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craft sticks and velcro, these can be arranged to make shapes and letters or making angles!!!!!! (great busy bag idea!)

Teaching shapes using popsicle sticks.....number represent the number of each shape's sides (ie: square has 4 sides)

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Printables

Free set of 12 printable popsicle stick puzzles/pattern sheets for pre-school workbox

Moonsand = 8 cups flour + 1 cup baby oil.... I make this for the kids all the time and they love it!

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Bang!...the Letter Identification Game and It's Variation

A simply DIY game, able to be differentiated- can identify letter to keep stick, can identify sound to keep stick, or can find upper-lower case matches to keep. Object: end up with the most sticks. :)

Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them. Kids will stay busy for hours! My boys love magnets

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Busy Bags Part 2

busy bags

Recently, I found a picture on Pinterest that suggested highlighting letters on paper then encouraging children to trace the highlighted letters. I love it! The dashes that are most commonly used are obtrusive and really don't encourage tracing, but highlighting works great. Use this for teaching preschoolers to draw shapes, their name, and even for cutting activities

Free community workers to download, for coloring pages, paper dolls, stick puppets, etc. 12 total. From First Palette.

Daily 5: Word Work Idea!! Use letter beads on pipe cleaners to make words!...love this idea for sight words too.

Button Sorting Cups - What a brilliant idea for your toddler/preschooler! Adding this to our collection of activities to promote fine-motor skills and color recognition! ≈≈

Toddler Craft: Blue Bird. Very basic craft for young ones 18 months and up. Wonderful for fine motor skills and shape and color recognition. | Simple.Home.Blessings.

Who remembers flubber? Make something fun to take along on the next match activity or use it during your time at the school-based matches! I'm thinking of using it for school for social studies we have a day called barter day and have to make a craft and trade it with class mates!!