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Scissor Cutting Practice – Free the Cars Activity

Scissor Cutting Practice – Free the Cars Activity

Scissor Cutting Practice – Free The Toys Activity

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Task your kiddos to “free the toys” and they will have so much fun! Not only will they get to work on scissor cutting practice independently, but they’re going to be working hard and having a great time trying to free their toys! 

The Importance of Scissor Cutting Practice 

Scissor skills is such an important skill for them to learn. It’s one of the best ways to strengthen fine motor skills. It can be a bit intimidating at first to learn how to cut with scissors, but this is why it’s important to make the process fun. 

Wrapping your kiddo’s toys up with paper to be “freed” is a super simple solution to make cutting skills fun! They’ve asked to do it time and time again. This repetition is great – the more that they can work on their cutting skills, the better! This is a great way for them to build their confidence fast so that they can still work on cutting and having fun at the same time.

 

Skills: Fine Motor Skills

Ages: 3+

Prep Time: 10 min

Watch This Scissor Cutting Practice in Action!

Creating this activity is easy to do and so much fun for young kids who are just starting to do scissor cutting practice.

You can wrap any type of small toy in paper to be “freed.” I originally wrapped 6 cars in paper for each of my kids, but once they finished freeing all of their cars, they immediately wanted to cut more! So keep in mind that you may want to wrap even more cars in paper than you originally planned to! 

Other items you could use instead of toy cars include: mini figurines like animals, dinosaurs, superheroes, wooden dolls, action figures, or toy soldiers.

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Watch This Scissor Cutting Practice in Action!

Creating this activity is easy to do and so much fun for young kids who are just starting to do scissor cutting practice.

You can wrap any type of small toy in paper to be “freed.” I originally wrapped 6 cars in paper for each of my kids, but once they finished freeing all of their cars, they immediately wanted to cut more! So keep in mind that you may want to wrap even more cars in paper than you originally planned to! 

Other items you could use instead of toy cars include: mini figurines like animals, dinosaurs, superheroes, wooden dolls, action figures, or toy soldiers.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Tips for Helping Your Child Learn to Cut with Scissors 

The biggest tip to remember when working on scissor skills is that you need to use scissors that work for your child. Left-handed scissors or right-handed scissors are different, and it’s important to find a pair of scissors that will help your child cut as simple and easy as possible. 

Also, encourage them to take their time and have fun in the process. Since this cutting activity is having them work on freeing their car, they’re going to want to be careful and precise to get it free!

Make sure they are holding the scissors in the correct position: thumb pointed up in one hole with middle finger and index finger in the other hole.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut some strips into the construction paper.

Step 2

Place a small toy in the middle of the strips and wrap them around the toy, securing with tape so that it is “stuck”.

Step 3

Have the kids work on their cutting skills by freeing the toy from the paper! 

Step 1

Cut some strips into the construction paper.

Step 2

Place a small toy in the middle of the strips and wrap them around the toy, securing with tape so that it is “stuck”.

Step 3

Have the kids work on their cutting skills by freeing the toy from the paper! 

Printable Activity for Cutting Practice

Scissor skills are so important to do! The kids will love being able to pick up a pair of scissors and know that they can handle them like pros. 

This is also great for boosting their confidence that they’ll be able to cut out in straight lines, curves, and more. The more that you can encourage them to work on their cutting skills, the better they’re going to get. 

We have a lot of printable resources specifically designed for scissor cutting practice like including this Car Scissor Skills printable where you can glue a car shape to the scissor to help kids keep the scissors in the right position (thumbs up!). As kids cut through the road, it will be as if the car is traveling from end of the street to the other!

scissor cutting skill activity using cars and roads

Check out all of our fun, hands on printable activities here!

scissor cutting skill activity using cars and roads

Even More Scissor Cutting Practice

Scissor skills are so important to do! The kids will love being able to pick up a pair of scissors and know that they can handle them like pros. 

This is also great for boosting their confidence that they’ll be able to cut out in straight lines, curves, and more. The more that you can encourage them to work on their cutting skills, the better they’re going to get. 

We have a lot of printable resources specifically designed for scissor cutting practice like including this Car Scissor Skills printable where you can glue a car shape to the scissor to help kids keep the scissors in the right position (thumbs up!). As kids cut through the road, it will be as if the car is traveling from end of the street to the other!

Check out all of our fun, hands on printable activities here!

More Scissor Cutting Practice Activities!

Here are some more fun, hands-on scissor cutting practice activities! 

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! Check out the printable version!

Cut the Rain to Reveal the Rainbow Activity!

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DIY Pet Salon Activity Using yarn!

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Cut the Patterns Activity!

scissor skills activity spoon salon

Silly Spoon People Salon Activity!

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St. Patrick’s Day Printable Worksheets That Kids Love

St. Patrick’s Day Printable Worksheets That Kids Love

St. Patrick’s Day Printable Worksheets That Kids Will Love!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this printable activity booklet. It includes 20 activities for practicing early childhood education skills, including this silly “trim the beard” cutting practice page!

St. Patrick’s Day Printable for Growing Minds! 

There are so many concepts this St. Patrick’s Day printable booklet features. Not only does it include this adorable scissor skills activity, but you will find alphabet recognition, number recognition, comparisons, tracing, writing, coloring, counting, color recognition, shapes, patterning, and so much more!

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Trim the Leprechaun’s Beard!

This is one of the my kid’s favorite activities in this St. Patrick’s Day printable booklet! I made a short video to show you have I set it up with a craft stick! The craft stick is a perfect handle to aid in the cutting practice. Plus, once the bread is trimmed, it becomes a playful puppet!

Read on below to get the printable activity booklet!

Trim the Leprechaun’s Beard!

This is one of the my kid’s favorite activities in this St. Patrick’s Day printable booklet! I made a short video to show you have I set it up with a craft stick! The craft stick is a perfect handle to aid in the cutting practice. Plus, once the bread is trimmed, it becomes a playful puppet!

Read on below to get the printable activity booklet!

Super Festive St. Patrick’s Day Printable Booklet

I love that this St. Patrick’s Day printable booklet is loaded with hands on playful opportunities to learn. Every holiday we aim to have activities to keep your little ones happy and busy!

If your kids love cutting practice, you have to try our Spoon Salon activity! If your little one is still learning how to hold the scissors in the right way, try our Cutting with Cars activity which encourages thumbs up!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

St. Patrick’s Day Printable Worksheets

Here are just a few early childhood education skills your little one will be exposed to after playing with this St. Patrick’s Day printable!

The Alphabet: From letter recognition, to writing, and phonics. This printable booklet includes the many different ways young kids are learning the alphabet in the early years!

Numbers: From number recognition, counting, and writing numbers there are pages for each!

Early Math: In addition to introductory concepts of numbers listed above, you will also find opportunities for addition, patterning, and measurement!

Coloring: This printable includes many fun ways to explore colors including color mixing, making your own wear-able top hat, and a dot-the-rainbow page!

We hope you enjoy this resource for learning, playing, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Printable Worksheets

Here are just a few early childhood education skills your little one will be exposed to after playing with this St. Patrick’s Day printable!

The Alphabet: From letter recognition, to writing, and phonics. This printable booklet includes the many different ways young kids are learning the alphabet in the early years!

Numbers: From number recognition, counting, and writing numbers there are pages for each!

Early Math: In addition to introductory concepts of numbers listed above, you will also find opportunities for addition, patterning, and measurement!

Coloring: This printable includes many fun ways to explore colors including color mixing, making your own wear-able top hat, and a dot-the-rainbow page!

We hope you enjoy this resource for learning, playing, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Gifts

Here are my top picks for the St. Patrick’s Day gifts you can buy!

Personalized Pajamas

These adorable personalized pajamas will make the perfect gift for any one in your family on St. Patrick’s Day!

Digital Download St. Patrick’s Day Style Artwork

A beautiful green rainbow to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day! 

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Box

This yummy box is filled with delicious St. Patrick’s Day themed treats including fun cake pops!

St. Patrick’s Day Outfit

This adorable green and gold onesie with tutu is such a cute outfit to wear on St. Patrick’s Day!

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Kindergarten Valentine Craft – An Exciting Heart Kiss Keepsake

Kindergarten Valentine Craft – An Exciting Heart Kiss Keepsake

Kindergarten Valentine Craft – An Exciting Heart Kiss Keepsake

kindergarten valentines craft

Celebrate love and creativity with this Kindergarten Valentine craft! This is such a great time to capture the innocence of a child’s love and create an adorable keepsake to cherish for years to come!

Easy Kindergarten Valentines Craft 

Crafting with your little ones can be a heartwarming experience, especially when it involves blowing kisses and creating a visual representation of love. 

From capturing the perfect moment with a photograph to blending shades of blue for the sky and assembling a heartwarming paper hearts, this activity is not only doable but also a fantastic way to bond with your child.

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How to Create Your Blowing Kiss Kindergarten Valentines Craft

Celebrate the season of love with a heartwarming craft that not only sparks creativity but also captures a precious moment in time. 

Explore the joy of crafting together, from choosing the perfect moment for the photograph to the final assembly of the masterpiece. This activity not only nurtures creativity but also becomes a cherished memory that will be revisited with a smile for years to come.

In this activity, we guide you through the process of creating a unique Valentine’s Day masterpiece with your child. From painting the sky to cutting out hearts and assembling the final piece, every step is an opportunity to bond and create lasting memories.

How to Create Your Blowing Kiss Kindergarten Valentines Craft

Celebrate the season of love with a heartwarming craft that not only sparks creativity but also captures a precious moment in time. 

