Scientific Method Charts for K-2

Smart Start Science is a new and engaging series of Low-Prep, Hands-On experiments, and activities designed for K-2 students. This specific pack, “Scientific Method Anchor Charts” includes six posters displaying the parts of the scientific method. Both color and black and white are provided.

 

Scientific Method Posters
-Ask a Question “What is something you want to know?”
-Research “Find information about your question.”
-Hypothesis “Take your best guess to answer the question.”
-Test your Hypothesis “Experiment with and test your hypothesis.
-Analyze Results “Organize your data to see what it means.”
-Report “Share your data with other scientists.”

Black and White versions are provided as well.  These can be used as coloring pages, or printed onto colored paper for classroom displays.  These would be fantastic when printed smaller to make flashcards to small booklets for children to take home.

 

Smart Start Science: Scientific Method Anchor Charts

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All About Me Worksheet

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If you have a young child entering a new school year, this is a great opportunity for them to share about all their favorites and what makes them unique.  Today I’ve designed two different keepsake worksheets (one for a boy and one for a girl) for children to color and fill in with all their favorites.

All About Me Boy

All About Me Girl

There are lots of spots to fill in, I suggest younger children can draw most of their answers or you can write them in for them.

Find more free Preschool Printables Here

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Alphabet Mazes

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If you haven’t already noticed, I love mazes!  I loved them even more a child, and now that I’m all grown up I think they are a fantastic learning tool when paired up with educational content.  This basic idea is the concept behind our newest website: BrainyMaze.com

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On Brainy Maze, you’ll find Hundreds of Free Mazes for Kids, all of which have been created with education in mind.  With our newest Letter Maze Set, Children can work their way through the alphabet, while learning beginning letter sounds and practicing key handwriting skills.  This set features the entire lowercase alphabet and would compliment our letter of the week Alphabet Curriculum Notebook quite well!

These would make great review worksheets for young children entering Kindergarten or First Grade.

Print Free From BrainyMaze.com.

Find More Free Mazes Here.

Lowercase Alphabet Maze & Trace

Uppercase Alphabet Letter Mazes

Number Mazes

Skip Counting Mazes

Mega Maze

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Free Alphabet Maze Printables

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If you have a little one learning their ABC’s I’ve got a fantastic resources for you today!

As a special thank you to our newsletter subscribers I’ve put together this amazing pack of Alphabet worksheets.

Each worksheet includes the upper and lowercase letter to trace as well as a beginning sound letter maze.

The possibilities are vast for these resources;

  • Laminate and use as playdough mats
  • Place in a pocket protector and reuse with Dry Erase Markers
  • Hang in the classroom for children to trace with their fingers.

I even made a set for older children:

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This is a great way to sneak in a little extra handwriting practice!

Check out these free printable worksheets from BrainyMaze.com

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Nativity Finger Puppets

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If you are looking for some hands on fun this Christmas, try out these adorable Nativity Finger Puppets!

I’ve created these puppets to be just the right size for your preschool classroom, simply print on carstock, Laminate and then punch out the finger holes.  (Do be careful to keep the edges smooth….try using a hole puncher instead of scissors)

This would make a great set of puppets you can use in your pretend play center.  If you’re short on time I supposed you could just glue a craft stick to the backs of them as well, but children really do LOVE to make the characters walk around on the tables….they just look adorable don’t they?

Print Nativity Finger Puppets Free from Christian Preschool Printables

Find More Free Christmas Printables Here

Love this clipart?  Check out Kari Bolt on Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Counting to 100 Printables

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With the first day of school upon us, it’s a great time to work on counting to 100! I’ve just created this super adorable set of counting cards and charts for working on key counting skills. This set includes counting cards to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s as well as a full size hundreds board. Combine this with our Write to 100 Pack for a handy unit to start off your school year. You might even add this to your Daily Folder for quick impromptu review with your child.

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Hands on Alphabet Printables

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If you’re looking for a fun way for your little one’s to learn the basic shapes of the the uppercase letters, I’ve got a great free printable set for you.

I’ve just added these to our Alphabet Printables at File Folder Fun and you can print a set in color or black and white.  You could even print them on colored paper if you want colored versions without paying for all the ink.

 

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If you have a laminator, definitely use it on these before cutting the shapes out, as these will get lots of use.

Children can use these shapes to make the entire uppercase alphabet, making this set extra useful.  My children started making pictures with them, so I’m sure they will inspire a little creativity in your kids as well.

