Shaving cream writing {learning through sensory play}

Writing practice using shaving cream || Gift of Curiosity

Since the start of the school year, both kids have been learning at full speed. At the start of the year, QBoy could recognize all his numbers but still struggled to write many of them. He has also been working on learning sight words using the You Can Read program from 1+1+1=1. XGirl, on the other hand, has also been learning her numbers as well as her letters (using our own curriculum, some of which I shared about in this post).  One afternoon both kids had been struggling a bit with writing various things. I really wanted them to get it right, but they were finding it very laborious to … [Read more...]

Best of the Weekly Kids’ Co-op

Fall sensory basket for babies from Golden Reflections

Here are some of my favorite posts from last week's Kids' Co-op. Rangoli-inspired sand art from My Little 3 and Me Fall sensory basket for babies from Golden Reflections Melted crayon pumpkins from My Big Fat Happy Life Preschool cutting station from An Idea on Tuesday Pumpkin unit with free printables in English and Russian from Welcome to Mommyhood And now it's time for this week’s Kids’ Co-Op Linky Party! I look forward to seeing what you share. If you link up, please grab the button below to put on your blog so others can find our party and join in. … [Read more...]

Learning the parts of a pirate ship

Learning the parts of a pirate ship || Gift of Curiosity

Ahoy matey! While studying pirates, we learned a lot about life on a pirate ship. I also wanted to introduce my kids to ship terminology. This post shares two activities we did to learn the parts of a pirate ship. Note: You can find more pirate-themed activities on my Pirate Unit Study page.  I found this simple but effective parts of a boat printable at Every Star is Different. Using this printable, my kids and I talked about how a boat has a front and back as well as a left side and right side. And we also talked about how each part of the boat has a special name: Front = bow Back … [Read more...]

Fine motor practice with pumpkins {guest post}

Fine motor practice with pumpkins || Gift of Curiosity

I am of the belief that kids should do lots of fine motor activities in order to strengthen their hands and fingers. Fine motor skills are crucial for kids to master tasks such as buttoning their shirts, tying their shoes, using scissors, and writing well-formed letters and words. But how do you get kids motivated to work their little muscles? I like to come up with seasonal and thematic activities that are engaging for kids while also helping them build their skills. Pumpkins, of course, are ubiquitous this time of year. Every store I walk in to is selling pumpkins of one size or … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Do-a-Dot Printables

Thanksgiving Do-a-Dot Printables || Gift of Curiosity

This year I have been busy updating and improving many of my printables. I recently decided to update my Thanksgiving Do-a-Dot Printables in order to add 19 new do-a-dot printables on top of the 10 Thanksgiving do-a-dot pages I shared last year. I hope your kids will enjoy this updated pack with lots of fun new learning printables for kids ages 2-6. Note: If you enjoy these printables, check out my entire collection of Thanksgiving Printables, more do-a-dot printables, and see my post sharing 15+ ideas for using do-a-dot printables for learning.  My Thanksgiving Do-a-Dot Printables pack … [Read more...]

Sand in a bottle craft

Sand in a bottle || Gift of Curiosity

When pirates aren't on their ship, they are usually near the ocean. In my mind, ocean equals beach equals sand. So when we were doing our pirates unit, I thought it would be fun to create this sand in a bottle craft. :-) Although we did this craft as a tie-in to our pirate unit, it would also be a great way to talk about the layers of the earth and to show kids what happens in an earthquake. Note: For more fun craft ideas, see my arts and crafts for kids page.  To make our sand in a bottle crafts, we gathered the following materials: Craft sand in a variety of colors Tall, thin … [Read more...]

3 fun ways to decorate pumpkins with kids {Weekly Kids’ Co-op}

3 fun ways to decorate pumpkins || Gift of Curiosity

Our family loves to carve pumpkins, and we plan to do so again this year. But carving is certainly not the only way to decorate a pumpkin! Check out these 3 fun ways to decorate pumpkins that have been shared at the Weekly Kids' Co-op. What will inspire you and your children this week? Note: For more kid-friendly Halloween activities see my Halloween Activities for Kids page. I love these sensory pumpkins from A Little Pinch of Perfect! These would be so fun to touch and explore once they were dry! If you enjoy looking at the stars in the evening, you'll love this idea for … [Read more...]

Pirate ship fine motor craft

Sew your own pirate ship fine motor craft || Gift of Curiosity

During our pirate unit, we learned a lot about life on pirate ships. Ships, of course, were central to pirates' lives and were where they spent a great deal of their time. This is a simple pirate ship fine motor craft that kids of all ages can make. The best part is that kids can customize this craft to their liking and make the pirate ship reflect their own sense of style. Note: You can find more pirate-themed activities on my Pirate Unit Study page.  I started by cutting two half-ellipses from a grocery store bag in order to make the body of each boat. I explained to my kids that … [Read more...]