Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter

Easter
Learning Activities
Easter Bunny Name Writing
Skills:  Name writing, letter recognition
I traced and cut out Easter Bunny Heads from pink and yellow construction paper.
I drew on the facial features
Joey and Tana glued the cut-outs to a strip of construction paper.
Tana wrote her own name and Joey spelled his name while I wrote it!

Do The Bunny Hop
A CVC Word Game
Skills:  reading, cvc words
Here is the link for Do the Bunny Hop!


Easter Egg Number Match
Skills:  number recognition, counting, number order
We did this activity last year too!  This year Tana joined in on the activity.  We have been working on number recognition 1-5 with her.  I had Addie match up the rest of the numbers 6-12.
Directions:
I labeled the top half of each egg with a number (1-12) and the bottom half with dots (1-12)
A Match
More matching
Then they put the completed eggs in number order 1-12

Projects
 Easter Bunny Countdown Chain
Addie wanted to make a countdown to Easter.  We decided on doing a paper chain countdown.  There are 18 more days until Easter so we needed 18 strips of paper.
Directions:  Cut out 1 inch strips of white paper
Make the strips into loops and staple them to make a countdown chain.
On the top loop, glue on ears and draw a bunny face!

Easter Chick Stamping with Wine Corks
Press a wine cork into yellow paint.
Press the paint covered cork onto white paper
Use a toothpick to draw on the wings/feathers
When dry, draw on the feet, beak and eyes!
Keely using the cork to stamp out her Easter Chicks!


Easter Egg Bunnies!
I saw this cute project in Parents Magazine.  Here is the link for this cute Easter Bunny project.
The Front of the Bunnies!
The Backsides!

Fingerprint Sheep
Cut out a head and feet from black construction paper.  
Tie a bow from ribbon
Directions:  Glue the head and feet to a 5x7 piece of construction paper.
Dip your pointer finger into white paint and press your painted finger all around the sheep's head.  Glue on googly eyes and the bow.

Hand print Carrots
Cut an orange triangle from construction paper.
Cut squares of orange tissue paper
Paint both hands green and press hands onto green paper, making three hand prints.
Directions:  Glue orange tissue squares onto the triangle.
Cut around the hand prints and glue the hand prints to make the stem for the carrot.

Footprint Bunnies
Trace both feet onto colored construction paper.
Cut out the footprints and glue them onto construction paper.  Overlap the heels.
Glue on googly eyes, button nose and chenille stem whiskers.  

Footprint Carrot and Bunny
Paint 1 foot orange and the other foot pink or blue or whatever color!
Press both feet onto white paper - make sure the orange foot is placed toes up.
When dry add the details

Fingerprint Bunnies
Cut a circle from white paper
Tie a bow with yarn or ribbon
Directions:  Glue the circle onto construction paper.
Glue on googly eyes, a button nose and the ribbon.
Cover a fingertip with white paint and press it onto the paper to make two bunny ears.
Draw on whiskers and a mouth








Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring!!

Spring
Projects
Fork Print Flowers
Press a plastic fork into paint
Press the tines of the fork onto a piece of paper to make flowers
Use green paint to make the flower's stems

Melted Snowman
Paint a white BLOB with paint
Glue on arms, eyes, nose, hat and scarf - cut from construction paper

Hand Print Flower
Paint hand green and press onto a paper plate
Press pointer finger into paint (any color) and press onto the plate to make flowers

Rainbow Ribbon
Cut a rainbow shape from white paper
Draw the rainbow and then color it in with the appropriate colors
Tape ribbon onto the back, bottom side of the rainbow

Robin Footprint
Paint foot brown
Press onto paper
Paint the belly of the robin red and draw on beak, eye, and feet

Rainbow Cloud
Draw a cloud shape onto white paper
Cut colored ribbon into long pieces.
Directions:  Cut the cloud out and draw on a face
Tape the ribbon to the back of the cloud

Learning Activities
Flower Counting
Skills:  counting, one-to-one matching, number recognition
Draw 5 stems and label the stems 1-5
Directions:  Glue on the appropriate number of buttons for each flower

Tulip Name Writing
Skills:  name writing
Cut out tulip shapes and stem shapes
Glue the tulips and stems to paper
Write your name on the tulips
Flower Name Writing
Skills:  name writing

Caterpillar Counting
I created a chart on a Word document with then numbers 1-5 along with 5 caterpillar heads!
Directions:  Say the number.
Glue that same amount of pom poms onto the caterpillar
Draw on legs!

