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Solar System Button Snake DIY

Learn about the order of the planets in our solar system with this clever Solar System Button Snake!

It's a great way to intertwine science and fine motor skills for little hands-- perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, or even early elementary kiddos!  

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I am still getting used to the fact that Pluto is no longer classified as a Planet, but a Dwarf Planet.  Poor Pluto!  I remember coming across the names of the EIGHT planets thinking, "Wait!  There is a typo... that's not right!!" but sure enough, other books and a google search said the same thing.  On the bright side, one less planet to memorize?!  Ha!

To make your own DIY Solar System Button Snake, you'll need:
*Please note that the planets were not made to scale*  Books can give you that information; I just created a fun way to learn the order of the planets!

solar system button snake

Begin prepping the activity by printing the Solar System printable included at the end of the post. 

Laminate the sheets for durability and cut out each individual planet and sun.

Cut a slit in the middle of each planet and sun; for this is how your child will thread the ribbon through each planet.

Next, prep the ribbon.  Depending on the buttons you choose to use, you may need to use a needle and thread.  I was able to find two silver stars with holes large enough that I was able to thread the ribbon through the holes and then tie a knot to keep the buttons in place.  

Put a button on both ends of the ribbon.

fine motor skills threading activity

Read a few books about the planets in the Solar System and share the names of each printable planet. 

Solar System Booklist:

Encourage your child to thread the planets on the button snake in the order they appear in our solar system.

Thread the sun on first as all the planets revolve around the sun.

Next, continue with Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

solar system activity for preschoolers

As your child is learning about the planets in our solar system, they will also be strengthening those fine motor skills!  Such a great way to Learn & Play today!!

Here are some more fun ways to learn about the solar system! Enjoy!

>> Print & Download your Solar System Printable now <<

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If you are looking for more fun ways to teach your PRESCHOOLER about space, look into our Space Unit Lesson Plans, which contain 24 more printables & activities!

Space Preschool Unit Lesson Plans

Alphabet Pumpkin Puzzles

I love easy, diy educational activities that I can put together for my kiddos.  

This Alphabet Pumpkin Match is something I was working on with my preschooler recently for our Creative Preschool Pumpkin Theme.  

It is easy to put together, cheap to make, and worked on uppercase and lowercase letter recognition.

preschool pumpkin alphabet puzzles

Recently we were at Target and I found these cute pumpkin die-cuts in the dollar section.  Don't you just love the dollar section at Target?! I conveniently park by that entrance even if what I need is on the opposite side of the store.  You never know what you'll find!  Thus, I bought two packs and saved a ton on ink and paper ; )

This activity is definitely adaptable to other concepts, too.  So if you are kinda over working on the alphabet at the moment, try numbers or use pictures to create opposite or rhyming word puzzles!  Work on reading skills by writing simple CVC words and use the puzzles to work on word families.  So many possibilities!

Preschool Pumpkin Activity

I wrote an upper and lowercase letter on each pumpkin and then cut it in half to create a puzzle.

Once it was ready to go, Little Sis and I spent some time together matching our alphabet pumpkin patch!

alphabet letter matching

What are some fun festive ways you work on letter recognition with your preschooler?
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More Preschool Pumpkin Themed Activities:

More pumpkin fun from School Time Snippets:

Just click the pictures below!

Name Recognition Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity

We love using children's literature to inspire learning.  Here is a fun name recognition activity for your preschooler inspired by the children's book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!  It is also a great way to build fine motor skills.  Enjoy!

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an adorable book for the preschool crowd teaching the letters of the alphabet.  It is one of our Favorite ABC Books for Preschoolers.  Its playful rhyming storyline makes it easy for kids to remember and partake in "reading," too!  You also might love this Alphabet Craft inspired by Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Inspired by the fun colors and "every [letter] running to the coconut tree" I created a name recognition activity for my 4 year old.  This fun activity will help aid him in learning the letters in his name and putting the letters in the correct order.

Preschool Name Recognition Activity


How to Make the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Tree

Begin the activity by prepping the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Tree with your child's name.  

