31 Days of Halloween: 31 Craft Ideas and Activities For Toddlers

31 Days Of Projects and Activities For Toddlers

October is finally here and that means the holiday season is upon us! We’re always sad to see the warm weather go, but we’re excited and looking forward to all the treats this time of year brings us. From tasty foods to family time, these next few months are filled with things to do and people to see. We’ve gotten more into Halloween since LC came along and this year, we thought it would be fun to do something ” Halloween-ish ” each and every day of the month of October. Here is our list of 31 fun, simple, and hands on activities and project ideas for you and your little ones to do together.




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1. Mess Free Pumpkin Painting – If you love to paint with your little ones, but hate the clean up afterwards, then this is a great project idea for you! For this project, you will need:

A large container with a lid
Paint
Marbles
A Piece of Tape
Coloring Sheet ( I drew this one, but you can find great ones here )

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First, trim your coloring sheet to fit into your container. Use your piece of tape to secure this coloring sheet to the bottom of your container. Add a few drops of paint on to your coloring sheet and drop in your marbles. Next, place your lid on your container and make sure that it is secure. Give the container to your little one and let them shake it like crazy!

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Once they are done, take your freshly painted coloring sheet out to dry. Take out your paint covered marbles and clean them in a bowl of water. For your container, you can wash it as usual. A cool painting technique with no mess and quick clean up! You’re welcome 🙂

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2. Watercolor Spiderwebs – This project is incredibly easy to put together and even easier to help you impress your children! For this watercolor project, you will need:

Watercolors
Cup of Water
Watercolor Paper
Paint Brush
A White Crayon

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Using your white crayon, draw spiderwebs on each of the papers you are going to use. As your little ones begin to paint, the spiderwebs will start to appear!

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Our spiderwebs paintings turned out so great! We are actually planning to use them in our Halloween decor. The colors blended together perfectly and LC was so surprised to see ” the magic ” of the webs appearing on her paper!

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3. Torn Paper Candy Corn – Here is a project that puts you in the fall mood, but also helps your children development and refine their fine motor skills. From ripping the paper to using a glue stick, this activity gets their fingers moving ! For this activity, you will need:

1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
1 Piece of Orange Construction Paper
1 Piece of Yellow Construction Paper
1 Piece of White Construction Paper
A Glue Stick
A White Crayon

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First, use the white crayon to draw out an outline of a piece of candy corn on to the piece of black construction paper. Cut the other piece of construction paper into strips and then let your little one rip these strips into smaller pieces. Next, have your child glue their torn pieces of paper on to their candy corn outline.

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Our little one is a bit particular about sorting colors, so our candy corn actually turned out accurate! And she also knows what candy corn looks like….. We have no idea how 😉

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4. 5 Little Pumpkins Sensory Bins – No surprise here. We LOVE doing sensory bin activities and we actually run our own Etsy shop featuring sensory bin supplies and kits. We related this activity with one of LC’s favorite Halloween books ” 5 Little Pumpkins “. For this activity, you will need the follow:

Orange Rice
Black Bowtie Pasta
Fake Spiders
Yellow and Silver Jewels
5 Pumpkin Baskets or Cups ( We found these adorable cups at Walmart for .97 cents ! )

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Combine all of these items and let your little one go to town ! When we relate our sensory bin activities to stories that we have recently read, we like to ask LC about the story, the things she remembers, and if she can retell the story to us. We just try to lay down a foundation for her to have great reading skills and to comprehend what she is reading, or to comprehend what is being read to her.

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You can purchase this sensory bin kit from our Etsy shop by clicking here. This link will take you to this listing, which includes a brand new copy of the story ” 5 Little Pumpkins ” !

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5. Masking Tape Mummy – We favor projects and activities that don’t require a lot of prep work or materials. This activity is one of them! For this project, you will need :

A Piece of Black Construction Paper
A Pair of Scissors
Masking Tape

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Cut your piece of black paper into the shape of a man. Helpful Tip: We folded our piece of paper in half and then cut out our shape. This way, he was even :). Next, we ripped pieces of masking tape off for LC to ” wrap ” around her ” mummy “.

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6. Spider Hands –  This is a project that we did over the summer during our bug unit. Our little one loved playing with this spider while we sang The Itsy Bitsy Spider. For this project, you will need:

1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
1 Piece of White Construction Paper
A Sharpie
A Pair of Scissors
Elmer’s Glue
A Pencil

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Trace your child’s hands on to the piece of black construction paper and then cut them out. With the left over portion of construction paper, cut out a circle for your spider’s body. Cut out two eyes and a mouth for your spider using the piece of white construction paper. Glue the hands and facial features to the spider’s body, use your sharpie to to finish the eyes, and that’s it!

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7. Spider Walk – Keeping with the spider theme, here is another project touching on spiders! This is activity is so simple to put together for your children and it can actually be a lot of fun. Or so I’m told! LC had a complete melt down the first time we tried this. You know, terrible twos and all. After a few more attempts, she finally wanted to give it a try and actually loved it.

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For this activity, you only need tape! We used some alphabet tape that we already had, but I’ve seen it done with bright green tape and Halloween themed tape as well!

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All you need to do is create a web on any open carpet area in your home. We used this activity as a way to learn more about spiders and to work on our balance, something every two year old needs practice with!

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8. Potato Pumpkin Stamping – Stamping paint projects are great for younger children and LC loves the various stamping activities we’ve done. For this activity, you will need:

1 Potato
Paint
Painting Paper ( or paper that is thick enough to paint on )
A Fork
A Knife

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Cut your potato in half. Using your knife, cut out a small section of your potato to form a stem. Insert a fork into your potato to act as a handle, press into the paint, and you’re ready to go!

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9. Pumpkin Busy Bag – We try to slip in a little learning in every project that we do and we thought it would fun to use a Halloween themed activity to review the alphabet. To create these alphabet pumpkins, you will need:

A Few Sheets of Orange Construction Paper
1 Piece of Brown Construction Paper
2 Pieces of Green Construction Paper
A Sharpie
Elmer’s Glue
Scissors
One Ziploc Bag

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First, cut out 26 pumpkin shapes from your orange construction paper. Next, cut out 26 leaves and pumpkin stems. Assemble your 26 pumpkins and add the letters to your pumpkins using your Sharpie. Take your scissors and cut each pumpkin right down the center.

We used 5 sets of letters at a time and mixed them up for LC to match the lower and upper case letters. We have mastered the alphabet, but now we are working on recognizing upper AND lower case versions of the alphabet.

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If you’d like to make these little guys last, I would recommend laminating them or cover them with clear contact paper. Use a Ziploc bag to store these alphabet pumpkins for continued use.

