5 Pumpkins Preschool Mathize Me, no prep

Count Pumpkins in a Truck, and Color a Pumpkin, 2 Free Activities to build those math skills.
Preschool Math Activity
Preschool math activity

I own and use these 2 books with these activities. (no afflilation)

I checked out many 5 little pumpkins books and this is my favorite, the hard cover is actually soft with soft edges so it’s durable. It’s not board, its puffy board some type of plastic I think-VERY EASY TO CLEAN.

Pete the cat is my go-to, I’m still completing my Pete the Cat collection.


Print out and Cut pumpkin squares.

Hand out numbers 1-5 to students.

Paste squares on truck.

Cut and Paste:

Black and White, Color sets to mix and match.

Roll and Color a Pumpkin Game.

Print out pages, 1 per student or 1 per small group.

Students roll one die and color in matching section.

If one number is left, can allow extra rolls per turn per time constraints.

Roll and Color a Pumpkin

Both activities build counting, number recognition and subitizing skills.

preschool math activity
Living Through Learning, One Pumpkin at a Time

SSSH, inspired by these lawn deco I bought haha

Twist of Lime: How We Created A Bright Study and Office Space On A Budget

Twist of Lime: How We Created A Bright Study and Office Space On A Budget

I love the “twist of lime” as a fresh answer to all of the subdued home decor that is trending.

Blue Willow Lane

Our need for a big change in our house came along gradually, but this year we finally decided enough was enough with having a huge space that we weren’t really using ninety percent of the time. The space was our oldest daughter’s bedroom. She went to college at 18, and never lived at home since except on semester breaks and some summers. She’s now a PhD candidate. It’s still a big priority for us that she has her own space each time she comes home, but we also needed the space to be more usable at some point.

Add to that that our youngest daughter is in her first semester of college, studying from home (a hundred percent of the time now because of the pandemic), and occupying a small bedroom, and the time was right to give this space an overhall.

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An apple activity a day keeps brain rot away,with free printables

Pack an incredible amount of science with into each day with one activity.

Pair the activity with a worksheet from the free printable, as desired.

Decorate some blocks with apple pictures, apply with Modge-Podge
STACK : Apples . STACK Blocks. Try to Stack Ten.

Ten Apples Up on Top Book Video

Do apples Float?

Identify seeds, peel, core.

Montessori- Real life skills, cutting apples

Roll and Color an Apple Game in the printable pack

Pack with instructions, activities, worksheets.
Living through Learning, one apple at a time

I need 2 October Activities right now- no prep

I’ve used apple, pumpkin, and shapes skittles experiments for 18mos – 8 years old. I keep Skittles on hand for a last minute go-to.

Variate on the pumpkin theme by making Squash monsters.

Living through Learning, One activity at time.

Distance Learning Homework- Idioms

Print, cut, and paste.

This is an easy supplemental language activity that parents can teach at home to their child. It also can be used in a classroom, it’s versatile.

I know this because I had an 8 year old student- entering 3rd grade from Feb-October 2020. I made this as a learning supplement because even with some distance learning, he missed out on a lot of skill building.

My Favorite Books about Idioms:

Check your library first, but these are available through Amazon.
  • You are what you Eat, Butterflies in my Stomach, Reach for the Stars by Serge Bloch
  • Pigsty by Mark Teague
  • Why the Banana Split by Rick Walton
  • There’s a Frog in My Throat by Pat Street and Loreen Leedy

The above download is the parent instruction sheet, and the download below is the packet.

Living through learning, Day in and Day out
I’m only here for the Mask Controversy-Why Trump didn’t Mask up

I’m only here for the Mask Controversy-Why Trump didn’t Mask up

Q: Why are Trump and others, “anti-mask”?

Why Trump chose not to wear a mask, is more important than whether or not he does.

Behavioral Economics S. Bhanot and M. Childs discuss identify the psychological roots of the controversial tree:

Trump can’t see Covid-19 danger like he saw danger on his construction site.

Health workers have always worn masks, my husband wears a mask when he sprays pesticides, it’s common sense that a mask is going to stop your spit from flying everywhere and infecting those around you.

Psychotherapist Dr. Ernst discusses the perception of danger, not fact, is key to decision making. “Logically, wearing a mask is no different from not drinking and driving.” Behavioural economics demonstrates many decisions are based on emotions not facts.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden listens as he meets with small business owners, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Carlette’s Hideaway, a soul food restaurant, in Yeadon, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pro-maskers also choose based on emotion.

Dr. Ernst explains. “Others wear masks because they’re role models for others and feel responsible for them in their role as leader or influencer”.

We follow our Tribe.

“However numerous experiments from social psychology also show that we can be blindly susceptible to the influence of others.”


Behaviour Economics shows the invisible forces that drive Trump’s, Biden’s, and each of our choices.

The vital issue isn’t about the mask. The important issue is what drives pro/con mask choices. Understanding the psychological factors driving Trump and Biden’s choice, helps us to understand these men beyond the political arena. Understanding the drive behind their choices, equips us to choose wisely with our own.

Living through Learning, one controversy at a time.


Kids Money Management unit- free printable pack

So I hired the 3rd grader to mow my lawn for 20$. He asked my husband to stop at the convenience store on the way home, where he bought 17$ worth of candy! I did came up with this curriculum and I did the same with my kids, informally, back in the day. For this unit, I used an article on as a guideline, referenced in the printable pack. School teaches the identification and technicalities of money, it doesn’t teach the mechanics of using money as a tool.

