Kindergarten Readiness: Fine Motor Skills

2014_07_10_9999_thumb

Developing fine motor skills is a big part of getting your child ready for kindergarten, where they will be expected to spend the year learning to print neatly! Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways to help your child develop the kindergarten readiness fine motor skills they need to excel! Today I am sharing some […]

Books Your Kindergartner Will Love!

books-your-kindergartner-will-love_thumb

Today is week four in this year’s Get Ready for Kindergarten Through Play series, and we’re talking about literacy! I believe that the best way to build kindergarten literacy skills is to find books your kindergartner will love! To get you started, I’m sharing some of our favorites! All links are Amazon affiliate links. If […]

High Quality Educational Toys: Spielgaben

Do you like educational toys and learning manipulatives for kids? If so, be prepared to fall in love with Spielgaben! I consider myself pretty well versed on educational toys, but I hadn’t heard of this one until I started seeing it on a few favorite blogs – and their instagram accounts! I was intrigued by […]

Teaching Kids Independence: Learning How to Ask For and Offer Help

There are a lot of things children need to be able to do independently by kindergarten: they need to know how to sit and listen, raise their hands to answer questions, open snack boxes, zip lunch boxes closed, and follow directions. They are also expected to learn the names of classmates, teachers, and other adults, […]

Play to Promote Language Development: Get Ready for K Through Play

Play as a tool for Language Development – Getting Ready for Kindergarten Through Play I think play is one of the best ways to promote language development! Here are a few fun ways to get your child to talking, thinking, and stretching vocabulary this summer: Get Outside Spending time outdoors is one of the best […]

Child Designed Literacy and Math Game

Seven-year-old Emma invented this fun literacy game using the valentines the kids got at school. It’s very simple: Put all the valentines (or cards with names on them, if your cruel mother recycled your valentines – thankfully I have forgiving children) into a bag or other container. Reach in and pull out a card, and […]

From Craft to Toy: Shrinky Dinks Fun!

My kids adore Shrinky Dinks – they love the magic of coloring a thin sheet of plastic and seeing it shrink down to a tiny charm (see the beetle on the 8.5×11-inch sheet of paper below – it started out roughly the same size as the bus Lily is coloring above). One thing I like […]

Papier Mache Moon Nightlight with Babbabox

Isn’t this papier mache moon nightlight neat? Six-year-old Emma made it all by herself – with materials and instructions provided by Babbabox. It has a small battery-powered tea light inside, to create light. My kids really enjoyed opening this box! In addition to the papier mache moon nightlight, it also had some moon-and-star-themed coloring pages, […]