PAT (Parents as Teachers) Corner
Welcome to our new Parents As Teachers Corner! It has resources to help you navigate through being home and finding different activities to do with your children. We’ve included some fun learning activities you can do with your preschooler at home and we’ve introduced mini – Let’s Play to Learn sessions (more of these will be added regularly). Each of these sessions has a theme and includes ideas and activities. As an example, they may include links to read aloud books, sing-along songs and/or ideas for crafts, games and/or other activities that you can do with your child(ren). We hope this brings smiles to your home and a way to have a little fun with your family!
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
This week we have a fun story that demonstrates cause and effect. To go with it, there are a variety of moose and muffin themed activities. Make cute crafts with simple household items. Enjoy a sensory bin, baking and eating delicious Hot Chocolate Banana muffins, and playing a game.
- Read Aloud – If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff: If You Give a Moose a Muffin – Kids Books Read Aloud
- Sing Along – The Muffin Man: The Muffin Man | Kids Songs | Super Simple Songs
- Art Activities
- Cooking Activity – Bake some muffins: https://growingbookbybook.com/litearcy-activities-in-the-kitchen-muffins/
- Math Activity – Moose Muffin Math Game: http://kitchenfloorcrafts.blogspot.com/2015/04/moose-muffins-math-game.html
- Sensory Activity – Baking sensory Bin: Start with flour for a base, include measuring cups, spoons, sifters, cookie cutters, or anything you can find to make it fun. If you are feeling really daring, give your child some water to add another dimension to their sensory play. Don’t forget to place a drop cloth beneath the bin to catch the mess. (Tip: you can get shower curtain liners at the dollar store. They are thin; but depending on the activity, you may be able to get several uses out of it before it needs replacing.)
Don’t you just love to visit the penguins at the zoo? They are fun to watch and it’s amazing how they swim in the water during winter without getting cold! This week we will learn more about penguins from a story, a song, and other fun activities.
- Read Aloud – If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqSZK_6L0rg
- Sing and Move Along song – Peter Penguin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izf9pA8DHms
- Art Activities:
- Sensory Activities:
- Ice Skating Penguins Small World – Use ice cube trays and small figurines: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2019/01/ice-skating-penguin-small-world-sensory-play.html
- Frozen Shaving Cream sensory play: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2014/08/frozen-shaving-cream-sensory-play.html
- Fine Motor Activity – Cotton Ball Penguin craft: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/cotton-balls-penguin-craft/
Let it Snow!
We have snow! Not only is it beautiful to look at but it can be so much fun to play in. So, after enjoying a story and a song have fun with the various activities. We’ve included things to do outside in the snow and some creative activities that can be done inside. So, you can enjoy no matter what the weather is like!
- Read Aloud – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYWodTneq-Q
- Sing Along – Snowflakes, Snowflakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDJIhayM9dw
- Art Activities:
- Paint with “snowballs” – using Styrofoam balls your child can create their own snowperson or winter wonderland: https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/snowman-art-painting-with-snowballs.html?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Painting+with+snowballs+snowman+art+project&utm_campaign=Painting+with+Snowballs+Snowman+Art+Project&vgo_ee=IOjTtXXcfVO1xzCWXL125kocXtEYRgbvSIwJ2XbeWsXDx7HCR22zp8cjrz5ZyNpB
- Make your own snow paint – then create some art in the snow: https://www.craftymorning.com/snow-paint-recipe/
- Motor Activities:
- Snow Marble Run – make a maze using snow on a tray or baking sheet. Have your child tilt it back and forth to move a marble through the maze: https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/snow-marble-run-stem-winter-kids-activity/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=898597000_39087516_384583
- Seven indoor snowball games and activities – if you are unable to get outside, use pretend snowballs for some indoor fun and movement: https://confidencemeetsparenting.com/indoor-snowball-activities/
- Sensory Activity – Snow Cloud Dough – a fast and easy recipe for your child to create a snowperson, snowballs, or anything else they desire. Give your child other items such as buttons, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, googly eyes, cookie cutters and let them use their imagination: https://ourfamilycode.com/toddler-snow-cloud-dough/
- Science Activity – Making Frozen Bubbles – a great activity for when it is cold outside: https://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/frozen-bubbles/
The holidays are coming up quickly! Get in the spirit by listening to Bear Stays Up for Christmas and sing along to the fun and active Boom Chicka Boom Christmas song. Plus, there are some holiday art, motor and sensory activities to keep your child busy and in the holiday spirit!