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10. Green Slim Sensory Bag – Sensory bag activities are great for little ones and can be done in various settings. You can play with them on the floor, at a table, or even tape the bags to a window or glass door. For this sensory bag activity, you will need:

1 Gallon Size Ziploc Bag
4 Cups of Water
About 2 Tbsps of Glitter ( we used green )
Green Food Dye or Liquid Watercolors
Googly Eyes ( We used a set of monster googly eyes we purchased at The Dollar Tree)
Various Colored Jewels
Packaging Tape

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Add all of these items to your Ziploc bag, carefully press out most of the air, seal, and use your packaging tape to double seal the opening. We actually placed our bag in the freezer for about 20 minutes just to make it really cold and slushy. This activity can also be done as a sensory bin activity as well, which is what happened to our bag after about an hour of playing. Sensory activities are very beneficial for younger children. They provide an opportunity for open ended play, self discovery, and language development!

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11. Paper Plate Ghost – There are so many things you can do with paper plates and this project could not be any easier to do! For this spooky activity, you will need:

A Paper Plate
1 Piece of White Construction Paper
1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
A White Crayon or Silver Sharpie
Tape
Glue Stick

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Cut arms and hands out using your white piece of construction paper and facial features from your black construction paper. Tape the arms to the paper plate, glue on the facial features, finish your eyes using your white crayon, and now you have a spooky, but cute, little ghost friend!

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12. Spider Stamps – In our search to find different ways to recycle and reuse our toilet paper rolls, we stumbled upon a few painting projects that use these rolls in various ways. These spider stamps can actually be used over and over again, until they fall apart! For this painting project, you will need:

1 Toilet Paper Roll For Each Participant
Paint
Painting Paper ( or paper thick enough to paint on )
A Pair of Scissors

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On one end of your toilet paper roll, make 6 cuts on both side of this end. 12 cuts total. These cuts are going to form your spider legs. Cut away the excess pieces ( the 2 rectangular pieces between your spider’s legs ). Pour some paint on to a paper plate and now it’s your little ones’ turn! Once you’re done stamping, you can go back after the paint dries and add funny faces or googly eyes to your spiders!

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13. Paper Plate Silhouettes – I told you there is so many things you can do with paper plates and this project is perfect for them! Here are the materials you will need for this project:

Paper Plates
Orange Crayons or Markers ( or even watercolors! )
Several Pieces of Black Construction Paper
Elmer’s Glue or Glue Sticks
A Pair of Scissors

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First, color your paper plates with an orange crayon or marker. Side Note: These silhouettes look really cool when they are done in yellow or a dark purple as well! Once your background has been created, use your black construction paper and scissors to cut out different silhouettes such as bats, witches, pumpkins, or ghouls. Glue these silhouettes to your paper plates and Ta-Da, you have spooky Halloween decorations!

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14. Paper Bag Pumpkins – These little guys are simple to create and can make a great addition to your holiday decor! To create your paper bag pumpkins, you will need:

Brown Paper Bags
Orange Crayons or Markers
Green Crayons or Markers
Black Construction Paper
Elmer’s Glue

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Before unfolding your bag, color using your orange and green crayons or markers. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could swap out the crayons for paint! Once your pumpkin is done being colored, ball up two other paper bags to use a filler for your pumpkin. Twist the top of your pumpkin to create a stem. Using your black construction paper, cut out two eyes and a mouth and then glue these facial features to your bag. I’ve actually seen another example of this project where others have used foam pieces that have adhesive on the back to create their pumpkins face! Whatever works best for you guys 🙂

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15. Pumpkin Suncatchers – Making suncatchers is such an easy activity to do with little ones and we love the beautiful colors we get to see. Not to mention, these activities don’t require tons of materials and they are so simple to put together! For this activity, you will need:

Clear Contact Paper
Orange Tissue Paper
Black Construction Paper
A Pair of Scissors

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First, fold your piece of black construction paper in half and cut out your pumpkin shape. Keep this piece folded in half and from this piece, cut out a smaller version of your pumpkin shape. Now you have the border for your suncatcher! Using the leftover pieces of construction paper, cut out two eyes and a mouth for your pumpkin. From the roll of clear contact paper, cut off a fair amount for you to use for this project. I find it easiest to cut out a rectangular shape when making suncatchers. Take your piece of orange tissue paper and cut into smaller, square pieces. Now that you are prepped and ready to go, remove the protective piece of white paper from your piece of contact paper.

Press on your pumpkin border and facial features to the piece of contact paper and let your little one begin to place the tissue paper inside the border. Once they are finished filling in their pumpkin, simply fold over the other portion of contact paper. This is why I recommend cutting out a rectangular shape :). Press to seal and then trim off the excess paper from around your border.

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16. Create A Monster Sensory Activity – Construction paper, glue, and marker. It doesn’t get any easier than that! For this activity, you will need:

Various Colors of Construction
A Pair of Scissors
A Sharpie
A Glue Stick

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First, you will need to cut out several options for a body, hands, feet, and a head. We cut out 4 of each, in different colors and shapes. Using a glue stick, let your little one create their monster by selecting different parts and attaching them to a large piece of paper. Once they have created their monsters, use your marker to add little details like eyes, clothing, etc.

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17. Paper Plate Black Kitty – Yet again, another project using paper plates. Yes, we buy these in bulk ;). For this activity, you will need:

A Paper Plate
Black Crayons
1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
1 Piece of Colored Paper ( we used blue )
A Glue Stick
A Pair of Scissors

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Using your black crayon, color your paper plate. You could also do this portion using markers or even tissue paper! Cut out your eye holes and cut some cute little ears out of your black piece of paper. Use your colored paper to cut out a nose for your kitty. Since we used a crayon to color our kitty, it was easy for us to just use a marker to had the whiskers and mouth. If you are using something different to color your kitty, you could use construction paper to add these details or even pipe cleaners !

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18. Mess Free Monster Painting – Just like the mess free pumpkin painting project we listed earlier, here is another character idea for that method of painting. For this painting project, you will need:

A Monster Coloring Sheet ( I drew ours, but here is a link to other monster coloring sheets )
Paint
A Large Container with a Lid
Marbles
A Piece of Tape

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First, trim your coloring sheet to fit into your container. Use your piece of tape to secure this coloring sheet to the bottom of your container. Add a few drops of paint on to your coloring sheet and drop in your marbles. Next, place your lid on your container and make sure that it is secure. Give the container to your little one and let them shake it like crazy!

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19. Ghost Bowling – This Halloween themed bowling activity was a hit in our house. It was incredibly easy to put together and has been requested almost everyday since! To create your own ghost bowling activity, you will need:

Clear Plastic or White Paper Cups
A Sharpie
A Ball ( or even a plastic pumpkin! )

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Simply draw spooky ghost faces onto your plastic cups, stack them together, and let the games begin!

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20. How Many Spiders – This counting game was another activity we completed when we were learning about spiders. For this game, you will need:

10 Orange Plates
55 Plastic Spiders
A Sharpie

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Draw a spiderweb on each of your 10 plates and label each plate with a number, 1 to 10. We decided to use orange plates to make this counting activity have more of a Halloween theme, but you can use whatever color you’d like. Take your spiders and add the designated amount of spiders to each plate, one at a time.

