Weather I Spy Game {free weather printables}

Weather I Spy Printables || Gift of Curiosity

I've got a new printable for you today! In keeping with the weather theme I've been posting a lot about lately, this printable is a Weather I Spy Game. Hope you and your little ones enjoy! You'll find more resources for learning about weather on Weather Unit Study page my Weather Activities Pinterest board.  There are a total of three printable games in the Weather I Spy download, with three different levels of difficulty. This allows you to tailor the activity to your child's level. This is also great when you have children of different ages who want to do the same activity. I Spy … [Read more...]

Q-Tip Painted Letter Pages {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Q-Tip Painted Letters Fine Motor Activity || Gift of Curiosity

One of the many tasks involved in learning to write is for kids to develop the fine motor control needed to hold a pencil properly and use it to form accurate letters. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a printable q-tip painted letters activity that helps kids with letter recognition as well as the development of their fine motor skills. I printed out several letters from my Q-Tip Painted Letters printable pack for X-Girl to work on. I put the letters on a tray with a small bit of paint and a q-tip. I showed XGirl how to hold the … [Read more...]

Cloud classification craft {lessons about weather}

Cloud paintings || Gift of Curiosity

During our weather unit, we spent quite a bit of time studying clouds. I had no idea how truly fascinating they were until we began learning more about them! We read several books about clouds that talked about the cloud classification system. My kids and I worked on classifying clouds ourselves. Then we did this cool cloud classification craft project that combined art with a lesson about the clouds. Note: You'll find more weather-related activities on my Weather Unit Study page.  From our previous work learning about cloud classification, we knew that clouds were classified … [Read more...]

Montessori Weather 3-Part Cards for building weather vocabulary

Weather 3-Part Cards || Gift of Curiosity

If you are studying weather with your children, I've got a fun new resource available for helping kids build their weather vocabulary: Montessori Weather 3-Part Cards! I hope you'll find these weather 3-part cards to be a good resource for teaching your kids about the sun, clouds, tornadoes, rain, snow, and much more! You'll find more resources for learning about weather on Weather Unit Study page my Weather Activities Pinterest board.  My weather 3-part cards include cards for the following weather phenomena: Sunny Cloudy Partly … [Read more...]

Writing letters on sandpaper {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Writing Letters on Sandpaper || Gift of Curiosity

Sandpaper letters are a common material in the language area of the Montessori classroom. I previously shared a post showing how I've used sandpaper letters to help my kids learn their letters. My son, especially, has always enjoyed the sensory aspect of sandpaper letters. He likes to use his fingernail to scratch the sand off the sandpaper. Because he enjoys sandpaper so much, I thought it would be fun to find other ways to use sandpaper for teaching the alphabet. The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series involves writing letters on sandpaper. This is a fun activity … [Read more...]

Weather science: How to make a cloud in a jar (2 different methods!)

How to make a cloud in a jar || Gift of Curiosity

A cloud is formed when water vapor condenses into water droplets that attach to particles (of dust, pollen, smoke, etc.) in the air. When billions of these water droplets join together, they form a cloud. As part of our weather unit, we read several books about clouds. Then we decided to get into some hands-on science by making our own clouds in a jar. There are several methods for making a cloud in a jar. In this post I share two methods we tried and I explain how they work. You'll find more resources for learning about weather on Weather Unit Study page my Weather Activities Pinterest … [Read more...]

Weather science: Cloud classification activities for kids

Cloud classification || Gift of Curiosity

When we did our weather unit, I knew we had to include some activities to learn about clouds. Little did I know that there is an entire system in place for classifying clouds based on their shape and height in the sky. Classification is a key scientific skill, so this makes for a great weather science activity. In this post I share some cloud classification activities for kids that are perfect for a weather unit study. You'll find more resources for learning about weather on Weather Unit Study page my Weather Activities Pinterest board.  To learn about clouds, we of course started … [Read more...]

Initial sounds practice with dot stickers {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Initial sounds practice with dot stickers || Gift of Curiosity

A few weeks ago I shared a dot sticker printable designed to help kids match uppercase and lowercase versions of each letter. That printable was well received, so I decided to create another dot sticker printable focused on helping kids identify the initial sounds of words. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing this printable and showing how I used it with my daughter. This activity makes use of dot stickers. In general, I recommend using dot stickers that are at least .75″ in diameter. If the stickers are too small they become very … [Read more...]