When the temperatures drop, bring the educational fun indoors with these fun, easy activities for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
Check out these alternative block play ideas from The Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers, and watch as children develop creative expression, problem solving, social interactions, language use, and more!Movement and Play Math
Mother's love receiving hand-made gifts from their children! Try this fun, 3D Mother's Day boquet craft with the kids you teach. When children take the time to make their own special gift or card, it fosters a sense of pride and encourages creativity and empathy. Get more monthly and holiday activities like this in the book, The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6.printable Art Individual Child
This activity will help children develop a sense of his or her family unit—who the members are and how your child is related to them. Children will also use sorting skills as he or she organizes the album, and will learn vocabulary for the relations, word names, family names, and nicknames.
This activity, as well as all the activities in Kick-Start Kindergarten Readiness, is designed to help early childhood teachers involve families in supporting the rich learning that takes place in your preschool classroom. Many parents want to help their little ones in preparing for and getting the most out of kindergarten, and this book provides teachers with the resources to help them do just that.Literacy Social Emotional
Help children visualize the four stages of the life cycle of a butterfly! This activity, and all the activities from the book Partnering With Parents, are designed to promote family involvement through group meetings with parents and children. After getting acquainted in an informal setting, families can overcome initial social anxiety and become actively involved in activities.Program Administration Science
Take your children outside and guide their innate spirit of curiosity and adventure! This simple nature bracelet activity will elevate your nature walks to an immersive investigation of nature. “Nature bracelets are easy to make and a perfect activity for hikes or camping,” shares Erin Buhr, MEd, in her book Little Walks, Big Adventures: 50+ Ideas for Exploring with Toddlers.Movement and Play Outdoor Learning Infant & Toddler
This activity from the book Science Adventures is a great way to introduce children to early science concepts like scale and proportion. This activity will challenge children to build houses that are proportionally appropriate for a doll, stuffed animal, or some other toy. Through trial and error, the children will be able to determine the sizes of the houses they build.Outdoor Learning Science
Preschoolers will have an egg-cellent time creating their own mosaic Easter eggs from balled up tissue paper! This activity from the GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds is a great way to get little ones using their creativity and fine-motor skills.printable Art Spring Large Group
Positive interactions with animals make important contributions to a child’s quality of life, yet many children today have only limited opportunities for deep engagement with animals. As Dr. Ruth Wilson explains in her book Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors, we as adults can help young children experience a life that is “really good” by strengthening their connections with animals and other living things. This bug box activity will not only foster a sense of wonder, but also encourage a sense of kinship with nature as children create a small habitat for the bugs that they find.Outdoor Learning Spring
Teachers are always looking for ways to save money. Few teachers have enough money to buy essential materials and supplies, especially with tight budgets and so many classroom needs. Using inexpensive or recycled materials helps teachers save money for special items and spend less money out-of-pocket.
Children will have a blast using recycled toilet paper cylinders to create wind socks in this thrifty activity from Sanity Savers: 200 Quick Fixes for Everything from Big Messes to Small Budgets. Toilet paper cylinders are a very easy material to acquire, and you can always ask children’s families to contribute as well. Get Sanity Savers for more resourceful solutions for teachers including minimizing interruptions, saving money, storage ideas, clean-up tip, transitions and more!Art
April is the perfect month to incorporate outdoor activities for kids into your home or classroom. Outdoor exploration and nature-based investigations are a wonderful way for children to learn through play, following their own pace and sense of curiosity. Outdoor learning activities not only promote scientific inquiry, but also help children develop a sense of independence, caring, and self-motivation.Outdoor Learning
Create sparkle ice sculptures and even fake snow with hands-on activities to entertain kids in and out of the classroom.
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