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Grumpy Dumpling offers lots of activity ideas for kindergartners and ESL/EFL learners: everything from art and craft activities, songs, games, to literacy activities and printables.
Embroidery For Kids
2022-06-11 20:19
I must start this post with a confession: I don't think I've ever embroidered in my life. But my kid has shown interest in sewing over the last few months, so when I saw these embroidery cir… Read More
Montessori Floor Bed
2022-06-06 06:45
I can't seem to find anything negative to say about floor beds/mattresses. We've always used a floor mattress until now, but since we moved, we thought about getting an actual bed for E., so… Read More
2022-06-06 06:41
 It's extremely tough on us when a loved one dies. But it can be even tougher for a child (although it sometimes seems like they are unaffected or unconcerned) to cope with such events… Read More
How To Teach Colours To Your Little One
2022-03-22 18:07
First of all, you might be asking yourself when to introduce colours to your littles. Well, it depends on your kid, of course. If he clearly understands what you are saying most of the time… Read More
2022-02-21 08:55
This is by no means an original idea, just something that E. enjoyed doing: classifying animals. I only gave her flashcards of mammals and birds for now, because it's easier to spot the d… Read More
Fine Motor Tray With Acorns
2021-09-30 04:00
A simple autumn activity for fine motor skills: some acorns that we gathered together on our walk, homemade playdough, a tiny jar (with a small opening for some extra challenge), and large… Read More
Autumn Leaf Necklace
2021-09-29 04:00
We gathered autumn leaves last year and I laminated them and made some holes. Today we dug them out of our storage and used them for a cool necklace. I would like to try it with fresh leav… Read More
Nature Shapes
2021-09-28 18:21
We took a nature walk with the kids and talked about autumn signs, while gathering leaves, apples, acorns, and twigs. Then we reviewed shapes and made large ones on the floor, with washy t… Read More
Leaf Collage
2021-09-28 17:55
We picked some red leaves today, so I proposed this idea: let's cut the leaves into smaller pieces and glue them onto this shape (I initially wanted to draw an apple, but then I got lazy and… Read More
Dandelion Playdough
2021-06-26 15:21
I made dandelion playdough with the kids in my group and it was a hit! They've played with it every day since then.This idea was from the nature activitiy pack from I… Read More
2021-06-25 15:16
 If you have a bilingual child or if you are bilingual, then you are probably using both languages in the same conversation quite often. I do. This is called code switching."In ling… Read More
DIY Counting Board
2021-01-18 08:01
I found these spools of thread and the wool pompoms at a thrift store the other day and I had this idea. E. is more and more interested in counting + she loved balancing wooden balls on golf… Read More
Sale December 28 - December 30
2020-12-27 11:13
 It's been a while since the last sale. And what a better time for one than winter holidays? You can go to my store by clicking here, to see the freebies and the discounted printab… Read More
Free Printables For Cutting Skills
2020-12-19 12:18
I am writing a blog post about scissors skills, so I thought I would share with you a few free printables that you could just print out and give to your child, no prep needed.You can find th… Read More
2020-10-28 20:13
 Tomorrow we will have our Halloween party at kindergarten - E's first Halloween party! She is excited about wearing her monster outfit and about singing Halloween songs. For my gr… Read More
How To Choose Toys For Your Children
2020-10-11 12:27
I got asked this question often recently: what toys should I buy for my baby/toddler? And it's difficult to give an exact list, because children are so different from one another, some might… Read More
Activities With Pumpkins
2020-10-09 07:41
 It's that time of the year again. I always get excited about autumn, its colours, flavours, and smell. Pumpkins are great in cafe late, but how can your kids use them? Here are some id… Read More
Teaching Your Child To Clean Up
2020-05-27 09:21
Cleaning up can be a struggle for some families. I remember that a lot of parents have asked me how to deal with this issue: their children refuse to clean up just before bedtime, so they en… Read More
Scarf Play
2020-05-25 11:45
Scarves are wonderful open ended toys: you can even use them with babies, to play peek-a-boo, hide objects, hang them on the pikler triangle for them to pull, let them feel the soft silk on… Read More
2020-05-21 09:55
Ever since E. was in my tummy, I used to sing to her. I really enjoy singing and it seems that I've passed this on to her (I'm not a good singer, but kids don't really mind). She learnt som… Read More
2020-04-25 09:49
I prefer the term "potty learning" instead of "potty training" for an important reason: it places the focus on the child, rather than the adult. We don't need to train children, we need to p… Read More
Our Daily Rhythm At 17 Months
2020-04-23 08:52