Explore the joy of crafting together, from choosing the perfect moment for the photograph to the final assembly of the masterpiece. This activity not only nurtures creativity but also becomes a cherished memory that will be revisited with a smile for years to come.

In this activity, we guide you through the process of creating a unique Valentine’s Day masterpiece with your child. From painting the sky to cutting out hearts and assembling the final piece, every step is an opportunity to bond and create lasting memories.

Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Crafting with Kids

Making Kindergarten Valentines crafts like this goes beyond creating an adorable project; it plays a crucial role in their overall development, particularly in refining fine motor skills. 

Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscles, such as those in the hands and fingers, and they are fundamental for various daily activities. 

Here are a few ways crafting can help kids develop fine motor skills:

  • Precision and Coordination: Crafting often requires intricate movements like cutting, gluing, and drawing, which demand precision and coordination.
  • Hand Strength and Control: The act of holding and manipulating crafting tools, such as scissors, glue sticks, or crayons, contributes to the development of hand strength and control. 
  • Cognitive Development: When children follow step-by-step instructions, plan their designs, or decide on color choices, they are exercising their cognitive abilities.
  • Boosting Creativity and Self-Expression: Fine motor skills development doesn’t have to be a mundane task; crafting allows children to express their creativity. 
kindergarten valentines craft

Materials

  • Photograph of the child blowing a kiss
  • Cotton ball
  • Clothespin
  • Photograph of the child blowing a kiss
  • Cotton ball
  • Clothespin
  • Colorful Paper
  • Glue

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

First, take a photograph of your child blowing a kiss.

Step 2

Let your child paint the sky on a separate piece of paper using a cotton ball and clothespin, blending different shades of blue and white.

Step 3

While your child is busy with the sky, outline small hearts on colorful construction paper for them to cut out later. You may also want to cut the photograph for your child as well, since it can be especially tricky to cut precisely around the hands and fingers!

 

Step 4

Kids can cut out the paper hearts and glue them along with their picture onto the canvas. Guide them to place the hearts as if they are flowing from the child’s hand like they are blowing love into the air.

Step 1

First, take a photograph of your child blowing a kiss.

Step 2

Let your child paint the sky on a separate piece of paper using a cotton ball and clothespin, blending different shades of blue and white.

Step 3

While your child is busy with the sky, outline small hearts on colorful construction paper for them to cut out later. You may also want to cut the photograph for your child as well, since it can be especially tricky to cut precisely around the hands and fingers!

Step 4

Kids can cut out the paper hearts and glue them along with their picture onto the canvas. Guide them to place the hearts as if they are flowing from the child’s hand like they are blowing love into the air.

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

After you have finished making this awesome Kindergarten Valetines craft, if you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

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easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

After you have finished making this awesome Kindergarten Valetines craft, if you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

 

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this easy heart craft? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

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Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

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Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

easy heart craft valentine's day

This easy heart craft is a fun project for kids! The hot glue border guides little artists to stay in the lines to make geometric shapes! 

Create Geometric Shapes with This Easy Heart Craft

If you are a young kid, creating geometric shapes inside a heart shape may not be the easiest task! That’s why creating a hot glue border is a genius way to help guide these budding artists to stay in the lines!

Kids will have fun filling in the shapes while utilizing the raised edges in between to keep colors separate and vibrant! This is a fun craft to do during Valentine’s Day or as a fun art project while learning about shapes! 

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How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

Tips for Making This Easy Heart Craft

Hot Glue. You’ll need a hot glue gun for this, so make sure you heat it up in advance! 

Watercolor Paper. You’ll need some thick paper to create this art project! Hot glue will adhere to this kind of paper perfectly.

Heart Shape. One of the trickiest parts of creating this heart craft is the grown ups job of making the heart shape! If you find it is difficult to make a symmetrical heart freestyle, download and use our free printable images. I’ll you need to do is trace the black line. Plus, this set comes with 4 different designs that can be used for this project or for simply just coloring! 

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Valentine’s Hot Glue Craft - Printable

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use a hot glue gun to make the shape of a heart.

Step 2

Inside the heart, make geometric shapes of your choice!

Step 3

Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

Step 4

Cut the border around the heart, optional!

Step 1

Use a hot glue gun to make the shape of a heart.

Step 2

Inside the heart, make geometric shapes of your choice!

Step 3

Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

Step 4

Cut the border around the heart, optional!

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook
easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this easy heart craft? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

arts and crafts kit marbling

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

valentines handprint craft

This Valentine handprint craft is so adorable! It’s a fun and simple craft for the kids to make for Valentine’s Day! Using a leftover toilet paper roll proves that once again, you can easily make something adorable out of items that you were just going to toss in the trash! 

Where a Valentine Handprint Craft Collides with Paper Tubes

Can we all just agree that heading to the store and trying to buy Valentine’s cards is a lot of work? It can be super stressful at times to try to pick out options from the ones that are left at the store.

This is why I love this fun Valentine activity. It allows the kids to be a part of creating their cute Valentine and lets us create fun memories together as well.

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How to Make This Valentine’s Handprint Craft

This is so simple to make! You can see the easy steps that we took to create this fun Valentine’s Handprint craft. 

In the video, I demonstrate the process, but this is definitely a project that the kids can do from start to finish! Of course, they may need some help tracing their dominant hand!

How to Make This Valentine’s Handprint Craft

This is so simple to make! You can see the easy steps that we took to create this fun Valentine’s Handprint craft. 

In the video, I demonstrate the process, but this is definitely a project that the kids can do from start to finish! Of course, they may need some help tracing their dominant hand!

Tips for Making This Valentine Handprint Craft

Tacky Glue. We used tacky glue to create these Valentine handprint crafts because it is a strong adhesive that dries super fast!

Paper Roll. If you’d like to sterilize your paper roll before using it in a craft, you can bake it on your oven’s lowest setting around 200F for 20 minutes.

Handprints. Getting handprints from young children can sometimes be tricky. Instead of tracing, you may want to use a mess-free stamp pad instead!

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valentines handprint craft

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut a yellow piece of paper the length of and width of your paper tube. Cut three black stripes of paper and glue them in a bee-like pattern on the second half of the cut yellow paper.

Step 2

Glue the yellow and black paper around the paper tube. Hold for 30 seconds while the glue dries. Cut two small stripes of black paper for the antenna, and for a festive Valentine’s look, glue two small pink hearts to the top.

Step 3

Glue the antennas to the paper tube.

Step 4

To make the wings, trace your child’s hands on white paper, and cut out the handprints.

Step 5

Glue the wings to the paper tube. Add googley eyes and a smile to make your bee come alive!

Step 1

Cut a yellow piece of paper the length of and width of your paper tube. Cut three black stripes of paper and glue them in a bee-like pattern on the second half of the cut yellow paper.

Step 2

Glue the yellow and black paper around the paper tube. Hold for 30 seconds while the glue dries. Cut two small stripes of black paper for the antenna, and for a festive Valentine’s look, glue two small pink hearts to the top.

Step 3

Glue the antennas to the paper tube.

Step 4

To make the wings, trace your child’s hands on white paper, and cut out the handprints.

Step 5

Glue the wings to the paper tube. Add googley eyes and a smile to make your bee come alive!

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook
easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this spider handprint activity? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

arts and crafts kit marbling

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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DIY Holiday Handmade Wreath

DIY Holiday Handmade Wreath

DIY Holiday Handmade Wreath

DIY handmade holiday wreath 7 days of play

Whether you’re looking to DIY the perfect gift for the grandparents this holiday season or simply looking for a little extra decor to showcase around the house, this wreath is a fun activity for your kiddos to try.  

Why We Love This Activity 

Embrace the holiday spirit with our DIY Handmade Holiday Wreath activity, a heartwarming experience that seamlessly blends creativity and family bonding.

This activity not only taps into the artistic side of your child but also promotes essential developmental skills. From mastering the art of color mixing as they create the perfect shade of green to refining fine motor skills through cutting and gluing, each step of the process contributes to their growth in a fun and engaging way.

Not only will your child learn to express themselves artistically, but they will also have a meaningful opportunity for family connection during the busy festive season.

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Craft Holiday Magic With This DIY Handmade Wreath

Engage in festive creativity with this DIY Handmade Holiday Wreath activity, perfect for crafting memorable moments with your child. The result is a charming and personalized holiday wreath that captures the spirit of the season.

This engaging activity not only offers an opportunity for creative expression but also promotes fine motor skills through painting and cutting. Additionally, the project introduces color mixing concepts as children blend blue and yellow to create green.

Since this activity allows your little ones to paint with their hands, it’s perfect for kids of all ages — babies and toddlers included! We prefer to have a few damp paper towels nearby to wipe down dirty hands once we’re done.

The tactile experience of gluing pom poms and buttons enhances sensory development, and the final product serves as a festive decoration, making it a wonderful holiday keepsake. This DIY Handmade Holiday Wreath combines artistic expression with skill development, ensuring a joyful and educational crafting experience for both children and their families.

Craft Holiday Magic With This DIY Handmade Wreath

Engage in festive creativity with this DIY Handmade Holiday Wreath activity, perfect for crafting memorable moments with your child. The result is a charming and personalized holiday wreath that captures the spirit of the season.

This engaging activity not only offers an opportunity for creative expression but also promotes fine motor skills through painting and cutting. Additionally, the project introduces color mixing concepts as children blend blue and yellow to create green.

Since this activity allows your little ones to paint with their hands, it’s perfect for kids of all ages — babies and toddlers included! We prefer to have a few damp paper towels nearby to wipe down dirty hands once we’re done.

