Showing posts with label active play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label active play. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Five Little Speckled Frogs Lesson

Focus Areas of this Lesson: Letter F, Position Words "in" and "out," Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes Discussion and Song:
This year I was in charge of teaching the preschoolers the nursery rhymes and fairy tales unit.  I incorporated those two things into everything I taught for 2 months.  (I probably could have taught them for a whole year.  There is so much you can do with them!)  

The very first thing I asked the kids was, "What are nursery rhymes?"  I explained they are traditional poems for young children.  Naturally, the next question was, "What is a poem?"  I could have gone into great detail about poems, but I told them they were stories that create pictures in our minds.  They usually rhyme, and some have rhythm to them.

I taught them the Five Little Speckled Frogs nursery rhyme:

Five little speckled frogs,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs.  Yum!  Yum!
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green, speckled frogs.  Croak!  Croak!
Etc. down to no green, speckled frogs.  Glub!  Glub!

We sang the song together complete with actions.

Position Words IN and OUT:
I gave each child a frog with tape on the back.  On the positions words board I had a picture of a pond. The kids put their frog anywhere they wanted on the board.  We then discussed the position words "in" and "out."  I asked them, "How many frogs are IN the pond?"  They counted.  Then we counted how many were OUT of the pond.

Speckled Frog "In" and "Out" Game:
You will need a designated area to be your "pond."  I used the rug in my living room.  I had all of the kids sit on the couches around the rug.  When I shouted the word, "IN!" the kids jumped like frogs into the pond.  When I said, "OUT!" they jumped out.  We did this until the kids got tired.  You'll be surprised how many kids don't want to stop playing.

Letter F Study and Writing Practice:
We gathered back up to talk about the letter F.  I used my letter of the day board to show them what it looks like.  We talked about the sound it makes.  I asked the kids to locate all of the "F's" in the Five Little Speckled Frogs nursery rhyme.

I used the F is For Fire Truck Tracing Page from this site.  (It has all sorts of super cute and easy preschool writing and cutting pages.)  

Letter F Art Project:
I gave each child a paper with the outline of a letter F on the page.  I invited them to change the letter F outline into a picture of something that starts with the letter F.  I showed them my example (pictured above).  We had foxes, firetrucks, and more flags.  The kids seemed to really enjoy this activity.

Happy teaching!

More preschool ideas:
If You Take a Mouse to School Lesson
Humpty Dumpty Lesson

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kid Exercise/Action Cards

Kids love to move.  I remember when I was little I would invite the neighbor kids over to my house to do my parents' Jane Fonda exercise video with me.  We bounced with the best of them and had a great time.

Some mornings I go to the gym.  To my kids it is a mysterious place--I put on my tennis shoes, walk out the door, and when I come back my face is as red as my hair.  But I'll admit I don't exercise with my kids very much.  It is time to change that.

I printed off 3 different sets of action cards: animal (I made these), ABC (link to printable below), and Backyardigan (link to printable below as well).  These will be a great preschool/toddler resource!

Animal Action Cards

I made these animal action cards for my kids.  I can't figure out how to make them into a printable (I'll have to ask my hubby how to do that), but here's the list of actions for you:

Animal Action Cards:
Swim like a fish
Stretch like a cat
Chase your tail like a dog
Pretend to be an elephant
Roll like a pill bug
Run like a cheetah
Flap like a bird
Do the crab walk
Do the spider walk
Hop like a bunny
Jump like a kangaroo
Slither like a snake
Waddle like a duck
Pretend to be a monkey
Gallop like a horse

You can type them up, add some free clip art, and print them out for your kids.  Print them on cardstock or laminate them if you want them to be sturdier.

Princess was super excited to try the actions on the cards.  I turned on some Disney music and the kids went to town exercising.  

Getting ready to roll like a pill bug.  

Roll, roll, roll.

Two slithery snakes.  

Do the crab walk.

These cards would be great for a preschool unit on animals.  Work those large motor skills!

ABC Action Cards

I found these cute ABC action cards online at Homeschool Share.  You can go straight to the ABC action cards printable HERE.  

Aren't they cute?  

Such great balance.

Dance!  This was Goofy's favorite card.

Jump Over some pillows.  

Can you tell that she's having fun?

Lift your legs.

These cards would be great for teaching toddlers or preschoolers the alphabet.  Do the action for each letter you teach.  At the end of the unit do all of the actions together.  

Backyardigan Action Cards

I admit that my kids have never seen The Backyardigans, but these cards are super cute.  

I love the bright colors.  You can print these exercise cards here at Nick Jr.


Princess is waving to the stars.  

Bug Action Cards
There are some Bug Action Cards if you are doing a preschool unit on bugs.  I didn't have enough ink left in my printer, but you can print them off here.  They are super cute!

The kids had so much fun exercising together.  They have pulled the cards out to exercise every morning since I printed them off.

Teaching my kids to exercise is so important.  (I don't know why I've put it off so long.)  I hope I have inspired you to involve your kids in exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.  What's your favorite movement activity to do with your kids?  Share in the comments.  I'd love to hear from you!