Our daily routine has changed quite a lot since we can't go to public playgrounds anymore. I wish we had a yard, because that would be perfect for water play now that the weather is nicer. B… Read More
2020-04-20 19:50
Sportscasting’ is a term coined by Magda Gerber and it involves describing events that someone is observing in a nonjudgmental way: stating facts, rather than our feelings on what is h… Read More
Why And How You Should Rotate Toys
2020-04-07 09:32
When children are surrounded by toys, they seem to be less interested in them, going from one to another in a matter of minutes. They only contribute to creating a busy environment and somet… Read More
A Song About Farm Animals
2020-01-18 19:01
We have this new set of magnetic farm animals from Djeco and I wanted to teach E. another song besides Old MacDonald. I’m kind of bored with it, and probably Emma will soon be too. I c… Read More
What's On Her Shelf At 13 Months
2020-01-06 18:37
At almost 14 months, E. moves a lot…she rarely has time to sit still and play with the toys she has on her shelf. She’d rather climb the Pikler triangle, slide, or ride her bike… Read More
Making Mealtimes Relaxing And Enjoyable
2019-11-08 20:09
Mealtimes can be stressful for some parents. It can be frustrating to spend an hour in the kitchen cooking, only to watch your baby throw the food on the floor or paint the table with it fiv… Read More
Places To Go With Your Baby
2019-10-22 17:54
Now that E. is almost a year old, she seems to be craving interaction and loves exploring new places. So, I’ve made a list of places we’ve enjoyed visiting, hopefully for some in… Read More
DIY Play Sand For Sensory Trays
2019-10-13 18:09
It's Sunday evening, I just came home from climbing and put E. to sleep. So what now? Hm... I finally have some time to prepare some play sand for tomorrow.I wanted to make something brown… Read More
2019-09-30 18:32
I'm going to get straight to the reasons why I’m all for baby carrying:The first one is a general one: carrying your baby is a healthy thing everyone should do. Your oxytocin level go… Read More
How To Choose A Lovey
2019-09-14 17:49
E. has been fighting sleep recently, so I thought it might be time to introduce a lovey. We went shopping today and this is what she chose. I usually prefer gender neutral and realistic look… Read More
What We Have In Our Travel/Mystery Bag
2019-07-27 05:32
It’s not easy to be stuck in a car or travel with a baby. They need to be active, move around, and explore…how do they have so much energy?! My little one loves waving at random… Read More
Our Daily Routine (4-8 Months)
2019-07-19 18:32
Now that E. is eight months old, she had dropped a nap, so our daily routine changed a little. We finally managed to move bed time around 19.30, which means that we wake up earlier in the mo… Read More
Our Bedtime Routines (at Home)
2019-07-02 18:08
Routines are extremely important for babies, because even though they don’t understand time, if they have a set of clear routines, they know what to expect. Most kids are opposed to sl… Read More
Why We Chose To Use A Montessori Floor Bed
2019-07-01 07:16
When I got pregnant, my partner and I decided that I will sleep on a floor bed in E.’s room for the first six months (until the risk of SIDS decreases), while she will sleep in her cri… Read More
2019-04-23 16:49
Since E. has started using her hands and exploring the environment more, things have changed a lot. Now she is able to play on her own (although she still likes having me just next to her) a… Read More
Ice Cream Menu For Pretend Play
2019-04-19 06:53
Here's a fun way to practice colors and numbers! Create an ice cream stand, where children can pretend to sell and buy ice cream. This resource contains a menu that can be printed out and la… Read More
2019-03-12 12:17
I’ve got a lot of ideas for kindergarten activities. Unfortunately, some take a looong time to craft and write about. On top of that, I’ve been sick and E. has been keeping me bu… Read More
2019-01-02 18:33
Before having a baby, I had no clue what toys she would need during the first couple of months. The youngest kids I’ve taught are at least one. I have to admit that I got carried away… Read More
Webinars For Teachers
2018-12-29 18:03
Our place has been turned upside-down…we have a new family member and a whole lot of mess. That’s why I’ve been extremely busy over the past month and a half. But I finall… Read More
How To Make An Advent Calendar For Kids
2018-11-22 17:58
I usually make an advent calendar in December, because it’s a wonderful way for kids to keep track of how many days there are until Christmas and also it’s a fun way to practice… Read More
Halloween Flash Freebie - Count And Graph
2018-10-25 15:45
I know it's been a while since I last posted new products. To be honest, I've been postponing doing that because of the hassle I have to go through to protect the files.Today I finally had s… Read More
Fun Activities For Babies Under 1
2018-10-19 16:14
I’ve been writing a lot about activities for kids over 3, because I haven’t been teaching younger ones since starting the blog. This article is a bit different: it’s meant… Read More
Toddler Behaviour And RIE Parenting
2018-07-26 10:31
Magda Gerber’s philosophy and most of the books that I have read lately about RIE parenting and respectful parenting have had such a great impact on me, how I teach the kids in my grou… Read More