The tactile experience of gluing pom poms and buttons enhances sensory development, and the final product serves as a festive decoration, making it a wonderful holiday keepsake. This DIY Handmade Holiday Wreath combines artistic expression with skill development, ensuring a joyful and educational crafting experience for both children and their families.

Materials

 Step 1

Begin by outlining the silhouette of a wreath on the white stock paper.

Step 2

Pour a little yellow paint on one hand and blue paint on the other hand and instruct your child to mix their hands together to create green paint. This can also be done on a palette or container if the child prefers.

Step 3

Have your child press their hands onto the wreath silhouette, creating handprint leaves for the wreath.

Step 4

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 5

Once the paint is dry, carefully cut out the wreath silhouette.

Step 6

Use glue to attach red pom poms and red buttons onto the wreath to add festive decorations.

Step 7

Take the red ribbon and tie it into a bow. Glue the bow onto the bottom of the wreath, creating a charming finishing touch.

Step 8

Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

Step 9

Your handmade holiday wreath is now ready to be displayed and admired! Voila!

Step 1

Begin by outlining the silhouette of a wreath on the white stock paper.

Step 2

Pour a little yellow paint on one hand and blue paint on the other hand and instruct your child to mix their hands together to create green paint. This can also be done on a palette or container if the child prefers.

Step 3

Have your child press their hands onto the wreath silhouette, creating handprint leaves for the wreath.

Step 4

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 5

Once the paint is dry, carefully cut out the wreath silhouette.

Step 6

Use glue to attach red pom poms and red buttons onto the wreath to add festive decorations.

Step 7

Take the red ribbon and tie it into a bow. Glue the bow onto the bottom of the wreath, creating a charming finishing touch.

Step 8

Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

Step 9

Your handmade holiday wreath is now ready to be displayed and admired! Voila!

 

Color Mixing Improves Cognitive Development & Creativity

As children observe, predict, and compare colors during the process, color mixing fosters cognitive skills. This hands-on activity stimulates scientific thinking and promotes a deeper understanding of color theory.

It also allows children to explore their creativity. As they experiment with different shades to get the perfect color of green for their wreath, they develop a sense of accomplishment and artistic expression. This creative engagement encourages their imaginative capabilities

DIY handmade holiday wreath 7 days of play
DIY handmade holiday wreath 7 days of play

Color Mixing Improves Cognitive Development & Creativity

As children observe, predict, and compare colors during the process, color mixing fosters cognitive skills. This hands-on activity stimulates scientific thinking and promotes a deeper understanding of color theory.

It also allows children to explore their creativity. As they experiment with different shades to get the perfect color of green for their wreath, they develop a sense of accomplishment and artistic expression. This creative engagement encourages their imaginative capabilities

Get More Christmas Activities 

Entertain your kids with these printable holiday-themed games and crafts!

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Count & Build

Embark on a winter learning journey with ‘Count and Build the Snowman – Printable,’ tailor-made for kids. This captivating activity seamlessly blends fun and education, motivating children to enhance their number recognition and counting skills in an enjoyable manner.

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15+ Holiday Activities

Filled with more than 15 engaging learning activities, this pamphlet aims to foster crucial early childhood skills such as recognizing the alphabet, identifying colors, mastering scissor skills, delving into early math concepts, honing writing abilities, and much more!

Christmas Counting – Printable for Kids

Ornament Counting

This printable activity offers an opportunity to embrace the Christmas spirit whil enhancing fine motor skills and number recognition. This activity further promotes crucial cognitive skills development such as refining motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Cotton Ball Holiday Crafts – Printable

Cotton Ball Craft

Not only will your child have a great time, but this activity also encourages vital cognitive skills development. From improving motor skills and hand-eye coordination to nurturing shape recognition and spatial awareness, this craft provides a variety of educational benefits.

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Try These Easy Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Try These Easy Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Try These Easy Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

7 days of play thanksgiving activities

Thanksgiving time is here! Whether you’re looking for some fun pre-festivities activities or need something to keep the kids busy on the. big day, these are fun and easy options. Keep reading for step by step instructions, and tips for making these activities a success!  

Why We Love These Activities 

Not only are these Thanksgiving crafts a great way to burn some creative energy, but they can also serve as fun holiday decor. Whether you’re looking for a fun pre-festivities activity for your child or you’re entertaining a group of little ones on the big day, these games and crafts will do the trick. Take your activities up a notch to include some educational entertainment. These holiday crafts and games work on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and alphabet skills, while also teaching your kids about the history of Thanksgiving.

Looking for a fun way to get your kids into the Thanksgiving spirit? We’ve got you covered with these holiday printables.

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See How Easy These Thanksgiving Crafts Are

Crafting our favorite blow-up turkey allows children to become the architects of their Thanksgiving adventure. This hands-on activity encourages them to participate in the holiday and fosters a sense of ownership that boosts their self-confidence.

Your children will be so proud to see their pumpkin flower centerpieces on top of the Thanksgiving table this year. This activity taps into their natural inclination to investigate and create, turning the learning process into a fun exploration.

Our fun cardboard turkey with feathers lets kids transform the abstract notion of a Thanksgiving turkey into a concrete experience, making the learning process exciting and memorable. As children manipulate materials and bring their turkey creations to life, they not only nurture important motor skills but also create a cute craft that can be displayed on Thanksgiving day.

See How Easy These Thanksgiving Crafts Are

Crafting our favorite blow-up turkey allows children to become the architects of their Thanksgiving adventure. This hands-on activity encourages them to participate in the holiday and fosters a sense of ownership that boosts their self-confidence. 

Your children will be so proud to see their pumpkin flower centerpieces on top of the Thanksgiving table this year. This activity taps into their natural inclination to investigate and create, turning the learning process into a fun exploration. 

Our fun cardboard turkey with feathers lets kids transform the abstract notion of a Thanksgiving turkey into a concrete experience, making the learning process exciting and memorable. As children manipulate materials and bring their turkey creations to life, they not only nurture important motor skills but also create a cute craft that can be displayed on Thanksgiving day.

Your Thanksgiving Printables Are Here!

We’ve created several Thanksgiving printables so you can easily have activities on hand for your kids this holiday. These printable Thanksgiving crafts and games all start with our printable coloring pages! Some of our downloads are free, while others are listed at a low cost and offer hours of entertainment for your kids. Our Thanksgiving-themed booklet includes 16 unique activities that promote playful learning that will keep your kids busy and engaged for hours.

Each of our printables are designed using crisp, high-resolution images to ensure your coloring experience will be top-notch. Get ready to create holiday masterpieces your kids will love!

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Get 16 Thanksgiving-themed Activities With Our Booklet

Celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving with our specially curated booklet, featuring an array of 16 engaging activities designed for playful learning. This thematic compilation encompasses a diverse range of educational elements, fostering development in areas such as scissor skills, alphabet mastery, numerical understanding, fine motor coordination, tracing proficiency, coloring creativity, phonics exploration, matching challenges, and beyond. Each activity is thoughtfully crafted to provide a delightful and educational experience, making this booklet a perfect resource for young learners during the Thanksgiving season.

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Get 16 Thanksgiving-themed Activities With Our Booklet

Celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving with our specially curated booklet, featuring an array of 16 engaging activities designed for playful learning. This thematic compilation encompasses a diverse range of educational elements, fostering development in areas such as scissor skills, alphabet mastery, numerical understanding, fine motor coordination, tracing proficiency, coloring creativity, phonics exploration, matching challenges, and beyond. Each activity is thoughtfully crafted to provide a delightful and educational experience, making this booklet a perfect resource for young learners during the Thanksgiving season.

Download All of Our Thanksgiving Printables

Your kids will be entertained for hours with these fun games and crafts! Check out our high-resolution printables.

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Blow Up the Turkey

Turn a simple glove into a Thanksgiving turkey with this free printable. Your kids will love this interactive activity that’s super easy to create! 

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15+ Holiday Activities

Keep your kids entertained with playful learning this Thanksgiving. These holiday activities include scissor skills, coloring, tracing, and fine motor skills.  

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Pin the Peg on the Turkey

Pin the Peg on the Turkey is a fun and festive game that will keep your kids entertained while working on hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

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Pilgrim Salon

Teach your kids about the history of Thanksgiving while unleashing their creative side. This activity will work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

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Printable Halloween Crafts – Create Tactile Masterpieces!

Printable Halloween Crafts – Create Tactile Masterpieces!

Printable Halloween Crafts – Create Tactile Masterpieces!

Get Crafty this Halloween with Printable Halloween Crafts! Transform bat, spider web, and pumpkin printables into tactile masterpieces. Use hot glue to trace the lines, creating ridges that guide kids' watercoloring for a spooktacular artistic adventure.

Get ready to dive into the Halloween spirit with these Printable Halloween Crafts. Keep on reading so you can get the free printable, step by step instructions, and tips for making this craft a success!  

The Benefits of These Printable Halloween Crafts

Crafting isn’t just about having fun; it’s a fantastic way to boost your child’s development too. These printable Halloween crafts offer a range of educational benefits, including fine motor skills, creativity and imagination, focus and patience, hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and the hot glue border provides an added sensory experience.

It’s also, simply, a fun way to get in the Halloween spirit! 

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How to Make These Printable Halloween Crafts

Check out our step-by-step video tutorial where we show you how to bring our printable Halloween crafts to life! Make sure you print using watercolor paper, so that when your little artists go wild with the watercolors, the paper will be able to absorb everything!

