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Counting Mini Eraser Rabbits Sensory Bin

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Made a trip to Target recently and I just love how they conveniently situate the Dollar Spot right  in the front; never mind that I know exactly what side that spot is in when I pull into the parking lot and always park over there!

As I dug through the bins, I found these oh so cute mini eraser bunnies.  Mini erasers make great hands-on math manipulatives and/or manipulatives for this fun  preschool fine motor game.  I grabbed the last two bags left to create some sort of math activity for my preK and K kiddos.  I ended up creating a super cute math inspired sensory bin-- Let's Count Bunnies!

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preschool counting sensory bin with mini erasers

The Easter bunny may be gone, but with the spring weather on its way, I forsee seeing a few bunnies in our yard soon.  I can already hear my daughter when she spots a rabbit, too... "Mama, can I go out and catch it?"  I know if I tell her, "sure" she may just be determined enough to actually catch one! So I gently discourage her if you know what I mean.

These little mini eraser bunnies will just have to suffice!

Fun Preschool Counting Math Game


I created a printable with four ten-frames.  This way you are able to work on counting to 40, or beyond if you print out more than one sheet.  You can also use this to practice counting by 5's or 10's.  Ten frames are great for visual learners!

preschool counting sensory bin with mini erasers

Materials:



To set up this math inspired sensory bin perfect for spring, begin by adding shredded paper to a plastic container; I used a shoe-size container so that it could easily be stored and/or switched out when not in use.

Add in desired amount of mini eraser bunnies and carrot manipulatives and you have made yourself a little carrot patch!

math inspired sensory bin using mini erasers

With the printable handy, encourage your child to dig through the "garden" to find the mini eraser bunnies.  When your child has spotted one, use the tweezers to pick up the bunny and place it in a box on the ten-frame printable--- great way to sneak in fine motor skills!

Continue searching for mini-eraser bunnies and then count!


Click to download the Ten Frames Printable.

If you aren't able to find mini eraser bunnies, the printable can be used with other sets of mini erasers, too!

Easily fill your week with these other garden themed learning activities:


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Easy Last Minute Easter Craft for Preschoolers

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Usually I make a plan to fill our week before a holiday with some fun and cute seasonal crafts for the kids; however, this year... I have completely dropped the ball.  Easter is fast approaching and I've only managed to set up one Easter craft!  Tsk! Tsk!!

Thankfully it was super simple so with just hours before your Easter gathering, you can set this craft up for you kiddos, too and it's mess-fee!

With just a few simple materials, have your kiddos craft up an adorably simple Easter egg wreath.

preschool and toddler Easter wreath craft
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It cannot get any simpler than a paper plate and Easter egg stickers!  Bonus that it also works on fine motor skills, just like our popular Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft we did a few years ago.

Easy Easter Craft for Kids


Materials:



I found the foam Easter egg stickers at Hobby Lobby, so if you have one near you.... go ASAP!

An adult will need to do a little prep work first.  Take a pair of scissors and poke into the center of the paper plate. I found it easier to cut the paper plate with the backside of the paper plate towards me, so flip it over and use the slit in the paper plate to cut out a hole.

easy toddler Easter craft


Once the paper plate wreath has been prepped, invite the kiddos over to decorate the wreath with the foam Easter egg stickers.  Just peel off the backing and stick to the edge of the paper plate.

Arrange the Easter egg stickers in a pattern-- overlap them-- use just the big or small Easter eggs...  decorate the wreath to your liking!

easy Easter craft for preschoolers

When your child is all done using the foam stickers, cut a small piece of ribbon and tie it around the paper plate so that the Easter wreath can be displayed for all to see!

So easy!
So adorable!

easy Easter wreath craft for kids

Hope you and yours have a lovely Easter!  And after the egg hunt make sure you save those plastic Easter eggs to use for these fun activities:




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Clip and Spell Color Words

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I love receiving surprises in the mail-- you know, "happy mail" and I am not talking about finally receiving my online orders! Ha!  

Just those random letters or boxes that show up unexpectedly; those are the best.

Our latest way to make spelling fun was made from materials that came from some "happy mail."

learning to spell color words preschool literacy

We received some goodies from CraftProjectIdeas.com and my kiddos spent that afternoon using a variety of materials from our surprise box creating all sorts of things.

Spelling Made Fun


After finally getting a chance to dig through the box of craft goodies myself, I set aside some colorful craft sticks to use in this easy spelling activity.

I must have had colors on my mind after reading two super cute color themed books-- Elmer and Bear Sees Colors because I set up a simple Clip and Spell activity focusing on color words.

Supplies:


Prep the activity by writing a color word on each colored popsicle stick.  We used the colors, red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple.

Next, I wrote out the color word on a clothespin-- one clothespin per letter.  Yes! That was a lot of clothespins!