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21. Spiderweb Sensory Bin – These two items kept our little one busy for almost an hour! It’s the simple things in life 🙂 . For this sensory bin activity, you will need:

1 Pack of Spiderwebs and Spiders ( You can purchase this kit for $1 at The Dollar Tree )

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For this sensory bin activity, all we did was open this kit and put it in our sensory bin. You could also add colored jewels, glitter, or other spooky items!

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22. Folding Monster Paint Project – This project was definitely one of our favorites! I love doing painting projects, but this one adds an element of surprise for your little one. For this painting project, you will need:

Painting Paper ( or paper thick enough to paint on )
Paint in Various Colors
Googly Eyes
Paintbrushes
A Sharpie

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Take your painting paint and fold each piece in half and then open it again so it is ready to be painted. We recommend folding your paper first so that the already made crease we make it easier to fold later in the project. Trust me! Now, let your little one paint on the paper. Be mindful of HOW MUCH paint they are added to the paper. The more paint added, the more paint with be squeezed out later. Once they are done, fold your paper using the same crease you made earlier. Now for the surprise! Let your little one slowly open their paper make up to reveal their masterpiece monster. Once the paint has dried, you can add the googly eyes and facial features using your marker.

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23. Cotton Ball Ghosts – The preschoolers I use to work with loved making these around Halloween and that actually make for really cute decorations! We even did them on both of sides of the paper and hung them up on strings. For this project, you will need:

A Large Bag of Cotton Balls
Elmer’s Glue
White Construction Paper
Black Construction Paper
A Pair of Scissors

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Cut out your ghost shape and two circles from a piece of white construction paper. From the black construction paper, cut out two more black circles and a mouth for your ghost. Have your kids glue on the cotton balls to your ghost shape and then add the facial features at the end. If you want to string them up, repeat this process on the other side and then use a hole puncher and yarn.

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24. Pumpkin Guys Sensory Bag – Sensory bag activities are great for little ones and can be done in various settings. You can play with them on the floor, at a table, or even tape the bags to a window or glass door. For this sensory bag activity, you will only need:

One Large Pumpkin
Tools To Open The Pumpkin
Tools To Clean Out The Pumpkin
One Gallon Size Ziploc Bag

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This sensory activity is a great way for you to use those pumpkin guts after you have carved your pumpkins! We aren’t a fan of roasted the seeds and eating them. Dump the pumpkin guts into a Ziploc bag, seal, and let your little one explore! Side Note: Don’t keep this one around for more than a day. You don’t want to experience that smell!

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25. Peek A Boo Ghost Cup –  It took a few attempts for LC to get the point of this one, but once she did, she loved it!  For this activity, you will need:

Plastic or Paper Cups
Popsicle Sticks
Tape
A Pair of Scissors
A Piece of White Construction Paper
Black Crayon or Marker

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Using your Exacto knife, carefully cut a slit in the bottom of a plastic cup. Take black construction paper and wrap it around the cup and tape into place. You could element that steps by using colored cups, rather than clear cups. Cut out two ghost shapes from a piece of white construction paper and give them cute or spooky faces. Tape these two ghosts to your popsicle stick, insert the stick into the cut you made at the bottom of your cup and you’re all set!

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26. Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet – This is a project that we did over the summer during our bug unit. Our little one loved playing with this spider while we sang The Itsy Bitsy Spider. For this project, you will need:

1 Piece of Black Construction Paper
Googly Eyes ( 8 or so )
3 Pipe Cleaners
A Pair of Scissors
Elmer’s Glue
A Hole Puncher

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Fold your piece of construction paper in half and cut out your spider’s body. Using your hole puncher, punch out three circles on both sides of your spider. We also used the hole puncher to cut out our 4 finger holes and then made them bigger using scissors. Take your 4 pipe cleaners, cut them in half and attach them to the 6 hole on the sides. Finally, add your googly eyes and now you have an adorably spooky spider finger puppet!

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The itsy bitsy spider, we up the water spout…

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27. Torn Paper Scarecrow – Torn paper activities are so much fun and they are great for focusing on fine motor skills. For this project, you will need:

Various Colors of Construction Paper
A Sharpie
A Pair of Scissors
Glue Stick

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I drew this scarecrow template myself, but you can find some online to print off for this project. We tore up a piece of red construction paper and used a glue stick to attach them on to our scarecrow. We also gave him some cute blue buttons as a finishing touch.

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28. Candy Corn Counting Cards – I already admitted it. We fully take advantage of every opportunity for learning! And we may, or may not have planned to use candy as an incentive…. Whatever works :). For this counting game, you will need:

A Bag of Candy Corn ( Just in case you decide to snack before, during, and after you play 🙂 )
Large Notecards
Scissors
A Sharpie
Yellow and Orange Crayons

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Using large notecards, write large numbers from 1 to 10 on each card. We also drew candy corn representations of each number as a marker for where LC could place her candy corn. We also did this because we wanted her to be able to use them WITHOUT candy as well. LC actually liked these card a lot and has been playing with them using her counting bears too!

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29. Jack O’Lantern Busy Bag – Busy bags are great for keeping the little ones…. well, BUSY! They are great for road trips or when you are trying to make dinner. For this busy bag activity, you will need:

2 Pieces of Orange Felt
1 Piece of Black Felt
A Sharpie
A Pair of Scissors
A Ziploc Bag

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Use your Sharpie to draw out two pumpkins on your orange felt and cut these out. Use your black felt to create various eye and mouth options. Place in the Ziploc bag for storage.

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30. Playdough Sensory Tray – You’d be surprised just how easy it is to make your own playdough! You can find our recipe by clicking here. Here are the items you will need to do this sensory tray activity:

Homemade Playdough ( store bought works great too! )
Halloween Themed Rings
Black Bowtie Pasta
Colored Jewels
A Simple Tray

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These open ended playing invitations are great for toddlers and preschoolers. There is no final outcome or standard to achieve, but to just have fun, explore, and discover!

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31. Monster Sensory Bin – Oh, how we love sensory bins! To get in the Halloween mood, we’ve been setting up all sorts of sensory activities for LC to play with. We created this one after reading ” There Was An Old Monster ” and it was in our play area for a few weeks! For this sensory bin, you will need:

Green Rice ( Dyed )
Black Beans
Monster Googly Eyes
Plastic Vampire Teeth

This set is available for purchase from our Etsy shop. This sensory bin kit comes with all of the items pictured below, as well as a brand new copy of ” There Was An Old Monster”. Click here to be taken to this listing!

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And that conclude our list of 31 activities and projects for toddlers! We hope you have enjoyed these projects and that you will try some with your own little ones. We have created these 31 projects and activities so that you and your family can have one thing to do with one another each and every day in the month of October. Use this time to enjoy one another and these tiny moments with your ever growing children!

Brittany XOXO

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Exploring The Letter L: Lions, Ladybugs, and Lemons

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter L ! Be sure to check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter K: Kiwi, Kites, and Kangaroos “.