There’s a vocabulary list to review with your student/kid, and here is a worksheet for her to practice.

Vocabulary: Why didn’t I include bank in the vocabulary words? Because the traditional brick and mortar bank that we know, is gradually going the way of the dinosaurs. The bank with the highest Savings account return, is CitiBank, an online only bank.

Next is a spending plan questionnaire, he can write his answers:

Then, there is a worksheet to print off and subtract each category, to use whenever she receives money, before spending.

You can set up a kid account at the bank like my friend does for the 8 yo, or you can use real money jars. Or if you don’t want to use that, I made these for use as virtual money jars. There’s a few versions of the money jar pages in the pack.

Living through Learning, One Dollar at a Time

Roll and Color a Duck, preschool math practice page-no prep

Direct Download at end of post.

Roll and color a duck preschool math game practice page-no prep
Roll and color a duck preschool math game practice page-no prep
  1. I invented this game to help preschoolers with common core in Kindergarten.
  2. Common core uses a ten frame and also these dice number blocks, so if they have the dots memorized at a glance, they won’t have to count them all the time as K students. This gives them one step ahead of the game when they enter K.
  3. Even without common core, it’s an interactive game that helps with counting and recognition of objects without counting.
  4. I like to use a big foam dice from the dollar tree, as it can’t break anything no matter how hard it’s thrown.
  5. If the student has the same # he can pass. I usually have them pass if the number is colored at the beginning, but towards the end for time saving, I increase the turns. Say if there’s one number left and most of the group has only one section to color-I up the turns to 3x a piece.
Before and After coloring in.

I have lots of Roll and Color games, you can search for the other themes in the blog search bar.


Tracing Lines worksheets You wish you had

Free Printables 16 Line Tracing Pages
Free Printables 16 Line Tracing Pages

Created in a hurry for a 20 month old! Examples shown below with *bad* photos, (paper color is photo editor)

themes (not shown):

  • houses
  • fruit
  • farm animals
  • food
  • colored hearts
  • shoes
  • containers(drinks)
  • elephants
  • butterflies
  • birds

Sharing with other home or school educators as a no prep but not your average worksheet fun.

Free Printables 16 Line Tracing Pages
Free Printables 16 Line Tracing Pages
Free Printables 16 Line Tracing Pages

Free Printables 16 Line Tracing Pages

Living through Learning, one line at a time


Volcano Project for kids, free printable pack

Volcano Project for kids
Volcano Project for kids

Learning goals:

  1. Volcano’s are made of layers.
  2. Difference between Magma and Lava.
  3. First building block to learning about what rocks are made of.

How to teach with printables:

  1. Beginning Learners = Color the Labeled Volcano page
  2. Early Learners= Code and Color the Volcano page
  3. Elementary= Label and Color the Volcano+Code and Color the Volcano pages

Code and Color the Volcano

Volcano project for kids free printable pack
Volcano project for kids Book

Recommended Books:

  1. Use “Into the Volcano” as primary source to introduce volcanoes. Share and read certain sections, we read through the photo descriptions.
  2. Emphasize StratoVolcano section in the book.
Volcano Project for Kids free printable pack
Volcano Project for Kids free printable pack Book
  1. A Trip to the Top of the Volcano can be used to supplement for a different page activity, or left out as free reading.

Color the Labelled Volcano

Volcano Project for Kids
Volcano Project for Kids free printable pack

Color and Label the Volcano

Volcano project for kids free printable pack
Living Through Learning, one explosion at a time


DIY Upcycled Decor


I inherited this old wood 3 tier planter, and it took me 3 years to figure out what to do with it. I took some pieces off, and my original painting idea didn’t work.

If you decide to up-cycle an old wooden outdoor item:

-Don’t use any type of metal spray paint, if you want your object to look newer. If you want your object to look really really old and worn, then use the metal colors. My first try was VERY bad, it didn’t look metallic AT ALL.

-Use this, it goes on evenly and you don’t have to use primer first.

Rust-Oleum 12oz 2X Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Gloss Spray Paint Deep Blue - image 1 of 4

So I have this special “picture window” . It’s the one I look out of all the time, where my work station is, and the main table is. Okay, it’s the dining room but I use this spot for everything. Not only the outdoor focal point, but the indoor focal point when we walk into the house.

I made a type of blind hanging from an egg carton and butterfly cutouts. I cut up and painted the egg carton cups, then strung the butterfly cut outs and cups together. It was time consuming, but I considered it mindfulness. I don’t know why mainstream sources don’t think of repetitive craft activities as triggering mindfulness. It’s definitely a “zone”.



The ceiling fan actually makes the butterflies “fly”

Honestly I always have had a cheerful whimsy style when decorating. It’s not even Boho, it’s all my own and I think would drive some folks crazy. But you know, these ideas will look lovely in subdued colors also.

REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE. Don’t forget recycling is the LAST step to waste reduction, NOT the first.

Living through learning, one project at a time.

Literacy Rocks! Teaching the alphabet to Toddlers

I’ve been building skill levels with an 22 mo old and she shows eagerness and interest to recognize and write her letters.

