Indoor Games and Activities
Doorway bean bag toss- made my own version of this using all felt and with monsters where the bean bags go through their mouths. Anyway, my boys really like it and get excited to play when I pull it out. And it was really easy to make. The hardest part was cutting all the felt. I finished it in a couple of days. And I glued it all- no sewing!
Season 4 Finale! - So You Think You're Crafty
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Memory popsicle stick game. Made these for Anna's best friend's birthday. I decided to laminate the popsicle parts before putting them on the sticks, to make them more durable. I accomplished this by using photo-sized laminating sheets and having the bottom (flat) end of each pospicle stick out just a tiny bit from the edge to leave that part open for inserting the popsicle sticks.
Wiggle worms: Draw worms and hearts on strips of paper. Sit in a circle on the floor. Take turns passing the bag around the circle and pulling out a strip of paper. If you pull out a "wiggle worm" then everyone stands up and wiggles. If you pull out a heart then everyone gives each other a hug, or comes in for a big group hug.
Setting up Learning Centers for "extra" learning. Great blog post.
How-To: Make a Big-As-Life Board Game
Paper Snowflakes: LOVE this tutorial!
To make this game, you'll need to print out two game boards and then write the 12 different times two times each on the foam shapes or your own cards (so you'll have 2 sets of 12 times for a total of 24 digital times) AND you need to write "Time is Up!" on 5 shapes/cards. Students work in pairs to play and one partner pulls out a digital time and places it on the matching clock on their board.
Telling time to the hour game
Brilliant Beginnings Preschool: Z is for Zig-Zag Track