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We learned all about the letter L this week and so much more about lions! We learned all about their habits, pack love, and the wonderful people that take care of them in the various sanctuaries around the world. Did you know that lions have the loudest roar? We probably shouldn’t have told LC that because she’s been loudly roaring around the house ALL WEEK!

Here are a few of the activities we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

Lion Mask

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This is a very simple mask to create with your little ones! You will need a paper plate, yellow and orange construction paper, scissors, and Elmer’s glue. You will also need an Exacto knife. That tool made cutting out the center of the paper plate so easy! After you cut out your center, take your scissors to your construction paper and cut out strips of these colors. Next, cut these strips in half. Now that your materials are all ready to go, let you little one glue each strip around their paper plate.

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We’ve been playing with our mask all week and the dogs are over being scared of it. Now, they just try and get it from her to demolish it!

Painting With Lenny The Lion

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For this activity, you will need a piece of paper thick enough to paint on, one or two forks, a paper plate, a black sharpie, and yellow and orange paint. First, draw your lion’s face. To give LC a guiding line, we traced a bowl to give us a perfect circle for our lion’s face. We then gave him eyes, a nose, and mouth. Next, put your paint on to your paper plate. We love using paper plates for painting projects since they make clean up so much easier and quicker!

The objective here was to use the forks to create the lion’s mane, but you shouldn’t expect a toddler to keep with the this objective. If they want to, great! If not, that’s fine too. Remember that at this age, project objectives are great, but if you don’t get the final result you want, that’s just fine too! Little ones need these opportunities to explore different materials, what they can do, and to do just have fun. Yes, they need to learn how to follow directions and understand the importance of steps, but in this instance, that really didn’t matter.

We made a few marks with the forks to show LC what she COULD do, helped her created some of these lines on her own, and then let her create her lion how ever she wanted. I think he turned out just perfect 🙂

Lion Coloring SheetsHere is a link to the coloring sheets we used for this portion of our letter exploration unit.

Here are the video resources we used for this portion of our letter exploration:

San Diego Zoo Kids

Lions Treat Women Like Their Leader

Lions: Animals For Kids

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We aren’t strangers to bugs around here. This summer, we did a whole bug unit where we explored the world of bugs and have kept up with catching bugs and inspecting them every chance we get. We didn’t want LC to be scared of bugs, so we dove head first into learning all about them. Now, LC loves looking at them, calling them pet names ( ” hey baby ! ” ) and speaking sweetly to them! It’s adorable 🙂

Here are a few of the activities we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

Letter Bug

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I drew the letter for LC to color and trace first and while she colored we went over the letter L, what sound it makes, and what words start with this letter. After coloring, we cut out our pieces that we needed to assemble our ladybug. When then added our coloring sheet to the black portion of our ladybug, added some spots to our wings, and began to assemble our cute little friend.

Paper Plate Ladybug

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Over the summer, we create a unit based around the book ” Some Bugs “. You can find that unit and our project ideas by clicking here. During that exploration, we learned all about different kinds of bugs, went on bug hunts, and had tons of fun! If you don’t own ” Some Bugs “, I would highly recommend that purchase! You can find the details and steps we took to create these paper plate ladybugs by visiting that post.

Letter L Coloring SheetsHere is a link to the coloring sheets we printed out and used for this portion of our letter exploration unit. You can find tons of coloring sheets just by doing a search on Pinterest! BestColoringSheets.com is also a great site to look through for coloring pages as well. The link for these coloring sheets will actually take you to that website and I would highly recommend looking around while you’re there 🙂

Here are the video resources we used for this portion of our letter exploration:

The Life Cycle Of A Ladybug 

Minuscule The Ladybug

 

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Our love for lemons is real! We love everything lemon from lemon candles to decor. LC loves her lemon water and lemon Oreos, so we thought it would be fun to explore these fruits during our letter L unit.

Here are a few of the activities we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

Painting With Lemons

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For this activity, you will need a piece of paper thick enough to paint on, a paper plate, one lemon, and two forks. Cut the lemon in half and push your forks into each lemon to act as a handle for your little one to grab on to you. Dip the lemons in paint and let your child explore! Note: It’s helpful to remove any seeds that may be present. If you remove them BEFORE you start painting, it will eliminate these paint covered items from rolling off the table and getting paint every where …. trust me 🙂

Lemon Cookies

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We love cooking with LC and she is equally as interested in the process! Since LC and Mommy are big fans of anything lemon, we decided to make lemon cookies together. We got our  recipe from ” Dessert Now, Dinner Later ” and you can find that full recipe by clicking here. If you’re a big fan of desserts, be sure to browse this blog! This soft baked lemon cookie recipe was incredibly easy to follow and the cookies were absolutely delicious. Seriously, they were gone in 2 days!

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Here are the video resources we used for this portion of our letter exploration:

How To Grow Meyer Lemons 

Babies Eating Lemons 

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And that concludes our letter L exploration! All of this projects and activities are easy to put together and require items that you probably already have in your house. The lemon cookies were definitely our favorite part of this unit and I would highly recommend you try them, whether you are doing them with the kids or just by yourself! For more letter explorations, check out our next alphabet post : ” Exploring The Letter M: Monsters, The Moon, and Marshmallows

Brittany XOXO

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Exploring The Letter K: Kiwi, Kangaroos, and Kites

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter K ! Be sure to check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter J: Jellyfish, Jello, and Jaguars “.

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We are ALWAYS stocked up on kiwi in our home. LC loves fruits, but kiwi is definitely her favorite. We thought it would be cool for us to explore this green, hairy fruit during our letter exploration and learn about where they come from, how they are grown, and the different ways a kiwi can be used. Since a kiwi is also a bird, we touched on these little guys as well!

Here are the activities we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

Kiwi Smoothies– Using 4 kiwis, we made kiwi smoothies for LC to enjoy. We don’t do juice in our house, so making smoothies is another great way for our little one to get a special treat, but to also keep our sugar intake in mind! All you need is a few kiwis, a blender, and a strainer to make this delicious smoothies at home. After you remove the skins from your kiwis, place them in your blender and puree until smooth. Next, pour your liquid through a strainer to remove all of the seeds. We then added our liquid make to the blender and added ice cubes, blended together, and TA-DA…. yummy green smoothies! We’ll definitely be trying these again and maybe adding some spinach and blueberries!

Paper Plate Kiwi

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We’ve learned over the past few months that sometimes the simplest projects make LC the happiest! For this activity, we only needed a paper plate and green paint. We took this time to talk about the things we had learned during our viewing of our resource videos for this section of our letter unit. You can find these videos below.

K Coloring SheetsHere are some great coloring sheets to use during your letter K exploration.

