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Fingerprint Math Activity: Counting Fish Bubbles

Here's a new math activity that my preschooler just loved!  It was great for reinforcing counting skills, number recognition, and 1:1 correspondence.  We brought out some paint for this fingerprint math craft to Count Fish Bubbles.
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What you'll need:
construction paper
scissors
blue paint
glue

Begin by prepping the activity by cutting a fish bowl like shape out of blue construction paper, two or three fish, and some green sea-weed.  Add your paint and glue to the tray and invite your preschooler to first assemble the craft.
Choose numbers that your child is working on-- in our case, it was 9, 10, and 11.  I wrote a number on each fish.  Little Sis was to identify the number and make that many fish bubbles around the fish using her fingerprint.
Continue counting and making fish bubbles until the craft is complete!

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Top 10 Homeschool Room Essentials

We have been blessed with an extra room in our house that we have designated as the school room, however, we often "do school" throughout the house.  I am a firm believer that learning happens anywhere and everywhere.  So whether or not you have a designated school room, here are 10 essentials to have in your homeschool room or around the house!
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In no particular order, here are my Top 10 Homeschool Room Essentials to make sure you have ready to go for this upcoming school year.
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 Laminator .  When we began Big Brother's 4K homeschool year, I started without a laminator , but when Christmas came around I realized it became a must with all my printing!  And now, several years later I can re-use all of the printables I used for big brother with my younger ones!  It has definitely become a staple in our homeschool!  Oh, and while we are at it, don't forget an extra pack of laminating pouches!  You might just get a bit obsessed.... you've been forewarned ; )

Map/ Globe.  A world/ country map and globe will be a must for your history and/or geography lessons!  There are plenty of maps to choose from, but definitely buy one of the States {or country you live in} and the world.  And get it laminated!!  Some days my kiddos are geography nuts and ask "Where in the world is..... "  and it is so resourceful to be able to just head on over to our map and point it out!   Or look for the States and World Map in a fabric print!  We were gifted with a yard of each, and they can easily be put away, laid on, or if you are crafty make it into some sort of blanket!  If are learning countries this year, a neat addition is to make Flag Garland as a keepsake and/or to review!

Shelves and/or 10 Drawer Organizer.  Not gonna lie, I am a bit obsessed with shelving units!  We have shelves in our school room closet, a large 9 cube shelving unit, and a three shelf unit.  And I definitely wouldn't say "no" to another one!  {Well, maybe I would... as there might not be room for us then! ha!}  But shelves are a great way to display books, tot trays, preschool activities, craft supplies, puzzles, games, etc. etc!

The 10 Drawer Organizer is great to use for a Workbox System {check out our free Workbox Labels!} or I originally used them to hold Little Sis' Puzzles and games.

Wall Calendar.  I am loving this dry erase wall calendar!  I have always wanted to keep up with some sort of calendar time with Little Sis, but have yet to be consistent and our cheap paper calendar didn't last long.  With one in view, your child will learn calendar skills, counting, days of week, etc!

Manipulatives.  Our school room closet is filled with manipulatives-- buttons, gems, plastic ice cubes, pom poms, etc etc!  They are great to have on hand for math, letter recognition, and crafting!  Check out ways to use them to make math fun in your homeschool!

Chalk Board.  We have a dry erase/ chalkboard easel and my younger ones love making marks, drawing pictures, letters.... anything.  It is a great item to keep in the corner to keep your little ones busy!

Dry Erase Board.  Along with our chalkboard/ dry erase easel, we have a giant magnetic dry erase board and if you are an All About Spelling User, this. is. a. must!

Table and Chairs.  Kinda  a no-brainer, right?!  Make it easily accessible and have plenty of room for everyone, whether that means each child has their own "desk" or a large surface everyone shares.  And if you have space, add in a comfy chair or floor pillows for an extra space to do work.  School work doesn't need to be confined to a table!

Pencil Sharpener.  Have one handy, you are gonna need it!  And make sure you are stocked up on pencils.  I've heard amongst other homeschoolers that ticonderoga pencils are. the. best, or for fun pick up some Smencils!

Bible Verse.  Last but not least, have a school room motto or bible verse to keep you inspired and refreshed.  Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart.  Some days are long. Some days are stressful.  Some days are just plain not fun. So help steer attitudes in a positive direction  and know that homeschooling is a journey and that we'll need the Lord's help daily every step of the way!  See how we displayed our Verse of the Week two years ago.

For more inspiration, check out our homeschool room!

