In the Garden/ Letter G/WPC

If you have a garden, you understand there’s  never enough pocket space for your tools.

There’s….

  • Gloves
  • Clippers
  • Scissors
  • Extra ties for viny or lanky things
  • Extra seeds when you have gaps between seedlings
  • and of course, the cell phone. (or some of us still take a cordless house phone outside) Can’t miss those calls

I chose to make an upcycled variety from my oodles of old jeans and fabric stash.

I’m wingin’ it here because I’ll be using it for myself so there are no precise measurements. Maybe I’ll be more picky if I decide to give one away or sell one at a craft booth?

Polka dots are the theme I used for this apron.

Let the gardening begin!

Well it kinda has. Here’s my late entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Landscape is the topic. Couldn’t resist these tender moments when you first see children take notice of their immediate landscape.

To see more A to Z blogs, click here.

Letter H & I

A couple links for the A to Z April Blog Challenge over on my other blog. I’d be honored if you’d check these out 🙂

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/house-of-rising-sun.html

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/irish-washerwoman.html

 

Web of Post-Its

Of course we must have a Halloween theme! All stores display either candy for sale, Window decorations or costumes front and center, or all of the above.

So we go with the flow.

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Jeanna, I’m still using those posters faithfully 🙂

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Step 1. Draw a WEB

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Step 2. Grab the bag of Post It Letters

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Step 3. Save the Letters by picking one and naming it. (Mine were a little mixed up in the package so didn’t use all 26. Also we don’t want to overwhelm our mixed age group)

Other uses for The WEB in PreK

  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Answers to Addition or Subtraction
  • Sight Word recognition
  • Matching

The main object of the game is to have fun while learning. Remember,
Play is a child’s Work.

 

Yard Art Royally

Every year its our tradition to set up a little Fall decoration on the front porch. To start I always employ the help of our little hands on deck.IMG_2743 (2)

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#1 supply: Newspapers  ….I happen to have a few with all the construction going on for packing away my china

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Duck tape is a necessity in our neck of the woods.

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The littlest hard-working hands unpacking that newspaper 🙂

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So have you guessed our yard art creation??

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Yep. It’s our very own Kansas City Royals Scarecrow! (Scooter has made quick friends)

Always Learning

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No it’s not a book mark. But it is upcycled posterboard thanks in particular to Jeanna (who you should visit over at her WordPress blog.)

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We used these expired posters from her place of employment with Legos to match, name colors and begin patterning skills.

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Apparently a “Close Up” was in order 🙂

Up next……

A lego zip line!! Science and Legos combined!

 Check out one way to create it on http://www.attagirlsays.com/2013/10/17/rainy-day-kids-activities-lego-zipline/

What Did We Do All Day?

That is a popular question we’ve all been known to ask our children when we pick them up from school. So for your information, we had a Music with Math week here at the daycare. We used 4 popular children’s nursery rhymes to accomplish our learning theme. This Old Man began our week with a “rolling home” activity. Check out the pic with a pencil decorated as an Old Man rolling down the ramp.

FyI Fabric Bolt Cardboard make great ramps! Science Experience with Cause and Effect

We also practiced our addresses and make cut out houses for our “homes” to reinforce memorization. And guess what???!!! Weston age 4 can say his address now!!        Woot!Woot!

Took turns making these fingerprint ‘flies’ Counting Sets Practice

Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me was appropriate after our State Fair left town. Do you know how many flies leave the fairgrounds each year and plague the homes in Sedalia?  Unbelievable!!

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Homemade Yarn ‘Sheep’ pom pom Sensory experience, Counting/math, Fine Motor & Language skills

The Baa Baa Black Sheep day was the most fun for them I think. The tactile experience went way better with these homemade pom poms than with a store bought variety. I found they will also transform into great spiders come Halloween!

