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20 Counting Activities for Preschoolers - The Imagination Tree

20 Counting Activities for Preschoolers - The Imagination Tree | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it

"Count your steps as you climb the stairs, count the number of dogs you see at the park, the flowers in the garden, the items on conveyor belt at the supermarket, fingers and toes while singing, how many red cars whizz past the window and so on! Children learn best through real life experiences, and when we then build on those to create more learning at home or at school, they can be just as practical, tactile and enjoyable.

Here are 20 of our favourite ways to practise counting skills. Click on the activity title or image to take you to the full post"

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101 Ways to Play Outdoors Printable Poster | Childhood101

101 Ways to Play Outdoors Printable Poster | Childhood101 | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
101 simple ideas for playing in your backyard - the kids will never be bored again!
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Indoor water play for babies and toddlers

Indoor water play for babies and toddlers | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Water play is one of the best sensory play experiences we can offer our children. It’s easy to set up, free and so versatile. You can set up some play in the kitchen sink or a plastic tub, bring a paddling pool indoors, or simply turn your evening bathtime into playtime.

 

Here’s a fantastic selection of simple play ideas for babies, toddlers and preschool that you can use to introduce lots of variety to your indoor water play."

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Teacher Tom: In That Direction Lies Success

Teacher Tom: In That Direction Lies Success | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it

the skills and attributes children work on when they have ample opportunity to play, especially outdoors, with other children, with few toys and lots of time, with a minimum of adult intervention. Our job as adults to prepare an environment in which free play is possible'

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25 small world pretend play activities

25 small world pretend play activities | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Small Worlds are little pretend play scenes, and they are a fantastic activity to set up with young children. You don’t need a lot of complicated props, and you can set one up on whatever theme your child is interested in.
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Rainbow Discovery Bottles for Babies - I Can Teach My Child!

Rainbow Discovery Bottles for Babies - I Can Teach My Child! | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it

"Some of the bottles make noise:  the rice, beads, and (oddly enough) the waterbeads!  Some are just fun to look at (baby oil and corn syrup).  But ALL of them are fun to play with and to talk about colors, shapes, and sounds!      

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Snow Puffy Paint Recipe - The Imagination Tree

Snow Puffy Paint Recipe - The Imagination Tree | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Make some glorious Winter art with this sparkly, snow puffy paint recipe! Using shaving cream and white glue, this paint dries thick and puffy and looks fab
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Weather Sensory Bottles for Circle Time - Twodaloo

Weather Sensory Bottles for Circle Time - Twodaloo | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Make these simple sensory bottles as a hands-on manipulative to talk about the weather. Great for circle time!
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10 creative symmetry activities

10 creative symmetry activities | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Here are ten great, creative symmetry activities for young children. They feature hands-on creative ideas that are fun to explore, and packed with learning. They’re all good ways to invite children to explore this concept that’s important for maths skills, art and even learning your ABCs.
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Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaf Ornaments - The Imagination Tree

Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaf Ornaments - The Imagination Tree | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Make some salt dough leaf ornaments using scened cinnamon salt dough and leaf cutters. A lovely activity for kids to make into decorations for Autumn or Fall
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DIY Window Paint Recipe - The Imagination Tree

DIY Window Paint Recipe - The Imagination Tree | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Use this super quick DIY window paint recipe to create some art on the windows. The bonus is that it is very easy to wash off again when they are finished!
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The Complete Guide to Sensory Play - Life Lesson Plans

The Complete Guide to Sensory Play - Life Lesson Plans | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Everything you ever wanted to know about sensory play, all in one place. The reasoning behind it, recipes to make, accessories to purchase.
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Drawing for Kids: 12 Kids Drawing Activity Ideas | Childhood101

Drawing for Kids: 12 Kids Drawing Activity Ideas | Childhood101 | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Here are 12 fun ideas for engaging children with drawing - and taking their ideas further! Great for kids of all ages.
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sorting games

sorting games | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
“Pleasure in arranging things – whether lining up pebbles or tiny toys in a row, or arranging lines, shapes and colours on a sheet of paper – is part of children’s lives, part of the human desire for visual order.”

~Ursula Kolbe, It’s Not A Bird Yet: The Drama of Drawing (2005)
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Christmas card crafts - NurtureStore

Christmas card crafts - NurtureStore | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Easy Christmas card crafts for kids: potato printing Christmas trees and cute homemade gift wrap.
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Stocking Stuffers To Promote Motor Development - Pink Oatmeal

Stocking Stuffers To Promote Motor Development - Pink Oatmeal | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it

a simple list of stocking stuffers that promote motor development!

 
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Wet Chalk Outer Space Art - Craftulate

Wet Chalk Outer Space Art - Craftulate | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Using wet chalk on black card is a technique that creates some stunning artwork - and worked well for an outer space theme!
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Vegetable sensory tub #fastfunplay - NurtureStore

Vegetable sensory tub #fastfunplay - NurtureStore | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it

Super quick set up, and lots of fun to play with. This vegetable sensory play tub is perfect for some Fast Fun Play, especially at dinner prep time, when you have a little helper in your kitchen.
This is a sensory tub I’ve used so many times when I’ve needed to get dinner ready. I simply hand over the veggie peelings with a few extra props and my daughters have loved ‘making their own dinner’. . . . → Read More: Vegetable sensory tub #fastfunplay

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ReUse Craft: Create a Colorful Desk Organizer | Green Child Magazine

ReUse Craft: Create a Colorful Desk Organizer | Green Child Magazine | Learn through Play - pre-K | Scoop.it
Make your own desk organizer using a handful of household leftovers.
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