My teaching style is to wait for worksheets and specific letter tracing, writing, until 3 yo. However, this is the 2nd pair of siblings, and I believe as a result of seeing their older sibling write- the younger sibling is driven to learn this skill.

We started with letter recognition activities, and this activity helped her master the skill of recognizing A, the first letter in her name.

We will continue the next step to “find her name”. In addition to this , I have started her practicing line drawing, and Letter A tracing. Another indicator that she is ready for Letter A tracing, is: 1) she holds a pencil correctly 2) she has good hand strength 3) she can open and close small containers easily.

So this week I am introducing her to tracing circles. She is not interested in manipulating objects at this point, she’s not interested as interested in crafts as she is scribbling, scribbling, scribbling. I need to lead her down the road to write her letters before she learns the wrong way.

At the end of this post is a direct download for instructions for teaching the alphabet as outlined in this post.

**Note: If you or children don’t want to paint rocks, just write on the rocks with sharpie markers.

Alphabet Rock Literacy
Alphabet Rock Literacy

with print awareness-

Alphabet Rock Literacy

with letter awareness-

Alphabet Rock Literacy

with name awareness-

Alphabet Rock Literacy

with alphabet awareness-

Alphabet Rock Literacy

with sight word awareness-

Alphabet Rock Literacy
Alphabet Rock Literacy


Alphabet Rock Literacy
Alphabet Rock Literacy
Alphabet Rock Literacy
Living through Learning, one rock at a time

Quickly painted rock ideas

There are many cities who have rock hiding Facebook groups in the U. S. There is a group here, we put our painted rocks in random places for strangers to find.

I have been hiding rocks for kids, because we are still in Phase 2, and kids have been robbed of their childhood this summer. Especially heartbreaking because our winters are harsh and there is no rock hunting in winter.

These are for folks like me who don’t have a lot of patience, or use rocks as a “canvas” for fancy painting.

kids ladybug rocks
kids ladybug rock supply list

Ladybug Rock Supplies: Acrylic Paint, Small brushes, Spray Gloss or Mod Podge

or use acrylic paint pens.

Painted rock ideas
painted rock ideas
Painted rock ideas
painted rock ideas
painted rock ideas
Painted rock supply list
Learning through living, one rock at a time.

Alphabet Juice- Keeping it Fresh- Teaching the alphabet

My playful alphabet set where kids get to match the slice to the juice glass. They can even put the slice in the juice and pretend- slurp slurp slurp.

This practices my teaching method for alphabet letter recognition.

(PRIMARY Guideline: Focus on lowercase letters primarily using books and environmental print. We see lowercase letters more frequently then uppercase letters.)



  • Print the Direct Download from link at end of post.
  • Cut up the lower case letter slice cards.
  • Make a pile of the Juice pages and a 2nd pile of slices.

Instruction for teaching alphabet letters:

Beginner Skill Level:

  • Layout Uppercase Pages that spell child’s name.
  • Give child the pile of slices that only include child’s name.

Skill Level Name Match:

  • Write child’s name on a blank slice.
  • Set up as shown below.
  • Give child a pile of letters that comprise their name.
  • Child spells out their name, placing slices next to the A on the page- in order.

Name Skill Mastery:

Once child knows how to spell his name, and knows the name of the letters that comprise the name:

  • Practice until child recognizes both upper and lower case of the letters of her name.
  • With this skill mastered, increase the letters added to the name letter pile.
  • This supports critical thinking skills, vs memorization.
  • This method supports self confidence.

*do not worry about letter sounds during this activity*

Mastering Alphabet Activities:


  • Continue adding to the lower case slice pile a few letters at a time for each practice session, until child quickly pulls out her name letters automatically.
  • Ask what child if he would like to spell Mom or Dad, next.
  • Continue with the same steps, the next name he spells.
  • This provides “buy-in”, we enjoy learning more when we get to choose what we are learning.
  • Use this same method as child practices matching letters to other words and names. Encourage ONE syllable names.

Once child understands how to play the game because she’s played it several times, incorporate letter sounds. Say the sounds and the child can repeat after you, but don’t focus on the sounds if it detracts from the child learning what each letter looks like.

Two Downloads: Alphabet Juice Upper and Lower Case set, the 2nd download link is the above instructions as a printout.

Living through Learning, one slice at a time.


To wear or not to wear? Mask questions and answers.

Why are you making your choice?

I’m not telling you what to do.

I am equipping readers with valid sources to make an educated decision regarding the mask controversy.

As an Oregonian, I am now mandated to wear a face mask.

I was a “better safe then sorry” mask-wearer, pre-mandate.

However, I’m still on the fence about mandated mask wearing.

Mask vs non-mask is a divider in our small rural community.
Non-Maskers- Get angry at the government.
Maskers- Respect other’s Non-Mask choice.

WHO mask video screen shot
5 Questions: Stanford scientists on COVID-19 mask guidelines

5 basic questions and answers highlights:

  • Masks contribute to “source control”.
  • Less Covid-19 tiny spit escapes if both wear masks= spreads 5 ft.
  • If 1 person is masked= spit spreads +30ft and stays in air up to 30 hrs.
  • Proper Mask ventilation= blow out a candle with mask on from 1 ft.
  • Charge it=”… Rubbing mask w/latex gloves for 30 sec. prior to use, can increase efficacy by 30%
Woman wearing a cloth face mask in a grocery store
Still confused about masks? Science about how face masks prevent corona-virus.

