Category: Ages 2-6: Preschool (Age 4)

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Preschool at Home: Geography Activities (Maps and More) Ages 4+

There are so many fun things you can do with your preschooler (or elementary kids) to help them gain an understanding of the geography of our amazing world! You can make all kinds of maps to enhance your preschooler’s knowledge of the world. Over the years we have made maps… with sand, dirt and grass seed like our Nile River Valley Out of clay, like our Ancient Greece (and Mediterranean...

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Animals Around the World (Montessori 3 Part Cards)

The last two weeks I shared some of ED’s animal-related activities. She looked closely at the vertebrate-invertebrate groups and we talked a lot about the characteristics of the animals of the 5 vertebrate groups.  This week I thought I would share an activity we did last year about the animals of the 7 continents.  You can download those cards below. As I mentioned on Friday, ED has been working on...

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Animals and Their Characteristics (Free Worksheet)

Last week I shared the vertebrate and invertebrate sort cards that I made for my daughter.  I also wanted to go over the characteristics of the various vertebrate animal groups with her. As she sorted the animal groups we talked about some of the characteristics of each group… fish and amphibians lay their eggs in water, reptiles and  birds lay their eggs on land and so forth. We did this...

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables, Activity Packs and More (Ages 2-5)

There are such wonderful resources out there for those of you planning to do some St. Patrick’s Day activities with your kids. Here are some of the free St. Patrick’s Day units and printables I’ve come across: 2 Teaching Mommies: St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Pack; St. Patrick’s Day Kindergarten Extension Pack St. Patrick’s Day Play dough Activities at Living Montessori Now: Irish-themed letters (lower and upper case), numbers (0-20) and phonics cards...

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Montessori Cards: Vertebrates-Invertebrates; 5 Vertebrate Groups

It is animal week for my youngest daughter. We’ve been touching on vertebrates and invertebrates since the kids were little, but I wanted to go back and make sure ED really knew the characteristics of these groups and how animals are classified. First, we went over the difference between Vertebrates and Invertebrates again. We brought out our model frog skeleton again for a closer look! Then she went over the...

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Long List of Activities for Tots and Preschoolers (ages 2-6)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about how to create your own preschool science curriculum at home (mostly with materials you’ll find around the house).  I realized it has been a long time since I shared our long list of preschool activities. I wrote this post last year when ED was 4. The activities in this list really actually range from 2-6 year-olds or so. I’m a...

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Science Experiment for 2-8yr olds: Make a Color Explosion in Milk!

The kids participated in a science fair event a couple of weeks ago… where kids and adults could share their favorite science-related collections, photos, experiments, and knowledge. Some adults set up a slide show of their astronomy photos, sharing bone collections, a cartographer shared some of her materials, kids brought in their rock collection and more… My kids  set up a science activity station with the Color Explosion in Milk....

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PreK: Free Valentine’s Sight Word Game and Other Activities

I wanted to share this printable I made for ED a couple of years ago. Below you’ll find the link to print out and make your own activity. It took a bit of cutting, pasting and laminating, but ED loved this activity!! Anyway, here is the post from a couple of years ago with various Valentine’s Day activities and links: Make Your Own: Valentine’s Day Clothes Pin Word Match-a-words ED...

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Preschool Valentines Day Packs (Free Resources)

There are so many wonderful free Valentine’s Day resources for preschoolers out there. I thought I’d highlight a few in case you’re planning to pull some Valentine’s activities out for the kids in the next couple of weeks: This Reading Mama: Matching letters and sounds, math grid game, maze and more Over the Big Moon: Prewriting Practice Sheets, Cutting Practice, Which one is different, Finish the Pattern Sheet,  Size Sequencing Sheet,  Valentine Strip Puzzle, 4-piece Puzzles,...

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Math Mat Challenge Game

We have had the Math Mat Challenge (affiliate link)  for years now.  It is one of those games that go in and out of the cupboard.  For a family like ours — with three kids each two years apart, this game has had a long shelf life.  The kids love leaping and jumping on it and it has help up well. Since it has been too cold to go outside to do...

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Living-Non Living Montessori Cards

Today I have some free Montessori-style Living and Non-Living Sort Cards for you!    Use these cards to sort into living and non-living groups. Behind the scenes I’ve been getting things ready for our upcoming science units. ED will be doing a bit of animal classification review and I made some new cards for her. I realized, though, that if any of my readers have younger kids in the 2-4...

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Preschool Science at Home

Five or six weeks ago, someone asked me how I go about setting up our science units. I wanted to spend some time really laying out that process. Since we have homeschooled from the start, I thought it would make the most sense to talk about the preschool years first. (Click here to see the second post in the series: Science in the Elementary Years. Science in the preschool years:...

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Various Free Montessori 3-Part Cards

This post includes links to some of the Montessori 3-part cards I’ve made over the years. Most of them are free! Montessori Sorting Activity: Living Nonliving Cards  Montessori-Style Animal Cards: Sorting Vertebrates-Invertebrates and Animals of the 5 Kingdoms U.S. Landmarks and Symbols – 3 part cards FREE — We placed these cards on a huge US map we have as we learned where these famous landmarks are locate. Montessori 3-Part...

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Fun Fall Activities to Do with the Kids

I took this photo last year–the trees don’t quite look like this yet! I love this time of year! Last Friday I shared some of the free fall-themed packets and indoor activities you can do with your 3-6 year old, but there are so many other great fall activities you can do with your child as well. Here are some of our favorites: just go outside and enjoy the weather...