Alphabet Dominoes {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}


Learning the sounds that each letter makes is a crucial skill for learning to read. Also important is learning to identify the initial sound of a word. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a set of Alphabet Dominoes you can print and use to support your child's letter-sound knowledge. Playing Alphabet Dominoes is easy. Print off a set of Alphabet Dominoes and help your child find the domino with a green "start" dot on it. This is the first domino your child will lay down. From here, have your child identify the initial sound of the … [Read more...]

Sequin decorated pumpkins {Halloween fine motor activity}


Sequins are great for adding a little shine to things, and these sequin decorated pumpkins shine bright and beautiful for the Halloween holiday. If you are looking for a fun and sparkling way to decorate pumpkins this year, try making these sequin decorated pumpkins. Your little ones will put their fine motor skills to the test with this activity! Note: For more kid-friendly Halloween activities, see my Halloween activities for Kids page. To make sequin decorated pumpkins, I prepared a tray with the following supplies: glue small pumpkin sequins I gave my kids … [Read more...]

Farm Animals Sudoku Puzzles {free printables}


I still have fond memories of the farm unit I did with my kids when they were younger. Sometimes I miss the days when they were still in preschool. Sigh. . . Nonetheless, I'm happy to be adding another farm printable to my printables collection today. For those of you who are planning a farm unit or who have kids that love farm animals, these Farm Animals Sudoku puzzles are for you! These printables are good for kids in preschool through early elementary school. Sudoku is a great way to exercise one's brain with fun, engaging, puzzles that stimulate critical thinking and cognitive … [Read more...]

Life-Size Alphabet Board Game {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}


If your kids love to move and bounce around as much as mine do, this activity will give them plenty of opportunity to do just that while also helping them to learn their letters. In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series, I am sharing an activity that involves making a life-size alphabet board game to teach kids their letters. This activity is flexible and can be done indoors or outdoors using whatever materials you have on hand. Lately, my kids have been working on learning the letter sounds as they are taught in the All About Spelling curriculum we … [Read more...]

Mummy Pumpkins {Halloween decoration}


This is a super simple, super cute idea for decorating your Halloween pumpkins this year - turn them into mummies! With just a few supplies, kids can make adorable mummy pumpkins to decorate the front porch this Halloween. Note: For more kid-friendly Halloween activities, see my Halloween activities for Kids page. To make mummy pumpkins you need the following supplies: A pumpkin A roll of gauze (look for a roll that is 2" in width) Glue and/or tape Googly eyes (not pictured, optional) My kids were game to create their own mummy pumpkins. XGirl started by … [Read more...]

Halloween I Spy {free Halloween printables}

Halloween I Spy Printables || Gift of Curiosity

My kids love Halloween. Starting in September we have endless conversations about what they want to be for Halloween. (As of this writing, XGirl is planning to dress up as Ron Weasley from Harry Potter and QBoy is going back and forth between Harry Potter and Thor.) I love creating printables for the major holidays, so today I have created a set of Halloween I Spy printables for your children to enjoy. Note: For more Halloween printables, see my Halloween Activities for Kids page. There are a total of three printable games in the Halloween I Spy download, with three different levels of … [Read more...]

Sorting Letters by their Physical Characteristics {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Sorting letters by their physical characteristics || Gift of Curiosity

In order to learn the alphabet, children need to be able to recognize the shapes of all the letters. This requires them to attend to the physical characteristics of each letter, including whether the letter has straight or curvy lines. In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series, I am sharing three sorting activities that helps kids focus on various physical characteristics of the letters. As children pay more and more attention to these physical characteristics, their ability to recognize and identify the letters of the alphabet will … [Read more...]

Hardware-decorated pumpkins for Halloween

Hardware pumpkin || Gift of Curiosity

Today I've got a cute idea for decorating your pumpkins this year that will also develop kids' fine motor skills. Check out our hardware-decorated Halloween pumpkins for some inspiration! Note: For more kid-friendly Halloween activities, see my Halloween activities for Kids page. CAUTION! As with any activity, you will need to determine if this activity is safe for your child given his or her developmental level, fine motor skills, and ability to use the materials safely. Provide appropriate adult supervision at all times when doing this activity. I prepared the activity by setting a … [Read more...]