Tuesday, October 14, 2008
After he colored for a good long while, the longest amount of time he's ever been interested in coloring (I give credit to the use of markers here....usually I give him those boring old crayons..pffft who wants those things) his hands were covered in marker so I set up a hand washing station (He LOVES this activity.). He washed his hands and then I gave him fresh water and he played in the water with cups, spoons, bottles, and funnels. He also poured from one bowl to the other.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This morning I did this activity with Ben. I asked him if he wanted something to do, and he gleefully answered "UH huhhh" (he still doesn't say Yes or N0). So I sat him down at the table (a nice low table) and got out a bowl, the poms, and an empty wipe container (I KNEW there was a reason I had kept that....HA to my husband, my junk DOES have purpose!). I gave the demonstration and them let him get to work. He repeated it with all the poms I had given him 3 times! He would bring it to me and say "more", I'd empty the poms back into the bowl and he'd repeat the activity.
Here's a pic:
I can think of a couple variations for this: poker chips (I have these), and LARGE beans or buttons.
After he tired of this activity, I broke out the pegboard. I didn't snap any pictures of that work but this is the board we have: http://www.drtoy.com/1999_c/dtpeg.htm He likes to fill all the holes and he likes to see how tall he can stack them before they fall over.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Most important of all, imaginative play with the farm (we are learning the signs for farm, and the animals).
And there was just something so very wicked witch of the west about this that I couldn't help but share it.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
You need two bowls (Montessori methods prefer glass or wood....but I don't have any of those yet, so mine are plastic). A large spoon. And, whatever objects (buttons, large beans, pom poms, dried wagon wheel noodles, or anything else you come up with) you are going to transfer. It's also best to have a workmat, you see that I'm using a placemat as our workmat. It keeps the bowls from sliding around.
And then I did the presentation, I unscrewed the lid of the jar. I said "Don't touch, watch mama." I poured some of the buttons into the first bowl. I picked up the spoon, I scooped a few buttons up and dumped them into the second bowl. I repeated it three times. Then I asked if he'd like to try. "Uh huh!" (He never says yes or no, uh huh and uh uh.) I handed over the spoon, and he was able to do it successfully. Another 30 minutes!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
After such success with my jar activity, and a messy snack necessitating the need to wash hands, I decided I could do a second presentation on hand washing. So I set up a towel, a bowl, the soap pump, and a small towel to dry with. I did a presentation on washing hands (another favorite activity btw, although we had never done it this way) and to my surprise he REALLY copied me almost exactly. I was impressed. Then of course, there were cries for "wata" "wata", so I got him some fresh water in his bowl, gave him a second bowl (for pouring you know) and funnels, scoops, large spoons, a baby bottle, a glass jar, and let him play in the water. I showed him how to use the jar to scoop water from the first bowl and pour it into the second. He was relatively successful. My oldest daughter (10) came to play with him while I helped my younger daughter (8) with her language arts activities, and she showed him to just pick up the first bowl and pour it into the second bowl. He loved that. He did that three times before we ended up with the water spilled everywhere. I gave him one more fresh bowl, and he continued to play. This bought me a good, happy 30 minutes!
When he wakes up from his nap, we're going to try another transferring activity. Beans in bowls. :-)
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I drew a square, and we talked about the name of it, and he repeated the name. Then I drew a second square for him to color blue.
Then he figured out it was much more fun to actually just keep taking the lid on and off the marker.
I also made a set (2) of blue felt squares to play with on our felt board. I chose blue for square for continuity. Our shape sorter set has blue squares as well.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Nest: Playdoh nest, or make a nest from various materials, including things from nature (we pressed grass into our playdoh nests). We made eggs as well (to review letter E).
First-School.ws Letter N worksheet and mini book
Number Collage--using the sales flyers from the newspaper (or the financial section would work as well) cut out numbers. The child I teach is visual, and I think he'll appreciate the wider variety of colors and sizes provided by the sales flyers. Glue them on to construction paper. Talk about the numbers as you cut them out.
Decorate N: Glue colored noodles onto a large cutout N shape, you could use construction paper or cardstock, we'll be using a foam N shape because it will hold up to the glue and noodles better. Another good idea would be to glue on cutout pictures of noses to an N shape.
Name: Review child's name and how it is spelled. Make a name puzzle. Print the child's name on a piece of paper, on a second piece write the name again only this time cut the letters apart and mix them up. Have the child put them in the correct order using the first sheet as a guide. If your child already knows how to spell their name, you wouldn't need the first peice, but they'd probably still enjoy the puzzle activity.
Necklaces: Any variety you can think of! wagon wheel pasta would be a good choice, or any other easily threaded pasta. We painted cheerio's cereal (I have some that has gone stale...so why not use it!), and will thread it through with letter beads spelling the child's name.
Lacing Letter N
N is for Nest Sesame Street Coloring Page: http://pbskids.org/sesame/coloring/n.html
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Simple Simon Rhyme
Auditory directions (things like "clap, pat, clap" you could adjust the difficulty of these to the ability of your child)
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Swish your fluffy tail.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Swish your fluffy tail.
Wrinkle up your little nose,
Hold a nut between your toes.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Swish your fluffy tail.
