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Halloween Charades

Halloween-2

Sweet Pea is 8 years old.

 

From: I was looking for some activities for Sweet Pea’s classroom Halloween party and got the idea for a game of Halloween themed charades from EasyPartyIdeasAndGames.com. Since we were going to be playing with beginning readers (1st, 2nd and 3rd graders), I wanted to make Halloween word […]

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Salted Water Color Paintings

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I saw this beautiful technique in an issue of Family Fun magazine.

Material:

Watercolor paper or other sturdy paper. Watercolor paints or liquid watercolors (Click here to see how we made our own liquid watercolors from dried-out markers.) Paintbrushes. (These Crayola ones are my favorite paint […]

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DIY Watercolors from Upcycled Markers

Upcycle Dried Out Markers into Watercolors

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I found instructions for this fun and frugal activity from Julie Finn at Crafting a Green World.

Material:

Several old dried-out markers in a variety of colors. Pliers. A few small glass or plastic jars with lids. (Julie suggests using old spice jars, but I […]

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Using a Montessori Finger Chart for Addition

Montessori Finger Chart for Addition

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

Prerequisite: This purpose of this activity is to help with the memorization of addition facts. Your child should already be very familiar with the concept of addition and be able to write all of the numerals from zero to nine.

From: The addition working chart or finger […]

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Cloud Dough

Cloud Dough (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea was 5 years old.

 

From: Many people have blogged about Cloud Dough, but I first read about it at Tinkerlab. Cloud Dough is a mixture of flour and oil that creates a really interesting substance. It is somewhat powdery, but easily clumps together when pressed. It is like wet sand, […]

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Child Friendly Kool-Aid Dyed Play Silks

Kid Friendly Play Silk Recipe (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: Play Silks are a type of beautiful toy commonly used in Waldorf education. You can buy them pre-dyed, but at almost $15 each, it is very expensive to get more than a few colors. There are a zillion blog posts about how to dye play […]

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Cooking with Kids: Easy-Peasy Popsicles

Easy Peasy Popsicles (@ Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

From: I often freeze those tubes of yogurt for Sweet Pea. One day, when she asked me to make them, we were out of tubes, but had some yogurt cups, so I offered to try to make popsicles out of those instead and they turned out great!

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Building Words with the Movable Alphabet

Word Building (Free Printable Movable Alphabet and Pink Series Word Cards)

Sweet Pea was about 4 years old when she was introduced to this work.

From: The Movable Alphabet is a set of letters that allow children to build words before they have started either writing or reading. It is a very classic and well-known piece of Montessori work.

Prerequisite: You and your child […]

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Bubble Dough

Dish Soap + Corn Starch = Super Fun Bubble Dough

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

From: I saw this very cool and super easy Bubble Dough recipe from Creative Playhouse and couldn’t wait to try it!

Material:

Mixing bowl. 1 cup Cornstarch. 1/4-1/2 cup Liquid dish or hand soap. (We used Dawn.) Dry cloth and a damp sponge for clean […]

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“I Spy” – Montessori Style

I Spy - Montessori Style

Sweet Pea was about 3 years old.

 

From: “I Spy” is a well known children’s game, but in this version, the clues are sounds instead of colors. This is a classic Montessori activity that helps children begin to recognize phonetic sounds. I first read about it in David Gettman’s book Basic Montessori Learning […]

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