Update: The preschooler finished her sewing project!

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This is an update for my post Sewing with a preschooler. My 5-year-old finished her first sewing project! I helped thread the plastic sewing needle every time she needed a new color of yarn, and I also helped her correct errors (which happened a lot). But she really enjoyed it and it made her feel accomplished.

I helped my almost-3-year-old and she is not bad either (below) ūüôā

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More boredom busters for toddlers and preschoolers

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Painting on aluminum foil.

100_6219“Paint” with water on a chalkboard. My kids love this. They also like washing it this way (which is a bonus because they clean off all of the chalk dust).

100_6226Stick tooth picks into play doh. As simple as this may seem it was very interesting to a 2.5-year-old and a 5-year-old. They pretended like the toothpicks were birthday candles on a cake, arms and legs on a person, etc.

100_6201No play doh? Mix together 1 cup hair conditioner and 2 cups cornstarch. It’s very soft and fragrant! I’ve seen this recipe (sometimes called cloud dough) all over the internet and it really is worth trying out. Next time I’ll add some food coloring and make it colorful.

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Color Sorting and Counting with Mini Pom Poms!

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This is a Montessori-inspired many-in-one activity for preschoolers! It can be as simple as sorting the colors into different cups,¬†or become more challenging if you add some counting exercises. If you look closely I’ve added tweezers as an option to practice picking up the small pom poms with.

I’ve¬†included the number cards as a way to add more challenge. Which ever number is next in the pile is how many she sorts into one of the cups!

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These mini pom poms are just another way to mix up materials and make learning more fun! They are very inexpensive, come in so many different colors, and can be utilized in many different activities.

Another fun counting exercise: http://everyonecanmontessori.com/2014/02/27/counting-with-cotton-balls/

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children & paint are like peas & carrots

watercolors

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In the photo above, my daughter is painting from a booklet that has the ready-to-go paints on each¬†page. She has a¬† basic watercolor set, but these paint booklets are¬†sort of a novelty for kids.¬†I first introduced watercolors to my daughter when she was a lot younger, maybe two-years-old, and it took a lot of explanation. Now that she’s almost three-and-a-half she has no trouble at all using the watercolors by herself.

less messy painting

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Here she is using the do-a-dot art paint pen set. These were a gift to her so I’m not sure where they were purchased. Probably most craft stores carry them, or try Amazon. These¬†are great because sometimes I don’t have the time nor the energy to get out finger paints (which she needs help cleaning up afterwards), but¬†she still can get her paint kicks out.

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She also has fun with this activity because of the little bottles and the caps that need to be screwed on and off. It sort of duals as a fine motor development exercise with all of the unscrewing of the caps. And she has fun sorting the bottles together. Anything that requires coordination and concentration is preparing her for later being able to excel in the classroom. It all counts!

~Thanks for reading~

arts and crafts (free play)

 

First of all, I have to say that arts and crafts are so very important for children to learn appreciation for. I have always really encouraged my daughter’s drawing and art projects more than anything. Finishing an art project (whether it’s a painting, or a scribble, or a play doh sculpture) gives an instant gratification; a concrete accomplishment. I think older kids and teenagers should be encouraged just the same. Adults too, but I will get down from my soap box. ūüôā

glue projects

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I found some foam shapes at the Dollar Store. Our Dollar Store has a pretty awesome section of random preschool and kinder garden materials. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with them (should they be for a counting activity, or what?) but I decided I only paid a dollar for them so might as well let her have some fun! My three year old loves gluing. Maybe all kids love glue.¬†Your child will have tons of fun,¬†and¬†below the surface she is¬†refining motor skills, hand eye coordination, and concentration abilities.¬†Anyway, you definitely don’t need foam shapes to have your preschool kid have fun with glue. I used to just cut strips of construction paper and she could glue those down all day long. But, now¬†what shall I do with dozens of sheets of glued down shapes?

rubber stamp fun

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My daughter received this mini stamp and colored pencil kit as a gift over the holidays. I am sure you can find pretty inexpensive stamps at craft stores, Amazon, etc. Anyway, it is one of her favorite things to do. She loves it. I often use very inexpensive index cards (found at office supply stores, Target, etc.) in place of large sheets of paper for many of her shelf activities, otherwise she leaves huge portions of the paper unused.

stencils

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Stencils are great. You can find them at office supply stores, craft stores, discount stores… maybe even drug stores. They come in all varieties (geometric shapes, letters, animals, hearts, etc.). For this activity I place sheets of paper, small pencils, and a pencil sharpener on a tray. The mini pencils and sharpener are sort of a sub activity of this activity (practical life), and make¬†it even¬†more inviting. Tracing and stenciling aid in fine motor skills and developing the muscles in the hand necessary for being able to later write letters and such.

~Many more posts on arts and crafts are sure to come in the future! Thanks for reading~