• Crafts

    “Stained Glass” Apple Craft

    Fall is so close and I can’t wait to go pumpkin picking and decorating. Summer is long in Tennessee and October has become my favorite outdoor month. We will be going to an apple orchard next week and to get us in the mood we made a stained glass apple craft. It takes a tiny bit of preparation, toddlers will definitely need help with cutting but elementary school children can master this craft all by themselves. Stained glass apples look very pretty when hung in the window and the light shines through them but they are also cute as general Fall decor. Stained Glass Apple Materials Apple Template, printable below…

  • Fun

    Lunchbox Printables for Kids

    The first day of school is always a big change for kids and parents. Everything is new, kids are suddenly on their own and might miss home. To make separation a little easier you can put one of the lunchbox printables in this article into their bag. They will find the sweet little note during their lunch break and know you are thinking about them. I didn’t see a lot of lunchbox notes in preschool but when one my students found a note it caused a big smile and excitement. So even if your child can’t read yet, a little picture, a heart shaped sandwich or post-it note are more…

  • Books

    The Best First Day of School Books

    No matter if you are going to preschool or fourth grade, the first day of school is always a little scary. New teacher and a class full of kids you don’t know yet. Maybe even a different school or you have never been away from Mom and Dad before. This can create a lot of excitement and in some cases a bit of anxiety, also for parents sending their three-year-old to preschool. We made it a tradition to read a First Day of School book the night before the first day. Here are our favorites. This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission for purchases…

  • Fun,  Learn

    12 Fun Science Experiments for Kids

    Science experiments are not boring at all. There are so many fun and hands-on activities you can do with preschoolers and older that will leave them fascinated and asking for more. Here are 12 experiments to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of science. 1. How to make a Galaxy Jar This Galaxy Jar looks magical! The Inspiration Edit shows you how to make this Galaxy Jar with a few easy ingredients. You can choose your own colors to make different looking jars. The page also features Galaxy Playdough and a yummy galaxy treat. Hop on over to The Inspiration Edit for some galactic fun. 2. Magic Milk Science…

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    Fun Sticker Activities

    Kids love stickers. I have never met a child that didn’t love them. Stickers make things pretty, they are great as rewards, to help over a small injury, and to keep kids entertained for a few minutes. There are so many fun sticker activities you can do, the possibilities are endless. I have to admit, I have a little bit of a sticker addiction. Every time I run into pretty, funny, or useful stickers I just have to buy them. Since I bought a Cricut I also learned how to make my own, which is really neat. When I substitute in elementary school I give them out as rewards for…

  • Fun,  Learn

    Craft Sticks Busy Bag – Shapes and Patterns

    Sometimes you just need a few minutes of peace and quiet to talk on the phone or you are sitting in a restaurant and the food isn’t coming and your four-year-old is getting antsy. This is when it is time to pull out a busy bag and most of the time the problem is solved. Yes, cellphones and tablets are a great distraction too but a busy bag is a hands-on activity where kids can create, play, and also learn. What is a busy bag? A busy bag is a small activity in a Ziploc bag or a little box to keep your child entertained for 10-15 minutes. Most activities…

  • Learn

    Goldfish Math Cards

    A few days ago I posted a goldfish cracker game to practice addition. Today I want to show you another way to make counting fun: with Goldfish Math Cards. They are a great way to practice simple equations, number recognition and you can also make up your own math problems. What is in the Goldfish Math Cards File included The file includes a fishbowl page, 4 pages of task cards, and one sheet of blank cards that can be usedd to make up your own math problems. The equations are simple addition and do not go beyond number 10. Other cards are listing numbers to be counted out, which is…

  • Learn

    Goldfish Math Game

    When it comes to preschool and Kindergarten there are a ton of fun activities you can do to teach your child numbers and counting. My kids used to bring home math homework games in Kindergarten. Since neither one of them is a big fan of homework I tried to make it more interesting by trying to make it visually more appealing to them. Today’s freebie is a Goldfish Math Game that my son still likes to play. He loves Goldfish crackers so there is some extra motivation. All you need to do is print out the page and laminate it. Lamination is not required but it makes the game more…

  • Crafts,  Learn

    Rhyming Dust Bunnies Book Activities

    Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is another wonderful book by this beloved children’s book author. We meet Bob and his friends who love to rhyme. Bob though can’t find the right words and that upsets his friends. But Bob has a very good reason for his behavior: he is trying to save them! If you do not know the book you can order it from Amazon or watch the narration on YouTube. Why is rhyming so important? Rhyming is an important skill for children approaching Kindergarten. The ability to recognize and produce rhyming words is an important phonemic awareness skill – of working and playing with language and sounds.…

  • Learn

    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…