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H is for Hearts Preschool Alphabet Craft

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If you are teaching your toddler or preschooler about the Letter H soon, here's a simple alphabet craft to do at home!  Since Valentine's Day is coming up, we chose to do a heart themed alphabet craft-- H is for Hearts!  H is for Hearts is a great alphabet craft if you are exploring shapes, too!
 What you need:
construction paper
white paper
glue
glitter foam hearts

Draw a Letter H on a piece of computer or construction paper using a marker.

Talk with your child about the sound the Letter H makes and name some things that begin with the letter H.  Point out that Hearts begins with the /h/ sound.

Give your child some glue and encourage him/her to fill up the Letter H with the glitter hearts.

Once it is finished, cut it out and glue to another piece of construction paper and hang it somewhere your child can see it to remind him/her of the Letter H!
 We added our Letter H alphabet craft to our school room wall, where it joined all the other alphabet crafts we have completed!  And we are almost finished with our alphabet crafts!
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Word Family Bingo Reading Game

Learning to read is a process of blending letter sounds to make words.  There are a few different ways and methods to do this; one way is to teach your child to read by word families.  Word families are groups of words that have a similar pattern, like cat, sat, rat, bat.  Those words end in -at.  A fun way to introduce and reinforce word families is with our Word Family Bingo Game.
Make your own word families reading game with a few simple materials! So fun and easy!

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We love DIY educational activities and this one is super simple to put together!  Just grab a couple six-sided blocks, like our foam ones we used for our Velcro Color Tower or wooden blocks, pen, paper, and bingo manipulatives.

What you need:
Foam Blocks {2 different colors} We used a set we found at a craft store, but the blocks I linked to on Amazon are very similar.
Pen
Paper
Bingo Manipulatives

How to Play:
On one foam die, write a word family ending on each side.  You might choose a one or two different endings, or write a different word family on each side.

On the other die, write a letter that would form a word with the word family endings.

Now on a half sheet of paper, write 9 combinations of words that can be made using the word family dice.

To play, simply roll the dice to make a word.  Encourage your child to blend the beginning letter sound with the word family to read the word.

If a player has that word on his/her game board, place a bingo manipulative on that word.  When a player gets 3 in a row, call out "Bingo!"  and start a new game!

Building Blocks Learning Activities | Use foam blocks to make word family bingo game!

More educational activities using blocks:
Building Blocks Learning Activities | Use foam blocks to make word family bingo game!


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Preschool Math with Pipe Cleaner Numbers

Set up a simple invitation to practice math skills such as number recognition, counting, and 1:1 correspondence with two materials-- pony beads and pipe cleaners.  This math activity is a great way for your child to strengthen those fine motor skills, too as your child threads beads onto the pipe cleaner numbers.  It is a great activity for your preschool or kindergarten aged child!
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Simple Math Tray for PreK-Kindergarteners to practice math skills like counting, 1:1 correspondence, and number recognition AND work on fine motor skills!
 To prep the activity, you'll need:
pony beads
pipe cleaners
scissors

Either prep the pipe cleaner numbers prior to your child using the tray, or work alongside your child creating the pipe cleaner numbers together.  Bend and twist the pipe cleaners into the numbers 0-9.  If necessary, cut the pipe cleaners with scissors.  This is great practice to strengthen fine motor skills!
Once the pipe cleaners have been shaped into numbers, set out a small bowl of pony beads.

Encourage your child to thread a certain number of beads on each pipe cleaner number.  Some numbers may be a bit tricky, like number 8-- you will need to unwrap the pipe cleaner a bit to thread the beads on the number.
 Continue until all the pipe cleaner numbers have a corresponding amount of pony beads.

Once done, work on addition, odd/ even numbers, subtraction, etc!

Such a simple and playful way to explore math!

 
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Apple-less Apple Pie Kitchen Science Experiment for Kids

I apologize in advance-- I am not a food photographer, but here you will find a variety of learning and play activities for your kiddos of varying ages.  Our latest educational activity took us to the kitchen where we baked an Apple-less Apple Pie for our February Bookspiration Theme: cooking/ baking with kids.

Fun and easy kitchen science experiment for the kids! Read, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, then make an apple-less apple pie!
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It was such a neat kitchen science experiment!  My son was quite baffled that we were not going to use apples to make an apple pie!  The two surprise ingredients we encountered were cream of tartar and graham crackers!

Three of my kiddos {ages 3, 4, 8} helped and it was a wonderful way for us to work together and for my 8 year old to practice some math skills with this kitchen science experiment!

Here's a picture of our apple-less apple pie just before heading into the oven. Looks just like an real apple pie doesn't it?!
Obviously there were differences, but the apple-less apple pie did taste like a real apple pie! And we had to have a real apple pie to compare it, of course! So, we bought one from the store.  The texture was quite a bit different but when paired with ice cream, it was pretty yummy!  To my surprise, my son actually preferred the apple-less apple pie.

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When I Grow Up Flashcards & 3 Ways to Play

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Our latest Creative Preschool theme was When I Grow Up and while my preschooler has no clue what she would like to do when she grows up, it was a fun theme to explore!  After reading a few books, we played a few different games with our set of When I Grow Up printable flashcards.
Free printable flashcards to use with your preschooler exploring the different jobs he/she could have when they grow up!
After printing out the When I Grow Up flashcards, laminate them for durability {I love our Scotch Laminator}.  Show your child the different occupations he/she could have when they grow up and then play one of these games... or all three!

When I Grow Up Object Match
Fill up a tray with different objects for each occupation.  Lay out the cards and have your child match the object to the correct flashcard.

When I Grow Up Taboo
Draw a card and either act out the occupation to the other player or give him/her word clues without saying the word and have the other player guess the correct occupation.   This is a great way to expand language and vocabulary... and act a little bit silly!
 When I Grow Up Memory
Print out two sets of our When I Grow Up Flashcards and play an old fashioned game of memory.
Does your child know what he/ she wants to be when they grow up?  

Have fun talking about different occupations with our printable When I Grow Up Flashcards Set {set includes 24 different occupations-- while not all inclusive, definitely a good introduction!} and reading these books:
Pig, Pig Gets A Job
When I Grow Up
I Can Be Anything

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Then take a peek at these fun and playful When I Grow Up Preschool Activities:

When I Grow Up Kids Craft | Artsy Momma
When I Grow Up Preschool Emergent Reader | I Heart Crafty Things
When I Grow Up Digital Photo Challenge | Hand Made Kids Art

   

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