Apples


November
20th

My little one goes to preschool 2 mornings a week and absolutely loves it.  I take what she does in class and extend it the following week at home.  A few weeks ago she talked about apples at school.  They did taste tests of different apples, read fun books, and pretending to bake apple pies.  Here are a few of the activities I planned for her.

She loves her Button Art and I highly recommend it.  You use “buttons” to match colors in order to make different pictures.  Here is a picture (sorry it’s cut off) of her apple tree.

Each week I try to include a discovery table.  This is always a favorite!  I put popcorn kernels, plastic apples, small containers, scoops, and tweezers.  I also used some cherries from the High Ho Cherrio game as apples.

We did some activities with the letter A as well.  I gave her a few dot markers to fill in the apples on the letter A.

I made an apple poem with some number cards.  I made an apple tree with apples to act out the poem.  She loved switching the numbers to match how many apples she wanted on her tree.




Minute to Win it- Summer Kick off


June
6th

My girls and I decided to kick off the summer Minute to Win it style.  It was so much fun!!  They invited 10 of their friends and I planned 7 different games.  Everyone didn’t know each other so we started the party off by playing 2 games where they had to work together as a group.

Hula Hoop Pass-  Everyone joined hands in a big circle and had to step through the hula hoop and get it around the circle without letting go of each other hands.  We did this a few different times and I timed them to see if they could go faster.

Over Under Relay- I divided them up into 2 groups of 5.  I gave each group a big balloon (beach balls would be fun too) and had them line themselves up.  The first person had to pass the balloon over their head to the person behind them and that person had to pass it under their legs to the next and so on.  Since I only had 5 people in each group I had them pass the balloon back up to the starting person.

Before the girls got there, I put every one’s name into a bucket and had the girls pick a partner.  They had to come up with a team name and decorate a small size poster.  These were hung on the Score board wall and used to keep score.  The winning team got 2 points and the second place team got 1 point. For all the Minute to Win it games we had 5 groups of 2.

Kleenex Throw- This one is so fun to watch.  With one hand, the girls had to empty a tissue box one Kleenex at a time.  Which ever team empties it first, wins.

Shake It- Once they emptied 5 boxes of Kleenex we put string through the boxes and had the girls hold them around their waists.  I put 6 ping pong balls in each and played some music.  They had to dance as wildly as possible and try to get all the balls out of their box first.  This was definitely a favorite!

Cheetos Toss- I gave one girl from each team a shower cap and put shaving cream all over it.  I gave her partner a bucket of Cheetos.  She had to throw the Cheetos and try to get as many of them to stick on the shower cap in a minute.   I also made them wear goggles just for fun!

Chocolate Unicorn-  One girl got on her knees and held her head back.  Her partner had to stack as many Oreos on her forehead as possible in a minute. If they fell, they had to start over.

Toe Fishing-  This one sounded fun but bombed!  I put a bunch of Swedish fish into a cooler of water.  The teams worked together to fish as many out with their feet in a minute.  The first team did great but as time went on the fish got slimier and slimier making it harder to fish out.  If I do it again I will use marbles.

This was such a fun party and there are tons more ideas online for summer ideas.





Geography & Math- Freebie


April
22nd

I have been playing this game with Ashlyn and she is loving it!  I’m a huge believer that learning can and should be fun!  The directions can be changed for lower grades too.  Just have the student add the two numbers instead of multiplying them.  Have fun!!




Zoo Scavenger Hunt- Freebie


April
1st

Today was supposed to be our first day back from Spring Break but I decided last night that we’d start off our week with a surprise field trip to the zoo.  I created a Scavenger Hunt for the girls to fill out as we went.  They loved it!  They are walking around with clipboards looking for carnivores, mammals, different types of birds, animals from each continent (except Antarctica) and having a blast.  Here are a few pictures.

We ended the scavenger hunt with a picnic with Grandma & Grandpa.




Complete the Picture


March
8th

My girls love doing these complete the picture activities.  I cut out several interesting pictures from a magazine and let the girls do the rest.  They pick out one, two, or however many pictures they want and create the rest of the picture.  It’s a great art activity and it really gets their creative juices flowing.

These are great because they can stop at making a picture or you can have them write a story to go with the picture.

 





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