Q-tip Painting for Kids

Q-tip painting is a favorite activity of ours! It is relatively mess-free and is perfect for developing fine motor skills. This activity is the best way for kids, preschoolers and toddlers to practice shape, number and letter recognition. Best of all, it’s lots of fun!

Scroll down for your FREE printable shape, letter and number printable worksheets.

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This is what you will need:

Paint (I recommend washable kid paint!)

Q-tips

Free printable templates – scroll down and you will easily find these

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Shape Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your shape template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into paint and then use them as paint brushes to trace or dot along each shape.

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Number Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your number template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into paint and then use them as paint brushes to trace or dot along each number.

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Letter Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your letter template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into the paint and then use them to trace or dot along each letter.

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Easy Sun Math for Kids

My kids loved this super easy math lesson. Adding the sun rays to each smiling sun was such fun, and a perfect way to learn so many early numeracy skills including number recognition, addition and subtraction, subtilizing and 1:1 correspondence. I made this easy template from some colored construction paper and a piece of recycled cardboard, but if you are short on time, I have a FREE printable version that you might like to use. Once printed, you could even laminate it so that it can be used over and over again!

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Colored construction paper

White printer paper

Scissors

A small square of sticky contact

Dry erase marker

Googly eyes

Glue stick

Washi tape (optional for border)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a sun shape from some orange construction paper and glue it to the piece of recycled cardboard. You might like to give your sun a smiley face too! Next, paste a square of white paper to the top right hand corner of your cardboard. Cover the white square with a piece of clear sticky contact – this will make your board wipeable and allow it to be used over and over again. You will also need some small rectangle “sun rays. Cut these from yellow construction paper.

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2. Print the free Sun Numbers worksheet and use this to practice your numbers. Select one of the suns, count the rays, write the number in the box and the place the corresponding number of sun rays onto the sun.

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3. Use a wipeable or dry erase marker to write the number of rays on the white square. Then add the corresponding number of sun rays to your sun. You don’t need to paste the paper rays down. Just let them sit there so that you can play over and over again.

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Here are the FREE printable worksheets:

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Easy Greater than, Less than Math for Kids

I loved learning about greater than and less than numbers when I was at school. My teacher had this really neat way of teaching us the underlying principals. She used this cute crocodile analogy to show us that the crocodiles open mouth pointed to the bigger number! It’s something I still remember to this day, and has proven a great way to help my children learn these math basics.

You can easily make one of these crocodiles with some craft sticks, or scroll down below to find a FREE printable version of the activity.

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

White computer paper

Clear sticky contact or packing tape

Green craft sticks

Googly eyes

Scissors

Blue tack or a glue stick

Dry erase or white board marker

Washi tape (optional)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Start by making your game board. To do this, paste down two squares of white paper onto the recycled cardboard. Cover these squares with clear contact or packing tape to make a wipeable board. You can then write the number of blocks you will need to build in each square with white board marker.

Next, make the crocodile. To do this, take two craft sticks and use blue-tack or a glue stick to attach two googly eyes. Cut a strip of sharp white teeth from the your left over white computer paper.

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2. Collect some blocks – we used Duplo blocks, and then you are ready to play. Build your towers and move your crocodile mouth to point to the largest tower.

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Here is your FREE printable version of this activity:

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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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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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