Hop, Skip, Touch Your Nose: Math game
Recognizing Numbers-1-4, introduce 5.
Introduce coins: Penny (maybe nickel)
Measuring the length of common snakes (again)—we’ve been seeing lots of snakes lately, so we’re going to repeat this activity.
Fine Motor: Playdoh Snakes (cut them w/scissors after forming letter S with snake);
Gross motor: slither like snakes; skip;
Block Play: Lego's
Learning TIme: letter S (strawberry, snake, shoe)
Make a rattle snake sound shaker;
Letter S mini-book from http://www.first-school.ws/activities/alpha/s/snake.htm
Letter S cutout, cut out a large S from construction paper/poster board and allow the child to cover it with star stickers.
Writing/Penmanship: Tracing straight lines; Tracing Letter S on the sound shaker.
Animal Habitats: Where do snakes live? A snake is a reptile, and reptiles are cold blooded (meaning they have to get their warmth from the sun). Now we know why we see them laying on the road!
Art: Straw painting
Concept: Rectangle (review oval, square, circle, triangle, heart, STAR and moon) Try drawing a circle/square/triangle;
Saturday, May 3, 2008
What Makes a Rainbow?
Learn the charachteristics of a reptile, look at pictures of reptiles.
Make a "poisonous frog" poster
Arts and Crafts:
Rainbow Coloring Page
SnakeTake a large circle, cut a spiral into the circle. Add two eyes and a tongue and hang. It will bounce a little!
Tissue paper rainbow.
Pre-cut tissue paper in rainbow colors (small squares).
Cut a half circle for each student.
Glue squares on the half circle in the order of the rainbow to make the rainbow stick out. Let dry over night and then add long streamers from the bottom and add a yarn hanger at the top to display the rainbows in your class.
Measuring SnakesMeasure out different kinds of snakes with yarn. The kids will be amazed by how long a boa constrictor really is!
Count the colors in the rainbow.
Review numerals and counting.
Slippery Salamanders (from jello)
Letter R mini book from first-school.ws
Discovery bottles of the different colors.
Lizard Finger play(Use fist of one hand to represent the lizard - have pointer finger move in and out of fist quickly to be the lizard's tongue. 5 fingers of the other hand are the bugs that "disappear" as the lizard's fast tongue "gets" them.)
5 little bugs on the forest floor Along came a sticky tongue lizard ... SLURP!!!
Now there are 4.
4 little bugs on a kapok tree
Along came s sticky tongue lizard ... SLURP!!!
Now there are 3.
3 little bugs without a single clue.....
2 little bugs soaking up the hot sun....
1 little bug knew that he was done.....
Now there are none.
Boa Constrictor Song--
I am being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
I am being swallowed by a boa constrictor.
Oh no, he's swallowed my toes. ( grab toes)
Oh no, he's swallowed my toes.
Oh gee, he is up to my knees. (grab knee)
Oh gee, he is up to my knees.
Oh fiddle, he swallowed my middle.( wrap arms around your middle)
Oh fiddle, he swallowed my middle.
Oh heck, he is up to my neck.( put hand around neck)
Oh heck, he is up to my neck.
Oh dread, he swallowed my...(Gulp very loud)
Oh dread, he swallowed my...gulp
Manners (focus on good manners and asking for things we want, not demanding)
Review parent's names, and begin learning address.
We think mice are nice.
Oh, we think mice are nice!
Mice have [ noses that twitch and sniff].
We think mice are nice!
Repeat the song using feet that hurry and scurry and then with whiskers that wiggle and jiggle.
Counting to three
Recognizing numerals 1, 2, and 3
CENTER: Moose Muffin game
Muffin cups: scraps of paper with the numbers 1-3 on them, using small tongs, move the correct number of pom-pom's into the cup with the matching number;
Moose Magnets http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/MooserefrigeratorRecipeHolder.htm
Mouse craft: http://www.first-school.ws/t/craft/hearts_mousebw.html
May Day baskets
M Mini Book: http://www.first-school.ws
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This is another blog, and it has some great stuff in general, but these free downloads (there are more than just the veggie cards) are GREAT!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Fractions: 1/2 using fraction circles
Counting, recognizing numbers, and number correspondence
On top of, underneath: using blocks (put the red one on top of the blue one; now the blue one is underneath the red one)
The Farmer in the Dell
Old McDonald Had a Farm
Growing Flowers (Fingerplay)
Little flowers in the ground (wiggle fingers on the floor),
Watch the wind blow you round and round (move fingers in circular motion)
Grow up to the sky so tall (wiggle fingers slowly upward),
If I don't water you, you will fall (quickly move fingers back to ground).
Flowers: basic flower parts, and what flowers need to grow;
Plant some flower seeds.
File Folder game labeling the basic parts (stem, leaf, roots, petals)
Life on the Farm and a trip to the Farmer's Market;
Visit a farm
Game: Printout of a barn and printouts of several animals (both farm animals and non-farm animals), have child match all the animals that belong with the barn.
Smells and touching the animals at the farm; Smells at the Farmer's martket;
The Rainbow Fish
I want to be a Firefighter
Flag (create your own)
Trace childs hand onto yellow construction paper, twice each hand. Have student cut out hands. Take round black circle from construction paper and glue all hands to back of (this is the center of the sunflower) finish by adding a green stem.