- Read Aloud– Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson: https://www.youtubcom/watch?v=mblU4h86v58
- Sing Along– Boom Chicka Boom Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Nhyg8Lnqs
- Motor Activity– Tubes and Christmas Ornaments – this fun activity is great for developing hand eye coordination, patience and problem solving: https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/tubes-and-christmas-baubles/amp/
- Art Activities:
- Christmas Tree and Ornament art – have fun painting with Christmas tree branches: https://craftulate.com/christmas-tree-ornament-art-toddlers
- Twig snowflake craft:https://buggyandbuddy.com/tissue-paper-twig-snowflake-craft-kids/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes
- Snowman in a bag craft:https://www.ohmy-creative.com/winter/sudsy-snowman-kids-craft/
- Sensory Activities:
- Christmas Cloud Dough – Cloud dough is a fun and easy sensory dough you make with just a few ingredients. Make it festive by adding things like cinnamon, cocoa powder and/or crushed up peppermint candy. Put the cloud dough in a big bin along with some holiday cookie cutters and let your child enjoy the sensory experience: https://lalymom.com/christmas-cloud-dough-recipe/
- Christmas Sensory Bin: http://www.nurturingtamra.com/christmas-sensory-bin-for-toddlers/
It’s starting to feel like winter. Now that the weather is colder, we are wearing our warm coats, hats, and mittens. This time of year reminds us of one of our favorite winter stories – The Mitten by Jan Brett. Enjoy this story with your child along with some fun activities to go along with it. We’ve included The Mitten Song which is a great to sing to your little ones when they do not want to put their mittens on. Enjoy!
- Read Aloud – The Mitten by Jan Brett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA6ukHm9etg
- Sing Along – The Mitten Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcJmDwLYfO4
- Art Activities:
- Marble Paint Mitten craft – print out the mitten template or make your own my tracing your child’s hand on a piece of paper: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/marble-painted-winter-mitten-craft/
- Ice Cube painting: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2015/02/ice-painting-process-art-techniques-for.html?m=1
- Sensory Activity –The Mitten sensory bin: http://howlongisthishall.blogspot.com/2011/01/mittensensory-table-experience.html
- Fine Motor Activity – Color Sorting Mitten activity: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/color-sorting-mitten-activity_41
The holidays are approaching and who doesn’t love the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven? This week is all about gingerbread! Listen to the popular fairytale and sing along to a song. Make your own gingerbread playdough and have your child make their own GIANT gingerbread person and simple gingerbread ornament. The entire family can play the Gingerbread Path game; it is easy to play and great for building counting skills.
- Read aloud – The Gingerbread Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg2OBXuyuoE
- Sing along – Five Gingerbread Men Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbn6-4qdBYM
- Sensory Activity – Gingerbread Playdough: https://bit.ly/3m2q2AF
- Art Activities
- Giant Gingerbread Man – all you need is a large piece of paper and markers/crayons and misc. art supplies: https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/giant-gingerbread-man/
- Gingerbread Man Ornaments: https://www.theresourcefulmama.com/craft-stick-gingerbread-man-ornament/
- Gingerbread Path Game: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gingerbread-Path-Games-2881155
Rhyming is a great way to build foundational literacy skills. As children hear and say rhymes, they begin to discover sounds within words and identify when those sounds are the same. This builds phonological awareness. Children develop their oral skills as they say rhymes. Rhyming books and nursery rhymes help children begin to predict what word will end the sentence. These predictive skills are important pre-reading skills. Plus rhymes are fun! This week we have a few of our favorite rhyming stories and nursery rhymes along with various activities to go along with them. Enjoy!
- Read Aloud:
- Sing Along – Nursery rhymes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzc_Rd4TuYg
- Art Activities:
- Green Eggs and Ham Art – All you need is paper, a marker, green paint and a cork for this activity that is also great for fine motor skills: https://playteachrepeat.com/green-eggs-ham-art/
- Humpty Dumpty Craft – Your child will have fun putting Humpty Dumpty back together: https://iheartcraftythings.com/humpty-dumpty-craft.html
- Sensory Activity: Itsy Bitsy Spider Sensory Bin – You can use black beans, paper towel tubes and plastic spiders for this fun activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e_JwQDTJtQ&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=45165782
- Science Activity: Fizzy Green Eggs & Ham – After listening to Green Eggs and Ham have fun with this fizzy green eggs experiment using plastic eggs, green food coloring, vinegar, and baking soda: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/green-eggs-and-ham-activity/
Click here for some more simple, fun rhymes and songs to enjoy with your child!
