25+ Awesome Activities for Preschoolers

Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook - 25+ Playful Preschool Activities

It’s here, it’s here! I’ve been holding this little baby under my hat for weeks, but I can finally announce that the Three to Five: Playful Preschool ebook is HERE! I was thrilled when Cathy from NurtureStore asked me to be a part of another of her amazing ebooks, you might remember that I collaborated on the Zero to Two ebook earlier in the year. It was a winner and has had so much support from readers, I just know that you’re all going to love this ebook too.

What will I find in the ‘Three to Five: Playful Preschool’ ebook?

  • 25+ awesome activities for preschoolers
  • hands on, play based learning
  • inspiring ideas that are practical and easy to follow
  • beautiful photos and step by step guides
  • 10 printable resources including a city play scape scene, My First Journal pages, a recipe card, numbers game, weather chart printables, alphabet play mats, hand drawn art pages, conversation cards, block building challenge cards and bookmarks)
  • links to over 50 more preschool activities
  • ideas for language, literacy, science, art and play
  • features from some of the best play blogs, including Laughing Kids Learn, Picklebums, Babble Dabble Do, Rainy Day Mum, Lessons Learnt Journal, One Perfect Day and many more.

Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook - 25+ Playful Preschool Activities

Take a sneak peek at what’s inside with this video:

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DIY Sticky Doll House

DIY Sticky Doll House {via Octavia and Vicky}

DIY Sticky Doll House {via Octavia and Vicky}

The other day Pebble came up to me, as she often does, rattling off a verbal list of craft supplies for her latest project. I’m usually a ‘yes’ mama when it comes to craft, especially now that Pebble is four and super independent. Craft time usually means that I can get some housework done plan a lesson or two and maybe write a blog post. I pulled out all the craft materials that Pebble asked for, gave her a little help with cutting up shapes and peeling and sticking contact paper, and she made this super gorgeous doll house! Read on for instructions for your own DIY doll house.

DIY Doll House

You will need:

  • one large box (we used a nappy box)
  • scissors
  • clear or coloured contact paper (sticky backed paper)
  • sticky tape
  • white or coloured paper
  • collage materials (we cut shapes from coloured paper and foam, but you could use any collage materials)
  • optional: washi tape

DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage

To set up: 

  • cut off the flaps from the top of the box, which will become the roof.
  • cover the sides of your box with white (or coloured) paper, to cover any patterns or labels on the box and help the collage to really stand out.
  • cut holes in the sides of the box for doors (and windows if you like).
  • cover the (open) roof and sides of the box with contact paper, making sure that the sticky side is facing out, ready for collage. Don’t worry about being too neat, as the contact paper will be covered with collage anyway.

DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage

To create the collage:

  • place the collage materials and contact paper-covered house in easy reach of a toddler, preschooler or school age child and watch as they go to town, decorating their house!
  • Pebble had very specific ideas about wanting tiles and bricks on her house, but children could decorate their house in any way that they liked.

Optional extras: 

  • create washi tape carpets and rugs by sticking strips of washi tape on to paper parallel to each other. Trim with scissors to neaten up and stick in your play house with double sided tape. Washi tape can also be used as part of the collage on the outside of the house.
  • Children can make their own accessories and furniture (Pebble  made that star covered letterbox).
  • You could also create picture frames on the walls or stick pictures of family and friends and the walls for some doll house wall art :) Ok, I’ll stop now…. but the options are endless!

Time to play!

  • The fun isn’t over yet. Help children to choose their favourite dolls or figures to play in the house. They will come back to this play scene again and again.

DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage

Why use contact paper? 

  • Contact paper allows children the freedom to add and remove collage materials easily, taking away the fear of doing it “wrong” or making a mistake. It also allows them to more freely adapt their designs as they go.

Learning through play

While creating and playing with her house Pebble has been practising:

  • fine motor skills
  • dramatic play
  • identifying shapes
  • sorting objects by size
  • naming colours
  • estimating and comparing length
  • having fun!

Do you and your kids love using contact paper? I love using it for anything EXCEPT covering books. Now that’s a tricky job!

Want more fun ideas for kids? Just download your copy of the Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook. Watch the 30 second video and buy your copy now or find out more.


Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook - 25+ Playful Preschool Activities

Multisensory Activities for Learning Letters

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - Play dough letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

Multisensory Activities for Learning Letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

Pebble’s goal for the year is to learn to write and she’s been really keen to practice her letters. We’ve been practising lots of sounds and learning how to write them. One day I set up a bunch of different letter writing stations for her to practice the letter of the day. Now we set them up whenever she’s in the mood to practice. You can set them up easily at home too.

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice

Pipe cleaner letters

Make letters using pipe cleaners. Children might use one pipe cleaner to make each letter, or join pipe cleaners together.

