Activities for ages 18 months to 2½!

Shape Planes

Click the link to find out how to make these super cute (and easy) shape planes...

Snowflake Letters
You can help toddlers learn about letters using snowflake the link
Snowy Hand Trees

Easy craft using their handprints and cotton balls...

Snow Bunnies Craft

Another easy craft using cotton balls. Just click the link and print the template to get started!

Toilet Roll Heart Stamping

Check out this adorable and easy craft!

Lots of Weather Crafts & Activities

Too many fun things to do for kids of all ages!

Painting with Cars

Using car wheels to paint is awfully fun!

Firefighter Pretend Play

fireman hat

Easily make these "hats" and pretend to be fire fighters all day long!

Egg Carton Color Sorter

Make this for your toddler and let them practice sorting by fun!

Ice Cube Painting

Even the kids that still put everything in their mouths can paint like this!

Teeth Counting Playdough Mats

Use white playdough to add teeth to the face...counting and playdough fun!

Foot Flowers Craft

These are fun to make anytime!

Police Car Shape Craft

Use this template to make a police car using simple shapes.

And keep looking through the other posts! There are activities for toddlers on almost every page.

7 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids!

Paper Plate Owls!

You Will Need:
Paper Plates
Brown Paint
Yellow, Orange, Black and White Construction Paper
Glue Sticks
Cut one paper plate in half. You will need two large orange circles, 2 medium white circles and 2 small black circles. You also need an orange triangle. You can have these pre-cut for the younger kids or include cutting them out as part of the craft for the older kids. Paint one full plate and 2 halves brown. Once dry, Glue the halves to the sides of the full plate to make wings. They can be up, like in the picture, for a flying owl or down against the sides of the full plate for an owl who is sitting on a branch. Glue the large yellow circles in the top middle portion of the inner circle of the full plate. They should be touching in the middle. Then glue the white circles in the middle of the yellow and the black circles in the middle of the white.  Glue the orange triangle, point down, below the eyes.
This is a fun craft and fairly easy for kids of all ages to do!
Fingerprint Fall Trees

You Will Need:

White Paper
Brown Paint (tempura works best for this)
Orange Paint
Yellow Paint
Green Paint
Paint Tray
Baby Wipes


Begin by coating the child's forearm and hand in brown paint. Press the painty hand onto the white paper to make the tree. They can then add the fall leaves by dipping their fingers in the orange and yellow paint and pressing onto the limbs of their "tree". Add grass to the bottom.

Leaf People

You Will Need:
Leaves of various sizes, shapes and colors
     (you could take a nature walk to collect them!)
Googly Eyes
Place the leaves in a bowl and allow the children to select the leaves they wish to make their people out of. Provide paper, glue, markers and eyes and ask them to make people. Easy!
Painted Pumpkins

You Will Need:

Tempura Paints


This is so easy! Paint the pumpkins. You can paint faces, scenes or even just throw paint all over it! It all works and is really fun.

Fall Tissue Paper Wreaths

You Will Need:
Paper Plates
Tissue Paper, fall colors and cut into 1" x 1" squares
**Optional- acorns, fake fall leaves, etc
Cut the inner circle out of the paper plates to make a ring. Provide glue, tissue paper, and any extras for the kids. If you scrunch up the paper before gluing, it makes a cool effect. You can leave the paper flat, if you prefer.
Squash Monsters
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You Will Need:

Autumn Squashes
Googley Eyes
Pipe Cleaners
Paint Brushes
Whatever else you want to use!


Allow the kids to pick out a squash and then create a monster using the items provided!

Hand & Foot Turkeys

You Will Need:

Brown, Orange, Red & Yellow Construction Paper
Googley Eyes


Trace each of the child's feet on the brown paper. Trace their hands on orange, red and yellow paper. Have the child cut them all out or cut them out for them. You will also need 2 turkey feet, a beak and a wattle (the fleshy skin that hangs down below a turkey's beak). Once everything is cut out, glue the feet with the heels up and the feet crossed over each other (shown above). Glue on some eyes, the beak and a wattle. Add the feet. Then add the hand "feathers" behind the turkey body. Cute!


Summer can seem pretty daunting to many parents. There is a bunch of time to fill and only so many trips to the park or the mall you can handle. You don't want to just plop the kids down in front of Disney Jr. for hours on end. So what to do?
To help fill the time with some super fun LEARNING activities, I created this Summer Fun Packet! The activities in this packet are so fun, neither you nor the kiddos will feel like they are in a boring classroom. They will be asking you, "What are we going to be doing today?" And you will have a plan, safe in the knowledge that you will all enjoy yourselves.
The activities in this packet are geared toward 3 to 6 year olds, but can be modified for younger or even older children.
Click on the below link to download the packet. It includes templates, game pieces, and checklists. Everything you should need to have a fun learning summer with your pre-k kids.
Have fun all summer!

