Pet Activities

Children often like animals whether it's watching them from a distance or owning a pet of their own.  Because of this, pet related lessons and activities are typically a big hit with kiddos. 

Paper Plate Turtle

Cat Patterns

Repurposing a Shoe Rack

Need a shelf for those classroom supplies or want to add some creativity to your Dramatic Play Center?  Below I have used an expandable shoe rack and baskets to hold items for my House Center.

It's Nursery Rhyme Time!

Have fun with these Nursery Rhyme activities! 

Make a Paper Mache Humpty Dumpty by dipping newspaper strips into a flour/water mixture, then covering an inflated balloon.  Attach arms, legs, and large google eyes to it after it has dried and hardened.

Count plums with Little Jack Horner by using an aluminum pie pan.

Use yarn and a paper plate to weave an Itsy Bitsy Spider web.


Cookie and Candy Activities

If your children/students are like mine, their eyes light up when presented with the occasional sweet treat.  Why not use that excitement to teach a variety of subjects and concepts?  "A Sweet Thematic Unit" uses cookies, candy, and ice cream to teach Math, Language Arts, and Science/Social Studies.  Art activities are provided also.  Before you panic with the thought of your kiddos being on a sugar rush all day, most of the activities are printables and do not involve consuming the sweet treats.

Wrapped Candy

 Colorful Skittles
 Placing letter cookies in alphabetical order on a cookie sheet




Fun Winter Activities

The cold weather is a great introduction for winter related topics, such as snow and mittens.  By creating winter portraits, making large cotton ball snowmen, and matching lowercase scarves to uppercase snowmen, etc., winter can be fun for the kids indoors and outdoors. 

Moving Right Along with a Unit on Transportation!

Matching numbered airplanes to clouds 

Making a fire truck with construction paper and popsicle sticks
 Creating a hot air balloon with construction paper, a paper cup, and tissue paper


 Making a train with square sponges and fingerprints 


Has keeping up with puzzles left you feeling puzzled?

Here is a helpful solution.  Number all of your puzzles, then write corresponding numbers on the backs of all the puzzle pieces.  In case you find a missing piece, you will know exactly where it goes.

Completing a puzzle can sometimes be a challenge for little ones.  Give them a helping hand by creating an outline of the puzzle.  Remove one puzzle piece at a time and draw around it with a permanent marker.  Knowing the shape of the pieces can be a helpful tool in helping children complete it.

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