All in Breakfast Invitations
Break out the plastic eggs, because this easy Easter game is a hoot.
Every year around this time, I can pretty much find half of a plastic Easter egg in any room. It’s just standard. Easter is to plastic eggs as Christmas is to Santa. They. are. everywhere. I know you can relate.
So rather than stepping on the plastic Easter eggs, let’s gather them up and have some fun.
It’s a preschooler’s dream color game activity!
Hot Wheels and bright colors make an excellent combo for learning.
In fact, my five year old ATE THIS ONE UP and the younger guys eagerly followed along.
My five-year-old is in a young fives class and I knew they have been learning color words. Since I haven’t done much reading with him at home, I was interested to see what he was retaining. Sure, I have a Masters in Reading, but I wanted this year to be a year of discovery at home as he received phonic instruction at school.
Come to find out, my five-year-old has nailed color words and this Breakfast Invitation was such a fun one to play with all my boys. See how I added variety for my three-year-old and one-year-old inside!
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.
Hold Up! I have the most fun spring activity for kids.
I know you are drowning in stickers. They may be dot stickers, or the latest assortment from the Target Dollar Spot. Regardless of the shape and design, run and grab them now.
The best part of this spring activity?
It works for ALL ages! I had my 22 month old, almost four-year-old, and five-year-old all working together as I prepped breakfast and drank my hot tea.
How is this possible?
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!
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!
Are you drowning in stickers?
Try this fun activity to use up all those half used sticker sheets stuffed in your junk drawer.
One of the main reasons I love stickers so much is that each one prompts my boys to tell a funny story. The boys are quick to tell me what’s on the sticker, or how they plan to use it. Stickers offer opportunity for conversation and this Breakfast Invitation is sure to get them talking.
It’s quick. It’s fun. And it offers an opportunity for a quick chat at breakfast that may surprise you, like it did me!
Here is a fun, sorting activity that will also help your preschooler better understand which letters belong in their name.
Why Practice Name Construction with your Preschooler?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to write their own name, recognizing that it must begin with a capital letter.
They will also be asked to recognize (and print) upper- and lower case letters.
This is a great game that you can use to work with your preschooler when recognizing the letters, and order of letters, in their name.
Begin to practice name recognition with this DIY Name Construction Game.
What do you do when your children love hot lava as much as they love snacks?
You make fine motor hot lava games, of course.
My boys love hot lava.
I find that it can sneak up into our living room, and also make it’s way into the cracks of the parking lot. Hot lava seems to be everywhere. And who knew? I am thinking that hot lava and kids seem to be this unspoken language that unites them all. Apparently, it’s a thing and I am determined to run with it.
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.
Ready to get your child moving? Try this prewriting activity.
Now, I know, writing and moving your body are not typically seen together.
It’s a little like me asking you to add pickles to your ice cream.
But put the two together to help encourage your child to move left to right, along with seeing lines as straights, zigzags and curves, and you’ve got magic.
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.
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!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! I’ve got your Breakfast Invitation secret weapon.
Kids love seeing their name. Like, loooooooooove seeing their name.
And so do we. We use our names to mark our success at workouts, sign off on an email, and to simply identify which Starbucks frappacchino is ours. We find it especially funny when it gets written incorrectly.
Names are a beautiful representation of who we are.
Let’s use names to help our children grasp a marker, identify letters, and hold their hand steady to design a circle as they find their name.
Kids and Socks, Math and Graphs.
Anyone else seeing this powerful connection? They just go together.
Graphs are simple to make, and have a strong impact with learning.
Graphs offer a visual that shows your preschooler a clear understanding of how many, and which object has the most. - These are key concepts that will continue to be discussed throughout their life.
You know when you have these moments where you preschooler REALLY gets it?
Like, adrenalin rush, super excited to complete the task?
It all began with Color Sort on our Breakfast Invitation Cards.
As my preschooler eagerly sorted shades of blue and different shades of green, it led to a couple questions.
“Which shade of blue is the darkest?”
“Which shade of blue is the lightest?”
And Whamo! - This quick and easy Breakfast Invitation was born. Quick and easy, use what you already own.
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!
Pick the ONE thing you want to improve, and focus on that ONE skill.
What I mean, is if you want to focus on fine motor skills, stay focused on task at hand.
Here, it is to strengthen the little muscles so that down the line your child can correctly cut and hold a pencil.
You want to stay focused with your goal.
If the goal is fine motor grip, try not to also throw in letter recognition and sequencing. You can keep the brain power to a minimum so that your reluctant toddler or preschooler can really zone in on what they need to work on.
Here, it is fine motor.
This Breakfast Invitation is super simple to set up that’s packed with a punch of foundational skills.
One of the best ways to learn is through exploration.
Taking pieces, and moving them around for intentional, hands on learning.
This indoor game was great for my five-year-old, and also perfect for my 3.5 year-old.
Different ages, and different personalities will extend in different ways. This is exactly what you are looking for.
Shapes; one of the most fun ways to watch your preschooler's development unfold.
Working with shapes will begin with shape identification, develop into spatial awareness, and continue on to understanding how shapes fit together in our world.
Why Manipulate Shapes Now?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:
Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
You do not have to master this in Preschool, but this is a FUN way to begin the introduction now.