Handwriting Practice: Gingerbread Salt Tray

Handwriting practice in the salt tray has been working for our family. My kindergartener practices writing letters and numbers and and we’ve just introduced a few sight words.  My 10-year-old does cursive writing practice and writes his spelling words in the salt tray. The delicious smelling gingerbread spices and the texture of the salt make this a great sensory writing experience. We have both our candy cane salt tray and our gingerbread one out on the table this week.

writing for kids cursive practice

 

Use the salt tray for…

  • practicing handwriting or cursive writing skills
  • pre-writing strokes for toddlers and young preschoolers
  • spelling words for older kids
  • sight words for new readers
  • a sensory play tray with scoops or little cars or animal toys

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Place Value Activities for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade

We use a lot of games and activities to get out of the workbook pages and learn basic math concepts. Here are some great place value activities for 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade and beyond.

Use your whole body to play the Stomp It! Place Value Game. This was so easy to set up. In fact, having the kids help me set this up was a big part of the learning experience.

stomp it! place value math game

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Handwriting Practice: Candy Cane Salt Tray

Make handwriting practice fun with an easy salt tray.  Inexpensive and fun to put together, even more fun for kids to do handwriting practice (cursive practice, too) this salt has the fragrance of peppermint and is a great sensory experience.   

writing for kids

Ways to Use the Salt Tray

  • Practice learning letters and numbers for younger children.
  • Practice sight words for kids learning to read.
  • Practice spelling words for older kids. 
  • As a sensory experience.
  • Pre-writing skills for toddlers and preschoolers: draw lines, curves, shapes, etc. 

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Best Free Books for Kids {+Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review}

Best Free Books for Kids on Amazon

There are some great free downloadable ebooks for kids on Amazon, if you dig around a bit.  These are free for Kindle, but you don’t need a Kindle to read them. You can download the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet.  As with all Amazon products, prices are subject to change.

free ebooks for kids

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The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories For Children

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Treasure Island

The Secret Garden

The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights

Little Women

Hobbit Lessons – Sampler: A Map for Life’s Unexpected Journeys

The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America

The United States Constitution

United States Bill of Rights

Gettysburg Address

Dolphins: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series Book 3)

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection

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An Elephant and Piggie Inspired Christmas–and The Pigeon, too

We love Mo Willems books, especially Elephant and Piggie.  They are a super fun series for kids who are learning to read. I think I enjoy them as much as my kids do. Gerald the Elephant and his best friend, Piggie, are simply hilarious. 

Elephant and Piggy

 My daughter and I set out to make some holiday ornaments inspired by the Elephant and Piggie books, but guess who kept showing up? The Pigeon! Ideas for how the Pigeon could be a part of this project just kept popping into my daughter’s head. “How about he pops out of one of the presents?”, she giggled.  Then later, “What if we dressed him up like an angel and put him on top of a tree? Wouldn’t that be hilarious?”  Yes, just like in all the Elephant and Piggie books, the Pigeon always finds a way to be included. He’s spunky like that.  [Read more…]