Print your own Hands on Alphabet Here

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Looking for more Alphabet Activities?  Check out our Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum!

 

 

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Pumpkin Preschool Printables

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Fall is a great time to provide children with some hands on learning fun!

Learning about pumpkins covers multiple science requirements and it’s easy to sneak in a little language and math as well.

Find Free Pumpkin Printables at PreschoolMom.com to build your thematic pumpkin unit study!

Find Christian Pumpkin Crafts at Christian Preschool Printables

Find Pumpkin Bible Verse Cards at Bible Story Printables

Find Pumpkin Learning Centers at File Folder Fun

Pumpkin & Gourds Photo Matching Game

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Christmas Preschool Printables

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We’ve just released a new set of Nativity printables you can use with your children or students this Christmas season.

 

Nativity Printable Pack Easy Download

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 If you have slower internet speeds you can also download as individual components here:
Nativity Printable Pack Individual Downloads

 

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More Christmas Printables and Resources:
Bible Lesson Plan Links:

Journey to Bethlehem Bible Lesson Links
Birth of Jesus Bible Lessons
Wise Men Bible Lesson
Scripture Memorization:
Christmas Bible Verse Cards for Kids
Christmas Bible Verse Printable Packs
HappyBirthdayJeusCardGame
Crafts & Activities:
Names of Jesus Ornaments
Pop Up Nativity Craft
Christmas Bookmarks
Christmas Story Coloring Pages
Christmas Cards from Kids
Handprint Angel Craft with VerseBaby in a Manger Craft

Printable Games:

Christmas File Folder Games
Christmas Bible Games

Happy Birthday Jesus Card Game

 

 

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Preschool Packs:
12 Days of Christmas Preschool Printables
Nutcracker Christmas Preschool Printables
Ornament Preschool Printables
Symbols of Christmas Printables

 

Hope that get’s you off to a good start!

 

Siggy

 

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Christmas Card Crafts for Kids

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This is a simple and easy Chrsitmas Card project for kids.

In fact, this come from my own childhood.

My best friends Grandmother would save her Christmas Cards from the previous year,

and we’d decorate them with glitter and repourpose them as ornaments and gift tags.

I thought that would be the perfect project to do with my own kiddos this year.

But, of course that all takes planning, and saving the cards from last year.

I didn’t do that.

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Instead, I decided to print up a set of pictures that would be perfect for adding glitter to.

Then we can make our own cards and ornaments together.

And I just know that you’re going to love this project with your own kiddos,

so we’re offering our Subscribers these free Christmas Card download.

Join Free or Login then Download Here

How To:

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Materials: 

Printed Card on Cardstock Paper

Fine Glitter (Here is inexpensive kind)

Glue

Q-Tip

Step 1: Cut the ends off your Q-Tip at a slant.  

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Step :2  Use the Q-Tip to apply glue to highlight areas on the card.

You don’t want to cover the entire picture, we’re just highlighting areas that we want to sparkle.

Less is more :)

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TIP:

Look for places where snow might accumulate.

Use the tip of your Q-tip to make icicles coming off the roof

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All Done:

It’s hard to capture the glitter in a photo, but these are just stunning when they are done!

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Find more Christmas Printables and Crafts  Here.

Be sure you are subscribed for more exclusive downloads and resources.

Siggy

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Fall Printables & Resources

Here is a quick list of our NEWEST and most popular Fall Printables:

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Fall File Folder Games:
Apple Games
Leaf Games
Pumpkin Games
Thanksgiving Games

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Pumpkin Printables on Preschool Mom

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Fall Leaf Printables on Preschool Mom

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Printables

All Preschool Thanksgiving Bible Printables

Thankful Pumpkin Bible Verse Cards

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Preschool Bible Lesson

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Siggy

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Character Printables: Obedience

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We’ve just added a great set of character printables on Christian Preschool Printables.

Children learn the Bible Verse from Ephesians 6:1,

“Children, obey your parents in the LORD, for this is right.”

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Additionally, I’ve added in printables that you can use as follow up resources:

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As for me and my House Craft

Coloring

Obedience Coloring Page

Vocab

Obedience Bible Vocabulary

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Putting Toys Away Worksheet

And we even have a fun file folder game on our sister site Preschool Mom that would go perfectly with this theme:

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Toyland File Folder Game

These printables would be perfect for a Christian Character lesson on Obedience.
You can print this set (and more) free from our main website here.

