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Check out these books and craft ideas we've used in Racing to Read Storytimes at the Library. Each of the titles and activities can help your child develop Early Literacy Skills and can be used by parents and caregivers to continue building these skills at home.

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Make your own mindful breathing wand Teaching young children mindfulness is a lot easier and more fun than one might think. As an early childhood therapist, I adapt and find ways to make social and emotional lessons more creative and … Counseling Activities, Art Therapy Activities, School Counseling, Social Activities, Anger Management Activities, Feelings Activities, Calming Activities, Therapy Games, Elementary Counseling

Mindful Breathing Wand

Teaching young children mindfulness is a lot easier and more fun than one might think. As an early childhood therapist, I adapt and find ways to make social and emotional lessons more creative and engaging for the little ones. I quickly found out that this works for mindfulness too! Why notice your breath? I tell…

Play dough faces are often made by kids, but here's a fun new technique using upturned bowls as a base. Plus ideas for hair, decorations, and more. Painting For Kids, Art For Kids, Crafts For Kids, Kids Fun, Easy Crafts, Playdough Activities, Art Activities For Kids, Melted Crayon Heart, Blow Paint

Fun 3D Play Dough Faces Kids Can Make

Play dough faces are often made by kids, but here's a fun new 3-D technique using upturned bowls as a base. Plus ideas for hair, decorations, and more.

Build imaginary worlds with recyclables you probably have at home. Pretend play is important because it helps build language skills. To adults it's just boxes but to kids it's an immersive play experience! Literacy Skills, Early Literacy, Pretend Play, Boxes, Language, Racing, Activities, Kids, Children

Build imaginary worlds with recyclables you probably have at home. Pretend play is important because it helps build language skills. To adults it's just boxes but to kids it's an immersive play experience!

Teach STEAM principles with this hot cocoa and marshmallow melting snowman activity. It is an edible science experiment, such a fun way to learn! Marshmallow Snowman, Cracker, Sweet Stories, Kindergarten Science, Crafty Kids, Christmas Activities, Winter Theme, Hot Chocolate, Crafts To Make

Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows Melting Snowman Activity for Winter

Teach STEAM principles with this hot cocoa and marshmallow melting snowman activity. It is an edible science experiment, such a fun way to learn!

A daddy and child monster hunt for skink in the woods while telling jokes about the creepy crawlies they see and exchanging reassurances of love. Literacy Skills, Early Literacy, Love You More Than, I Love You, My Love, Monster Hunt, County Library, Read Aloud, Creepy

Encore -- I love you more than the smell of swamp gas / Kevan Atteberry.

A daddy and child monster hunt for skink in the woods while telling jokes about the creepy crawlies they see and exchanging monsterly reassurances of love. It's the perfect read aloud for monster fans.

Rock Balancing - Stone Stacking STEAM for Kids (and adults)! Invite children to balance and stack rocks on top of each other in different shapes and sizes to create beautiful land art sculptures. A moving meditation for all ages. Can you defy gravity? Camping Games Kids, Camping Activities, Camping Crafts, Camping With Kids, Family Camping, Summer Activities, Camping Ideas, Outdoor Activities For Kids, Steam Activities

Rock Balancing: Stone Stacking Art

Rock balancing, or stone stacking, is a moving meditation, art form, and STEAM activity for kids and adults. Invite children to create balanced stone sculptures by stacking rocks on top of each other in various gravity-defying positions to create land art.

Full of Fall (Sayre, April Pulley) Age Amazing Montessori book. Science pages on back. "Simple text and photographs explore the science behind the transformation that trees undergo in the fall."-- (Source of summary not specified). Fallen Book, Changing Leaves, New Children's Books, Library Books, Preschool Books, Fall Pictures, Hello Autumn, Fall Weather, Pulley

Encore -- Full of Fall April Pulley Sayre

Curl up with your littles as you share these autumn stories!