Bear Says Thanks!
Teaching our kids to be grateful and to appreciate the things they have in their lives is a year-long endeavor. Gratitude is not meant to only be taught once a year. For the concept to really sink in, gratitude should not only be taught in November. But Thanksgiving is a good time of year to kick our gratitude efforts up a notch.
Take a moment to pause before the craziness of December and really focus on and celebrate what you are thankful for. We hope you enjoy this story and the activities with your family!
- Read Aloud – Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZOBnveDaWY
- Sweet song that will put a smile on your face and warm your heart! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuvejScpYpAet
- Thankful Handprint Tree This is a wonderful family project. Who knows – it might become a permanent piece of art in your home! https://funhandprintartblog.com/thankful-handprint-trees-craft.html
- The Gratitude Game This is great for conversation. Use crayons or markers; take turns picking a color and tell one thing you are thankful for:
- Red – Name a person you are thankful for.
- Yellow – Name a place you are thankful for.
- Green – Name a food you are thankful for.
- Blue – Name a thing you are thankful for.
- Purple – Name anything you are thankful for.
- Gratitude Scavenger Hunt We previously posted this on our Facebook page, but thought it was worth sharing again. It could be fun for the entire family, not just the kids! https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/gratitude-scavenger-hunt/
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
- Read Aloud – The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJtXNpSa8Gs&t=54s
- Game – Hide the Strawberry from the BIG Hungry Bear! For this activity make a big strawberry out of construction paper. One child pretends to be the BIG hungry bear while the other child pretends to be the mouse who was frantically trying to hide the strawberry. The “mouse” quickly hides the giant strawberry and then the other child pretends to be the bear and hunt around for it. We love hunts! (even when the toddler hides the strawberry in the same spot every time 😊Take turns being the mouse and bear.
- Recipe – Healthy Strawberry Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Butter These healthy strawberry muffins are great for munching while reading “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear” with your kiddos. The cinnamon butter looks amazing! http://wonderlandrecipes.com/2019/06/06/healthy-strawberry-muffins-cinnamon-honey-butter/
- Sensory Play – Playdough Strawberries Follow the link below for a great recipe for homemade playdough. Add some red food coloring, some rice for the seeds and roll the playdough into strawberry balls. Have your child practice cutting the strawberry in half with a child friendly knife. https://pages.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/parentsasteachers/3yearsthroughkindergarten_foundational2/iphone/parentsasteachers_3yearsthroughkindergarten_foundational2_p0180_hires.jpg?1598415943
- Read Aloud – The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3d2N6pWcw0
- Sing Along – I Have a Pet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWepfJ-8XU0
- Sensory Activity – Wash the Dog: https://www.pre-kpages.com/pet-sensory-activity-wash-dog/
- Art Activities:
- Make your own pet rock: https://livingwellmom.com/pet-rocks/
- Craft stick pet puppets: https://toddlerapproved.com/2015/06/craft-stick-pet-puppets-for-kids.html
- Movement Activities:
- Pet themed Yoga (click here for some additional illustrations): https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/pet-themed-yoga
- Animal gross motor activity: https://lifeovercs.com/animal-gross-motor-activity-for-preschoolers/
- Feed the Cat fine motor activity: This is easy to set up. Use a brown paper lunch bag and cut a hole out of it on one side. Find a cat clipart image or draw a cat. Cut a hole in its mouth for the food to go in. Attach it to the lunch bag (being sure the hole in the cat lines up with the hole in the bag). Give your child a bowl or bucket filled with cereal, pom-poms or other small items and a spoon to feed the kitty. Your child can scoop the “food” from the bowl into the cat’s mouth until the bowl is empty. For added fun, make meowing noises as they feed the kitty.