Mask science Article Highlights:

  • “Masks may be more effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther.”
  • Read the studies where mask recommendation standards originated from.
  • 2 case reports that show mask wearing stopped virus spread due to masks.
  • CDC changed it’s mask recommendations due to: 1) shortage of surgical masks. 2) U.S. wasn’t culturally prepared. 3) Better understanding of Covid-19.
  • Chin- Hong, “Nobody’s taking a cholesterol medicine because they’re going to prevent a heart attack 100 percent of the time, but you’re reducing your risk substantially.”
Makes don't work to protect people from Covid19.
Face Masks Don’t work?

Masks don’t work highlights:

  • Lots of medical reports provided for evidence of mask non-effectiveness.
  • 1 is recent-published in 2020.
  • No Covid-19 tests.
  • Studies show masks ineffective regarding other airborne viruses.
Homemade face masks contain the coronavirus only a little.
Do face masks really reduce corona-virus? Experts have mixed answers.

Mixed Answers Highlight:

May Chu, a clinical professor in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health on the Anschutz Medical Campus –

“The recommendations that everyone wear masks are because “any kind of impediment is better than nothing,” Chu said. But fabric masks are not expected to be as protective as surgical masks, she said. That’s why public health officials are warning people to remain at least 6 feet apart from one another, even if they are wearing masks.”

Use your critical thinking skills. Know why you are making your choice.

Feedback and comments always welcome for discussion.

Living through Learning, one health issue at a time.


Stamp the Ladybugs! Kids potato print art

ladybug potato prints
Ladybug Potato Prints Mural

Display a ladybug print mural that bursts with color.

Low prep, common supplies, kids of any age get busy with creating.

You say Process art? I say Art. All art is a process.

Everyone is creative, each of us only needs to find the medium that we can express our creative language with.

A 20 month old and 7 year old created this mural.
All studies show that toddlers/preschoolers need play with mental stimulation, to help the brain develop. School Age Kids need lots of opportunity for free creative expression with different art mediums.

I introduced ladybugs to the toddler by reading toddler ladybug books a week before we did this mural, and I showed her real photos of ladybugs a few times.

(Recommended Ladybug Books direct download at end of post)
What you need:
  • Blank Paper
  • Potato Halves (at least 1 per paint color)
  • Each color paint poured onto a paper plate
  • Dabber/Dot marker

What skills does this art project build?

Toddler and Preschool:
  • Sensory Development
  • Shape Recognition
  • Self-Confidence
  • Creativity/Critical Thinking
  • Subject Exploration
  • Practice with Steps (delayed gratification)
School Age:
  • 3D Subject Learning
  • Self-Confidence
  • Freedom to create
  • Creative Style Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Methodology (practicing step by step)


  • Each child takes a potato half.
  • Dip the potato half in the paint and stamp onto paper.
  • Ask younger children what shape the potato makes.
  • Allow the children to stamp their potatoes like crazy.
  • LET DRY.
  • Once the stamps are dry, each child gets a dabber.
  • Children use the dabber to stamp the spots onto the ladybug.
  • Ask younger children what shape the dabber makes.
  • Allow the children to stamp the dots like crazy.
Extension: The 7 year old asked Google for 5 facts about ladybugs, then recorded them. I verbally quizzed him for review sporadically to help him retain the info.

ladybug kids art
Written Ladybug Facts

I’m extremely passionate about this project. It allows the teacher to provide the framework to allow long term learning skills that stick.

Ladybug books- toddler through 2nd grade
Living through Learning about Ladybugs.

We hope! It’s multicultural books for Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten

Sharing My Multicultural Book Boards. I have researched to ensure titles do not perpetuate stereotypes.

Click on IMAGE

to see books in each category {from Pinterest},

or LINK if noted.

Multicultural-Inclusion-Diversity Books:

You Matter

Chinese New Year books: January

My First Chinese New Year Book By Karen Katz

Native American Books :

Kids' Books About Native American History and Experience | Brightly

African and Jewish Books:


Teach Hope. Stay Kind. Wishing Well.


Free Butterfly Hunting for All.

Low Prep and Song Play

I have been working with the 20 month old to recognize bees, butterflies and ladybugs. For her, butterflies are the easiest to recognize. This bundle goes after the ladybug set, in sequence.

Once the child is familiar with both insects, interchange ladybug/butterfly, in the song.

Don’t forget to show real photos of the insects. We have seen butterflies and one bee so far in real life on our walks. I still use real photos on my phone intermittently, especially for ladybugs and bees.

preschool five little butterflies


Finding differences helps with finding differences with letters and numbers.

preschool practice page

Visual discrimination and counting.

preschool practice page
preschool practice page

Fine Motor and Visual Discrimination.

Extend activity by counting butterflies found.

preschool practice page

This is a show and tell post, so find the download below and happy butterfly hunting!

Butterfly Preschool Practice
preschool math game butterfly
preschool math game butterfly

July Play It for Preschool

Preschool Math Dice Game, Roll and Color the Heart Flag

What do you need?



Coloring tools-

and Preschoolers!

(free download at end of post)

preschool math dice game roll and color a heart flag
preschool math game roll and color a heart flag game

This game is a no prep for teachers, parents, and distance learners.

