Galway to Graceland, Ukulele Style

So, I know this post doesn’t look like it involves activities for preschoolers, but I swear it does. The ukulele is the perfect starter instrument for a 3 year-old. It is the right size, teaches music appreciation, fine motor skills, and you name it. Edison is already starting to get the hang of strumming, and I just got it today. My friend, River, turned me on to the baritone ukulele which has 4 strings that are tuned just like the highest strings on the guitar. So, if Little Man can get the hang of the ukulele, guitar would be a natural transition.…

Preschool Cooking Activities: Healthy, Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

For some reason, I frequently find myself with 3 overripe bananas. I know I am not the only one. Even though they are still OK to eat, I don’t want to pack them in Edison’s lunch because I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for the kid that has to eat black bananas. I am also sick and tired of banana bread. Typically, we get all excited right when it comes out of the oven, and then we can hardly stand to choke it down over the next week. So…This time, I wised up and searched for “things to do…

Preschool Writing Activities: Which Letter is Missing?

I love this preschool activity because it kills two birds with one stone. My son gets to practice spelling and writing his letters at the same time. You can do it on a whiteboard, paper, a chalkboard, whatever. We use this little whiteboard activity center because we can curl up on the couch and pass it back and forth. I start by writing his name with one letter missing. He figures out which letter I “forgot” and then fills in the blank. After using his name a few times, I move on to other easy words like mom, dad, dog, etc.…

Tips for Making Applesauce and Cinnamon Ornaments with a Preschooler

Normally I only post preschool activities that I would give a solid “A” on a traditional grading scale. Making applesauce and cinnamon ornaments, sad to say, is not one of those activities. It might be right for someone…Just not us. I think the problem is that the return on investment was so low. Applesauce and cinnamon ornaments are a lot of work! Rather than enjoying quality time with my son while making beautiful stocking stuffers, I ended up spending the whole time trying to keep his cinnamon encrusted fingers from decorating everything else in the room. On the plus side…

Practice Preschool Computer Skills…Send an Email!

I just love this activity, and we don’t do it as often as we should. Having your preschooler send an email can help your child: Feel more comfortable with computers and keyboards Practice their alphabet and spelling Learn where letters are on the keyboard Understand basic computer functionality like backspacing, space bars, and the enter key Now, I am not suggesting that you create a separate email address for your preschooler and have them check it. Of course, if you have the time and inclination, you certainly can. I just use my own email account. My son can pick who he…

Is it wrong that I am happy my preschooler lost at UNO?

There are rules to playing cards that go beyond the rules of the specific card game you are playing. There is a certain etiquette to dealing, playing, winning, and losing. There is a vocabulary; dealer, shuffle, draw, discard pile. The only way you can learn is by doing it. Last night, I set out to teach my son how to play UNO. Before we started, I removed all of the Skips, Draw 2’s, and other funky cards as well as all cards that were higher than 5. This left us with a more manageable deck and a lot less to teach/learn. So,…

Edison’s Favorite Free Online Preschool Game

A while ago, I asked my son, “If you could play any computer game, what kind of game would it be?” Without a second’s pause, he answered, “Robots!” So, I did a search for, “online preschool games robots”, and came upon Widget’s Build a Robot. It is a free online preschool game that immediately become Edison’s favorite. I have a love-hate relationship with this game. The first time he played it, I thought it was sweet. But it wasn’t long before the cute little sound effects made my eyes bleed. Whatever though…Preschoolers love repetition, and this isn’t the first time…