Preschool at Home: Scissor Practice

You don't need anything fancy to successfully guide your child through preschool development at home.  My son has been really interested in scissor work lately, so we do a very simple activity in which I draw lines and shapes and he practices cutting.  Easy peasy fine motor practice, and I have seen huge improvements in … Continue reading Preschool at Home: Scissor Practice

Gardening with a Preschooler: The Strawberry Experiment

This summer for one of his projects, my three year old has been diligently caring for a strawberry plant. He waters it, keeps it clear of weeds, and on three separate occasions has had the supreme delight of picking a strawberry off of it. That's right. Spoiled as it is, the plant has only yielded … Continue reading Gardening with a Preschooler: The Strawberry Experiment

Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler

The slow-motion video option on my phone has captured my preschooler's attention lately, so we are using it to improve our marble track engineering.  When we record a run in slow-motion and review it, he can more easily see where problems occurred in our design and come up with potential solutions. He also really likes … Continue reading Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler

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 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