Your birthday child can pitch in on their party prep by making these TP tube favor boxes– and have fun doing it too!
Recycled Pillow Box Favors | Skip To My Lou
All these take are the TP tubes, paint and decorations such as stickers or more paint, and spray gloss once the decorations are done. Fill with your party favor hand-outs. The kids will be wanting to know how to make these nifty little containers.
Great Pinterest board FULL of ideas for play for babies and toddlers. Perhaps my favorite: baby finger paint using vanilla pudding with food coloring- since it ends up in their mouth anyways. Clever!
Here’s a mom’s top 10 recommendations for preschool learning apps for the smartphone or tablet. I really like her approach: since there’s almost no way around the fact that this technology is going to be part of their lives, harnass it to provide a learning experience rather than solely an entertainment experience.
Top 10 Educational Apps for Preschoolers.
There’s a lot of math and number/letter recognition that becomes fun when it’s interactive as it is on these devices. And far more beneficial in the long run than Angry Birds!
A different kind of painting that your older elementary school age child or tween may enjoy. The negative images can be animals as you see or anything they fancy, cut from a magazine or found online and printed on card stock.
DIY: Watercolor Silhouette | Pretty Prudent.
They’ll enjoy the challenge of getting their watercolor paint to spread in interesting and attractive ways on the wet ‘canvas’ (watercolor paper) to make the backdrop for the silhouette.
Even if your child isn’t going to be the next Rembrandt, exploring new art forms is an exercise in creativity and right brain thinking, both skills all kids needs to develop.
This Pinterest Board has many good ideas for books for preschool kids. While geared to a classroom situation, books can be enjoyed anywhere, making this a good parental resource.
Head Start Ideas
Do check out the website that lists picture books by subject, so you can gear your reading to what’s going on in your preschoolers life.
A home with books is a home filled with learners.
The kids will probably have never made a ‘rubbing’ before, so it will be new and interesting. Just take a variety of coins, fairly heavy white paper and their crayons and colored pencils. Minimal set up and virtually mess free.
Art and Math Activities : Coin Rubbings.
After the art, have the child match the rubbings to the coins and write down the values of each. Move on to how many pennies in a nickel, etc. A sneaky way to get in a little summertime math.
Some insights here into how our kids brains’ process learning new skills – and tips to help the process along.
A Child’s brain as they learn new skill.
It’s amazing how the brain functions much like a muscle– repetition creates strength, size, ease of doing.
But the BIG message here is that in order to learn new skills, kids NEED to learn to fail and it is an important part of the process of learning. They need to learn to fail EARLY, not later.
Sneak in some summer math along with rock play! Paint the rocks together- any toy they’ve helped to create will be more ‘attractive’ and get used. You’ll probably have to add the numbers and symbols, but your child will still be invested in those rocks. Then, the math fun can begin.
Number Rocks Math Fun [Contributed by Fun-A-Day!] –.
There’s lot of ways to play with these that teach a range of math concepts: bigger and smaller, matching numbers to their meaning (the count of the symbols), putting numbers together to make bigger numbers ( a 2 and a 4 makes 24), and if you make enough rocks, simple addition and subtraction.
Before you or your child knows it, lots of math has been learned and practiced.
These are printable for you to use with your kids– they can copy the Lego creation and you can supplement with some animal learning, perhaps on line with real pictures and related information.
Lego Animal Alphabet Cards I-L ( and library pick of the week) |.
Do click on the preceding Alphabet Cards A-K, and enjoy them all.
Don’t have quite all the shapes and colors in the pictures? Good! That teaches kids to improvise and think outside the box.
Making your own face paint has to be cheaper than buying it, and allows for more quantity, either for a larger canvas or more faces or bodies, as in at a party.
Summer and cleaning up with the hose or the sprinkler allows your preschooler to experiment with paint all over themselves! This is the ‘larger canvas’ I was referring to above. It’s an experiment/experience they won’t forget.
Serve up your homemade facepaint with small brushes, and let the older kids decorate each others faces. Print off some templates for them to copy- just google ‘face painting templates’.
Do heed the warning about store bought food coloring and getting them cleaned up after.