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Lilypad Letters | No-Prep Alphabet Game for Preschoolers


Have a little one learning his/her letters?  Print and play this cute and fun frog themed alphabet game!  Your toddler or preschooler will have a "leapin' good time" as they move their frog game piece from lily pad letter to lily pad letter.  Who will win?! Play to find out!

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preschool frog alphabet game

Print and play this no-prep alphabet game during your pond and/or frog themed preschool week!  It can be played many times over and is a great way to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet.  Why not also create an adorable frog life cycle and/or set up a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast frogs and turtles from our Pond Life Homeschool Preschool Theme?!

Add in a few books about frogs and it sounds like you could have lots of froggy fun!!

Frog Alphabet Game for Preschoolers

  • Lilypad Letters Gameboard
  • six-sided die
  • two frog manipulatives

I love simple print and play games!  Just grab a six-sided die or make your own like we did with a foam cube and number it 1-3 or 1-6, and two frog manipulatives; we used the frogs from our Rainforst Toob Set.

preschool letter recognition game

Decide who goes first.  Player 1 rolls the die, jumps that many spaces and reads the name of the letter on the lilypad.

Next player 2 goes.

Continue until one player makes it to the last lilypad first.

Lilypad Letters Preschool Alphabet Game

If you happen upon the letter H, your frog can skip a few letters and hop on over the letter S lilypad.

Or, if your frog lands on letter Y, cross the log to land on letter Z.

hop from lilypad to lilypad learning the alphabet

Extension Ideas:

For an extra challenge, instead of naming the letters you could have your child say the letter sound as he/she jumps from lilypad to lilypad.

Bring out a white board, and have your child write the lowercase letter that matches the letter on the lilypad.

Use this lilypad gameboard as a matching activity with your choice of letter manipulatives.

printable preschool alphabet game for letter recognition

Enjoy this no-prep preschool alphabet game!

Lilypad Letters Alphabet Gameboard

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Sponge Painted Sunflower Craft for Kids


Create your own stunning sunflower with a sponge!  Try this sponge painted sunflower craft to brighten your walls; I just love the vibrant yellow petals!  Add in a few books, and this is an easy craft to learn about these gorgeous yellow flowers.

sunflower craft for kids
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The first year we grew a garden at our (then) new home, I planted sunflower seeds by our garage.  Who knew these tiny little seedlings would grow a few feet taller than the nearby garage door!  They were massive, but oh so gorgeous!  

.... And then because they were so tall, they began to fall over... so coming in and out of the garage was truly an "attack of the sunflowers!"  

Watching them grow from little seeds into these giant flowers was such a fun process for the kids and I!  Definitely try growing your own patch of sunflowers!

Sunflower Craft for Kids

  • sponge
  • scissors
  • cardstock
  • q tip
  • yellow paint
  • black paint
  • glitter

Create your own sunflower prints

As with any painting activity with kids, lay some type of paint mat, newspaper, etc. to protect your table space from paint splatter.  I know from experience ; ) ha! I bought the green mats at our local dollar store.

To set up the activity, cut a 'tear drop' shape from a sponge and provide your child with yellow and black paint, piece of cardstock, and a q-tip.

Paint the sunflower seeds.

Since the center of a sunflower is so large, we opted to create the "seeds" with black paint and q-tip first.  Create a circle with by dipping the q-tip in the black paint and then onto the cardstock.

painting sunflower seeds

Next, create the sunflower petals.

Dip the tear drop sponge into yellow paint and press the sponge onto the cardstock around the black seeds.  Create a circle of petals and if there is room, overlap the petals by sponging more petals.

For a little sparkle, add some yellow and/or orange glitter to the petals.  

Add a stem using green paint and a paintbrush (optional).

painting a sunflower with a sponge

We made two sunflower prints. 

On the turqouise blue background, we sponge painted the petals first but realized the middle of our sunflower was just too small, so... we made another sunflower.  

Don't these stunning sponge painted prints make you happy?! Enjoy this easy sunflower craft with your kids!

sponge painted sunflower craft for kids

After creating your own sponge painted sunflower prints, read a few books to LEARN about sunflowers!  They make the perfect theme for summer and/or fall!

We actually did this craft while learning about Kansas with my 1st grader.  As we "visit" each state, I try to read a book and also add in a craft or activity.  And it just so happens that sunflowers are the state flower of Kansas!

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Plastic Egg Shape Matching Activity for Your Preschooler


Save those plastic Easter eggs for this fun, hands-on shape and color matching activity for your preschooler.  

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egg activity for preschoolers

Don't put those plastic Easter eggs away yet, give them new life by putting together these simple shape and color puzzles.  

If you are a procrastinator like me, though Easter has come and gone, Easter stuff has made its way to the basement stairs to be taken down...  some other time.  While the pile grows, upcycle the Easter eggs and make this fun shapes game.

