Easter Egg Keepsakes, Lego Fun, and Stained Glass Art – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

With Easter and spring almost here, there are some fun ideas linking up below and ideas are spinning! And when I say spring is almost here, well, I know that the official date is here, but the weather in our area is finally starting to look promising! I’m so ready for warmer days and sunshine – and flowers!

Here are some ideas that were shared last week during the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Link-up. Hopefully you found a few to add to your list too!

Easter Egg Keepsakes

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Create some Easter egg keepsakes with your kids using crayons and wood slices. My Nearest and Dearest shares how they made these melted crayon wood slice Easter eggs.

Easter Lego Designs

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Legos are always a fun, hands-on way to learn about holidays. Brain Power Boy shares a few Easter Lego designs and directions for play.

If you are looking for a Lego challenge based on the true meaning of Easter, check out the Easter Lego Challenge our co-op worked on this past week.

Backyard Montessori Unit

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Sarah from Stay at Home Territory shares how she followed the lead of her son to put together a Montessori unit based on their backyard.

Stained Glass Art

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This stained glass art project is so simple and colorful!! Visit Powerful Mothering for the tutorial and other great ideas!

That’s it for the roundup this week. Can’t wait to see what you all have been working on this past week. Link up below and then stop by a few sites and say hi!

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Share what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.

Flower Cards, Sensory Bins, and Disappearing Colors – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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The weather here this past week teased us quite a bit! We went from freezing to in the 70’s, making us all start itching for spring!! I don’t know how it’s been in your area, but we are d.o.n.e. with all the cold weather. (Maybe I’m being whiney.) We’re ready to get outside and enjoy flowers blooming, trees budding, and all the goodness that spring brings!

Here’s a peek at a few of the fun activities that you all shared last week during Preschool Corner. After you link up, don’t forget to stop by and visit a few other moms and say hi!

Bunny Tail Sensory Bin

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Sensory bins and tubs are always such a huge hit with kids! Modern Preschool shares a cute idea for a bunny tail sensory bin, just in time for Easter!

Flower Cards

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If the flowers aren’t yet blooming in your area, bring a little color indoors with these cute flower cards from Wugs and Dooey. There is probably a grandparent or two that would love these too!

Clothespin Bunnies

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We seem to always have tons of clothespins hanging around, and these little clothespin bunnies from Mini Monets and Mommies would be a fun Easter craft to make.

Disappearing Colors Experiment

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Here is a quick and fun science experiment from Learning 2 Walk where you will make colors disappear. Such a fun idea!

Garden Sensory Tub

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Getting our hands dirty and digging in the soil is fun, no matter what age you are! Our kids loved this garden sensory tub – and it was easy to take inside or outside to play with.

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

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Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!

 

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Share what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.

Playing With Your Food – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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Oh my goodness. There were a few links last week that grabbed my attention – and they all revolved around playing and learning with food. If your kids are anything like mine, the phrase “Stop playing with your food,” has come out of my mouth more than one time. Why not encourage a little learning along with that play?

Edible Wall Art

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Your kids will literally be licking the walls with this edible wall art project – but it can be all healthy art. Love this idea from Big Kid Little Kid.

Magic Milk Art

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Milk is a form of food too, right? Check out this cool magic milk from The Science Kiddo – so pretty!

7 Ways to Play with Fruit Loops

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If you happen to have Fruit Loops in your pantry, you might want to pull them out and try a few of these fun play ideas from Study at Home Mama.

Preschool Chore Charts

Need some help getting chore time together for your kids? Check out this preschool chore chart. Picture cards can be a huge help at the preschool age so kids can see what needs to be done each day – and actually work on their daily chores (grins).

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Share what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.

FREE Preschool Chore Charts

Younger children can have a hard time reading from a chore list. Picture cards can be a huge help at the preschool age so kids can see what needs to be done each day – and actually work on their daily chores (grins). Our kids have learned personal and financial responsibility in the process as they are taught how to save, give, and put money in their wallet for spending too!

free Preschool Chore Charts

While I’ve shared a version of our preschool chore charts in the past, I recently found some wonderful clip art that included a few bonus chores and was also cute – a win-win! These charts have been some of the most popular downloads here and I’ve received many emails with requests for extra chores, so I hope these will help you all out!

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When Kaleb was younger, this is the chore chart that we used for him and it worked wonderfully. (And to tell you the truth – he still prefers this visual chore chart over our chore charts for the older kids!) We broke his chore chart into three parts: morning chores, afternoon chores, and chores that he could earn money on. He earned minimal money, but our point in paying for a few chores is to help our kids understand the concept of giving, saving, and spending. Pennies were excitement to our kids at that age (they think they are rich!), so it was a great way to learn.

The chore charts and chore cards can be printed off on to cardstock and laminated to make them sturdier. Place velcro dots in the center of each square and on the back of each chore cards to make them stick to the chore chart. (See below for additional ways to use the printables).