Use a cutout of a sheep and glue onto a paper plate. Spread glue onto the sheep's body and let the children put on the "wool" using dry oatmeal.
Milk Carton Barns
Play with farm (little people farm house) and farm magnets (Melissa and Doug Farm Magnets in a Box is what I have).
Firefighters (dress up and pretend to be fireman rushing to an emergency in the truck with the siren going, put out the fire) and of course play with firetrucks!
Tossing a football
Tossing a frisbee
Flower shaped sugar cookies
Monday, April 7, 2008
You can use it to teach colors (blue, red, green, yellow).
It teaches right and left!
It teaches body parts--hand and foot anyway. (this is the way in which we'll be using it with my toddler this week).
You can tape letters/numbers onto the dots and then call things like "Put your left foot on a red R."
You can use it to teach ordinals. "Put your right hand on the third blue dot."
You can use it to teach addition/multiplication, tape the numbers into place. Spin the spinner twice. Have child do the math operation. "Add your left foot and your right hand."
You can use it for geography! Tape the names of states, countries, capitals, continents, etc to the dots. Spin the spinner. Have the child name the capital of the state/country they are on, have them identify the bordering countries, or bodies of water, etc.
Don't let your own imagination stop here! I'm telling you Twister can be used for just about anything!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Finger Play/Felt Board Rhyme
Active Activity (Parachute Play, Obstacle Course, Musical Instruments)
Material Preview (what's on board for today??)
9:45-10--Arts and Crafts
11-11:15--Sensory Activity/Dramatic Play
11:15-11:20--Learning Time (review)
"Material Preview"--I have a chalkboard where I put the letter we are working on, as well as draw pictures (with my limited ability) of things that begin with that letter. I also put up the shape we are working on. And anything else that comes to mind that works up there.
"Learning Time"--We focus on the letter of the week on the chalkboard, writing it with his finger, then erasing it with both a dry and a wet cloth (small piece of tissue paper, and a small piece of cut sponge).
"Weather Watcher"--One of the kids goes to the window and looks out and the others ask questions: "Is it sunny??" "Is it rainy??" etc. until we've decided what the weather is.
Sometimes the free time doesn't happen because our activities run longer than the time allotted for them...and all times are approximate! :-) I TRY to keep on schedule because I try to pack our time full of FUN FUN learning activity, but sometimes he gets very into the activity and it extends. Usually though, something else will be shorter than I planned and it all works out.
That's the dish.
Finger Paint Balloons! Fill paint cups with 5 different colors of paint. Have child dip one finger in each color and use them to make ballloons on white paper. After paint has dried, add lines (ribbons) to the balloons.
Binoculars: Use empty toilet paper (or paper towel if you have them, we don't use paper towels in our home so I'll use tp) rolls. Glue the rolls together. Punch holes in the outside of the rolls on one end to tie a string around. Decorate the rolls.
Bird feeder: Use peanut butter spread on tp rolls or pine cones rolled in birdseed. Hang outside.
Fingerbugs: using ink pads make finger bugs on paper; give them antennae and legs.
Bubble painting! Best used as an outside activity probably. Mix paint and bubble solution. Lay out a large piece of paper (you could put it inside a box if doing it inside). Dip the bubble wand into the mixture, and blow bubbles onto the paper. When they pop they leave different colored bubble prints.
Glue Beans onto the letter B
This week we're going to work on learning parents names and possibly phone number.
Counting blueberries. Draw (or print) a picture of a pail. Draw (or print) pictures of blueberries, number the blueberries according to how many you are learning to count (or which numerals you are learning to recognize). Make a blueberry bush, and have the blueberries "growing" on the bush. Give the child a number: "Pick 6 blueberries" and have them add the correct number of blueberries to their pail. Glue/tape them into the pail.
Numberal recognition: I put the numbers on an index card, along with stickers for the appropriate numbers. I show a card, and he jumps the appropriate number of times after telling me what number is on the card.
Below: we do this with stickers in the number book: Put the stickers BELOW the number. Then we'll move to ABOVE, and beside.
Review number book, add a number if the child is ready.
Shape: Review of Square and Triangle and Circle. Will sort the buttons into categories by these shapes.
Little Boy Blue
Blueberries for Sal
Same and different (I have some worksheets that go along with this). Also, point out how things are the same, and different. Example: Blue beanbag and red beanbag. They are both square (same) but they are different colors.
Colors: Play twister! If your child is ready to learn left/right this is a great game for that as well. We'll just be playing it with a "put ANY foot/hand on..." whatever color way to reinforce the colors red, yellow, green and blue. I'm going to make an entire post dedicated to the ways you can teach with Twister!
take care of babies (give the baby dolls a bath, dress them, feed them, etc)
Just with regular blocks this week (last week we used castle blocks to build castles for the king!)
Lacing beads. lace large wooden/plastic beads onto a string.
Lacing the Letter B
moving beans from one bowl to another using small tongs (from a bug kits I got a $Tree).
Beans! playing in beans is suprisingly relaxing. My big kids still love to do this. We'll put cars in there too and run them around.
