April 14, 2014

Easter Crafts and Activities

Kids Activities for Easter 

35+ Easter crafts and activities for kids

Easter is just around the corner!  I'm going to be honest, we didn't do too many Easter activities this year.  I'm excited about the upcoming church services I will be taking my children to this week.  Our main focus will be on Christ's death and resurrection, but I also plan to work in a few fun experiments and art projects with the boys.

April 12, 2014

April 9, 2014

Preschool Activities for Spring

Spring Activities for Preschool 

10 hands on preschool activities for spring

It was almost 100 degrees out today, so it feels a whole lot more like summer than spring!  The calendar tells me it's spring, though, so we've been focusing on fun and educational preschool activities for spring.  Here are our recent favorites.

April 8, 2014

Fine Motor Alphabet Match for Spring

Preschool Activity for Spring - ABC Match

Fine motor lowercase and capital letter match for spring

I think it's safe to say that we've gotten our money's worth out of these foam flowers!  They have been the perfect manipulative for J-Bug's preschool activities this spring.  We've used them on our alphabet sticky wall and for our alphabet flower hunt.  Today I'm sharing how we used them for a fine motor alphabet match.  Since I already had the foam flowers and the clothespins with letters, no prep time was needed for this simple preschool activity.

April 6, 2014

Sink or Float

Water Science for Kids

Sink or float with a twist - combining an object that sinks with one that floats to see what happens

Everybody loves the classic sink or float game, right?  We play this often, and my boys especially enjoy finding new objects to test in the water.  We've been having some hands on fun with water science for kids lately including making a needle float.  To continue with our water science theme we put a simple spin on the game of sink or float.

April 5, 2014

April 4, 2014

Alphabet Sticky Wall

Preschool Activity for Spring - ABC Sticky Wall

Create an alphabet sticky wall to work on letter recognition and letter sounds - preschool activity for spring

A couple weeks ago I set up an alphabet flower hunt for J-Bug (4).  He is learning to read and doing well with sounding out short words and blending sounds.  To make the transition into blending easier on him, we've been playing some simple games and activities that reinforce letter sounds.  This alphabet sticky wall only too a few minutes to set up, and it was a fun preschool activity for spring.

April 1, 2014

Colored Bubbles Recipe for Play

Making Colored Bubbles - Water Science for Kids

How to color bubbles - what a simple way to this favorite past time even better!

We've been having so much fun exploring surface tension with some simple water experiments for kids.  While making a needle float (which was the coolest experiment ever) we learned how dish soap makes water stretchy.  To extend the science lesson with a fun recipe for play I set up an invitation to make colored bubbles.

March 31, 2014

Rainbow Ice

Spring Activities for Kids ~ Rainbow Ice Sensory Play

How to make rainbow ice for sensory play

We're back for the final post in our spring activities for kids series with Jaime of FSPDT.  Last week we shared our flower hop, a gross motor game to work on color recognition.  Other posts in the series include making color surprise playdough and painting with mud.  The theme for today is sensory play.  We've made colored ice many times before, and since it's spring and we have rainbows on the mind I made a big sensory bin full of rainbow ice!

March 29, 2014

How to Make a Needle Float

Water Science for Kids - Exploring Surface Tension

Did you know you can make a needle float on water?  So cool!

Yesterday I shared the first post in a series of water science for kids.  The first activity we did to explore surface tension involved a jar of water and some coins.  Today I am sharing a simple trick to make a needle float.  Yep, you read that right.  We made a needle float on top of the water!  It was so cool!  I might have been ever more excited than my boys, or at least equally excited.  This is one of the coolest water experiments we've ever done.