This game practices critical thinking because children count, match, and identify.

This game is effective because it teaches 1:1 correspondence.

This game is fun because it’s interactive.

This game practices taking turns, counting, fine motor and color identification.

This game is versatile because mixed age groups and levels can play at the same time. Or as a single player game.

Roll and Color a Heart
Preschool Math Game

more free July 4th printables


Free LadyBug printable pack? Yes Please.

  • Toddler/Preschool Ladybug Body Parts Puppet song- my version
  • Toddler/Preschool Ladybug Ladybug counting song- my version
  • Cut out the ladybug squares and attach to craft sticks
  • 3 no prep activity pages as shown

I have been crazy for ladybugs this year!

Maybe because their population is declining and all those ladybugs I found as a kid will no longer be here?

Maybe because they help roses grow?

Maybe because they are modern art? I mean oval and circles and red and black and white? COOL.

Ladybug Free Printable Pack
craft puppet assembly shown on far left

That’s all the clever writing I have for today, folks!

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free Ladybug Printable Pack
free Ladybug printable pack

Ladybug Free Printable Pack

Roll and color a Spiral

roll and color a spiral
Roll and Color a Spiral

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Preschool Lady Bug Roll and Coloriffic!

Download both Ladybug versions & instructions at end of post.

The below photo is the ladybug printed out. Kids can trace ! (it’s blue because out of black printer ink)


Why my version of Roll and Color?

  • Created and tested with my students 3yo-7yo, at different learning levels.
  • No Prep
  • Great fill in activity
  • Kindergarten skill builder for Common Core

My roll and color games are a multiple skill building activity while PLAYING.


Roll and Color a Ladybug
NO NUMBERS Instructions for Roll and Color a Ladybug
WITH NUMBERS. Roll and Color a Ladybug Instructions.
Roll and Color a Ladybug

Roll and Color a Ladybug
Easiest Ladybug Craft for your kids!

Easiest Ladybug Craft for your kids!

Do you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?

Tired of needing special supplies or using lots of printer ink?

Yeh, me too! I made this craft for the no-prep-please, ME and sharing with you.

Easiest Ladybug craft for your kids

I tailored this for a 17 month old but because its great for any age, by increasing the amount of dots.It’s great for preschoolers with a short attention span.


  • Paper plate
  • Paper to print off antennae, spots, and large circle templates.
    • I had red paper for the large circle, but no black paper. She colored the white paper black, and children can color the red circle red too!

Smash down Spots, Head, Antennae


Antennae, Ladybug Ladybug Song, and Instructions download at end of post.

CLICK AND DOWNLOAD CIRCLE TEMPLATES- (from the same site, scroll down on page):


Large 5 Inch Size Printable Circles


Medium 4 Inch Circle Stencils


Small 2 Inch Circle Shapes to Print

Antennae, Instructions, and Song download below

Easiest Ladybug Craft

Kids STEM at home

Supplies: Beans, Bin, Blocks and Pitcher of Water.

This activity is appropriate with multiple age siblings, or a single child.

Build a building that can withstand water erosion.

kids stem at home
kids stem at home

kids stem at home

I provided different sized bins and different blocks. He dumped both the blocks and bin from his first attempt.

Substitute what you have. Oatmeal or any kind of filler for the bin, even dirt dug up from outside! If the blocks are scarce and scattered, find some sticks or anything that can be used for building.


Ready? Don’t Do this!

My mistake was allowing too much CHILD LED, in which he did the water himself so fast I did not even know what he was doing until he did it!


Why is it a failed experiment? Because water rarely if ever dumps from the sky in one big stream! Even when it does, that’s PRESSURE DAMAGE – NOT EROSION.

Fix: Re-explain what erosion is after the building is complete. Talk about how the water actually moves, not only the exciting “there’s a lot of it like flooding and there’s damage”. Talk about how to replicate with your own water. TO THE SIDE, and NOT A flood.

Then, take the pitcher and help the child pour the water slowly to erode the “sediment”.

We will conduct another erosion experiment, with different sediment-perhaps sand or gravel rocks. I hope we will be able to understand erosion more fully by demonstrating it properly.

It’s no big deal. I have done the same experiment repeatedly because it is common that children are so interested in the EFFECT its hard to slow down and learn along the way.

Take Away = We learned about pressure and flooding.

You Can Do It Cat GIF by Chibird
wishing you wellness, kindness, and silliness


Roll and color a rainbow number identification

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roll and color a rainbow number identification

This game is a no prep for teachers, parents, and distance learners.

This game practices critical thinking because children count, match, and identify.

This game is effective because it teaches 1:1 correspondence.

This game is fun because it’s interactive.

This game practices taking turns, counting, fine motor and color identification.

This game is versatile because mixed age groups and levels can play at the same time. Or a one player game.

This game is original, I created it and tested it for students 3 years to 7 years to build specific skills listed above.

Wishing you wellness, kindness and silliness.


Short to Long Vowels for Stars

Short to Long Vowel games
Short to Long Vowel games

This game is Stariffic because:

This game is effective because it provides vocabulary and review.

This game is fun because it’s interactive.

This game practices using a process to find the answer.

short to long vowels game
short to long vowels game

This game is versatile because mixed age groups and levels can play together.

There are 7 different pages in the pack, below are 3 of them.

