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Preschool Math Game Roll and Color A Robin

Preschool Math Game
Preschool Math Game
This is the NEST that ROBIN built, suggested book for Roll and Color a Robin.

This game is great for number recognition and counting. Simply color what assigned number is rolled. Decide the rule if the number has been previously rolled- a. Pass turn or b. roll again.

Direct Download Link underneath robin photo:

Blank template included to use as a coloring page.

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Roll and Color an ABC Flower- Preschool and Kindergarten Math Game

We are mastering letter recognition and targeting sounds. Recognition they know Aa 100%, B 75%, b 25%, C I just introduced because it is one of the easier letters. After we go through the entire alphabet in sequence by three’s, I will target pairs. d and b. e and c-to aid the students forming e correctly by contrasting. p and b, and so forth.

Today we played the first time and it is a challenge for the students which is what I wanted. They really have to follow the steps , slow down, focus and think.

Pack Includes: Instructions, page with Key, (shown above) page without Key, Key Page, and Page with a no color key so colors can be personalized.

I don’t think anyone reads the blurbs but I wanted to explain WHY ha ha.

My 1st and 2nd grader are struggling with common core. The 2nd grader JUST started struggling. My observation is simply the material is not given enough time to sink in. The students are doing the steps without understanding the WHY, or dynamics. I’m NOT anti-common core, I’m anti rushing through material to meet standards.

As a result I am trying to build as much common core methodology with my preschoolers, so they will only have to focus on the actual math work and not the procedures. I started at age 4, not knowing if they were ready but they have picked it right up.

Preschool Spring Craft

Preschool Spring Craft

 

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Preschool Flower Magnet Craft

 

Benefits:  My take is any age can make these, kids and adults. I think my friend will like the one I made. So it’s practical too right? Like, you can hold stuff up on your fridge with it. It’s light, easy to transport or even mail to someone-if anyone other then me does this anymore. I’m estimating the cost at 2$ tops?

*ALSO- last year’s Mother’s Day craft was, egg carton flower bouquet’s, except we covered ours with glitter. THAT was a lot of prep, I really got sick of cutting all those egg cups out for sure! Then, I had to assist them with putting them together. 

This requires adult supervision. I recommend, not using  strong adhesive while children are in the room.

SUPPLIES LIST:

  • Kid friendly art paint

  • Stamp Pad

  • Wooden shapes- Get the flower shape which is not pictured here.

  • Strong adhesive

  • Strong Magnets

  • Stencil, or a tool to draw the middle with

  • Sharpie

  • Glitter glue pens 

  • Skinny kid friendly paint brush

 

Supplies are all from Michael’s. My town is so small we don’t have a Target so its either Michael’s, the $ store, or Walmart. I don’t order from online b/c I don’t find the 2d format inspirational whatsoever.

PREP: The only prep is PLAN TIME for each step. Each step requires drying. I planned a day per step.

Realistically? They painted the flower one day, and we rushed the rest this afternoon.

ha. Literally an hour before pick up time as I dug through my recycled containers, to send it  home in so it could DRY. (saved deli hot dog containers ha).

Kids flower magnet craft supplies
Kids flower magnet craft supplies

Spring Magnet Craft Step One
Spring Magnet Craft Step One – ISH

STEP ONE-ish.  I drew the “petal” lines, with a Sharpie.  I used the stencil for center circle.

( design subconciously inspired by Mary Engelbright, realized later).

***IF you get the flower shapes, you don’t have to draw lines at all, just draw the center circle.

Even the preschoolers could draw the lines if they had a photo/example to copy. If they draw them, they might not look like flower petals, AND you will need more time.

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Step two, Magnet Craft

STEP 2-ish

AFTER the paint has dried, help student to thumbprint the flower middle (center circle).  We use a stamp pad because I have a student who doesn’t like paint on her finger, AND no mess.

STEP 3- 

AFTER, the thumbprint dried- I glued the magnet on the back.

STEP 3-

AFTER, the glue has dried- student paints on glitter glue. I dispersed small amounts out of the glitter glue tubes JUST like I do with paint. That was a personal taste thing and a drying time issue thing.

However much YOU disperse, or if student uses tube etc, have student use a paintbrush at the very end because it will help smooth the globbs.

Again, I do allow – at other times-  process art by using an entire bottle of glitter glue on a project if they want. They have to be able to explore and splurge with the medium before you can expect them to use it properly.  What THIS craft is good for is learning sequencing, following directions, methodology, attention span, LISTENING.

Spring Craft Magnet
Finished Flower Craft Magnet

Upper left is 4.5 year old, Upper Right is 6.5 year old, bottom center is mine because I hardly ever have time to craft ha. AND the kids really like it when I can sit down with them and make my own also.

Students might even be encouraged to outline the edges, especially if they have an example to look at. Later we are going to use this craft as part of our flower study.

(The color in real life isn’t poppy red, but these COULD be used for poppy day hu)

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift for Kids

Mother’s Day Gift for Kids

Mother's Day Gifts for Kids

 

Craft Gift Goals:  

  • Uses materials I already had

  • Students create independently.

My garden isn’t blooming yet, I bought fake flowers from $ store for our flower shop for spring unit.  

I keep a collection of various plastic bottles for saving the earth while having fun while saving $, haha.

A friend’s daughter outgrew her washi tape, I had a surplus. If I hadn’t, I probably would have left that out.

Creation Station Table: (whenever I’m truly inspired I forget to take a picture ha ha)

  •   2 Power Ade bottles with  per student.

  •         3 differently shaped plastic bottles and a corn meal containter 

  • NOTE ONLY BOTTLES WITH NON ADHESIVE LABELS HA HA EASY REMOVAL

  •        Random stickers-transformers,to be colored, hello kitty, etc

  •        Washi Tape

  •         Envelopes

  •         White and Colored Papers both folded and unfolded

  •         Markers

  •         Scissors

  •         Small Kawaii Stamp Set with 3 stamp pads

  •        Smaller and cut out, pictures to color (owl below)

I did not include ribbon, guess who’s going to be tying the ribbon on, or helping with it? I wanted this to be a no holds barred CREATION, using ALL MASTERED SKILLS.

Favorite Photo= The messy table afterwards!

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Acadamic take? Allow students to use as many different materials as possible in expected and unexpected ways.

Mother's Day Gifts for Kids

This is an empty  7-up bottle (green) and the 6 year old decorated it with cards taped all around the bottle! The owl is a colored picture and he wrote on the others.

 

This is both sides of the same vase.

Possibilities are endless!

Ms. Mel, oldest Daughter, 2 of 3 grandkids
Ms. Mel, oldest Daughter, 2 of 3 grandkids
Happy Mother’s Day !

 

Preschool Math Game: building skills and confidence

Preschool Math Game: building skills and confidence

Preschool Math Game
Preschool Math Game

preschool math game roll a rabbit face

I made this game with the goal of giving my preschoolers confidence in drawing. How many of us have said, “I can’t draw.”?  My experience as an artist/artisan is that we are all creative, if we have the right medium.

