Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recognizing Numbers

Preschool number recognition is more of an early reading skill (symbols have meaning, and this symbol is a 5, and this one is an A… ) than a true math skill.  It’s when kids get the idea that a specific number symbol refers to a specific quantity of things that it becomes a math skill.  But it doesn’t really matter what you call it.  

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Simple Art Tools for Fine Motor Development

Need a refresher on why simple is best?  
Here's a quick post on simple tools for your 
preschool art area (at school or at home!)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hey Diddle Diddle Video!

Finally got around to making a video of this Hey Diddle Diddle set!  

You can check out my original post about this set right here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Jungle Friends Felt Board Video

Got jungle creature fans on your hands?  Here's a simple way to use my Jungle Critters Set at home, at circle time, at story time...  Build those math skills!  Build those early literacy skills!  Have fun!

Love that jungle felt set?  You can get it at my Etsy shop, and it comes with the lyrics to more rhymes and songs, plus a list of animal/jungle books to go along with it!  (I do the work for you ;) )  Click the cuties below to shop:

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Making Binoculars!

This activity was a regular each year on my list of small group activities.  It could also be a great activity to do in a library story time!  We kept several sets of 'real' binoculars in the Dramatic Play area of our classroom, but having these homemade sets on hand was a fun change of pace :)  Click below to read all about this simple, fun activity!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

T-R-A-I-N Video!

Looking for a way to build some early literacy skills through a fun and interactive song?  Especially for the little train lovers?  It's your lucky day ;) 

Not only are you introducing or reinforcing letter names in this song, but you're building musical skills as the kids keep the beat by rubbing their hands together.  You're reinforcing color concepts as you name (or have the kids name) the colors of the train cars.  There are motor and coordination skills being built as they attempt to make the 'choo' movement (and try NOT to sing the letter name!).  Plus--it's fun!

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Down by the Station

I made a cute little Down by the Station video using my Train Set and characters from my Goldilocks, Five Little Monkeys, and Ocean Set.  You could make so many variations of this using whatever characters you want.

Talking about where Goldi drops off the animals at the end is a nice little way to build vocabulary.  The hand motions to go along with the song build musical skills (which in turn build early literacy skills.)  You can extend this to be more interactive by having the kids choose which animal goes in which color car...  As always, there are so many possibilities!  Have fun!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Muddy Pigs Revsited

So, one of my earliest flannel board sets after discovering Flannel Friday was a muddy pig set, inspired by multiple fabulous librarians.  

But I wanted to update my set to make it more of my own design, and I couldn't bear to rub brown fabric paint on these new cuties.  So I switched my mud spots to be made of felt, and I love them so much more.
I also decided those muddy pigs might like to get clean, too!  So I made my mud puddle reversible to a water puddle (or a lake, as I call it in my new little song...)

 Here are a couple of songs you could use with this set when you want to clean off the pigs:

Five Muddy Hog and Sows
Five muddy hogs and sows
(They’re pigs they are not cows)
Wanted to take a little swim.
One jumped into a lake
Got clean for goodness sake
That leaves four muddy hogs and sows
Continue, counting down to zero :)

Five Muddy Pigs
Down at the farm by the big blue lake
Were five muddy pigs for goodness sake
One jumped in and the mud washed away,
Now that pig is ready to play!
Keep counting down...

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Dress the Baby!

Okay, I have to say I just love this cute Dress the Baby felt set.  I had a custom request to make a set for toddlers to play with during a baby shower, and this is the result.  Gah--SO adorable!

Kids young and old love babies, so this actually works well for such a large age range.  I picture this Dress the Baby set being used independently in homes, classrooms and at library felt tables.  But of course it would also work well at a circle time or story time.  Hand out the pieces and let the children come put them on that poor cold baby, lol.  Great to encourage color recognition/naming, clothing and baby vocabulary, etc.

Here's an adorable little song from the adorable duo at JBrary that would work so well with this set!  Baby Put Your Pants On

Here's a link to my other Clothing sets for more/similar ideas on how to use this guy.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Fine Motor Fun for Gross Motor Kids

Here's a post about a simple activity that just might lure those gross motor loving kids over to the scissors for a little fine motor fun :) 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Bear Sleeps All Winter Long

Here's a set that goes along with this story (or at least a version of this story.) I made this one for a wonderful librarian (aren't they all?!)

Get all kinds of fabulous flannel board ideas at the Flannel Friday Pinterest page.

Check out my YouTube channel to see lots of felt sets in action!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Song Strips Save the Day!

Song Strips!  They can mean the difference between a meltdown day and a lovely morning...  There's no one trick that keeps everything running smoothly all the time.  But my Song Strips helped me over the years during transition times, during Circle Times, and often when a small friend needed a big distraction.  Click the picture below to read all about it--and get a free mini version of my Can of Songs!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Building Math Skills through Play

Math is everywhere!  Check out my blog post about building your preschoolers' math skills simply by playing with them...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Five Little Ducks on YouTube

Perhaps you already know the tune and movements to Five Little Ducks.  But it's always fun to watch someone else perform, isn't it?  Come join me over on my YouTube channel for my little rendition!  And bring your kids with you for a few minutes of fun, with learning secretly tucked inside...

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Flannel Board Sets in Action!

It's in the very early stages, so nice details like backgrounds and all that good stuff are not looking great, but I started a YouTube channel to share my sets, songs, games, etc.  Come on over and visit me!

Friday, March 8, 2019

10 in a Cave

You might recognize these sweeties from my Five in the Bed set.  This set was a custom order for a kindergarten teacher.  
10 bears and a cave--what's not to love?!

Get inspired to make up a 10 bear rhyme with my 5 in the Bed ideas.

And of course, you could do something simple like:

Ten Brown Bears in a Cave
(to the tune of 100 bottles of beer on the wall!)
Ten brown bears in a cave,
 Ten brown bears, 
One wakes up,
Gives a quick wave, 
Nine brown bears in a cave!
(and then continue to count down. ) 

Or (to the Tune of Farmer Brown's Apples)
Ten brown bears, take a winter's sleep.
Ten brown bears, take a winter's sleep.
If one of those bears, 
Should wake without a peep...
There'd be nine brown bears
Taking a winter's sleep.

You could also make up a variation using the Jellyfish song

Have fun--and visit me on Instagram to see my sets in action!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tips for Choosing Fine Motor Toys

Looking for simple materials to use in the classroom or at home to ensure preschoolers' fine motor development? 
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Friday, February 8, 2019


Well, it's definitely not the dog days of summer right now, but these guys are too cute not to share :)  These were a custom request to go along with a dog story the customer had written, but check out some ideas below on how to use these cute pups!

Naturally, I have to make a Little Mouse version out of these.  A simple clipart flea or bone can be printed out and laminated.  Attach a dot of velcro to the back, and you're all set!
Little Flea
Little flea, little flea,
Playing Hide and Seek,
Are you under the pit bull/retriever/chihuahua/etc?
Let's take a peek!

Six Friendly Dogs
One friendly dog with not much to do,
Along comes another dog and that makes two.
Two playful dogs, barking up a tree,
Along comes another dog and that makes three.
Three tired dogs, asleep on the floor,
Along comes another dog and that makes four.
Four barking dogs waiting for a friend to arrive,
Finally she comes along and that makes five.
Five loyal dogs, run to catch some sticks,
Along comes the last one,
And that makes six.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dinosaur Activities for Preschoolers

Come visit me over at my blog for a quick and easy post about all my favorite dinosaur-related preschool stuff!  Click the dinosaurs below to head right over ;)