• School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Keeping Your Preschooler Busy
    Keeping Your Preschooler Busy Mom Alert! Avoid reliance on rigid routine—it will only frustrate you and your child. Flexibility is the key to a good relationship with your preschooler. As your child grows, introduce new activities and avoid un...
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Cup of Worms
    Cup of WormsTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Clear glasses or cupsChocolate puddingCandied jelly wormsCocoa powder Directions Here is a playful party treat perfectly suited to preschool humor. Make the pudding together and spoon it into clear cups ...
  • Crafts for preschoolers
    Activities and Crafts
    5 Easy Crafts for Preschoolers
    Little ones love making crafts, but who has the time or money for the supplies you need to put together an amazing project? Good news - your children can make these five crafts for preschoolers using only four supplies or less. Tissue Paper Tre...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    How to Make Shakers
    How to Make ShakersMaterials Plastic medicine bottles in various sizes, soap bottles, small pop-top juice cans, or small aluminum pie or tart pans Popcorn, rice, dried beans, pennies, and other noise-making items Glue gun or tapeDirections Collec...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Activities With Food
    Pretend Bakery
    Pretend BakeryMaterials Aprons White paper lunch bag Rolling pin Cookie cutters Playdough Prepared cookie dough (optional) Plastic knife (optional) Cookie sheet (optional)Directions Give your child an apron and a white paper lunch bag to wear as ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Stencils
    Stencil Painting
    Stencil Painting Materials Thin cardboard Scissors Paper Tape Sponge or brush Tempera paint, liquidDirections Draw a design, letter, or animal shape on thin cardboard. Cut out the inside of the shape to make the stencil, and tape the stencil onto...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    What's Missing? Memory Game
    What's Missing? Memory GameTest your preschool child's memory skills. Can she tell what's missing in this fun game? Materials Various household objects or small toysDirections Test your preschooler's memory skills by placing a few toys or househ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Nature Art
    Nature Colors
    Nature Colors Materials Plants and flowers collected on a walk Crayons PaperDirections Go on a walk with your child, and bring home a variety of plants and flowers, such as grass, leaves, dandelions, and so on. Spread them out on a table in your ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Social Studies
    People, Places, and Things
    People, Places, and Things Materials Maps Directions Go around your house and find the origins of various objects. Look at the labels of the clothes you wear and think of where your food was grown. Why do bananas come from Central America? Why do...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Make a Pinwheel
    Make a PinwheelMaterials Plain or construction paper Crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, and other decorative items Scissors Tape Paper fastener Cardboard cut into a small circle Straw, wooden dowel, or unsharpened pencil Directions Have your ch...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Plaster of Paris
    Plaster Hand and Footprints
    Plaster Hand and FootprintsMaterials Patch plaster or plaster of Paris 1 1/4 cups water Tin can Mixing spoon Paper plates Picture hook (optional) Directions To make the plaster mix, stir two cups of patch plaster or plaster of Paris and one and a...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Candy Countdown to Christmas
    Christmas Decorations, Cards and Crafts
    Christmas Candy Countdown
    Christmas Candy CountdownMaterials 25 small candy canes, individual pieces of candy, or candy kisses (for each child) 1 bowl, candy dish, or empty coffee can (for each child)Directions Place twenty-five small candy canes, kisses, or other special...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Activities With Food
    Gingerbread People
    Gingerbread People Materials Thin cardboard or brown construction paper Pen or marker Scissors Glue Lace, ribbon, fabric scraps Pieces of cereal, small candy, or licorice Directions Draw the outline of a gingerbread girl or boy on thin cardboard ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Guessing Bag
    Guessing Bag Materials Pillowcase or drawstring bag Small, unbreakable household objectsDirections Place a variety of small, unbreakable household objects inside a bag. Close the bag so the objects are not visible. Have your child feel the object...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Mobile Apps
    Best Educational Apps for Kids of All Ages
    Screentime doesn't have to be devoid of any educational value. These popular, award-winning apps for kids help your toddler, preschooler, and school-age child learn about science, reading, and more in a fun, interactive environment.  Looking f...
    Colleen Hughes
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Window Stenciling
    Window Stenciling Materials Leaves in different shapes and sizes Masking tape Sponge Clothespins Tempera paint (orange, yellow, red, and brown), liquid Newspaper Directions On a fall walk with your child, collect several different types and color...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Draw a Map
    Draw a MapMaterials Paper Pens or markersDirections Help your child draw a simple map of her neighborhood. Include familiar and personal landmarks on her map: the mailbox, the store, the playground, her friend?s house, the fire station. Take this...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Making Musical Instruments
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Sandpaper BlocksMaterials 2 4-inch pieces of a two-by-four piece of wood Sandpaper GlueDirections Glue sandpaper onto the wood, and rub together for an interesting sound. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book