For example, I am mediocre at freehand drawing. However, upon moving to a small rural town in Oregon, I was exposed to textile mediums. In two years I learned to make beaded bags and moccassins.

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Ten years later I bead very little due to bifocals, but I have learned to use OTHER mediums to make things.

The point is: If we believe we are creative, we will continue to try different mediums.

With Art and Music cut from the standard education system, it is up to us to provide these experiences for children.

One of my preschoolers is speech delayed, and is only gaining confidence to TRY now at 4.5 yo. Student loses interest quickly, is resistant to try new things, and will only color smaller images. I made the game with this student in mind, and sure enough when it came to draw one side of the mouth- “I don’t know how to do that”.  I responded, “you can do it”, and the student did draw that curve. During the second portion of the mouth, I guided the hand when asked. Student appeared to gain confidence, even drawing on  wall whiteboards for the first time this week.

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SKILL BUILDING:

  • Fine Motor

  • Number recognition

  • 1:1 Correspondence

  • Confidence in Drawing

  • Kindergarten Common Core familiarity

  • Following directionS/Critical thinking

This is a great version of roll and draw for students with shorter attention spans. Drawing the face helps with letter formation due to fine motor skill practice for whiskers and mouth parts. Students excercise critical thinking skills as they have to draw the parts separately and understand how the lines lead to, a mouth, for example. This is the same process of alphabet letter deconstruction.

 

Pack Includes: Pages pictured in this post, single large page key, instructions.

 

 

Below the rabbit face is the direct download link:

preschool math game roll and draw

 

preschool math game roll and draw a rabbit face

Free Number Game worksheet

Free Number Game worksheet

Free number worksheet game
Free number worksheet game

We play these every week so I am continually doing different ones and sharing here. I love Kawaii and bright colors so I try to play these with the students whenever I can. They are just FUN, and math and some kind of art form always seem to go together.

I am incorporating all things spring and bright colors into our environment and curriculum as we had freezing temps just last MARCH. Here, tulips spring up first, chasing the crocuses. Yay for tulips and crocuses!

Moving to high desert mountains in SE OR where it can get below 0 on occassion, many of us are VERY adept at reading the signs as we thirst for spring with fierce cabin fever.

Included in pack:

Worksheet with color key, worksheet without key, worksheet with blank key for color fill in, and KEY sheet.

Direct Download Link under bunny

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Three Little Pigs STEM PreK The Three Ninja Pigs

Three Little Pigs STEM PreK The Three Ninja Pigs

The Three Ninja Pigs
The Three Ninja Pigs

This is the last activity for The Three Ninja Pigs Unit.

  1. Roll a Ninja Pighttps://readcountcraft.com/2019/03/

2. Ninja Pig and Wolf Puppets, Letter P and W worksheets https://readcountcraft.com/2019/04/06/three-ninja-pigs-book-free-printable-activity-pack/

They build a house that the wolf could not blow down. It was tested by waving a hand fan really hard. They had a blast with this! The hand fans I picked up for free from a Cellular One Stand at a street fair thing- I covered the words with sticky glitter paper from the $Tree.

Three Ninja Pigs-Three Little Pigs: Build a Strong Pig House Set up
3 Little Pigs-Three Ninja Pigs: Choosing Materials and Constructing a Strong Pig House

Fanning hard to see if the Pig House Falls down

Other Parts of this unit:

  1. Roll a Ninja Pig https://readcountcraft.com/2019/03/

2. Ninja Pig and Wolf Puppets, Letter P and W worksheets https://readcountcraft.com/2019/04/06/three-ninja-pigs-book-free-printable-activity-pack/

Preschool Math Roll and Color the Egg

Preschool Math Roll and Color the Egg

otterloveseasterbookOtter Loves Easter is about Otter making and sharing dyed egg after he scarfs all of the candy the Easter Bunny brought him. Woven within the story is counting differently sized items, finding eggs in the egg hunt.

 

Roll and Color the Egg game

I have observed my students number recognition increase since I included a roll and color game center once a week. I also have them write the number once a week. We are now working on recognizing number 6 dots, and numeral. The dots also help as a common core tool, and both of my students will be attending standard K.

The reason I make so many themes is it’s my #1 effective tool for these skills, and the different themes keep it a game. It is easy to extend our literacy activity with adapting to a book we are reading.

The Pack Includes:

Page with Colored Key and a Page with Blank key to add colors to, 

Page without Key, Key page with colors and Key Page without colors.

 

Direct Download Link Below Bunny Photo

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Preschool Roll and Color the Egg Game for 1:1 Correspondence

Preschool Roll and Color the Egg Game for 1:1 Correspondence

Betty Bunny Loves Easter
Book:  Betty Bunny Loves Easter

My students love this game and playing it, has been highly effective for their number recognition. We use a large foam die from the $1 store. If they roll a number that has already been colored, the turn moves to the next player. The first one to have the egg color is the winner.

Pack Pages include:  Color page with Key, Color page with blank key (to be filled in by teacher), Color page with no key, Key page with Colors, Key page without colors.

Here is the Roll and Color Pack Preview:

 

Direct Download Link is under the Bunny

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Fingerprint Easter Egg Trucks : Toddlers- Preschool-Kindergarten Art

Fingerprint Easter Egg Trucks : Toddlers- Preschool-Kindergarten Art

Betty Bunny Loves Easter
Betty Bunny Loves Easter

This book doesn’t have a truck, but it IS about an Easter Egg Hunt. Betty’s siblings try to help her find eggs, but when she realizes she tells them she wants to do it HERSELF. She only finds one egg, becomes upset, her parents console her, she tries again and finds two more eggs. She decides its better to find three eggs by herself then a whole bucketful with help! She’s also kind of an active smarty pants and her siblings have quite real responses. Very Relatable and the current favorite book we are reading.

My Egg Truck Craft, was inspired by the blue farm truck printable, from Gluedtomycraftsblog.com

If you want a NO prep , adorable Easter Egg Truck, check hers out! Click below, print, dab thumbprints!

Thumb Print Easter Eggs Farm Truck

 

Easter Egg fingerprint Truck
Easter Egg fingerprint Truck

This is a great activity for those who really can’t stand getting paint on their hands.  My sensory sensitive toddler enjoys finger printing.  It provides a personal record,  without handprint mess. It also provides a less formal, result oriented art process.

Easter Egg fingerprint Truck free printable
Easter Egg fingerprint Truck

Pages in Pack:

Easter Egg Truck Fingerprint Craft Pack Preview

The Direct Download Link will be after free printable links, UNDER the Bunny.

Here’s an Easter Truck Free Printable I printed out and placed in a $1 Store Frame. These make great gifts too! ( I used this to show students what we were making so they had an artsy idea- our mantra? “Does it need to be perfect?” NO!! 🙂

I can’t find the place I downloaded it from, from one of my numerous subscriptions, NOT on pinterest, NOT on google, NOT in my trash! I will add the link when I get the next email from my graphics subscriptions! SORRY but it gives you an idea of frugal fun! My town is SO small it doesn’t have a TARGET, (90 min away over the mountains), so I HAVE to be creative!