You can also follow this link:   to my "15 Easy Weekend Activities" page which has even more fun things for your family to do.

11 Fun Easter Crafts for Kids! (Includes Christian based crafts)

I thought it might be helpful to you if I put together a nice list of fun Easter crafts that you can do with young kids! I hope you have fun doing them...

Easter Bunny Ears and Tails

For the Ears You Will Need:

Construction paper or cardstock (in the colors of your choice)

(You can also provide stickers, markers, glitter, cotton balls, or anything else you would like to decorate the ears with)

Measure the circumference of the child's head using string or measuring tape. Measure around their head just above the ears. You want this to be snug but not tight. Using your measurement, cut a strip of the paper about 2 inches wide. You may need to tape 2 pieces together to get the length you need. Tape the head piece together so it will fit on the child's head.

Cut 2 ear-shaped pieces. Make them tall, kids love that! You also need 2 smaller ear-shaped pieces in another color, such as pink, for the inside of the ears.

Have the kids glue the inside of the ears to the big ears. Allow to dry a few minutes.

Show the kids how to glue their ears to the head piece. I find it looks best if they are glued to the inside on the back so the ears will stick up in the back of their heads when they wear them.

Now you can leave them as-is or they can decorate them further using whatever materials you provided them!

For the Tails You Will Need:

White construction paper
Cotton Balls

Cut out a "puffy cloud" shape from the paper. Allow the kids to glue cotton balls to the cloud shape and dry a few minutes. Measure the string around the kid's waist so that it is not too tight but has enough length to be tied in a bow. Glue the tail to the string. Once dry, tie around their waist so that the tail rests on their hiney!

NOW for the fun part! Dress the kids up and let them "hop on down the bunny trail"!!

Handprint & Cotton Ball Lambs

You Will Need:

Black paper
Cotton balls
Glue  (school)

Trace the kid's hand onto the black paper using the pencil. Cut it out. Provide cotton balls and glue and allow the kids to glue lots of cuddly fur to their lamb. The thumb will be the lamb's head and the fingers are the legs. Once their lamb is dry you can add a face to the tip of the thumb.

You can then glue the lamb to another piece of paper and print "Happy Easter" on the bottom. These look great on the refrigerator!

Sun Catcher Easter Eggs

You Will Need:

Construction Paper
Lots of tissue paper squares
Wax paper

Begin by cutting out a large egg shape from the paper. Then cut out the inside of the egg leaving about an inch of paper.

Glue wax paper on the back of the egg to completely cover the space.

Provide glue and the tissue paper to the kids. The kids should glue many different colors of the tissue paper to the wax paper, covering as much of the space as they can.

Once these dry, they are so pretty when you hang them on the window!

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Sun Catcher Crosses

*This is pretty much the same thing as above, just in a cross shape instead. Follow the above directions!

Handprint Easter Lillies

You Will Need:

White or yellow construction paper
Green and yellow pipe cleaners
Red and/or pink pipe cleaners
School glue

Trace the kid's hands on the white or yellow paper. Cut them out. Curl the tips of the fingers by wrapping them around the pencil. Wrap the wrist part of the hands around the green pipe cleaner and glue. Cut the yellow pipe cleaners into thirds and curl the tops into a "curly-q". Apply glue to the bottom of the yellow pipe cleaner and stick down into the inside of the flower. Each child should make a few flowers. Bunch them together and attach with a red or pink pipe cleaner in the shape of a bow!

Toilet Paper Roll Chicks

You Will Need:

Toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls cut to length)
Yellow paint
Googley eyes
Yellow feathers
Orange paper
School glue

Paint the toilet paper rolls. Allow to dry. While the paint dries you can cut out small diamond shapes for the beaks and feet shapes out of the orange paper.
Once the paint is dry, glue on the eyes, beaks, feet, and feathers (for wings). You can also cover the hole in the top with yellow tissue paper, if you wish.

Easter Baskets

You Will Need:

Shoe boxes (or rectangle Kleenex boxes)
Cardboard or cardstock strips (for handles)
Whatever you wish to decorate with, such as:
tissue paper, markers, stickers, glitter, cotton balls, craft poms, construction paper, pipe cleaners, ribbon, etc

These are really fun! The kids can be totally creative and make them however they like.