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Short to Long Vowels for Stars
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Any time, any place, preschool roll and color

roll and color a flower
Photo of Roll and Color a Flower game

Preschool roll and color provides:

Independent play because children can match and count.

1:1 correspondence skills memorized through play.

Fun because it’s interactive.

Fine motor, color identification, counting practice and taking turns.

Versatility: mixed age groups and skill levels can play together.

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Preschool Built- Roll and Color a Rainbow math game

Photo of Printed Roll and Color a Rainbow Subitizing

Count and Match. Count and Match. Count and Match=

I don’t need to COUNT anymore.

  • This game can be played without adult interference because children can count and match.
  • This game is effective because it teaches through play.
  • This game is fun because it’s interactive.
  • This game practices taking turns, counting, fine motor and primary color identification.
  • This game is versatile because mixed age groups and levels can play at the same time.

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Roll into Spring with Preschool Math Games

  • This game is effective because it teaches 1:1 correspondence.
  • This game is fun because it’s interactive.
  • This game promotes problem solving because it requires 2 steps to find the answer.
  • This game promotes social skills because it requires waiting and turn taking.
  • This game is versatile because mixed age groups and skill levels can play at the same time.
  • I developed for Kindergarten Common Core Math pre-skills.
  • I have used with children ages 3 – 7 years old.
  • Use one die, color the rolled # match. If number has been rolled, either skip or roll again (teacher’s choice).
  • Does not need to be played until finished, can be taken home.


I like to move it move it and learn my vowels

We played this as a break between School-now Home -School Lessons.

I have a very energetic student so he loved this game! Anything moving+learning= permanent skill. We played this during inclement weather which was a great help for getting our wiggles out!

If your students knows the alphabet + sounds, she can memorize vowels. Explain the general idea- that vowels are why we say paper instead of ppr. (ha ha yes its funny to try to say words without vowels) Believe me, he will get the concept.

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PREP: Print the cards out with the Gray-scale setting

Color the vowel letters the same color. Do not color the other letters with that color. Cut cards apart.

Here’s how we played:

  • Place cards face down.
  • 1st player draws card.
  • If card is a consonant, player does the exercise on card.
  • If card is a vowel card, player calls , “VOWEL!” and passes the card to another player who must execute the exercise.
  • If it is a Vowel, but player doesn’t recognize it, player must do exercise and, choose another card and do THAT exercise.
  • The game ends when all the cards have been used.

Believe me if you play this way it’s SUPER fun, and for this 53 yo, the hardest one was trying to do the inch worm with, well-boobs.

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short to long vowels game


Kids Art Emotions Collage

Kids read a book about emotions and make their own Emotion Jar Collage.

Direct Download Link at end of Post

Make a Jar Collage of Emotions with this free pack:

  • 32 emotion symbols
  • 2 jar styles
  • Instructions
Kids emotions activities collage
Kids emotions activities collage
kids emotions art activity
kids emotions art activity

Other activities to explore emotions:

Exploring emotions through color (same cards)

Skittles Emoji

Alphabet Monster Emotions

emotion activities for kids
emotion activities for kids


Emotions and Color- Exploring Emotions part 2

This Art Therapy activity allows children to learn about their emotions by identifying what is inside, and expressing it.

I use this activity to allow children to express emotions in a concrete way.

Using color and symbols as a tool for encouraging the management and expression of emotion through creative process.

Pack includes: 32 symbols cards, 2 different jar style cards, instructions, suggested books list.

kids emotions art activity
kids emotions art activity

Instructions for Emotional Art Activity Part 2-

kids emotions art activity

Note: During the process of associating color with emotion, don’t suggest a specific color.

I suggested purple for disappointment, ONLY because we learned through previous activities.

During the 1st week, we read books and discussed.

During the 2nd week, we read again and did the intro activity.

During the 3rd week, we read another book, and did Part 1.

They enjoyed this activity so much I have no photo of the cards they painted, as I was too busy to take photos.

emotion activities for kids
emotion activities for kids


Teaching Toddlers Power Tool: Sensory Bins; toddler activities at home

When your toddler is showing interest in closing and opening containers. Building Developmental Skills.

Added shiny eggs for interest. Make sure eggs are easy to open and close, and the colors are appealing.
If your child is getting frustrated with the inability to close the eggs, use this bin for INTERACTIVE play with you .
Be careful because if a child isn’t developmentally ready for this skill, and is attempting like Aspen above, she will become frustrated. You want to give them activities they are SUCCESSFUL at. And lots of praise YAY!, to build the confidence to KEEP trying.
Putting Pasta in the egg and closing it= Problem solving. Builds hand strength and coordination, confidence.

Exploring Bin & introducing Shapes

Practicing Fine motor skills (writing) while taking out bean . Learning Background knowledge for amounts (math).

I introduce teaching shapes with the heart- because hearts are so common they are easily recognizable.

The sensory bin is red and pink only. This is because I wanted her to focus on the physical shape of the heart, and the feeling of the beans. I actually take her finger and trace it around the heart.

Using a monochromatic color scheme is a great way to introduce teaching colors. This way the child notices one color, even if we are not naming the color.

We played with this bin all of February, but it doesn’t need to line up with Valentine’s Day month. It is for play, when the child is ready to be introduced to shapes.

paper hearts, jingle bell, foam heart, pipe cleaner, Kidney beans

The sensory bin that followed this was to teach YELLOW.

