popular topics in preschool

  • Entertainment and Activities
    Handicrafts
    Rainbow Fan
    Rainbow Fan Materials Paint sample cards Hole punch Paper fastener Yarn or string Directions Pick up some colorful paint sample cards from your local hardware store. Punch a hole in the center of the bottom and top of each card. At one end, join ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • School and Learning
    Activities for Preschoolers
    Styrofoam People
    Styrofoam PeopleMaterials Styrofoam balls and blocks in different sizes Toothpicks Scraps of yarn and fabric Glue Markers or paint Directions Use toothpicks to join Styrofoam shapes together to form people, a snowman, animals, and so on. Glue scr...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Activities
    Quiet-Time Activity for Little Ones
    Quiet-Time Activity for Little OnesSpend some quality quiet time with your child with this simple outdoor activity. Just take a blanket, pillows, and some books outside -- and relax! Materials Blanket Books Pillows (optional) Directions After lun...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Water Play
    Wash the Dishes
    Wash the DishesMaterials Baby bathtub or large basin Water Miscellaneous nonbreakable household items Child's toys and play dishes Soap (optional) Directions On a warm day, set a tub of water on the deck or in the backyard and fill it with plasti...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Colors
    Torn Tissue Design
    Torn Tissue Design Materials Tissue paper White glue Paintbrush White poster board Acrylic polymer (optional) Synthetic paintbrush (optional) Directions Have your child tear various colors of tissue paper into large pieces. Brush white glue thinn...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Playdough
    Playdough Printing
    Playdough Printing Materials Playdough Tools for making a design (pencil, bottle cap, cookie cutter, cooking utensils) Print pad Paper Directions Roll playdough into a ball and flatten it until it is about two inches thick. On one side of the dou...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Puzzles
    Connect-the-Dots Alphabet
    Connect-the-Dots AlphabetMaterials Paper Pen or marker CrayonDirections Draw a dot-to-dot outline of a simple picture. (Try tracing some pictures from your child's coloring books.) Starting with the letter A, place each letter of the alphabet at ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Walking
    Nature Walk
    Nature WalkMaterials Notebook Pen or pencil Bird book (optional) Directions Take a nature walk with your child. Try to notice as many different types of trees, bugs, and birds as you can. Keep a list of what you see. If you like, bring colored pe...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • 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
  • 12 Back-to-School Books for Kids of All Ages
    Back-To-School Anxiety
    12 Back-to-School Books for Kids of All Ages
    Starting the school year is a universally exciting and nerve-wracking time for kids (and their parents!). Whether your child is off to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, or any grade in between, find some classic and new back-to-school stori...
    Erin Dower
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Printmaking
    Roller Printing
    Roller Printing Materials Thin foam Scissors Glue Empty paper towel or toilet paper roll Tempera paint, liquid Shallow pan Paper or a cut-open brown paper bag Directions Cut out some interesting shapes from thin pieces of foam. Stars are nice, or...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Playdough
    Alphabet Playdough
    Alphabet Playdough Materials Playdough or modeling clayDirections Help your child form letters out of playdough or modeling clay. Then, have her close her eyes, feel a letter, and try to identify it by shape. As a tasty variation, make some Alpha...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Bubble Painting
    Bubble PaintingMaterials Newspaper Liquid dishwashing detergent Shallow dish Tempera paint Straw Construction paper or other paperDirections Cover your child's work surface with newspaper. Pour a quarter cup liquid dishwashing detergent into a sh...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Counting Printables
    Match the Numbers at the Beach
    Know your numbers! Draw a line from the number to the matching set of objects at the beach. ...
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    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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  • 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