Phases of the moon art and science activity

Phases of the moon art and science activity || Gift of Curiosity

When we did our space unit several months ago, my kids and I spent a lot of time studying and observing the phases of the moon. We also did a simple Montessori activity to learn about the surface of the moon. The phases of the moon art and science activity I am sharing today builds upon those previous lessons to reinforce some facts about both the moon's surface and the phases of the moon during the course of each 28 day moon cycle. Note: For more moon-related activities, see my Space Unit Study page.  Although we had previously learned about the phases of the moon, we started this … [Read more...]

Building letters with foam blocks {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Building letters with foam blocks || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is about building letters with foam blocks. This activity really helps kids to focus on the shapes that make up a letter - lines, curves, dots, right angles, sharp angles, etc. This activity is inspired by the book How to Build an A by Sara Midda. The book comes with a variety of foam shapes in a drawstring bag for safe keeping. And each page of the book shows how to use the foam shapes to build a different letter. When XGirl was working on the letter 'A,' she used the foam blocks to practicing building an uppercase … [Read more...]

Ocean I Spy Printables

Ocean I Spy Printables || Gift of Curiosity

The ocean is such a fun topic to learn about with kids. A little more than a year ago I did a comprehensive Ocean Unit with my kids. More recently, I decided to create an Ocean I Spy game to add to my collection of ocean printables. I Spy games are great for working on visual discrimination, counting, and learning the names of various ocean animals. There are three different versions of my Ocean I Spy printables included in the download, with three different levels of difficulty. In this way, you can tailor the activity to your child's level. This is also great when you have children of … [Read more...]

9 fun and beautiful ocean crafts to make with kids

Ocean crafts || Gift of Curiosity

Did you catch my roundup of ocean sensory play ideas last week? Well, this week I'm back to share nine fun and beautiful ocean crafts to make with kids. Check out these ideas from some very talented bloggers. Note: For more ocean-related activities, see my Oceans Unit Study page. Fine motor jellyfish craft from Buggy and Buddy Crystal seashells from Little Bins for Little Hands Seashell and beach glass collage from Adventure in a Box DIY sand handprint craft from Milk and Cuddles Fun and easy fish craft with scales and fins from Preschool Toolkit Bubble … [Read more...]

Free Road Letters printable for learning the alphabet {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Road Letters || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is called Drive the Car on the Road Letters, and it is perfect for kids who love toy cars. You've probably met - or maybe even parented! - a child who adores toy cars and takes them everywhere. You have probably seen a kid who makes "vroom" sounds all day while driving a toy car around. Well, this activity is for that child. And it's a sneaky way to use the child's love of cars to help him or her learn the alphabet. I have created a set of printable road letters. Simply print out the letters your child is working on, and then … [Read more...]

Free printable First Day of School signs

Free printable first day of school signs || Gift of Curiosity

Aaugh! I can't believe the summer is more than half over already! My kids start school again in just three weeks. We moved homes this summer and I still feel like everything is in disarray. I really wanted to finish unpacking boxes and getting all furniture in place before the school year starts, but I don't know how likely that is at this point. Nonetheless, whether I am ready or not the start of the school year is approaching. Today I'm offering some free printable First Day of School signs you can use to take pictures of your child that capture how they look at the beginning of the new … [Read more...]

11 ocean sensory play ideas for kids

Ocean sensory play || Gift of Curiosity

Young children love learning about the ocean. Young children also love sensory play. So why not combine the two and treat them to some ocean sensory play fun? Here are 11 fantastic ocean sensory play ideas to get started with! Note: For more ocean play and learning ideas, see my Oceans Unit Study page. Beach sensory bin from Here Come the Girls Ocean in a bottle from Happy Hooligans Sand slime from Little Bins for Little Hands Underwater I Spy jars from Adventure in a Box Big and small ocean water bead search from 3 Dinosaurs Ocean play dough invitation … [Read more...]

Magic Water Painted Letters {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Magic Water Painted Letters || Gift of Curiosity

The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity I call Magic Water Painted Letters. This activity takes advantage of a special paper that turns a dark color when exposed to water, but then quickly dries out. Kids will enjoy how magical this activity seems. And parents and teachers will appreciate their kids' enthusiasm for practicing letters. I set up this activity with our Water Magic Water Painting Kit. The front of the kit folds open to create a table top easel kids can use to "paint" with water. Included in the kit are two paint brushes. I set … [Read more...]