January bring a new year and all things winter in preschool! We’re all about cold weather (that we don’t get to experience where we live), snowmen, and PENGUINS. Now that it’s the new year, we’re also focusing on writing skills in my preschool classroom. Our penguin pre-writing tracing cards are the perfect way to combine it all! Penguin Pre-Writing Tracing Cards I am so excited
Creating learning activities for preschoolers does not have to take much time or energy! Keeping things simple is where it’s at! As I begin prepping my preschool classroom for the beginning of the school year, I have been collecting supplies that can be used multiple times throughout the school year. When I came across the cutest mini clothespins recently, I immediately thought of apple stems!
This never gets old. NEVER. My big kids at home are as intrigued as my preschoolers when it comes to this simple science activity. We have done different versions of this baking soda reaction experiment, but creating lava during our dinosaur theme may be the most creative to date. And my preschoolers went crazy for the imaginative play aspect that was involved! Affiliate links
Avoid the bugs, sweat, and mess, and bring gardening inside! Put those gardening skills to use with our planting carrots sensory bin. Simple play ideas, especially sensory bins, are a great way to encourage independent play because there is no definite outcome expected. Your child gets to play and strengthen fine motor skills, and practice sorting and counting without needing step by step help from
Whether your child is into exploring the night sky, rocket ships, or even just “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” this activity is perfect to set up! Sticky walls are one of my favorite ways to play with toddlers and preschoolers. They take little time to set up, and you can use almost anything to stick and sometimes re-stick. So if you’re looking for a way to
When I change out activities, manipulatives, and pretend play areas in my classroom, I am always looking to add in a couple of super simple activities that involve very little prep and can almost instantly become independent learning centers for my preschoolers. When I’m the only teacher in the classroom, this helps my classroom management too. And if you’ve ever tried to accomplish any small
As young children begin to identify letters, practice making letter sounds, and using those sounds to come up with initial letters in words, they are building many pre-reading skills. Simple ideas, like this identify and stamp activity, can help strengthen these skills in a fun way! Affiliate links included in this post. Getting Ready to Stamp Beginning Sounds Prepping this activity take just minutes!
Don’t put away all of your Christmas supplies yet! Just as I was finishing packing up the rest of my December materials, I came across our felt trees that my preschoolers decorated with buttons and foam circles. We have been working with dice and numbers, so I already had most of the items out and on hand for this math roll and count activity! This
We’ve reached the second half of the school year now, and my preschoolers can all recognize their names. Each morning, they find their name tags, hang them up, and sign in on our dry erase board. Now that they’ve mastered recognizing their names in print (and even spelling them verbally!), we’ll be working on recognizing the individual letters in their names. I’m not a fan
In my preschool classroom, we have our favorite Christmas books that we have been reading over and over again. Some are based on the traditional meaning of Christmas and some are just for modern day fun. All are well loved. And I just love watching my preschoolers read their own versions of the stories to each other! Our plastic egg baby Jesus ornament was inspired