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Writing in Jello Powder

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This very fun sticky finger writing activity from Teach Mama has been on my to-do list since I first saw her post about it.

Material:

2 packets of gelatin dessert mix (Better known as “Jello”). Jelly roll tray. Foil. (Optional, but helps with clean-up.) Milk cap letters. […]

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Watercolor Resist Valentines

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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).

Material:

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

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Button Outline Matching

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Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I found this great post full of ideas for buttons at The Activity Mom.

Material:

A bag of plastic craft buttons. (We got ours from Micheal’s.) A thin tipped marker A piece of paper.

Procedure:

Select several different shaped buttons. Use the marker to draw […]

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Hot Glue Rubbing Plates

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Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I thought these Doodle Rubbings on This Little Project looked really fun.

Material:

Pencil. Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks. Several pieces of cardboard. (I just cut up an old Pampers box.) Paper. Crayons. Tape.

Procedure:

Use a pencil to lightly draw shapes (square, […]

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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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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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Stencils

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Sweet Pea is 27 months old.

From: This was inspired by my desire for a set of Montessori Insets, which are a bit out our price range right now. (The Montessori Primary Guide has a good description of how to use insets in the Montessori style.)

Material:

Any sort of plastic or metal stencils. […]

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