Idea Box

  • DIY: Window Books

    Engage your children in nature- they learn many valuable skills from being outdoors. Look at these fantastic WINDOW BOOKS from Teach Preschool! What will your children see? Perfect for the upcoming spring/summer seasons and

    February 22, 2013 • Idea Box • Views: 1512

  • Giveaway: Mudworks- Bilingual Edition

     MaryAnn Kohl, our February Guest Speaker, has donated her Mudworks: Bilingual Edition for this giveaway. “El arte es un proceso, no un producto.” Fifty of the best squishy kid-tested projects capture the

    February 6, 2013 • Books, Giveaways/Reviews, Guest Speakers, Idea Box • Views: 3565

  • February Guest Speaker: MaryAnn Kohl (Art)

    MaryAnn Faubion Kohl, award-winning author, publisher, literary agent, and educational consultant, has devoted her professional life to children’s art and creativity. Her philosophy, “It’s the process, not the

    February 2, 2013 • Books, Guest Speakers, Idea Box, Resources • Views: 5969

  • ABC Center

    What’s in YOUR ABC Center? Take a peek at Pre-k Pages’s ABC Center for ideas and then share your own. Head on over to our Facebook Page for more dialogue regarding ABC Centers.  

    January 30, 2013 • Idea Box • Views: 2041

  • Playful Math

    I love this playful math idea from Playful Learning for slightly older children! This idea is simple, but grand. The idea is to use sticky notes to create a large pattern- how fun is that?! Click the link above to access patterns

    January 18, 2013 • Idea Box • Views: 1562

  • Bucket Fillers (Emotional Intelligence)

    It’s so important to reinforce the positive in life, especially with young children. It concerns me that our society tends to focus on the negative. I often hear adults bark orders and/or putdowns to children. “Get

    January 10, 2013 • Idea Box • Views: 1563

  • Simple Terraniums

    Today I want to share with you an idea for bringing the outdoors inside during the cooler months. Click HERE for a post introducing a beautiful way to introduce children to the concept of caring for the environment. I would

    January 4, 2013 • Idea Box • Views: 1415

  • “I Can” Task Cards

    Here’s a helpful idea from Pre-K Pages to add to your learning centers to promote positive, independent play. The “I Can” task cards provide play ideas for the children in that particular area. This can be

    January 3, 2013 • Ask the Reader (YOU), Idea Box • Views: 2361

  • P Is For…

    Painting and Parties…Parkas and Paper. Teach Preschool also found a book entitled Pinecones and Penguins. I’m highlighting her post because it’s an example of taking a book and creating multiple extension

    December 30, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 1658

  • Winter Crafts for Kids

    I started a winter tradition with my son two years ago of making handmade gifts to give to others. It’s a special time for us to slow down and enjoy special time together, giggle, and use our creativity. He feels such pride

    December 20, 2012 • Ask the Reader (YOU), Idea Box • Views: 2825

  • Yuck! I’m Not Eating That!

    You’ve probably all heard that at some point before if you work with children. Depending on their personal taste preferences, eating climate at home, and what they’re used to, they may not be as willing to try new

    December 19, 2012 • Health , Fitness & Safety, Idea Box • Views: 1777

  • Tin Can Magnetic Play

    This is an excellent example of allowing for open-ended play and exploration! We need to trust that children are capable of figuring out what to do with the materials and how they work. They are very intelligent! It is during

    December 14, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 1295

  • Math Pocket Charts (Fall)

    Pocket charts are great teaching tools and can be used in many different ways with young children. They promote independence, individualized learning, teamwork, fine motor skills, organization, and more. They can be teacher-led

    November 30, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 1163

  • Sticky Paper Tracing

    Do the children in your life ever struggle with tracing objects? Perhaps part of their struggle is holding the traceable object in place. Teach Preschool has found a solution- sticky paper tracing! Pop over to see this method in

    November 27, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 2003

  • Site Word BINGO

    Learning site words are extremely important in early grade school but can sometimes be tricky. There are many ‘rules’ and some of the words just don’t follow those rules. One way to assist with memorization

    November 9, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 1491

  • Nature Crafts and Activities

    Research tells us that it’s important to get kids outside. They have a fundamental need for exercise and movement and are often inspired by nature. It’s important for children to learn about, understand, and respect

    November 6, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 1969

  • It’s Not Only a Box

    One of my favorite activities at the beginning of my Creative Development course is to ask students to think of as many uses as possible for a paperclip…then for a brick. Many times at first, they are thinking of practical,

    November 1, 2012 • Books, Idea Box • Views: 2744

  • Fine Motor Monster Madness

    Children are sometimes afraid of monsters. At home, it’s important to acknowledge their fears and to be honest. Monsters are only pretend characters.  In childcare/school, teachers can use teaching

    October 30, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 2146

  • DIY: Toddler Board Books

    Toddlers enjoy “reading” books and still benefit greatly from sensory experiences. Why not create your own board books instead of purchasing them? You can design books specifically for the children in your care and

    October 28, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 5637

  • Fall Playdough

    I’ve been on the hunt for new activity ideas and recipes for fall. Check out what butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams made for her fall playdough. Do you have a special recipe for fall? Comment below! Another favorite

    October 20, 2012 • Idea Box • Views: 1959