The printable has lines that you can trace with a hot glue gun. The hot glue border serves as a remarkable tool to make watercoloring more accessible and enjoyable, especially for young kids. By creating raised ridges along the outlines of the printable illustrations, we provide a tactile guide that acts as a safety net, helping little hands stay within the lines. This not only encourages them to color with greater precision but also bolsters their confidence, as they experience less frustration when painting.

The border essentially acts as a friendly boundary that supports young artists in their endeavors, allowing them to focus on the fun of coloring and exploring their creativity without the worry of going outside the lines. It’s a simple yet ingenious way to make the watercoloring process smoother and more rewarding for our young crafters.

Tips for Making These Printable Halloween Crafts

Check out our step-by-step video tutorial where we show you how to bring our printable Halloween crafts to life! Make sure you print using watercolor paper, so that when your little artists go wild with the watercolors, the paper will be able to absorb everything!

The printable has lines that you can trace with a hot glue gun. The hot glue border serves as a remarkable tool to make watercoloring more accessible and enjoyable, especially for young kids. By creating raised ridges along the outlines of the printable illustrations, we provide a tactile guide that acts as a safety net, helping little hands stay within the lines. This not only encourages them to color with greater precision but also bolsters their confidence, as they experience less frustration when painting.

The border essentially acts as a friendly boundary that supports young artists in their endeavors, allowing them to focus on the fun of coloring and exploring their creativity without the worry of going outside the lines. It’s a simple yet ingenious way to make the watercoloring process smoother and more rewarding for our young crafters.

Get the Free Printable Halloween Pages Here!

These printable Halloween crafts start with our printable coloring pages! The download is free and there are three fabulous designs to choose from: an adorable bat, a detailed spider web, and a classic pumpkin. You can pick your fave or go all-in and do them all – the choice is yours!

Best of all, these printables won’t cost you a dime, making it super accessible and oh-so-fun for your Halloween celebrations. With crisp, high-resolution images, your coloring experience will be top-notch, and your masterpieces will shine with vibrant, imaginative colors.

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Get Crafty this Halloween with Printable Halloween Crafts! Transform bat, spider web, and pumpkin printables into tactile masterpieces. Use hot glue to trace the lines, creating ridges that guide kids' watercoloring for a spooktacular artistic adventure.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Print the pages on watercolor paper.

Step 2

Use a hot glue gun to trace the lines on the printable pages.

 

Step 3

Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

Step 4

Cut the border around the pictures, optional!

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Print the pages on watercolor paper.

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Use a hot glue gun to trace the lines on the printable pages.

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Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

Step 4

Cut the border around the pictures, optional!

Halloween Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

And guess what? We’ve got more Halloween printables up our sleeve to make your spooky season even more special. Explore our exclusive Halloween Printables Bundle with activities that include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few! With our versatile printables, you’ll have a blast decorating and crafting your way to an enchanting Halloween. So, check out all our offerings and let’s make this Halloween unforgettable for the whole family!

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halloween worksheets printable early childhood education skills

Halloween Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

And guess what? We’ve got more Halloween printables up our sleeve to make your spooky season even more special. Explore our exclusive Halloween Printables Bundle with activities that include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few! With our versatile printables, you’ll have a blast decorating and crafting your way to an enchanting Halloween. So, check out all our offerings and let’s make this Halloween unforgettable for the whole family!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this easy heart craft? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

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Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

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Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

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Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

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String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Counting to 5 – Hands-On Number Recognition Activity

Counting to 5 – Hands-On Number Recognition Activity

Counting to 5: Hands-On Number Recognition Activity

Unlock the fun of Counting to 5 with our engaging number recognition activity! Explore numbers 1 through 5 as little ones match hairbands to each finger of a playful cardboard hand, making learning a hands-on adventure.

Get ready to dive into the world of numbers with this counting to 5 activity, a practical approach to early math education. Keep on reading for step by step instructions on how you can make this too, plus in depth information about teaching kids one to one correspondence!

Where to Start: Counting to 5

Toddlers and young children often begin their numerical journey by focusing on the numbers 1 through 5. These foundational digits serve as the building blocks of early math education, providing a solid starting point for understanding numerical concepts. By mastering numbers 1 to 5, children not only gain the ability to count everyday objects but also develop the essential skill of number recognition. This early exposure to numbers sets the stage for more complex mathematical concepts down the road, making it a critical milestone in a child’s cognitive development. Our counting to 5 activity offers a hands-on and engaging way to help children embrace and enjoy this important early learning phase. 

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In this counting to 5 activity, children actively participate in the learning process. Armed with a cardboard hand featuring numbered fingers from 1 to 5, they eagerly take on the challenge of matching the right number of hairbands to each finger.

This hands-on experience not only enhances their understanding of numbers but also nurtures their fine motor skills. As they carefully stretch and place each hairband onto the cardboard fingers, children refine their dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

This multi-sensory engagement promotes cognitive development alongside physical skills, ensuring that learning is a well-rounded and enjoyable experience. It’s a playful way for young learners to simultaneously build their numeracy foundation and fine-tune their motor abilities.

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Watch This Activity in Action!

In this counting to 5 activity, children actively participate in the learning process. Armed with a cardboard hand featuring numbered fingers from 1 to 5, they eagerly take on the challenge of matching the right number of hairbands to each finger.

This hands-on experience not only enhances their understanding of numbers but also nurtures their fine motor skills. As they carefully stretch and place each hairband onto the cardboard fingers, children refine their dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

This multi-sensory engagement promotes cognitive development alongside physical skills, ensuring that learning is a well-rounded and enjoyable experience. It’s a playful way for young learners to simultaneously build their numeracy foundation and fine-tune their motor abilities.

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Unlock the fun of Counting to 5 with our engaging number recognition activity! Explore numbers 1 through 5 as little ones match hairbands to each finger of a playful cardboard hand, making learning a hands-on adventure.

How to Set Up This Counting Activity for Preschoolers

While creating this activity may take a little prep work, the end result is a versatile and enduring toy that can become a valuable learning resource in your playroom for a long time to come. The investment of time spent in its creation yields a rewarding educational tool that can be used repeatedly to reinforce number recognition and counting skills.

This homemade learning aid offers a fun and interactive way to engage young minds, making the process of learning numbers an enjoyable and memorable experience. So, while you may dedicate some time initially to assemble this activity, its enduring appeal and educational benefits make it a valuable addition to your child’s playroom, providing countless opportunities for skill-building and exploration. Step by step directions below!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Trace your hand on a piece of cardboard with a marker.

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Cut out the hand and write numbers 1-5 where the nails are. You can add construction paper for the nails if you’d like!

Step 3

Glue a paper tube onto another piece of cardboard.

Step 4

Make two small slits in the paper tube so that the hand can fit inside it vertically without falling.

Step 5

To play the game, match the correct number of hair bands to the correct number symbol.

Step 1

Trace your hand on a piece of cardboard with a marker.

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Cut out the hand and write numbers 1-5 where the nails are. You can add construction paper for the nails if you’d like!

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Glue a paper tube onto another piece of cardboard.

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Make two small slits in the paper tube so that the hand can fit inside it vertically without falling.

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To play the game, match the correct number of hair bands to the correct number symbol.

What is One to One Correspondence and How Can We Teach it to Kids?

One-to-one correspondence is a fundamental concept in early math education, and it serves as a crucial building block for understanding numbers and quantities. Essentially, it means matching each object in a set to a single number word, ensuring that there’s a correspondence or one-to-one relationship between the objects and the numbers being counted. For young children, this concept is often introduced when they’re learning to count. When counting a group of objects, each object should be paired with a number word in a consistent and orderly manner. For example, when counting a row of five blocks, children should point to and say ‘one’ for the first block, ‘two’ for the second, and so on until they reach ‘five.’ This process not only helps children develop an understanding of numbers but also reinforces their ability to count accurately and establish a strong foundation for mathematical comprehension.

Best practices for teaching one-to-one correspondence to young children involve hands-on and interactive activities that make learning enjoyable and memorable. Incorporating tangible objects, such as counting beads, blocks, or in the case of our cardboard hand activity, hairbands, can be incredibly effective. 

Unlock the fun of Counting to 5 with our engaging number recognition activity! Explore numbers 1 through 5 as little ones match hairbands to each finger of a playful cardboard hand, making learning a hands-on adventure.

Encourage children to touch and manipulate the objects as they count, reinforcing the connection between the physical world and numerical representation. Additionally, provide ample opportunities for practice, allowing children to count a variety of objects in different contexts. Gradually increase the complexity of the counting tasks as their skills develop, ensuring a gradual progression in their understanding. Finally, be patient and supportive, offering positive reinforcement and praise as children master this essential math skill, fostering their confidence and enthusiasm for further numerical exploration.

 

Unlock the fun of Counting to 5 with our engaging number recognition activity! Explore numbers 1 through 5 as little ones match hairbands to each finger of a playful cardboard hand, making learning a hands-on adventure.

What is One to One Correspondence and How Can We Teach it to Kids?

One-to-one correspondence is a fundamental concept in early math education, and it serves as a crucial building block for understanding numbers and quantities. Essentially, it means matching each object in a set to a single number word, ensuring that there’s a correspondence or one-to-one relationship between the objects and the numbers being counted. For young children, this concept is often introduced when they’re learning to count. When counting a group of objects, each object should be paired with a number word in a consistent and orderly manner. For example, when counting a row of five blocks, children should point to and say ‘one’ for the first block, ‘two’ for the second, and so on until they reach ‘five.’ This process not only helps children develop an understanding of numbers but also reinforces their ability to count accurately and establish a strong foundation for mathematical comprehension.