In keeping with the color theme, I wrote the letters in the color they were to be clipped on.  Thus, the clothespins that spelled "red" were written in red marker, and so on.

learning to spell color words preschool literacy

I had a large enough tray so that each group of clothespins had their own section.  I mixed up all the letters and put the colored popsicle sticks in the middle.

The object of the activity is to have your child clip the letters in the correct letter on the popsicle stick.

learning how to spell color words fine motor activity

Your child will get a lot of practice with letter recognition and become familiar with the correct spelling for each color word.

Have your child continue working on fine motor skills as he/she clips the clothespin letter on each popsicle stick.  If you are a fan of clothespin activities as well, try one of these 12 ideas to Boost Fine Motor Skills!!

spelling words with clothespins

Clip and Spell Color Words is a great way to make spelling fun-- and is great for those that aren't into writing yet.  All the while STILL building fine motor skills.

With this simple spelling activity, your child will begin to recognize the colors of all the words of the rainbow!

You might like these clothespin activities, too:

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9 Story Inspired Crafts Your Kids Will Love

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So I feel like there are a few things ya'll should know about me...  I love creating and sharing sneaky learning activities AND I LOVE crafts and learning activities based on children's literature.  There are so, so many great books out there to extend the story through purposeful play or hands-on activities.

And the dear Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art has put together a fun list of crafts inspired by children's stories!  Welcome, Maggy!!

9 Story Inspired Kids Crafts

There's nothing like adding in hands-on activities or easy kids crafts to bring children's books to life! Making a cute little craft or acting out a story with props helps children process the parts of a story and enhance their learning. Plus, they are getting great fine motor and problem solving practice while crafting, too.

That is why we love fairy tale crafts and book inspired crafts at Red Ted Art. And I've decided to share nine of my very favorites with you today!


9 Story Inspired Kids Crafts



Here are some super fun ones for you to try out:
  1. These Toilet Paper Roll Crowns were inspired by The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch, but the cute craft could be paired with so many other children's stories or fairy tales, too. And won't the finished crowns inspire some awesome imaginative dramatic play?!
  2. Make up this 3 Little Pigs Story Telling Prop Set to bring this classic tale come to life. The kids will love huffing and puffing with the big bad wolf while they retell the story over and over.
  3. Are your little ones Hairy MaClary fans? With this easy craft, children can make their very own Hairy MaClary Dog! He would make a fabulous reading companion. Plus, he's a marionette, so he can go for walks with littles, too!
  4. Here is a story-inspired kids "craft" that is yummy, too. After reading Duckie's Rainbow, by Frances Barry, have your child help make some beautiful Rainbow Cookies. What better way to bring a book to life than through little tummies!
  5. Have you and your kids discovered the book, Shapes that Roll, by Karen Nagel and Steve Wilson, yet? You'll want to get your hands on a copy so you can pair this fun Monster Cards craft with it. And they are so fun to send to special people through the post, too!
  6. If your little one loves animals, you may already know about the adorable book, Who is Hiding?, by Satoru Onishi. Well, how about playing a little hide and find fun with a handcrafted TP Roll Zoo?! These loo roll zoo animals would be a fun craft to pair with any number of other animal books, too.
  7. Your little dinosaur fan will adore this creative Digging up Dinosaurs activity inspired by the book, The Berenstain Bears' Dinosaur Dig. No, it's not exactly a craft, but it's just too fun of a hands-on activity to leave out.
  8. Inspired by the silly book, Doug the Bug that went Boing!, this handmade Doug the Bug game will get the kids moving and giggling in no time. And it's so easy to throw together for rainy day fun.
9 Story Inspired Kids Crafts

So many of the crafts and creative activities in the list above would pair with other books and stories, too. Pick an easy kids craft from the list and head to the library to pick out a children's book of a similar theme. Or start with your child's favorite book, and check Red Ted Art for more book inspired craft ideas!


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Paper Plate Math Facts: Math Inspired Busy Bag

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Got a paper plate?  And a couple of clothespins?  Then you are set to make an DIY Math Facts Busy Bag.

This playful math activity is great if you need a fresh new way to practice math facts.  No need to drill and kill!

This simple, hands-on math activity is adaptable for any math fact.  In fact, master math facts for one number or several!

hands-on math facts addition practice

My kindergartner has recently been working on learning her math facts up to 5.  

To focus on addition facts +2, I put together this simple math activity that doubles as a busy bag.  

Math Facts for Kids


Use it when you need a few minutes to prepare lunch, while working with another kiddo, or while you are traveling in the car.  It's super versatile and easy to put together.  

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For more playful math facts practice, read these:
See & Spray Number Game
Post It Notes Addition
Number Bonds with Cars