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Preschool learning activities for homeschool or classroom, parents or teachers. Topics covered include preschool math, preschool reading, preschool science, and preschool writing activities and games.

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Christmas Bubble Art & DIY Wrapping Paper
Remember the Christmas Bubbles we showed you the other day?  Well, we did even more with them than we first[...]
Book of the Day: Chalk
Chalk by Bill Thomson (2010)Chalk is a wordless picture book we discovered at the library that I'm now considering buying[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers #2: Winnie-the-Pooh
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Reading Strategy Tip #1: Making Real-Life Connections
This is the first in a series of posts about reading strategies I model and use with my own children--Luke,[...]
Snow & Ice Activities for Kids
Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a[...]
{Fall for Bar Soap!} Kids will beg to wash their hands!!
We switched to bar soap at all our sinks a few months back and it has been great!!  I initially[...]
Books + Creativity on Tuesday Tots #linky
This past week I was impressed with some really creative book posts shared on Tuesday Tots!  If you missed the[...]
Fun Food: BUGS for Lunch!
I am not a go-out-of-my-way-to-make-your-food-look-cute kind of mom.  Sorry, kid!  Here's your plain Jane, looks-the-same-as-it-always-does lunch.  Now eat it up![...]
ABC Find Write Erase Bath Game
Did you see the Bath Tub Drawing Boards we created?  If not, hop over to our sister site, Parent Teach[...]
A Pre-Reading Curriculum for Preschool
In the past two months or so, I have researched LOTS of different options for teaching letters, sounds, rhyme, etc. to[...]
Simple Math: Hands On Addition
If your child has good number sense, he or she may be ready to start learning easy addition.  Here's a[...]
Printable Homework and Morning Work – and how I’m using it in my kindergarten homeschool!
This past year I have been doing kindergarten homeschool with my oldest child, who just turned 6. By mid-year, his[...]
Thanksgiving Books for Kids
It is already November and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here!  This list shares some of our favorite[...]
Do preschoolers understand chapter books?
That's a tough question.I've read a fair number of chapter books to L&L so far.  We started when Luke was[...]
Winter Activities for Kids
Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 6: Dot and the Dog
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!FREE BOB Books Printable Pack for[...]
100 Word Challenge & a Sticker Chart
Luke, who turned 4 in February, is beginning to learn to read.  He has ALWAYS loved books and will spend[...]
20 Preschool Math Activities
I think it is so important to help your child gain an understanding of math concepts at an early age.[...]
Creating Comfy Reading Spaces: Reading in Bed
Do you want your child to read more?  Do you wish your child ENJOYED reading?  One way you can help[...]
Abacus Patterns Printable Cards – FREE
One of my favorite math toys...I mean math manipulatives...to use with my children when they are young is an abacus! [...]
Flower Number Cards
**This counting practice activity for kids is brought to you by Malia of Playdough to Plato. There’s no surer sign[...]
Our Favorite Picture Books: Caps for Sale
Caps for Sale:A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Businessby Esphyr SlobodkinaL&L really love this book because[...]
125+ Ways to Practice Making Letters
  Here are lots of different ways you and your child can practice making letters!  A lot of the ideas[...]
Earth Day Round-up!
Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day 2012, here are all the posts on the blog that use recycled,[...]
{Raising Tadpoles: A Documentary} – Day One: We have Tadpoles!!
Last week my mom told me she had found some tadpoles for Luke (4.5yo) and Lilah (3yo).  I have to[...]
Follow In Lieu of Preschool on Pinterest
Do you have preschoolers or young children?  Are you a parent or a teacher?  Are you a babysitter or a[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 3 Dot
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!Here are the FREE Printables for[...]
Strategies to Use When Reading with a Child
I think reading is one of the most important things you can do with your toddler or preschooler...or infant...or school-aged[...]
Easy DIY Block Puzzles: Practice Estimating and Counting
      I found this idea on Pinterest quite awhile ago, made my own cards one night on a TV tray while catching[...]
Holiday Printables: Journals for Kids
Just yesterday I came across two very cute holiday printables for kids from a fellow blogger at Upside Down Homeschooling.[...]
A "Batty" Pocket Chart Poem: Teach Rhyme using Kids’ Names and other Pocket Chart Tips!