Here are the video resources we used for this part of our letter unit:

Kiwi Birds

How To Grow A Kiwi Tree

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Here are the activities we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

K For Kangaroo

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Using brown construction paper and staples, we created a little kangaroo pouch for LC to use during this letter exploration. We laid some items out on our table and helped LC find the items that started with a K ( key, kite cut out, kiwi cut out, baby kangaroo cut out, etc ) and items that started with others letters that we have already explored ( apple seeds, bear, crayons, duck, etc. ). She then put theses K items in her pouch. I would recommend to do this activity with your little one, but use felt instead. The construction paper held up for one go around, but it didn’t hold together for more uses. Getting your kids to connect to the sound of a letter is very important and this activity let us practice and begin to familiarize ourselves with these sounds, so you would want this pouches to last!

Kangaroo Hop– To get the wiggles out and have some silly fun together, we spent a good amount of time hopping around the living room just like a kangaroo.

Kangaroo Coloring SheetsHere is a link to the coloring sheets we used for this portion of our letter exploration unit.

Here are the video resource we used for our letter exploration:

Funny Kangaroo Videos 

All About Kangaroos 

Amazing Animals

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Here are a few of the activities we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

K For Kite

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For this activity, LC designed her kite and then we practiced our scissor skills with cutting it out ( obviously Mommy helped… a lot! 🙂 ). She worked on her glue stick skills and we glued our beautiful blue kite to a piece of construction paper. Our string was suppose to have bows on it, but LC has become very opinionated and independent these past few weeks and decided that she DID NOT want her kite to have bows. To avoid a melt down, because we are in the midst of our terrible twos, we conceded and just let it go. Pick your battles, right?

Kite Flying– So we tried to fly a homemade kite…. and it WAS NOT successful! Obviously, to be successful in flying a kite, you have to have the weather on your side. It’s been pretty humid and still here this past week. We’re going to be keeping an eye out for another opportunity to fly our kites and hopefully get to show LC how cool this can be. She got pretty bored and distraught watching Mommy let our kites crash into the ground. We’ll keep you updated!

Here are the videos we used for this portion of our unit:

Kite Festival 

How To Make Your Own Kite

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We are breezing through our letter exploration, which is great because the holiday season is right around the corner and there are plenty of other craft ideas we want to get to! We are surprised every day by LC’s attitude towards her projects and exploration. Although she can be a bit difficult these days, she has never NOT wanted to do our letter explorations. She may be getting particular about how she wants to do things, but she is still up for learning and having fun with Mommy and Daddy! Remember, if you are completing your letter exploration with us, we’d love to hear about it :). Take a look at our next post in our letter exploration unit: ” Exploring The Letter L: Lions, Ladybugs, and Lemons

Brittany XOXO

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Exploring The Letter J: Jellyfish, Jello, and Jaguars

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter J ! Check out our previous letter exploration post: ” Exploring The Letter I: Ice and Iguanas ”

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J for Jellyfish! Over the summer, we learned all about jellyfish and several other creatures that call the ocean their home. We touched on these slimy guys once again for this letter exploration unit!

Here are a few of the activities and projects we did for this portion of our letter exploration unit:

Jellyfish Suncatchers

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For this project, you will need different colors of tissue paper, scissors, some string, a piece of black construction paper, and contact paper.

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The first thing you want to do is create a border for your jellyfish. Fold your piece of black construction paper in half and then cut out a jellyfish. Next, take this piece of paper, still folded in half, and trim down. The border that you cut off of your piece is going to be your border for your jellyfish suncatcher ( see picture above ). You will also want to cut your tissue paper up in to small squares.

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Next, cut a portion of contact paper off from the roll and remove the protect white paper. Lay your black border down on the contact paper and let you little on start to place pieces of tissue paper inside this border.

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Finally, fold your contact paper over the tissue paper portion and cut off the excess contact paper. We used a piece of tape to attach our little pieces of strings.

Paper Bag Jellyfish– Over the summer, we explored our ocean and the creatures that call it home. One of LC favorite projects from that unit was our paper bag jellyfishes! They are super cute and really simple to create. You can view this project and our ” Exploring The Ocean ” unit by clicking here.

Here are the video resources we used for this portion of our unit:

Exotic Jellyfish

Kid VS. Food

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This is probably one of the easiest letter units we’ve done so far… and cheapest! We stocked up on Jello at our local grocery store and for about $ 1.30, we explored this yummy treat AND the letter J.

Here are a few of the activities and projects we did for this portion of our letter exploration unit:

Making Jello– We bought 8 different colors of Jello from the store and needed to make all of them for our next activity. Rather than making them all by myself, LC helped with this portion as well. Since she has been eager to help in the kitchen lately, we didn’t think it would hurt to have her help for this activity either. Yes, making Jello is a super easy  task and requires all of 3 steps, but we figured that that was more of a reason to let her help with this portion. She loved it! She helped us by pouring in the cup of cold water, stirring the jello mixture, and decided what mold to place it in. Also, she enjoyed constantly opening our refrigerator to ” check on them “.

Jello Sensory Bin

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Once all of our Jello was set, we dumped them all into our large sensory bin and added a few tools from the kitchen. The spoons didn’t last long before LC just dove in with her hands…. and then started eating our activity!

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It’s not often that we have a sensory bin project that incorporate ALL of the senses, but I’m going to take a guess and say that this one may just be her favorite sensory activity of all!

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Since we started out letter exploration, we’ve learned a lot about various things, including animals. I love that our units allow LC to learn about a wide variety of items, from foods to bugs, from animals to basic concepts. For this portion of our letter exploration, we wanted to touch on another type of animal, so we decided on Jaguars!

Here are a few of the activities and projects we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

Jaguar Mask

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To paint our masks, we actually use our ice cubes with liquid watercolors and glitter. In our ” Exploring The Letter I ” unit, we created these awesome watercolor ice cubes and LC just loved it. You can click here to visit that post and see how we created these super simple painting tools! After LC painted a paper plate, we let it sit to dry over night. Once it was dried, we folded our plate in half and cut out our jaguar’s face and then cut out two eye holes. Using black construction paper, we cut out some spots and a nose. After LC glued these features onto her jaguar face, we added a cute little mouth.

Coloring Sheets– Click Here  to view and print off the coloring sheets we used during this unit. In this link, you can also find coloring sheets for the other letters of the alphabet!

Here are a few of the videos we used for this portion of our unit:

Jaguar Under Water Swim

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Animal Planet 

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That concludes our letter J unit! If you are following along with us, we’d love to hear how these activities and projects have worked out for you and your family. Leave a comment or feel free to email us with your feedback and experience!

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Brittany XOXO

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Be sure to swing by our Etsy shops for handmade, inspirational items. The Creative Outlet For Little Hands Etsy shop ( link above ) features handmade educational items and sensory bin kits, all of which come with a brand new book to incorporate into your unit! Our LC DESIGNS Etsy shop ( link below ) features inspirational items such as canvas pieces, magnets, and more!

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter I ! Be sure to check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter H: Houses, Happiness, and Hearts “.

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Who doesn’t love ice cream?!? We had a ton of fun with this unit for our letter I exploration. Who wouldn’t?

