England Unit: Paper Plate Royal Crowns

England Unit Study, Royal Family, Crown Jewels, Paper Plate Craft, Gems, Hands on Learning, Preschool Arts and Crafts, Get Creative with, Princess, Prince, Unschooling, Ideas, Preschool Inspiration, STEAM Education, STEM Challenge, Parents, Mothers, Teachers, Ideas, Montessori, Waldorf

A study of England is not complete without a discussion about the crown jewels. When my husband and I visited London in 2012, we visited the Tower of London and in a small room in a part of the wall was a few crowns, and we thought we had seen them and were already impressed. … Continue reading England Unit: Paper Plate Royal Crowns

Orange Clove Pomander – Fine Motor Skill Activity

Orange Clove Pomander, Fine Motor Holiday Activity, Toddlers, Preschool, Kids, Christmas Holiday Traditions, French, Hands on Learning, Creative, Crafts, Montessori, Homeschool, Homeschooling, Hands on, Totschooling, Creative

I love to find easy activities that promote hands-on learning. I also love the smells of the holidays and this activity combines fine motor skills and creativity as well as smells AMAZING! A pomander comes from the French words pomme d'ambre, meaning an apple of amber. It refers to a ball made for perfumes, and … Continue reading Orange Clove Pomander – Fine Motor Skill Activity

Montessori Pumpkin Life Cycle *FREE PRINTABLE*

Life Cycle Pumpkin, Free Printable, Printables, Learn How Pumpkins Grow, Spinner, Download, Activity, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Learning, Hands on Learning, Visual, Art, Homeschool Resources, Homeschooling, Montessori, Waldorf, Nature, Botany

I don't adhere to one specific methodology of education, but I am inspired by several educational theories including Montessori, Waldorf and STEM/STEAM Education. I was trying to find some autumn-themed activities for my preschooler and decided to make a Montessori life-cycle for a pumpkin! I drew some basic drawings with a sharpie and made up … Continue reading Montessori Pumpkin Life Cycle *FREE PRINTABLE*

Dyed Pumpkin Seed Letter Tracing

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We saved the seeds we removed from our pumpkin a few days ago, and allowed them to dry for a few days. I decided to dye them and use them for another activity. It's ridiculously easy to dye pumpkin seeds actually. I put the dry pumpkin seeds into little bags and added 1/2 teaspoon of … Continue reading Dyed Pumpkin Seed Letter Tracing

Pumpkin Fall-Themed Mosaics

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Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, with the weather becoming crisp and cozy and everything starts having a holiday theme. I was inspired to make this fun little pumpkin activity by an Instagram post (forget the author, sorry!). First I printed up a great pumpkin outline from http://www.donteatthepaste.com - I liked the simple structure, perfect … Continue reading Pumpkin Fall-Themed Mosaics

My Body Unit – The Concept of Joints

My Body Unit, Anatomy & Physiology, How We bend, Biology, Science, Playdough Activity, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Hands on Learning, Teaching Teacher Ideas, Montessori, Educational Activities, Homeschool, Homeschooling, Totschooling, Montessori, Waldorf, Visual

As a nurse educator, I love to find creative ways to teach my little one about her body. At three, she isn't able to grasp many abstract concepts, so I try to find hands on learning activities to make it more real. I always seem to have tons of pipecleaners laying around - pretty sure … Continue reading My Body Unit – The Concept of Joints

Jumping Up & Down in Muddy Puddles – Peppa Pig Baking Activity

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My toddler LOVES to bake things. Anytime I'm in the kitchen I hear a little voice screeching at me, "I wanna DOOOO it!" She also likes to watch Peppa Pig (I allow some TV time in the morning while I try to get my day started - like coffee, lol). I found a cute Peppa … Continue reading Jumping Up & Down in Muddy Puddles – Peppa Pig Baking Activity