- Read Aloud – Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrNvjDzll9E
- Sing Along – Shapes song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEbRDtCAFdU
- Math Activities
- Giant shape matching game: https://busytoddler.com/2017/01/giant-shape-match-activity/
- Shape sorting sun catcher: https://happytotshelf.com/shapes-sorting-suncatcher/
- Art Activities:
- Movement Activities
- Circle shape hunt: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/get-moving-with-this-fun-toddler-circle-activity/
- Shape Hop: click here for a fun Shape Hop activity
- Read Aloud – Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uQulEnxsRo
- Sing (and Dance) Along – Halloween Stomp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWyz77PLl6I
- Art Activities:
- Ghost Craft: https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk/easy-ghost-craft-for-kids/
- Paper Plate Spiders: https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-spiders.html
- Sensory Activity – Spooky Noodles sensory activity: https://teachingmama.org/spooky-noodles-sensory-activity/
- Movement activities:
- Pumpkin Bowling (using either rolls of toilet paper or paper towel): https://who-arted.com/2013/10/31/halloween-games-for-kids-pumpkin-bowling/
- Spider Races (Due to COVID, you many not want to have kids race against each other. Instead they can take turns and time each other on how long it takes to get to the finish line.): https://www.stillplayingschool.com/2015/10/spider-races-halloween-games-kids.html
- Science Experiment – Flying Tea Bag Ghosts: https://www.playdoughtoplato.com/kids-science-flying-tea-bag-ghosts/
- Read Aloud – Are you a ladybug? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humprhies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lLkZI1gptg
- Sing Along – Ladybugs picnic song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX9J7WcYtxI
- Art Activities:
- Paper Plate Ladybug craft: https://happyhooligans.ca/ladybug-craft-for-toddlers/
- Apple Stamp Ladybug craft: https://www.simpleeverydaymom.com/apple-stamp-ladybug-craft-for-kids/
- Sensory Activity – Ladybug playdough counting mats: https://www.funwithmama.com/ladybug-playdoh-math-counting-mats/ To extend this activity you can roll dice and what ever number comes up you can either take away that number of playdough spots from the ladybug or add to them.
- Movement Activity – Lady Bug movement game: Have you ever played the game Bluebird, Bluebird? It’s a super simple and quick game you can play with your kids indoors or outdoors. Here’s a ladybug take on this classic song:
Ladybug, ladybug in and out my window Ladybug, ladybug in and out my window Ladybug, ladybug in and out my window Oh Johnny, I’m so tired!
The modified ladybug version of the game goes like this:
- Everyone stands in a circle holding hands with hands held up high forming arches or “windows”
- One person is then chosen to be the first ladybug
- Everybody sings the tune over and over as the ladybug weaves in and out of the windows (under the arms of those forming the circle). Click here if you want to see a demonstration.
- Take turns being the ladybug
Once you have this version down, you can play the original version – the bluebird/ladybug chooses a partner at the end of the verse. The second child then follows holding the first child’s shoulders while passing through the windows. The game continues and another child is added to the chain after each verse. You can work your way up to adding more children as participants become more familiar with the game.
- Read Aloud – It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV_YMKGb0EU
- Sing Along – Five Little Pumpkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trDl36m9pgA
- Art Activities:
- Lego Stamped Pumpkin: https://www.craftymorning.com/simple-lego-stamped-pumpkin-craft-kids/
- Stained Glass Pumpkin Suncatchers: https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk/stained-glass-pumpkin-suncatcher/
- Motor Activities:
- Science Experiment – Fizzy Pumpkin Patch: https://lemonlimeadventures.com/simple-toddler-science-fizzing-pumpkin-patches/
- Sensory Activities:
- Jack-O-Lantern sensory bin: https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/jack-o-lantern-sensory-bin-for-toddlers/
- Wash the Pumpkins sensory bin: https://busytoddler.com/2019/10/clean-the-pumpkins/
For some additional fun, print these Pumpkins Investigation sheets and have your child complete them.
- Read Aloud – Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bs4EkXYHTM
- Sing Along – Special Soup by Jack Hartmann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXqEty5dA1Y
- Art Activity – Make your own paper plate pizza: https://www.shesaved.com/2016/04/paper-plate-pizza-craft-idea.html/
- Sensory Activity – Kitchen tools investigation station: https://www.thekeeperofthememories.com/kitchen-tools-investigation-station-for-little-kids/
- Fine Motor Activity – Aluminum foil and play food: https://playteachrepeat.com/play-food-foil-fine-motor-activity/
- Cooking Activities/Recipes:
- Bee-bim Bop: https://www.somedaysaints.com/favorite-eats-bee-bim-bop-recipe-a-fun-book/
- English Muffin Pizzas: http://twinmomrefreshed.com/english-muffin-pizza-toddler-recipe/
- Potato Pancakes: https://yummyinspirations.net/2013/06/cooking-with-kids-potato-pancakes-and/
- Apple Muffins: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/how-to-make-easy-apple-muffins-with-toddlers/
- Smoothie Popsicles: https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2016/05/cooking-kids-smoothie-popsicle.html
- Read Aloud – Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkVRu9oflBc
- Sing Along – Grey Squirrel song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1U5i_scF_M
- Sensory Activity – Squirrel sensory bin (if you don’t have a toy squirrel to but in your sensory bin you can use any small woodland animal figures you have): https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/squirrel-sensory-bin/
- Art Activity – Make your own bird feeder: https://www.theresourcefulmama.com/toilet-paper-roll-bird-feeders/
- Fine Motor Activity – Acorn counting: https://viewsfromastepstool.com/acorn-fine-motor-and-counting/
- Gross Motor Activity – Animal Track Jump: https://modernpreschool.com/outdoor-gross-motor-animal-track-game/
Check out the “Be Like a Frog” handout for ideas on how to enhance your child’s social-emotional development. By focusing on breathing and observing, your child will learn to relax and calm down.
