Math

July 6, 2017
Busy bags are easy activities for toddlers and they're fun activities for preschool too. Busy bags can be simple and easy to set up, if you have the right materials. They're great for fine motor skills practice for 2 and 3 year olds and incorporate lots of creative play and STEM for toddlers and preschool STEM, plus alphabet activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how to make over 60 activities from $12 worth of stuff from a dollar store. Easy DIY activities and easy set up. Great for road trips, airplane rides, and anywhere else you need to occupy your 1 year old or your 2-3 year old.

How to EASILY Make Over 60 Busy Bag Activities for $12

Busy Bags for Toddlers and Preschoolers are Simple AND Fun!   What can we do with $12 in items from a dollar store? Lots! 😉 But, we’ll focus on busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers today*. 🙂  What are “busy bags?” They’re portable activities that keep little ones “busy” or […]
April 9, 2017

15 Things to do with Easter Eggs (besides finding them!)

Easter is almost here, and there’s a lot more we can do with eggs than “just” find them! Here are some other things to do with the eggs: 1. Match them (same color/design, same part of the egg, same size). 2. Stack them (and knock them over). 3. Sort them […]
March 4, 2017

Sorting Fun!

We haven’t done sorting activities in a while, so I started setting up an activity for both of them (3yrs and 17 mo), but Buddy Boy came over and started playing before I could finish setting up. So, missing from this activity are tweezers, other bowls (plain, not colored), and […]
February 24, 2017

12 Benefits of Marble Runs

      Marble runs are great for open-ended building. They’re an example of a STEM toy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). And, they’re a lot of fun, both for the kids and the adults. But, what are the benefits to marble runs, besides fun the whole family can enjoy?   […]
February 12, 2017

What is a playful learning activity?

A playful learning activity occurs when children learn through play. It’s something children enjoy doing and are able to explore and be creative on their own. There are often very few directions or guidelines because it’s an open-ended activity. The activity in this picture is a playful learning activity because: […]
January 30, 2017
Easy and fun indoor water play for toddlers and preschoolers. Water play is a great sensory activity for toddlers and makes for fun scooping and pouring for preschoolers as well. It's quick to set up and a lot of fun when you're stuck indoors. Read more about it at Lessons and Learning for Littles!

Easy Indoor Water Play

Who doesn’t love playing in the water? There’s a reason they make those water fountains and often have them in waiting rooms- the sound of water is relaxing. Kids are no different, so when Buddy Boy wandered over to the dogs’ water bowl and started splashing around, I decided it […]
January 22, 2017
Simple toddler science activity and an invitation to play for a whole-child based approach to learning for toddlers and preschoolers. STEM activity for toddlers. Preschool STEM doesn't need to be complicated to be fun! Try this simple color blending science activity for 2-3 year olds from Lessons and Learning for Littles.

Why is it purple? 2 ways to experiment with color blending (without paint!)

Color is all around us, but what makes each color unique? Sweet Pea is into ‘speriments (experiments) and colors (specifically matching), so I wanted to expand on that by having her see what happens when colors mix together. Buddy Boy enjoyed watching the fizzing (colored vinegar dropped into baking soda). […]
January 22, 2017

3 Simple Playful Learning Activities to do RIGHT now!

You know that look on a child’s face light up when he/she discovers something new and exciting? Playful learning activities help achieve that! Or when suddenly, something they’ve been trying for a while finally works? Isn’t it such a great thing to witness, especially after they’ve been concentrating or working […]
January 20, 2017

Will it fit?

The ability to make size comparisons is an important skill to have for success in math. It’s also important to be able to experiment, which also happened with this activity. Buddy Boy (1yo) was interested in seeing if things fit in various openings, so I made him a box to […]

Connie Deal

Connie Deal

Executive Director at Lessons and Learning for Littles
Connie is the mom of two toddlers and 3 dogs. When they're not doing activities, Connie and her kids are gardening, taking pictures, going for walks, or enjoying time outside. Connie left the classroom when she became a mom, but she's a teacher at heart and loves helping others.
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