When we moved into our new house last year, our backyard was nothing but a giant dirt lot. I’m very happy to announce that Operation No More Dirt Backyard is complete! And Goose’s favorite thing, besides the swimming pool, is all of the flowers that border the fence. There are red flowers and purple and white and pink and yellow and orange and she loves them all! She has become quite the little gardener, planting her own raspberry and strawberry plants and watering them regularly. I decided to bring her love of Spring flowers indoors with this playdough garden sensory activity.
- Plastic bin
- Kool-Aid playdough
- Fake flowers (although real ones would be a lot of fun too)
- Dried lima beans
- Foam insect stickers
- Mini carrot ornaments
You can find all of the items for this activity at the Dollar Tree. Aren’t these little carrots SO adorable?! They had little strings attached for hanging but I cut them off.
The first thing she did was ask me if she could put a foam insect sticker on the playdough. I’m not sure why she thought she had to ask other than foam stickers and playdough is a new combo for her.
She was super excited that there were “seeds” for her to plant in her playdough garden. What’s funny is that initially the only reason I included the dried lima beans was to fill space in the bin. I had intended to double the batch of green playdough but forgot so it didn’t quite fill up the bottom of the bin. She is more creative than I am in so many ways.
We’ve had this bin sitting out for over a week. Goose gets the playdough out of the fridge every once in a while and plays with her now very messy garden. A note about the flowers…the stems were long when I bought them so I took a pair of wire cutters and trimmed them so they’d stand up in the playdough. If you keep the stems long, they’ll fall right over.
What Spring themed activities have you been working on?
We recently got the Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets and Goose loves it! It has amazing pictures and large fold-out pages. Since we’ve been looking through it quite a bit, she’s been asking for space “pages” to work on so I put together this Space Printable Pack with some of her favorite activities. Our preschool theme in March was Pond Life and this month is Birds & Eggs but we still enjoy miscellaneous printables and activities that don’t necessarily tie in with our preschool themes. We just try to do whatever Goose thinks is fun.
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Inside this printable pack you will find:
- Shape Tracing
- Image Matching
- Pattern Practice
- 1 Mini Counting Book with Number Tracing
- Color by Size
- Coloring Pages with Letter Tracing
- Cutting & Tracing Lines
- Dice & Graphing Game
- Do A Dot Marker pages
- Find the Letter Do A Dot Marker pages
- 9-Piece Puzzles
And just a reminder that you can reuse many of these pages over and over again. Laminate them or place in plastic sheet protectors and use dry erase markers. We use the sheet protectors a lot.
Do you have any fun space themed activities for preschoolers? If you do, I’d love for you to link up in the comments!
The other day Goose asked to use her Do A Dot Markers which we haven’t used in a really long time. I needed her to be entertained for a little bit anyway so I could whip up some homemade salsa for hubs so I put together this fun Letter Practice with Do A Dot Markers activity for her. She loved it. I loved that it kept her entertained for a long time and it only took me maybe 5 minutes to put together.
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The setup for this letter practice activity could not be easier. Find a small object then write the letter that object starts with on a piece of paper. Any kind of paper will work. I used a thick watercolor paper. I wrote two letters per page and made them very light at first but I made a dark set too so you can see it better in a picture. I did not write the letters in any particular order. I chose to do lower case letters and I mostly chose objects that started with letters that Goose needs extra practice with: g for grapes, h for horse, p for pig, b for block (not pictured), d for duck, c for car. Okay, so she knows the letter c really well but I wanted to use a little car anyway. Set the object by the letter to encourage phonics practice as your child names the object and letter out loud.
When I set this out for her, I did not instruct her to use the Do A Dot markers on the letters. I was curious to see what she’d choose to do and she did start tracing the letters right away . After she used the markers to trace the letters she decorated the paper all over but I didn’t get pictures of that. I was busy with the salsa.
Letter Practice with Do A Dot Markers turned out to be a lot of fun. If you’re looking for fun alphabet activities that don’t require much set up, I hope you give this activity a try!
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