Best practices for teaching one-to-one correspondence to young children involve hands-on and interactive activities that make learning enjoyable and memorable. Incorporating tangible objects, such as counting beads, blocks, or in the case of our cardboard hand activity, hairbands, can be incredibly effective. Encourage children to touch and manipulate the objects as they count, reinforcing the connection between the physical world and numerical representation. Additionally, provide ample opportunities for practice, allowing children to count a variety of objects in different contexts. Gradually increase the complexity of the counting tasks as their skills develop, ensuring a gradual progression in their understanding. Finally, be patient and supportive, offering positive reinforcement and praise as children master this essential math skill, fostering their confidence and enthusiasm for further numerical exploration.

More Ways to Play with Early Math!

Here are more fun ways to learn numbers and counting that also make great gifts!

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Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

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Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

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Wooden Math Board

This handcrafted learning resource is great for learning counting and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20.

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Wooden Number Blocks

These wooden blocks resemble numbers and grow with your child’s advancing math skills. It also includes a math guide and activity cards.

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Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers

Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers

Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers

Creative Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers with Pom Poms

Color learning is vital for toddlers and preschoolers, as it forms the basis for language development, cognitive skills, and creative exploration. Here are some super fun and hands on color matching activities that use pom poms and household materials like bottle caps and paper tubes!

Water Bottle Cap Paint Palette Match-Up

This activity is a delightful way to introduce preschoolers to the world of colors and matching through hands-on engagement. By arranging water bottle caps in the form of a paint palette, children not only practice recognizing and matching colors but also improve their fine motor skills as they pick and place pom poms using the tong.

This creative exercise sparks their imagination and encourages artistic exploration. Beyond the colorful fun, it fosters cognitive development, enhancing their ability to identify and differentiate between various colors. Plus, it’s a versatile activity that can be easily adapted to suit different color levels, making it both enjoyable and educationally valuable for young learners.

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Watch to See How to Play These Color Matching Activities

These hands-on exercises are designed to ignite a child’s curiosity and help them master the art of color recognition. Through fun and imaginative interactions with everyday items like water bottle caps, cardboard boxes, and pom poms, children refine their fine motor skills, foster cognitive development, and enhance their understanding of colors in an engaging and educational way.

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Watch to See How to Play These Color Matching Activities

These hands-on exercises are designed to ignite a child’s curiosity and help them master the art of color recognition.

Through fun and imaginative interactions with everyday items like water bottle caps, cardboard boxes, and pom poms, children refine their fine motor skills, foster cognitive development, and enhance their understanding of colors in an engaging and educational way.

Watch this video to see these 4 different activities in action!

Pro Tip: If you are doing an activity with leftover bottle caps, you can use dot stickers or spray paint to make the caps in an array of colors!

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Encourage Fine Motor Skill Strengthening while Learning Colors

Let your preschoolers embark on a colorful journey with this super engaging activity. In this creative exercise, little ones use tongs to carefully pick up pom poms, practicing their fine motor skills while having a blast.

The colorful toilet paper rolls offer an exciting visual cue, encouraging children to match the pom poms with the corresponding colors. This hands-on experience not only strengthens their dexterity but also enhances their color recognition abilities. Want the step-by-step instructions on how to make this? Check it out here! 

It’s a fun and practical way for kids to explore the world of colors while developing essential motor skills, making it an educational adventure that both parents and children will enjoy.

Creative Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers with Pom Poms

Color Matching Activity: Bottle Cap Balloons!

This activity is similar to the paint palette bottle cap activity. Bottle caps are such a great tool to use for color matching activities!

This creative activity transforms color matching into an exciting adventure. Preschoolers use their keen observation skills to match pom poms with the hues of the ‘balloons,’ enhancing their color recognition abilities.

As they place the pom poms onto the ‘balloons,’ their fine motor skills are also given a delightful workout. This activity encourages not only cognitive development but also sparks the imagination, turning the learning process into a fun journey for kids!

Creative Color Matching Activities for Preschoolers with Pom Poms

Color Matching Activity: Bottle Cap Balloons!

This activity is similar to the paint palette bottle cap activity. Bottle caps are such a great tool to use for color matching activities!

This creative activity transforms color matching into an exciting adventure. Preschoolers use their keen observation skills to match pom poms with the hues of the ‘balloons,’ enhancing their color recognition abilities.

As they place the pom poms onto the ‘balloons,’ their fine motor skills are also given a delightful workout. This activity encourages not only cognitive development but also sparks the imagination, turning the learning process into a fun journey for kids!

Printable Resources for Learning Colors!

Exploring the captivating world of color with your little ones doesn’t have to stop here. For a treasure trove of additional color learning activities, hop over to the printable section of our website. There, you’ll discover a wealth of resources designed to enhance your child’s understanding of colors, from free printables to our exclusive membership that grants unlimited access to an array of educational materials. With these resources at your fingertips, you can continue the colorful learning journey, all from the comfort of your home.

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discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

Printable Resources for Learning Colors!

Exploring the captivating world of color with your little ones doesn’t have to stop here. For a treasure trove of additional color learning activities, hop over to the printable section of our website. There, you’ll discover a wealth of resources designed to enhance your child’s understanding of colors, from free printables to our exclusive membership that grants unlimited access to an array of educational materials. With these resources at your fingertips, you can continue the colorful learning journey, all from the comfort of your home.

More Ways to Explore Colors

Here are more color and rainbow activities that make great gifts!

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Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

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Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

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Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

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Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Counting Activity for Preschoolers: Fun Magnetic Worm Game

Counting Activity for Preschoolers: Fun Magnetic Worm Game

Counting Activity for Preschoolers: Fun Magnetic Worm Game

This is a counting activity for toddlers using pipe cleaners and a magnetic wand to learn number symbols and practice counting

This is such a fun way counting activity for toddlers because it has so many exciting elements to it! Using soil in the tub is not only a fun conversation starter, but a great way to integrate sensory play with number learning!

Using the magnetic tool also made this activity extra exciting. The metal inside the pipe cleaners attracted to the magnet and literally pulled them right off the dirt! This made the kids giggle and laugh and want to do even more.

Hands on Number Learning for Toddlers

Hands-on play is a cornerstone of effective early childhood education, and the magnetic worm fishing activity exemplifies this perfectly.

Through the tactile experience of using a magnetic wand to catch pipe cleaner worms, preschoolers are not just learning numbers, but also actively engaging their senses and developing fine motor skills. This type of kinesthetic learning creates a stronger connection between the child and the concept being taught. As they place the worms beside numeric symbols, they’re not just memorizing abstract figures, but associating a tangible object with the concept of quantity.

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Watch This Activity in Action!

Watch This Activity in Action!

Hands-on play brings an inherent sense of curiosity and exploration, turning the learning process into a joyful adventure. It taps into a child’s natural inclination to investigate, manipulate, and create, fostering a deeper understanding of the world around them.

In the context of the magnetic worm fishing activity, the children become the protagonists of their learning journey, encouraging them to be active participants rather than passive recipients of information. This approach nurtures a sense of ownership and boosts their self-confidence, making them more eager to explore other educational activities.

In essence, hands-on play brings the curriculum to life, transforming abstract concepts into concrete experiences. The magnetic worm fishing activity is a shining example of how something as simple as catching worms with magnets can spark a love for learning, nurture crucial skills, and create lasting memories of fun and discovery.

Watch This Activity in Action!

Hands-on play brings an inherent sense of curiosity and exploration, turning the learning process into a joyful adventure. It taps into a child’s natural inclination to investigate, manipulate, and create, fostering a deeper understanding of the world around them.

In the context of the magnetic worm fishing activity, the children become the protagonists of their learning journey, encouraging them to be active participants rather than passive recipients of information. This approach nurtures a sense of ownership and boosts their self-confidence, making them more eager to explore other educational activities.

In essence, hands-on play brings the curriculum to life, transforming abstract concepts into concrete experiences. The magnetic worm fishing activity is a shining example of how something as simple as catching worms with magnets can spark a love for learning, nurture crucial skills, and create lasting memories of fun and discovery.

This is a counting activity for toddlers using pipe cleaners and a magnetic wand to learn number symbols and practice counting

How to Set Up This Counting Activity for Preschoolers

You’ll need just a handful of supplies that are easy to gather. First and foremost, you’ll require a collection of pipe cleaner worms in vibrant colors – these are the stars of the show! Next, you’ll need a magnetic wand or a simple DIY magnet-on-a-string setup to make the fishing experience come alive.

We used our sensory table, using a bucket filled up with soil on one side. If you don’t have a sensory table, no problem! You can use a dish or a tray.

To create a visual connection between the worms and numbers, prepare numeric symbols or cards featuring numbers 1 through 5, and beyond for those learning more advanced numbers!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Fill a tub or tray up with soil.

Step 2

Cut pipe cleaners in the shape of worms, adding eyes if you want!

Step 3

Put the felt pipe cleaners on top of the dirt or underneath a thin layer of the dirt.

Step 4

On the other side of the table, provide numerical symbol references for matching. You can use flash cards or write them by hand!

Step 5

To play the game, use the magnetic wand and have the kids pull out the worms and put them on the correct number or count them out loud. 

Step 1

Fill a tub or tray up with soil.

Step 2

Cut pipe cleaners in the shape of worms, adding eyes if you want!

Step 3

Put the felt pipe cleaners on top of the dirt or underneath a thin layer of the dirt.

Step 4

On the other side of the table, provide numerical symbol references for matching. You can use flash cards or write them by hand!