To start, glue the strip of cardboard (you can also staple them to make them more sturdy) in an arc over the center of the box. From there, provide many different craft accessories and glue and let the kids go to town.

Once complete, you can stuff them with Easter grass and jelly beans. :)

Tape Resist Easter Cross
These turn out so beautiful and are really easy, even for the younger kiddos!

You Will Need:

Large sheets of paper
Painter's tape
Paint (you can use any kind you wish)

Tape off the cross shape on the paper. Let the kids paint all over the paper however they want! Once the tape is removed, the beautiful picture will emerge.

Handprint Chicks

You Will Need:

Construction Paper (yellow, orange, and whatever color you want the background to be)
Googly eyes
Yellow or orange pieces of yarn
Yellow and orange Tempura paint
Aluminum pans for the paint
Baby wipes!

You need a large and slightly smaller circle in yellow for the head and body of the chick. You also need a small orange triangle for the beak. Allow the kids to glue the head and body to the background paper. Then glue the beak on the face. Add the eyes. Glue the yarn pieces to the top of the head.

Now for the messy part! Pour the paints into the aluminum pans. You will need 2 yellow handprints for the wings and 2 orange handprints for the feet. Keep the baby wipes handy to clean their hands in between colors. These are super cute!

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Paper Plate Easter Bunnies

You Will Need:

Paper plates
Googly Eyes
Pink craft poms
Cotton Balls
Pink construction paper
School Glue

To Make The Ears:
Cut a paper plate in half. Cut a "half moon" of pink paper for each ear. Glue it the inner edge of each ear.

To Make The Head:
Glue 2 cotton balls side by side in the center of the plate. This will be the bunny's mouth area. Glue a pink pom between and above the cotton balls for the nose and another pink pom between and below the cotton balls for the mouth. Glue on the eyes where appropriate. Glue the ears to the top of the head, on the back of the "head" plate.

You can add cute bowties, pipe cleaner whiskers, or any other embellishments you wish!

Empty Tomb Biscuits - Resurrection Buns

Whatever you call them, these are easy and fun to make and are fantastic for Easter brunch!

Refrigerated crescent dough
Bag of large marshmallows
½ cup of butter, melted
¾ cup of sugar
2 TBSP cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 350º and grease a regular sized muffin tin.

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and also put the melted butter in another small bowl. Separate the crescent dough into triangles and lay flat. Place a marshmallow in the center of each. (the marshmallow represents the body of Jesus) Wrap the dough around the marshmallow completely and press the edges to seal. (this represents burying Jesus and sealing him in his tomb) Roll the balls in your hands to make them smooth. Dip each ball in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place each completed biscuit in a muffin tin compartment. Bake in a 350º oven for around 15 minutes. Allow to cool a couple of minutes before trying to remove from tin.

While they are cooling you can read Matthew 28:1-6. Then open your "tomb" and see that "Jesus is not here! He is risen!"

Great Books for Dr. Seuss's Birthday Week!

Dr. Seuss wrote some pretty awesome books that kids really love! They are funny and silly and keep kid's attention by using rhyme. They also often times have a great life lesson within the silly-ness. I love his stories and have a great many of them in our home library! Here are some of our favorites!

(Below taken from "The Grown Up's Guide to the Best Children's Books" at

Theodor Geisel published his first children's book as Dr. Seuss in 1937.
He became a successful children's book author in the early going, but there wasn't much money in it, and his main income came from the advertising field.
In the mid-1950s, America was in a panic about falling reading scores. Early Readers, those Sally, Dick and Jane books, were being blamed - for being boring!
A 1954 Life Magazine article detailed the decline and called personally upon Geisel to write and illustrate Early Readers that would hold children's interest.
Geisel took up the challenge. With a stingy palette of barely more than 200 Early Reader words, The Cat in the Hat took him about a year and a half to create. The world of children's books has never been the same.

"Horton Hears A Who"
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)

Dr. Seuss was Jewish, but I read this and felt that it went right along with the lesson in this book.


This is an enchanting story about a great elephant who somehow hears the tiny voices of an entire community on a tiny puff-like flower. He realizes that it is up to him to make sure that no harm comes to the tiny beings on the flower, even though everyone around him refuses to believe that they are there. They call him names, treat him poorly, and even threaten him because of his belief in the beings that no one can see. Sound familiar? This is a great read and has a fantastic lesson associated with it.

“Should I put this speck down?…” Horton thought with alarm.
“If I do, these small persons may come to great harm.
I can’t put it down. And I won’t! After all
A person’s a person. No matter how small.”

