Beginning Sounds Alphabet Clip Cards {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Beginning sounds alphabet clip cards || Gift of Curiosity

Kids generally first learn letters sounds in isolation from words, but eventually they need to develop the skill of segmenting the sounds in words to identify the letters that form those sounds. For most kids, it is easiest to identify the initial sound from the rest of the word (rather than trying to identify the middle or ending sound). The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is a free printable activity that provides children with opportunities to practice identifying beginning sounds and their corresponding letters. I hope your children will enjoy my Beginning … [Read more...]

20+ books about dinosaurs for kids

Books about dinosaurs || Gift of Curiosity

Do you have a dinosaur loving kid? Check out this collection of 20 books about dinosaurs for kids. Below I have received children's books about dinosaurs that include both non-fiction and fiction selections. Enjoy! Non-fiction books about dinosaurs Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons This wonderful non-fiction book from one of my favorite children's authors provides some wonderful detail about non-bird dinosaurs for kids ages 4-8. Gibbons shares how dinosaurs lived a very long time ago, and many of their bones were turned to fossils. Today, paleontologists dig up those bones to learn what … [Read more...]

Dinosaurs Do-a-Dot Printables {free}

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

Somewhat to my surprise, my kids have shown basically zero interest in dinosaurs to this point. But I know there are lots of dinosaur loving kids. In fact, I heard from many of you when I put a call out for feedback a while ago, and many of you were excited to request some dinosaur themed printables. Today I'm happy to share my new Dinosaurs Do-a-Dot Printables Pack for all the kids out there who are dinosaur fans. My Dinosaurs Do-a-Dot Printables pack contains 20 pages of dinosaur do-a-dot worksheets. As kids complete these worksheets, they will work on one-to-one correspondence, … [Read more...]

Making letters with kinetic sand {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

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As I've written before, I am a big fan of kinetic sand. It is a really awesome material for sensory play that feels like sand but at the same time is so different than sand. Given how awesome kinetic sand it, I thought it would be fun to use it to teach the alphabet. So the next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is making letters with kinetic sand. So what is kinetic sand? It is a mixture of 98% regular sand and 2% non-toxic polymer that is just delightful to play with, as it moves so different than 100% pure sand. See my post about using kinetic sand in sensory … [Read more...]

Addition and subtraction practice with numbered dice

Addition and subtraction with numbered dice || Gift of Curiosity

Looking for a way to bring a bit of fun to your child's addition and subtraction practice routine? Try out this basic math facts practice activity using numbered dice. For more activities, resources, and printables for teaching math, see my Math Activities for Kids page.  For this activity, we used our set of whole number dice, a sheet of paper, and a pencil. I provided my son with two numbered dice, one featuring numbers 1-6 and one featuring numbers 7-12. I also provided him with one dice featuring addition (+) and subtraction (-) signs. (You can purchase these great dice on … [Read more...]

100+ Free Valentine’s Day Printables

Free printables for Valentines Day || Gift of Curiosity

Long-time readers will know that I love creating educational printables to share here at Gift of Curiosity. Over time, I have created a number of Valentine printables to share with my readers. And if you are like me, you love finding free printables to use with your kids. Today I have compiled a list of over 100 free Valentine's Day printables you can download and use this February. This list includes a wide variety of Valentine cards, Valentine coupons, Valentine games, Valentine coloring pages, and lots of Valentine learning printables. Bookmark this page or save it to Pinterest, … [Read more...]

Mess free letter painting {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Mess free letter painting || Gift of Curiosity

As I've said before (see here and here and here), I like letter practice activities where kids don't feel stressed out when they make a mistake because the mistakes can be easily erased. Such is the case with the activity I'm sharing today, which is is not only fun for kids but also provides a great sensory experience. So without further ado, the next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is mess free letter painting. The trick to making this a mess free activity is keeping the paint securely inside a plastic bag. I squired a bit of purple tempera paint into a … [Read more...]

Painted clay hearts {Valentine craft}

Painted clay hearts || Gift of Curiosity

Last year, my kids attended a Valentine's Day Party where they exchanged Valentines with the other kids. Instead of bringing traditional Valentine's Day cards, they decided to make painted clay hearts to give to their friends instead. For more Valentine art projects, see my Valentine Activities for Kids page.  To make our painted clay hearts, we started with our magic mud clay. I helped the kids pinch off small bits of clay to roll into balls. Then we flattened our balls into round pancakes about 1/4 inch thick. Then we used our fingers to pinch one end to create a … [Read more...]