- Read Aloud – We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwjeZtq8lkc
- Sing Along – Autumn Leaves are Falling Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyJIfdA71Lc
- Art Activities:
- Fall leaf painting: https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/rolling-pin-fall-leaf-painting.html:
- Fall leaf puppets: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2016/09/leaf-puppets-kids-fall-craft.html
- Fine Motor Activities:
- Fall Tree with pipecleaners: https://thekindergartenconnection.com/fall-tree-fine-motor-activity/
- Leaf cutting tray: https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/leaf-cutting-tray/
- Sensory Activity: https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/oobleck-and-leaves/
Before doing the ‘leaf cutting tray fine motor activity’ you may want to review the Helping Your Child Learn to Cut handout.
- Read Aloud – The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjs7T3okYls
- Sing Along – Apple Picking Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCTxDZJaUF4
- Sensory Activities:
- Make apple pie play dough: http://wendyshat.com/2014/09/apple-pie-play-dough.html
- Apple pie sensory bin: http://www.stirthewonder.com/apple-pie-sensory-bin/
- Building Activity – Building with small apple pieces and toothpicks: https://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/09/building-with-apples.html?m=1
- Art Activity – Apple Printing: https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/how-to-put-together-a-toddler-apple-activity-lots-of-action/
- Science Experiment – Apple Volcano: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/erupting-apple-science-baking-soda-fizzy-activity/
The Rainbow Fish
- Read Aloud – The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFORvXhub28
- Sing Along – The Rainbow Fish song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzgpA86x94U
- Art/Fine Motor Activity – Rainbow Fish foil painting: https://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/fine-motor-rainbow-fish-foil-painting-activity/
- Sensory Activity – Rainbow Fish play dough activity: https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/07/12/the-rainbow-fish-play-dough-activity/
- Science Activity – Fizzy rainbow science activity: https://playtolearnpreschool.us/fizzy-rainbows/
See the Friendships and Peer Interactions parent handout for more information on peer interactions and sharing.
Let's Go to Space!
- Read Aloud – If I were an Astronaut by Eric Braun (read by a real astronaut in Space): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wV8yw7iV8w
- Sing Along – The Planet Song for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQrlgH97v94
- Art Activities:
- Planet Sun Catchers (Use the sing along song above for reference to what each planet looks like): https://fun-a-day.com/space-craft-for-kids-coffee-filter-planets/
- Marbled Planets Art: https://iheartcraftythings.com/preschool-space-craft-marbled-planets.html
- Sensory Activities:
- Make your own moon sand: https://theimaginationtree.com/home-made-moon-sand-recipe/
- Make your own Lunar Landscape sensory small world: https://theimaginationtree.com/lunar-landscape-sensory-small-world-play/
- Motor Activity – Moon Crater Jump: https://www.mamaoflittles.com/moon-crater-jump-gross-motor-space-activity/
- Snack Time – Make your own Astronaut Ice Cream: https://teachbesideme.com/space-food-how-to-make-astronaut-ice-cream/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=1058613492_49907304_27457
Check out the Process versus Product parent handout for information on helping your child become a creative problem solver.
- Read Aloud – Pete the Cat Goes Camping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9c8bKE7K44
- Sing Along – Camping song for kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4JDQO7DjzE
- Art Activities
- Painting with marshmallows: https://fun-a-day.com/painting-with-marshmallows/
- Camp fire handprints: https://viewsfromastepstool.com/campfire-handprint-art/
- Game – Building firewood sculptures and making a guessing game out of it: https://confidencemeetsparenting.com/fun-camping-firewood-game-a-special-guest/
- Sensory Activity – Small World Camping: https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/camping-small-world.html
- Camping themed snack – Smores on a Stick: https://fun-a-day.com/preschool-camping-theme-snack-smores-on-a-stick/
- Science Activity – together with your child explore with fire science: https://viewsfromastepstool.com/fire-science-for-kids/
Let's Go to the Zoo!