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A Free Printable of a Pink Truck filled with Easter items and says “Easter Blessings”

https://designbundles.net/free-design-resources/easter-blessings-png-for-sublimation

A free printable with a purple and green dumptruck dumping eggs out! I may use this one next year!

https://cutthatdesign.com/2018/02/free-svg-cutting-files-truck-falling-easter-eggs-2/

A Baby Blue Pickup with 3 big eggs

https://clipart.wpblink.com/wallpaper-5437586

Turquoise truck with a bunny (you might be able to do contrasting thumbprints OVER the eggs)

https://clipart.wpblink.com/wallpaper-5437603

 

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My Fingerprint Egg Truck direct download link under bunny:

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Spring Egg Rabbit Mobile Pre-K Kindergarten Art Project Oviporous (Egg birth) Unit Introduction

Spring Egg Rabbit Mobile Pre-K Kindergarten Art Project Oviporous (Egg birth) Unit Introduction

 

 

Spring Craft for PreK Kindergarten Art
Spring Craft for PreK Kindergarten Art with The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown

The bunny finds an egg and wonders what is inside. A boy, an elephant, another bunny? A duckling hatches while the bunny is napping, and they become friends so “no one is alone again.”  

I always introduce a unit with something that connects the imagination and emotion. After reading the book a couple of times, I introduce questions through questions, as the bunny guesses what is in the egg. “Do elephants lay eggs?” I keep this part low key and fun. 

Then they made their own “Bunny in an Egg”.

When introducing activity, discuss and identify ovals and circles. (math)

 

 

 

Using fine motor skills with crayons and scissors.

Egg Mobile by CuppieCake & Jojo! Very proud and the mobile’s look cu-uuute when hung!

After coloring, cutting and gluing, each child holds their project.  I use a hole punch for the top and bottom of the egg and attach string.

The craft doesn’t HAVE to be a mobile. The egg can be glued onto construction paper with the “hanging” decorations applied wherever student wants to glue it.

Pages in Pack:

Egg Template, Bunny Templates (3 choices), Floral graphics to decorate (6 types). AND Instructions (not shown).

 

 

Hop to the Direct Download Link Under Rabbit!

 

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Spring Egg Bunny Mobile

Earth Day Craft Free Printable

Earth Day Craft Free Printable


These are my favorite books about earth day. Thank You Earth is full of photographs with poetic text to accompany each.  The Earth and I, I love Asch’s art and the emotional story of Earth being a friend.  I love the earth is a whimsical journey of how to help the earth, but great for short attention spans.

The Earth Day Craft is a no prep extension of any of these books:

  • Color the Earth and Decorations that are going to be used.
  • Cut out the Earth and Decorations that are going to be used.
  • Glue the Earth and Decorations onto a piece of paper.
  • Use Chalk for stars.

Included in the Pack:

-Large B/W Earth with Recycle Symbol

-Earth helper Decorations

-Extra Earth Decorations

-I Spy Page

-Critical thinking, what doesn’t belong? This is open ended, student only needs to have a reason for her group base. For example, she can choose by shape; odd one out is the square/heart. OR she can choose by color; odd one out is the black and white. OR choose by symbol; odd one out is earth.

-The final page is to choose what is good/bad for the Earth.

LINK IS BELOW EARTH!

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check out our compost experiment (we have now added worms) and our recycling experiment.

 

Compost Stew book earth day experiment

Biodegradable/Recycle Earth Day experiment

 

Three Ninja Pigs Book Free Printable Activity Pack

Three Ninja Pigs Book Free Printable Activity Pack

This book is a silly story on its surface, with valuable literacy tools and ideas underneath.

  • Compare and contrast with the traditional three little pigs story.

  • The third little pig is the BEST ninja due to her hard work in earning the highest ninja belt. (perserverence)

  • Non traditional gender roles, the third little pig is the Sister.

  • Diversity and Vocabulary- such as “dojo”, unusual words and rhyme pattern.

  • The Three Ninja Pigs book free printables activity pack
    The Three Ninja Pigs book free printables activity pack

Included in Pack:

  • Ninja Pig and Wolf Puppet Craft- Color, Cut, attach craft stick.

  • Find P recognition page.

  • Find starts with P, page.

  • Find W page.

  • Find starts with W, page.

  • The Three Ninja Pigs Book free printables activity
    The Three Ninja Pigs Book free printables activity

 

We read the book then made our puppets. The next activity was the letter P recognition and sound pages.

The Three Ninja Pigs Book Activity
The Three Ninja Pigs Book Activity

The following week we read the book again. Completed our work sheets and found W’s in the book itself. In addition, my students useng  post- it notes, to mark P’s and W’s in the book itself.

Special Thanks to NinjaWoman for the awesome Pig Ninja Graphic! Find her on TPT!

 

Ninja Woman Clip Art Studio

BELOW THE NINJA PIG IS THE DIRECT DOWNLOAD FOR THE PACK! AND THE LINK TO THE ROLL A NINJA PIG MATH COMPONENT!

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the three ninja pigs book free printable pack

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Roll and Color the Ninja PIg Pack

 

Roll and Color a Ninja Pig Math Activity

Roll and Color a Ninja Pig Math Activity

The Three Ninja Pigs
The Three Ninja Pigs
Roll and color the ninja pig
Roll and color the ninja pig

Kindergarten Skill building:
1:1 correspondence
common core
number recognition
color recognition
matching
using directions


Ninjariffic Pig picture by Ninja Woman Clip Art Studio

Ninja Woman Clip Art Studio
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ninjawoman-Clip-Art-Studio

Our Game Ninja Pigs!

Our game pages are light black because printer was low on ink.

Pages included for game are shown below:

No Prep Preschool Number Recognition Activities, 4 activities-1 printable

No Prep Preschool Number Recognition Activities, 4 activities-1 printable

 

readcountcraft free printable number recognition activities
readcountcraft free printable number recognition activities

SUPPLIES: Glue stick, poms, circle stickers, coloring tools

  • Heart Shamrock Number Recognition

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  • INTRODUCTION
  • Child identifies shape and colors hearts.
  • Child glues heart on matching heart in a clockwise direction, verbally stating identified number.
    • If unable to identify number, child repeats after adult states the number, while gluing the matching leaf on.

  • EXTENSION
  • After heart leaves are applied:
  • Child glues the number of poms by color, indicated on each heart leaf.
    • Example: 1 red pom is glued on #1.
  • Child glues poms on heart leaves in a clockwise direction, and verbally states leaf number as identified.
    • If unable to identify number, child repeats after adult states the number. Adult asks, “how many poms do you need?” Child answers with number, Adult states, “1 pom for #1” and so forth.

 

Heart Flower Number Recognition

readcountcraft free printable number recognition activities
readcountcraft free printable number recognition activities

INTRODUCTION

  • Child places stickers on matching flower petal in a clockwise direction, verbally stating identified number. I directed verbally the number to find in order 1-5, instead,  number stickers for number matches.
    • If unable to identify number, child repeats after adult states the number, while gluing the matching sticker on.

