10 Easy Sun Themed Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

10 Easy Sun Themed Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Though it’s officially spring, it certainly hasn’t felt like it every day. Sure, sometimes the sun shines brightly but more often than not there’s cloudy skies to be found. We’ve taken it upon ourselves (we being Squeaker and I) to bring a little bit of sunshine indoors. We made our “You Are My Sunshine” craft for Mother’s Day this year and on that same day, we did three more sun themed crafts. Maybe we’ll turn this into a Sun and Moon unit in the future and use some of these sun crafts for preschoolers. For our part, we did the following three: Tissue paper sun (using pink, orange, and yellow tissue paper) hand and footprint sun (with yellow construction paper) Do a Dot marker sun…

Easy Letter Matching Activity

Easy Letter Matching Activity

As we have our informal tot school, and by informal I mean we do a fair amount of free play, learning through play, pretend play, reading books, arts and crafts; sometimes I’ll try to sneak in a learning activity. But those learning activities are also play based, or at least have some element of play in them. I want to keep it simple enough for Squeaker and yet still with an element of challenge so she’s working on her skills. Things like fine motor, gross motor, letter identification, and that sort of thing. For Squeaker, this also means playing games and having learning activities that can be quick in nature or that she can come back to when her attention span allows for it. We’ll…

Easy Shaun the Sheep Craft

Squeaker is absolutely in love with Shaun the Sheep! She’s had a Shaun stuffed animal of her own for a little over a year now and it was just recently that she discovered the Shaun the Sheep cartoon series on the Kindle. We’ve also watched A Close Shave with her, and she seemed to be pretty fond of that when the sheep were around. With the movie coming out here in the United States soon, and Squeaker getting ever so excited when she sees the trailer, I thought we could make an easy Shaun the Sheep Craft. It was her first time doing a craft with me but I think she did pretty well! ¬†This post contains affiliate links and while you are under no…

Button Play for Fine Motor Skills

Button Play for Fine Motor Skills

After putting together the St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin, which was then re-purposed¬† for an Easter sensory bin, I realized that the buttons that we bought had a lot of potential. How so? Well, I got the idea after Squeaker kept trying to go after the package. She was fascinated with the shape and size, so I thought why not capitalize on her curiosity and use button play for fine motor skills development. After gathering a few materials around the house, we had a simple DIY button game that only took me a few minutes to put together but kept her entertained for a good 15 to 20 minutes at a time. (and if you have a young child, you know that’s quite a bit…

Easy and Simple Every Day Play

Squeaker turned a year old on December 5th and while I’ve seen different criteria for classifying a child of her age; we alternate between calling her an older baby or a toddler (… toddling terror, to be specific). She is walking and walking quite well, and she uses walking as her primary form of movement. She’ll only crawl now if it’s to reach something that she can’t bend down and pick up. But, even with all of her walking, I still try to find easy play ideas that will keep her moving, keep her occupied and also facilitate some sort of independent play. I’m not trying to say that I want her to play independently all the time- she’s still just a baby (in my…

Baby Games & Books: Peek a boo

We’re starting a new feature of School with Squeaker- designed for babies and toddlers called: Baby Games and Books Each part of the series will focus on a game to play with babies, variations of that game (if possible), related books, and YouTube videos (if possible) that are related to the theme. Interacting with your baby or toddler by playing games is a great way to work on communication skills, social skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills… there are really a lot of areas that you can incorporate! Our first game in the series is one of Squeaker’s favorites: Peek-a-boo * Please be advised that this post may contain affiliate links, see my disclosure policy for more information. Games like peek-a-boo usually won’t make…