- Read Aloud – Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyshEclzRxk
- Sing Along – We’re Going to the Zoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FSqxFQlSGk
- Sensory Bin – Zoo animal bath: https://elemenopkids.com/zoo-animal-bath-sensory-play/
- Motor Activity – Zoo Yoga: https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/zoo-yoga/
- Game – Zoo animal memory game: Develop your child’s memory with this simple game. Collect 3 or more different animal toys/figures and line them up. Have your child remember them and then close their eyes. When they are not looking, take a toy away and hide it. After they open their eyes, see if they can remember which toy is missing.
- Paper Plate Lion: Paper plates always make for cute and easy crafts. For this lion, have your child first make snips all the way around the paper plate to add a little 3D effect for the mane. Then have them paint the center of the plate yellow and the outer part of the plate orange. After the plate is completely dry, give them pre-cut pieces of construction paper (or have them cut the pieces) to create the lion’s face; glue in place.
- Handprint Giraffe: Have your child make a handprint using yellow paint. Using a paint brush, have them add a long neck and head. After that, use a q-tip and/or their fingers to make the giraffe’s spots.
All About Feelings
- Read along – The Way I Feel by Janan Cain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSdSWlfCpJ8
- Sing along – Sesame Street Feelings Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po5lHYJJQfw
- Motor Activity – The Feelings Walk: Emotions Activity for Kids: https://www.andnextcomesl.com/2019/10/feelings-walk-emotions-activity.html
- Sensory Play – Exploring Emotions through Homemade Slime: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/inside-out-exploring-emotions-activity-with-sensory-play/
- Art Activity – Making Emotion Stones: https://whereimaginationgrows.com/emotions-story-stones-for-kids/
In addition, see the Using Books to Explore Your Child’s Emotions handout to learn how you can use books to help your child understand, recognize and cope with his/her feelings.
- Read along – To The Beach by Linda Ashman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT6pOLAGhEE
- Sing along – The Beach Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zptXMcZcf18
- Art Activity – Beach Ball Art: http://www.paper-and-glue.com/2017/07/beach-ball-painting-summer-process-art.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes
- Science Activity – Make your own Sand Slime: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/homemade-sand-slime-recipe/
- Gross Motor Activity – Beach Ball game: https://www.pre-kpages.com/beach-ball-gross-motor-game/
- Sensory Play – Beach Sensory Bins:
- Read aloud – Froggy Learns to Swim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIl_Yq423-Y
- Sing along – The Water Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwpHMPH-WbM
- Art Activity – Painting with water. This can be done either inside with paper or outside on the sidewalk, a fence or another wood surface: https://happyhooligans.ca/painting-water-activity-for-kids/
- Motor Activity – Make your own Water Wall: https://happyhooligans.ca/water-wall/
- Sensory Play:
- Water transfer activity with sponges: https://www.livewellplaytogether.com/water-transfer-stem-water-play/
- Bubble foam activity table: https://busytoddler.com/2020/05/bubble-foam-water-table/
- Frozen animal rescue water table Idea: https://mamapapabubba.com/2014/01/08/frozen-ocean-animal-rescue-salt-water-ice-play/
- 30 Summer Sensory bin ideas: https://taminglittlemonsters.com/30-water-sensory-bins-for-summer/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=1041363128_48441232_493564
Sensory play can boost your child’s fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, curiosity, creativity, confidence and more. See That’s Using Your Senses handout for even more ideas for sensory play.
- Read along – Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_gk8KE8D8w
- Sing along – Dinosaur Stomp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw8fapoBDK4
- Science Activity – Making Dinosaur Fossils with kids: https://thesimpleparent.com/diy-kids-crafts-diy-dinosaur-fossils/
- Art Activity – Making Dinosaur tracks: https://www.sunshineandchaos.com/2019/02/25/dinosaur-tracks-painting-activity/
- Movement Activity –Dinosaur movement game: https://www.theottoolbox.com/dinosaur-gross-motor-movement-game-kids/
- Sensory Activity – Make salt–dough fossils and create a dinosaur excavation sensory bin: https://www.simpleeverydaymom.com/easy-salt-dough-fossils/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=398032304_13203056_23404
Learn how playing with your child helps them develop their language and social skills on this Let’s Play Games handout.