EXTENSION

  • After placing stickers on, teacher or student numbers each petal.
  • Then, glue correct amount of poms to each petal.

 

SKILL BUILDING AREAS:

  • number recognition
  • 1:1 correspondence
  • shapes
  • geometry
  • direction
  • Number sense
  • fine motor
  • observation and critical thinking

click below the rainbow for direct download

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Egg and Chick Letter Match

Egg and Chick Letter Match

egg and chick alphabet letter match
egg and chick alphabet letter match

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? You decide.

  • Use these as memory match cards or flash cards.

  • Attach craft sticks, for interactive storytime. Use these “puppets” for counting chicks in story books.

  • Use the Letter E card for Egg, and C card for Chick, and interact along with a Chicken Lifecycle book tale.

 

 

 

Chicks Lifecycyle Books:

  • Let’s Hatch Chicks by Lisa Steele

  • From Egg to Chicken by Gerald Scrace Legg

  • The Mother Hen: the Hen and the Chicks by Jemimah A. Admas

Other  books:

  • A New Chick for Chickies by Janee Trasler

  • Chickies series by Janee Trasler

Building skills with books:

  • Alphabet letter recognition

  • Counting

  • Pre-reading

  • Pre-writing

Incorporate technology with biology and counting:

Direct Download Link Below Rainbow

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Free Printable Unicorn and Rainbows Pack

Free Printable Unicorn and Rainbows Pack

Free Printable Unicorn I spy pack
Free Printable Unicorns and Rainbows pack.

We are focusing less on our standard letter and number of the month and MORE on critical thinking the 1st three days of this week that starts spring break.

I have observed my preschoolers learn alphabet letters more by recognizing what they aren’t, then what they are. 

We are also using hearts to build shamrocks, and puzzles for these days. I will post about these, as I find the teaching method applied effective and providing hands on experience and problem solving for my students.

Tried and True Rainbow Books! 

The first is interactive, and the rabbit  segueways into Easter. The second segueways nicely into spring blooming and planting.

Direct Download Under Rainbow Below!

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Roll a Rainbow Unicorn

Roll a Rainbow Unicorn

roll and color a rainbow unicorn
roll and color a rainbow unicorn

The fun thing about this game is we use the color rolled for whatever place on the unicorn we want to. So, even the body can be three or four colors!

We use a big foam dice from the color store. The kids get a lot of exercise running back and forth to see what they rolled! I don’t have to worry about it getting lost, or, breaking something.

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roll a rainbow unicorn in action
Roll and color a rainbow unicorn to build counting, color, number, 1:1 correspondence,, fine motor skills
Counting to see what color


Preschool skill building, counting-number recognition-1:1 correspondence, fine motor practice, literacy, social skills with this fun printable!
Finished colorful unicorns!

DIRECT DOWNLOAD BELOW:

Storybook Science: Compost Stew

Storybook Science: Compost Stew

Compost Stew
We made Compost Stew! This was one of my favorite activities ever, because it really shows how LONG it takes for things to biodegrade in a landfill. The interesting thing about compost stew and the recycling experiement is watching what happens. So, to see how long it takes just for paper to degrade is a valuable understanding. So many times with our trash we think, out of sight, out of mind. I’m a practical recycler, and I don’t have a compost pile, but, at least I understand the value of recycling. My main goal with both of these experiments was for all of us to gain a real world understanding of managing trash, and realizing that we can do our part. Staying curious and asking questions.

Supplies:

An empty glass or plastic container with lid

Spoons for scooping in dirt to container.

Yard dirt or local dirt to fill up container at least half way

Biodegradable items: Use the Compost Stew book , it has lots of choices.

Compost Stew
Starting our stew

1- We took turns filling up the jar about 1/4 full, with our dirt.

2- Capt. D. put in the soft fresh pear pieces.

3-JoJo added used coffee grounds.

4- Capt. D. added a snip of my hair.

5- JoJo added dryer lint.

6- The boys finished by spooning the rest of the dirt into the jar and sealing the lid.

Compost Stew
Adding pears
Compost Stew
Filling in dirt at the end

 

What we knew: We didn’t know anything about composting.

What we wanted to know: What exactly is composting anyway?

What we learned: How easy it is to make a compost stew and what we can throw in there.

Watch and see what happens: A week later we are still checking daily to see if the things we put in have become one with the dirt.

Compost Stew
I love the Earth, Thank you Earth, Compost Stew

I also read I love the Earth by Todd Parr, and Thank you Earth which is a photograph book with one sentence of a poem on each page, during the two weeks we did these experiments. I read the other two books out loud, during our regular daily reading time. These books aren’t considered science books, but if we emotionally connect with nature, nature IS biology. Which is science. We live in the mountains, but one of the things the boys asked me today is to go and see how the canal microsystem has changed. 

Storybook Science: Recycle Everyday

Storybook Science: Recycle Everyday

Recycle Everyday
Watch and see what happens to paper and plastic, the beginning.

The books we read: The Earth and I by Frank Asch and Compost Stew By Mary McKenna Siddals

SUPPLIES:

Biodegradable and Non Biodegradable Materials: any type of paper, plastic, metal, cardboard

Jars with lids, water to fill the jars

Sticky notes and a pen for labeling jars

We chose: bottle plastic, grocery bag plastic, an old cardboard book cover and bond paper to put into our jars of water.

What we know: We read the books and talked about where trash goes. We talked about what happens if our Landfill got full with trash, where would we put another one? We decided WE didn’t’ want a landfill next to where WE live.

What we wanted to know: Do things go away (dissolve/biodegrade) once they are buried in a landfill.

The prediction was that all of our materials would dissolve.

The boys- (4yo and 6yo),  filled two jars apiece up with water. Then cut up a few pieces of their items to put in their jars.

What Happens to Plastic Bags?
What happens to Plastic Bags?

We checked our covered specimens every day, a week later the cardboard and paper showed signs of dissolving. The book cover turned the water a bit green. After a week the plastic had not changed at all. We were ALL surprised that the bond paper was only soft, not dissolved yet.

What we learned: We talked about our observations, and that plastic stays in landfills. We also talked realized that plastic won’t dissolve in the ocean, either. That’s why we recycle our plastic, and even our paper. Otherwise, where will all the garbage go?

Finally, we watched a 3 min. video about the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, which shows the result of what can happen to trash if not disposed of properly. No verbal narration, but the words can be read outloud if desired. 

https://youtu.be/1qT-rOXB6NI

(The video provided transition to our compost experiment, next post.)

Watch and see what happens: the boys still check the jars daily to see how the paper is changing.

R is for Rainbow Tots activity

R is for Rainbow Tots activity

What makes a Rainbow is my all time favorite Rainbow book, I don’t care what age you are, the ribbons are magic.

