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Science Activity for Kids With Indian Corn Decorations

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have a fun activity for your with your Indian corn.  We did this ‘science’ activity with Indian corn a couple of years ago.

Soak your Indian corn cobs in a bit of water to see what will happen.  We had a large tray with a paper towel and about 1/4 inch of water. We also pour water over the cob every 2 or 3 days.

By day 2 we saw a few sprouts. 

And after a week, there was quite a bit of growth.  Our acorns, on the other hand, have grown nothing but mold.  We also have some popcorn seeds in the water, but there’s been no change there either.  DD decided she wanted to add her Indian corn cob as well and they declared that it’s a race to see whose corn will grow fastest. Sigh… anyone else’s kids compete about most everything?!

After a couple of weeks, our Indian corn had grown quite tall in big pots at the end of our dining room table!

So here’s the corn after about 1 week of being watered.
After a while we decided to plant the corn in some empty flower pots.

The corn grew steadily. It grew to be about 12-15 inches high!

If you’re looking for more science activities, be sure to check out this post: (We have moved to homeschoolden.comPreschool at Home: Science for 2-5 Year Olds (and Up!)

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Corny Cookies
Corny Cookies
Corny Cookies

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Apple Grid Game: Free Math Printable for Ages 2-4

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

It’s apple season! The perfect time to do apple-themed activities with the kids. When my kids were little, we played Math Grid Games all the time.  I made an Apple-Themed Grid Board to share with you today. Here’s a picture of the game board:

How to Use Math Grids with your Preschooler:

  • Print 2 Grid Boards per player
  • Gather two different sets of tokens and one die.
  • For Younger Kids: Take turns rolling the die and covering that number of apples with your tokens.  This helps kids develop one-to-one correspondence.
  • For Older Kids: You can print out the grid boards with 48 apples. Then use two dice, add them together and cover that number of spaces.
  • Three-in-a-Row Game: Using two sets of tokens, each player takes a turn placing a token down. The object is to get three (or five, if you are using the larger board) tokens in a row. The first player to get three (or five) in a row wins the round.
Click here (or on the pictures) to download your free Apple Grid Game Boards.  
This file has both the 20-apple grid above and the 48-apple grid pictured below:

Apple Tissue Craft: If you’re on the apple theme, here’s a quick craft DD did when she was a toddler when we were doing an Apple Unit. It’s nothing fancy. All you need is a toilet paper tube, green construction paper and bits of red tissue paper that your child wads up, sticks in glue and attaches to the paper.  Easy & fun!

As you may have noticed from the pictures above, I saved the lids from glass jars to use for glue or small amounts of paint. It makes clean up easy as I just throw the lid in the rubbish bin when we’re done.

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Surprising Tip on Learning Math
Surprising Tip on Learning Math
Surprising Tip on Learning Math

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Pattern Block Templates (Ages 18mo-4 years)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

When my kids were little I bought a set of Pattern Blocks. It’s been one of the most enduring resources we have. We still bring them out occasionally and also use them for math now and then.

The kids have used templates like these:

And they’ve also used the pattern blocks for free play:

There are lots of places where you can find free pattern block templates:

One of the best places to get free pattern block mats is over at Prekinders.  There you have the option to print out black-and-white cards or full-color versions.

Kelly’s Kindergarten has two sets of pattern block pictures you can download as well.

Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler made a whole series of pattern block cards: Numbers 1-20; Alphabet Cards

If your kids are older, pattern blocks can be used for more advanced math problems. Mathwire  has a half-dozen problem solving activities that use pattern blocks for grades 3-4.

And there is a really neat set of Pattern Block Building Scenes mosques and temples here, though I don’t know the original website it came from.

You might be interested in this related post:

Long List of Activities for Tots and Preschoolers (Ages 2-6)

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Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables, Activity Packs and More (Ages 2-5)

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

There are such wonderful resources out there for those of you planning to do some St. Patrick’s Day activities with your kids. Here are some of the free St. Patrick’s Day units and printables I’ve come across:

2 Teaching Mommies: St. Patrick’s Day Preschool PackSt. Patrick’s Day Kindergarten Extension Pack

St. Patrick’s Day Play dough Activities at Living Montessori Now:

St. Patrick's Day Playdough Activities

Irish-themed letters (lower and upper case), numbers (0-20) and phonics cards and More: Your child could use these cards to match upper and lower case letters, to practice counting, etc. Communication4All also has lined and blank St. Patrick’s Day paper and other things.

Over the Big Moon: St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Pack

StPattyDayButtonWeb St. Patricks Day Pre K Pack

My 3 Dinosaurs: St. Patrick’s Day Pack

Our Little Monkey’s: St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Pack

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Our World Wide Classroom: St. Patrick’s Day Printables: Bottle top spelling cards, number cards and more

What the Teacher Wants: St. Patrick’s Day Mini Unit: Lucky Charm Graph, Acrostic, Science Activity and more

Prekinders: St. Patrick’s Day Unit ideas — for example, a Leprechaun Math Grid Game like ED and I were playing below a couple of years ago. We took turns rolling the die and place that many objects on our grid board.


St. Patrick’s Day Unit: from Oopsey Daisy– with song, finger play ideas, shamrock letters, a maze and more

Beautiful Rainbow Math Matching, Letter R printables (pictured below) from Confessions of a Homeschooler

St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts Ideas — Kinderart

Family Fun — crafts, games and activities

There is a place value game I played with DD a year or two ago over at File Folder Fun. It’s called Shamrock Showdown.

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A couple of years ago the kids made this funny guy:

and we did shamrock fishing…

Hope you found something helpful!

Other St. Patrick’s Day Materials:

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Long List of Activities for Tots and Preschoolers (ages 2-6)

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about how to create your own preschool science curriculum at home (mostly with materials you’ll find around the house).  I realized it has been a long time since I shared our long list of preschool activities. I wrote this post last year when ED was 4. The activities in this list really actually range from 2-6 year-olds or so.

I’m a list person. I love writing down things we should do, could do, have done. In fact, I started this blog as the ultimate list of things we’ve done!  Trying to balance the needs of three kids, I worry at times about not doing enough with ED. I was going through the preschool lists I created for the other kids and started making a list of things I wanted to do with ED. Then after going through my old lists, I also went through my blog (you can scan through out old toddler or preschool posts. We have moved to homeschoolden.com). I came across a lot of things I’d like to do with ED…

Ultimately I came up with a three-page list of things to do with my preschooler. Some things she is beginning to outgrow, but I included them since others might find them helpful.  You can find my Huge List of Things to do with your Preschooler  here! (Our printables are moving to homeschoolden.com.) I included hyperlinks back to old blog posts. And if you find this list helpful please drop me a comment.  I love sharing our activities and get a huge boost when I hear from others!

I hope you find some fun ideas to do with your preschooler!

Other related posts you might be interested in (We are moving to homeschoolden.com):

  • Preschool Science at Home: A list of topics and activities to do with your 3-5 year old in order to create your own science curriculum at home.
  • Preschool at Home: Activities you can do with your 2-4 Year Olds, Fine Motor Skills
  • Preschool at Home: Learning Letters
  • Preschool at Home: Handwriting
  • Preschool at Home: Science for 2-4 Year Olds
  • Preschool at Home: A Few Math Ideas for the 2 1/2-3 year old crowd
  • Preschool at Home: Lapbooks
  • You might also be interested in the post: Homeschool Preschool Year in Review which was a recap of many of our preschool activities this past year.
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Crafts for Kids: Darling Dishes
Crafts for Kids: Darling Dishes
Crafts for Kids: Darling Dishes

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