This post was part of the Top 10 Back to School Ideas Blog Hop!  See more posts below:
Top 10 Nature Study Supplies | Rhythms of Play
Top 10 Back to School Math Activities for Kids | Little Bins for Little Hands
Top 10 Back to School Science Activities | Preschool Powol Packets
Top 10 Back To School Printables | The Pleasantest Thing
Top 10 Tips for a Stress Free Back To School Organization | Words n Needles
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Fine Motor Alphabet Basketball Game for Active Kids

Our latest alphabet activity gets your active toddlers and preschoolers moving, learning, and strengthening fine motor skills.  This was such a great movement activity working on letter recognition and could be used to work on several other early learning concepts.  Get ready to shoot some hoops in this fun Alphabet Basketball Game.
This was such a great movement activity working on letter recognition and could be used to work on several other early learning concepts.  Get ready to shoot some hoops in this fun Alphabet Basketball Game.
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Fine Motor Alphabet Game for Active Toddlers and Preschoolers

To set up your alphabet basketball game, you'll need:
Basketball Hoop {or basket of some kind}
ABC Basketball Printable

Once you have printed and cut up the printable ABC Basketballs, spread them out all over the floor. Call out a letter and have your child find it and crumple it up to make a ball.  If necessary, also have flashcards or some kind of letter manipulative handy so that your child knows what letter to look for if he/she is unsure.
Crumpling the paper is such a great way to practice fine motor skills!  My little guy really had to work at manipulating the paper when we first began, but soon became a pro!
Take the crumpled "basketball and shoot in in the hoop!  Score!
Just download our ABC Basketball Printable and have fun shooting some Alphabet Hoops! Hope your little one(s) enjoy this as much as my kiddos did!

Printable ABC Basketballs

This was such a great movement activity working on letter recognition and could be used to work on several other early learning concepts.  Get ready to shoot some hoops in this fun Alphabet Basketball Game.

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Painting with Nature Process Art Activity

Art is a journey, not a destination is the perfect definition of process art; process art is simply emphasizing the doing of the activity-- not the final product. It is providing materials and letting creativity shine through

We recently teamed up with our Fine Motor Fridays friends that wanted to focus on process art and were challenged to get creative using paint.  We decided to create using items found in nature.
Painting with Nature: Process Art with items found in our  very own backyard
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To begin our process art activity, I took a little nature walk around our yard gathering flowers, twigs, pine cones, leaves, etc with my toddler and preschooler.  Once we had a paper lunch bag full of nature materials, we set up our art area with paint and paper.

Process Art with Nature

I filled a tray with different colors of paint and each child emptied his/her bag and went to work painting!
It was a messy venture, but it was wonderful being out in the fresh air painting with items found all around us in our backyard.
My two year old opted for a "blob" and "smear" style.... 
My four year old daughter loved using the flowers and creating prints; the daisy prints turned out lovely.  
I joined in on the fun, too!!  I must admit that process art was a challenge for me as I often set up and steer activities with an end in mind.  It was so neat to see how proud each of my kiddos were as they were painting and creating to their liking.  
Painting with Nature: Process Art with items found in our  very own backyard
Have you and your children created any process art lately?  I hope this challenge we are participating in inspires you!  Check out how others explore this process art paint challenge using different materials:
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G is for Gumball Alphabet Craft

Have fun learning the alphabet by making crafts highlighting each letter.  Today we are sharing a cute alphabet craft for the letter G.  Our G is for Gumball Alphabet Craft is perfect for your toddler, preschooler, or kindergarten aged child.
Have fun learning the alphabet by making letter crafts; such a cute letter g craft for your toddler or preschooler to assemble... G is for Gumball(s)!
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Materials Needed:
Construction paper {3 pieces-- red, white, and whatever color you choose for background}

To prep G is for Gumball alphabet craft, cut two trapezoid like shapes-- one large one for the bottom and a smaller one for the top of the gumball machine from red construction paper.  As you can see, we did it a bit differently, but the way I did it in the picture is a bit more involved.  From the white piece of construction paper, cut out a letter G.
Assemble the G is for Gumball craft by gluing the large red trapezoid like shape near the bottom of the another piece of construction paper.  Glue the letter G next, then add the smaller red trapezoid shape to the top.

Once the gumball machine is put together, start adding the colorful foam circles-- aka: the gumballs!  Dot stickers or Do A Dot markers would also work great for this craft, too!  Any of those materials will work on fine motor skills!
Continue adding gumballs to your machine until satisfied!  My toddler and preschooler loved that part!  Add some finishing touches like how much a gumball cost and you're all done!  `Didn't it turn out so cute?!

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