Dragon scale slime is one of our favorite homemade slime recipes. Kids will love creating this colorful and unique slime. The pieces of glitter come together with chameleon-colored powder to create this gorgeous slime that looks just like dragon scales. Dragon Birthday Parties, Dragon Party, 3rd Birthday, Birthday Ideas, Party Activities, Activities For Kids, Crafts For Kids, Slime For Kids, Homemade Slime

Make Your Own Dragon Scale SLIME!

Dragon scale slime is beautiful and mystical. Your kids will have a magical time making this slime recipe!

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates illustrated by Amy June Bates Date: 2018 Publisher: Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman B. Books About Kindness, Big Umbrella, Teaching Kindness, Sweet Stories, Social Emotional Learning, Social Skills, Book Lists, Books Online, New Books

A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain. ~A great read aloud for any age.

3 ingredient edible pudding slime - safe dough recipe for kids that smells AMAZING! A soothing cross between slime and play dough, this edible pudding slime recipe smells almost good enough to eat! (And it's taste-safe! Edible Slime, Diy Slime, Homemade Slime, Soap Slime, Glue Slime, Slime Craft, Toddler Fun, Toddler Activities, Sensory Activities

The Edible Pudding Slime Recipe That Smells AMAZING! Only 3 Ingredients!

A soothing cross between slime and play dough, this edible pudding slime recipe smells almost good enough to eat! (And it's taste-safe!)

Homemade Musical Instruments : Shakers and Maracas - Let's Play Music - - These DIY shakers and maracas are easy and fun to make and are guaranteed to not split! They are the perfect homemade musical instruments for kids to make! Lets Play Music, Music For Kids, Diy For Kids, Toddler Music, Toddler Yoga, Children Music, Preschool Music, Music Activities, Kids Crafts

Homemade Musical Instruments : Shakers and Maracas - Let's Play Music

These DIY shakers and maracas are easy and fun to make and are guaranteed to not split! They are the perfect homemade musical instruments for kids to make!

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest. Great activity based on the book "More" by I. Springman (There are some fantastic lessons here!) If you love arts and crafts you actually will really like this cool website! Nature Activities, Spring Activities, Sensory Activities, Preschool Activities, Steam Activities, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Printables, Preschool Science, Teach Preschool

Invitation to Build a Bird Nest - Munchkins and Moms

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links} Our preschool co-cop had a playdate themed around birds today, so I came up with an activity to do with my boys beforehand to spark their interest in the topic. At the recommendation of this Teach Preschool post, I went ahead and purchased the book More…

Buy Blue Sky White Stars Bilingual Edition by Kadir Nelson, Sarvinder Naberhaus and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks and Audiobooks Today - Over 4 Million Titles! Kadir Nelson, Good Books, Books To Read, Summer Reading Lists, Kids Reading, Reading Activities, Kindergarten Activities, Summer Activities, Book Lists

This would make for a sweet family read aloud. "A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America's symbols, history, landscape".

Books That Drive Kids CRAZY!: This Is a Ball by Beck Stanton; Matt Stanton and Publisher Little Brown Bks Young Readers. Save up to by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: The print version of this textbook is ISBN: Kids Story Books, Stories For Kids, Books To Buy, Books To Read, Cubes, School Librarian, Preschool Books, Preschool Ideas, Herve

A twist on a concept book in which the words and pictures don't match. A fun read aloud for kids and adults!

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Funky Slime Recipe: Chalkboard Slime

This artsy slime recipe makes a great STEAM project. Discuss the science behind slime and get a chance to draw a pointillist picture on it.

Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks! Great for a transportation or construction theme. Baby Sensory Play, Sensory Art, Sensory Boxes, Sensory Table, Toddler Learning, Toddler Preschool, Toddler Play, Sensory Activities For Preschoolers, Brain Activities

Simple Construction Zone Sensory Bin

Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks! Great for a transportation or construction theme.

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