Category: Ages 2-6

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Christmas Addition Worksheets with Pete the Cat

I made these pages a couple of years ago. They include basic addition practice and a blank sheet for domino math.  I’ll have her roll the die and fill in the blanks—and I’ll also use some dominoes and have her fill in the numbers. If you don’t have actual dominoes, you can print the domino set from Mathwire. They even have a add-on set for up to double-nines. I’m hoping to create some subtraction pages...

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Pete the Cat Multiplication and Division Pages

A couple of years ago I made these Pete the Cat inspired pages for the kids.  They love when I make practice pages just for them! 🙂 You can download the Christmas Division Pages here. Meanwhile, I made these sheets for DD when she was working on her multiplication tables from 1s through 5s. (That’s why there is nothing higher than that.)  There are six pages — one pages is just multiplication...

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Science Activity for Kids With Indian Corn Decorations

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have a fun activity for your with your Indian corn.  We did this ‘science’ activity with Indian corn a couple of years ago. Soak your Indian corn cobs in a bit of water to see what will happen.  We had a large tray with a paper towel and about 1/4 inch of water. We also pour water over the cob every 2 or 3...

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Free Fall and Thanksgiving Packets and Printables

I’m always SO grateful for the educators who share their materials for free!  I thought I would update a post from last year to include some new materials from around the web. This tot activity caught my eye — it’s very cute and is free over at Totschooling. Cute Turkey Math Game: The matching activity above reminded me of a game I played with all three of the kids when...

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Signing with Babies and Toddlers (Baby Sign Language)

Signing with Your Baby and Toddlers Baby Signing — Our family decided to sign with each of our babies/tots. Our children all had normal hearing, but I learned that kids could control their hands and fingers and could therefore communicate by sign much earlier than with speech. It seemed like a good idea and most of my friends were doing simple signs with their babies/tots too.  We were SO glad...

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Free Fall Themed Activity Packs for 3-6 Year Olds

This post has links to more than 15 free Fall Activity Packs!  Get your 3-6 year old into the fall spirit with some fall-themed activities from fall leaves and apples to scarecrows and pumpkins!  There’s a huge selection of free packets to choose from… First here are some of our free Fall-Themed Packets: Free Preschool Printable – Words That Start with F Thanksgiving Preschool Printables (free) FREE  CVC Words -at...

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Apple Grid Game: Free Math Printable for Ages 2-4

It’s apple season! The perfect time to do apple-themed activities with the kids. When my kids were little, we played Math Grid Games all the time.  I made an Apple-Themed Grid Board to share with you today. Here’s a picture of the game board: How to Use Math Grids with your Preschooler: Print 2 Grid Boards per player Gather two different sets of tokens and one die. For Younger Kids: Take...

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Free Daily Calendar Page (Ages 4-7)

Last week ED I printed out the daily calendar page I made for her last fall. She filled one out each morning as she needs some review on some of the spellings on the days of the week and we needed to review how to read a thermometer. I printed it out on the back of her daily checklist (something new I’m doing with the kids–and I’ll talk about why...

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What are Lapbooks? A Cool Way to Learn!!

Just what is a lapbook?  Here’s a picture of the Pirate Lapbook my son made when he was a preschooler. As you can see, it is a file folder that is  refolded so that the edges meet in the middle. Then, you tape other pages to the bottom or into the middle to add in more material.   It is a cute way to display small folded mini-books, flaps, pop-up...

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How to Teach Handwriting

This is a post I wrote when ED had just turned 5. This week while I’m sharing lots of posts for preschoolers, I thought it was the perfect time to share this again. ED really enjoys writing…  Here’s a picture of ED writing in her journal from last January (age 4). The kids and I made a special trip to Staples for them to pick out their own journals. I...

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Alphabet Activities for 2-4 year olds (Free Alphabet Mats)

I thought it might be useful to pull a lot of our letter-activities together into one post, although we didn’t ever focus exclusively on letters. We generally had a theme or unit (astronomy, birds, volcanoes, bears, pirates, princesses and whatever else the kids were interested in at the time…)  and we added in these types of activities to supplement whatever else was going on.  So, just keep in mind that...

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Fine Motor Skill Activities for 2-4 Year Olds

I frequently get questions from parents who wonder just what to do and where to start with their preschoolers.  Many of the things we did are things most parents do naturally in their home: free play with toys, time exploring and playing outside, dancing to music, reading books aloud to the kids.  But as a Mom who stayed at home, I was always looking for different activities and approaches to...

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Preschool Science Activity: Animals Above and Below Ground (Free Printable)

In ED’s preschool science we are still talking about plants and animals. On this day we talked about animals and plant parts that live above or below the ground. We talked about how some animals like the grub or the cicada live part of their life under the ground, then live another stage above the ground. Some animals shelter under the ground when it is cold (like frogs and turtles)....