Birds. We are lucky enough to have a birds nest right on our front porch. We'll continue to observe her as she sits on her nest (which we can't see into, but are assuming there are eggs in). We'll talk about how all birds are similar (all have wings and a beak) and how they are different (not all birds can fly). We'll look at pictures of birds, and listen to some bird calls (I have a friend who has a CD set of bird calls from all over the world).
balance bean bags on your head
walk on a balance beam
Bowling (we have a small set great for inside), but you could make a set really easy with empty water bottles (or on a larger scale 2 liter bottles).
Baa Baa Black Sheep and/or Little Boy Blue
Bubbles (tune: twinkle twinkle)
Bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch the bubbles)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round (make a big circle with arms)
Bubbles on my toes and nose (point to toes and nose)
Blow a bubble...up it goes! (pretend to blow bubbles; point up)
bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch the bubbles)
Bub...bles fall...ing to...the...ground (sing slowly and sink to the ground)
Little Bunny Foo Foo (this is only the first two verses, google if you want more)
Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head
Down came the good fairy and she said
"Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don't want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin' 'em on the head.
I'll give you three chances,
And if you don't behave
I'll turn you into a goon!"
Have a Band!
blueberry banana bread
make your own butter (easy...whipping cream and a touch of salt in a glass jar and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE)
Make brown cows (root bear floats)
Life Skills: filling and emptying
Art: finger paint
Color: Colors Book
Vocabulary building: The colors book that I have is a great vocabulary book. It has great pictures and we'll be talking about and naming all of the objects in it.
Fine Motor: Stacking blocks
Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo
Spanish: Music CD
Outside Play: Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles
Sign Language: Ball and Bath
Gross Motor: Bowling and blowing
Paint (in 5 different colors)
Empty Toilet Paper/paper towel tubes
bubble solution (or make your own)
beans (you can buy a wide selection for very little money)
bowls (for sorting)--I actually use empty plastic fruit cups (they are a great size) or yogurt cups
pictures of birds
pictures of birds
small wash cloth
bowl of water
baby doll clothes
baby doll food
ingredients for whatever snacks you choose
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Make a Kings crown! Using construction paper, scissors, glue, pom-poms, sequins, ribbons, any other decorations.
Decorate paper kites. Cut a diamond out of construction paper, add stickers, and decorate with markers/crayons. Add a yarn tail. "Fly" your kites around the room.
Keys--trace an old key onto paper. Add glue and glitter to the outline. Draw a picture of what you think this key might go to!
Print out a Kangaroo and a joey, cut out a construction paper pouch. Glue the pouch on the kangaroo, and put the joey in the pouch.
Use squares to make a castle for the king. Use q-tips to paint on glue, and sprinkle with sand.
Cut out a basic Kitten head shape and glue on whiskers ripped from black paper (rip out the number of whiskers that matches the number you are working on). Count as you are gluing.
Play-Doh--rolling it out into snakes
Tracing a Kite shape.
Kangaroo's! Discuss how Kangaroo's carry their babies around in pouches and how Kangaroo's are different from other mammals.
Gross Motor Skills:
Kicking a ball
Hop like kangaroo's!
Make our bodies into K's and try to balance!
Counting: Make a counting book
Using construction paper, fold in half write the numeral on each half a sheet. Add one sticker to the one sheet. And so forth, depending on how many your child knows.
Make index cards with the numberals on them, add stickers to them. Have the child cover each sticker with a bean and count how many there are.
Shape: (still working on square)
Explore the shape of a square, using the square puzzle piece.
Trace a square.
Find squares in the home.
Three Little Kittens
This is a project we did a couple years ago and my big kids still like them. Now, gloves are on sale REALLY cheap in my area as it is the beginning of spring. So, now is a great time to make these....and it goes along with the nursery rhyme this week. You need gloves, buttons and either a needle and thread, or hot glue. Take the gloves, and add a button (large ones work best) to each fingertip using the needle and thread or simply hot glue them on. When they are dried/done, you slide your hands in the gloves, and tap your fingers together to make beautiful music. You can also tap them ON things to see how they sound different when tapped against different circumstances. I will be making 2 more pairs of these today as we don't have enough. :-)
Kitten Song (I'll make felt kittens to go along with this)
Five little kittens napping by the door
one woke up and then there were four;
Four little kittens napping next to me
one woke up and then there were three;
Three little kittens napping next to you
one woke up and then there were two;
Two little kittens napping in the sun
one woke up and then there was one;
One little kitten napping on a shelf
he(she) woke up and was all by himself!!!!!
Oh, I'm a Kangaroo!
(sung to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell)
Oh I'm a Kangaroo
I live at the zoo
I like to hop around a lot
How bout you??
Oh I'm a Kangaroo
I live at the zoo
I carry my baby in a pouch,
How bout you??
Kabobs (fruit/cheese kabobs)
Life Skills: I'm sure there will be more rearranging.
Art: Coloring with triangle crayons.
Color: Bean bag pass, talking about the color of the beanbags (I may use the foam blocks again, unless I can find my beanbags!)