I wanted to use cornmeal but I was out so I used oatmeal with yellow objects that I found. A yellow block, a yellow plastic bear, yellow poms, yellow paper pieces.

For the YELLOW learning bin, oatmeal with poured into a loaf pan with 3 YELLOW objects. The next day I added a different object. Once there were 5 objects with the oatmeal, i found 5 different objects and interchanged 1:1.

I decreased the number of cups and introduced utensils. Different types of spoons for example, and interchanged these also.

I began teaching Aspen as a nanny this past January when she was 16 months old. I have observed her respond and learn and look forward to her sensory bins. Her mom keeps them and uses them as well. Don’t underestimate the power of a sensory bin for learning and practical use as an easy activity to keep a toddler occupied for a few minutes.


Kawaii Paper Roll Bunny Craft – all ages

SUPPLIES: (TP) paper roll, coloring tools, glue, paper template

Inspired by: Foam kit @ Joann’s

1. Print the template from the direct download at the end of this post.

2. Color if desired, THEN cut the pieces out.

Glue in order: Square (shirt), Head, Tail, Arms, Bow.

Embellish with glitter, glue, sequins, poms, pieces of material = Imagination.

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Kawaii Bunny Craft

Social Emotional Learning -SEL Part 1



  • Learn the names of different emotions
  • Expand Emotion vocabulary
  • Act out emotions to become familiar with what each feels like

Age Level:

  • Toddler through ages as interested


  • Print out the cards in color OR
  • If you only have black ink like I did-
  • print and have the kids color with colored pencils or crayons as a separate activity

Cut the cards and place face down in a pile. All the cards don’t need to be used at ONCE. I recommend between 5 and 10 to keep interest, to play on different days.

Game instructions:

  • Play the cards face down
  • Draw a card- read emotion, child expresses that emotion in human form, then in “monster form”
kids emotion activities monsters

I don’t recommend any book reading with this game. This is to explore emotions and learn vocabulary, in a fun way. Children should decided what each emotion feels like and is expressed for themselves.

The next part we will be using a book directly, but in this part, children to interpret for themselves .

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Emotions intro activity
emotions activities for kids
Emotions for kids

The time for kids party theme has come

Wear hats or make your own crowns and be Cat-Kings and Queens. Party on Felines!

Play the Cupcake Game for dessert! Or have dessert first!

Kids can use balls made from playdough (if you add a string it’s a balloon).

Let kids choose how they want to cover the circles.

Beginner Ten Frames Pack- Numbers 1 through 5

Mail birthday cards to each alphabet letter using this fun alphabet match activity.

Kids can mail the cards if provided a box with a slot in it.

Click below for the free printable.

SuperGodNotSuperMom Free Printable Happy Birthday Activity

Get yourself in the party mood by declaring “pizza party day” and getting pizza delivered.

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Cupcake and Ten Frames


Simple answers to Boredom. Really.

social distancing 4 weeks and counting

Last week of last month, I began social distancing.

A week later, I wrote my first COVID-19 post.

A week after that, we shopped for supplies, ordered a case of toilet paper from Amazon, wrote another post,

And wrote another post to help folks get a handle on needed supplies before the panic hit.

The next week, schools closed here in Oregon and panic hit.

While I’m not exactly happy to be right, I’m happy to be prepared.

Our SE Oregon is rural, opposite of the state from Portland. testing= NONE. Cases= 2 as of yesterday.

False Sense of security? YOU BET.

ANSWER> Spiritual Renewal. Deeper connection with Nature. Humor.

  • Hydroponics: There are small, reasonably priced- hydroponics to grow herbs and cherry tomatoes.
  • Cut and Bend bush or tree branches into a shape FOR A FRAME; decorate.


Create safe places for frogs and other critters. Even in overgrown lots. Only branches are necessary.


Buy a bird feeder or build one. Ditto for a bird bath. Better yet, use what you can upcycle.


If we make our planet sick, we will make ourselves sick.

We are connected.


I am reaching out to friends through social networking and offering to run errands for seniors and single parents. Even though it is personally uncomfortable for me to do this. We each can do one small thing.
This is me. Mel. As Always Living through Learning. I wish EACH of you WELL and, may we all really live, learn, and RELEARN.
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Poddy Training Routine when it has to get done

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Toddler Routine List

I made this to use for a poddy training toddler during the time school is out for her sibling. I need a list to make sure we are going to the poddy on a regular basis, even when I get distracted!

The format is flexible, that’s why I will write the time in, or use a check mark.

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Toddler Routine Printable
16 months old or 7 years old, different but the same ha

poddy training routine printable
poddy training routine printable

Literacy + Easy= Preschool Egyptian Necklace

“Joelle” Name Example for the egyptian necklace
Preschool Egyptian Necklace
Preschool Egyptian Necklace= Cartouche

This activity helps my preschoolers realize the context behind letters. It’s easier to comprehend context, because there are pictures representing letters.

no prep= printable+glue+ribbon

They are enthusiastic about seeing their names another way.

I have a personal passion for all artistic expressions,Art Deco being one of my fav’s. Art Deco, and other art forms are influenced by Egyptian expression.

In the American school System, we frequently introduce older cultures in junior high and high school. This doesn’t make sense to me.

