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Sugar Chalk

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Sweet Pea is 34 months old.

From: I found this activity in MaryAnn Kohl‘s great book, Preschool Art.

Material:

1/3 cup sugar. 1 cup water. Whisk or spoon. Chalk (We had a great time with regular white chalk, but colored sidewalk chalk might be even more exciting). Bowl. Dark colored paper (black or […]

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Scrap Paper Collage

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Sweet Pea is 34 months old.

From: A lot of our activities are really spontaneous like this one. I had my hand poised above a trash can, about to toss away some scrap paper from one of my own craft projects when Sweet Pea asked if she could look at them. She was […]

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Clean Paint

Shannon’s Note: This is a guest post from my friend Lori, who worked as a preschool teacher for 3 years and now enjoys staying home with her daughter.

E.G. is 18 months old.

Materials:

2 Sheets Glad Press’n Seal or Contact Paper Tempera Washable Paints Scissors (for the grown-up) Q-Tips (optional)

Procedure:

Line […]

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Sticker Shapes

Sweet Pea is 34 months old. (Oh, I groan every time I have to increment this. How bittersweet.)

From: I found this idea on the very useful Confessions of a Homeschooler blog. We originally used the shape tracing template (.pdf file requires Foxit or Adobe Acrobat) from Coloring Castle.

Material:

My shape outline […]

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Pegs and Pegboards

Sweet Pea is 32 months old.

From: I can’t remember where I saw these first, but I ordered some from the Oriental Trading Company several months ago.

Material:

Pegs and a Peg Board (FYI: I am currently running a giveaway for some of our extra ones here.)

Observations: I tried to show […]

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Sorting Stickers

Sweet Pea is 31 months old.

From: I bought a cheapo sticker & album set from the Dollar Store. When I gave it to Sweet Pea, she started sorting the stickers by color all on her own. I was pretty impressed that she had made up her own Tot School activity with it.

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Foam Puzzles

Sweet Pea is 31 months old.

From: We got this set of 4 foam puzzles as a gift from Sweet Pea’s grandma.

Material:

Foam Puzzles (I couldn’t find the exact set that we were given. Here is a link to an uppercase and lowercase puzzle that Carissa from 1+1+1=1 recommends, plus […]

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Popsicle Stick Shapes

Sweet Pea is 31 months old.

From: I have seen similar ides is several places: Chasing Cheerios , Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary and My Two Happy Homeschoolers.

Material:

About 20 Popsicle craft sticks. Markers. Several sheets of paper.

Procedure:

On three Popsicle sticks, write the word “TRIANGLE” in the middle and draw […]

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Zoobies

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Sweet Pea is 30 months old.

From: When I was younger, I was crazy about Zoobooks, which is a high quality children’s magazine about animals. I thought I might subscribe, and happily discovered that the Zoobooks company now makes a magazine for younger kids called Zootles and one for toddlers called Zoobies. Our […]

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Magic Paint Bag

Sweet Pea is 29 months old.

From: This was recommended by my friend Lori. It is similar to the Magic Paint Bag activity in the book First Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl, although I think this version works better.

Material:

Non-toxic washable craft paint. Glad Press’n Seal. Duct or Packing Tape. (The tape needs […]

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