We have a TON of different Bible Verse Sets, be sure you check them all out!

Stay tuned or Subscribe for more teaching resources!

Siggy

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Fall Leaf Art Printables

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I just added a set of printable art cards to our member’s only area!

Members click here for an easy download.
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This set includes five different leaves
each with different shapes, colors and textures for your little artists to explore.
These are super simple to print out and lay on the table for some quick art projects this Fall!

They would make quick Co-op projects if you have those coming up soon too!

Lots more freebies coming out this year,
be sure you’re subscribed for updates!

Siggy

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Aquarium Notebooking Pages

Today I wanted to THANK all of our Crafty Classroom subscribers by offering a special freebie!

This is a HUGE set of Aquatic Animal notebooking pages.
Over 30 different creatures, each with their own facts sheet and coloring page.

About this set:
This set includes printable notebooking pages and coloring pages for different animals children might learn about at the aquarium. These pages are a great way for children to research and copy basic facts about each creature. The coloring sheets provide children an opportunity to learn about the animals colors and unique markings. If you have younger children, the coloring pages are also a wonderful way to help them learn about aquatic animals.

Originally, I drafted a few pages to go alongside our local aquarium inhabitants, The Oregon Coast Aquarium. However, I decided to add in a few extra animals interesting creatures that are featured at many aquatic centers over the U.S. Additionally, if you find that your child is interested in an animal that isn’t listed, there are blank notebooking pages they can customize themselves.


Children’s Ocean Animal Encyclopedia

Suggested use:
These pages are wonderful for before or after your aquarium trip. Even if you can’t squeeze in a field trip, there are many wonderful books and online resources for children to learn about the animals at their local aquarium. Most aquatic centers have a website with photos and facts about the animals they care for. As with most of our notebooking pages, I would recommend storing them in a three ring binder, or investing in a binding machine if you use notebooking methods across multiple subjects.

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a very large file, and I would expect some heavy traffic this week.
The link you receive to download won’t expire, so if you’re having trouble downloading you might try again later when things settle down.

Additionally, if you’d rather not subscribe, or you just want one or two pages, I also offer this set available in single page format. (Only Subscribers are offered a simple one click download)

Stay tuned for more homeschool freebies!

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Veteran’s Day Printables

Do you homeschool through the holidays?
We usually continue class as usual for most of the Monday holidays,
but we do try to incorporate so holiday themed activities for that day.

I just can’t DO a four day week.
I’ve tried in the past, and a four day week quickly turns into a three day week,
and then a two day week…and then eventually I give up and say,
Hey let’s just start FRESH on Monday.

A whole week gone, and I’m scrambling to figure out
where we’re going to make it up later!

So, I’ve since learned to do something else for these one day,
beginning of the week holidays.
Here is my magic formula:

-Drop everything except the three R’s.
-Include a special craft, activitiy, or field trip.

There. That’s it.
Impressive huh!

So tomorrow we’ll be reading about Veteran’s Day,
and making some special Thank You Cards.

Of course I made plenty to share.
And of course like a good little procrastinating Homeschooler,
I’ve posted it the night before Veteran’s day.

I realize that’s not the best plan.
I almost just waited until next year to share it,
but then I realized that there is at LEAST one of you out there
who is scrambling for something to do on Veteran’s Day tomorrow.
Obviously, I speak from experience.

Ahem.

So it’s not a fancy set, but I think it will get the job done!
There is a set of printable Thank You badges for children to color,
and use as the cover of a Veteran’s Day card.

I also included some easy to cut decorations,
which would be great for little ones just learning scissor work.
For children who are showing readiness, I also added in some ABC practice
and a small copywork page.

Pretty simple stuff.
You can print the Veteran’s Day Printables here.

Pssssst……
Be Sure to Stay Tuned!!

I have lots more Holiday Printables coming out soon,
They will be available on Christian Preshool Printables
so be sure you are subscribed if you’re interested in more simple sets like this!

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Fourth of July Bible Printables

Next week is Independence Day!

I can’t believe it is here again already.
It seems like it catches me by surprise every year.

