Best Preschool Activities in 2016

This list of favorite posts will inspire kids as well as grownups to play and learn! Enjoy the variety of crafts and activities that are fun for kids aged toddler through to kindergarten. 

Top 10 posts 2016 Preschool Toolkit

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As parents and teachers of preschoolers you are always on the lookout for awesome crafts and activities. That's why a year end review is so important.

A best-of-the-year roundup provides an opportunity for teachers and parents to grab content with a proven track record. Each year, there are some activities that are timeless and others that reflect trends.

I strive to create and share options that can be added to your daily schedule as is, or modified to suit the ages and skill levels of the children in your care.

Reflecting on past achievements helps all of us at Preschool Toolkit grow in our journey to contribute to the early learning environment in a meaningful way,

Thanks for joining me on this early learning journey. 


Top preschool posts of 2016

The posts are organized into 4 categories: Science - Organizing - Recycling - Seasonal

They include evergreen activities as well as seasonal and holiday ideas to add to your toolkit.

  • Trains and cars, traditionally popular toys for kids, headline the searches.
  • Holidays like Mother's Day are a close second in popularity.
  • With organizing being a big topic these days, we found our toy organizing post to be one of the most searched this past year.

I'm excited to list the 10 activities that were most read and shared in 2016.


More and more, teachers and parents are consciously integrating STEAM projects into their daily activities and curricula.

STEAM = Science + Technology + Engineering + Art + Math

You are probably already applying STEAM principles in your daily activities in more ways than one. When kids help in the kitchen they measure and mix ingredients (math and technology). When kids build a fort they pile pillows and drape blankets (engineering). Puzzles (math) and drawing (art) and gardening (science) are all experiences that kids enjoy everyday.

 We have several STEAM activities included in our top 10.

1. Make a train with paint and some recyclables. Fill the train cars with cargo to deliver at the station.

Train craft made with recyclables


 2. Design and build a train track with cardboard and tape. Take your train on an adventure around the track.

Train tracks kids craft


3. An inclined plane is easy to make. Roll marbles into small cups for some math fun.

Cardboard inclined plane craft


4. Kids love racing cars down a slope. To add more STEAM fun you can vary the degree of the incline or paint the inclined plane.

Inclined plane for kids


5. A simple fan is all that's needed to explore the strength of wind. Kids will love choosing objects for the experiment and predicting which ones will move in the wind.

Wind science for kids



There is a lot of talk around organizing and minimizing these days, and that includes kids toys and classroom settings.

We have several options for organizing toys and small parts in this post. 


 6. Upcycle clean boxes and containers to store toys, small parts, and craft materials.

Easy organizing and storing tips



You might have already noticed that we promote crafts and activities that recycle clean materials. We reuse everything from cardboard to plastic to foam. This big big flower was one of our most popular crafts!

7. Kids can make a big, big flower for pretend play. Put all the big pieces together for some giant fun!


Big flower craft for kids


Holidays and events add a festive touch to crafts and activities.

Here are the ones that were the most popular on Preschool Toolkit blog in 2016.


8. Valentine's Day! This lift-the-flaps game is fun for all ages and can be adapted for any theme.

Lift the flaps Valentine game



9. Mother's Day! A simple bouquet will brighten mom's day. Kids will be proud to present flowers tucked into a funnel holder.

Bouquet craft for kids


10. Spring! What better way to welcome spring than with a butterfly craft!

One simple step will help turn this caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.

Caterpillar to butterfly craft for kids


The crafts and activities that are popular with kids and grownups can vary from year to year. They depend on the interests and needs of families to make them relevant. 

Thanks for visiting our page in 2016, offering comments, sharing ideas, and engaging in the activities with your kids. And thanks for continuing to read and grow with us in the coming year.


Have fun with our top 10 of 2016!

And enjoy the new year as we explore, discover and create together!

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