2018-05-25 14:57
Dear friends, On May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation—known as the GDPR—will come into effect. The aim is to protect the personal data of all EU citizens. To he… Read More
Oobleck Frog Pond
2018-04-14 13:16
If you haven't made oobleck before,  you need to do it as soon as possible. You can read more about how amazing oobleck is and how to make it here.Last week we learned about frogs and t… Read More
Fun Easter Activities
2018-04-02 17:03
Hi! It's been a while, but I hope these activities will make up for that. The kids had a wonderful time getting ready for Easter: they painted eggs, planted grass, and made cute chick and bu… Read More
St. Patrick's Day Activities
2018-03-17 08:08
These last couple of weeks have been all about the St. Patrick's Day party. The kids were extremely excited knowing about the party on Friday. I must say that I am not a big fan of parties… Read More
2018-03-04 12:59
Dear friends,I have been working hard on updating this resource pack, because it is one of my oldest products. I have added a couple more mazes and have improved the aspect of the other prin… Read More
Morning Circle Routine And A Freebie
2018-02-12 17:30
Can you believe it’s already February?! I started working at a new kindergarten and with all the new things happening I lost track of time. I’m excited to share with you some pho… Read More
2018-01-20 11:54
I want to tell you about a book from a wonderful series of books by Robin Barone: it’s entitled “Where Is Robin? - USA” and it’s a cute book that could be used for ge… Read More
Morning Routine Checklist - Freebie
2018-01-04 16:27
Are you having trouble getting the kids to leave the house in the morning? Here's a checklist for them to use. Print it, then laminate it, and then let the kids tick the things they have do… Read More
2017-12-04 18:31
Winter is here: it's cold, dark, and wet outside. We're still waiting for snow here in Helsinki, can you believe that?! The kids keep complaining about going outside, so we had to find other… Read More
Giveaway Time!
2017-11-19 15:03
I’ve created this math card game that’s very easy to use: the kids can work independently or in small groups and match all the flashcards that represent the same number. It will… Read More
Printable Door Signs
2017-11-19 10:27
We often have meetings in different classrooms, so we needed some door signs to let people know. So I made these free printables. I suggest printing them out, laminating them, then punc… Read More
2017-11-03 11:50
I think that one of the most important responsibilities of a teacher is to get kids excited about learning and exploring. Their curiosity will also fuel their desire to learn. They will want… Read More
A Halloween Adventure!
2017-10-30 19:13
The children are so excited about Halloween that we had to organize lots of other themed activities until our party this Wednesday. It’s all they have been thinking about since October… Read More
Silk Paper Paintings
2017-10-22 20:17
Our group loved exploring this new painting technique. It kept their little hands busy and engaged for a long time: first with cutting, then with spraying water over the silk paper. When the… Read More
Counting Games With
2017-10-21 19:20
These are two easy an engaging activities that you can do to get your children to recognize numbers and count well, pairing each number with one object. By using props (magnetic wand, coins… Read More
Tips To A Kindergarten Teacher Linky Party!
2017-09-16 07:09
I'm super excited about participating in this linky party - the topic is: Tips to a kindergarten teacher from a kindergarten teacher.Here are my tips: 1. Try to make things fun and memorable… Read More
Freebie Alert! :)
2017-08-13 07:39
Hello, y'all! I hope your school year has started well; we've already had two weeks with the kids, so we had a chance to practice new routines and socialize with our friends.Sorry for the lo… Read More
Double Doodle And Its Benefits
2017-06-19 20:12
Using both hands at the same time has been shown to be truly beneficial for us, because: it stimulates both hemispheres of the brain; it creates new connections in the brain; people who use… Read More
Painting Outdoors
2017-05-26 09:54
Summer has finally arrived to Finland - after lots of cold, dark months, the sun is now back! We still have one month of school until the holiday starts, but we try to spend all our days out… Read More
Why Librarything Is Awesome
2017-05-08 19:14
If you’re anything like me, then you thrive on having everything organized. It’s very important to keep your things well organized if you are a teacher. Whether it’s findin… Read More
A Wonderful Mother's Day Present
2017-05-01 19:05
Mother’s Day is a special day when we get the chance to celebrate the most special person in our lives. Children love making presents for their mums, and what's better than a cute phot… Read More
Yummy Science
2017-04-20 17:28
The Tongue is such an amazing organ! It helps us eat, taste sweet cookies, and let’s not forget about the fact that it helps us talk. We learned about it by watching this fun video fro… Read More

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