If preschoolers can understand dinosaurs, they can understand people lived a long time ago. I use a map/globe, to show them where we are-and Egypt. Preschoolers have no problem with the general knowledge of this.

Preschool is the perfect age to introduce older cultures, they are still curious and interested in everything. Their brains are still growing like a weed! By junior high, we are competing with the instant gratification of technology/gaming.

The instructions and the book titles we read for this are in the download.

WARNING: use supervision while students are making/wearing necklace. *choking * tie it loosely & make sure it goes OVER the head.

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St. Pats DIY Decorations-Decor Ideas

I had already packed St. Pat’s craft supplies.

But, I decided I needed more outdoor decor.

I gathered toddler activity supplies and grabbed random items.

St Patricks Decorations Decor Ideas
St Patrick’s Floral Doorstep Decor

This totally looks great to the cars driving past. The light reflects off of the sparkly and shiny bell.
A ceramic container I no longer used, shamrocks, bells and coins stuck on sticks wrapped with washi tape. I cut the coins out of a piece of goal foam. Green foam flower stickers and fake carnations I had used for Valentine decor.
St Patricks Decorations Decor Ideas
Hanging Paper Shamrocks with Coins

Funky but, admit it..Festive!

I’ve been playing with the drill and drilled holes in the coins. I threaded it all together with embroidery floss. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the washi tape stick. ha

Rock the Shamrock Wreath.

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Paper Rock the Shamrock Wreath

Wreath directions from link below. This is the decoration we made that has lasted through

SNOW AND WIND, people!!

not the funnest thing in the world

For 3 years. Easiest and I’m not exaggerating , quickest & easy. I came up with this because I’m cheap and impatient. ha

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Unicorn Shamrocks multi use charmer

Favorite Alert!

I’ve been experimenting with 3d paper crafts. This one was totally fun to make and it has a UNICORN with a tassel at the end.

I had to FUNK it up. Otherwise it’s boring. Shamrocks.

This is very long, it will work lovely for high ceilings. I even had it hanging over my curtains which I liked.

However, the luck kept crying to go outside…

The wind blows it, it hangs straight down like it’s suppossed to be like that. ha.

Still not the funnest thing in the world

I printed out a shamrock template.

I traced and cut out the shamrocks

I folded 3 or 5 together, placed a long ribbon in center & glued.

I did that all the way down the string.

I cut yellow circles and taped them together with the string inside

I stuck the foam coins on the outside of each of those circles.

Glued 3 Uni heads together ON the string, because the horn is too thin for a hole punch circle.

St Patricks Decorations Decor Ideas charmer
St Patricks Decorations Decor Ideas charmer

I needed an excuse to make tassels.


Decorations are made from colored printer paper. Fancier papers will be festive and less funky. ha.

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Last Minute St Patrick’s Decorations


Flutter Flutter Roll, and Color a Butterfly Preschool Math Game

Preschool Math dice Game Butterfly
Roll and Color a Butterfly Math Game

Direct Download Link Under Flying Butterfly

This game is sweet because children can match and count.

This game is effective because it teaches 1:1 correspondence.

This game is fun because it’s interactive.

Colors Book List Printable Included

This game is art because each child decides how to color the wings.

This game practices taking turns, counting, fine motor and color identification.

This game is versatile because mixed age groups and levels can play at the same time.

Fly Fly Little Butterfly

Egypt Kids Lesson Plan with activities

Egypt Kids Lesson Plan with activities

I came up with this unit out of a desire to show that language is symbols, just as our alphabet is symbols for sounds-so is hieroglyphics. My goal was to demonstrate the “concept” of the alphabet, as well as incorporate lots of art/engineering and diversity.

Kids love mummies! THAT was the interest “hook”!

We did these over the course of a month, one or two activities a week. I introduced the unit with a scooby doo mummy caper library dvd.

Cartography necklace made with hieroglyphs
After learning about pyramids and burial, they made their own “mummy” stuffed animals
Using my contact paper blocks, they built a pet cemetary and pretended to be pets.
He is being a mummy cat

We also built pyramids with Jenga blocks, egg carton cups,sugar cubes (i don’t recommend because they kept eating haha) and a 3d paper pyramid from a template.

Pyramid building and later days these cups became a favorite as they expanded into castle building.

Pyramid building extension activity. The next month, 4.5yo used Jenga blocks to make a sarcophogus in his own play. He also practiced drawing the “dog god” (anubis)
The printable pack has the lesson plan, links I used for some activities, center ideas, video links.

There is a link to an easy pharoah headdress to print and color which the boys enjoyed making and other activities we did not do. There are lots of choices to personalize for students. There is also a complete alphabet pack of hieroglyphic cards included.


The Very Impatient Caterpillar and Butterfly Number Sense Game Free Printable

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

WE love this book, its hysterical! Biology + the difficulty of waiting + humor = Bawesomeness! (butterfly + awesomeness)

Free printable, includes a colored key (pictured above) and the same page with a blank key for student to choose her colors.

Direct Download Link Under the Butterfly:

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Hop, Waddle and Spy with preschool printables

Hop, Waddle and Spy with preschool printables

Doesn’t this just make you want to hop and waddle into Spring?!

I Spy worksheets are one of the classic ways to build visual discrimination and counting skills.

Direct download below the bunny:

preschool I spy pages direct download link below


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