Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Clip Cards {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Free Uppercase and lowercase letter matching clip cards || Gift of Curiosity

If you have a child who knows most of her letters but could use some help identifying which uppercase letters correspond to which lowercase letters, this activity is for you. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a printable Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Clip Card activity. My Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Clip Cards are designed to be used with clothespins. (But if you don't have clothespins, keep reading because I share other ways to use this printable at the end of the post.) The idea is for your child to … [Read more...]

Color mixing science with liquid watercolors

Color mixing science with liquid watercolors || Gift of Curiosity

This color mixing science activity is a more advanced version of a color theory activity I did with my kids when they were younger. This activity requires a great degree of fine motor control to get just the right color proportions. But the end results are worth the work. :-) Note: For more activities that teach colors, see my Teaching Colors to Kids page.  For this activity, I gathered the following materials: Plastic painting pallette Plastic dropper Red, yellow, and blue liquid watercolors in separate plastic cups Paper towels (not pictured) Tray to contain any … [Read more...]

4th of July Sudoku {free 4th of July printables}

4th of July Sudoku || Gift of Curiosity

With America's Independence Day holiday coming up, I've got a fun new resource available to challenge your kids' critical thinking skills: my 4th of July Sudoku Puzzles. These free and kid-friendly Sudoku printables are perfect for some patriotic learning and fun. Note: For more patriotic printables, see my 4th of July activities page. Sudoku is a great way to exercise one's brain with fun, engaging, puzzles that stimulate critical thinking and cognitive skills. The goal of Sudoku is to fill in a 9×9 grid such that each row, column, and 3×3 sub-grid includes one and only one of each digit … [Read more...]

Homeschool curriculum sale at Educents

Curriculum sale || Gift of Curiosity

One of the best things about homeschooling is the wide range of curriculum choices we have and the option to customize our curriculum to meet the needs of our children. At the same time, one of the worst things about homeschooling is having to wade through so many choices to find the right choice for our kids. I seriously spend hours and hours reviewing curriculum in order to find options that will be a good fit for our family. One of the resources I turn to when evaluating a curriculum choice is Cathy Duffy. Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curriculum. She has … [Read more...]

Super simple cardboard tube alphabet activity {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Cardboard Tube Alphabet Activity || Gift of Curiosity

In this installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a super simple cardboard tube alphabet activity. This activity is not only extremely easy to set up, it's also effective, because kids love to hold things in their hands that they can manipulate. And this activity is all about giving kids something to manipulate and fidget with while they learn. To prepare this activity, all you need is a cardboard tube and a marker. I used an empty paper towel tube, but a toilet paper tube or a gift wrap tube could work as well. With the marker, I drew a spiral line … [Read more...]

Cornstarch bead sculptures

Cornstarch bead sculptures || Gift of Curiosity

Every once in a while, a package arrives for me that has been packed using cornstarch beads. Cornstarch beads are biodegradable and non-toxic, so I always save them because they are awesome for creating some really cool and kid-friendly sculptures. In this post I share how you can make cornstarch bead sculptures with kids. Note: For more crafts projects your kids will enjoy, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page. For this activity, I set the following materials on a tray: Basket full of cornstarch beads (we used white ones, but you can also find multi-colored ones) Small container … [Read more...]

4th of July Bingo game {free 4th of July printables}

4th of July Bingo || Gift of Curiosity

America's most patriotic holiday is coming up soon - the 4th of July! Last year we participated in an old fashioned 4th of July celebration with sack races, pie eating contests, egg toss competitions, nail driving contests, and a bucket brigade. This year I invite you to celebrate the holiday with my free printable 4th of July Bingo game. Plus, did you know that playing Bingo can help children develop their executive functioning skills? Executive functioning skills are controlled by the frontal cortex of the brain, and they are integral to the development of important skills such as impulse … [Read more...]

Miniature letter hunt with a magnifying glass {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Miniature letter hunt || Gift of Curiosity

What is it about a magnifying glass that intrigues kids so much? My kids have always enjoyed playing around with a magnifying glass to look at things up close. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing an activity that involves hunting for miniature letters using a magnifying glass. I set up this activity by placing a Learning Resources magnifying glass on a tray along with one worksheet from my Miniature Letter Hunt printable (see info at end of post to get this printable for yourself). Each worksheet has several teeny, tiny letters on it … [Read more...]