Vocabulary buidling: I have a set of vocab cards that is ever growing. I use them for classification with the preschooler, but for the toddler we just look at the pictures and talk about what the object is, what color/shape, etc. ; Comparisons: bigger/smaller, wet/dry
Fine Motor: Stacking blocks
Song: Row Row Row your boat!
Spanish: Listen to our spanish songs CD
Outside play: Watch things blowing in the wind (we've been having windy weather lately), pinwheels!
Sign Language: Thank You.
Gross Motor: Kicking and Hopping (like a Kangaroo)
cat head outline
small stickers (for adding to the counting book, and index cards activity)
any other decorations for the crown you have lying around
It has come to my attention that some of the moms from my birth board (a message board for people with babies born the same time my DS was) have been checking out this blog. I know some of them are coming and taking ideas for their preschool aged kids, and that is great! I'm very excited to be able to help jump start their own creative juices. I also wanted to tell you about a couple activities that my toddler has been VERY interested in lately.
The Umbrella Toss game that I talk about in the letter U lesson plan was a BIG hit. I ended up using foam alphabet blocks instead of bean bags (because somehow all my beanbags have disappeared...except for one red one), but that worked out well for my preschool student as I was able to find blocks with the letters he's already learned and have him identify the letter before he threw them. What I was suprised about was how much my almost 15 month old LOVED this activity. Sometimes he threw them, and sometimes he merely took the blocks from their container and moved them to the umbrella. He has asked to do this again!
In the spirit of moving things....his other favorite activity at the moment is rearranging things in the kitchen cabinets. Now, there are some things I don't want him to rearrange (you're all probably thinking that too) so what I did was moved my collection of empty glass jars (I have a good collection, of varying sizes, I recommend this sort of collection to you all!) to a cabinet and allowed him to rearrange them and move them from the cabinet where I put them into the lazy susan cabinet (which is his favorite one of course!). Honestly, this kept him occupied for quite some time.
He also really likes to rearrange the shoes! We have a shoe rack behind our front door, there are 5 of us, so we have lots of shoes. He likes to pull the shoe's off the rack and bring them into the living room/kitchen floors. Instead of trying to stop him from rearranging the shoes (although, honestly I wish he'd stop touching them so much...they're shoes afterall), I decided to let him at it. When he's over there, and he's pulling them all out into places where they don't belong, I simply go pull them ALL off the rack. Then he of course wants them all ON the rack! They aren't usually in order, with matching pairs or anything (but I'm sure that will come with time), but they all get put back and we're both happy (he gets to move the shoes still, but I don't have to pick them up from all the wrong places to put them back).
Have some fun with your little ones!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Draw an Easter egg. Mark the different sections on the egg with decorative lines, in these six sections of the egg put the numbers 1 to 6. Make a copy of the egg for each of the players. Get a dice. The children throw in turn. When they have thrown a number they can put a counter or mark on that section, obviously if they have already thrown the number 2 they do not want it again. The first player to cover their egg with a counter in each section is the winner.
Have an adult hold the basket, or place it on the floor. Give each child a few plastic eggs. Mark a line for each child to stand (don't make too difficult)....Each child will then try to throw eggs into basket.
Draw a rabbit outline (or print the one linked below) on paper, glue on cottonballs.
Draw a large rabbit outline on poster board, use one of the LARGE cotton balls (or a BIG pom-pom) and play pin the tail on the bunny. (I love this idea, but I don't have everything we need for it on hand, but I'm sharing for others.)
Easter Bunny, Easter Bunny, Where's Your Egg?
Make a colorful Easter egg shape and covered it with contact paper. Then play "Easter Bunny, Easter Bunny, where's your egg?" It's played like the familiar game "Doggie, Doggie where's your bone?" The group sits in a circle and one child sits in the middle as the "bunny". The bunny hides their eyes as one person is chosen to sit on the egg picture. Then the group yells out "Easter bunny, Easter bunny, where's your egg? Somebody stole it from your home!" The Easter bunny then has three guesses to find the child who is sitting on it. That child then becomes the new bunny in the middle.
Easter Egg Matching Game:
Cut out egg shapes, all the same color paper, then decorate the fronts differently, making matching pairs. Turn them all face down and play like memory.
Use a recycled egg carton and place twelve plastic Easter eggs (the ones you can open in the middle) in it. I wrote the numbers 1-12 on the holes in the carton and wrote the numbers 1-12 on each egg--both parts. The children not only had to match the eggs to the number in the carton, but they had to put all of the plastic eggs back together first! (I'll be doing this as a 1/2 egg carton, as he's not ready for 1-12 yet.)
Bunny Hop! Play the music, and do the Bunny Hop!
This could be made easily into a File Folder game! Draw a picture of a chick, and a picture of a cracked open egg (or print the one I linked below, several times). Write a letter (or number) on each chick, and the same number on each cracked open egg. The child has to match up which egg the chick cracked out of. You could also do this with one lower case and one upper case letter, or sums and problems (which I will do for my big kids).
Make a bunny ear headband. Use construction paper to make a band for around the childs head. Cut out ear shapes of cardstock (so they stand up better), and cut out a smaller ear shape from pink construction paper. Decorate the ears in any way you choose! Then staple the ears to the headband.
5 Little Bunnies at Easter Time
Went to the carrot patch far away
Mummy bunny called them all right back.