Chicka Chicka 1,2,3
- Read Aloud – Chicka Chicka 1,2,3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hen5TlP87m0
- Sing Along – Chicka Chicka, 1,2,3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_yIM0gbiJs&list=PLeiLCNQGn6XMSxb8quQN_cvGONKMWlhSa
- Motor Activity – Squirt the Number: Fine and gross motor practice are all rolled into one with this activity. Write a bunch of numbers all over the ground with sidewalk chalk and then tell your child which number to find and squirt it with a spray bottle/water squirter.
- Art Activity – Secret Number Painting – Have you ever used a white crayon on Easter eggs to create designs before dying them? In this activity you write numbers all over a piece of paper with a white crayon and then let your child paint the page with watercolors. They will love uncovering each number: http://www.adashoflearning.com/2018/08/secret-message-painting-multi-use.html
- Sensory Activity – Number and counting activity with playdough: https://alittlepinchofperfect.com/numbers-and-counting-activity-for-kids/
For more info on teaching your child about numbers and counting, see the Beginning to Count parent handout.
- Sing Along – Ice Cream Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaMhY8uvUWE
- Read aloud – Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_znhL29unec
- Game – Play “Pass the Ice Cream” game which was inspired by the above book: https://www.sunnydayfamily.com/2016/09/sharing-activity-for-preschoolers.html
- Art Project – Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone Project: https://www.craftymorning.com/puffy-paint-ice-cream-cones-craft-kids/
- Imaginative Play – Play Ice Cream Shop! Use items around your house such as small bowls or cardboard tubes for cones. For the ice cream, use colored tissue paper and crumple it up or different colored pom poms: https://www.littlelifelonglearners.com/2018/10/ice-cream-shop-dramatic-play.html/
- Sensory Play – Ice Cream Sensory Bin: https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/ice-cream-sensory-bin.html
- Science Experiment – Make your own ice cream in a bag: https://www.pre-kpages.com/science-for-kids-ice-cream-in-a-bag/
Click here to see the Parent Handout for info on how pretend play helps your child’s language, cognitive, social and motor development.
- Read Aloud – I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGxI6v-kIOY
- Sing Along – Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkefHONq-6I
- Sensory Play – Making bugs out of playdough: https://frugalfun4boys.com/playdough-bugs/
- Art Activities:
- Bug painting: http://www.paper-and-glue.com/2015/05/creepy-crawly-bug-painting-kids-craft.html
- Fly swatter painting:https://playteachrepeat.com/fly-swatter-painting/
- Let’s Go on a Bug Hunt: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2018/03/bug-scavenger-hunt.html
- Build Your own Bug House: https://www.playlearneveryday.com/2015/04/making-bug-houses.html?m=1
- Make your own Ladybug apple snacks: https://funfamilycrafts.com/ladybug-apple-snacks/
In addition to the recipe for the no-cook playdough, the parent handout provides insight on how playing with playdough helps your child’s development.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom read aloud by Ray Charles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9cSehiXeI
- Art Activity – Make a tree out of a paper towel tube and paper: https://tabithaw.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/chicka-chicka-boom-boom/
- Letter Scavenger Hunt – Hide letters in out in your yard or around the house: http://lovenloot.blogspot.com/2013/05/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-scavenger-hunt.html?m=1
- Make your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom board game: http://www.themanylittlejoys.com/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-alphabet-game/
- Sensory Bin – If you don’t have sand you can use water, rice or dried beans: https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-alphabet-play/
- Snack Time – Make your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom snack: https://www.pre-kpages.com/chicka-chicka-boom-boom-inspired-snacks/
Let's Go to the Ocean
- Read Aloud: Over in the Ocean-In a Coral Reef: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Tbtd3mdRHs&t=37s
- A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea sing-along song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1Qn2bcZRTo&list=PLBXTTZSIyz7i-H9G7Y5i0ZcrG6xOgkEVo
- Art activity – Ocean Foil Painting: http://www.paper-and-glue.com/2017/08/ocean-foil-painting-preschool-process-art.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes
- Sensory activity – Ocean Soap Foam: https://viewsfromastepstool.com/ocean-soap-foam-sensory-play/
- Ocean Science – Salt water Experiment: https://www.sciencekiddo.com/salt-water-experiment-ocean-science/
- Virtual Field Trip to the Aquarium: https://thehaphazardtraveler.com/virtual-tours-aquarium-live-feeds/
Moving our Bodies!
