Easy Number Match for Kids

This fun and easy math activity is perfect for developing early numeracy skills for kids. It’s great for practicing number recognition, subitising, 1:1 correspondence and even fine motor skills. Best of all, you will only need a few easy to find materials to put one of these cute caterpillars together.

If you don’t have time to make your own number caterpillar you can scroll down for your own FREE printable worksheet. It will save you heaps of time and will be just as fun to make.

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This is what you will need

White computer paper

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Black marker pen or sticker dots

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Trace white circles and use your marker pen to add number groups to each circle. Then arrange on a piece of paper to resemble a caterpillar.

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2. Cut a second group of circles from colored construction paper and label with numbers using your black marker pen.

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3. Match your colored circles to the white circles to make a colored caterpillar.

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Here is your free printable version of this activity. It’s very cute!

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Cupcake Counting Activity for Kids

We loved this fun counting and early numeracy game for kids! It was super easy to put together and was a fun way to recycle a piece of cardboard. It is also a mess-free activity and once made, the game board can be played with over and over again.

If you don’t have time to make your own game board or you would prefer the FREE printable version, simply scroll down for your copy.

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Marker pen

Pom poms

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut some cupcake shapes from colored construction paper and paste them onto your piece of recycled cardboard. You could also draw them with marker pens. To be honest, this will probably be a lot quicker and easier than cutting the paper ones out 😉

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2. Label each cupcake with a number. The number will correspond to the number of pom poms you will add to each cupcake.

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3. Grab some pom poms and place the corresponding number onto each labelled cupcake.

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Here are the FREE printable files:

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Car parking lot number game for kids

Number car parking lots are so fun to play with and are a great way to encourage kids to learn early numeracy skills like number recognition, subitising and 1:1 correspondence. They are also so easy to make. And if you don’t have time to make your own from scratch, scroll down for your FREE copy of my cute parking lot template.

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This is what you will need:

Printed copy of the FREE template

Toy cars

Sticker sheet

Marker pen

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This is what you will need:

  1. Print out a copy of the parking lot worksheet. You will find it here:
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2. Use your marker pen to make dots on the stickers. Attach them to your cars.

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3. Simply play! Drive your cars into the parking lots and match the number of dots on each car to its corresponding car parking spot.

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DIY Fishing Game for Kids

DIY fishing games are a wonderful way for children to build and explore many developmental skills including fine motor skills, motor strength, hand eye coordination, problem solving and even some early math and literacy skills.

This DIY fishing game is the easiest to put together and lots of fun to play. And if you don’t have time to make your own game from scratch, scroll down to the end of this article for a FREE printable version.

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What you will need:

Empty cardboard box (a cereal box would be perfect)

Colored paper

Tissue paper confetti (optional)

Scissors

Marker pen

Paper clips

Magnetic wand or toy fishing rod.

!WARNING! I do not recommend using small magnets in this activity. Small magnets are not to be ingested and parents should always carefully observe their children when playing with small parts – especially magnets.

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What you will need to do:

1. Very carefully cut the front away from the cereal box with scissors. This can be a little tricky, so you may need to ask an adult to help you with this. You might also need to secure the corners of the box with sticky tape to prevent it from falling apart. Once your box is ready, line the surface of the box with blue paper so that it looks like water.

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2. Using your scissors, very carefully cut out some fish shapes. You can do this by eye or if you have a paper cutter, like a Cricut, you may like to use that! Place the fish into your box.

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3. If you would like to practice some early numeracy skills, you might like to add a number to each fish. You can collage the number with paper or simply write it out with pencil. You might also like to add some tissue paper to the box for some extra detail.

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4. Next, carefully thread a paper clip onto each of the fish. Remember that paper clips are small and an adult should always watch small children closely when using.

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5. Grab a magnetic wand or toy fishing rod that you may have at home and catch the fish!

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Easy Spring Math for Kids

Time has gotten away from me lately! I have hardly had a chance to blog. I actually made these fun printable math worksheets at Easter time, but have not had a second to myself to sit down and publish them.

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These early math worksheets are perfect for preschoolers and are a great way to help them learn about and develop number recognition, one-to-one correspondence and subitising skills. Kids will also get a chance to work on their scissor skills as they enjoy this activity.

