Counting Bear Activities

Bear Counters are a fun, colorful tool for preschool through early elementary school. What can you do with them besides count? Patterns. Arrange the bears in patterns, simple to intricate, for your child to copy or complete. Sorting. Mix all the bears together and let your preschooler sort them into the appropriate colored cups. Math facts. Use the bears to illustrate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. One-to-one correspondence. Trace the shape of the bears' base onto index cards, write the corresponding number and number word, and use the card to teach one-to-one correspondence, as well as number and number word recognition. Graphs. Add some large square graph paper and use the bears to help your … [Read more...]

Cereal Box Cut-Out Crafts Matching Game

Create your own Memory style matching game with cereal boxes. This will make it a quick and easy educational game for preschoolers. Open and flatten out your old brightly colored cereal, and other food, boxes. Choose about 6 different solid colors and cut out 2 pairs of same-size squares or circles from each. I used a circle cutter to get uniform shapes with guaranteed smooth edges. You could also trace a cup or saucer size plate. The trick is to make sure that the boxes you use are similar width, but differing colors. Let your children turn over the pieces, shuffle them, lay them out, and start matching. Such a simple and easy learning activity for young children and if they lose the pieces, rip them up or drool, color, or mark them, etc. you aren't out any money. … [Read more...]

Nature Craft- Acorn Fairies

On our last trek to the woods, we gathered seeds and leaves. My daughter was fascinated by the miniature acorns. The tops reminded her of fairy hats, so we pushed the books aside, gathered supplies, and created dolls. Here is how we did it: Supplies Two complete acorns One acorn top (optional) Silk flower (stems and leaves removed) Yarn for hair Glue (I used hot glue) Permanent ink or paint Instructions Glue silk flower on the top of one acorn. Glue second acorn (head) on top of the silk flower. If the bottom is unstable, add the optional acorn top for feet. Cut short pieces of yarn or string for hair. It can always be trimmed if uneven, so don't worry about length. Put a line of glue around 3/4 of the top acorn just below the stem. Add yarn. Trim when glue … [Read more...]