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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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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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“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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Exploding Ivory (Bonus: “How to Make PlaySnot® – A New Sensory Material”).

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Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: This quick little activity is from Our Best Bites.

Material:

A brand spanking new bar of Ivory soap. A plate. A microwave.

 

Procedure:

Put the bar of Ivory soap on the plate and put the plate in the microwave. Set the timer for […]

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Origami for Kids: Simple Cat

How to fold an Origami Cat

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

Prerequisite: Your child must be able to fold a sheet of paper and make a crease in it, which can be tricky for a for a small child. If your tot struggles with this, then start with something like Kumon Let’s Fold book.

Material:

A […]

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Do-a-Dot Numbers

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: Here are the Do-A-Dot number pages! A long time ago, I created a set of uppercase Do-A-Dot letters and since then, many people have asked me to also create number ones. These Do-A-Dot sheets are tedious to make so it took me a while to get […]

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Using a Gravy Separator (and an Introduction to Density)

Gravy Separator (and introduction to the density of liquids) via Shannon's Tot School

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

Intro: This is a super easy practical life lesson with a good dose of science. During the holidays, Sweet Pea saw my gravy separator and wanted to know what it was, so I set up this quick little activity for her on the spot.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be […]

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Annual New Year’s Interview – 2013

Interview Your Tots Every New Year's!

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: A few years ago I saw this great idea at Teach Mama and now we do one every year. Amy revamped some of her interview questions so they are more geared towards older children now, but mine are still aimed for younger ones.

Material:

Pen or […]

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Acorn Cap Jewels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found these beautiful acorn cap jewels at Homemade Serenity.

Material:

Acorn Caps. (Acorn caps by themselves should be fine, but immediately bake whole acorns for 1-2 hours in a 170 degree oven to kill any insects that are hiding inside!) Glue. Colored Markers. […]

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