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This board is a collection of our themed learning shelves, and DIY learning activities for preschoolers and toddlers.
DIY Learning Activities
Themed Learning Shelves
Home Learning Tips
A colourful fine motor activity for children to work their little hands and fingers! Find the two halves of a heart with the same colour and peg them on the cardboard to complete the heart. Find more Delightful Valentine’s Day activities for kids and download a FREE Valentine’s Day printable pack on my blog.
Have some paper cups at home? Try these 3 easy and hands on counting activities with paper cups! ⭐️ Recommended for 2 to 6yo. 👉🏻 For 2yo, use numbers 1 to 5 only. 👉🏻 For 3yo, use numbers 1 to 10. 👉🏻 For 4yo and up, use bigger numbers 11 to 20 or try skip counting by 2, 5 or 10 if they are up for the challenge!
This activity checks off everything on the criteria list of a good learning activity: hands-on, fun, low prep and it teaches the subtraction concept so well! 👉🏻 Recommended for 3 to 6yo. 👉🏻 For 3 to 4yo, write numbers and have the children cut away the number of strips of sticky note. 👉🏻 For the older 5 to 6yo, write simple subtraction problems. Children solve the problems and cut away the number of strips of sticky note according to the answers. Find more fun hands on learning activities
This activity that will get your kids to write and draw with great delight! You can keep this this rainbow paint zipper bag on the window for a few days. I left mine up for almost a week and my children love drawing and writing on it every day. TIP: If your child has a tendency to scratch the zipper bag, get them to use a cotton bud to draw on it instead. . . 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 7yo. 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, let them draw and make random markings on it. 👉🏻 For 4 to 7yo, let them write letters
Cutest rabbit activity for kids to learn letter R! 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 5yo. 👉🏻 For our young 2yo, skip the uppercase and lowercase letter sorting and simply thread the carrots through the ribbon. 👉🏻 For 3 to 5yo, sort uppercase letter R and lowercase letter r and thread the carrots through the ribbon of the correct rabbits.
Children will have fun moving their rabbit 🐇 from number to number and practise counting, number sequencing and number matching! 👉🏻 Recommended for 3 to 6yo. For 3 to 5yo, move the rabbit from 1 to 12 or according to the written numbers. For 5 to 6yo, toss two dice and add up the numbers on top of the dice. Move the rabbit to that number. Or move the rabbit according to their parents’ mobile number.
Through this simple and fun game, children learn about surface tension (when the water goes higher than the glass without spilling). And of course there is so much thrill trying not to be the one to spill the water eventually. This is a great motor skill test for kids too!
Mess free Christmas painting activity for your little ones! Watch the colourful ornaments magically appear on the Christmas tree with water! Tip: Offer your child a small paintbrush so that he or she won’t soak the paper towel too quickly. Have fun with this one! More fun Christmas Theme activity on Happy Tot Shelf blog
Christmas edition of our most popular cotton bud counting cards. Again it’s a big hit with my 3yo! This DIY learning toy helps young children learn 1 to 1 correspondence counting and hone their fine motor skills as they count and insert the cotton bud ornaments. 🎄 👉🏻 Recommended for children 2 to 5yo 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, count and insert the cotton buds. Then use fingers to trace the numbers. For 4 to 5yo, practice tracing the numbers with a whiteboard marker.
Here’s a super low prep activity for kids to learn vowels and letter matching! Set up this Vowel Christmas Tree in less than 5 minutes and invite your child to find and dot the vowels in matching colours. 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 5yo 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, use either uppercase of lowercase letters. For 4 to 5yo, match uppercase to lowercase letters. More Christmas theme activities on blog.
You have to try this hands-on counting activity with your little ones! This checks so many important learning objectives: counting, colour matching, fine motor skills and it’s absolutely fun for children! 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 6yo 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, write a number and practice counting from 1 to 12. For 4 to 6yo, write a simple addition or subtraction problem on the star. More Christmas Theme activities on Happy Tot Shelf blog.
Santa’s here to teach counting, addition and subtraction! Watch the full video and see how you can use this DIY toy to countdown to Christmas Day! 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 6yo 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, use this activity to practice counting and number matching. For 4 to 6yo, practice addition and subtraction
A fun shape matching and sorting activity for the toddlers and preschoolers. Time to hoard some empty toilet paper rolls and make this toy! 👉🏻 Recommended for 2 to 5yo 👉🏻 For 2 to 3yo, use basic shapes like square, rectangle, circle, triangle. For 4 to 5yo, include polygons like pentagon and hexagon.
Children learn best when they can use their hands! In this activity, children insert the half black cotton buds according to the numbers. Then they count the number of cotton buds to get the sum. Don’t forget to save this pin and make this Addition Ladybug one day!
3-in-1 learning toy to teach children counting, addition and subtraction! Friends, you have to make this 10 Frame Flip Board. This DIY learning toy is so effective to help young children understand 1 to 1 correspondence counting and visualize addition and subtraction.
A hands-on and easy activity for children to practice counting! Grab your painter’s tape and try this Sticky Number Line activity today! 👉🏻 Recommended for ages 2 to 5yo 👉🏻 For 2yo, draw dots on the sticky tape and invite your child to stick the pompoms on the dots. For 3 to 5yo, write numbers 1 to 20 and invite your child to count and stick the pompoms on the numbers.
Does your child hate brushing or flossing teeth? You have to try this activity! Invite your child to be the dentist here. Use the yarn to floss the teeth to remove the food (playdough) stuck between the teeth (the ice cube tray!). Then brush the teeth to remove the plaque. Use this activity to talk to your children about the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth.
When writing these books, my goal was to make the abstract math concepts relatable and meaningful for young children. Each story brings children through the day of the cute animal characters so they can see how Math is used in everyday life! I also added materials at the back of each book so that you can use them to create fun hands-on activities for your children to reinforce the Math concepts. The Happy Learning Math books are now available on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Lazada and major bookstor
This is a DIY toy you must make! This Cotton Bud Skeleton Fish got my 3yo so interested in counting! She was having so much fun inserting the cotton buds to make her skeleton fish. This DIY toy is good for teaching 1 to 1 correspondence counting and honing children’s fine motor skills.