Here are a few of the activities and projects we did for this letter exploration:

Ice Cream Sensory Bin

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This sensory bin activity is very easy to put together and it didn’t require much planning. We always have these essentials in our home, so we raided the pantry and put this activity together for LC to explore.

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Ice Cream Parlor– We couldn’t do an ” ice ” cream exploration without some real ice cream! We used everything from sprinkles to syrup, candy, and fresh fruit to create a yummy treat for the end of this unit.

Counting The Scoops

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For this activity, we created 3 ice cream cones  and various “scoops” of ice cream. We wanted to focus on number order, so we wrote 1 to 5 on our scoops. We showed LC how to lay them in order and stack the numbers on top of one another. As you can see, LC had different plans! She really grasped the idea at first, but then decided that she just wanted to play with it however she wanted to. Oh well.

Here are the video resources we used for this portion of this letter exploration:

Learning Colors With Soft Serve Ice Cream

Massive Ice Cream Challenge 

Ice Cream Song and More

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This ice portion of our letter exploration unit was a way for us to integrate a little science into our activities.

Here are a few of the activities and projects we did for this portion of our letter exploration:

Painting With Ice

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To create these “ice brushes” we used liquid watercolor, ice trays, glitter, and craft sticks. After fill up our ice trays with water, we added different colors of watercolor to each cube. We top off each cube with some glitter and placed in a craft stick. We let our sticks freeze at an angle, but I’m sure you could figure out how to get them to stay upright. We did this project outside, for the mess factor, but it was actually a great idea to be out in the heat! It helped our ice cubes melt a little faster, which gave us great results in our pictures. The glitter we added to our cubes was just perfect. As we painted with our ice cubes and they began to melt, the glitter was slowly added to our creations. This was such a cool project!

Here is a list of our video resources for this letter exploration unit:

Frozen Activities 

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I’m not big on reptiles, but we encounter little lizards all the time while we are outside. This was something I had to get use to when I moved to NC. We don’t have these little guys running around where I’m from. We explored a reptilian cousin of these little lizards during this portion of our letter unit, the iguana!

Here are a few activity ideas for this theme:

Iguana Footprints

Slinky Lizard

Martha Stewart Pipe Cleaner Friends 

Here are a few of the videos we used for this portion of our letter exploration:

4 Cool Facts About Iguanas

Reptiles For Kids

Iguana Song

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And that concludes our letter I unit. I have to say, our favorite part was definetely eating ice cream, but the most fun we had was with our ice painting! The activity gave us some pretty cool and colorful pictures. It was so easy to put together and LC really enjoyed creating her beautiful masterpieces with an unusual material. We hope you enjoyed this letter unit and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog so that our latest posts will be sent to you directly! Check out our previous post from our letter exploration unit: ” Exploring The Letter J: Jellyfish, Jello, and Jaguars “.

Brittany XOXO

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Exploring The Letter H: Houses, Happiness, and Hearts

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter H ! Check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter G: Gingerbread, Goldilocks, and Grapes

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Since a community helpers unit may be a little much for our two year old to wrap her head around, we decided to start closer to home…. literally. We took this opportunity to start talking about our own home and other houses. What makes a home, what rooms do we have in our home, what happens in those rooms, noting the doors, windows, and other features, and what shapes we can find when looking at houses.

Here are a few of the activities we did this week to learn about houses:

Building Blocks– Using the various kinds of blocks we have, we spent our week building representations of our house and other buildings we’ve seen. Building activities are great for this age group because it allows them to engage in their imagination and memory, while also focusing on fine motor skills. We used these cute city blocks ( see pictures below ) and large Lego blocks to create our house and a small city of houses. We also used small blocks of scrap wood.

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Houses From Shapes– With this ” house ” unit, we took this chance to start getting LC to see shapes out in the world. For this project idea, you’ll need a few different colors of paper to make shapes out of and one piece of paper as your main page. Right your title at the top of your main page and let your little ones start to ” construct ” a house from the various shapes you have cut out. The picture on the right is our final result. While it doesn’t look like a well built house, I think LC did a pretty good job! She knew she needed a door and windows, and she was happy to tell us why those items are important for a house.

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Construction Zone

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Throughout this portion of our letter exploration unit, we’ve been learning a lot about items and rooms are found in a house, but also HOW houses are made. LC loved watching the big construction trucks, so we decided to create a sensory bin for this unit that focused on this aspect of home construction. We later added some building blocks and PVC pipes to the bin, just as a way to add some more manipulatives.

You can purchase this sensory bin kit, which also includes the book in the picture above, at our Etsy shop. Click here to be taken to the link for this item and to view the other sensory bin kits and supplies we have!

Here are the video resources we used this week:

” Room In A House Song For Kids “

” Let’s Build A House “

” My House “

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We’ve been dealing with the terrible two tantrums lately. We’ve been trying to get through this stage without going crazy and one thing that has helped us is to try and understand that many of these fits occur because she doesn’t know how to communicate what she is feeling. When she’s tired, she cries. When she’s angry, she cries. When she wants to do something for herself and you do it for her, she yells and then cries. It’s been very frustrating, but in order to make sure that all three of us make it out of this stage, we’ve been trying to help her find her words.

It’s always best to focus on the positive things in life, so we took this opportunity with our letter H exploration to talk about happiness! How you feel when you’re happy, what makes you happy, and how to get back to being happy when we feel sad, upset, or frustrated.

Here are a few of the activities we did this week to learn about happiness:

H is for Happiness

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Using a piece of paper and some left over price tag stickers, we completed another traditional letter review activity. We turned our price tags into smiling faces and let LC stick them wherever she wanted to in order to make the letter H ” a happy H “. While she worked on filling in her letter, we talked about happiness and what makes her happy. We also worked on our letter sound and identified other words that start with the letter H.

Emotion Wheel– We made our very own emotion wheel. This activity helps children identify the many emotions they experience and discussion how these emotions make us feel and what they make us do. I think this activity is extremely helpful for children, and even adults, of all ages. We cut out a large circle and divided it in to 8 different parts. Each part was designated for a different emotion, or feeling, and we talked about this emotion and drew what this emotion looks like. You can view our post about emotion wheels by clicking here.

Here are the video resources for we used this week:

” Kids Explain Happiness “

” Kids Talk About Happiness “

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During this portion of our letter exploration, we used hearts in various ways to become familiar with this shape and to also cover the many other different shapes we had learned about during our ” houses ” portion of this unit. Really, this section was meant to get LC familiar with different shapes, specifically hearts, and learning their characteristics.

Here are a few of the activities we did for this section of our letter exploration:

Heart Scavenger Hunt

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Using a large piece of paper, we created our own scavenger hunt for LC. As usual, we added a title to provide text for LC to identify her letter of the week. We then added a bunch of various shapes. First, we read the text together and then LC hunted for the hearts. This was a very simple project to create and anything that involves coloring will keep LC busy for hours! Check out our next activity below to see what we colored with!

