Thursday, 5 December 2013

Run, Run, As Fast As You Can

We had a blast with our short but sweet Gingerbread Unit! 

We read the story of The Gingerbread Man as well as Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.  We discussed the differences and similarities between the two stories.

We made gingerbread houses from milk cartons and gingerbread fun foam men.  I was worried about the wee ones picking off the eyes and buttons and them becoming a choking hazard so they drew on their gingerbread men.  We used the fun foam men in the retelling of the story.






The highlight of the week was definitely baking gingerbread cookies.



 



 


 
 






Friday, 29 November 2013

Wild West

For the past two weeks, we have been having a root'n toot'n good time exploring the wild west.  Here are some of the crafts we created...

Covered Wagon - we covered a tissue box with brown paper, the children drew on wheels and we stapled a piece of white paper for the cover.  I purchased horses at the dollar store to pull our wagons.  A HUGE hit with the kids!




Horse Paintings - they did a great job... horses are hard to paint!



Horse head from Learn Create Love - they painted the printout of the horse's head and then, when dry, added a wool mane and googly eye.



Coffee Filter Cowboy Silhouette from Tippytoe Crafts - these turned out SO cool!


Cowboy Hats - the children cut out the hat shape and added a band then we stapled it to a strip of fun foam that was measured to fit their heads.  (I cut the little guys' hats for them)




And finally, the older crew did this cowboy boot writing project from Bookmaking With Kids.





For my kinder crew, I created a different writing activity than the one on the website.






Some songs we enjoyed were...

I'm A Little Cowboy 
(Sung to: "I’m a little teapot")

I’m a little cowboy. Here is my hat.
Here are my spurs
And here are my chaps.
As soon as I get up,
I work all day.
I get on my horse
And ride away.

See The Ponies 

See the ponies galloping, galloping down the country lane.
See the ponies galloping, galloping down the country lane.
See the ponies coming home all tired out, all tired out.

Home on the Range

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day
Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.



Here are some games I created for this theme.

 


 
 
 
 

 
 



Monday, 18 November 2013

Dinosaurs

The past two weeks we have been enjoying a unit on dinosaurs.  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I was having so much fun with the children and the activities that I forgot about my camera!  This was definitely a favourite for everyone.  I have a huge bin of dinosaurs and the children used them for sorting activities as well as during play time.  They set up some really neat play structures using the blocks with the dinosaurs.

Some of the crafts we enjoyed were...

Fossils - we pressed dinosaur skeletons into Plaster of Paris to create fossils.

Pterodactyls - I used this photo as inspiration.  I cut the body part from felt so the children could flap the wings.  They LOVED these!  There is a printable template here.



T-Rex Skeleton - the children put together a cut and paste activity sheet.



We also made these stand up dinosaurs.

Some of the songs we enjoyed were...

Charlotte Diamond's Dicky, Dicky, Dinosaur

Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago

Dinosaurs lived long ago
When the Earth was new
They were very big and strong
Very scary too.
Some of them had plants to eat
From the ocean floor
Some of them would rather eat
Another Din-o-saur!

We also watched some of the episodes of Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs on You Tube.



Saturday, 26 October 2013

Pumpkin Time

This week we started our Halloween unit with all kinds of pumpkin fun!  Some of the crafts that we created were...

Coffee filter pumkins - dip a coffee filter into orange food colouring and let dry.  Make a ball with newspaper to place into the center of the filter and pull the sides up then glue.  We added a construction paper stem and the older children wanted to draw faces on theirs.



Pumpkin Patch - children stamped their palm prints onto paper and then added a fingerprint stem.  When dry, they added the vines.



Puzzle Pumpkins - I saw this craft on the net, but didn't pin it so I have no idea where I saw it.  The children drew a pumpkin shape on orange paper and then cut it into strips.  They glued the strips onto a piece of black paper putting their pumpkin back together.  They then added a stem and face features.


I created this recording worksheet to use while measuring our pumpkin.  After measuring, I placed the pumpkin in the center of the group and they drew what it looked like in the large square on the worksheet.




Friday, 18 October 2013

Owls

This past week we did a unit on owls.  It's a short week so we had to pack in a lot in the four short days we had! 

I found this adorable sock owl at Danielle's Place.  As we used a hot glue gun, it was teacher assisted, but the children enjoyed making the craft and they were super easy to do.  I couldn't quite get how she made them, but I think she used the bottom part of the sock... I cut the bottom of the sock off and used only the top part.  We used white socks so made Snowy Owls.   I used a hot glue gun to seal one end and the children added stuffing to their 'tube'.  They then chose their eyes that I had pre-glued and placed them on their owls.  I used the glue gun to attach them.  We folded down the top and sealed it in the middle at the top of the eyes.  I then sealed the edges of the fold.  They chose their beak and placed it on their owl and then chose wings for either side.  The eyes, beak, and wings were precut out of felt.  These would make cute little owl bean bags to use for games as well.



 
 
 
I printed the barn owl template from Learn Create Love; we used crayons and pencil crayons to colour them.
 
 

 
 
We also made paper bag puppet owls.

 
 
Our October project was on Owls.
 

 
 
 
Enjoy these free games that I created...
 
 


 
 
 
 I also found many free owl activities on the internet.

