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10 Super Simple Playdoh Activities

Learn and Play with Clay

Playing with play dough, theraputty, or clay is more than just a fun, creative, and relaxing sensory activity. Squishing, pinching, rolling, squeezing, smashing, making shapes, pretend food, and animals with these materials are all great for building muscles in the hands. Theraputty is exceptionally great because it comes in various resistances. Playing with clay is an amazing fine motor activity for children. You can choose to use only your hands, household items, or purchase playdoh toys on amazon. Children will have fun learning and playing with clay using these 10 super simple playdoh activities.

1.) Hide small objects like coins, beads, or tiny stones for your child to hide and bury and then pull out. Please be careful with young children to ensure they do not eat small objects. 

2.) Roll the clay out into a really long log or snake then twist and turn the snake to form letters, shapes, or numbers. 

3.) Roll clay into a string, cut it into small pieces with a scissor. This is a great activity for kids just learning to use scissors.


4.) Pinch off small pieces with just the thumb and index finger to make “confetti”.

5.) Use stamps, puzzle pieces, or letter magnets to press into the putty to also work on educational components. You can even use cups, bowls, spoons, or other household items to make shapes.

6.) Make a rainbow and learn about colors with play dough.

7.) Learn about the weather by making rain and sunshine out of clay.

playdoh sun

8.) Bug-themed fun! Create bugs that children read about all the time. Butterflies, ladybugs, and caterpillars are easy to make with play dough. See our list of 10 Fun Bug and Insect-themed books.

playdoh caterpillar
butterfly playdoh

9.) Read “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” then make your clay pizza or other food. 

10.) Practice letter recognition by rolling clay into letters. You make an example and then have the children try.

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Learning the Parts of a Plant

Parts of a Plant: Lesson Plan and Worksheets for Kids

This article will provide a FREE lesson plan for teachers along with worksheets for kids who are learning the parts of plants.

What are the different parts of a plant?

Teaching Instructions:

​For this activity, you can bring plant to class or even ask your students to bring in a flower to show the class. If you have access to open grass, pick a daisy to show the class. Ask the students questions about the parts of a plant. Is it a flower, tree, or vegetable plant? Where are the different parts of the plants located? Point out the different parts of the plant as the students talk about them. Show the children the stem, roots (if they are any visible), leaves on the plant, petals (flower plants), and/or fruit or vegetable bearings from the plant.

Have students define the vocabulary words listed below. Ask students for definitions before defining the words for them. This gets them thinking and allows you to see how much they already know.

Read a plant book to the children and have them complete a worksheet based on their knowledge level. View worksheets below and check out our unabashed list of books about plants.


plant Vocabulary:

Toddler to Kindergarten

  • Seed
  • Soil
  • Plant
  • Grow
  • Sprout
  • Root
  • Stem
  • leaf

First Grade to 3rd Grade

  • All Toddler to Kindergarten Vocab
  • Flower Buds
  • Seedling
  • Petals
  • living and non-living
  • Germination
  • photosynthesis

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Plant and Flower Books – Unabashed Kids List

Storytime provides a great opportunity to teach new lessons to children. This list of 12 books about plants and flowers is a wonderful addition to a plant life cycle lesson for children. At the bottom of this post you can take…

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Plant a Seed – Watch it Grow! Activity for Kids

Plant Life – Lesson Plan for Young Kids

​This is an easy, fun, and interactive lesson plan that can be doctored to serve kids from ages 2 to 12. Older children can go more in-depth by making detailed observations and learning plant terms, and life science. Included in this lesson plan are ideas for planting a classroom garden. Scroll below this article to view a list of books about plants, learning plant parts worksheet, and plant/flower-related craft ideas. ​

Activity: Planting Seeds

Objective: Plant a seed, and watch it grow! The children will learn how to plant a seed, observe the seed life cycle, and discover the growth of their own plants over time.

Please Note: Planting seeds and tracking their growth will take several weeks.

Items Needed:

  • planter or cups – with small holes on the bottom
  • soil
  • seeds (suggest 3 seeds per student)
  • area with sun exposure
  • Spray bottle – water
  • plate to catch water drainage

Key teaching points:

  • Seeds come from plants.
  • Seeds can become small baby plants.
  • Seeds need water, air, and sunlight to begin growing.
  • Some seeds are on the outside of the plant. Strawberries have seeds on the outside.
  • Some seeds grow inside pods.

Teaching Instructions:

  1. Have a class discussion about seeds and plants. Find out what the children know about seeds. Reading a book to the class can be a helpful way to teach children what they do not know about plants.
  2. Give each child 3 seeds.
  3. Ask children to describe what we might need to plant a seed.
  4. Give each child a cup filled 3/4 full of potting soil. (Fun Activity: have children decorate the cups before planting day.)
  5. Demonstrate poking 3 holes in the soil with your finger, one against each side of the cup, and drop seeds into the hole; have the children do the same.
  6. Demonstrate how to spray the soil with water from a spray bottle so the seed is wet but not swimming in a puddle of water. Have the children take turns spraying their cups.
  7. Have the students point out a place in the room that will give a plant enough sunlight. Place the plants on a tray in an area with adequate sunlight.
  8. Have children take turns spraying their seeds with water daily. Set a time out for your class to check the seeds daily and chart their growth.

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3 Interactive Counting and Subtraction Song Activities for ages 2 to 6

3 Interactive Counting and Subtraction Song Activities for ages 2 to 6

Ever tried to get a kid to sing or count along with you, but they were too distracted? 

Getting a little one to start counting when there are more interesting distractions around (cocomelon, classmates, toys, or kids playing games on youtube) can be a challenge. This list of 3 interactive counting activities and songs can help you compete with all of the distractions stopping the child you’re working with from counting along with you.

4 behavioral management tips for educational activities with young children.

  1. The first tip is to remove all distractions. Television, smart board, i-pad, and/or cell phones must be off and put away. 
  2. Remove the child from any toys that are not a part of the activity. 
  3. Before you begin clearly let the child or children know that it is time to count or sing. This is important because then they know what will come next and can be mentally prepared for what you expect from them. 
  4. Give signals that counting will be a fun activity. This can be as easy as a smile or happy voice. If counting has been a fussy or tantrum causing activity in the past, then the prior tip is of the utmost importance. 

Make Counting Songs Interactive 

There are plenty of children’s nursery rhymes that include numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction skills.  This article will highlight 3 of these songs. 

  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • 5 Little Ducks
  • 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed
Image of 5 Little Ducks interactive song board. Includes lyrics of nursery rhyme, mother duck, little ducks, and hills.

How to use the interactive Song boards in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom – 

Below you will find a FREE interactive board to go along with each song. It’s simple to use. Sing the lyrics on the board, while cueing the child(ren) to remove an animal as the number gets smaller. 

A full classroom can interact by taking turns pasting the frogs, ducks, or monkeys on the velcro board or an individual child can bond with an adult while singing the song.

“The children in the Pre-K classroom loved this interactive game during circle time.”

The printouts provided for FREE will be good for small groups or an individual child. Teachers can choose to write the lyrics of the song out on a poster board to make the activity more group friendly. Children can take turns pasting the animals on the board or removing them as the song goes on. The children in the Pre-K classroom loved this interactive game during circle time. Make sure you sing the song at least 2 times to give each child a turn or sing more than one of the interactive songs. 

Items Needed

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**** If you do not have a laminator or velcro you can store the pieces in a zip lock bag and do the activity at a table. Placing each piece on the paper as you sing the song. ****

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