Heart Crayons – In a previous week, we touched on ” colors ” and ” crayons “. During this unit, we made our very own heart crayons! You can get the full details on how we made these adorable crayons by checking out ” Exploring The Letter C: Cats, Crayons, and Colors “.

Heart Suncatchers – Using contact paper and tissue paper, we created some lovely heart suncatchers. First, take off the protective sheet from the section of contact paper you want to use. We just cut out a large rectangular section of contact paper and let LC place small pieces of tissue paper wherever she wanted. Once she was done, we folded our contact paper in half, pressed everything together to make sure all of the air bubbles were out, and then cut out a few hearts.

Here are the video resources we used for this section of our letter exploration unit:

” Red Heart, Yellow Star ” 

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That concludes our Letter H exploration! This week we covered the aspects of a home, shapes, fine motor skills, letter recognition, emotions, colors, and so much more. We’ve had to work extra hard in the small amount of time we have now that school is back in full swing. Our time together at the end of the day are hectic, but it’s our time to be together and learn. It’s now our favorite part of the day! I’m already counting down the days until winter break so we can get a small glimpse of what our summers were like. Is it June yet? We hope you enjoyed this letter exploration and that you found our activities and projects helpful for teaching your own little ones. Here is our next post, ” Exploring The Letter I: Ice and Iguanas “.

Brittany XOXO

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Exploring The Letter G: Gingerbread, Grapes, and Goldilocks

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter G ! Check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter F: Fish, Flowers, and Frogs “.

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Run, run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man!

Here is a list of the activities we’ve been doing to explore the letter G and gingerbread:

Gingerbread Man

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If you don’t have gingerbread man cookie cutters or stencils, you can easily find a free printable to use instead.

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If you are using a stencil, draw out a few gingerbread men on a piece of brown paper. Cut out a good amount of circles from the other colored paper you have. You could easily substitute buttons here instead, if you’d rather this be an activity your children can do over and over again.

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Let your little ones color and decorate their men.

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Cut out your men after they are done being decorated. For toddlers, I find it cuts down on the mess and crayon marks on the table if you give them a bigger surface area to color on. They are still learning to color in the lines! Using a glue stick, let your little ones continue to decorate their gingerbread men by adding “colorful candies and buttons “. During this portion of our activity, before introducing the glue, we just let LC play with the circles and put them anywhere on her guys. We counted with them, talked about their colors, and pretended they were real candies. This was a great opportunity to talk about what we remembered from the story ” The Gingerbread Man “.

Homemade Gingerbread Men – We made some of our own gingerbread man cookies ! This was our first time with this recipe, but it was fairly simple and SO delicious! Here is the link for the recipe we used. I promise, you won’t be disappointed :). Once we rolled out our dough, we took a few minutes to play with it by using a G cookie cutter. LC stamped her G all over the dough and it made for a quick, unplanned experience and opportunity for her to work on letter recognition! In previous posts, I’ve talked about how beneficial cooking with your children can be and how many different subject areas it can connect with. If you’re looking for more ideas for cooking with kids, check out our zucchini muffin post ” Cooking With Toddlers: Zucchini Muffins ” .

Coloring Sheets- Here is a link to a cute gingerbread coloring sheet. We printed off a few and drew some of our own, but Pinterest is the place to go if you are looking for a great selection of them!

Here is a list of our video resources for this week:

The Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Baby

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We just had to touch on Goldilocks and The Three Bears for this unit! This is one of my favorite stories and just as we thought she would, LC loved it!

Here are a few of the activities with did this week to explore the letter G and Goldilocks:

Goldilocks Scavenger Hunt – Using the items in our home, we did a ” walk through story”. We used our own chairs, beds, and bowls of ” porridge ” to recreate the story. This was such a fun activity and LC loved being able to incorporate her own items into it. It brought the story to life for her and now she absolutely loves re-telling the story. She does love our bed, so in her world, both beds were ” just right ” ! This is a great activity for building retention, improving memory, familiarize children with and establishing ownership of THEIR belongings, and getting their little bodies moving.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears Sensory Bin – We created a sensory bin activity using oats, bear figurines,  a little doll, and some imagination for the furniture items. Just pour your oats into a large container and add the different manipulatives you want to use. LC played around for a bit with her sensory bin and then we stepped in to try and retell the story using these items. This is a great activity to do to help with various reading strategies!

Shape Sorting – Since this story compares items, we thought this would be a great opportunity to get LC to do another type of sorting activity. She’s done color and shape sorting, but we wanted her to start with sizes. This story was a great introduction to this concept. We have a never ending supply of bears in our home, so we gathered them up and had her group these bears into three different groups: Large, Medium, and Small.

Here is a list of our video resources:

Goldilocks and The Three Bears ( Cartoon ) 

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We’re big fans of fresh fruit in our house, so we explored the world of grapes for this letter unit and even did another “cooking” project together.

Here are a few of the activities we did this week to explore the letter G and grapes:

Homemade Grape Pops

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This is one of the easiest projects we’ve done so far! All you need to make these pops are grapes, a blender, and a Popsicle tray. Wash and puree your grapes, pour into the Popsicle tray, and freeze! …….

Grape Vine

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We’ve been trying to incorporate “traditional” letter exploration activities into our units and this one was pretty engaging for LC. This project allowed her to be exposed to text and continue to work on her fine motor skills. I must say, she’s getting pretty good with a glue stick! For this project, you’ll need a piece of white, green, and purple construction paper. As always, label your main sheet of paper ( the white piece ) with the letter you’re working on. Cut a “vine” out of your green paper and cut lots of circles, or grapes, out of your purple paper. Glue the vine to your main page and let your child add the grapes wherever they’d like.

Raisin Counting / Map – While we learned about grapes, we also covered how they are used in various ways. We learned all about how grapes are turned into raisins and decided to use these little guys in conjunction with another concept. The States! In our  ” States ” post from a few months ago, we placed Goldfish on different states on a map to help LC learn her way around the United States. For this unit, we replaced the Goldfish with raisins! We did this activity during our snack times throughout the week. To view how this activity works, click here.

Here is a list of our video resources:

Fox and The Grapes – Aesop’s Fables 

Grapes Fruit Rhyme For Kids  ( Prepare the Tylenol for the this one …. )

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That concludes our letter G week! We had a ton of fun this week with our activities. Are time together is bit tight, but we have found that completing these letter unit activities and projects together gives us a scheduled time to be together, as well as learn! If you have been following our letter exploration unit, we’d love to hear about your families’ experience! Here is our next letter exploration post: ” Exploring The Letter H: Houses, Happiness, and Hearts

Brittany XOXO

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Exploring the Letter F: Fish, Flowers, and Frogs

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At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh, sadness! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.




