30+ Play dough activities for toddlers and preschoolers

30+ Play dough activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Jun 14, 2016 | No Comments

Play dough is one of our favorite play materials: it’s versatile, cheap and engages the little ones on so many different levels. When they’re playing with dough they are exploring their creativity, building motor skills and, of course, developing their language. Here’s my BIG guide to our top 30+ ways to play with dough!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom preschool activities

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom preschool activities

Posted by: on May 27, 2016 | No Comments

This week we’ve been reading and playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, a classic ABC book with great rhythm. After searching Pinterest we tried out an simple sticking craft, a home-made coconut tree board game, a sensory bin, an alphabet matching mat and a coconut tree counting mat: all very easy and helpful for inspiring interest in the book. 

How we homeschool preschool

How we homeschool preschool

Posted by: on May 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

Little children learn so much through play and through everyday routines and events, homeschooling in the preschool years grows very naturally from the experience of caring for a toddler. In today’s post I’m sharing the basics of how I’ve built preschool learning into my three-year-old’s daily life at home.

How to make art with little kids – even when you’re not arty!

How to make art with little kids – even when you’re not arty!

Posted by: on Apr 15, 2016 | No Comments

As long as I can remember I’ve thought of myself as not arty. As a child I had friends who could transform paper into a thing of beauty, but not me. I always preferred words and stories. But art is incredibly important to young children, so I knew I wanted to include it in my sons’ days and help them to enjoy creativity. I’ve been discovering so much with them!

Bird’s nest sensory activity

Bird’s nest sensory activity

Posted by: on Mar 14, 2016 | 3 Comments

Today the bright spring weather took us outside and we collected materials for a simple nature sensory activity: building birds’ nests. This activity was inspired by the beautiful photos shared on The Imagination Tree Facebook page.

 

Painting for toddlers: Spring Green

Painting for toddlers: Spring Green

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2016 | No Comments

Buds are appearing on the trees and the days are getting lighter. Spring is coming, so this week we discovered green by mixing blue and yellow. It was such a lovely moment for the little one and perhaps the first time I saw him take huge pride in a piece of his own artwork. Read on for how we explore colors by painting with the seasons.

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

Posted by: on Feb 24, 2016 | 6 Comments

Our shared garden has lots of stones in it, and it’s been funny to see how much my kids love to play with them, objects so simple and mundane most adults don’t even notice them. I guess stones feel pleasant and are interesting to look at, since they’re all different and close to the ground (like little people). Well, whatever the attraction, we’ve found lots of ways to have fun and learn with stones! And why not? They cost nothing!

Story Stones activity for The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Story Stones activity for The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2016 | No Comments

This week we’re reading The Mitten, by Jan Brett, so I made some story stones showing all the animals in the book. They’ve been great for exploring the story and for imaginative play. Story stones are such a simple way to develop toddler or preschool children’s experience of books, and they don’t have to be a complex craft project if you’re pressed for time, as I was. Here’s how I made and used them:

How to use story sacks  for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

How to use story sacks for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 | One Comment

Sharing storybooks with our children can spark a life-long love of reading, and is one of the best ways to boost language skills. Books encourage a rich vocabulary, and a strong grasp of how words work. In this post I want to talk about how making your own simple story sacks can make time spent reading with your child an extra-special event, supporting learning and the warm, loving experience of sharing a story.