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Modern Art with a Matchbox Car

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This activity was inspired by Deborah’s description of an “oldie but goodie” on her excellent Teach Preschool blog.


Paper. Jelly roll tray. Kid’s craft paint Small toy cars. Smock or bib for your tot (optional).


Place a piece of paper on the jelly […]

Using Tweezers to Sort Pony Beads

Sweet Pea is 47 months old.

From: This is another activity suggested in John Bowman’s new book Montessori at Home (I am giving away a copy here.)


Tweezers (I used rounded-tip beading tweezers). A bowl of pony beads in 4 different colors 4 Small bowls.


Sit near your tot […]

Watercolor Resist Valentines

Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: Do you want to make some cute homemade Valentines with your tot? We loved these adorable watercolor resist valentines from One Inch World (featured on Teach Preschool’s excellent Tumblr blog).


Watercolor paint. (We used liquid water color, but a standard pallet of watercolors should work […]

Messy Bleeding Art Tissue Paper

Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: I hadn’t heard of bleeding art tissue paper until I read Valerie’s deceptively titled post “Low-Mess Mitten Painting” on her Frugal Family Fun blog. I couldn’t wait to try this new Low-Mess style of painting.


Bleeding art tissue paper. (We found a pack next to the […]

Penny Drop Game

Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I was inspired by this penny drop game at Tired, Need Sleep.


10 Muffin tin liners, coffee filters or paper circles. 2 Crayons. 10 Pennies.


Let your tot color half of the circles one color while you color the remaining ones a different […]

Matching Color Shades

Sweet Pea is 37 months old.

From: I saw this on Giving Up on a Clean House, Crunchy and Green, and Chasing Cheerios. Also, the Montessori Color Tablets, Box #3 exercise is a somewhat similar activity.


Paint sample cards. Select 2 identical sheets for each color you want to use. Clothespins. Scissors. Glue. […]

Gem Balance on a Popsicle Stick

Sweet Pea is 37 months old.

From: I found this quick little activity on ABC and 123 and The Shafer Family.


Popsicle or craft sticks. Flat glass gems (We found ours in the floral section at Micheal’s) Bowl (to hold the gems). Tray (optional).


Put the gems in the bowl […]

Uppercase Do-A-Dot Letters

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: Erika from Confessions of a Homeschooler often posts an individual Do-A-Dot letter worksheet when her tot is learning a particular letter (P for example), but I had trouble searching her site to find all of the letters. I also searched the web, but was surprised that I […]

Rainbow Toast

Sweet Pea is 33 months old.

From: I found this really fun idea at Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. I had never seen something like this before and couldn’t wait to try it.


Several slices of bread. Milk. Food Coloring (I highly recommend the gel type instead of the liquid drops that […]

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.


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


Line […]