P is for Play!

P is for Play. One letter and only one part of the ABCs of Teaching Preschool. Deborah of Teach Preschool has hit an amazing milestone on Facebook: 20k fans. Yes, that’s right, 20,000 fans! I’m thrilled to be included in Teach Preschool‘s celebration! This is only one post in a collection of the “ABCs of […]

Fine Motor Activity: Cutting Straws

As a learning activity to help Henry learn to use a scissors better, I set out the above items on his play table during his nap. It includes straws, Magic Loops [plastic strings], and a pair of child scissors. I really didn’t expect Henry to be as excited as he was when he woke from […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

Outdoor Play : Scavenger Hunt

It has been a while since I made a scavenger hunt for Henry. This time I wanted Henry to be more self-sufficient at it. So I made a scavenger hunt guide with pictures [as well as the word]. Another fun way to do a nature scavenger hunt is to go on a nature walk scavenger hunt […]

It’s Playtime! : Colors

Henry has learned his colors long ago. He has also learned the different shades of green, blue, pink, purple and other colors. We’re just learning what happens when you mix two colors together. [I do think he has what blue and yellow make together figured out though!] There are lots of fun ways to implement learning about […]

Preschool Technology : Keyboard Lesson

Opening a Word document and letting Henry have free reign with the computer keyboard. Never thought a preschooler could have so much fun. And learn a thing or two in the process! Getting comfortable with a QWERTY keyboard is new to Henry. The letters aren’t alphabetical like his toy laptop. Finding letters was somewhat of […]

Fabric streamers free play!

Free Play : Fabric

Yesterday’s basket of fabric scraps that George explored, turned into some exploring from Henry, as well. The entire basket, of course, was dumped onto the floor immediately. Henry began sorting the fabric scraps by color. At least that’s what he told me. He was collecting the blue fabrics. He hoarded his collection behind him. Telling me […]

Outdoor Play : Firewood Sculpture

Henry got to camp overnight with Grandma and Grandpa last weekend. We joined them for the night for fire-cooked pizzas and s’mores. Before building the fire, a giant stack of firewood was begging to be played with. Henry and I began to build a sculpture. [Mostly assembled by myself, with Henry's assistance.] Balancing the firewood […]

Letter Learning Activity with the ABC Mat!

Using an ABC Mat and ABC Blocks, a letter learning activity is formed! Letting Henry lead the way, we put the ABC mat together in order of the ABC’s and 123’s. He used his hammer to pound in each of the letters to their corresponding blocks. Once the mat was together, we gathered our Melissa and Doug […]

Flour piping sensory activity for kids

Flour Piping Sensory Activity for Kids

After seeing the sand piping bags at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, I knew it was a sensory activity that Henry would love to get messy doing. Minus the sand, we made our own flour piping bags. After our Free Play : Stirring and Mixing activity, I couldn’t let Henry miss out on mixing together the flour and water. […]