If you happen on this activity before Easter, set a few aside for this matching activity! 

Preschool Matching Activity


Grab several plastic Easter eggs; I used 9.

To create an element of self correction, keep the Easter egg puzzles the same color for the matching activity-- this also reinforces color matching!!

If your child is up for the challenge, mix and match the colors.

On each plastic Easter egg draw a shape using a black sharpie marker.

plastic eggs matching activity

Put the top and bottom of the Easter egg together and draw a shape.  I drew a circle, heart, square, oval, rectangle, triangle, diamond, pentagon, and a star.

Feel free to add more shapes such as an hexagon and octagon, too!

plastic egg shape matching puzzles

Once the shapes were drawn on each Easter egg, I took the egg apart and set them on a tray for my preschooler.

Now it was my preschoolers turn to match the shapes! 

This hands-on puzzle proved to be a challenge at first until he realized he could match the colors of the Easter egg.  Once he put the egg together, he was able to recognize the shape.

shape activity for preschoolers

Try this activity with your little one!  

It's simple




works on shape recognition

strengthens fine motor skills

plastic egg shape matching activity

Another fun way to use this idea is to turn it into a scavenger hunt.  Hide the individual pieces of each Easter egg around the room and have your preschooler find and match the eggs by color revealing the shape.

Such a simple way to LEARN with plastic Easter eggs!!

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Photo Flower Bouquet | Adorable Keepsake for Mother's Day


Give this sweet photo flower craft to someone special in your child's life.  It is sure to be a keeper! Whether it is for Mother's Day or just because, it is the perfect keepsake for a loved one.

Flower Craft for Kids

If you have have more than one child, create a photo flower bouquet!

What you need:

Flower Craft for Kids

How To Make A Photo Flower Bouquet

1.  Print out the flower template available at the end of this post.  Cut out the flower and the middle circle to create the flower template.

Photo Flower Printable Template

2.  Choose a piece of colored card stock for the flower.  Trace the template on the card stock.  Cut out the flower and the circle in the middle-- this is where your child's picture will go.

3.  Cut a picture of your child to fit the center of the flower.  A school  yearbook picture works well as it is just a picture of your child's face.

Flower Bouquet Craft

3.  Glue your child's picture to the flower.

4.  If your child is interested, provide glitter glue and/or sequins so the child can decorate the flower.  If working with lots of glue, you may want to delay gluing the picture in the middle until the decorations have dried.

5.  Once everything is dry, glue a green craft stick to the back of the flower craft.

Flower Craft for Mother's Day

6. Grab an empty mason jar and stuff it with Easter grass or tissue paper.  Then add the photo flowers!

And you have a beautiful flower keepsake to be cherished all year round!
Photo Flower Bouquet Mother's Day Craft

It's perfect for Mother's Day or just because!

For another keepsake idea, check out our I Love You More Than idea.

Download our Flower Template to make your own bouquet today!

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3D Parts of a Plant Craft Using Recycled Materials


Looking for a fun way to teach the parts of a plant?  Make a 3D model using recycled materials!  Such a great hands-on science activity!

parts of a plant activity for kids

Egg cartons happen to be the material of the month over at TinkerLab's Creative Challenge.  I stumbled on the site somehow and was intrigued by the challenge, but had just thrown out a ton of empty egg cartons from my craft stash (because I had yet to use them).  However, a couple days later, an idea hit me!

We are currently rowing, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and spent a day talking about what plants need to survive and the parts of a plant.

Wanting to reinforce what we learned without worksheets, we turned to my supply of recycled egg cartons!

Parts of  a Plant Craft

  • egg cartons
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • canvas
  • hot glue gun
  • alphabet stickers

We separated most of the egg cartons into individual pieces, except for the stem; leave at least 4 individual egg cups connected.
For the roots we ripped up an egg carton into little pieces.

 I set out some paint and the egg cartons and Big Brother went to work painting!

Egg Carton craft challenge - parts of a plant

To make the Parts of a Plant using egg cartons, use at least:
6 pieces for the flower
5 pieces for the stem
2 pieces for the leaves 
1-3 egg cartons for the roots

Paint the pieces accordingly -- green for the stem and leaves and brown for the roots.  

recycled egg carton parts of flower craft

After all the work in ripping the egg cartons apart and painting, preserve this craft on a canvas! 

Once it was all dry, assemble your plant on two pieces of flat canvas; hot glue the pieces in place.

Use stickers to spell the parts of a plant, but if your child is willing, have him/her write them out-- stem, flower, roots, and leaves.

parts of a plant labeling activity

This turned out to be such a fantastic, hands-on science activity teaching my son the parts of a plant.... and also use my stash of empty egg cartons! 

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