Easy Ways to Enhance Learning & Curriculum through the Power of Play
Give little learners the foundation they need for school and life with this essential collection of activities from veteran preschool teacher Katie T. Christiansen. Using her years of experience developing curriculum, she has curated 75 easy hands-on projects centered on the most important skills children should practice between the ages of 3 and 5—from literacy, math and science to gross- and fine-motor skills and social-emotional mindfulness. Best of all, these activities require minimal preparation and use affordable, everyday items, so they’re perfect for busy, budget-conscious caregivers and educators.
Harness the power of learning through play with projects like the Alphabet Mystery Can, which helps children learn about letter sounds to prepare them for reading, and the Outdoor Color Changing Volcano, which is an explosive introduction to simple science concepts. The My Feelings Sensory Bottle teaches little ones to identify and talk about their different emotions, and the Rip and Snip Tray helps develop hand strength and dexterity for an easy transition to writing. With Katie’s expertise and balanced approach to early childhood education, , plus tips for individualizing activities for each unique learner, this must-have resource will give you the tools to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond.
About the Author
Katie T. Christiansen is the creator of the popular children’s learning website Preschool Inspirations. She has worked in the early childhood education field for 20 years and is the author of the children’s picture book Wild Animal Babies. She lives near Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and children.
“Children will love these effective, fun, easy-to-implement activities. Katie’s expertise as an early childhood educator shines through.”
–Jamie White, M.Ed, co-creator of Play to Learn Preschool
“Katie covers it all in this beautiful collection! Who knew that research-based activities could be so much fun?”
–Anna Geiger, M.Ed., creator of The Measured Mom
“These activities are not only fun and engaging, they will get students ready for kindergarten. This book has so many activities you and your child will love.”
–Jennifer Kadar, M.Ed., creator of Simply Kinder
“Katie is a go-to expert for early childhood educators around the world! Preschoolers will love the hands-on fun that awaits them. Meanwhile, teachers and parents will love that it's all clearly laid out, from math and literacy to science and beyond.”
–Alex John, M.S. Special Education and Curriculum Design, creator of The Kindergarten Connection
“Finally! A practical book that connects all the fun activities to the critical preschool skills that support them. No worksheets here, just purposeful and effective early learning activities.”
–Sarah Punkoney, MAT, creator of Stay At Home Educator
“Katie has put together an amazing collection of activities that encourage learning in playful, hands-on ways, keeping young children engaged! This is exactly what I look for while planning ideas for my preschool classroom and what I share with my teaching community.”
–Sheryl Cooper, creator of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
“Parents need fun, playful activities that will cover the skills their children need to learn. This book fits that need: kids will love these activities and parents will be happy that the materials are easy to find.”
–Karen Cox, creator of PreKinders.com
“When families ask me what they can do to be kindergarten-ready, I’ll be recommending this book.”
–Virginia Stewart, M.Ed., NBCT