Step 5

To play the game, use the magnetic wand and have the kids pull out the worms and put them on the correct number or count them out loud. 

Benefits of This Counting Activity for Preschoolers.

Beyond its fun and interactive nature, the magnetic worm fishing number game offers a wealth of educational benefits for young minds. As children use the magnetic wand to catch and count worms, they’re developing essential math skills such as one-to-one correspondence, numeral recognition, and simple addition.

This hands-on approach fosters a deeper understanding of numerical concepts by bridging the gap between abstract numbers and concrete objects. Moreover, the activity promotes cognitive development by encouraging problem-solving as kids decide how many worms to catch for each number. 

This is a counting activity for toddlers using pipe cleaners and a magnetic wand to learn number symbols and practice counting

Overall, this game nurtures not only mathematical proficiency but also critical thinking, fine motor skills, and cooperative learning in an enjoyable package.

 

This is a counting activity for toddlers using pipe cleaners and a magnetic wand to learn number symbols and practice counting

Benefits of This Counting Activity for Preschoolers.

Beyond its fun and interactive nature, the magnetic worm fishing number game offers a wealth of educational benefits for young minds. As children use the magnetic wand to catch and count worms, they’re developing essential math skills such as one-to-one correspondence, numeral recognition, and simple addition.

This hands-on approach fosters a deeper understanding of numerical concepts by bridging the gap between abstract numbers and concrete objects. Moreover, the activity promotes cognitive development by encouraging problem-solving as kids decide how many worms to catch for each number.

Overall, this game nurtures not only mathematical proficiency but also critical thinking, fine motor skills, and cooperative learning in an enjoyable package.

 

More Ways to Play with Early Math!

Here are more fun ways to learn numbers and counting that also make great gifts!

counting numbers gift

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

counting numbers gift

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

pre k math learning addition game wooden

Wooden Math Board

This handcrafted learning resource is great for learning counting and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20.

early math learning for kids wooden blocks

Wooden Number Blocks

These wooden blocks resemble numbers and grow with your child’s advancing math skills. It also includes a math guide and activity cards.

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Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

Baby Hand and Footprints – Tips and Tricks to Get Good Prints!

Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

Getting baby hand and footprints can be tricky! These simple tips and tricks can make the process a whole lot easier! Keep on reading to find out!

Baby Hand and Footprints Make the Perfect Keepsakes!

There is no denying that kids grow up so fast! One way to freeze time is by making hand and footprints. During my babies first year of life, I try my best to get hands and footprints every single month because it is incredible to see how fast they grow! After the first year, I get their hands and footprints every birthday.

Plus, handprints and footprints make the perfect gifts and keepsakes. You can include them in a card, or use them in a piece of artwork as well!

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Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Mess-Free Ink Pads versus Large Washable Ink Pads

In this video, I test out mess-free ink pads for babies and compare them to the large washable stamp pads.

There are definitely pros and cons to each of those that I further explain below! 

Alternatively, you can always use regular washable paint, though this technique is the most messy!

Mess-Free Ink Pads versus Large Washable Ink Pads

In this video, I test out mess-free ink pads for babies and compare them to the large washable stamp pads.

There are definitely pros and cons to each of those that I further explain below! 

Alternatively, you can always use regular washable paint, though this technique is the most messy!

mess free stamp pads Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

Baby Hand and Footprints Using Mess-Free Ink Pad Technique

These mess-free ink pads are a great choice for infants and babies. Baby is able to place the hand or foot down on top of a non-ink side, thereby transferring the ink onto a piece of paper without getting any ink on themselves!

I found a set that comes in lots of different colors, not just the jet black one that you may have seen before or that hospitals often use.

No doubt, there is a big benefit in this being mess-free, but there are a few cons. First, these pads are small and won’t be usable for older kids. Second, the number of uses is extremely limited. I was able to get 2-3 prints only from each ink pad.

 

Baby Hand and Footprints Using the Large Stamp Pad Technique

These large stamp pads do require getting ink on the skin, but they solve the big cons associated with using the mess-free ink pads.

They are much larger and can be used by kids of all ages, even adults too! They also have a much longer life-span with lots of ink to create one handprint or footprint after another!

And while they are not contact-less, they are non-toxic and easily washable.

In addition to the two ink/stamp pads described below, you can also use regular old washable paint! It will do the trick just fine, even if it is a little bit messy!

stamp pads Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

More Tips to Getting the Perfect Baby Hand and Footprints 

Clipboard. Use a clipboard, hard cover book, or another hard surface when making prints! Just using a paper is too flimsy and may result in not so perfect prints!

Heel to Toe. When making footprints, gently hold baby’s foot by the ankle and guide it from heel to toe onto the paper. The foot should open up and give you a nice print!

Open Hand. Getting an open hand from an awake baby can be really tricky! With that in mind, try to grab baby’s handprints while they are sleeping. If that’s not possible, make sure baby is happy and fed, and gently add pressure at the top of the wrist before placing the hand onto the paper. This will often open the palm for optimum placement!

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

Create artwork with those precious prints! Pictured, is a fun project I did with my daughter after getting her footprints every month for her first year. You can also create lots of fun images out of handprints like this dinosaur, bee, and spider art projects!

Baby Hand and Footprint Tips and Tricks

More Tips to Getting the Perfect Baby Hand and Footprints 

Clipboard. Use a clipboard, hard cover book, or another hard surface when making prints! Just using a paper is too flimsy and may result in not so perfect prints!

Heel to Toe. When making footprints, gently hold baby’s foot by the ankle and guide it from heel to toe onto the paper. The foot should open up and give you a nice print!

Open Hand. Getting an open hand from an awake baby can be really tricky! With that in mind, try to grab baby’s handprints while they are sleeping. If that’s not possible, make sure baby is happy and fed, and gently add pressure at the top of the wrist before placing the hand onto the paper. This will often open the palm for optimum placement!

Create artwork with those precious prints! Pictured, is a fun project I did with my daughter after getting her footprints every month for her first year. You can also create lots of fun images out of handprints like this dinosaur, bee, and spider art projects!

 

More Ways to Create Baby Hand and Footprints

Here are some beautiful ways to capture baby’s hands and feet while they are still little!

Baby Hand And Footprint Kit 

This kit comes with everything you need, including the cute rustic frame. 

 

Baby Hand and Feet Casting

A beautiful way to capture those tiny hands and feet! This kit includes mold material, plaster, and detailed instructions!

clay handprint bowls footprint keepsakes

Handprint Clay Bowls

This set includes 38 polymer clay blocks in 12 different colors. It can make 3-6 handprint bowls.

 

Baby Ornament Keepsake

This kit comes with everything you need to create a lovely clay casting of your baby’s hand or footprint. 

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Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

tummy time positions for newborns and babies

There isn’t just one way to do tummy time! Keep reading to find out about different tummy time positions for newborns and babies! 

Why is Tummy Time Important?

As you have probably heard tummy time is so important for newborns and babies! It strengthens babies neck and shoulder muscles and is, overall, fantastic for their motor skills.

Because babies sleep so much during the day, and the recommended position for sleep is on the back, the time they have to be on their tummies is limited. It’s important to take advantage of placing baby on their stomachs during wakeful moments so they can work on these important skills!

However, tummy time is not limited to being on the floor. You can also explore doing the football hold, tummy to tummy, and tummy to lap positions!

By 2 months, it’s recommended to do tummy time for 15 minutes a day, in 5 minute increments. However, I have found that I don’t need to count the minutes if I rotate all the different ways of doing tummy time throughout the day.

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3 Alternative Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

In this quick video you’ll see the 3 alternative tummy time positions for newborns and babies that aren’t on the floor: the football hold, tummy to tummy, and tummy to lap.

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3 Alternative Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

In this quick video you’ll see the 3 alternative tummy time positions for newborns and babies that aren’t on the floor: the football hold, tummy to tummy, and tummy to lap.

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black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get the FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

This free printable set of black and white cards for babies are a great way to keep babies alert and interested during tummy time. The set includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own.

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Other Benefits of Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

 In addition to strengthening neck and shoulder muscles, tummy time gets babies on track for developing other motor skills including rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and ultimately walking.

Another benefit of placing babies on their tummy during wakeful periods is that it can help them avoid developing flat spots on the back of their head!

For more activities for babies visit our comprehensive list!  

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Other Benefits of Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

 In addition to strengthening neck and shoulder muscles, tummy time gets babies on track for developing other motor skills including rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and ultimately walking.

Another benefit of placing babies on their tummy during wakeful periods is that it can help them avoid developing flat spots on the back of their head!

For more activities for babies visit our comprehensive list!  

More Activities for Newborn and Young Babies

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

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Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids!

Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids!

Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids!

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

Kids can learn simple subtraction with these worksheets. They are silly, fun, and a hands-on way to learn this important math skill!

A Hands On Way to Learn Simple Subtraction!

There is something about cutting hair that keep kiddos engaged! Not only is it fun to give the worksheet people a hair cut, but it is such a visual way to understand subtraction!

If your kiddo is also learning simple addition, be sure to check out our “Add the Hair” activity – it’s another hands on way to learn a math skill, but this time using loose parts for giving the people hair and adding it up!

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Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

How to Set Up This Fun Simple Subtraction Activity

Utilizing this printable makes setting up this activity so easy!

All you need to do is print it and provide scissors for your kiddo to use to cut away the “hair.”

This activity doesn’t just help in learning a math skill, but it also strengthens fine motor skills! Using scissors and cutting is one of the best ways to strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers!

How to Set Up This Fun Simple Subtraction Activity

Utilizing this printable makes setting up this activity so easy!