 

 

R is for Rainbow Art Activity

BUILDING SKILLS:  Writing: Letter formation and recognition, fine motor

                                     Science: color mixing experimentation

                                     Math: Counting ribbon colors, counting the colors used.

    

R is for Rainbow ActivitySUPPLIES:

  • A letter R cut out for each child (free printable) 
  • R is for Rainbow Template (free printable)
  • Oil Pastels
  • Glue Stick
  • Cloth for wiping fingers off

INTRODUCTION:

  1. Read Over the Rainbow a few times over one week. During these readings, children count the ribbon colors.
  2. After final reading, introduce rainbow colors and talk about color mixing. 
  3. Demonstrate how to smudge and mix colors using oil pastels.
  4. Tell children we are going to make our own rainbows with oil pastels. We can smudge our rainbows, and mix the colors if we want to.
R is for Rainbow Activity
Getting Ready

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. The child identifies the letter and glues onto template letter R.
  2. The child chooses an oil pastel and traces the attached letter R, with proper letter formation.
  3. Show children where to make their rainbows on the page. 
  4. Then, they go for it!
  5. Use math again to ask the child to count what colors they used.
R is for Rainbow Activity
Blending A Rainbow

 

LINK FOR DIRECT DOWNLOAD TEMPLATES BELOW THE Word Picture

R is for Rainbow Activity

This link is the Letter R’s to cut out page

R template R is for rainbow

This link is for the drawing page

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St. Patrick’s Preschool I Spy

St. Patrick’s Preschool I Spy

St Patricks I spy preschool
Preschool Perfect

Again, a great fill in activity that I save for schedule changes, especially.  Or a supplemental activity. I started making my own because any of the I Spy printables I found had so many objects, it was cumbersome and took forever. I tested them on my advanced 4yo preschooler and while he completed it, most preschoolers would have been bored. There are far more effective ways to teach counting! Mainly I use it as a different way to reinforce number formation (recognition). Enough jabbering, direct download below the leprechaun..wheeee

P.S. If you want the critical thinking part of “I Spy”, Highlights magazine offers a great series for critical thinking, including their infamous “hidden pictures”, for free in weekly email subscription.

 

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Princess or Dragon? Preschool Literacy

Princess or Dragon? Preschool Literacy

preschool literacy activity
Compare, Contrast and Imaginative Play

Read each book by itelf at least 3 different times to the class, over one or two weeks.

Now you are ready to start a discussion about the similarities, differences and what are the same with the class.

  1. Hold up the books, examining and opening a discussion about the 1st story, then the 2nd.
  2. Flip through the Princess or a Dragon first page. Enter into a class conversation about the book main features page by page.  A girl, A dragon, eating, etc.
  3. Then flip through the My 1st New Year book and repeat the same precedure.
  4. Finally, Display the books side by side, and encourage discussion about : same, different, similar.

 

ACTIVITY:

  • Print the puppets out and have the children cut them out. I printed mine out in black and white so the children could color.
  • Have children place stick in desired place on back, and tape with shipping tape.
  • Give children books and puppets and encourage them to go into freeplay with puppets and books and tell their own story.

Skill building:

  • pre reading
  • pre writing
  • language
  • comprehension
  • fine motor skills

PRINTABLE PUPPETS:

 

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St Patrick’s preschool I Spy

St Patrick’s preschool I Spy

 

Free Printable Preschool St Patrick's I Spy
Free printable St Patricks I Spy page 

I like to use this page as a fill in activity for those unplanned moments. Especially helpful when the kids spend most of the time indoors. After counting and putting in number, we can even talk about same and different, what’s your favorite item, etc. Make sure to orchestrate discussion so preschoolers understand what the objects are, and are called, for vocabulary. I don’t have a worksheet emphasis in my curriculum, but its an important skill to know how the physical world transfers to paper. I consider it a life building skill instead of a learning skill, because the adult world is full of paperwork! Enough jabber, the direct download link is below the leprechaun.

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St. Patrick’s Preschool page

St. Patrick’s Preschool page

St. Patrick’s Find the Difference


I like to use these worksheets for fill in activities. They are great for critical thinking. I put mine in protective sheets so the worksheet can be used again. If I don’t want to re-use, the students will either circle the different one, OR use a bingo dabber.

DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS:

  • I will also talk about WHAT exactly is the same, and WHAT is different? We talk about same, similar, and different daily with books and other objects, I weave it into the entire day. This helps them categorize, helps with critical thinking, asking questions, and the sorting process of a kind. Understanding and identifying helps them make sense of print. I consider it part of literacy.
  • Of course, these can be used for math too, they like to count EVERYTHING. How many total? How many the same? How many are different? Figuring out less obvious categories also is critical thinking. I endeavor to teach more about THINKING then memorizing.

Enough jabber jabber, under the leprechaun is the link!

St. Patricks Day free printable pattern activity

St. Patricks Day free printable pattern activity

STPATRICKSpattern practice example

Use this for a no prep intro, review or practice of pattern production. I DIY laminate with clear contact paper and use for a go-to fill activity.  If manipulatives are desired, have child place them on the correct hat.

Skills practiced: STEM, and knowing patterns are highly recommended for Kindergarten.

Below the leprechaun is the direct download link.

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St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Math Free Printable

St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Math Free Printable

St. Patricks Day Preschool Math Free Printable
Count Count Trace!
I use the plastic shamrock coins from the $store, or real coins to increase the fun level of this activity!
Emphasize the rainbow fun by encouraging child to use a different color to trace the number.

After child completes the page, encourage her to color it.

 

 

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R is for Rainbow Fine Motor Activity

R is for Rainbow Fine Motor Activity

R is for Rainbow Free Printable
Letter R is for Rainbow cutting activity

If child is a beginner with scissors, first cut worksheet into 4 vertical long rows.  Shaped Pieces are easier because there isn’t a whole bunch of paper to coordinate while trying to practice the physical mechanics of cutting.

If a child is adept at cutting this sheet remains whole for practice.

This sheet can be used for pre-write line tracing to practice letter formation as well.

 

DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK IS BELOW LEPRECHAUN

 

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St. Patrick’s Theme free printables for preschool

St. Patrick’s Theme free printables for preschool

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I will be making a rainbow roll and color game as part of this series.

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Roll A Rainbow

Roll A Rainbow

Roll A Rainbow readcountcraft.com
What will your rainbow look like?

Supplies: Printable, Die and coloring tools

I tested this by playing with a preschooler and it was really fun! There’s really no win/lose, but he wanted a win/lose so we decided the person who has the most colors in the rainbow wins.

This game builds the following skills: counting, subtizing, color recognition, memory, following directions

And fits into many themes:  Colors, Counting, Rainbow Theme, St Patricks theme, Unicorn theme, Spring Theme!

Roll a Rainbow Free Printable
Roll a Rainbow Pack Examples

Below is the link for the Pack, Pack includes: 

  • Rainbow  Outline with Key-3 copies
  • Key-1 copy
  • Rainbow outline without key-2 copies

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Scavenger Hunt Sticky Collage

Scavenger Hunt Sticky Collage

 

 

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Scavenger Hunt Sticky Collage Activity

There was so much snow that the children were excited to find anything! This was not planned, I grabbed a couple of recycled containers to put their goodies in.