- From Head to Toe story by Eric Carle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liMuGN-NJ6o
- Movement song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLaJ4jyKBUY
- Gross motor activities with tape: https://handsonaswegrow.com/5-different-activities-for-6-lines-of-tape/
- Outdoor circle hop game: https://www.toddleratplay.com/?s=circle+hop
- Outdoor parachute games: https://www.mymundaneandmiraculouslife.com/parachute-games-kids/
- More fun movement activities: https://planningplaytime.com/toddler-activities
See the following Parent Handouts for more info: Building Bodies: Large Muscles, Strength and Endurance, Encouraging Gross Motor Mastery and Your Child’s Motor Development.
- Paint Bags: https://besttoys4toddlers.com/shaving-cream-color-mixing-sensory-bag/
- Magical Changing Milk: https://handsonaswegrow.com/color-changing-milk-mixing-colors/
- Rice and Ice sensory activity: https://www.learning4kids.net/2015/07/19/rice-and-ice-sensory-activity/
Growing a Garden
Check out this handout to learn more about how working with scissors helps your child’s development.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar book read by Eric Carle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkYmvxP0AJI
- Sing along of Hungry Caterpillar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-gNaNOWdg8
- Egg carton caterpillar craft: https://intheplayroom.co.uk/2015/08/26/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-egg-carton-craft/
- Hungry caterpillar fine motor activity for toddlers: https://karacarrero.com/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-activities-for-toddlers/#_a5y_p=4408168
- Hungry caterpillar counting activity: https://alittlepinchofperfect.com/counting-caterpillars-kids-activity-inspired-by-the-hungry-caterpillar/
How Big Is It? Measuring and Recording
- The Bubble Factory by Tomie dePaola: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1JSbey2P10
- Bubbles! A read aloud book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqov9LgVDFo
- Pop The Bubbles | Kids Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CI29h-AXDM
- DIY bubbles made from dishwashing liquid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCgXneB7zY8
Check out these Parents as Teachers activity pages for ideas about how to use the bubbles you mix with your child! Then go out and experiment: What kind of air do you need to make a really big bubble or lots of small ones? Do different wands make different bubbles? How many bubbles can you pop?
Going on a Bear Hunt
- Going on a Bear Hunt Story told by Courtney: https://youtu.be/281x9LdKLxA
- Going on a Bear Hunt Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ShP3fiEhU
- Going on a Sound Hunt Activity: https://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2011/12/were-going-on-sound-hunt.html
- Scavenger Hunt: Click here for list of items to hunt for on your Scavenger Hunt
- Cardboard tube Bear Craft: https://creativefamilyfun.net/cardboard-tube-bear/
- Going on a Bear Hunt Sensory Bin idea: https://childhood101.com/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt-small-world-play/?fbclid=IwAR33LzGDjpxPXF9yho_cGwEedtz_jJOh4SEKG4n-e9ySRDgzEV2Qe8pdBHU
- Link to 5 Little Ducks Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZw9veQ76fo
- Link to 5 Little Ducks Gross Motor Activity: https://lifeovercs.com/five-little-ducks-on-the-pond-gross-motor-activity/
- Art activity – Make hand-print ducks with finger paint (see photos above)
Finger Paint Recipe
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Food coloring
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add water and mix well. Bring to a boil over medium high heat being sure to stir constantly to prevent sticking to the pan or burning. As soon as it begins to bubble and thicken (this took about 5 minutes on my stove, it will start to look clearer) – remove from heat. Let it cool about 5 minutes. Pour mixture into 3 small bowls or jars if you have them (small mason jars, baby food containers with lids or small plastic containers work well.) Add 4 or 5 drops of food coloring and mix well. Cover and let cool completely before use. It will be the consistency of pudding. Works best if used on heavy paper like cardstock or construction paper. Bonus: this is edible so kids of all ages can enjoy! For more information on how you can use finger painting and creative projects as learning tools, check out these handouts: Finger Painting and Process vs. Product
- Sun Bread Read Aloud – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UkuJdIsRCc
- Mr. Sun Sing Along – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlzvrEfyL2Y&list=RD89wFzRsg1EY&index=2
- Sun Bread Recipe – https://www.storyofakitchen.com/bread-recipes/sun-bread/ (Or if you would rather, click here for a recipe for making play dough and make pretend bread).