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The not-so-secret material here? Baking paper! Who knew baking paper is just what we need for this fun activity? Baking paper is coated with silicon and that makes it water resistant. So baking paper doesn’t absorb the water droplets. P.S. The liquid is just water with blue food colouring. 😉 👉🏻 Recommended for 3 to 6 years old 👉🏻 For 3 to 4yo, use numbers 2 to 12. 👉🏻 For 5 to 6yo, write basic math problems on the clouds.
Make counting fun with this Pompom Raindrop Sensory Bag! 🌧️ The liquid is just water. TIP: Squeeze out as much air as possible and secure the zipper bag to the table. 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 6 years old 👉🏻 For 2 to 4yo, write numbers 2 to 12 and have your child move the matching number of pompoms to the raindrops. 👉🏻 For 5 to 6yo, roll two dice. Push the matching number of pompoms to the raindrops. Count the total number of pompoms and write the sum on the zipper bag with whiteboard marke
Your little ones will love this R is for Rain Letter Hunt activity! This is the perfect activity to do on a rainy day at home. 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 5 years old 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, use either uppercase letter R or lowercase letter r. 👉🏻 for 4 to 5yo, use both uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r.
Save your used straws for this fine motor skill counting activity! 👉🏻 Recommended for 3 to 6 years old 👉🏻 For 3 to 4yo, use numbers from 1 to 12. 👉🏻 for 5 to 6yo, roll two dice. Add the numbers up and write the number above one of the twines. Thread in the matching number of straw raindrops.
Here’s a simple Raindrop Letter Match activity! Cut your blue dot stickers in half and they make perfect raindrops! 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 6 years old 👉🏻 For 2 to 4 years old, do uppercase to uppcrcase letter or lowercase to lowercase letter matching. 👉🏻 For 4 to 6 years old, do uppercase to lowercase letter matching. 🌧️ More weather theme activity on HTS blog.
Here’s how I adapt this activity for different age groups: 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 8 years old 👉🏻 For 2 to 3 years old, use numbers from 1 to 12. 👉🏻 For 4 to 5 years old, use bigger numbers from 13 to 20. 👉🏻 For 6 to 8 years old, use this learning to introduce math concepts like addition or multiplication. More weather theme activity on HTS blog.
This learning toy is perfect for our ever changing weather this month. Invite your child to look out the window and observe the weather. Rotate the cup to find the symbol that matches the weather. Use this learning toy to introduce the weather words (sunny, rainy, stormy, cloudy, snowy) to young children. 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 6 years old 👉🏻 Insert a brad pin at the top and through the two cups to secure them together. 👉🏻 Find more weather theme activities on Happy Tot Shelf blog.
An activity that combines math, fine motor skills and practical life skills! This sewing board is a good one to introduce children to threading and sewing. Children bring the needle from number to number and they learn number sequences too! ☀️ 👉🏻 Recommended for 4 to 6 years old 👉🏻 For older children, use multiple of a number like 2, 4, 6, …, 18, 20
If you and your little ones love pizza in your home as much as we do in ours, you are gonna love this new pizza math activity! This activity incorporates Math skills like sorting shapes, comparing sizes and counting, along with developing fine motor skills like cutting and pasting. 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 5 years old 👉🏻 Download this printable over at Happy Tot Shelf blog.
You have to try this easy and fun letter H activity with your little ones this Valentine’s Day! Children learn the uppercase letter H and lowercase letter h while having fun stamping beautiful hearts! 👉🏻Recommended for 2 to 5 years old ❤️ Hop over to Happy Tot Shelf blog to find the full list of 20 Delightful Valentine’s Day activities.
Have you downloaded our free Valentine’s Day printable pack? This is one of the fun activity from the printable pack: a letter recognition heart colouring page! 👉🏻Recommended for 3 to 6 years old ❤️ Hop over to Happy Tot Shelf blog to download this Valentine printable! Also find the full list of 20 Delightful Valentine’s Day activities on HTS blog
Work those little fingers with this simple Fill My Heart Sensory Bag activity! Children hone their fine motor skills and practice colour matching! 👉🏻Recommended for 3 to 5 years old ❤️ Hop over to Happy Tot Shelf blog to download this printable! Also find the full list of 20 Delightful Valentine’s Day activities for kids on Happy Tot Shelf blog.
A colourful fine motor activity for children to work their little hands and fingers! Find the two halves of a heart with the same colour and peg them on the cardboard to complete the heart. Find more Delightful Valentine’s Day activities for kids and download a FREE Valentine’s Day printable pack on my blog.
Have some paper cups at home? Try these 3 easy and hands on counting activities with paper cups! ⭐️ Recommended for 2 to 6yo. 👉🏻 For 2yo, use numbers 1 to 5 only. 👉🏻 For 3yo, use numbers 1 to 10. 👉🏻 For 4yo and up, use bigger numbers 11 to 20 or try skip counting by 2, 5 or 10 if they are up for the challenge!
This activity checks off everything on the criteria list of a good learning activity: hands-on, fun, low prep and it teaches the subtraction concept so well! 👉🏻 Recommended for 3 to 6yo. 👉🏻 For 3 to 4yo, write numbers and have the children cut away the number of strips of sticky note. 👉🏻 For the older 5 to 6yo, write simple subtraction problems. Children solve the problems and cut away the number of strips of sticky note according to the answers. Find more fun hands on learning activities
This activity that will get your kids to write and draw with great delight! You can keep this this rainbow paint zipper bag on the window for a few days. I left mine up for almost a week and my children love drawing and writing on it every day. TIP: If your child has a tendency to scratch the zipper bag, get them to use a cotton bud to draw on it instead. . . 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 7yo. 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, let them draw and make random markings on it. 👉🏻 For 4 to 7yo, let them write letters
Cutest rabbit activity for kids to learn letter R! 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 5yo. 👉🏻 For our young 2yo, skip the uppercase and lowercase letter sorting and simply thread the carrots through the ribbon. 👉🏻 For 3 to 5yo, sort uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r and thread the carrots through the ribbon of the correct rabbits.
Children will have fun moving their rabbit 🐇 from number to number and practise counting, number sequencing and number matching! 👉🏻 Recommended for 3 to 6yo. For 3 to 5yo, move the rabbit from 1 to 12 or according to the written numbers. For 5 to 6yo, toss two dice and add up the numbers on top of the dice. Move the rabbit to that number. Or move the rabbit according to their parents’ mobile number.
Through this simple and fun game, children learn about surface tension (when the water goes higher than the glass without spilling). And of course there is so much thrill trying not to be the one to spill the water eventually. This is a great motor skill test for kids too!
Mess free Christmas painting activity for your little ones! Watch the colourful ornaments magically appear on the Christmas tree with water! Tip: Offer your child a small paintbrush so that he or she won’t soak the paper towel too quickly. Have fun with this one! More fun Christmas Theme activity on Happy Tot Shelf blog