Family Project: Puppet Show 

We have just returned from our annual week on Lake Huron with my family. Most families enjoy just hanging out on vacation, but we are not most families. For us, family time is project time. We paint and draw and quilt and crochet and dance and make pinatas and Chinese dragons and have masquerades and … Continue reading Family Project: Puppet Show 

Wikki Stix Letters

I'm always looking for new ways to get my preschooler interested in making letters, whether through drawing, painting, Play-Doh, chalk, or writing in the steam on the shower door.  Any way to get him making letters!  He recently hit 500 on his "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" reading log, and as a reward, our local library … Continue reading Wikki Stix Letters

Math Everywhere: Division

While preparing for our first family trip involving an airplane, we got to do a little hands-on math.  Our kids' pediatrician suggested we bring gummy bears along for the flight to help avoid painful ear pressure during take-offs and landings.  We bought a big bag and divided them up into four groups -- two for … Continue reading Math Everywhere: Division

Preschool in the Kitchen: Hummus

My three-year-old loves to help out in the kitchen.  He's now at a point where if I get out my mini-chopper, he runs over and asks me what we're making.  This is an appliance that terrified him just a few short months ago, and now he pretty much considers it his chopper. One of our favorite … Continue reading Preschool in the Kitchen: Hummus

Preschool Science: Color-Mixing, Day 2

To reinforce the color-mixing ideas we'd talked about previously, we tried another experiment with food-coloring and water.  This demonstration relies on the tendency of liquids to reach equilibrium.  When we connect the jars, the water will flow until it has reached an equal level in all of the jars.  If we put food coloring in … Continue reading Preschool Science: Color-Mixing, Day 2

Preschool Science: Color Mixing Day 1

We have been talking about boiling, melting, freezing, and states of matter with our preschooler, so we tried this simple color-mixing activity. First, we made blue, red, and yellow ice cubes.  We needed five of each color for this activity, and we made them simply by putting one drop of food coloring in each section … Continue reading Preschool Science: Color Mixing Day 1

Early Math Activity: Making Groups of Ten

Here's a quick and fun activity to introduce pairs that add to ten -- important math facts to memorize early!  We used our Unifix cubes, but Duplos, Legos, or any other connecting blocks would work as well. I made stacks of cubes for each of the numbers 1 through 9, including two stacks of 5, … Continue reading Early Math Activity: Making Groups of Ten

Boundless Energy: Awesome Preschool Science Activity

This week, our marble set has been working overtime.  We engineered a wall of pipes and tracks to run our marbles down, and we've been using it to explore how potential and kinetic energy work.  We began with a short track at the base of the wall and tested  marbles to see if they had … Continue reading Boundless Energy: Awesome Preschool Science Activity