More Healthy Ideas:
Dice Workout

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bug Preschool Lesson

Focus: Counting, Science - Curds and Whey, Art, Pretend Play, Team Building & Sportsmanship

Things you'll need for this lesson:
  • Exploring bugs activity - magnifying glasses optional
  • Dead or alive counting game - at least 10 plastic bugs
  • Little Miss Muffet science - milk, vinegar, see-through cup
  • Spider web team building activity - yarn
  • Egg carton spider craft - egg carton, black paint/paint brushes/paint shirts or aprons, jiggly eyes, black pipe cleaners, glue gun
Exploring Bugs Activity:
It was a beautiful day.  I gave each of the kids a magnifying glass (I found them at the dollar store).

(Before going outside set up some ground rules about sticking together and where they can go.)  We headed outside to see how many bugs we could find. We talked about their similarities and differences; we counted them; we talked about their colors.  The kids had fun running all over the place finding bugs.  The girls were more hesitant about getting close to the bugs than the boys.  

Dead or Alive Counting Game:
Once we came inside we played a math game.  I grabbed 10 plastic bugs and threw them in the air. When they landed we counted how many were dead (lying on their backs) and how many were alive (standing on their feet).  Each kid had a chance to throw the bugs.  

Little Miss Muffet Acting Game;
I taught the kids the poem Little Miss Muffet.  I let them pretend to be either the spider or Miss Muffet.  The kids loved scaring each other and running away.  

Curds and Whey Science Activity:
After acting we did this Curds and Whey Science Experiment.  We poured our milk into a see-through glass, added the vinegar (it was stinky) and we waited.  The kids watched the curds form.  

Spider Web Team Building Activity:
I gathered the kids and we formed a circle.  I held a ball of yarn and tossed it to one of the kids.  They held onto the yarn and then threw the ball to another kid.  We did this over and over until a web formed between us.  

Egg Carton Spiders;
The kids put on their paint shirts or aprons and headed over to the table.  I set up some egg cartons and black paint.  The kids painted the egg cartons.  When they finished painting they added jiggly eyes.  I hot glued some pipe cleaner legs onto their dry spiders.  

The kids really loved this activity.  And didn't those spiders turn out so cute?!

Pre-Kinders has lots of other fabulous bug lesson ideas.  

Happy teaching!

More preschool ideas:
Humpty Dumpty Lesson
Ugly Duckling Lesson

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mission Impossible Spy Training Activity

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Welcome to spy training 101.  I am Agent Treble and I will be guiding you through this activity so that you can have an exciting night of spy-themed fun with your entire family.

We started the night off at the spy recruiting area.  All recruits were asked to wear black for this activity.  At the recruiting area each spy chose their new code-name.  We can't give away our true identities after all.

The recruits consisted of Boris, Natasha, Goofy, Ima Get-u, Bud, Higgs, Princess, Schneeder, Oliva Schnubs, and Chester.

Challenge #1: Laser Training 

I bought the brightest red yarn I could find, taped it to the wall, and set up the black light.

With that black light on they looked like real lasers.

The goal was to get through the lasers without touching.  If you made it all the way through without getting singed you earned 10 points.  For every laser you touched you lost a point.  Most of us ended this challenge in the negative point range.

We slithered and dodged...

Wriggled and stepped...

But only Princess made it through unscathed and earned the full 10 points.  She was super proud of herself.

Challenge #2: Target Practice

Each recruit was then given a pistol.  (I bought the Nerf guns in advance, and the recruits reimbursed me at end of the activity.)  I gave them each three practice shots.  Then they each took three shots that counted toward their score.

The red target was worth 5 points, yellow was 3 points, white was 2 points, and everything else was 1 point.

Ready, aim, fire!

We had two people near the targets to judge where the bullets hit.

It surprised me how much fun the kids had shooting the guns.

Doesn't look like we were doing very well does it?  Only two recruits hit the 2 point target.  No one hit the 3 or 5 pointers when it counted.

Challenge #3: Last Man Standing
The rules are simple: Be the last man alive.  We turned off all of the lights in the house, had 30 seconds to get situated, and the game began.

Points were awarded like this:
First person out 1 point
Second person out 2 points
Third person out 3 points
And so on

Once you were out you had to announce you were out and sit down in the recruiting area.

The longer you stayed alive, the more points you earned.  Some of the recruits formed alliances.  Others stayed hidden until people came looking for them.

By the end of the night all of the recruits were awarded the title "Agent."  Awards were given to the people who got the most overall points (Life Savers because they would be the one most likely to save you in the heat of battle), the most points in the shooting range (Hot Tomales for being the "hot shot"), made it through the lasers without touching (Air Head extremes for making it through such an "extreme" situation), and for the least amount of points (Milk Duds for being the biggest "Dud").

After the activities we watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (currently on Netflix by the way).

Your mission--if you choose to accept it--is to have a family spy training activity of your own.  This is Agent Treble signing off.

Other family fun activities:
Aladdin Family Activity
Clue Party