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Hungry Caterpillar Count Up for Your Three Year Old

Need a simple activity to count to ten?

This hungry caterpillar game is a great way to reinforce counting, and gain a better understanding that a group of objects are represented by a number name.

Sounds simple, right?

Not really. The truth is that many times we rush preschoolers right on through rather than taking the time to understand quantity.

We assume just because they can count to ten, they also understand what ten really means. But they don’t always truly understand. And without a solid foundation in how a group of ten is made, taken apart, and built back up again, we are doing a disservice for our children by not taking the time to do this.

So, I am here to help bridge the gap.

Your Breakfast Invitations Startup Guide: Cranky to Creative in Six Steps

Looking for a way to begin your day with less morning television and more creative kids?

Getting our children to play more on their own can be a challenge. We wake up and are immediately on with a million tasks.

What if it didn’t have to be that way?

This is a startup guide to better understand how to plan your day, minimize screen time and roll out your next ten Breakfast Invitations. Because like bread and butter, these all seamlessly fit together.

I am a mom of three little boys five and under. Mornings were not my favorite and I felt overwhelmed by cranky kids watching morning television. TV seemed to zap their imagination for anything that followed.

Truth is, I just wanted to wake up being able to drink my tea HOT, and have children that were able to use their imagination and play.

So I dug deep into my teacher brain and found a solution.

We all crave balance between being able to take on parenthood, and enjoy the days that come with that tall order.

I am here to help you achieve this balance with this startup guide.

Fill the Empty Space

I’ll be the first to admit that Tetris is pretty addictive.

There is something about mixing the sizes and spaces that keeps me up all night wondering how it all fits together. Call me crazy, but Tetris changed the way I see the area and volume of a shape.

So, when I first saw this idea on @bare.nutrients I knew that I needed to add it to our collection of Breakfast Invitations. There was something so compelling about finding the right sizes and shapes to fit into the empty space similar to a Tetris game. Talk about a game that generated thinking and conversation!

Number Line; A Simple Counting Game

Remember the number line?

Here is a simple way to introduce, and play with, a number line at home!

If we begin learning math concepts by doing, the better they will stick. Here, your child can move and count the objects as they are placed. It’s a hands-on way to better understand the sequence of numbers.

And I know what you are thinking!

Here she goes with that painter’s tape again. Well, you’re right! Painter’s tape is my ultimate supply and can pretty much liven up any old game that used to be done with pen and paper. It is hard to pick favorites, but I am pretty sure it is right up there with the counting bears.

This number line game makes a fun Breakfast Invitation to help you drink your coffee and pop the bagels in the toaster in peace! Set it up in 5 minutes the night before and watch it unfold. Join Us!

How to Teach Your Phone Number

Want to teach your phone number?

Start with this simple and fun phone number activity!

I know the importance of my preschoolers knowing my phone number, and yet I continued to put it off.

Perhaps I was intimidated by the fact they would have to memorize a sequence of numbers, or if I felt like they weren’t ready. I am not sure why I was hesitant to start.

But you know what?

It literally took this introduction, plus a followup simple tactic to make it stick in a matter of days. Here’s what we did.

Hands On Counting Game for Kids

Ready to practice counting? Grab your dot stickers and markers to get started.

We all know that counting is important.

However, what is more important is that children are touching the objects as they count.

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Beth, what does this mean?!

What this means is that we want preschoolers to practice pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.

How we do this, is we ask our children to TOUCH THE OBJECT as we COUNT ALOUD. You don’t want to miss this super fun Breakfast Invitation.


Rainbow Valentine Hearts

Ready for a fun Valentine Breakfast Invitation?

Try this Rainbow Valentine Heart activity and create a handful more for classmates!

“Who wants to come play a game with hearts and rainbows?”

Rainbows and hearts. I had them at hello.

Once my boys, 3.5 and 5, heard rainbows and hearts they both came running. Bummer, I thought. I should have made more. Not a bad problem to have because you can whip this up in minutes!

Light the Strand; a fun Winter Breakfast Invitation

Looking for an indoor activity this winter break?

Dot the lights is where it’s at.

We already know that dot stickers make crazy fun Breakfast Invitations.

Spider Webs crawled throughout the 7 continents on Instagram.

Christmas Trees raved on Busy Toddler.

And DIY board game helped keep us all going over Thanksgiving Break.

Bring out the dot sticker packs for the brightest Breakfast Invitation yet!

Gingerbread Man Sticker Match - a fun winter activity

Looking to introduce some key math concepts?

You know me. I am always thinking of ways to introduce those Common Core Math Standards now so when we all enter Kindergarten, it is a lot more head nodding than confusion.

I’ve been there. I’ve taught these standards. I assure you, they move FAST.

Here, I know that Kindergarteners will be asked to understand the terms match and pair. They are also asked to, directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common.

“You have a pair of socks. They are both the same.”

“These two stickers are alike because they both have 2 candy canes and a snowflake.”

“These objects are different because one of them roll and the other will stack. They are not the same.”

We can begin to introduce Kindergarten topics in an age appropriate way that is enjoyable.