But only 4 of her little baby bunnies came back.
Repeat to 3,2,1 bunny come back. Then sing the song again and all the bunnies come back.
Kids love this because they get to be able to take on a role in the song. Enjoy.
Bunny Baby bunny bounces high (jump high) Baby bunny bounces low; (jump low) Baby bunny blinks his eyes; (blink eyes) Baby bunny waves good-bye. (wave good-bye)
Monday, March 10, 2008
- Blue scavenger hunt for things around the house
- Wear blue!
- Squares scavenger hunt
- Square collage--cut out various size square pictures, make a collage on blue construction paper.
- Square "Shape Shop" file folder game
- Use felt umbrella's with rain drops to count (1 raindrop on this umbrella, 2 raindrops on this umbrella, so on)
- Rain Rain Go Away
Songs: (from www.preschooleducation.com)
Rain on my Umbrella added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"
Drip, drip, drop, drop,
Drip, drip, drop, drop,
Drip, drip, drop,Drip, drip, drop.
Rain on my Umbrella,Rain on my umbrella,
Drip, drip, drop.
Umbrellas Go Up and Down added 7-19-02 Original Author Unknown
Umbrellas go up,
Umbrellas go down, (Point up and down.)
When rain clouds are dark
All over the town.
One raindrop and two, (hold up on finger at a time)
Two raindrops and three,
My up and down umbrella
Is up over me. (fingertips touching over head.)
Four raindrops and five, (hold up one finger at a time)
Six raindrops and seven,
Raindrops are tumbling (raise arms and let fingers fall slowly)
Down from the heaven.
Drip, drip, drip, drip!
I am dry as can be,
My up and down umbrella
Is up over me (fingertips touching over head.)
Umbrellas Fingerplay added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown--the song was incomplete as taken from the website, so I made up some of my own lyrics; (Use fingers or make umbrella puppets)
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside, then there were four.
Four umbrellas pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside, then there were three.
Three umbrellas with nothing to do,
The green one went outside, then there was two.
Two umbrellas with no games to play,
The pink one went outside and shouted Hooray!
Just one umbrella alone in the hall,
The purple one went outside, and that was all!
- Water cycle: Rain comes down, sun heats it up, it goes back up into the clouds, cools down and falls again as rain (VERY simplified)
- Making an umbrella. Take a paper towel and cut it into an umbrella shape. Then have the children paint by using water colors. ( food coloring and water works great for water colors) Then have a precut handle for the bottom of the umbrella and glue it on.
- Cut out umbrella's, have child paste on to a 9x12 blue construction paper. Have child brush on spots of glue around umbrella and give child some white rice to place of glue for rain
- Unicorns (mythical one horned horses);
- Play pin the horn on the unicorn (drawn onto poster board with horns cut from paper).
- A Great Day for Up by Dr.Seuss
- Uncle Rebus rhymes
- Open up a large umbrella and let the children throw in balls or bean bags.
- Caves (we have to do this again because he asks EVERY day, it doesn't have anything to do with U though...maybe our bears can encounter a Unicorn while they're forraging for berries lol). We're going to hunt berries, and be hibernating bears in caves. This one made a big impression, from what I hear he's even talked his granddaddy into playing this with him when they were visiting! Who knew!
- Water play (inside, in tubs on the kitchen floor...we're in a drought). If we weren't in a drought though....I'd do outside play (it's supposed to be pretty nice this week) with the hose and umbrella's.
- Over/Under (try to get under things...like umbrella's!)
- Square crackers with cheese;
- blue jello
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Color: Yellow (cheese, popcorn kernels)
Shape: Triangle (pizza slices)
- Counting pepperoni pieces on felt pizza's; Attempt putting them in order (1-6)
- discussion of fractions (1/2); Use large pizza shape (red paper plate) cut in half.
- Pussycat, Pussycat, Where have you been?
- Cooking! What do you mix together for pizza crust? How does pizza dough rise?
- Presidents! A general overview of what presidents do, and who chooses them.
- Ritz crackers pizza: Ritz crackers, shredded cheese, pepperoni, pizza sauce. Make a poster for sequencing of making this project. Cracker, sauce, pepperoni, cheese. Put in toaster oven until cheese melts. Yummy!
- The children take a round paper plate and color it red for sauce. Then they are free to create any type of pizza by adding shredded yellow and white paper for cheese, pink triangles for ham, yellow triangles for pineapple, red circles for pepperoni, brown circles for sausage, etc. It is a great time with glue and creating
- Popcorn Art- Cut out popcorn shapes from white paper. Give the children glop of yellow and white finger paint and let them have fun. Couldn't keep up with the requests to make another. When dried, hole punch and string around bulletin board, or hang in window.
- Make a paper bag puppet.
- Visit a puppet show.
- Decorate a round piece of cardboard to look like a pizza with markers or construction paper. Cut the pizza into "slices", using irregular cutting lines to form a puzzle.
- Opposites Puzzles
- Pop like popcorn!!! to this chant, then have snack:
Pop Goes The Popcorn (Sung to the tune: Davy Crocket)
Pop goes the popcornCan't you see!It is jumping Just like me!I can't wait until it's doneThen I get to eat it, oh what fun!Popcorn, oh popcorn!You make my tummy hum!
