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Simple Preschool Art Tools: Glue!

A simple way to use glue with preschool kids at home and school.

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More Simple Fine Motor Art Tools

Two More Simple Fine Motor Art Tools We started talking about simple fine motor art tools in my last blog post.  Now, let's explore a couple more ideas.  The art area of your home or classroom naturally encourages fine motor development.  As kids use the tools you...
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Simple Preschool Fine Motor Arts and Crafts Tools

Get back to basics with simple tools for your preschoolers, at home or in a classroom. These simple art tools provide great fine motor benefits.

More Simple Fine Motor Art Tools
More Simple Fine Motor Art Tools

Two More Simple Fine Motor Art Tools We started talking about simple fine motor art tools in my last blog post.  Now, let's explore a couple more ideas.  The art area of your home or classroom naturally encourages fine motor development.  As kids use the tools you...

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Simple Preschool Fine Motor Arts and Crafts Tools
Simple Preschool Fine Motor Arts and Crafts Tools

Simple Fine Motor Art Tools (Part I) Simple fine motor tools for preschool kids are so important to add to your home and classroom.  And having tools that encourage fine motor development in the art area is incredibly easy.  Art is done (mostly) with the hands, so art...

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Let’s Play: Ducks!
Let’s Play: Ducks!

Preschoolers Like Ducks In my experience, preschool kids dig ducks.  And anytime a preschooler likes something, they're bound to learn a lot as they play with that thing.  So let's give them lots of duck stuff to do!  Preschool duck activities galore, right here for...

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Let’s Read: Preschool Number Recognition Activities
Let’s Read: Preschool Number Recognition Activities

Number Recognition Preschool number recognition is more of an early reading skill (symbols have meaning, and this symbol is a 5, and this one is an A... ) than a true math skill.  It's when kids get the idea that a specific number symbol refers to a specific quantity...

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Preschool Binoculars: Let’s Play!
Preschool Binoculars: Let’s Play!

Homemade Binoculars! Simple as pie, but endlessly fun for a preschooler, homemade binoculars could be the start of all sorts of amazing adventures at home or at school.  There are several ways to make them, but I always like to stick with easy and cheap.  So, recycle...

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Let’s Play: Preschool Train Activities
Let’s Play: Preschool Train Activities

Preschool Train Activities for All! I have a feeling you might have a train-loving kid or two on your hands...  If you do--or even if you don't--the collection of preschool train activities, train books and train toys below is sure to have some winners that will get...

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Let’s Get Squishy: Frozen Paint Preschool Art Activity
Let’s Get Squishy: Frozen Paint Preschool Art Activity

Keep it Simple I've always loved preschool art activities that provide tons of variety and learning value. So here's a simple way to expose kids to science, art, fine motor, cognitive and sensory experiences all bundled up in one!  Freeze! So, from the title you know...

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Let’s Move: Cutting Straws!
Let’s Move: Cutting Straws!

The Fine Motor Dilemma Some kids just really aren't into cutting--or possibly any fine motor activities, for that matter.  But fine motor skills are really important, and the earlier kids start getting playful practice with them, the better.  Those tiny finger and...

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Let’s Play: Timing Activities!
Let’s Play: Timing Activities!

Preschool Math Activities For preschoolers, time is a tricky subject. And like most things it is best learned through regular old life experiences and play. Today I'm sharing a simple activity that you can do anywhere and any time.  Use it at home when you need a...

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Let’s Sing: Portable Songs and Games
Let’s Sing: Portable Songs and Games

Drawing a Blank As a preschool teacher and nanny, you need to know a lot of preschool and toddler songs.  There were probably 5,798 times that I needed to sing a quick song or play a quick game to keep 'my' kids entertained.  And 10,874 more times I couldn't for the...

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Parking Spaces!
Parking Spaces!

Simple Preschool Math Activities I've written before about how easy it is to build early preschool math skills as you play with the kids.  And here's another fun and playful way to incorporate math into your little ones' lives.  (This is probably an activity best...

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Homemade Books!
Homemade Books!

Ahhhh...Books! As is probably evident from my last blog post featuring JBrary, not to mention the way I go on and on about early literacy, I love a good book! And so do most kids I know... Kids also love to create things and feel important. Mix all of that up and...

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Let’s Get Squishy–Scents and Textures at the Easel
Let’s Get Squishy–Scents and Textures at the Easel

A Staple in the Classroom or Home Have you been using the easel lately?  In all my years of teaching, the easel is something I just couldn't do without!  I won't go on about it's many benefits, but if you don't have one in your classroom or house, I highly recommend...

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Librarian Love
Librarian Love

About 2 years ago, I was in a little bit of a Circle Time funk.  If I had to sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider one more time, or twinkle my little stars for the trillionth time…  I mean, I actually love both of those songs—but come on.  I needed to freshen things up.  As a...

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The Best Dinosaur Gifts for Preschoolers
The Best Dinosaur Gifts for Preschoolers

Got Dinosaurs? If you’ve got a preschooler in your life, you’ve likely got a dinosaur lover, too!  And there are TONS of dinosaur preschool toys and books out there.  Over the years I’ve seen them all...  Since the variety can be overwhelming, here’s a short list of...

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5 Calming Holiday Preschool Activities
5 Calming Holiday Preschool Activities

Holiday Chaos Holidays can be hectic times for toddlers, preschoolers and adults alike.  But it’s important to involve young children in family and community traditions and celebrations. These holiday preschool activities and toys will help keep things calm while...

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How To Choose Fine Motor Activities for Your Preschooler
How To Choose Fine Motor Activities for Your Preschooler

Fine Motor How To Are you worried that your toddler or preschooler isn't developing the fine motor skills to be able to write “on time”?  Well, the good news is that you’re probably worrying about nothing!  If you’re providing lots of play opportunities, reading...

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2468KIDS!
2468KIDS!

Rachel Arnold Sager is the creator of 2468 kids.com.  She has been breaking the rules that say girls should only wear flowers and boys should only wear blue for a number of years. Instead, she creates clothing and artwork that illustrate and encourage the natural...

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5 Screen Free Dinnertime Activities
5 Screen Free Dinnertime Activities

It's Dinner Time! When it’s time to make dinner (or fold laundry…or put your feet up for two minutes to relax…) the temptation is strong to switch on the TV. Or give your toddler or preschooler your phone with a fun app. Gah—you just want some screen-free play options...

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Build Your Preschooler’s Math Skills Through Play
Build Your Preschooler’s Math Skills Through Play

Preschool Math through Play? Playing is fun, and you read everywhere that “play is learning”.  Well, great—you definitely want your kids to be learning as they play!  But can your child really learn preschool math through play?  Is it as simple as just sticking a toy...

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The Only Play Dough Recipe You’ll Ever Need!
The Only Play Dough Recipe You’ll Ever Need!

Play Dough at home or in a classroom... Soft and squishy, bright and colorful--what's not to love about play dough?  Upon entering my preschool classroom, it was one of the first activities the children were greeted with each day.  And it was one of the most popular...

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