Smart Games Review Party

We received three new games from Smart Games and had a game night!! We had tons of fun and loved each and every game. The kids and even the adults had a great time. Each of the games were fun but also focused on different skills. They were the perfect balance of fun and education. In fact I don’t think the kids even knew they were learning skills.

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Top 10 Games for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are mini sponges! Soaking up learning and skills in every direction that they turn. The tricky this is keeping those minds busy and letting them explore and play. Games are quickly becoming our kids favorite activities. They are also growing up and getting to the stage where they can play some games without supervision. They still need the occasional direction and assistance but they can entertain themselves independently.

Uno

Such a classic game! Match the colors or match the numbers. Pick up cards and discard. First person to get rid of their pile wins. Those are the original rules. Now, if you give a preschooler free-rein they might start sorting the cards into different piles. At first you might not think that they are learning but sorting is a huge skill that preschoolers  need to master.

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Desert Habitat Unit Workboxes for your Two Year Old

Desert Workboxes 2 year old

This year we are off to a hot start. Our study of habitats, from around the world, begins with the desert. Our preschooler loves animals so we are following along with his studies for Tot School. Lucky for me I have found some excellent printables that have pages appropriate for both age groups. I can’t wait to get started!

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Desert Workbox 3 yr old

Desert Habitat Unit Workboxes for your Three Year Old

Desert Workbox 3 yr old

The world is kind of a funny place. An amazing place that I am blessed by everyday but its still kinda funny. Some places around the world are crazy hot, some freezing cold and other places bounce around in temperature.  In all of the various locations you will find different habitats and within those their own animals and separate ecosystems.

We love animals so while I was planning our home school preschool edition I thought it would be perfect to learn about different animals and their habitats. Every other month I have chosen a new habitat to learn about, starting with the desert.

I already know that Bee will love this unit.

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Workbox Wednesday

Workbox 21M April

Here are the fun things we have in our bins for Sweets (21 months) this week.

Creative Arts - Play Dough

Creative Arts: Play dough

Math - Shapes

Math: Shape sorter and Flashcards

Language - Letters Flannel

Language: Letter Association Flannel Book

Science - Fine Motor

Science: Pom Pom Transfer Fine Motor Activity

Our World - Flannel Animals

Our World: Animal Flannel Book

Check back here to see how our activities went!

Valentines Week Review

Happy Valentines from our house to yours!

Here is a look at what our workboxes looked like before we got started.

Valentines themed matching!! Both the kids enjoyed matching with these super cute printables.

Valentines Memory

Sweets has recently been drawn to puzzles. She is getting so much better at locating the correct place for the pieces. In our upcoming weeks I plan on utilizing more and more puzzles. Maybe even a few at the same time.

Shape Puzzle

Here is another excellent and easy fine motor activity. Pipe cleaners and a spice jar. I cut the pipe cleaners into one inch pieces. The kids then slide them through the holes in the jar. Sweets just puts everything and everything in there. Bee is more advanced so I asked him to fill the jar with a specific color first. Once he has collected all of one color we move onto the next color.

Pipe Cleaners and Spice Jar Fine Motor

For science, this week, we had pink inspired sensory bins. I often use science to explore our senses. Bee’s bin was flower petals and a number search. Once he located the numbers I asked him to identify them. Sweets was searching through petals for pink pom poms.

Valentines Sensory

We made valentines! Okay, the truth is we starting making valentines but didn’t end up finishing them. The kids loved stamping with paint. I put an elastic around toilet paper rolls and folded one side to look like a heart. A little paint and some construction paper made for an hour of fun.

Valentines Painting Collage

We had a special delivery that came with a box full of packing peanuts. We dug out our light sticks (I have no clue what they are really called, they light up and flash). We took turns putting the light under the Styrofoam and talked about light. The kids had a blast! Of course we had to cover the kids. Sweets thought it was so funny, she loved the tickles.

Lights and Peanuts Sensory

Resources:

Books:

Arthur’s Valentine – Marc Brown

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown – Charles M. Schultz

 

Printables:

Our Solar System Week Reveiw

Our “S” week was all about stars, space and shapes. We had so much fun!

Here is the link to our workboxes.

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Sweets is loving “The Friend” magazine. She loves to study in her book while I study in mine. One of the reasons I added our foundation bin was to help teach the babes some of our priorities. One of those is daily scripture study or inspiration time.

