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The 5 senses: a preschool activity

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Yesterday I posted a list of preschool activities. I’m sure the list made me sound super organized and efficient. Unfortunately, I’m not.

For example: a while ago, I bought a neat calendar that showed day-by-day schedules for preschoolers with music time, fun finger snacks, art projects, and play ideas. I’ve looked at the calendar a few times, but so far, all of our projects have been spontaneous. A book mentions volcanoes… “What is a volcano?”  Well, thank you, Youtube and the Hawaiian lava fields, for showing us exactly what a volcano is and does.
(This is what Montessori/child-lead learning is all about, right?)

Anyway: A few months ago, Munchkin and I started talking about how we see and smell. The topic seemed a bit abstract for preschoolers, so I created a 'sensory paper' to show the five senses and how we use them. This is a really easy craft for preschoolers to do, and I can guarantee you’ve got all the supplies, so here’s how to make your own:
Supplies:Take one piece …

10 ideas for when you are not preschooling

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Note: last year, I was planning to post a short series of kids' craft projects, but didn't quite get there. Now seems like a good time to get started on that, so here you are, my first list of kid activities...
In our area, it seems like most kids are in a preschool or day care by this age, but we've chosen to do things differently so far. I mean, we play toys at home, or play outside, paint, read, and do other 'preschool' activities...I just don't drive the kids to a preschool or daycare every day.

At the same time, I do think it’s important for everyone to have friends and build relationships. Preschool programs are one way to do that, but in our situation, we've found other ways to connect other families and children around my kids’ ages. So, here are five activities we do with other families, and five we do on our own:
Play with a group: Visit your library for story timesExplore a local nature center or state park (ours hosts weekly nature walks)Join MOP…