Here are some printable resources you can use with your kiddos next week:
Or maybe Pin for next year :)

Preschool Bible Printables on Christian Preschool Printables

Includes:
God Bless America Coloring Sheet
USA Flag with Bible Verse
God Bless America Star Craft
God Bless America Wreath

K-5 Bible Printables on BibleStoryPrintables.com

Includes:
God Bless America Coloring Page
American Flag Bible Verse Copywork
Patriotic Prayer Journal
God Bless the USA Bible Bookmarks

From Teacher Gifts on Little Blots of Faith
(You can get some fun goodies from the Dollar Tree and wrap them with these custom labels)

Includes:
God Bless America Lollipop Sleeves
God Bless America Pencil Flags


Fourth of July Lapbook Printables on Lapbook Lessons

Includes:
Independence Day Cover Sheet
Fourth of July Minibook
Firework Colors Flapbook
Fourth of July Vocabulary
Bible Verse Copywork
Freedom Shapebooks
Fourth of July Flagbook
Fourth of July Coloring Page
and more….

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Fourth of July File Folder Game on File Folder Fun

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Fourth of July Crafts & Activities on The Crafty Classroom

Includes:
American Flag Craft
Bald Eagle Balloon
Mayflower Craft
Mt. Rushmore Craft
Religious Freedom
Statue of Liberty
Symbolic Flag Craft
Tricorn Hat Craft

Some resources from around the web:

fourth of july calendar cards
Fourth of July Calendar Connections on 1+1+1=1

fourth of july hat craft

Patriotic Hat Craft on No Ordinary Moments

Hope that helps get you started!

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Australian Dot Painting

Lynn and I just wrapped up another Free Preschool Bible lesson
on our sister site PreschoolPost.com

In case you’re wondering how our partnership works;
Lynn is the actual writer of the lessons,
and I am the web-designer/printable maker (what else right?)

It’s really a great arrangement for both of us!


(That’s Lynn….she’s great!)

Actually, one of my other responsibilities is to “shoot” the crafts….
meaning for each month Lynn sends a lesson,
I actually “do” the craft with the kiddos and take photos along the way.

How fun is that?

Well as I was saying, we just wrapped up lesson,
so that means we got to try out a new craft!

So here’s how it all went down:

Don’t you just want to make your own now?

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Check out the rest of the lesson for more
Down Under printables & resources!

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Behind the Scenes Busy…

Just so you don’t think I’ve completely fallen off the face of the Earth,
I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been up to!

I’ve been working like crazy
(read: KER-A-ZIE)
on a new look for Preschool Post.

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Preschool Post is a website that I work on with Lynn Felts (of GroovyStorytimes).
We post fun Preschool Bible Lessons that incorporate some beloved children’s books
with fun thematic units. You can read more about why we started the site here.

Anyway Come take a peek….

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You can find a lesson by book


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You can find a lesson by Bible theme (sidebar)

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You can find a lesson by suggested month

You can even find resources by type:

File Folder Games
Bible ABC Coloring Pages
to name a few….

We’ve also added something completly NEW! ABC Visuals: These are great for morning circle time, we’ve got a set up for each lesson available…..with plans on adding additional letters as we wrap up the final lessons.

What fun! We’re really working hard at getting the entire set up!
You can subscribe if you want notification when new lessons are posted.

And that’s not all!

I’ve been busy creating more Bible Printables for Seeds Family Worship Music!

Did you see that we’re over halfway through Seeds of Purpose!

(btw-I post these biweekly on Totally Tots in case you want to follow along)

I’ve also been updating our Bible Verse Printables on Christian Preschool Printables.

I thought these needed a new look, some more activities, and some introductory Bible Vocabulary.
These are worth checking out if you have little ones who want to learn short bible verses too!

And Homeschool Mom Brag Moment:
We are done testing!!! And we passed! Yippy!

Phew….

And yes…In case you’re wondering I do post these updates on Facebook…when I remember!

Hope to be back soon with some fantastic reviews,
we’ve been trying out some great products that I can’t wait to share!


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Sewing for the Birthday Boy!


Someone very special is turning 1 this month!
Someone cute, and adorable,
and someone who’s diaper I don’t have to change!

Someone who made me an Aunt for the very first time!
Someone who deserves an AMAZING 1st birthday gift,
(you know…..to remind him who his favorite Aunt is)

easy 15 minute drawstring bag mother huddle

I found (via Pinterest of course)
this wonderfully simple tutorial for making a drawstring bag.
I just had to make one!

…..with a little more color!

dr seuss fabric

For the outer fabric:Celebrate Seuss Squiggle Stripe Multi

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And for the inner fabric:Celebrate Seuss Book Titles White

You can purchase these by the 1/2 yard at Fabric.com or by the yard on Amazon here.
(they have TONS of other Seussical prints too….be careful!)