All you need to do is print it and provide scissors for your kiddo to use to cut away the “hair.”

This activity doesn’t just help in learning a math skill, but it also strengthens fine motor skills! Using scissors and cutting is one of the best ways to strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers!

 

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

Get the Printable Here!

I wanted to make things extra easy for busy grown ups by providing this printable activity!

First, get some scissor skills practice by cutting along the lines to create strands of hair. Then, follow the equation by subtracting the number of hairs while physically cutting them away! Kids can count the remaining hairs to solve the problem and then write the answer in the space provided.

And if you like this, don’t miss some of our other printables that focus on early math skills like our Number Parking Lot printable and Count the Pizza Topping printable

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of This Simple Subtraction Activity 

Subtraction is all about figuring out what amount is left after taking a number away from another.

Just like addition, subtraction is part of our everyday life! Just think of all of the daily experiences that require us to use this skill – telling time, cooking, and money to name a few!

Learning subtraction at an early age will benefit children as they progress on their math journey as it is so fundamental to basic mathematics. 

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids
simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

The Educational Benefits of This Simple Subtraction Activity 

Subtraction is all about figuring out what amount is left after taking a number away from another.

Just like addition, subtraction is part of our everyday life! Just think of all of the daily experiences that require us to use this skill – telling time, cooking, and money to name a few!

Learning subtraction at an early age will benefit children as they progress on their math journey as it is so fundamental to basic mathematics. 

More Ways to Learn Simple Subtraction

Here are my top picks for early math games that have a focus on simple subtraction!

simple subtraction addition game

Addition and Subtraction Board Game

This Swamp game encourages kids to do basic math drills through fun game play!

simple subtraction addition game

Addition and Subtraction Puzzles

This includes 20 self-checking, 5-piece puzzles designed to help children develop automaticity!

simple subtraction addition game

Subtraction Flash Cards

This set includes 169 hole-punched math game flash cards so you can easily organize cards using the metal rings!

simple subtraction addition game

Motor Math Activity!

This set includes a transportation theme activity that will help learn counting, patterning, addition and subtraction!

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Shaving Cream Art – A Vibrant and Sensory-Packed Activity

Shaving Cream Art – A Vibrant and Sensory-Packed Activity

Shaving Cream Art – A Vibrant and Sensory-Packed Activity

shaving cream art for kids marbled craft

This vibrantly colored activity is all about making shaving cream art! It is easy to set up and such a rich sensory experience for kids!

Shaving Cream Art, Sensory Play and Fine Motor Skills Collide!

So many fun skills collide with this shaving cream art activity. Using droppers to transfer liquid watercolor on top of the shaving cream is great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Plus, after using paper and a squeegee to make marbled artwork, kids are left with a brilliantly colored shaving cream mixture they can use for sensory and imaginative play! My son enjoyed making “ice cream cones” out of it!

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Watch How to Make Shaving Cream Art!

Setting this up takes all of a few minutes, and the rest is all for your kiddos to do! Well, except squeezing out shaving cream can be tricky, so kids may need a grown up to help! But once the shaving cream is out, that will be their canvas for creating some super fun and sensory packed artwork! And once the art has been made, definitely don’t toss the shaving cream mixture away! Use it for some fun sensory play!

Watch How to Make Shaving Cream Art!

Setting this up takes all of a few minutes, and the rest is all for your kiddos to do! Well, except squeezing out shaving cream can be tricky, so kids may need a grown up to help! But once the shaving cream is out, that will be their canvas for creating some super fun and sensory packed artwork! And once the art has been made, definitely don’t toss the shaving cream mixture away! Use it for some fun sensory play!

 

shaving cream art for kids marbled craft

Tips for Making Shaving Cream Art

Prepare for the Mess. Just remember that this is going to get messy – that’s all part of the fun! Try to do this outdoors so everything can be hosed down, but if that’s not possible, place a waterproof mat underneath the workspace and have a bucket of water nearby to wash off hands.

Colors. You can use either food coloring or liquid watercolor for this activity. We prefer liquid watercolor because, once diluted, it is washable!

Large Droppers. Using large droppers is a great tool to strengthen fine motor skills. We like these extra large droppers because they are not too tricky to use!

For more sensory-packed activities, visit our comprehensive list!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Fill up a tub with shaving cream.

Step 2

Use a dropper and liquid watercolors to create a design on top of the shaving cream. Swirl the colors around if you want!

Step 3

Place a piece of paper on top of the shaving cream color design.

Step 4

Use a squeegee to remove the excess shaving cream in top of the paper to reveal a fun marbled-design artwork!

Step 5

Use the leftover shaving cream mixture for sensory and imaginative play!

Step 1

Fill up a tub with shaving cream.

Step 2

Use a dropper and liquid watercolors to create a design on top of the shaving cream. Swirl the colors around if you want!

Step 3

Place a piece of paper on top of the shaving cream color design.

Step 4

Use a squeegee to remove the excess shaving cream to reveal a fun marbled-design artwork!

Step 5

Use the leftover shaving cream mixture for sensory and imaginative play!

Beyond Shaving Cream Art 

Process art is one of the biggest benefits of this rainbow activity. It’s a great way for the kids to see the entire process from start to finish on how art can be easy and simple to create. 

They can then use that to understand the artistic impression and see if they can recreate or create a rainbow (or something else) all on their very own.

Plus, as mentioned above, this activity isn’t just about art! It’s a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills, explore sensory play, and tap into their imaginations! 

shaving cream art for kids marbled craft
shaving cream art for kids marbled craft

Beyond Shaving Cream Art 

Process art is one of the biggest benefits of this rainbow activity. It’s a great way for the kids to see the entire process from start to finish on how art can be easy and simple to create. 

They can then use that to understand the artistic impression and see if they can recreate or create a rainbow (or something else) all on their very own.

Plus, as mentioned above, this activity isn’t just about art! It’s a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills, explore sensory play, and tap into their imaginations! 

More fun for the ice cream lover!

Here are my top picks for ice cream themed play items you can buy.

Scoop and Serve

This wooden set is perfect for the ice cream lover! It comes with 28 pieces including ice cream flavors, toppings, cones, a cup, a menu, and the counter!

Life-Size Food Cart

This large scale imaginative play food cart is adorable! Plus it has two different food cart themes: sweets like ice cream, and snacks like pretzels and hot dogs!

Ice Cream Truck Walker

This adorable walker is a great gift for toddlers! Removing and placing the ice creams back into the holder is great for fine motor skills! 

Paint Your Own Ice Cream Cone 

Such a great arts and crafts set! Your ice cream lover will love decorating these magnetic scoops that stick together! 

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Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

Make your own color matching activity out of paper tubes and pom poms. This is a fun way to play with color recognition and fine motor skills! Keep on reading to find out how easy this activity is to make!

Where Color Matching Activity and Fine Motor Skills Collide!

This easy-to-make color matching activity is also a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. The kids will be able to use tongs and place the correct colored pom poms into the same colored tube all on their own! This is great for both finger muscles and hand-eye coordination!

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Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

 

Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

 

color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

Tips for Making This Color Matching Activity

Colors. Make paper tubes colorful by using acrylic paint, or an even faster process for grown ups to do is use spray paint!

Cardboard. Cardboard makes the best puzzle boards! It is thick and durable. But the best part? It’s a free resource if you have constant at-home deliveries like us! 

Tongs. For the added fine motor strengthening component of this activity, get some tongs that are kid-friendly! We bought a set that are for serving hors d’oeuvre – they are small and easier for kids to use.

For more color matching activities, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of ideas

 

 

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Paper Tubes
  • Paint

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

Step 2

Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

Step 1

Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

Step 2

Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details.

These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details. These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

 

More Ways to Explore Colors

Here are more color and rainbow activities that make great gifts!

wooden rainbow color sorting toy

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

color sorting magnetic game color recognition

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color sorting game color recognition

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

Activity for Toddlers – Colorful Taste Safe Sensory Play With Cereal

activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

This activity for toddlers is a colorful way to use stale cereal for sensory play that is also taste safe! Keep on reading to find out how easy this is to set up! 

A Taste Safe Activity for Toddlers

This activity is not about eating the cereal! Taste-safe and edible play are not synonymous. We prefer not to do edible play because to avoid the confusion of what sensory bases are safe to eat versus not safe to eat. I want my kiddos to assume that all sensory bases are not meant to be put in the mouth! 

Therefore, this activity is taste-safe. Allowing a toddler to explore the sensory bases while learning not to put it in their mouth. Of course, if a toddler were to eat some, grown ups will know that it will not be harmful!

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How to Make This Activity for Toddlers

Watch this short video to see how easy it is to make stale cereal colorful. I want to emphasize to use stale cereal because there is no use in wasting good cereal you can eat! However, if you have cereal that would otherwise go in the trash bin, always think about how you could use it for sensory play first!

My daughter, two years old at the time, had so much fun scooping and pouring and mixing it all up!

How to Make This Activity for Toddlers

Watch this short video to see how easy it is to make stale cereal colorful. I want to emphasize to use stale cereal because there is no use in wasting good cereal you can eat! However, if you have cereal that would otherwise go in the trash bin, always think about how you could use it for sensory play first!

My daughter, two years old at the time, had so much fun scooping and pouring and mixing it all up!

activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

Tips for Setting Up This Activity for Toddlers

Bowls and Spoons. Make sure to include them in the set up! They are perfect tools for young kids to learn the practical life skill of scooping, pouring, and transferring!