The kids and I really enjoy doing a calendar time as part of our home preschool routine.  Often this practice[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers #1: The Magic Tree House series
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Hands-on Counting Practice
We have been using a 1-100 abacus to practice counting lately.We found ours at a thrift store for $6, but[...]
Sidewalk Chalk Writing Practice
Changing the scenery, the utensils, or the writing surface can often help to motivate a less-than-willing writer.  My 4-1/2 year[...]
Rock Collection Fun
Rock collections can be lots of fun and very educational, too!  We've just started our own.How do you start a[...]
If you could only have ONE children’s picture book…
...I'd highly suggest it be this one:The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury:Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloudselected by[...]
"I Can Spell My Name" Hopscotch Game
Here's a variation of hopscotch we play to help the kids learn to spell their names.  I briefly highlighted the[...]
Printables for BOB Books: Set 1, Book 10 Peg and Ted
The FREE printables to go along with BOB Books for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 10 - Peg and Ted[...]
Wash and Learn: Math in the Bath!
The kids have been having the most fun playing in our educational baths and showers!!  This week, we're going to[...]
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Bath
Welcome to this week's Alphabet edition of Wash & Learn!  After you read about our alphabet bath, be sure to[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 1 Mat and Book 2 Sam
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!I am over the moon excited[...]
Chapter Books for Preschool
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books with kids and what chapter books to start[...]
Free BOB Books Printables: Books 1-6
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or get posts in your email today!The FREE BOB[...]
Reading Two-Digit Numbers: Easy DIY Activity
Our new number blocksLuke (age 4 years, 2 months) is really into learning numbers up to 100 right now.  I[...]
Ladybug Activities for Kids
Welcome to Tuesday Tots! This week I'm featuring lots of ladybug activities for kids from the Tuesday Tots linky and[...]
Science Experiments in the Bathtub
This Wash & Learn collaboration with Bath Activities for Kids focuses on SCIENCE! For our bath time we focused on[...]
Letter of the Day Hand Stamps
We are excited to be guest posting today over at Playdough to Plato.  Be sure to stop by and check[...]
Thrifty Science: Growing an Avocado Houseplant
We made a big batch of homemade guacamole yesterday, so I saved the 4 avocado seeds in hopes of trying[...]
FREE printables for BOB Books Set 1 Book 8: Muff and Ruff
For more great BOB Books go-along activities and printables, be sure to follow my BOB Books Pinterest board!Here are the[...]
Artsy Valentine’s Cards: From Flop to Fabulous!
Here's another really simple idea for a Valentine's Card.  If you missed our first simple Valentine's Card, you can see[...]
Cheap & Easy DIY Salt Trays for Beginning Writers
Recently I wrote a post titled 25 Ideas to Get Your Child Ready to Write.  #2 on that list was to[...]
Peter Rabbit Small World Book Play
My kids and I are huge fans of classic stories.  The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are some of our[...]
Help! My child doesn’t like books! — 25 Ideas to get your little one to love reading
I've been asked on multiple occasions what to do in a situation where a child doesn't seem to like books, so I thought I'd[...]
Book Review & Giveaway: The Princess Who Wore Glasses
The Princess Who Wore Glasseswritten by Laura Hertzfeld Katzillustrated by Jacob DuncanDo you know a little girl who is about[...]
All About Reading Level 2 — Releasing Sept 28th and 10% Off! #giveaway
All About Reading Level 2 is releasing tomorrow and from September 28 through October 8th, it is 10% off!  While I haven't personally viewed[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 4 Mac
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!Here are the FREE Printables for[...]
Merry Christmas Letter Play for Kids
  Our shower time today was pretty simple to set up, yet packed a big punch in the categories of[...]
An Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Game
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!This[...]
A Super Simple Math Dice Game
Here's a super simple math dice game for little kids in preschool, kindergarten, and perhaps first grade. The last time I[...]
Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions
Let me start by apologizing in advance for all the photos, but testing our homemade bubble solutions was such an[...]
Our Favorite Christmas Books: Part One
We have been reading and enjoying TONS of Christmas books for toddler and preschool aged kids this holiday season!  I[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Tornado in a Bottle: Easiest DIY Science Lesson EVER!
The tornado in a bottle is seriously the easiest homemade science lesson--even science TOY if you will--that you will ever make! [...]