 

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Returning inside, I cut two pieces of clear contact paper and hung them up with magnets on our “magnet boards”.  (Oil Pans)

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Then, they stuck their collages to the color paper they wanted, and filled in the “frame” with oil pastels.

Creating masterpieces

Finally, they decided to blend oil pastels on the back, which can be seen here.

Mixing colors

Mixing colors

I use this book to introduce mixing colors, and I use it again periodically to review color mixing. We have done several activities practicing color mixing, including oil pastels. Oil pastels continues to be the most popular.

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I gave them a huge piece of paper, $store watercolors and three or four jars of water each. The goal was to let them mix paint in the water and watch the water change and explore as they wanted.

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They spent much excitement and wow time predicting what the water color would change to, and then observing the change of color.

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 When I thought they might be ready to transition, I mentioned mixing colors on their paper.

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I truly become inspired when I see this awesomely pure creativity expressed!

(I made some shapes and traced around to create puzzles, then reused for this project)

Book Review

Book Review

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I’m sharing a site that offers a Kindness book list. The list was compiled from subscriber suggestions. The great thing about that is the books are tried and tested!

On of the books I like to teach kindness, is  Z is for Moose. I enjoy interweaving themes that are not obvious with books we read.

My observation is the children are more receptive when I ‘m using implied teaching, instead of overt teaching when it comes to charachter building, social skills and emotional practices. 

I only blog  the  winners I’ve tested on different children from toddlers to 7 year olds. The review above gives you an idea of how I integrate activities and dump the obvious (ABC’s) on its head.  

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Roll and Color A Pig

Roll and Color A Pig

 Our small rural town is not diverse, so its incorporated into our curriculum.

We are going to be talking about Chinese New Year. I made this game for Chinese New Year 2019 Year of the Pig activity.

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Roll and Color a pig for Chinese New Year, Farm, animals theme or just for fun!

No Prep for counting, pre-write & subtizing skill building!

Supplies: Printable(s) /Die

Skills:

  • Pre-Write (coloring)
  • Following Directions
  • Counting 1-5
  • Subtizing (I see & know how many w/o counting)

Preschool Math skill building game
Silly no prep game with a snorting pig!

How to play:

  • Choose which pig template to print, and print one per child.
  • Child rolls die.
  • Child says number outloud, and colors the picture that matches the rolled number.
  • If that item is already colored, child passes turn if you want the game to last longer. If you desire a quicker game, when child rolls an item that is already colored, child re-rolls.
  • Continue until 1 child has entire pig colored. That child wins.

 

What is in the Free Printable Pack?

There are two of each page in the pack.

The two pictures shown previously are two of the pages in the pack.

Show below is the pig template page, with the body already colored.

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Finally, a separate dice page, shown below.

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My preschoolers  play this with each other, with only a little guidance from me. Since this has pictures, not words, it can be used as a center or independent play activity.

 

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Roll and Color a Pig Linkie

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Shapes Process Art Game

Shapes Process Art Game

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Preparation:

  • Die, or Foam Die with Dry Erase Marker
  • Foam Die= With a dry-erase marker, draw 2 rectangles, 2 squares and a heart on one die. Or any combination of 3 shapes.
  • Set up on a table:
    • A paper for each child
    • Glue for each child
    • Some of each shape to glue onto papers.
    • Other random items children can glue onto their art.

Game benefits and directions:

  • Exercise. The benefit of a foam die from the $store, they can throw it within a controlled area. They become really excited, every turn, to read their number.
  • Following Directions and Memory:F  After the child rolls the dice, I have him leave it until he identifies the number and yells it.  This helps the child follow a direction and remember while he walks back to his art paper.
  • Find a shape paper that matches the shape that he rolled,  and glue it on the paper. Repeat after each turn.
  • After 5 or 10 turns, or when the children appear bored, the game ends.
  • Give child(ren) the option of finishing their art by gluing random items provided onto their paper.

SQUARES VS. RECTANGLES; OUR version

I chose squares and rectangles because they were challenged in telling the difference between those two shapes. I have observed they memorize easier if I teach using comparison.  I chose an easily recognized shape for the third shape, so they only had to really THINK for square vs rectangle.

I allowed the children to both run and see what the other child had rolled, however, we only had 2 children playing this. I doubt I would allow more then 2 children at a time run to look at the dice.

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I set up liquid glue and a paintbrush for each child.  The paintbrush helps with finemotor, provides less glopping and mess.  I try to alternate between using glue sticks or liquid glue with our art. Also, I don’t have to say “don’t use too much” because the paintbrushes are small. 

$store paintbrushes, elmer’s glue, or Aileen’s tacky glue for bulkier items like poms.

I use recycled container lids to pour paint and glue in. Jar lids are an example of the best depth/width.

The random items I placed out were in my “bits and pieces” box. A photobox I keep misc crafty type bits like leftover scraps of paper, google eyes, stickers and seasonal items that we didn’t use all of=not enough to save, and small items I find floor after official cleanup. HAHA. 

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Everytime we play this game its a big success to get their energy out in a focused, non rambunctious way. Moving from the game to finish the art is an easy transition.

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Teaching numbers and letters; easy trick writing tray

Teaching numbers and letters; easy trick writing tray

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Why add contact paper to any tray for textile learning? 

Write letter ON the tray! No card, letter needed for copying!  Easily remove the contact paper when done!

SUPPLIES:

  • Any tray or plate with raised edges to contain the sand.
  • Decorative sand from the Dollar Store.
  • Contact Paper from the Dollar Store.

DIRECTIONS:

  Measure Contact paper for tray and apply.

Write the letter, number, or word and add sand.

I let him explore the sand first before he traced his letter.

He had fun finding the e. He had fun tracing with eyes open and closed!

Snowball Fishing

Snowball Fishing

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Book: Any snow themed book. We are reading:

 

Supplies:

  • container
  • cotton balls
  • bells of different sizes
  • Wooden spoons
  • containers to put snowballs into

Another last minute activity I threw together, as a result of being stuck inside!  

Activity builds:

  • fine motor prewrite skill
  • counting
  • patience
  • following directions
  • cooperation, taking turns
  • sensory exploration
  • coordination
  • science-how things move, gravity

Fill bin halfway with cotton balls, and at least 5 bells per child. 

Game: Explain to students: Get bells out by using spoon, using only ONE hand. Each child gets one turn to  attempt to fish out a bell. At the end of the game, have child count their own bells and the one with the most wins!

OR

Independent play activity. Encourage children to dump the bell into the container only using THE SPOON.  I also allowed the children to remove some cotton balls and play with after activity if they wanted.

Extension: Substitute the bells with different objects, or smaller objects to continue skill building. Substitute heavier spoons such as a metal ice cream scoop, for hand strength building. 

