Activity Boxes

Making textured clothespins for preschoolers

See how to make textured clothespins…

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Exploring shapes on the table in preschool

A terrific and simple activity for promoting shapes sorting, matching, and patterning!

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Exploring story stones in preschool

Our class LOVES story stones!

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Exploring the possible ways items can be used in the preschool classroom

Exploring the materials in the preschool classroom is part of setting the groundwork for future learning..

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Make your own chip clip art in the preschool classroom

Wy is always playing with the chip clips around our house, so I thought I would integrate the chip clip play into a little chip clip painting… I set out some chip clips, yarn, pieces of craft foam, and three colors of paint.  To paint with the clips, the boys put the scraps of yarn […]

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Circle time: Introducing the forest to preschoolers

One way I like to introduce a new concept to young children is by filling up my treasure box with little trinkets that inspire questions and conversation about that topic. Today’s treasure box is a forest box… Inside my forest box are different items one might find if they went for a walk in the […]

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Making a baby footprint painting

Making a footprint flower painting with my grand baby!

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Building trucks with simple materials in preschool

When our curriculum coordinator, Mrs. Fisher, showed me the items she had planned for this transportation activity box, she was worried that the children might not really like it. I love the unpredictability of children… Mrs. Fisher put some cards with simple shaped trucks printed on each card in the activity box with some straws […]

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Who is really teaching preschool?

Today, I happened by this class to see what was up and while there, I discovered the real teacher hard at work play. This young teacher (a Pre-K student) was holding a set of cards that had been made for the transportation activity box. Each card had a different color of car on the front […]

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Buzzing little bumble bee prints in preschool

This is a simple bumble bee activity box to throw together…. All you need are yellow ink pads, black crayons, and some pieces of paper…. Invite the children to press their fingers on the yellow ink pad and then make yellow prints on their paper… Once they have their prints on the paper, invite the […]

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Counting and sorting bugs in preschool

This little bug activity box was simple to put together and allowed for both some color sorting and simple play!

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This is a little frog game for preschoolers

Dawn is always so busy making wonderful games and activity boxes for the children at preschool and this is one of her latest games she put together…. She added lili-pads, frogs, and a dice… The children will make up their own rules of how to play the game… The dice is included to promote a […]

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Making horses in preschool with sticks and yarn

The past week the children at preschool have been exploring animals on the farm. In one of the activity boxes were craft sticks and some strips of yarn… It wasn’t obvious to the children how these materials could be used to make farm animals so I sat at a table and made my own horse. […]

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Fostering organizational skills through play

This is a  pile of magnetic numbers and a magnetic cookie sheet I bought at the dollar store. I have been organizing my activity boxes for future use… There was a second cookie sheet on the table without any magnets… As Tristan sat down to play, I realized that his focus wasn’t on the numbers […]

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A kitchen timer and a preschooler

The use of an egg timer to promote play and learning in preschool!

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Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool

There are all kinds of simple scales you can provide for inviting children to explore weight. Set out a set of scales along with a variety of items for the children to explore and compare… The bowls on the top of these scales come off which allows the children to easily fill the bowls then […]

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