New York City: Preschool Lesson Plan

For our preschool learning time, we recently did a unit on New York City! It was so fun to "travel" to one of my favorite cities. And extra special that our son was with us when we went to New York a couple of years ago.

For these preschool lesson plans, we spend a week focusing on one topic. I pick out a few books and look for a few activities on Pinterest. Here is what we did:

D A Y // 1

+ Read All Aboard! New York
+ Statue Of Liberty craft: paper plate for the crown and toilet paper roll for the torch
+ Watched a YouTube video about New York City

We even got baby girl to wear it for a minute!

 D A Y // 2

+ Read Count On The Subway (a fun souvenir from our trip!)
+ Skyscraper craft - using construction paper and tissue paper for the windows

D A Y // 3

+ Read New York: A Book Of Colors
+ Made taxi cab craft using popsicle sticks

 D A Y // 4

+ Read Little Blue Truck Leads The Way
+ New York City coloring pages

D A Y // 5

+ Read Toot Toot Beep Beep
+ Made Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery in NYC
+ Magnatiles skyscraper building

Here is an updated lesson plan printable you can use! Click on the image to download and print from home!

4th Of July Paper Sparklers Craft (Star Wands)

Happy 4th of July friends! We made these fun kid friendly "sparklers" to celebrate today.

+ card stock
+ star stickers
+ crayons
+ ribbon
+ paper straws
+ packing tape because 1 and 3 year olds have trouble waiting for glue to dry!

We used a free star printable from The Mama Notes as a guide for the stars. The link also includes other 4th of July printable activities for kids.

We also have been reading these two books we bought in our time visiting Mount Vernon in Washington D.C. to learn a little about United States history:

America: A Patriotic Primer
Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America

Stay healthy and safe today!

Outdoor Picnic

Our current lunch time routine includes an outdoor picnic, even if it is raining! The days continue to overflow into each other. If it wasn't for a dinner calendar on the refrigerator, I might loose track of the days! This is not a complaint but rather an observance of life in this current season.

Our days start out with breakfast, then a learning activity (now including my daughter which is a joyful challenge!), and then we head out for a run/walk for me with the stroller while my son tags along on his bike.

We then head home for lunch and outdoor play. Then a quick snack and show while I take a shower. And we are through the biggest hump of our day. Aw nap time. Sweet bliss.

Why we love outdoor picnics:
+ no crumbs to sweep up!
+ messy eating and messy play time can happily be together
+ transitioning from morning play to nap is a great time to change into cozy clothes
+ I can see my children play from the kitchen while I prep lunch in peace
+ sitting outside is peaceful for us all

The end. :)