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - pipe cleaner letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

Play dough letters

Make letters by shaping and rolling dough. This helps to strengthen little fingers and hands, as well as learning the letter shape.

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - Play dough letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

Salt letters

Write letters using fingers in salt. We used a small plastic container with a piece of coloured paper sticky taped to the bottom. This helped the letter to stand out clearly when it was traced in the salt. If you don’t have a salt tray try getting outside and tracing letters in the dirt or sand pit.

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - Salt Tray Letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

Rainbow letters

Children use different coloured markers to trace over the letter repeatedly, until they have made a rainbow.  You could also paint rainbow letters with water colours.

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - Rainbow Letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

Giant air letters

  1. Practice tracing letter shapes as large as you can in the air using one hand.
  2. Swap hands and trace letter shapes in the air as large as you can in the air again.
  3. Clasp both hands together and trace more giant letter shapes in the air.

Whiteboard letters

Write letters on a mini whiteboard or blackboard using chalk or whiteboard markers. We have this fancy light up board that Pebble got for her birthday. It’s called a Multi Flash Lights Writing Pad and Australian readers can buy one for just $8 at Kmart (not sponsored).

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - Mini Whiteboards {via Octavia and Vicky}

Pebble letters

Pebble letters for Pebble! Children shape the letter out of pebbles or dried beans. For children who are struggling to form the shape you could draw it underneath first so that they may trace it.

Multisensory Letter Writing Practice - Pebble letters {via Octavia and Vicky}

All of these activities are also great for older children who are practising their spelling words.

Tips:

  • make sure children have correct pencil grip when writing using pencils, markers or other writing tools. Here’s a great video for teaching children pencil grip:

  • model the correct letter formation again and again, and provide lots of templates for tracing and practising.
  • make it into a game and have fun!

Do your children love practising their letters? Or is it like pulling teeth?

Want more fun ideas for kids? Just download your copy of the Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook. Watch the 30 second video and buy your copy now or find out more.


Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook - 25+ Playful Preschool Activities

3D Hole Punch Art {Video Tutorial}

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 3D Hole Punch Art A couple of weeks ago we were using the hole punch while making medals, which is a tool that Pebble hasn’t used much before. She really loved punching holes in paper, so I pulled out some more paper and she went to town with it. This is how we ended up making 3D hole punch art.

3D Hole Punch Art

You will need:

  • A4 paper in a range of colours
  • a hole punch
  • scissors
  • glue stick

To make your 3D hole punch art (video tutorial below): 3D Hole Punch Art Tutorial

  1. Choose two sheets of coloured paper. Set one aside.
  2. Fold one piece in half so that the two short edges meet. Cut approximately a two and a half centimetre (one inch) thick section away from the open edges.
  3. Fold the remaining paper in on itself in random directions until you can’t fold it any more (or until it’s too thick to fit in your hole punch).
  4. Punch as many holes as you like into the folded paper.
  5. Unfold your hole punched paper and place a small amount of glue in each corner and the centre of one side.
  6. Stick your hole punch art onto your background sheet of paper, leaving the folds sticking up away from the background so that light shines through the holes and onto the folds to create shadows.

3D Hole Punch Art Video Tutorial Check out this quick video tutorial featuring Rocky as my side kick. It’s my very first vlog! Please excuse the washing in the background LOL The stuff we learned

  • folding
  • measuring
  • cutting
  • hole punching
  • gluing
  • using light and shadow in art

Only after doing this little art project did I realise that the light and shadow effect is quite similar to that seen in art by my uncle, Peter Sharrock. Hi Uncle Pete! Check out his stuff if you’re interested in contemporary Indigenous art. If you’re looking for more art and craft for kids why not try these: Easy Paper Plate Craft DIY Board Game30 Second Butterfly Craft Bubble Wrap Printing

17 Ways to Play, Create and Learn with Tempera Paint

 17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera PaintI was looking through our photos over the weekend and came across these pics of Pebble have a great time in the summer sunshine, exploring with tempura paints. I had grabbed a few bits and pieces from our art cupboard and our kitchen, then Pebble spent a lovely afternoon scooping, sprinkling, squeezing and spraying.

It was lots of fun and made me want to look for more things to do with our tempera paint stash. I found sixteen more super fun ways to play, create and learn with this colourful powder. Read on to find out more about how Pebble played and more fun ideas.

 17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera Paint  17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera Paint  17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera Paint

What we used:

  • tempera powder paints
  • kitchen sieve
  • spoons
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • paper
  • water tub

The way we played:

  • sprinkling paint over paper and it with spraying water
  • sprinkling paint into a water tub and mixing it
  • spraying water onto the slide and seeing it evaporate
  • floating paper in the water tub, sprinkling it with paint and spraying it with more water.

The stuff we learned:

  • squeezing (fine motor)
  • colour mixing
  • cause and effect
  • evaporation

16 MORE ways to play, create and learn with tempera paints:

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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