Created this Fun Indian Village to teach the kids about the Indian's and how they helped us when we arrived to the Americas. Here are the activities we did and the props I made for this theme.
Start with having them blow the feather on the ground. Then have them blow the feather with a straw. For older ones, it can be a feather race game. Finally, bring out the big blowing guns (hair dryers). Have them blow the feathers across the room. We used dryers with a cool setting.
Music and Movement playdate/lesson
Spring Activities for Toddlers
Sensory Activities for infants
Deals I Found
Check out the deal you get with Oriental Trading. for .51 more you get 4 trays instead of 1. Even better the 4 trays are color suited, as a second function you them for color sorting activities. Oriental has the better buy
Fall Themed Activities for Kids
Looking for ideas on Birthday decor. This decal took 20 minutes to make. I covered it in clear contact paper so it could last several play sessions. Still need to add his jet pack but love the way it's coming out. My boys are totally into Turbo Snails right now.
Sleep Tight Playdate
Also a good lesson for preschool age children
Teaching sounds can be fun with these vienna sausage cans.
Ceiling Activities for Kids
No wonder Pinatas are such a hit at parties. Kids love whacking things. Here's a safer alternative to that dreaded stick used on pinatas. Use Paper towel dowels instead. We duck tape ours with fun colors. Best part is you can hang what ever you want to match the theme of your party/lesson/play date. Use duck tape to suspend all strings from ceiling. It holds up best.
Here's a great recipe for making your own bubbles at home.
DIY Flower Magnets
Created these flower magnets for our spring program. They really brightened up the room and the kids love them! They also act as a learning tool to teach about colors and textures.
Here's what you'll need to make them
Metal can from soup or vegetables 12-14 OZ. Remove the lid with one of those openers that doesn't leave rough edges. Use the lid as your base to hold magnets on one side and flower on other side.
Deconstruct the flower and glue each piece back together with hot glue gun. Glue back section first to the lid and rebuild your flower piece by piece from there using the glue. Adhere the magnets to the back using the mounting tape. Cut the tape around the magnet to form the shape of magnet.
DIY ABC Runner
Our 20ft long ABC run. This is a great activity to learn ABC's and get out lot's of energy. You can sing the ABC song slow or real fast. You can also have the kids land on certain letters. This is a simple DIY project: yellow craft paper, abc print outs and clear shelving liner.
Learn through Play: Pumpkins
Get a big pumpkin, several little pumpkins, tie string to a magnet and then tie to a wooden dowel. And let the pumpkin fishing begin!
Learn Through Play: Street Safety
Fun ways to teach about the seasons
Our season buckets. Here the kids learn about the items associated with each season.
My Favorite Play Dough Recipe
3 cups flour, 1.5 cups salt, 3 cups water, 2tb veg oil, 1 tb cream of tatrtar and any food coloring you have. Cook over low until dough spreads away from the pan. It comes out so soft and lasts for years!
Fire Safety- learn through Play
As a science activity- we used glass jars to teach children about fire and how it needs oxygen. Here we illustrate how fire burns without the lid and how it blows out once the lid covers the jar.
Here the kids watch closely as the fire goes out once the lid is placed.
Fun weather Station for your playroom
This is a fun and cheap way to inspire the topic of weather and how we dress for it. Found the boy and his clothes at Learning Palace.
I covered all in clear plastic shelf lining and added rings to hold the string.
I made the clouds out of cardboard and painted them white. The weather signs are from printouts off the internet and placed them in these cute little frames. We use this everyday!
In a grand effort to give my kids the best foot forward, I have been introducing education fundamentals through play. After reviewing tons of eduction sites, I came up with a weekly curriculum that is used in pricey preschools and day care facilities . Now my munchkins can have quality mommy time and a great education without breaking the bank. It's so rewarding to see the light go on and be there to experience it with them. The effort and time to create these activities is minimal compared to the rewards! Give one a try!
Here are three of our favorite activities where the kids learn to sort colors, letters and numbers with spring related items.
Hay Sensory Play
This is a fun one inspired by the Fall Season. 1 bundle of hay will go a long way. Just place the hay in several containers and let the kids have fun exploring the texture of the hay
Corn Sensory Play