BOOKS NOTE: I order and check out our theme books from the library, usually about five if  there are that many. Since we started with hibernation, then artic animals, we are now moving to snow. We just had another snow storm and the subject is very relatable! However, if we were only having a “cold” winter, I might do this activity while reading about ICE and maybe show a video and talk about ice fishing. This is an example of choosing books that are as relevant as possible, AND interesting.

I thought they would be bored with snow books after covering different aspects of winter from december through January. If they lose interest before winter ends, I will shift it to winters are different depending on where one lives.  Always have a back up aspect for your theme!

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Watch and See what happens Ice Science: no prep Preschool STEM

Watch and See what happens Ice Science: no prep Preschool STEM

 

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  • Supplies:
  • Ice, Salt, Seasoning Salt in containers, set out on a tray.
  • Bubble wrap, plastic sandwich bag
  • Flashlight
  • Cloth for wiping up spilled water

  • ADULT MUST STAY WITH CHILDREN DURING ALL EXPERIMENTS. DISCUSS FLASHLIGHT SAFETY AND USE (DON’T PUT IN WATER!)

Sneezy the Snowman

INTRO:  Read interactively books which involve melting snow, artic, hibernation. We checked out Sneezy the Snowman from library and read it again, right before activity.

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Above is a You Tube Read Aloud link for Sneezy the snowman.

We had been studying artic animals/ hibernation, observed our mini snowmen melt over days; so it was natural for children to put Sneezy the Snowman book AND the Ice experiment together for comprehension of  the 3 states of ice, gas-liquid-solid. I interjected “gas” a couple of times but mainly we focused on the cool stuff the ice did!

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Mini snowman, we built this inside, if snow isn’t available-used crushed ice.

 

Tray setup

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PART 1- Melting Ice basic experiment

  1. Each child recieves 3 pieces of ice.
  2. Explain what we are going to do.
  3. Direct children to pour epsom salt on 1 ice piece, seasoning salt on 1 ice piece and the plain ice piece is for comparision.
  4. Encourage them to watch and see what happens. Ask if anything is different, what is it? Why is it? 

 

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  1. Each child recieves 3 pieces of ice.
  2. Explain what we are going to do.
  3.  Ask child to wrap a piece of ice in bubble wrap and set aside on tray.
  4. Ask child to put a piece of ice in baggie, close it, set aside on tray.
  5. Repeat Part 1.
  6. Pass out flashlights, encourage children to keep talking about what is happening and why.
  7. After a few minutes, or when children get bored, have children unwrap the ice in the bubble wrap and remove from baggie.
  8. place both pieces on tray next to control piece. Did ice melt at all, which melted fastest, why and how?

This activity worked great for me as a last minute activity on an stay inside day!

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Roll A Valentine free printable

Roll A Valentine free printable

A no prepe game to use with any Valentine, Love or Friendship book to draw a cute heart! I’m calling our Valentine’s month theme “Robot Love”.😍


A Robot friendship story, Sparrow by Jake Parker.

Another Robot friendship theme book, Spare Parts by father and daughter team, Rebecca and Ed Emberly.

The 4 pages for the game are:

  • A key of dice with corresponding drawings assigned.
  • An example of what a roll a heart can look like.
  • A blank valentine to play with blank dice to fill in corresponding drawings.
  • A blank heart to print out and use.

Remember, the great thing about Roll and Draw games is we get to use math and art! We also use counting, 1:1 recognition, fine motor skills, prewrite skills, subtizing-seeing a number and knowing it without counting it, and common core foundation because of DOTS! Plus it can be as long or as short as they want!

I cover the Heart/Dice page with contact paper but you can do this, or print out on paper, or just print out on paper. OR you can cut a heart out of cardboard and let them use THAT as a stencil and trace around it.

We use white boards, erase markers and large foam dice from the dollar store. That way they can throw the dice as hard as they want (not up high lol) and RUNNNN after it and it gets their energy out yay!

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P is for Puffin

P is for Puffin

On occasion in summer during the school kids quiet time, we watch Puffin Rock. This led to interest in Puffins, and it was the only artic creature that recieved a unanimous vote to learn about. It turns out that Pufrins are pretty cool, their eyes show quite an expression. Penguins are taught in schools here, so I was thrilled to investigate Puffins.

Here are the preschool books we found at our library which my preschoolers found interesting, that are ONLY about puffins, but you can use ANY animal book that includes Puffins.

The Library had these books below also, and while I love Gail Gibbons, they totally were not interesting for the preschoolers. My preschoolers weren’t totally excited about puffins like other animals. They are naturally inclined towards domestic, familiar animals, or familiar fun animals such as monkeys. I added interest by adding “fly like a puffin” or “dig like a puffin” during theme time. The funnies thing is to make puffin noises, one of the sounds they make are a bit like cows!😂

Other books about only Puffins
There are several wonderful Puffin Cams and this clip shows a Puffling hatching! I find the parent’s eyes quite expressive, and it also shows the HABITAT, a burrow. The burrow knowledge helped the children understand other animals who use burrows under the snow during winter.

Here is the free printable P is for Puffin template we used

Click on the link Below to download the file!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1f4QC899RONhD8jLZ1t6NHDMH6BHSr08o

Hibernation, similar but different

Hibernation, similar but different

Books: Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Snow Bears, both books are by Jan Brett. I checked out from the local library. Use these to invite talks about the differences, similarities in both stories. My preschoolers are always interested in exploring a favorite story retelling- and drawn differently!

Be a Bear! Hands on Hibernation

These books were the favorites to learn about hibernation of different animals! Read Goldilocks and the 3 Bears first, then the Three Snow Bears.

After reading the books the first few times, children may notice, or you can talk about the pictures how the same person wrote and drew both books. Or you can introduce that discussion once they are familiar with both books and the similarities/differences in both stories. I leave the Dramatic Play once the children indicate initial comprehension of hibernation. We had our “Cave” up after the first week, and the children helped me set it up while including smaller teddies in smaller “caves”. The 3rd week we built a town (blocks), railroad around mountains (towels over boxes with stuffed animals), and stools as bridges. The the children included more animals figures on their own.

Below is a fun craft with a bear puppet to go with Goldilocks!


Bear Puppet Free Printable by ReadCountCraft

Talk about where brown and polar bears live. Do brown bears really live in a people house? 🤣 So silly!

After reading Goldilocks and the 3 bears, click on the picture, print and make the bear puppet craft.

Supplies:

Bear House Printable and any decorations, such as, poms, paper shapes, stickers.

scissors and glue (we used gluesticks)

Piece of Construction Paper

Crayons or any medium.

1 Craft Stick per child

**All activities require Adult Supervision**

(The Bear with Backpack graphic is by Trevor Brown, his link is below)

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Trevor-Brown

  • Color the House BEFORE cutting it apart.
  • Cut the House Pieces out.
  • Glue the House Pieces onto the Construction Paper.
  • Cut the Brown Bear out on the dotted lines.
  • Tape the back of the Brown Bear to a craft stick with heavy tape.(we used Shipping tape).
  • Cut a line through both the house and the construction paper, for the Brown Bear to slide back and forth into the house. (See finished photo)

MORE OPTIONS:

Ask them what they want to build a cave with, along with suggestions of using anything you have. Even egg containers can be used!

