Pete the Cat – White Shoes literacy activities

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

Bring the book Pete the Cat; I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean to life for preschoolers by creating this simple literacy based activity for them, working on letter sounds, colours and name recognition as well as basic fine motor and scissor skills.

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Feather Writing – #playfulpreschool

Feather writing, practising the shapes that make letters and starting to form letters with young children

Help children to develop good writing skills with this fun feather writing activity, use real or fake feather sand write in the salt or sand tray with shapes that make letters or letters that they knew then erase them and start again.

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Exploring Scarecrows with technology

Discovering the history and cultural difference about scarecrows using technology with preschoolers

This weeks playful preschool theme is all about scarecrows – one that gave us the perfect opportunity to explore some more differences between countries in the world using technology.

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Each week we are exploring through learning and creativity themes and bringing your ideas that you could use in your classroom or home with preschoolers. Check out the #playfulpreschool tag on social media to see other fabulous ideas.

Cultural exploration of scarecrows

For us in the UK we are unlikely to see scarecrows in Autumn – they are a Spring ornament for the garden scaring the birds away

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Science and Maths for 3 – 8 year olds. Fizz Pop Bang Ebook

Fizz Pop Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities for 3 to 8 year olds

Hands on Science and Maths activities are the best way to enthuse children about these subjects and help them learn, we’ve collaborated with 20 other bloggers to bring you FIZZ, POP, BANG! Playful science and math activities a brand new ebook out.

Fizz Pop Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities contains 40 hands on activities for children 3 – 8 years old, with fabulous science experiments and hands on maths activities covering most areas of curriculum this is a fabulous resource for parents, carers and teachers alike. With 20 printables included there are all the resources that you will

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Community Helpers Starting Sounds – #playfulpreschool

Community helpers - matching initial word sounds to the letters

Community Helpers or Heroes as they are being called here in our home due to the school’s topic is a fabulous topic for kids to learn about and this weeks playful preschool theme is just that. Across the blogs of the team made up of parents and educators we are sharing learning and creative activities around the theme of community helpers. We used this opportunity to introduce some Initial Sounds work with T.

*As we are British some of the initial sounds for the community helpers we have used may not be what you expect there are a few

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Classification and Sorting of Dinosaurs

Classification and sorting of dinosaurs working on science and math knowledge with preschoolers

Dinosaurs are always a favourite with kids and mine are no exception – in fact what I’ve learnt in the last 5 years is more than a semester of Evolution of Vertebrate Animals at university. This week #playfulpreschool theme is Dinosaurs, each Wednesday we are sharing a preschool learning/creative activity based around a theme with bloggers from the Playful Preschool group.

Looking at areas that we have covered before I wanted to work on T’s strengths this week, she struggles with Letter activities but adores Maths and Science based activities so using our toy dinosaurs I combined the two

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Pumpkin Numeracy and Literacy with stickers

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins

As pumpkins appear in the shops we’re starting some Halloween themed activities at home. I like introducing activities that go with books and rhymes and The Five Little Pumpkin song is really cute and inspired a creative filled morning of learning with Numeracy and Literacy based activities.

We started off by listening and watching the Five Little Pumpkins song on YouTube – to make it easier I’ve added it below but search as there are different versions of the rhyme. This was T’s favourite one. Then we started off our activities counting and making our own book.


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Room on the Broom – Learning Ordinal Numbers

Room on the Broom - learning ordinal numbers and sequencing with finger puppets

Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite authors consistently producing books that my children love – from board books to early reader books there’s been something that sparks the interest of either J and T. As this months feature author for the virtual book club for kids and 3 fantastic books to focus on by her we have chosen a topical favourite from the choices Room on the Broom.

Room on the Broom is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and is a rhyming book about a witch and the animals that she picks up as

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Shoe Box Constellation Maps

Shoe Box Constellation Maps - create your own star maps to view inside any day of the year

This week #playfulpreschool theme is all about Night Time, as the days are getting shorter and the nights longer we’re finally seeing the night sky again after the summer break and the children are fascinated by it. At the moment we’re only seeing it first thing in the morning as it’s dusk when they head to bed but by the end of the month we will be able to explore it with our telescope and see first hand what we have been learning about this week.

Stars and the moon fascinate T and she likes waking up early and

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