Kindergarten Cafe

Welcome to Kindergarten Cafe - your home for teaching ideas, activities, and strategies across all content areas! I am Zeba McGibbon and I love creating resources for teachers and sharing my teaching experience with others. Kindergarten Cafe is aimed for kindergarten, but teachers of Preschool-First grade can find resources here for their students! I love to connect with other teachers so please reach out and say hello!

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Simple Dice Games for Kindergarten for the Year

Simple dice games for kindergarten are probably my most loved math stations and activities I give my students. They love the routines,...

An Awesome Family Unit for Kindergarten

A family unit for kindergarten is an important social studies unit to start the year for several reasons. A family unit for...

Exciting Activities for the Life Cycle of Pumpkin

The life cycle of pumpkin is a fun way to continue learning about life cycles while staying in the festive fall spirit....

A Kindergarten Name Project to Help Value Student Names

A kindergarten name project is critical to the start of the year in kindergarten. Learning student names is important for both teachers...

Sub Tub for a Smooth and Easy Absence

Most teachers will tell you that it is easier to come to work sick than make sub plans… enter the Sub Tub!...

Holidays

Not sure about you, but winter is my favorite time of year. I get so excited with the change of seasons and seeing snow. My students love this time of year too. I try and capture their excitement by channeling it in their play...
Halloween is a holiday that many American children look forward to every year, and this year children might be experiencing a range of emotions about the upcoming holiday. They may be worried about what they can’t do (like some towns are not allowing trick...
Earth Day is coming up! I have to be honest – growing up I never cared about Earth Day. I want my students to feel differently about this important holiday. The activity ideas in this post come from my Earth Day activities product on...
Valentine’s Day is a busy and exciting day in any classroom, but especially an early childhood classroom! There are so many fun Valentine's Day activities you can do with your students! I am going to show you what I love to do in my...
I have felt really nervous to write this blog post about teaching Martin Luther King for kids, because I know that I definitely do not have all the answers here, so I try and include lots of resources and articles from educators I trust...
As I was preparing for my Winter Holidays Around the World unit, I came across many unique and interesting traditions for New Year’s! I decided that after my students come back to school, we would continue our “travels” to learn about a few traditions...
Don’t stress while you are on winter break! That’s your time to relax! I’ve got you covered with several tips that help me relax while I’m on winter vacation and provide an easy welcome back from winter break! No Regression for...
The week before winter vacation, many students are getting ready to celebrate holidays with families. Most of them are also getting very excited about the prospects of gifts or fun traditions, and they may be distracted in school. So, instead of pushing them to...
One of my favorite weeks all year is my Gingerbread Week. I love reading all the different Gingerbread Man stories – there are actually so many different versions I know I just touch the surface! The students absolutely love...
Are you looking for a way to combine some great learning with a fun fall activity? Pumpkin math is my favorite fall and Halloween activity. The children love observing their pumpkin, measuring their pumpkin, and scooping out the seeds and counting them (well… not...