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As you can see, our fence-building had an spin-off of adding tractors, houses, people and a ‘barn’ created by Macoy age 2. I was pretty proud of their creativity. And Ben finally came around after the initial tentativeness towards the pom poms. Yes, he thought they really were spiders. Glad we were able to coax him back to the fun. 🙂

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was our grand finale’ Math song. We had Star rubbings, Star Bingo and some eye/hand coordination using the song as you would for ‘peas porridge hot’ hand clapping. Lots of giggles.

For support of children learning through music, I urge you to read this article.

Community Playthings Article

Have a Wonderful Labor Day USA!!!

Super Hero Party 101

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the popularity of the Don’t Eat Pete game. We’ve made various versions to go with different parties and this one is no different. Introducing the Don’t Eat the Super Hero game. Alphabit cereal pieces go on each picture and while one of the children hides his/her eyes, we choose which one is it by pointing. “It” gets to eat a cereal piece one at a time while we wait for them to pick our choice. We can name the letters as they eat each cereal bite for our letter/sound recognition. Makes learning fun. We then holler “Don’t Eat the Super Hero/Pete/Cat/ or whatever our theme is. They A.D.O.R.E. this game! Lots of smiles and great chance to eat a little snack. What does it teach??  Taking turns, memory, speaking in unison, teamwork, color recognition, picture recognition (after all we sometimes don’t remember Thor from Flash Gordon for example).

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This is a photo of our Shields. We upcycled cereal boxes and in the next photo you’ll notice the handle I fashioned for each one. This creates a one size fits all and there’s no taping anything to mess with. Simple is the best way for Early Childhood.

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On the back of each Shield is a super hero movement suggestion. You may need to improvise when someone isn’t developmentally ready to do a somersault for example. The Children are very quick to make a suggestion for their friends in these instances. It’s such a sweet thing to observe humanity at its best.

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We drew a circle on the sidewalk as well to jump in and out of for the jumprope rhyme. You don’t have to have a jumprope. Improvise these great childhood rhymes and make them your own. We jumped in the door, out the door, did a wave out the door, flew out the door. The possibilities are huge.

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With my phone tunes (usually Elvis or Hank Williams Sr just because that’s who soothes the baby. tee hee) we marched around holding our shields and stopping when the music mutes. It’s then that the actions on the shields come into play.

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Here’s the crab walk. Our birthday boy led the group with the ‘dark green’ cape. It’s his favorite color in case you didn’t know 🙂

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Using some chalk, they decided to do some tracing on different surfaces. My young friend here chose to try out the landscape timber to trace his shield. He’s 2 by the way. Capes, shields, chalk, stickers, cereal, music, and a camera. That’s all you need to be a SuperHero!!!

Flying Fish

Have YoU? ever seen a flying fish? Some outdoor playtime gave us the opportunity to make some. They look like this….

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Ours are made from recycled magazines. Maybe I’ll make a tutorial?? That would be a first.

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Here’s what happens when you toss them up. They float & flutter in downward spirals. This gave us an opportunity to experience a little Science & Sensory all in one! And after much Large Muscle movement and some emphasis on the letter F, we moved on to some more tranquil play. Sand & Funnels

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What better way to spend a warm summer day?

 

Camping Party

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A June highlite for all you partiers out there! This one is for preschoolers so you may move along if it doesn’t appeal to your age group 🙂 We came upon our theme with the purchase of Flat Stanley Goes Camping.

IMG_2516 (2)This creation was our impromptu ‘campfire’. There was much safety talk before the festivities began as we took a time for that Teaching Moment.

Games to be played around the campfire…..

  • Campfire stories of course
  • Marshmallow toss (we used cotton balls)
  • Musical campfire

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A little outdoor play with the parachute is mandatory when weather permits with our rendition of “How Many Do You Want to Be?”(a counting game) As well as our “Weather of the Day”, after all, camping is greatly impacted by the weather, right?!

IMG_2528 (2)We have to send a big THanK YoU! to Weston’s mommy for providing our camping-style treat. Ice Cream Sundaes. Topping choices were chocolate, strawberry syrup, whipped topping and sprinkles. Yummo!