Spray paint or paint the paint stick a dark brown.  When the paint has dried, add dot stickers going vertically down the "tree trunk"-- one sticker for each letter of your child's name.  On each dot sticker, write a letter of your child's name.

Next cut out the greens like a palm tree from green construction paper.  Glue onto the top of the paint stick "tree trunk."

Now assemble the "coconuts."  I colored white dot stickers with a brown marker.  I added a letter sticker to each "coconut."  Next I peeled the dot sticker off and adhered it to the end of the clothespin.  If messed with, the lettered "coconuts" did come off the clothespin; to fix this I would recommend perhaps laminating the coconuts and gluing them to the clothespin.

Once the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Tree has been assembled, place the coconut clothespins around the tree.

If you have the book, set it out along with this activity to peek your preschooler's interest.

Place the activity on the tray and your child is ready to work on name recognition and fine motor skills!  I think clothespins are one of my favorite manipulatives to build fine motor skills; here's 12 Favorite Fine Motor Activities Using Clothespins.

Encourage your child to pinch off a coconut letter from the tree and match it to the letter on the tree trunk.  

Have your child clip the letters of his/her name in order or allow your child to choose the coconut letter to match at random.

This is a great activity to help your preschooler learn the letters in his/her name in a playful, hands-on way!

Helping your preschooler learn his/her name is an important skill during the early years.  Enjoy some more fun name recognition activities:

Pumpkin Patch Preschool Math Game

Make learning fun by playing games to reinforce educational concepts.  With a few materials, your preschooler will work on math skills such as counting, 1:1 correspondence, addition and subtraction, and also fine motor skills in our Pumpkin Patch Preschool Math Game.

preschool math game

Preschool Pumpkin Game

To play you'll need:

  • Two empty egg cartons
  • pumpkin manipulatives {our glass pumpkin were purchased from Michael's Craft Store}
  • die

Each player gets an empty egg carton that will be his/her pumpkin patch.

Depending on what skill you choose to work on, the object of the game is to either fill up the pumpkin patch by working on addition or emptying your pumpkin patch thus working on subtraction.

To Play:

Player 1 goes first.  Roll the die and add or take away that many pumpkins in your pumpkin patch.

Continue until the pumpkin patch now has 12 pumpkins or the pumpkin patch has been "picked."

So simple and fun!

This simple preschool math game works on counting, 1:1 correspondence, addition/ subtraction skills, and more!

simple pumpkin patch preschool math game

Click on the pictures below for more Pumpkin Fun from School Time Snippets!

99 fine motor ideas for ages 1 to 5

Fall I SPY & Graph Printable

Have you been searching for some fun fall learning activities?  Today we are sharing an easy fall printable activity that works on math skills in a fun game of I SPY.  We have made a few other themed I SPY & Graph Printables and my preschooler just "eats them up!"  

Fall Counting Preschool Printable

An activity cannot get any simpler than printing it out and counting the items!  In this Fall I SPY & Graph Printable your child will search for bare trees, red apples, orange leaves, corn cobs, sunflowers, and orange pumpkins-- all the things that tell us fall is here.

Fall Counting Printable

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Along with this printable math activity, check out these fun fall activities to add to your week:

Just grab a Do A Dot marker or some other type of manipulative and your child is ready to count and mark the graph.

Preschool Count and Graph Fall Printable

My preschooler loves a good game of I SPY, which is probably why he enjoys these I SPY & Graph printables so much.  He doesn't even think twice that I am sneaking in some counting and graphing skills!

I SPY games are great for visual scanning, too.  Just how many of each item can you find?
Bare Tree: 4
Apple: 7
Leaf: 2
Corn Cob: 5
Sunflower: 3
Pumpkin: 9

So in a nutshell this activity works on:

Visual Scanning


Number Recognition

Graphing Skills

After your child has found all the fall items and marked them on the graph, ask questions such as:

What has more?  The Bare Tree or Orange Leaf?
What fall item did you find the Most Of?
What fall item did you find the Least Of?

And if the child can understand simple equations, ask the child how Many More pumpkins (or choose another item) to Make 10?

So many ways to extend learning beyond just counting and graphing the items!

Click to print this Fall I SPY & Graph Printable

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