Crafts

Fine Motor Skills and Plastic Canvas Sewing

When my children were very little they were always interested in whatever craft mama was doing.  So when I would crochet or sew I would give them materials to do some plastic canvas sewing.  Stitching on plastic canvas with yarn was the perfect sized project for their little hands and it was great for their fine motor skills.  This would…

Read More

Center Time

Building Shapes with Brick Blocks

The DUPLO LEGO Bricks in our classroom are quite popular with the kids.  I had been looking for ways to incorporate more learning opportunities with the DUPLO bricks when I saw a Facebook post from Pocket of Preschool about building shapes with Brick Blocks. Pocket of Preschool created a 2D Shapes Unit that they sell on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I…

Read More

Crafts

DIY Car Magnets for Kids

When Henry was very small I sometimes watched other children and I was always looking for ways to keep the kids busy.  One idea that I found on Pinterest was DIY Car Magnets that can be made at home.  These DIY car magnets were not just easy to make, but they were fun to create as well. The kids and…

Read More

Crafts

Easy Winter Craft for Kids: Snow People

One winter a few years back we seemed to have more snow days than I could handle with four little ones, and I remember trying to find fun ways to spend the time trapped indoors together.  One day we did a super easy winter craft for kids, we made Snow People.  I could not drive to the craft store, but…

Read More

Crafts, Early Literacy

“Gingerbread Man” Story Starter

Winter is the perfect time to read and expand upon the beloved childhood classic, The Gingerbread Man.  This story starter is a great way to make young children feel like authors and illustrators. “Gingerbread Man” Story Starter During the winter months  we spend a bit of time reading various versions of the Gingerbread Man.  The kids always love this story,…

Read More

Giveaway

The Little Things Preschool Great Book Giveaway

One of the keys to early learning and language development is reading to young children from the very beginning.  Our home and my classroom are always literature rich environments and one of my favorite things to do is to read.  I read to my children at home and to my students at school.  And when I can find a few…

Read More

Crafts, Recipes

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe

I learned to make Homemade Playdough years ago when I was in college, and it has been my go-to dough in the classroom and at home ever since.  I will readily admit that I am a playdough snob when it comes to what I want in my preschool classroom. I have yet to find a store bought playdough that will…

Read More

Recipes

Cooking With Kids: Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I love to cook in my preschool classroom and during the holidays is the perfect time to pull out my Mini Pumpkin Pie recipe and get baking with my little learners.  I use a super simple recipe and invite the children to work together to measure, pour, stir and mix to create Mini Pumpkin Pies as a team.  They use their…

Read More

Uncategorized

Easy Ornament Craft

Doing holiday crafts with young children does not have to be complicated, as evidenced by this Easy Ornament Craft.   Easy Ornament Craft This craft is not just easy to put together, but the process is pretty straight forward.  The children put beads on a pipe cleaner and then shapes the pipe cleaner into the design they wish it to be. …

Read More

Uncategorized

Welcome to The Little Things Preschool Blog!

Welcome to The Little Things Preschool blog!  My students call me Ms. Katie and you can too!  I am a certified Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education teacher, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s of Education from the University of Cincinnati with a focus on Language Development.   I have worn many hats as a teacher.  I…

Read More