Keep it stale! As mentioned above, we don’t want to encourage playing with good food that can be eaten. Instead, this is about utilizing stale cereal that would otherwise hit the trash bin!

Food Coloring. We used a gel-based food coloring as it spreads a bit more evenly. The water-based food coloring is likely to absorb too quickly into the cereal and not spread as well. Also, be sure to let the cereal dry before playing with it to avoid the color transferring to the skin. However, if it does, wash hands with baking soda as this has been an effective way to remove stains on skin.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

In a sealed container, add 1/2 cup of cereal. We used Cheerios. Add a squirt of gel based food coloring. (It may help to squirt it to the side of the container, not directly on the cereal itself.)

Step 2

Seal the container and shake, shake, shake! Once the color is spread throughout, lay the cereal out to dry for an hour to minimize the color from transferring. Repeat for each color.

Step 1

In a sealed container, add 1/2 cup of cereal. We used Cheerios. Add a squirt of gel based food coloring. (It may help to squirt it to the side of the container, not directly on the cereal itself.)

Step 2

Seal the container and shake, shake, shake! Once the color is spread throughout, lay the cereal out to dry for an hour to minimize the color from transferring. Repeat for each color.

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The Importance of Sensory Play 

It’s important to teach kids sensory play because it teaches them to learn with their bodies’ various senses. 

This also teaches them colors as well as lets them feel the shapes of the cereal and hold the various colors with their hands. 

Teach them the importance of not putting things in their mouth without understanding that it’s safe to do so as well. 

This is one fun colorful activity that is perfect for toddlers and younger learners.

activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin
activity for toddlers colorful taste safe cereal sensory bin

The Importance of Sensory Play 

It’s important to teach kids sensory play because it teaches them to learn with their bodies’ various senses. 

This also teaches them colors as well as lets them feel the shapes of the cereal and hold the various colors with their hands. 

Teach them the importance of not putting things in their mouth without understanding that it’s safe to do so as well. 

This is one fun colorful activity that is perfect for toddlers and younger learners.

 

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Beyond this taste-safe cereal activity for toddlers. Here are some more sensory bases to explore!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

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Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

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Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

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Peppa Pig Activity – Make This Adorable Play Dough Kit

Peppa Pig Activity – Make This Adorable Play Dough Kit

Peppa Pig Activity – Make This Adorable Play Dough Kit

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Looking for a Peppa Pig activity? This DIY play dough kit is adorable, so easy to make, and can be played with time and time again! 

The kids had a blast with the theme, and I could tell that their imagination was already working in overdrive from the moment that we started. When it comes to sensory fun and learning, you can’t go wrong with play dough kits.

Endless Hours of Imagination with Play Dough Kits

This Peppa Pig Activity, and play dough kits in general are one of those creations that are a win-win for everyone. Not only do they help to contain the mess, but they also keep everything together in one easy space so that the kids can open the lid and start to play. 

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How To Make a Homemade Play Dough 

Once you get started in making this simple kit, you’re going to love the process. It’s fun and easy to do, and all you need are a few easy supplies to get started. 

Keep in mind that these are not only handy to have in the house for play time for the kids, but they’re great to gift to others, too. These make perfect birthday gifts or even fun take-home gifts for kids that maybe attended a birthday party at your house.

How To Make a Homemade Play Dough 

Once you get started in making this simple kit, you’re going to love the process. It’s fun and easy to do, and all you need are a few easy supplies to get started. 

Keep in mind that these are not only handy to have in the house for play time for the kids, but they’re great to gift to others, too. These make perfect birthday gifts or even fun take-home gifts for kids that maybe attended a birthday party at your house.

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How to Assemble This Peppa Pig Activity Kit 

In addition to this Peppa Pig activity, we have made so many other play dough kits – from ocean, to cupcake, to Frozen, and insect themed to name a few. 

I know that it’s important to keep the supplies on hand to make the kits, and I try to do that always! The following are what I think is important to have on hand to create play dough kits for the kids.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Create the homemade play dough and have the kids help decide the colors that they want to make it. We chose green for grass, brown for muddy puddles, and pink for the pig’s colored skin.

Step 2

Once the play dough has been made, make sure to let it cool down all the way and then store it in the container. 

Step 3

Put the rest of the play dough kit items inside, and you’re good to go! 

 

Step 1

Create the homemade play dough and have the kids help decide the colors that they want to make it. We chose green for grass, brown for muddy puddles, and pink for the pig’s colored skin.

Step 2

Once the play dough has been made, make sure to let it cool down all the way and then store it in the container. 

Step 3

Put the rest of the play dough kit items inside, and you’re good to go! 

Beyond Just a Peppa Pig Activity

Playing with play dough is so much more than just having playtime at home. The kids will use their hand muscles and dexterity to stretch and mold the play dough to create fun and new things.

This is great for sensory play and development and a simple way to have them think outside the box for creativity as well. Encourage independent playtime with play dough, too, as a fun way to work on that skill as well!

For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

peppa pig activity for kids play dough kit sensory
peppa pig activity for kids play dough kit sensory

Beyond Just a Peppa Pig Activity

Playing with play dough is so much more than just having playtime at home. The kids will use their hand muscles and dexterity to stretch and mold the play dough to create fun and new things.

This is great for sensory play and development and a simple way to have them think outside the box for creativity as well. Encourage independent playtime with play dough, too, as a fun way to work on that skill as well!

For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

If your kiddo loved this Peppa Pig activity, here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Rain Cloud Experiment – Colorful Shaving Cream Science

Rain Cloud Experiment – Colorful Shaving Cream Science

Rain Cloud Experiment – Colorful Shaving Cream Science

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This shaving cream rain experiment is a fun way to learn about clouds and rainfall! Make it vibrant by using all the colors of the rainbow! 

Easy to Set Up Rain Cloud Experiment

This rain cloud experiment is a fun way to demonstrate how rain falls through clouds. Best part for grown ups? It is super easy to set up! Whether you are creating one rain cloud or 6 like us, it only takes a few minutes to get everything together. 

I love that the supplies are simple and readily available so that you can conduct the experiment over and over again if you want to!

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Watch How to Create This Rain Cloud Experiment

Watch this video to see how kids as young as 3 can get involved in creating and observing this experiment.

My 3 year old enjoyed spraying the shaving cream (with my help!) and using large droppers to place the food coloring “rain” on top of the “rain cloud.”

How to explain the science in preschool terms? If a cloud gets heavy enough, rain will fall from it!

Watch How to Create This Rain Cloud Experiment

Watch this video to see how kids as young as 3 can get involved in creating and observing this experiment.

My 3 year old enjoyed spraying the shaving cream (with my help!) and using large droppers to place the food coloring “rain” on top of the “rain cloud.”

How to explain the science in preschool terms? If a cloud gets heavy enough, rain will fall from it!

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Tips for Setting Up This Rain Cloud Experiment

Clear Container. We decided to explore what rain would look like in every color of the rainbow, so I set aside 6 small, clear containers. These are actually tiny flower vases! Of course, you could use one container big, small, or anything in between!

Colors. The most common color used in this experiment is blue! But my kiddo wanted to use all the colors of the rainbow! This created an added skill for him to reinforce, which was color matching! I placed a dot sticker next to each vase so he could match his dropper filled with food coloring. You can use either liquid watercolors or food coloring for this experiment!

Large Droppers. They are great for fine motor skills and this experiment is perfect for kids to practice using them! Our set worked well for it because each dropper has a different color.

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

To make the “rain,” dilute your food coloring or liquid watercolor in water. You can do one color or many like us!

Step 2

Fill your glass(es) with water.

Step 3

Squirt shaving cream on top to make the cloud.

Step 4

Now is the fun part for your little one! Using a dropper, squirt the color(s) on top of the shaving cream. When the “cloud” becomes too heavy, the “rain” will rain down, making the water change colors.

Step 1

To make the “rain,” dilute your food coloring or liquid watercolor in water. You can do one color or many like us!

Step 2

Fill your glass(es) with water.

Step 3

Squirt shaving cream on top to make the cloud.

Step 4

Now is the fun part for your little one! Using a dropper, squirt the color(s) on top of the shaving cream. When the “cloud” becomes too heavy, the “rain” will rain down, making the water change colors.

The Science Behind This Rain Cloud Experiment 

This is a very simple demonstration of rainfall, which is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners! 

Explain to your kiddo that the shaving cream is the “cloud” and the food coloring is the “rain.” When water gets too heavy inside clouds, gravity will pull it down through the clouds as rain.

By making the rain colorful, they have a great visual for seeing it fall!

For more science fun, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of activities

rain cloud experiment shaving cream color cloud
rain cloud experiment shaving cream color cloud

The Science Behind This Rain Cloud Experiment 

This is a very simple demonstration of rainfall, which is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners! 

Explain to your kiddo that the shaving cream is the “cloud” and the food coloring is the “rain.” When water gets too heavy inside clouds, gravity will pull it down through the clouds as rain.

By making the rain colorful, they have a great visual for seeing it fall!

For more science fun, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of activities

More Science Experiments to Explore!

Here are my top picks for science experiment kits!

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Science Kit for Kids

This science kit for kids includes 30 scientific experiments plus fun gear like a lab coat, goggles, and other scientific equipment!

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Chemistry Kits

This 3-Pack Chemistry Kits will ignite a passion for science. Including an electrochemistry lab, fire lab, and vortex lab.

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Earth Science Kit 

This kit lets your children learn hands-on about geology and chemical reactions in volcanoes.

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Chemistry Station

Create glowing slime, fizzing reactions, oozing bubbles, colorful chromatography, and more!

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