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    Learning Activities With Dot Stickers

    Sticker learning activities – This afternoon, while I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers, I found a package of dot stickers. These little colorful stickers are not only good for yard sale price tags, they are awesome when it comes to keeping kids busy. There are countless learning activities and crafty projects you can do with dot stickers. I love them because You can buy them at almost every store for little money. They come in lots of bright colors. They are easy to peel off. You can write on them. Fine Motor Skill development I sat down with my son and together we came up with 10 learning activities…

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    Froot Loops Activity Mats

    I designed six Froot Loops Activity Mats for preschoolers to practice color recognition, counting, and fine motor skills. They are free to download and for ages 2 and up. Young toddlers might not be able to count yet, but they can work on matching colors and the pincer grasp. Froot Loops are sweet and colorful. They are not only for breakfast but also good for crafts and activities. The ring-shaped cereal is a great medium to work with if you have kids who still stick everything in their mouths. All you need is cereal and a printer. Lots of cereal if you are working with a little snacker. If you…

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    Mix it up!

    Mix it up! by Herve Tullet is a wonderful book for preschoolers. It teaches about primary colors and what happens when you mix them with each other. The book calls young readers to action: shake the book, squish the pages, mix the colors. It keeps even toddlers engaged and active while learning in a playful way without making a mess. We do like making a mess here and followed along with paint and paper and mixed our own colors. Why don’t you join us for some Mix it up! book activities?! If you are not familiar with the book you can order it here or watch it being read on…

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    Become a Junior Ranger

    Did you know every child 5 years and up can become a junior ranger with the National Park Service? Almost all National Parks in the US offer a junior ranger program on-site. There are also a lot of activities available online. Become a junior paleontologist, archeologist, or cave scientist. They even have a program linked with NASA to become a junior space flight explorer. You can also find coloring pages, activity sheets, and booklets online. Guaranteed hours of fun! We went to Stones River National Battlefield which is basically in our backyard. Here is a list of parks that offer the program on-site: click here. How to become a Junior…

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    Interactive Books for Busy Preschoolers

    Interactive books are great for busy preschoolers. Kids are always on the move. They jump and run all day, and try to figure out how the world works. They have a hard time sitting still and making them listen through a lengthy story can be a challenge, especially in a playgroup or classroom setting. I put together a list of interactive books that will keep the kids engaged, have them jump, press buttons, and save the day! They all have been tested and approved by my preschoolers and own kids. This post contains affiliate links which means that if you purchase an item through the link I will be paid…

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    Virtual Zoo Field Trips

    Is social distancing wearing you down? Are you looking for some fun indoor activities to get you through quarantine? How about taking virtual zoo field trips and visiting your favorite animals on live webcams? Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is the third-largest aquarium in the world. It houses over 500 different species in over 10 million US gallons of water. The aquarium is dedicated to research, education, and conservation. The Georgia Aquarium offers several live webcams and also learning resources and videos. Visit the otters, penguins and majestic whale sharks for a breathtaking experience. San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo opened its doors in 1916 and houses over 4000…

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    Books For Reluctant Early Readers

    Do you have a reluctant early reader in your house? We do. It took a long time for him to pick up the ability to recognize sight words, letter sounds, and how to pull it all together. With a lot of extra help, he is now able to read easy words and showing more interest in books. I made a list of our favorite books for early readers that he can now, at the end of Kindergarten, read on his own or with little assistance. They are mostly packed with a lot of humor to keep him entertained, repetition to make word recognition easier, and are just right for him…

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    Bug Hunt and FREE Printables for Preschoolers

    Bugs are awesome! As long as they are not in my house, car, or in my line of view. They are fascinating and serve a great purpose but they can be slightly scary. Most insects in Tennessee are harmless but if you have ever been confronted with a TN centipede in your bathroom sink at 2 a.m. in the morning you know what I am talking about. However most small kids just adore beetles and Co. My daughter used to love snails when she was a toddler and always brought them into the house. So let’s go on a bug hunt! Catch some bugs! Go outside and explore. See what…