Learning Numbers: Matching Counting to Print
My 3 year old is good at counting.  She can count to about 30 independently as long as you don't[...]
{Raising Tadpoles: A Documentary} Day Three — Oh, Sad Day!
In the days since the tadpoles have come to live with us, we have learned a lot about tadpoles and[...]
Submarine Science for Kids
I am always looking for ways to combine fun and learning for my two preschoolers and I love it when[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Flat Stanley
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Book of the Day: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
We're Going on a Bear Huntby Helen Oxenbury and Michael RosenThis is one of Luke's favorites!  At first, he was[...]
The Jesus Storybook Bible Reading Plan for Easter 2013
Last year we discovered The Jesus Storybook Bible makes for a perfect read during the season of Lent.  Lent is[...]
Our Favorite Picture Books: Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemumby Kevin HenkesThis picture book is adorable, and while you might think it sounds and looks girly, I have to[...]
Our 25 MOST Favorite Picture Books
Something about the number 25 is appealing to me right now, so I thought I'd share with you another "25"[...]
St. Patrick’s Tricky Leprechaun Activity Bath
  This is St. Patrick's Bath Week!!! Brought to you by Bath Activities for Kids and In Lieu of Preschool![...]
Even More Fun Activities for Kids using a Turkey Baster
Yesterday I shared 5 Fun Activities for Kids using a Turkey Baster as a guest post on WRAL: Go Ask Mom.  Click here[...]
Dinosaur & Volcano Small World Play
It's time for another Wash & Learn with Bath Activities for Kids!   This week we bring you Dinosaur &[...]
{Motivating Moaners and Groaners} Silly Sight Word Sentences!
My 4-1/2 year old son has not enjoyed practicing his sight words very much.  Awhile back, I started a sight[...]
Photo of the Day: Giant Stag Beetle!
We spotted this large beetle on a nature walk today at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve (Cary, NC).  He was holding[...]
30 Favorite Children’s Book Authors
We *love* to read at our house and I think it is one of the most important things you can[...]
Mad Bubble Scientist: Simple Ingredients, Amazing Results!
Come check out my latest WRAL: Go Ask Mom guest post which shares instructions for a really fun and super[...]
Book of the Day: Is Your Mama a Llama?
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarinoillustrated by Steven KelloggThis one was recommended while I was taking education courses[...]
Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids in the Bath
Welcome to Valentine's Bath Week!!  We hope you are enjoying all the fun bath times shared so far!  Today we[...]
DIY Lego Reading Rods
Yesterday during nap time, I repurposed some of our many Duplo blocks -- you know, the big Lego bricks made[...]
Book of the Day: Little Bunny Foo Foo
Little Bunny Foo Foo: Told and Sung by the Good Fairyby Paul Brett JohnsonI posted this on Facebook a month[...]
Blueberry Banana Muffins: Baking and Book Making
This past week the kids and I did 3 themed learning activities involving blueberry banana muffins!  Yum!  We baked together,[...]
My New Blog: Read it AGAIN, Mommy!
Quite awhile ago -- 2010 in fact -- I started Read it AGAIN, Mommy!, a blog where I intended to[...]
BOB Books Printables for Beginning Readers: Set 1, Book 5 Dot and Mit
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,  follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Sulia, RSS, and/or by email today!The FREE Printables for Beginning Readers Set[...]
Creating Comfy Reading Spaces: Our Audio Book Listening Area
An audio book listening station is easy to set up and doesn't take a lot of space.  Plus, a comfy[...]
LEGO Magazine: FREE!
If your child likes Lego, you can sign them up here to get Lego magazine for 2 years for FREE![...]
Book of the Day: Owl Moon
Owl Moonby Jane YolenThe story is about the first time a young girl gets to go owling (which just means looking[...]
Homemade Bubble Solutions & Indoor Bubbles!
Today I am sharing a super fun experiment over on the Steve Spangler blog!This is the PERFECT rainy, cold, or[...]
Our Favorite Christmas Books: Part Two
We have been enjoying TONS of Christmas books this holiday season, so I thought it'd be nice to share the[...]
A Fizzing Good Tea Party: Color & Chemistry Experiments Disguised as Play
Last week, the kids and I had so much fun making volcanoes in the kitchen, that yesterday when 4 year[...]
{Raising Tadpoles: A Documentary} – Day Two: LEGS!