Remind them that only PREGNANT polar bears hibernate and talk about why this might be. Then use the opportunity to research together. (google it, hahahaha, its great for kids to observe technology being used for research!)

Ask them, when reading Goldilocks and Snow Bears books, what happens in sequence, using First, Then, Last.

Introduce snow or crushed ice during this time.

I like to use YouTube clips before each subject focused booktime. Habitat and Hibernation go hand in hand.

It’s not very exciting to watch a bear hibernate, these are short!

Sleepy bear in natural habitat

So, ask where each bear is living. Which one is manmade, which one is wild? By the end of these book journeys, the children will excercised the following:

  • Critical thinking
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Observation
  • Sequencing
  • Fine Motor
  • Prewrite
  • Pre reading

We played Roll a Bear during the holiday vacation which is a favorite group activity! Roll games are my favorite too because it: encourages drawing, builds printing skills, builds subtizing (see and know the # without counting) (common core) , dots familiarity aids common core K math. We use a huge foam dice from the $store, so they can throw it across the room, not hit anything, and get thier energy out during our cold weather. Between the drawing and the throwing its bubbling SILLY SILLY! 

 

 

Free Printable Roll a Snowman

Free Printable Roll a Snowman

My students absolutely love any Roll and Draw games!

Supplies:

Whiteboard/ Paper

Writing Tool

Dice (we use a big foam dice from the $ Store)

How to play: The first person to complete the picture wins! If person rolls what she already has, then she passes her turn.

Skills: Counting, Subsidizing (recognizing without counting), common core, fine motor skills, printing.

Download Link Below:

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More Math with The Mitten

More Math with The Mitten

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We checked out The Mitten by Jan Brett from our local library.

Over the next two days, we watch The Mitten on YouTube The Mitten story by Kids Hut and we read the book each day.  

“The Mitten” and stuffed animals are left out for an activity choice for use during free play.

On the third day, after reading The Mitten, we put the animals into the mitten as I read the book. 

The children don’t care if the stuffed animal is the same as the book. The ones we used do not match the animals. They still learn and we use our imaginations!

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Remember, my goal is to get their interest peaked about artic animals, we are not into the STEM of it yet! 

Repeat the first activity only this time using the book, and instead of commenting with “less then more then” comment with “first, next, then” . These are Kindergarten skills, and, it also gives the children a framework for their sequencing. Name it and claim it!

A review of the skill building/concepts:

Artic Weather and Animals= It’s cold and they have to do things to stay warm.

Math: Kindergarten/Common Core= Less then More then, First Then Last

Math: Volume, Sequencing

Practical Skills:  Perserverence (getting the last critters in) Waiting (waiting to put in an animal when the page turns).

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During Free Play, he took this container of animals out, and played The Mitten.

Introducing Artic Animals

Introducing Artic Animals

We start with making artic animals fun with many readings of The Mitten.
I made a “Mitten” out of a hot chocolate box covered with contact paper. I gathered stuffed animals of various sizes to fit into the box.

ACTIVITY

I read the book (again) and did the activity with the students by putting animals into the mitten individually. The students chose which animal to put in next. We did this several times, with different combinations of animals.

We counted the animals as we were taking them all out of the mitten. Once they became used to counting the animals, we counted the animals as we put them IN the mitten.

Once the children stuffed the mitten severeal times, I introduced the concept of “Less” and “More”. “Less and More” is a Kindergarten Common Core skill. I also think its a great concept to learn!


When the big animals were used, I remark “Oh, not as many fit in there because the animals are bigger.” When more smaller animals were used, “Oh more animals fit in the Mitten because they are smaller!”

Later, “Oh so is there more animals in there then the last time?”
“Oh, is there less animals in there then the last time?”


The children probably already understand “more” , they know what more is so half the learning is done for us! We only have to use the words as a framework! They probably also know what less is, especially if they have siblings and have to share ALL the time!

Towards the end, which is when they get they are winding down from the fun of stuffing animals in and out of the Mitten, I remark, “Oh so was that * more than* or *less than*, the last time?”
I repeat this several times with each student and they are so busy having fun they don’t know they are learning math!

Introducting Artic Animals with The Mitten
Playing The Mitten independently during free time.
The Artic: Start with Stories

The Artic: Start with Stories

Same Author, Same Story, different characters.

I checked out about 7 books from the library, for the 1st week of January. This is a great week for extra reading due to the post holiday transition. The children get to choose 1 or 2 stories before naptime.

Reading before naptime take 30-45 minutes because we are interacting about the stories. We will talk about if bears really live in a house like in the Goldilocks story. Where do real bears live?

To spark interest in eventual learning with The Mitten, I highly recommend using this video during this week:https://youtu.be/E-V6f3aCfEo

This provides a foundation for skill building focus over the next month:

The Mitten by Jan Brett: Sequencing, measurement, counting, animal identification. (Reading and Math)

The Hat by Jan Brett: Differences and similarities with the Mitten story. Animal Homes and Habitats. (Pre-Reading skills, Science )

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Nature vs Nurture Mom’s day 2019

This book, Done with the Crying, has helped healing. No one talks about this issue, but there’s 100s of us we are everywhere as the book cites for research.

For the first time in 3 years, I did not get depressed or busying myself in an anxiety spike to get through the day. My mom died one year and my youngest daughter emancipated so she could live with her step dad the next. She’s 19 now and still silent. I’m close to my 32 non bio daughter, but she’s up and over the mountain 6 hours.

Birder Trail Moore Park


I hiked all day. Easy hikes, with my dogs. I always find something in nature to reflect my inner state. I don’t know why in the heck a white lily was growing in our high desert bird trail about our in town park, but that totally is my heart analogy. See the insect eaten edges?

LInk river

Our area is known for birds, water Birds, raptors, birdie birds, woodpeckers. I didn’t get good shots w/my camera phone, but I saw loads of Grebes, and their dance. example at below link.

http://www.klamathbirdingtrails.com/faqs/faqs.shtml

Lizzy and Jonesy

Sometimes we have cougars roaming above the park, but Jonesy is chi/blue healer so he’s got really good alert instincts and we are intune. The red dirt provides good trackage for pawprints.

Winters are TOUGH, many move and leave. I grew up in Fresno, but my heart was always in the NW. Here since 2004. Our winter was full of snow this year, including 8 inches in MARCH. SO depressing. Its good for the drought, so we dont’ get 100s of ducks dying of botchulism. But you have to be hard core to live in this High Desert, no Target, rural town.

We don’t take much for granted here. But it was the Trilling Mother’s Day. Because the red wing blackbird’s were everywhere trilling, I think b/c their mates were nesting and the males were warning. I walked the link river trail, half the bird trail and sat in a marina boat launch area, and I swallowed that Creator’s gift.

Deer a Month Ago in my friend’s neighborhood
red tailed hawk at Tulelake refuge early fall