Scripture Study

Foam Pit GymnasticsKids bodies grow so fast and they learn so much at lightning speed. We wanted our babes to have the freedom to explore and also test their growing capabilities. Gymnastics was our answer. We had such a good time in our first class. The kids tried new things, listened occasionally to their coach and shook their booties during our dance time. I cant wait to see what they learn during this semester.

Puzzle Collage

We still love puzzles! Puzzles of all shapes and sizes. We do ginormous ones and itty bitty ones.

Sweets is getting so much better at matching shapes. This Tupperware Shape O Ball is a little tricky as it rotates but we like a challenge.

Shape Sort
Constellation Cutting Fine MotorI normally do my prep work the week prior so that we start the week ready to go. Well that didn’t happen this time. I finally found time to cut out our constellation patterns. While I was working Bee was watching my every movement. Who knew that cutting was so exciting. The logical thing was to get him his own set of scissors and let him practice his cutting skills. Just another simple way to incorporate learning activities into everyday life.
Language Gems

Our language bin was all about letter recognition. Our space word page was trickier than I anticipated because the printable was a mix of upper and lower case while the tiles were solely uppercase. Oops. It was a good experience though and I was able to talk with Bee about the differences between the two forms of letters. During our third run though of this activity he only had a problem recognizing the letter “R/r.”

Space Letter S and Spelling with BananagramsGem a Dot letter “S” success. This activity is always a hit. I love that the clean up is minimal and that the kids can do this activity over and over again with no assistance. I do enjoy working with the babes but I also try and promote independence when I can.
Math is so much more fun than I remember it being. For a long time Bee has loved counting but the order was consistently off. For example: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. Not wrong just missing a couple numbers in the middle. We are seeing a huge improvement in his counting recently. He still doesn’t get all the right numbers but he has added 6 and 7. The numbers 4 and 5 have that tricky “F” sound so I think he might be purposefully skipping them. He will repeat the words after me so I know he can say them.
Our Wheel of Stars was so fun. We counted the stars then found the matching number to place on top. Easy and fun! I especially like that this activity incorporated multiple ways of learning. We covered visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Space Math Number and Sequence

Our math bin also contained a space themed sequence activity. Each square had a different number of objects on it. We counted them and placed them in order. The graphics were great and introduced some new items that I didn’t even think about talking about. Such as asteroids, satellites and comets. We talked briefly about what was on all of the squares but none of them really peaked Bee’s interests so we moved on.

Life skills! We cant forget about those. Sweets is actually getting decent at stacking the dishes in the drying rack for me. Yes, we do end up covered in water but they are learning the importance of helping out. Both the kids enjoy rinsing and stacking our dishes. I don’t even ask for help anymore. I simply fill the right side of the sink half full with warm water and bring a chair in front of the sink. Soon enough either one of the kids or both we at my side splashing and stacking beside me.

Real Life Toddler Chores Sibling Love Slide
I plan a lot of our activities out before the week begins. I don’t usually share our spontaneous adventures but I thought I would make an exception. I have a variety of supplies hidden, not very sneakily I might add, that we bring out occasionally. I also use them to fill our bins. Bee and Sweets know what I have stored for the most part so they ask me for specific activities when we are done our boxes or they aren’t interested in what I have chosen.
Daily Adventures Fine Motor

Resources:

Books:

I Want To Be An Astronaut – Sesame Street
Seeing Stars – Magic School Bus
Lost in the Solar System – Magic School Bus
Space Reading

Printables:

Videos:

Solar System Song

Magic School Bus Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 1

Magic School Bus  Seeing Stars: Season 4, Episode 7

Workbox Wednesday

Workbox Wednesday K Week 1yr

This week we have a modge podge of activities for Sweets (18M). Most of these we have done previously but its good to repeat activities. Its a lot less pressure on me too. No way could I think of 14 new activities every single week.

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Foundations - Coloring, Flashcards and Religious

Foundation: Flashcards, The Friend (religious magazine), and Crayons

Creative Arts - Music

   Creative Arts: Maracas, Harmonica, and Rhythm Wooden Instrument Set

Math - Puzzles, Shapes

Math:  Shapes Sound Puzzle

Language - ABC K Fine Motor

Language: Textured Letter Book, Phonics Activity, Boogie Board
, Foam Alphabet

Science - Texture

Science: Texture Squares

Our World - Dinosaur Playdough

Our World: Dinosaur Figurines, Cookie Cutters, Play Dough

Check back here for an update on our adventures.