Showing posts with label lessons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lessons. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cupcake Liner Umbrella Craft

We have been learning about seasons in preschool.  While we stay cooped up inside to avoid the cold snow outside we can dream about warmer weather.  This lesson focused on Spring.  We talked about how spring is different from the other seasons: flowers grow, it rains, many baby animals are born, and the earth is getting warmer.  Naturally, we needed to do a craft to celebrate spring, so the kids made cupcake liner umbrellas.

Cupcake Liner Umbrellas
Materials Needed:
  • Paper
  • Cupcake liners
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Blue construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
How to Make the Umbrellas:
Create a "J" shape with your pipe cleaner by bending the end into a hook.  Fold your cupcake liners in half.  Then, fold them back about another fourth.  Tape the cupcake liner and pipe cleaner together.  Glue your cupcake liner umbrellas to a piece of paper.  Cut out some raindrops from the blue construction paper.  Glue around the umbrellas.  Let glue dry and hang up your new art work.

The cupcake liner umbrellas were such a simple craft, but my kids had a blast making them.  They couldn't wait to display them in the house.  

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ABC Nerf Gun Target Practice

I love coming up with little activities to teach my children the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.  It's important to me that they enjoy learning.  While Princess is at school I focus on the things that Goofy and Bud need to learn.

We happen to have a couple of Nerf Guns from our Spy Family Party so I thought I'd make good use of them.  I made a couple of targets for the kids to shoot at (free printables at the bottom of this post).

Before I let the children shoot the guns, we went over the letters, shapes, and colors on each target sheet.

I would call out a letter, color, or shape, and the kids would try to hit the one I said.

Bud loved shooting his gun.  I mainly focused on colors and shapes with him.

He cheated a little by putting his gun right up to the target.

The kids loved this activity.  I love how versatile it is.  You could use it for any subject!

Here are the target practice sheets that I created.  Feel free to use them with your own kids!  If you don't have Nerf guns you could use rubber bands, marshmallows and/or marshmallow shooters, or throw pom-poms.  

Your kids will love it!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

7 Days 'Till Easter

Each year at Easter time I like to do something Christ-centered to help remind my kids what Easter is truly about.  This year The Friend magazine gave me the answer I was looking for.  I have been using the following activity each night since Sunday for our family scripture study.

In the April 2014 issue of the magazine it came with this cute chart (you can print it out HERE).  It tells you to cut out the pictures of Jesus that are on the sides.  Each day during the week of Easter you are supposed to read the scripture, sing the song/do the activity, and match the corresponding picture.  I printed out a copy of my own, cut out the pictures and laminated everything.

I then stuck the picture of Jesus into an egg and numbered it so that it would be opened on the correct day.  

Every night I assign one child to grab the correct egg and open it.  We talk about the picture of Jesus.  Then, we read the scripture and do the activity.  Each egg has enough jelly beans for us to have one little treat.

Before they head to bed, I ask another child to help me tape the daily picture onto the correct spot.  My kids are loving learning about Jesus and singing the songs.

The week isn't over.  Print out your own and join us in this fun little activity.  Your kids will love it!

Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

F is for Fish Preschool Lesson

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to be more consistent with Goofy's preschool lessons.  She deserves just as much attention as Princess gets when it comes to preschool.  I have started teaching Goofy's lessons while Princess is at preschool.  It makes it a lot easier for Goofy to focus.  I love the one-on-one time.

F is for Fish
Letter of the Day: F
Color of the Day: Pink
Number of the Day: 5
Shape of the Day: Star

Letter Sound Practice: I showed Goofy the letter F.  We practiced saying its name and its sound.  I had her repeat the phrase "F says ffff like fish" three times.

Shape Practice: I gave Goofy a sheet those cheap star stickers.

She was pretty excited about that because she LOVES stickers.  I asked Goofy what shape the stickers were.  She knew "star" right away (we have talked about that shape before many times because Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is one of her favorite songs).

Next, I gave her a paper with the outline of the letter F on it.  I directed Goofy to create an F inside of the letter F outline on her paper using her stickers.

Bud was pretty interested in the stickers as well.

 She did a fabulous job with this activity.  I was concerned that she would simply stick stars all over the paper rather than create the letter F, but you can see that she did a great job.

Color Craft:  I put Goofy in an apron and gave her a paint brush.

I squirted some paint onto a plate and had her tell me what colors they were (red and white).

I asked her to mix the colors together and see what happened.  She was so excited when they turned pink!

On her paper titled "5 Fingertip Fish" I asked her to put five pink fingerprints on the page.

She followed my directions really well.  We let the paint dry.

Once the fingerprints were all dry, we used a Sharpie marker to turn them into fish.

Food Activity:  Of course, nothing beats Goldfish, known simply as "fish" at our house.  Goofy gobbled them up while the paint dried on her art project.

One happy little learner!  These food-themed preschool lessons have proven to be so much fun.

In case you missed them, here are the other food-themed lessons so far:

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Monday, October 28, 2013

C is for Corn Preschool Lesson

Kids are so easy to please.  You don't have to do anything fancy to make them happy.  They just want to spend time with you.  These food-themed preschool lessons have not been super detailed.  They don't take a lot of work, but Goofy loves them and begs for more.

C is for Corn
Letter of the Day: C
Color of the Day: Yellow
Number of the Day: 2
Shape of the Day: Square

Letter Sounds Practice: I gave Goofy a Letter C Tracing Page (Twisty Noodle).  We talked about the hard C sound.  Apparently, at our house, C says "tuh" because Goofy still can't make the "kuh" sound.  We will keep working on it.  We practiced saying "C says 'kuh' like corn" over and over again.

Writing and Color Practice: Since our color of the day was yellow, I showed Goofy a yellow crayon.  Once she had identified the color, I had her practice tracing the letter C three times.  After that, I let her free write all over the page.

Number Practice: The number of the day was 2, so I had Goofy identify parts of her body that came in twos (e.g. eyes, ears, hands).

Shape Practice: Because it's almost Halloween, for shape practice we played Don't Eat Frank (get your printable at My Sister's Suitcase).  Before we started the game, I drew a square and had Goofy tell me what it was.  Then we found the squares on the Don't Eat Frank board.

After she found the squares, we played a few rounds of Don't Eat Frank.  Goofy mostly enjoyed eating the marshmallows right off the board.

Princess joined us, and was more than happy to participate in this game.  Whenever I shouted, "Don't eat Frank!" Princess' would jump and then laugh.

Food Activity: For the food activity, I showed the girls what a kernel of dried corn looked like.

I made sure to point out that the corn kernels were yellow.

We all headed over to the counter where I put the kernels in the corn popper.

I love watching a child's face when corn kernels start to pop.  Don't you?

Once we had a nice, big bowl of popcorn I sent the kids back to their letter C papers.  I gave them each a bottle of glue.  They applied the glue on each dash on the letter C page and stuck a piece of popped corn on top.

Goofy has surprised me with how well she can handle glue.

Fine motor practice at its finest.

This is Princess' page.  Once the kids were gluing putting popcorn on the letter C, I gave them their yellow crayon and let them draw things that are yellow.  Look at Princess' star, sun, corn kernel, flower, banana, and leaf.

Of course, the best thing about popcorn is eating it.  My kids liked it plain, but they LOVED it when I made them Halloween Caramel Popcorn (Fun Filled Flicks) out of the popped corn kernels.

Other Food-Themed Preschool Lessons:
What are some of your favorite letter or food activities?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

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