The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter F ! Check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter E: Elmo, Elephants, and Egg

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Flowers and gardening are subjects we know very well in home. Since the beginning of spring, we have been playing outside as much as we can and enjoying the fresh air. One of the many activities we’ve been participating in is planting and caring for our flowers. For Easter, LC received her very own gardening tools and plenty of seeds to start her own flower garden. Each morning, LC ventures outside with us to care for and water our flowers. She practically fights us to get outside before we can even open the door! We thought she would just love learning more about flowers during this letter unit. We were right 🙂

Here are a few of the activities and projects we’ve been doing this week to explore the letter F through flowers:

Planting Flowers Sensory Bin – For this sensory bin, we used green rice, small fake flowers, a small plastic rake and shovel, black beans, and mini terra cotta pots. We are currently putting together this sensory bin kit for our Etsy shop so you can use it as well. If you haven’t checked out this shop yet, click here. We’ve been working hard to hand make supplies for sensory bins and putting together sensory bin kits that including all of the elements you’ll need and a great book to correlate with the activity.

Flower Path – Using sidewalk chalk, we completely covered part of our driveway with different colored flowers. We hopped on the flowers, talked about their colors, counted the many flowers we had created, and even practiced finding the the letter F. As we drew our flowers, we wrote the letter F along with the other letters we’ve been working on. This was a very easy, but fun way to learn about the letter F, while also being active and outside!

Gardening – Some of our flowers hadn’t been doing so well and a few of them we’re just done. We took this as an opportunity to plant some new beauties and give LC a chance to get dirty. After a trip to Walmart’s nursery, we came home and planted some beautiful flowers to add some color back into our flower beds.

Paper Plate Flowers

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These turned out so great! The great thing about this project is that it can been done with children of all ages. I’ll admit it. I made one myself!

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Step 1: Let your little one paint their plates as they wish. There is no wrong way to do this. During this portion of the activity, you are created the petals for your flowers, so the more colors, the better! You’ll need 2 to 3 plates for each flower, so let your children paint as many as they want. Sit back and relax 🙂

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Step 2: After letting the plates dry, pull out the 2 or 3 you want to use for one flower. Take each plate and fold them in half. Then fold in half again, giving yourself a “pizza slice”. Next, using your scissors, begin to cut out your petals. Remember the each plate will need to going down in size. Your second plate should be cut further down than your first, and your third plate should be cut even further down than the second plate.

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Step 3: Once your plates are just the right size, you can begin to assemble to create your beautiful flowers. Place a small amount of Elmer’s glue in the center of your largest plate and attach the next plate, and then the third plate. To finish off your flowers, add a colored jewel to the center of your flower.

These were so easy to make and LC loved that she was allowed to paint for so long! They actually come together easily and make for a beautiful keepsake. We’ll see how long our flowers last… the dogs have been eyeing them already.

Painting With Potatoes

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Let’s be honest. Sometimes we do activities or crafts with what is left in our supplies. This project only came about because we had way too many potatoes to eat before they went bad! However, I think they turned out great and Lyanna was pleased to have another chance to paint!

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Simply cut one potato in half and insert forks to act as a handle. Place a few different colors of paint on a paper plate and get a large piece of paper. We created a template for LC to add her own touches to.

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As you can see, LC didn’t care for our suggestions and made her flowers how she saw fit. We’re totally okay with that since she was having fun, exploring, and most importantly, learning !

Here are the video resources for our flower unit:

From A Seed To A Flower

The Tiny Seed By Eric Carle

Growing Plants And Vegetables

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We aren’t strangers to frogs in our house either. Our home backs up to a small pond and a forested area, so we see these little guys all the time. Sometimes they are hanging out on our back porch and sometimes, they find their way into our home!

Here are a few of the activities and project we’ve been doing this week to explore the letter F through learning about frogs:

Frog Observing – Since we have no shortage of these little green guys hanging out on our property, we had plenty of opportunities to observe them. At night, frogs love to hang out on our back door. Since it’s a glass door, we were able to view them up close and personal!

Pond Sensory Bin – We filled one of our sensory bins up with water, added some green liquid watercolors, and a few of our pond creatures figurines. This will be a sensory bin set that we are currently working to put together for our new Etsy shop. We’ll update this post when we get this set up and ready for purchase!

Lily Pad Hopping – Lately, we’ve been trying to incorporate at least one activity that gets our bodies moving. For this portion of our letter exploration unit, we created a game that did just that! All you need for this activity is 10 sheets of green paper. Cut each paper into the shape of a lily pad and place them on the floor. Be sure they are spaced out just right for your little one to be able to ” hop ” on. This was definitely a favorite this week for LC.

Brown Paper Bag Frogs

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If you have little ones that love to do crafts, brown paper bag should be a staple in your supplies. We use them quite often and they are a very versatile item. We’ve used these bags for tons of projects and you can find a million ideas for them on Pinterest. Here are a few great links for brown paper bag project ideas:

20 Paper Bag Animal Crafts 

How To Make Paper Bag Books For Kids

Paper Bag Jellyfish

Paper Bag Pirate Crafts For Kids

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There’s really nothing to creating these little guys. Color your bag with your green markers or crayons, curl your red strip of paper, glue on your googly eyes and tongue, and cut some of your bag off at the end. DONE !

Here are the video resources we used for this unit:

The Life Cycle Of A Frog

The Mystery Of The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Froggy, Froggy

 

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At the beginning of the summer, we explored our ocean and the animals that call this place home. We did a whole unit all about our findings and did a bunch of crafts and sensory activities. To view this unit and our projects, click this link to be taken to that page ” Exploring Our Ocean: Hands On Activities and Projects “.

Here are a few of the activities and projects we’ve been doing this week to explore the letter F through learning about fish:

Hello Dragon – We’ve had a pet betta fish for about a month now and we’ve slowly been learning about them, how to properly care for them, how often to feed them, clean the tank, and so on. Through videos and books, we learned all about our little guy and how lucky we are to have him.

Fishy Coloring Sheets – You can find some great, and free, coloring sheets for fish through a search on Pinterest. Here is the link to the one we used.

Ocean Sensory Bin – During our ” Exploring Our Ocean ” unit, we created a fun water sensory bin using blue dye, ocean animals figures, and blue glass beads. It was a hit! It was also a great activity to do since it’s been a pretty hot summer. For this letter unit, we brought it back!

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Exploring Our Ocean– To view this unit, click on this link ” Exploring Our Ocean: Hands On Activities and Project Ideas

Here are the video resources we used this week:

Clown Fish – My Animal Friends

How To Care For A Betta Fish

Calming Aquarium Video For Kids

 

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Whew! Letter F is done! We are getting through our alphabet, one letter at a time, and I really see the growth in LC. She is constantly looking for letters all around her and telling us what sound they make. She gets the sounds a bit confused sometimes, but it’s adorable to see her trying and making those connections. If you’ve been following our letter unit, we hope that you all are having as much as we are! Don’t forget to subscribe! All of our newest content will be sent to you immediately, so you won’t miss a thing! You can also follow us on Pinterest and on Instagram. Check out our next letter exploration post: ” Exploring The Letter G: Gingerbread, Goldilocks, and Grapes “.

Brittany XOXO

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