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What you will need:

A copy of the FREE printable worksheets

Scissors

Glue

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What you will need to do:

1. Print out the FREE Carrot Scissor Skills worksheet. The worksheet will look like this and you will find the free documents at the end of this page.

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2. Take a pair of scissors and carefully cut around the green rectangle on the right hand side of the page.

!WARNING! Please remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should always carefully supervise children when they are holding and using scissors!

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3. Use your scissors to snip the green rectangle into thin strips. These strips will form the leaves on your carrots.

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4. Glue the corresponding number of leaves onto each carrot. Allow the glue to dry.

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For the second activity entitled “Carrot Number Math,”

1. Print out the two page worksheet. You will find this FREE document below.

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2. Use your scissors to carefully cut around each numbered carrot. Remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should always carefully supervise children when they are holding and using scissors!

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3. Match the numbered carrots to the corresponding carrot on the worksheet. You might like to glue the carrots down, or just match them over and over again.

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Here are your FREE documents:

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Easy Easter Math for Kids

Here is a fun Easter math activity for kids and preschoolers! This math activity encourages the development of number recognition, 1:1 correspondence and subitizing. And best of all, you will only need to print out a copy of my FREE printable worksheet to learn and play.

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This is what you will need:

A copy of my FREE printable (scroll down for your copy)

Dice

Colored marker pens or pencils.

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Print out the FREE printable worksheet. You will find it here:

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2. Roll a dice, and then using a marker pen or pencil, outline the corresponding number of circles. Color in the area that you have outlined.

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3. Keep rolling the dice and coloring until you have colored your entire rabbit. You might also like to play this game with siblings or a friend, taking turns to roll and color the rabbit.

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The Best Process Art for Kids

I just love this super easy and simple process art project for kids. The resulting art piece is bright and colorful, and the process itself is virtually mess-free. Best of all, you will only need four simple materials, and you can use either paper or plastic drinking straws – whatever you might already have at home. This project is so much fun that adults will want to join in too!

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This is what you will need:

Recycled cardboard

Scissors

Clear sticky contact

Drinking straws

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a frame shape from a piece of recycled cardboard. I painted my frame with black acrylic paint, but this is completely optional. Feel free to either paint yours or leave it plain.

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2. Stick a piece of clear contact to the frame, making sure that the sticky side is facing up.

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3. Using scissors, very carefully snip the straws into different lengths.

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4. Next is the fun part! Start pressing the straw pieces onto the clear contact. Press them down in all different directions and angles. Be as creative as you like!

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5. Keep pressing the pieces of straw down until you have filled your entire sticky contact canvas. You may have to trim down some small pieces to fit into the really tiny spaces.

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I really hope that you have fun with this amazing process art project! It is such fun for kids of all ages – and adults too! Enjoy. Jacinta Xx

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Easy spring flower craft and sensory play for kids

Sensory play and small world set-ups are super easy to create and are so much fun for toddlers and preschoolers to play and learn with! This Spring themed activity doubles as a fun craft – as you make the flowers from paper, and a hands on sensory play activity. You could also talk about some fun math concepts such as counting and volume too! You won’t need many items to create this set up, but children will have fun with it for hours!

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Craft sticks

White school glue

Small pom poms

Shallow dish or container

Dried black beans

Small pots or containers

Spoon or scoop

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Start by making your flowers. To do this, take your construction paper and cut 4 heart shapes. Each heart shape should be the same size. Glue the hearts onto a craft stick as pictured and finish with a pom pom in the flowers center.

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2. Next, place your pots or small plastic containers into a shallow dish and then pour the dried beans around the pots.

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3. Take a spoon or scoop and transfer the beans into the pots.

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4. Plant your flowers into the pots.

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This is such a fun activity, I really hope that you enjoy playing. Jacinta Xx

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Here is a fun FREE coloring, number recognition and scissor skill activity.

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The Easiest Kids Crafts Ever!

I am so excited to let you all know that my very first kids craft book is available for preorder! I am so proud of this book. It is bright and colorful, is filled with super fun crafts (with step-by-step instructions) and only requires easily accessible supplies. The colorful crafts are as cute as they are playful. And, while the kids enjoy making these delightful crafts, they will also be developing their fine motor skills, critical thinking, creativity and even STEAM understanding. This book compiles 60 new projects with step-by-step photos for hours of fun. I would LOVE to know what you think about it!