I’m using a Fat Quarter of each.

As far as constructing the bag
I pretty much followed the tutorial here on Mother Huddle,
Since I was using a lining fabric, I just put them wrong sides together,
and followed the pattern step by step as if I was just working with on fabric.

HOWEVER:
Before I sewed up the sides of the bag,
I decided it would be fun to add in a little peek-a-boo window
(another idea spawned from Pinterest)

I just cut out a rectangle (through both fabrics)
and then used a plastic scrapbook page protector (both layers)
as the window.

Note: I have never done this before,
it sewed just fine, and makes a nice crinkly sound,
but it already has “folds” and “creases” in it.
I would suggest that you use a clear table cloth or something more sturdy.

However it was thin enough for me to use two layers
so I made it into a pocket and inserted some foam numbers
before sewing up the final edge.
(This is just a very tight zig-zag all the way around)

Then I decided to make a pocket from the scrap rectangle I just cut out.
I just ironed and folded the edges and then added a bit of bias tape across the top.
I also added ribbon to the sides (using this method)

At the end of the ribbons I wanted three little fishes:
So to make them I just drew a rough template, cut out a few sizes,
sewed them back to back with some chenille,
and made them “crinkly” by stuffing them with old
baby wipe packages. (tutorial here)

I love these little fishies!

Note: Button eyes would be super cute…
but I’m super paranoid and since it’s a gift I’m keeping it extra baby friendly!

Then I went back to following the tutorial.
I sewed up the sides, squared off the corners, and added the draw string.
(mine is actually a cord)

The bag was complete and ready to fill up with goodies:
Note: Those are just little plastic balls, like from the ball pit at Mickey D’s.
I have not idea why photoshop is turning them into crazy psychedelic orbs?

Anyway, I stuffed in an adorable Dr. Seuss baby book,
filled with interactive pages that squeek and rattle.

Some colorful balls, one for each color of the rainbow,
plus a super Seusical pink tuff ball

And then I finished it off with a set of dollar store preschool flashcards,
which I laminated and then tied together with a matching ribbon.
(they look so much more adorable this way, and baby can drool away!)

All packed up and ready to go!!

Sure wish I could “hand deliver” this one!


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Fish, Flowers,Frogs….and a Flashback!


Did you know that I started blogging/websites when
my daughter was a preschooler?

In fact, my first website was dedicated to this age:
(ChristianPreschoolPrintables)

Psssst….Wanna see what CPP looked like when I first
started out in 2006? Pretty Rockin’ eh?

Ha!

Now it’s 2011 and my Sissy is entering 3rd grade.
My Bubba is entering 1st grade.
And my Monkey is teetering on Tot-Preschool Age.

It FEELS like
It’s been so LONG since I’ve had a Preschooler.
And now my little Monkey is almost there.
Almost.

Currently, Monkey is 2 years old and able to sit still
for about 4 1/2 minutes. A Day.

I know you think I’m exaggerating.

But, I love when people ASK ME what I do with Monkey
while I’m teaching the older children.
I really try not to burst out laughing.
If you only knew….

You see, usually when someone is asking that questions, what they
really want to know is:

WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS CRAZY MONKEY
WHEN I NEED TO TEACH _________.
(Fill in the blank with something that is hard to teach
when a buck naked, curly haired little primate is running circles
around your ankles, begging for “sippy” and “juice” and “cake” and “frogs”
and anything else that you don’t have in your pocket)

Cause somedays that’s really what it’s like.
Not all. But some.

(most days I really have to recall the words written in this book)

But, during the times in which my little Monkey wants
to quietly sit at the table for 4 1/2 mintues,
I want to have something fun and educational for him to do.

So tonight I made him some simple matching games,
with colorful REAL photographs that a little Monkey
can appreciate.

One with Frogs:

One with Flowers:

One with Fish:

Then (with all those F’s) I got to thinking that
I could make this into something a bit more FUN!
Something for my older kiddos to play:

A game for them to play in the wee hours of the morning

Perhaps long enough for a certain someone to sleep in
an extra hour or two.

So this is how I left the kitchen table:

I’m pretty sure my plan is going to work.
(I mean…What kid wants to go smell Mom’s morning breath
when they have a game like this to play?)

Seriously children.
The cereal is in the bottom cupboard for a reason.

Psssst…. Wanna sleep in like me?
Download Fish, Flowers and Frogs on our sister site here!

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