Showing posts with label math. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Littlest Pumpkin Lesson

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to get into the spirit with the preschoolers.  This lesson is full of great math concepts such as counting, reading dice, and size comparisons.  

Things you'll need for this lesson:
-The Littlest Pumpkin book by R.A. Herman and Betina Ogden
-Foam pumpkins
-Build your own jack 'o lantern game board and pieces

I read The Littlest Pumpkin to the preschool kids.  You could use this book to teach size comparison.  As you read you could ask which pumpkin is the tallest, skinniest, roundest, etc.  There are so many possibilities!

Art/Fine Motor Skills:
After reading the book I gave each child their own "Littlest Pumpkin" to decorate with stickers.  The kids had lots of fun showing me their finished pumpkins.  Using stickers is a great way to help kids with their fine motor skills.

Math Game:
We played a game called Build Your Own Jack 'o Lantern.  I gave each kid a board.  On the board it said you had to roll a 1 to get your pumpkin's body.  Then you roll a 2 for eyes, 3 for nose, and so on.  Whoever created their pumpkin first won.  It gave the kids a great opportunity to practice counting, reading dice,and good sportsmanship.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Princess and the Pizza Preschool Lesson

This is a fun lesson with a built in snack!

Lesson Focuses:
  • Math - Similarities and differences; Counting
  • English - Mixed-up fairy tales
  • Practical - Cooking in the kitchen; Following directions
Materials Needed:
  • The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
  • English muffins
  • A cookie sheet
  • Cheese
  • Pizza sauce
  • Olives
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Any other pizza toppings you like

In a previous lesson I read The Princess and the Pea to the kids.  I asked them to tell me what they remembered about that story.  Then, I read the The Princess and the Pizza.  I explained the The Princess and the Pizza is a mixed-up fairy tale.  It has a lot of the same themes, but the authors change parts of the story to make it different (and usually silly).  

We then went into the kitchen.  I gave each child half of an English muffin.  I told them to create a pizza however they would like.  

While they worked on their pizzas I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. 

Once their pizzas were complete, we put them onto a cookie sheet.  We talked about the similarities between the pizzas (e.g. They all were made from English muffins; They all had cheese; Etc.).  We discussed the differences.  We did some counting (e.g. How many pizzas are there?  How many have pepperoni?  How many olives are on this pizza?).  

I popped them into the oven for 10-15 minutes while the kids had free play time.  

After cleaning up, the kids ran back to the kitchen to enjoy their pizza snack.  

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

What Else Could The Shape Be? - Art Activity

This game is so simple and kids love it!  All you need is a paper and something to write with.

You start by drawing a shape (we started with squares).  Then you ask, "What else could the square be?"  The kids then tell you what it could be and you draw a picture of it.

If you want to let the kids draw the pictures of what their shapes could be that's fine too.  It helps them practice drawing their shapes!

You can find tons of fun shape ideas here.  The site is  There are wonderful ideas for most school subjects.

More fun for kids:
Balloon Paddle Ball
Aladdin Movie Night Activity
Wiggly Eye Drawing

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

Friday, January 11, 2013

Little Red Hen - Sequencing Lesson

Lesson Focuses: sequencing, basic cooking skills

I love teaching new concepts from stories.  With this lesson we read the story of The Little Red Hen.  After reading the story I explained that the story followed a sequence.

Sequencing Activity #1: I gave each child a part of the story (e.g. plant the seeds, water the seeds, bake the bread, etc.).  I told them to stand in a line and put the story in the right order.  (We had so much fun.  They wanted to do this activity over and over again.)  

Sequencing Activity #2: After I taught the kids about sequences, I told the kids we were going to follow a sequence just like the Little Red Hen.  We made cookies.  I explained you have to follow the recipe in the right order or the cookies wouldn't turn out the way they should.  They had fun helping put in all of the ingredients as well.  (Their mothers told me that when they went home they all suddenly wanted to help in the kitchen.)

Here is the recipe for the cookies we made:

Heloise Cookies (Cake Mix Cookies):
1 box cake mix (any flavor) - We chose German Chocolate
2 eggs
1/2 c liquid oil
Optional - Chocolate chips (We did white chocolate and mint), cherries, coconut, toffee bits, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together.  Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-15 min.

*Kids love this recipe.  It is easy to make (and easy to clean up too!), and super tasty.

Other activities you might like:
Humpty Dumpty Preschool Lesson
Color Preschool Lesson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Candy Corn Bar Graph

For our Halloween preschool lesson the kids went to three different stations (science, math, and English).  For our math station I taught the kids about counting to 20 and making bar graphs.  I had 4 cauldrons full of different amounts of candy corns.  As a group we counted the candy corns in each cauldron.  Then, we graphed the amount and talked a little bit about which cauldron had more, which had less, etc.

Here's a picture of how they turned out.  The bottom row of the graph is labeled "Cauldron #1, Cauldron #2, etc."  I don't know how well they grasped the concept of graphing, but they liked counting the candy corns and then playing witch pitch later.  (To read about witch pitch click on the link.)