Here is the blurb:

Transform Everyday Materials into Effortless, Cute Crafts!

Turn your bin of ordinary crafting supplies into a day of happy, colorful fun! Jacinta Sagona’s 60 charming crafts use simple materials you already have at home in new ways to captivate your little ones’ imaginations for hours. These craft ideas will help children of all ages tap into their creative tendencies by encouraging experimentation, spontaneity and mindfulness.

Your kids will love the helpful step-by-step photos and variety of projects, ranging from sweet animals and decorative wall hangings to handmade toys and games, and you will love how easy the projects are to set up (with minimal cleanup!). Let them put recycled cardboard and common craft paper to good use with unique crafts like a Paper Lantern Garden and a Pom-Pom Blowing Unicorn. Watch them delight in toys and painting activities like Stained-Glass Windows and a Musical Guitar. Introduce them to the practice of mindfulness with calming projects like Gratitude Mini-Piñatas, Guatemalan Worry Dolls and Yarn Hearts.

Perfect for parents, grandparents, teachers and babysitters, this book is a treasure trove of super simple ideas you can dive into anytime you are looking for an art project for the kids. You’ll love bonding with them and witnessing their budding imaginations!

And you can pre-order it here!

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-easiest-kids-crafts-ever-jacinta-sagona/1137455955?ean=9781645672906

Indie Bound

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781645672906

Book Depository

https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Easiest-Kids-Crafts-Ever-Jacinta-Sagona/9781645672906

Books A Million

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Easiest-Kids-Crafts-Ever/Jacinta-Sagona/9781645672906?id=8127934435629

Bookshop

https://bookshop.org/books/the-easiest-kids-crafts-ever-cute-colorful-quick-prep-projects-for-busy-families/9781645672906

Amazon Australia

Booktopia

https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-easiest-kids-crafts-ever-jacinta-sagona/book/9781645672906.html

Here are reviews from some of my most favorite crafters!

“If you are looking for some fun, quirky and colorful craft inspiration, this is the book for you. Fabulous for any budding crafter!” – Maggy Woodley, @redtedart

“I love how this book allows children to learn playfully while creating projects they can enjoy for years to come! – Michelle Nash, @7daysofplay

“Who can resist a cute and colorful kids’ craft book? The best part is the super easy set-up so kids can help themselves to creating on a whim. I love that behind each cute craft there are lesson on learning and STEM.” -Agnes Hsu, @hellowonderful

“A wonderful book full of colorful ideas for all your little crafters!” -Jess Chu, @learnandbloom

“Jacinta’s easy to follow instructions and use of simple materials make it effortless to get creative with my kids. It’s a wonderful way to connect as a family while teaching practical life skills.”- Myriam Sandler, @mothercould

Easy Science for Kids

I really love this magic milk science experiment for kids. It only requires easy to source ingredients, it works every time and it’s always fun! We have put a simple Valentine’s Day spin on it today to make it extra fun and topical!

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This is what you will need:

A shallow bowl or dish

Full cream milk

Cookie cutters (optional)

Food coloring

Dish washing liquid

Q-tips

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Carefully pour a thin layer of milk into your dish. Place the cookie cutters into the milk.

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2. Gently drop colored food dye into the milk. You can use any colors that you like. We added red, pink and purple to fit in with our Valentine’s Day theme. Remember to drop the food dye inside the cookie cutters too.

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3. Next, take a Q-tip and dip it into the dishwashing liquid. You won’t need a big scoop, just dip the Q-tip in the dishwashing liquid, leave it for a second or two and then remove. Once you’ve removed the Q-tip from the dishwashing liquid, place it into the milk. Watch the milk dance!

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Why does the milk dance, what is the Science behind it:

  • Milk is not just white water. It is full of MOLECULES called proteins, minerals and fats.
  • When you add the detergent to the milk, the detergent chases the fats in the milk.
  • Because we added the food colour we can see this game of chase in the dish.
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Thank you for reading! Here is a fun and FREE Valentine’s Day number match game for you! I hope that you enjoy!

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