In the days since the tadpoles have come to live with us, we have learned a lot about tadpoles and[...]
Must-See Math on Tuesday Tots! #linky
Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a[...]
Thrifty DIY Banks for Teaching Kids about Money
As L&L are getting a little older, I feel they're ready to start learning about money.  They often get small[...]
Pete the Cat Sensory Walk
Have you read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes yet?  It's a favorite around here!Head over to our guest[...]
BOB Books Printables for Set 1, Book 11: Lad and the Fat Cat
Here are the FREE BOB Books Printables for Set 1, Book 11: Lad and the Fat Cat!  This is the[...]
Creating Comfy Reading Spaces: DIY Rain Gutter Book Shelf for Kid’s Beds
We put up a vinyl rain gutter book shelf along the wall of Luke's twin loft bed about a year[...]
Our Favorite Picture Books
  These are some of our favorite picture books (in alphabetical order).  By favorite, I mean we've read them minimally[...]
DIY Wood Block Puzzles for Kids
The kids (ages 3 and 4) have been very into playing with their wood blocks lately!  They like to set[...]
Lenten Plan 2012: Reading the Whole Jesus Storybook Bible in 44 Days
As part of Our Preschool Plan for Lent, we are reading the entire Jesus Storybook Bible in 44 days.  It[...]
BOB Books Printables Jig and Mag Set 1 Book 7
Today I have FREE BOB Books printables to share with you for Set 1, Book 7: Jig and Mag!!  These[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Charlotte’s Web
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Tuesday Tots – April 23rd Edition
Welcome to Tuesday Tots!  This week I am on a mini vacation with the hubs sans kids so I will[...]
Super Simple Valentine’s Card Project
I try to do an arts or crafts project every weekday with L&L...weekends are bonus!  If we have little friends[...]
FREE BOB Books worksheets Set 1, Book 12
The final set of free BOB Books worksheets for Set 1 are here!  These printable packs go along with Book[...]
Pumpkins on Tuesday Tots! #linky
'Tis the season for PUMPKINS!!  And there were some GREAT pumpkin activities shared last week on Tuesday Tots!!Here were some[...]
Finding Answers to Kids’ Questions: "Why are my ears waxy?"
My 4 year old asks more questions in a day than I can track.  When I don't know the answer[...]
We caught a SNAKE!
We caught a SNAKE! We were weeding our yard yesterday when DH suddenly uncovered a little snake.  Now, I am[...]
Playing in the Rain
As long as it's warm out and not thundering or lightning, I don't mind at all if Luke (age 4)[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: The Mouse & The Motorcycle
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Stuart Little
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
Chapter Books for Preschoolers: Runaway Ralph
I've had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so[...]
3 Simple Numbers and Counting Activities
Here are my three current favorite numbers and counting math activities for my 4-year-old.  He really likes these and so[...]
Printables for BOB Books: 10 Cut-Ups {Set 1, Book 9}
The FREE BOB Books printables for Set 1, Book 9 -- 10 Cut-Ups -- are here!My printables can be downloaded[...]
Reading Strategy Tip #2: Encourage Story-Telling Through Play
This is a series of posts about reading strategies I model and use with my own children--Luke, who just turned[...]
WeGiveBooks: Read a book. Give a book.
Recently we found this really awesome website: WeGiveBooks.  The tag line of the site is "Read a book.  Give a[...]
Why I Love All About Reading’s Pre-Reading Program for Preschoolers #giveaway
We have been using the pre-reading level of All About Reading for several weeks now and we LOVE it!  I[...]
Pretend Play: Sensory Spider Shower
Let me begin by telling you that it is just UNREAL how much my kids enjoyed this shower, especially my[...]
Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel Like You’ve Never Heard Before! (plus a giveaway!!)
The Monday Musical series is a weekly feature on the blog each Monday.  It details the musical we listened to the[...]
L&L’s Nursery Rhyme Books
‎"Children who have lived in book-filled homes prior to going to school are known to be scholastically advantaged for the[...]
Christmas Bubbles
This is such a simple indoor bubble activity to set up and my kids have such fun with it that[...]
7 Activities to Play & Learn Letters
Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a[...]
Calling All Dr. Seuss Fans! — Seussical the Musical!
The Monday Musical series is a weekly feature on the blog each Monday.  It details the musical we listened to the[...]

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