--Horton Hears a Who, 1954

"Yertle the Turtle - and other stories"

Yertle the Turtle - I can't think of a more appropriate story for young children. This book has been banned in several countries (even Canada had toyed with the idea) because it simply and effectively explains why totalitarianism (or even being a bossy friend) seems like fun, but everyone who isn't in charge isn't having any fun and they will eventually fight back! Yertle, the turtle king only seems to have 2 emotions, happy and angry. He is happy when he is getting whatever he wants and he is effectively bullying the other turtles into doing things for him. He gets very angry when one of the turtles questions him and asks that Yertle stop bossing him around. Kids, especially only children, must learn this lesson! Dr Seuss does a great job of explaining why with this story.

"Your majesty, please...I don't like to complain,
But down here below, we are feeling great pain.
I know up on top you are seeing great sights,
But down at the bottom we, too, should have rights."~Mack the Turtle

Gertrude McFuzz - This story explores jealousy and the terrible things that can happen when you aren't just happy with yourself for the way you are! Gertrude decides she wants more tail feathers, like another girl bird she saw. Her single tail feather isn't good enough. So she goes to a doctor who gives her a pill and she way over does it. Once she has a whole bunch of new feathers, she finds she cannot fly at all and is now stuck far away from home. Oh no!

And, finally, when all of the pulling was done,
Gertrude, behind her, again had just one...
That one little feather she had as a starter.
But now that's enough, because now she is smarter.

The Big Brag - Is it ever a good idea to brag about being better than someone else? Not really, and here is why! This story talks about being humble and realizing that each of us have our own special talent. We should be proud of what we can do, but we should also be proud of the things our friends can do as well!

And I kept right on looking and looking until
I'd looked 'round the world and right back to this hill!
And I saw on this hill, since my eyesight's so keen,
The two biggest fools that have ever been seen!
And the fools that I saw were none other than you,
Who seem to have nothing else better to do
Than sit here and argue who's better than who!

How's that for a well-written (and well-deserved) insult!

"Green Eggs and Ham"

This book is just so silly! The rhythms of the rhymes really make this book fun, as well as the funny ways that green eggs and ham could be eaten! The lesson here is awesome, too! This guy just won't give up on trying to have his friend try these green eggs and ham. The idea is to never decide you don't like something until you have tried it. You may be missing out on something pretty great!

Another thing that makes this book so great is that it is a great First Reader for your kids! With the repetitive words and the rhyming, it is a fun book to read for those just starting out.

“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.”
“Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.”

"The Cat in the Hat" AND "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back"


Honestly, what do I have to say about these classics? I always feel so overwhelmed by this Cat when he is tearing everything up. But I guess that is the point! Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in wrong-doing when there is a new person, full of confidence, doing things that you would never have the guts to do alone. These are fun books to read and are full of lessons!

These books were also meant to be early readers! Kids who are learning to read will have a lot of fun learning to read these books.

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”

"Oh The Places You'll Go!"

A book all about your child's future! What could be better than to help inspire young children to think big about where their future will take them? The concept is simple, but Dr. Seuss made it silly and fun! This story makes kids think about how big the world is, and that the whole thing is opened up wide for them to go do amazing things! SO awesome!

"You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street."

"Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?"

This one is just plain fun! Read this one with a crowd, it makes it even more silly! You read the silly sound words, then have the kids repeat them. So fun!

"There's a Wocket in my Pocket!"

I LOVE reading this book! It is so silly and so fun that you will have a hard time not smiling while you read it! Bring this one out when you have an unhappy child and you may just turn their frown upside down!

"Hop On Pop"

This is the BEST book ever for teaching a kid to read! There are few words and they all rhyme! Also, the story is fun. What could be better?

The front cover features words for phonics practice! The words get harder as the book goes on so it allows for lots of learning! Good stuff...

Dr. Seuss made a great mark on the world with his wonderful rhyming stories that grow with us. So celebrate his birthday this week by reading some of them to your kids! Have fun :)

ALL About ME!


It is important for all children to develop a love for themselves early in their lives. They need to know that they are special. This week we will focus on things that make each child unique and help to foster an appreciation of who they are!

Tell the class a unique fact about yourself that they probably don't know. Then encourage each child to do the same. You will probably find out some very interesting information!

"ME" Bags!

You Will Need:
Plain brown "lunch" sacks
Markers or crayons
Magazine cutouts of all kinds

The idea is to decorate their bag in a way that they love and then fill the bag with items with things that represent them. You need to write their names on the bottom of the bags. Once they are completed, you should gather the bags up and let the class try to decide who each bag belongs to based on what is inside!