- Pizza Sequence: outline a large piece of pizza on the floor, add pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, peppers, onions (whatever you choose). Have child hop from one thing to another in a sequence: pepperoni, cheese, mushroom. pepper, pepperoni, onion. for example
- Pizza toss: Cut out shapes of pizza toppings from magazines or print from your computer. Then glue onto cardboard. Optional to last longer laminate them (clear contact paper works for laminating if a machine is not available). Place a pizza pan onto the floor and have the children stand a ways away from the pan. have them try to throw the pizza shapes onto the pan to make a pizza. It is also neat if you cover the pan in orange paper to act as the sauce/cheese. Once topping made it you covered the pizza. It may be a little challenging, but it is also very fun for them.
- To the tune of "BINGO"
There is a pizza that I like, and it is very yummy. P-I-Z-Z-A, P-I-Z-Z-A, etc.
On my pizza I like _____________ and it is very yummy. P-I-Z-Z-A, etc.
- I have a fun pizza song and flannel board activity. There is a flannel board song about a Donut Shop, I changed it to Pizza Shop. I made slices of pizza with pepperoni on top. Use different numbers of pepperoni and you also have a counting activity,
"Down around the corner in the pizza shop" "There were lots of pieces of pizza with pepperoni on top" "Along came (insert child's name) all aloneHe/she bought one that had (how many pepperoni there are on that slice) pepperoni" "And took it home"
Repeat until all slices of pizza are gone.
- Please and Thank You!
- parachute play with yellow/white paper balled up like popcorn; pop all the popcorn out
- popcorn kernels;
I'll let him paint his tray with pizza sauce!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
- Scavenger Hunt (try to find red things)
- Scavenger Hunt (try to find circles!)
- counting (felt ladybugs);
- Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home
- Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home coloing page
Learn about parts of a ladybug and how ladybugs are helpful;
- President Lincoln
- Ladybug, ladybug fly away home by Jan Brett;
- Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathering Jackson;
- The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle;
- Ladybug, Ladybug by Ruth Brown;
- Little Red Riding Hood;
- Clifford books
- (use felt ladybugs while singing)
Five little ladybugs sitting in a tree The first one said," I'm glad I'm me" The second one said, "I feel great too" The third one said," How about you?" The fourth one said," It's time to fly away" The fifth one said," We'll talk another day"
- If Your Clothes Have Any Red - sung to "If You're Happy and You Know It"
If your clothes have any red, any red,If your clothes have any red, any red,If your clothes have any red,Put your finger on your head,If your clothes have any red, any red.
- penny rubbing;
- lincoln hat;
- paint a rock to look like a ladybug;
- red collage: look through newspaper ads, and magazines for red items. Cut out and glue onto paper.
- Red ice painting
- Have child rip up pieces of green paper to look like grass. Have the children dip there fingertips in red paint and press them on their grass, when dried dot a black marker on the red spots and viola you have fingerprint ladybugs!
- ripping paper;
- drawing lines (straight, try curvy)
- drawing a circles;
- leap frog,
- long jump
- homemade playdoh (bury small objects in it, and have him dig them out);
- "hot potato" with red beanbag
- Big/Little (through discussion) "Is it big? Is it little?"
- Red apple ladybugs (using apples, peanut butter and raisins/chocolate chips for ladybug spots…count them!);
- Strawberry smoothie.
- Red Rover Red Rover
- sorting different colored pasta
Diagram of a ladybug
Ladybug coloring page
Patterns for Lincoln hat
Pasta dyed different colors
Red food coloring
Red ink pad
- Letter A
Ants and Alligators and Apples, oh my!
- Egg carton ants
- Ant prints—cut out large letter A, use ink pad to make “ant prints” all over the A.
- Sing: The ants go marching
- Alligator clothespin magnets
- Alligator animal puppets
- Sing: Alligators and Monkeys
- Use felt apples to count
- Use felt apples to do beginning addition
- Read 10 Apples Up On Top
- P’s alligator ate _____ pieces of meat. I printed out a picture of an alligator, and cut it out. At the top of a piece of paper I wrote "P's alligator ate ____ pieces of meat." Then I cut up small pieces and numbered them 1-10 (you could use higher numbers if your child needed). I put them in a small box, and allowed him to pick a number. Then he ripped a piece of red paper (meat) into as many pieces as the numbered paper said. He glued the alligator, his numbered paper, and the correct number of pieces of meat onto the paper. If you were working on writing numbers, you could have the child fill in the blank, since he's not ready for that he just glued the numbered piece into the blank.
Fine Motor Skills:
- Accordion folding paper
- Lacing apple shape (I used a plastic lid--from oatmeal or grits container--and cut out an apple shape, then used a hole puncher to punch holes and had him lace through the holes)
- Animal puzzles
- Brown Bear Brown Bear Puzzles
- Cutting straight lines
- Johnny Appleseed
- Animals that Hibernate: bears, frogs, snakes, turtles (use pillows to make a den for hibernating while reading brown bear brown bear)
Gross Motor Skills:
- Animal Walks
- “Swamp Game”-lay down blue tablecloth, put plastic alligator on the cloth, chant “I’m walking, I’m walking, I’m walking through the swamp. I hope that alligator doesn’t go CHOMP!” swimming, jumping, tip-toeing, marching, etc.
