Regulation. Once the artwork is done and up on display, it leads to Dramatic Play.

Name Learning Envelope

Name Learning Envelope

This week for the Early Childhood Team the theme is Mail. We had lots of fun with this theme but I am going to share with you all our name learning activity that actually helped both my girls. I presented my girls with this fun activity that they helped me put together.

How many blocks does it take to fill in this shape

Block Challenge

Today I share with you the Block Challenge. This activity preschool spatial activity was inspired by Jamie of Hands On As We Grow. You should join her Facebook Group, so much fun going on in there that I’m sure you will be inspired. and I thought this would be a fun challenge for my kids to try. In the original post wooden blocks were used, for us we are using Mega Bloks.

Color Sorting Activity

My toddler is in love with her color sorting box I put together for her. So I figured I would present her with a color sorting activity for her to try or not. It proved to be a hit.

Color sorting is becoming a little more easy for my toddler and I am finding her sorting colors all the time,

Arctic Edition: Mother May I? Gross Motor Game

Welcome to another TeachECE Wednesday post. I hope that you enjoyed your holiday break. For our first week back the theme is Tundra (What is that?). I chose to do a spin off of an old game that I use to play as a child that had lots of movement, counting and question asking. It really is a great gross motor game that your child will have lots of fun playing and if you’re having a bad day…. Just try it out and see if your day is still bad after.

Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments

Last week on Thanksgiving my mother in law was cleaning out things that she no longer needed or used and I seen these two beautiful boxes that sparked my imagination. I was tossing everything out the boxes when my 11-year-old point out some nail polishes and told me not to toss them. We kept them along with a few eye shadows and yesterday we used them for a project. We made some Salt dough holiday ornaments for our tree.

Numbers 6-10 Pre-Writing Activity

We have been having  really hectic weeks lately, and it’s been leaving me with less time to plan activities. That’s okay with my girls because they love when we learn on the fly, and that’s exactly what we did with this week’s Early Childhood Education Theme: Numbers 6-10.

 

With no real plan in mind that means I didn’t pull any resources for the week, so I had to use what was at hand. In the end, we ended up with a week long hands-on pre-writing activity that was engaging and creative for both my two and five-year-olds.
Some of the skills we focused on were: counting, tracing and following directions.
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.