God Made Me! Psalm 139:13-14

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Name Game

File cards or sentence strips with each student’s name printed on it.
Even though these activities are encouraging reading, the students are still being exposed to everyone’s name.

1. To begin, you need to say everyone’s name. Sit in a circle. Hold up a card to see if the student whose name is on the card recognizes his or her name in print. Then say it aloud and give it to the student. Continue until all names are passed out.
2. Study the name cards together to see if any of them are the same. Then look at the beginning letter. Ask the children with the same beginning letter to stand together. Which beginning letter is used the most? Which is used the least? Which alphabet letter is not used at all?
3. Toss the name cards in the center of the circle and mix them up. Can the students find their own name cards? Can students find someone else’s card?
4. Use these nametags or other permanent ones at the place where the child sits. Curious children will begin to study other classmate’s written name.

Long A Reading Lesson

You Need:
Index cards

Write long A (with silent E) words on the index cards. Use words such as Tame, Late, Care, Cake, Plate, Cage, Game, Bake, Snake, etc. Cut all of the silent E's off of the ends of the words.

Set the cards in front of the kids. Show them the words without the silent E's. Pronounce it. Now show what happens to the words when you add the silent E to the end. Have the children pronouce the completed words.


Measure Me Activity

You Will Need:
Several rolls of colored ribbon
Pictures of the kiddo's faces
Tape or sticky tac

Lay each child on the floor and have them hold the end of the ribbon on top of their head as you roll the ribbon down to the feet. Make sure they are laying as straight as they can! Cut the ribbon at their feet. Stick the ribbon to the wall with the bottom touching the floor. Stick their picture at the top. Line up each child's ribbon side by side in a row. Once completed, you can talk about how each person is a different height and how some people are the same. Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest? Extend it and ask who thinks they are going to be the tallest when they are finished growing?


Graphing - All About Us

Make a graph chart on a piece of poster board. Include hair color and eye color. Across the bottom, make categories for brown hair, blonde hair, red hair and black hair. Also add the categories for blue eyes, brown eyes, green eyes etc. Count up the number of people with each characteristic and add a square for each person who has it in each category. Its fun to look at the chart when it is complete and compare the similarities and differences in the class.

Sort & Count Bottles

Collect several empty water bottles. Remove any labels they may have. Write a number on each in sharpie marker. Provide a bowl full of craft poms. The idea is to have the kids count and add the number of craft poms to each bottle as is listed on that bottle. You can also color code them to add another layer if you wish!

From The Imagination Tree


Fine - Tactile Names

You Will Need:
White School Glue
Small Plastic Beads

Write each child's name in the glue and then have them place the beads in the glue to trace each letter. This makes a really cool effect once dry! Hang them up in the room.

Gross - ABC Exercise Cards

Print the cards HERE. These are really fun! Each child should pick a card and then say the letter. They then should perform the activity listed on the card. Tons of fun and a great way to reinforce the letters.


Art - Funny Faces Paper Plate Masks

You Will Need:
Paper plates
Lots of different kinds of dry noodles
Magazine cutouts
White school glue
Craft Popsicle sticks

Give each child a plate. Draw where their eyes will be. Then allow the kids to create funny faces using the materials provided. When they are done and dry, cut out the eye holes so they can see. You can have a funny face parade during the week!

Craft - Body Part Puzzle

Print the puzzle HERE. Cut the pieces out and provide a clean piece of paper and some glue. Allow the kids to put the body back together. Discuss the different body parts.


"Little ones in need of positive reinforcement will find it here. An exuberant pig proclaims "I like me!" She likes the way she looks, and all her activities....When she makes a mistake she picks herself up and tries again." --Booklist "Wonderful in its simplicity, here's a story that will help kids feel good about themselves." -- Boston GLobe

In this simple, sweet, and very human picture book, Mercer Mayer's popular Little Critter shows us all the things he can do by himself, from tying his shoes (almost) to pouring his own juice (and only spilling a little). The wry illustrations often point up the fact that Little Critter doesn't do everything perfectly, but he makes an effort to do the best he can.


Hokey Pokey

Follow the link to find the lyrics and the music! Such a fun song to review body parts and get moving.


ME! Gingerbread Cookies

You can make these from scratch (here is a good recipe: or you can buy them pre-made and just do the decorating part.

The easiest way to let young kids decorate cookies is to put the icing in those cheap squeeze bottles. These make drawing on the cookies super easy.

Have the kids decorate their cookie however they like.