Still Playing School: February 2015

Hula Hoop Activities for Kids

Hula hoops are a blast! Besides their intended use they are also very versatile for children during play and learning. Let's think beyond gross motor skills to see what else kids can do with hoops!


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Transportation Math: Sorting, Counting, and Patterning with Vehicles

We love taking a theme that our children are interested in to drive our play and learning. We used vehicles to study math concepts including sorting, counting, and patterning.

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Book Club Play Dates I Ain't Gonna Paint No More

What could be more fun than a Book Club Play Date? Invite your child's favorite friends over, read a beloved book, and then try several themed activities! This month we read I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. We have a snack, craft, busy bag, game, and sensory play to go along with this colorful story!

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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More Tactile Body Part Identification Game

Our book for this month's Book Club Play Dates series is I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! Each month we'll share a themed snack, sensory activity, craft, busy bag, and game to go along with a popular children's book that we love! We created a tactile rich follow the leader game to help kids learn to name parts of the body.


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Rainbow Fine Motor Ideas

We love rainbows! They are fun for St. Patrick's Day, perfect for celebrating Spring, a great way to learn colors, and cheerful for any time of year. We'd love to share our top ten fine motor rainbow activities for kids!

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Rainbow Name Puzzles for Kids

We love rainbow activities! We created rainbow self correcting name puzzles to work on spelling our first and last names for homeschool preschool!

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Banana Pudding Cookie Cups

We're back with our Cooking with Kids series to share a no cook dessert recipe that is perfect for kids to create! B is for banana so we are making Banana Pudding Cookie Cups!


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Sheep Crafts and Activities for Kids

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb! Mary had a little lamb! If you need a sheep or lamb craft idea or an activity for kids, we've collected the very best ideas for you.

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The Lorax Truffula Trees Cutting Practice

The Lorax is our favorite Dr. Seuss book! We created a forest of Truffula trees as a craft using recycled materials then used them for fine motor scissor cutting practice!

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Green Tea Scented Play Dough

Mmm, we love the smell of this green tea play dough! Incorporating the use of all of the senses is a benefit of sensory play. This recipe is even taste safe for little ones and involves plenty of fine motor work through pretend play!


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Virtual Kindness Notes from Kids

We have family all across the state so we love to keep in touch by using technology! Our preschooler loved using the computer to send virtual kindness notes to friends and family members.


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DIY Sensory Play Recipes

It's no secret that we love sensory dough recipes! There are multiple benefits of sensory play for kids so we love to have many invitations to explore available. From slime to edible play dough to oobleck to moon sand we've included all of our recipes and suggestions for play!

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The Benefits of Dot Stamp Markers for Kids

My kids and I love dot stamp markers for art and crafts! They are beneficial for children, fun to use, easy to clean up, and I've included plenty of ways to use them in this post.


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Salt and Glue Watercolor Hearts

We love Valentine's Day colors. This fine motor art technique allowed us to mix and blend watercolor hearts in the most beautiful ways! 

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Snow Fairy Small World with Snow Sensory Dough

Our preschooler loves fairies! When we learned that Tinker Bell has a sister Periwinkle who is a frost fairy we had to create a winter small world for them to explore complete with snow dough!

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Rainbow Pancakes

We are rainbow fanatics! We love rainbow sensory play, rainbow crafts, and even rainbow snacks! We made cheery rainbow pancakes and our preschooler helped with the cooking!


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Apple Harvest Cake

Our kids love helping me cook and bake in the kitchen! We are beginning a new series called Cooking with Kids where we will work our way through the alphabet sharing a kid friendly recipe for each letter! A is for apples so we baked Apple Harvest Cake! Yum!

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Jack and the Beanstalk Window Retelling

We personalized a creative story retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk on our window with a few simple craft supplies. Our kids loved acting out the story sequence with these familiar characters!
  
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How to Plan and Host a Book Club Play Date for Kids

The best start to education you can give to your kids is to read to them every day! One way to encourage a love for reading is to plan a play date around book themed activities! Invite over a few friends, read a favorite story, and have a snack, game, craft, and activity to go along with the book.

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