Owl Preschool Pack

Free Owl Themed Printable Activities from Teachers Pay Teachers

Owl Dot-to-Dot

Owl Dot-to-Dot 2

I am an owl.  Worksheet

O is for owl.  Worksheet   

Barn Owl Fun Fact

Friday, 11 October 2013

Gobble, Gobble

As you know, I live in Canada so this weekend is THANKSGIVING!!!  I have a lot to be thankful for and am very grateful to be living in this wonderful country and thankful for my family and friends.  This week we discussed all the things that we have and how thankful we are to have them.  We discussed the meaning of the holiday and how busy the farmers have been all year so that we have delicious food to eat.  The children are all looking forward to their feast to celebrate the harvest.

My older crew is into making fans from just about anything right now so I incorporated that interest into our turkey craft.



The younger crew glued feather shapes and a circle on top to create their turkey. 



The older crew coloured and then wove paper to create their decorative corn.  The younger crew coloured and then glued on bits of coloured paper for their craft.



We discussed the Pioneers and life in the early days of settlement in Canada.  No surprise that none of the children wished they had experienced life without electricity or running water!  We tied the unit into Thanksgiving by discussing how the early settlers grew most of their own food and cared for animals on their land.  We also discussed how life for pioneer children differed from their lives today.  We made Jumping Jacks from the Black Creek Pioneer Village website.



Here is the template I created to make the corn.



Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fall Fun

It's finally here... my favourite season!  We have been enjoying the cooler days and spending a lot of time outdoors.  The squirrels in the area are busy scampering around the forest collecting nuts, leaves are changing from green to beautiful reds and yellows, and the geese overhead have been honking their departure. 

Fall is such a wonderful time for craft activities.  Here are some of the projects we have been working on.

Framed Leaves - on one of our walks, the children chose a leaf to bring back with them.  We used mac tac (contact paper) to preserve the leaf and they created a frame from coloured popsicle sticks then added a pipecleaner for hanging.



I thought these fall leaves were super cool.  Cut out the template shape and the children simply had to fold it accordion style.  We used a glue stick to ensure the leaf stayed together and of course, they used them as fans!

 
 
Fall Pictures






Fall tree - the children cut out a circle shape and folded it in half then they opened it up and dropped paint onto the circle.  They then folded it over to smoosh the paint.  When dry, they glued the circle onto a tree trunk cut from construction paper. 



I found this play clay fall craft on the internet.  I think we needed to press the leaf in harder for the brown wash to catch the veins of the leaf, but the children were happy with their leaves.  They used the extra clay to make whatever they wished so everyone went home with a baggie of creations.


Check out my website for more fall activities and free printables.


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Apple Time

We kicked off the fall season with an apple unit.  The children enjoyed juicy apples for snack and applesauce for dessert.  We sang songs about apples and read apple books.  My SK children will also be creating a lapbook a month and what better way to start off this new activity than with apples.  I found the file folders at my local Dollarama... $2 for a package of 12! 








We made apple trees - the children cut out the trunk from brown construction paper and leaves from lighter coloured green construction paper.  They added pom pom apples to their trees.


We also made paper plate apples.  The older children cut a white circle and added fingerprint seeds to create a half apple.




It seems everyone is tightening their belts just a little more these days.  I've always been a little cheap when it comes to the use of my coloured ink and there are a lot of wonderful games out there that I don't print because they are so colour intensive.  I've decided to create games that are even more cost effective to use so hoping this fills a need for others also looking for educational games that don't use a lot of ink to print.  Feedback on this would be much appreciated. 

 
 



Check out my site and my blog entries from September 2012 for more apple activities.






Friday, 13 September 2013

Nursery Rhymes

I haven't done this theme with my crew for a few years, but it is perfect for a 'back to school routines' theme!  The younger children enjoyed the rhymes and fingerplays and it was a fun way for the older children to start their Senior Kindergarten program with an added emphasis on printing.  I planned the theme over a two week period and we enjoyed many crafts and activities.

Little Bo Peep's sheep - the children made a handprint on a small paper plate with black paint and added cotton batting to the lamb when it was dry.



Little Boy Blue horns - I cut a paper towel tube in half and the children covered them with yellow paper then I snipped one end and they covered that with more yellow paper.  We added a pipe cleaner handle.

 
 


Hickory Dickory Dock clocks - The children added a clock face to a construction paper clock shape then mice were attached to the clock with wool.  They were able to move the mouse up and down the clock while reciting the rhyme.  The clock for the older children had moveable hands so we were able to review hour and half hour times.



Jack Be Nimble candlesticks - I cut a paper towel tube in half and the children coloured a piece of paper with wax crayons then covered the tube with their paper.  I had precut the sections from a take out drink container for the candle to stand in.  We used a hot glue gun so they could use their candles right away, but white glue would work just as well; it would just need about a day drying time.  The children then added a crepe paper (tissue paper would have worked better, but I didn't have yellow and orange so we improvised) flame.  We used the candlesticks to act out the rhyme. 

 
 
 Humpty Dumpty craft - the children sponge painted the bricks onto a piece of construction paper to create the wall then made a construction paper Humpty Dumpty to glue onto the wall.



I created fill in the blank nursery pages for the older children.  When they completed all the worksheets, we stapled them into a book.