Activity Boxes

Under construction with our DIY fix-it box

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To give us a place to store all the tools and to give my grandson a different way of playing with them while indoors, I was inspired to create a DIY fix-it box!

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From seed to flower at the sticky table

Enjoying the sticky table experience as we explore the growth of seeds to flowers!

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Exploring color sticks in preschool

Color mixing, constructing, patterning, and exploring our color Popsicle sticks in our preschool classroom!

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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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Egg in the nest sorting game

Using homemade Easter grass and plastic eggs, the children will enjoy a little sorting game and making their own colorful bird nest!

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Y is for yarn in preschool

Preschoolers are unpredictable when it comes to what they will find interesting and how they will play with the different items we put in the activity boxes. I found this adorable idea of making yarn designs on sandpaper by Polwig and decided to turn this idea into one of our activity boxes… We placed sandpaper […]

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Exploring all four seasons in preschool

Through out this week, the children have been exploring the four seasons. For one of our activity boxes, we set out laminated trees and symbols to go on the trees that represent each of the four seasons… Before playing with the four season items, the teacher brainstormed with the children about which season each symbol might […]

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Endless fun with flowers in preschool

The preschool children loved playing with the flowers and play dough from one of our spring activity boxes!

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Inviting children to play in preschool

This is not a St. Patrick’s day post but I did use photos from our St. Patrick’s day activity box to start this post off so please read on…. How you set out materials on a table can make a difference in whether children will want to play with those materials or not. During St. […]

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Rainbow sensory play plus a rainbow linky!

I have a tendency to over-think or worry about what I plan for the children to do! Last week I decided that we should try adding rainbow bottles to our activity boxes… To make the colorful rainbow bottles, we simply filled the bottles about 3/4 of the way with water, added about 1/2 cup of […]

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