- Shaving cream (like snow) in cookie sheet, practice drawing letter A; then allow for play with cars/etc in shaving cream.
- Oatmeal--dried oatmeal in a tray, practiced drawing letter A;
- Ants on a log
- Animal crackers
- Animal Bingo
- Funny Farm Animal matching file folder game
- 10 Apples Up On Top (as I read, we counted the felt apples and stacked them on his head)
- Brown Bear Brown Bear
paint : green and brown
large A cut out
green construction paper
Piece of paper labeled for math activity
Small cut out alligator
red paper to tear
numbers 1-10 on small paper for picking how many pieces of meat the alligator ate
brown bear brown bear puzzle tiles
animal bingo game
Letter A theme bag
File folder game
Cut out felt apples (10)
Cut out large A from construction paper
Cut egg cartons into 3 cup pieces
Cut out alligator shape
Make small numbered pieces 1-10
Label piece of paper for math activity
Draw straight lines on a piece of paper for cutting
- Hide and Seek with the apple! Hide most (or just part if that's what your child is ready for) of the apple under something or behind something and have the child look for it. My son LOVES this game.
- Instead of the shaving cream mentioned above, I let the toddler have a big glob of yogurt on his high chair tray to make an ooey gooey mess with. He liked it, and since he likes to still put his fingers in his mouth yogurt was the way to go (it looked what the bigger kids were doing, so it was a hit).
- We're working on learning body parts, so we are working on hand (he already knows head, tummy and toes). We work on this by just talking about it: "Where's your hand??" "Here's your hand!" and I touch his hand.
- Sing "if you're happy and you know it clap your hands"!
- Sing "ants go marching"...he attempted to march (it was too cute)
- Animal walks (he tried to play along)
- Den building (he loved crawling on the pillows, and laying under the pillows)
- Animal books: We read all the titles that we have about animals, and he learned to make the sound for dog "woof woof". We have two touchy feely animal books, and those are his favorite! I highly recommend those.
- BOOKS in general! It was a great week because my son finally got interested in books!! My MIL picked up a touchy feely book (mentioned above) at a thrift store when she was here last month, and it was a big hit, so I went last week and bought another one. He loves it too, but the best part is that it seems to have peaked his interest in ALL books! He's bringing me books to read all the time now....now, he usually only makes it through a few pages of the book (except those touchy feely ones), but it's a start down the right road. Before this week, he wouldn't sit to be read to (except that touchy feely book...did I mention I HIGHLY recommend those??) and would snatch the book from me if I tried to read to him while he was playing. My son, very against literacy.
- Sign for STOP. My son doesn't do many signs, in fact, he only does 2. All done, and more. (He's big into food...what can I say.) BUT, he understands many more. Up. Drink. Milk. Eat. Sit. Ball. Light. My mind went blank, but there are others. So, this week I introduced the sign for STOP. The others we've been working on for months, and this is a new one. He doesn't get it yet, either that or he's just a defiant little booger (tongue in cheek...I don't think one year olds can be defiant personally!).
- Counting. I count all the time. When I'm changing his diaper, it's often the only thing that keeps him still!! I do it in a big grand voice, or a slow deep voice, or a high squeaky voice, but always counting to 10 (I can change a diaper, FAST!). I also use it when I'm trying to get him dressed, again it will usually keep him still. "Three buttons. One. Two. Three. There you go, all done!" "Ten snaps. One. Two. Three." (you get the picture)
- Colors, we just talk about colors all day as well. "Do you have the red ball? Mommy has the yellow ball." "See the pretty red apples." Etc.
Of course, he's around for all the learning, and probably picks up on more than I think.
We've completed our first successful week. Originally, I had planned on doing letter of the week type of stuff (I love their site) and adding in my own ideas that went a long with the letter. BUT, I quickly found out that he needs to learn more than letters, so this week's game plan changed to include other skills that he clearly needed work on. I was under the impression that the main focus of our time together would be on learning the alphabet, letter sounds, and working on writing. While we'll still be working on all those things, I found that he also needs to know how to count (he can sometimes successfully get to 5, other times not), he doesn't consistently recognize colors, and he doesn't have a good grasp on concepts like "big/little" "over/under" "top/bottom", so I've included those things in the upcoming week's plan. That's what I get for assuming!!
He'll probably be doing preschool with me until the end of the year, at the beginning of next year he'll probably move to a standard preschool, in preparation for public school kindergarten (I can teach him lots of things, but now how to act with 15 other 5 year olds).
Now I am teaching 4th grade, 3rd grade, preschool, AND trying to keep a very active toddler happy.
I'm REALLY going to try to keep this blog updated (as well as my other one), but time is so limited I may have to do it in big chunks! :-)
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Melissa and Doug Rainbow Stacker
Melissa and Doug 18 pc wooden stacking train
Haba Discovery Blocks
There are a few more I wanted to share, but alas, my baby is fussing at my leg and ppp-uuuu does he smell. So, I must go! If you have toys that are LOVED at your house, please post a comment and share!