Fall Printables Pack with more than 70 fall worksheets and activities for kids!

Fall Printables Pack cover

Can I make a confession? Making this Fall Printables Pack has been on my to do list for the past two years, and I've only just now gotten around to putting it together. I've had a Winter Printables Pack available for several years, and I have been wanting to create a printables pack for the rest of the four seasons. However, it takes many hours to create a new printables pack, and sometimes it's hard to find the time. So I'm a little embarrassed it has taken me this long, but better late than never, right? :-) In any case, I'm very pleased to be releasing my Fall Printables Pack today. And I … [Read more...]

11 books about leaves for kids

11 books for kids about leaves || Gift of Curiosity

Leaves are a great topic to study in both the fall and the spring. In the fall, the leaves change colors, which is a fascinating phenomenon for children to observe. And in the spring, the leaves sprout again on the trees, heralding the approach of a new season. In this post, I have written a review of 11 books about leaves for kids. This list of children's books about leaves include both non-fiction and fiction selections. And while both fall and spring are lovely times to study leaves, many of the books below are focused on fall leaves rather than spring leaves. Non-fiction children's … [Read more...]

Montessori sandpaper letters {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Montessori sandpaper letters || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is a long overdue post about one of the most basic, but also effective, tools I like to use for teaching my kids how to form their letters: Montessori sandpaper letters! When I was first starting to educate my kids at home, I was very inspired by the Montessori way of doing education. I learned early on about the use of sandpaper letters in the language area of the Montessori classroom, and I decided to invest in a set of uppercase and lowercase sandpaper letter cards. Sandpaper letters have been a staple tool in Montessori … [Read more...]

What weighs more than an apple? {preschool math activity}

What weighs more than an apple || Gift of Curiosity

I enjoy teaching kids about weights and measures, which are great topics to cover in preschool and kindergarten. We have done several activities using a balance scale over the years, such as our Easter Egg balance scale activity. As part of our apple unit, however, I wanted to add a bit more complexity to our balance scale activities. Therefore, I asked my kids the question, "What weighs more than an apple?" Note: For more apple activities, see my Apple Unit Study page. Apples are different sizes, of course. But we decided to use a medium sized green apple we had in the kitchen as our … [Read more...]

Extension activities for Ten Apples Up on Top

Extension activities for Ten Apples Up on Top || Gift of Curiosity

With the approach of apple season, parents and teachers everywhere are dusting off copies of Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg, aka Dr. Seuss. This book is a fall classic written in typical Dr. Seuss style. It features animals attempting to outdo each other by balancing more and more apples on their heads. Lots of creative bloggers have shared fun extension activities to do with Ten Apples Up on Top. From math games to crafts to sensory bins and more, you will find some great ideas for using this book as the starting point for some great learning. These are wonderful activities to do during … [Read more...]

Apple Montessori activities

Apple Montessori activities || Gift of Curiosity

Fall is just around the corner, and the apples will soon be ripening on the tree. So it's the perfect time for an apple unit study! In this post I'm sharing 10 different apple Montessori activities that would be great for 2 to 5 year olds. Note: For more apple activities, see my Apple Unit Study page. Apple fine motor Montessori activity I placed some red glass gems in a small bowl, some scissor scoops, and a silicone mold with apple shaped holes on a tray. Kids can use the scissor scoops to pick up the red glass gems and place them one-by-one into the apple shaped holes. This activity … [Read more...]

Writing letters in apple sauce {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Writing letters in apple sauce || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series involves writing letters in apple sauce. This activity combines letter writing practice with a fun sensory experience. It is also taste safe, so kids can lick their hands (or table top?!? :-) ) when they are done! (It goes without saying that this activity is not appropriate for children who are allergic to apples or any of the other ingredients in apple sauce.)  This is a no-stress letter practice exercise for kids. Because they are writing in apple sauce, there is no pressure to make the letters "perfect" because there is … [Read more...]

Apple fine motor game using tongs

Apple fine motor game || Gift of Curiosity

My kids love any excuse to run around and go crazy. So when we did our apple unit last fall, I planned an outdoor activity that would allow them to do just that. Plus, I added some tongs to work on their fine motor skills. And voila! This apple fine motor game was created! Note: For more apple activities, see my Apple Unit Study page. For our apple unit, I had purchased a number of plastic apples in both red and green colors. For this activity, we went outside and laid the apples out on the driveway by spreading them out a bit. I then provided each kid with a pail and a set of … [Read more...]