Using the Chore Charts

Each morning I added chore cards to his chart. When a chore was completed, he would remove it and put it in a little box nearby. Chores he completed to earn money were tracked on the back of the chart by writing with a  Sharpie (the Sharpie comes off easily with nail polish remover or you can use a vis-à-vis marker as well).

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The cards are the same size as my workbox activity cards, so if you want to mix and match those cards with this grid, they will work together.

Daily Chores for Preschool

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We kept it pretty simple for our preschool chores. Above is a peek at some of the things that we had on Kaleb’s chore chart. Many of the chores rotated throughout the week, but there were several that were consistent on a daily basis.

  • Daily chores: make bed, clean room, brush teeth, pick-up clothes, pick up shoes/hang up jacket, set table, wash table, devotions.
  • Extra {paid} chores: trash, vacuum, laundry, wash windows, dust, sweep, water plants, weed garden.

If you need help coming up with chore ideas, here is a great list from Money Saving Mom to help you out.



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Tips for an Effective Chore System

    1. Make sure chores are age appropriate. Children can be taught to complete household tasks, but there are some things that are definitely more difficult for younger children to work on vs. older children. Be sure that the chores you are asking your very young children are appropriate for their age. Younger children can help sweep, push a vacuum cleaner, pick up toys, match socks, etc… but may not be ready for other chores. Just because a chore card is listed, doesn’t mean it has to be used. (grins)
    2. Keep the chore charts handy – and where they can be seen. Hang your charts somewhere where they will be seen daily – the front of the fridge, near the bedroom door. Where ever they are, be sure to keep them handy so both you and your child remember to work on them.
    3. Walk through how the charts work with your kids. Be sure to show your kids how the chore chart will work each day. Do they need to check in with you when they are done and have you go over their work? Have the system in place
    4. Know what works best as incentives for your kids. Some children may work for treats from the Dollar Tree, while others may work for small monetary prizes. The incentives are up to you – and you know what works best for your children!
    5. Be consistent in payout of incentives. It is so easy to let things slide, but if you are working with your kids in understanding that no work = no pay, remember that it goes the same the other way too. When you work, your boss pays you, so pick a ‘payday’ and take care of it each week or whenever you set up your payday.

Washing dishes is always fun….

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And making beds…

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Additional Ways to Use the Chore Charts

Rather than using a large chart, there are a few alternate ways that the chore charts can be used.

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    • Use a jump ring: The cards can be printed off on cardstock, laminated, and then put onto a jump ring so children can carry them around while working. The printable includes a few alternative cards that can be placed on the jump ring as well: morning chores, afternoon chores, paid, chores, etc…
    • Use magnetic sheets: If you have a magnetic refrigerator, consider printing the chore cards off onto magnetic sheets, cutting them out, and placing chores on your fridge. Store finished or extra chores in a magnetic pencil bin nearby. We have friends that do this and it is so handy!

Download the Preschool Chore Charts

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You can download a copy of the preschool chore charts here. The chore chart file has five different colored charts: blue, green, pink, purple and white {so you can print on colored cardstock if you would like} and also includes chore cards. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. :) If you aren’t on the paid chore bandwagon, there is a white chart with an alternate text of morning, afternoon, and evening

In case you missed them before, you can also download a copy of our Chore Chart Printables for our older kids and see how we’re implementing that system in our house. There may also be extra cards for you to use in the workbox activity cards.

Hope this helps you out and feel free to ask any questions below!

 

Additional Links

Chore Chart Supplies

The following products are ones that we use and recommend for putting your chore charts together – the Scotch laminator ROCKS!! I’ve had mine for years and it is still going!

Shamrock and St. Patrick’s Day Fun – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon, here are some fun ideas to get your lesson plans rolling in the next few weeks. Rainbows and shamrocks just make me smile – and also make the house so bright and cheerful!

Shamrock Stamps

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With a pipecleaner, paint, and clothespin you are well on your way to making this cute shamrock stamp from Sunny Day Family.

Rainbow Busy Bags

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Rainbows are one of my favorite activities. The colors just pull you in, don’t they? Visit Powerful Mothering to see how to make your own Rainbow Busy Bag.

Watercolor Shamrocks

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Head over to 3 Dinosaurs for a quick and simple tutorial on making watercolor shamrocks.

Shamrock Pretzel Pops

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These shamrock pretzel pops from Mommy’s Bundle would be a yummy treat to make for your fun celebration. Yum!

60+ St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Activities

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If you are completely stumped and need even more ideas, you’ll find 60+ St. Patrick’s Day Craft and Activities that you will love!  Rainbows, leprechauns, and gold abound – get ready for some fun!

That’s it for this week’s wrap-up! What fun have you had together this past week? Link up and share below!

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

If you were featured in one of the weekly posts, feel free to grab the button coding below and display it on your site!

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Share what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.