5 Awesome Ideas for Thinking Outside the Curriculum Box

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Every month when we get our new little yellow school bus box, I spend some time looking through the Teacher Guides. More often than not, I brainstorm fun things to add as we work through each topic. Most of the time, those ideas take the form of sensory activities.

I thought it’d be helpful to other preschool homeschool mamas to share a few of the ideas that we’ve come up with. Keep in mind that we adjust the activities each month to work with what we’re learning about.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

Sometimes I’m all about doing our own thing, though. You know, making it work for us. Here are a few awesome ideas for thinking outside the curriculum box.

preschooler playing with snow and beakers in plastic bin
Bring Nature Indoors

Not long after our Weather All Around Us theme, we brought some snow inside and had lots of fun pouring and measuring with it. All you need is a container of some sort and a few beakers or measuring cups.

preschooler exploring dinosaur figurines in sand sensory bin
Play with Sand/Water

For our Dinosaur Dig theme, we put together a fun Dinosaur Pretend Play Sensory Activity with sand and stones and of course dinosaurs. The little guy loved this and still does. It’s lasted longer than just about any other sensory activity we’ve done.

preschooler exploring human body sensory bin with red water beads and organ figurines
Just Add Water Beads

When we learned about My Amazing Body, we created a Human Organs Sensory Activity with water beads. Little kids love water beads. And they’re such a great texture too.

preschooler dumping dish of small animal figurines into arctic sensory bin
Sensory Play Activities

One of the things that we’ve been doing is creating a themed sensory bin each month. When we were working through our Winter Wonderland theme, we used clear stones, arctic animals, and sticks.

preschooler holding butterfly figurine in palm of hand
Small World Pretend

In November, we went on a Rainforest Adventure and used our activity tub to put together a small rainforest of our own. We used black beans and fake moss as well rainforest animals to create this Rainforest Floor Sensory Activity.

Mother Goose Time is such a blessing to us, but I definitely love being able to do our own thing sometimes too. After all, you’re really only limited by your imagination.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our It’s a Small World theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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