Letter Garden
I cut out flower shapes from colored construction paper
Directions:  Write upper and lowercase letters on the flowers.
Glue the matching upper and lower case flowers above/below each other.

Add stems with a green marker.

Spring Flower CVC Words
I created a document with flower shapes on it
I laminated the Spring Flower CVC Words page so we could reuse it
I cut out flowers from construction paper and wrote beginning consonants on each flower
I wrote i and t on the 2nd and 3rd flowers
Directions:  Make CVC words on the flower mat using the paper flowers!
Addie made the word sit

Making another word

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Fun

St. Patrick's Day
Learning Activities
Pot of Gold Addition
Skills:  Addition, counting
Cut out Pot of gold shapes from black and yellow construction paper
Roll dice to make addition sentences.  Add the numbers together and glue the correct sum (gold pieces) in to the pot

Addie doing the Pot of Gold Addition!

Pot of Gold Numbers
Skills:  number recognition, counting
Just like above glue the pots of gold onto paper along with 3 different numbers.
Count out the corresponding number of pieces of gold and the pieces of gold onto the pot!

Tana gluing her pieces of gold onto the number 2  pot!

This is a  . . . .  flip book
Skills:  coloring, reading
Here is the link for this St. Patrick's Day Flip Book

Shamrock Scissor Practice
Skills:  Cutting, coloring, gluing

One Little Leprechaun
Skills:  Math - counting, number recognition
Here is the link to this Leprechaun counting  printable
This also includes a cute song!

Here is the link to all of these St. Patrick's Day Math and Literacy activities found below!
                                                      Pots of Gold Rhyming                                                    
Skills:  rhyming, short vowel sounds

 Leprechaun Sentence  Scramble  
Skills:high frequency words, writing, basic sentence structure

          Adding Shamrocks
                                                          Skills: writing numbers adding

Lucky Gold - Tens and Ones
Skills:  counting with tens, writing numbers

Lucky Shamrock Words!
Skills:  reading high frequency words, following directions


Here is the link for these fun reading Leprechaun themed games found below!
Pots of Gold Beginning Sounds
 Skills:  beginning sounds, letter writing

Pot of Gold Ending Sounds
Skills:  ending sounds

Pot of Gold Words
Skills:  making cvc words
Cut out pots of gold.  
Print off gold coins
Write word endings on the coins and paste them onto the pots of gold
Directions:  Make words that have the same word endings as on the pot of gold!


All About St. Patrick's Day Book
Here is link for this kid friendly, printable, informational book about St. Patrick's Day!  I read this simple 5 page books to the kiddos, so they had a better understanding of what St. Patrick's Day is all about.

Projects
Leprechaun Rainbow Hat
Trace a Leprechaun Hat onto green paper
Cut out a black strip from black construction paper and a yellow buckle from gold paper.  
Cut out strips of blue, green, yellow, orange and red paper
Directions:  Cut out the hat.
Glue on the black strip and yellow buckle.
Flip the hat over and glue on the rainbow strips.  (We glued our strips on the wrong way - as you can see, so make sure when you flip the hat over to start gluing on the right side of the hat!)

Paper Plate Leprechaun
Color a paper plate with a skin tone crayon
Cut a hat from green paper along with a black strip and a yellow buckle
Cut squares of orange tissue paper
Glue the orange squares of tissue paper around the edge of the paper plate
Glue on the hat and accessories to the hat
Draw a face on the leprechaun
Add more tissue paper squares for the beard and hair

Clothespin Pot of Gold
Cut a black pot of gold from craft foam
Cut gold coins from yellow craft foam
Directions:  Paint the clothes pins - red, orange, yellow, green and blue
Let the clothespins dry
Glue the gold coins onto the pot of gold
Stick craft foam letters onto the pot to spell each name.
Clip on the painted clothespins

Muffin Paper Shamrock
These were so easy to make.  Here are the directions!
We used watercolor paint instead food coloring!

Shamrock Paper Plate Hats
Draw a shamrock onto a paper plate
Color or paint both sides of the paper plate
Cut out the middle of the plate and around the shamrock


Rainbow Chain Pot of Gold!
Here is the link where I found this cute Rainbow Chain project 
Cut out a pot of gold from black paper
Cut out 7 gold coins for each pot of gold
Glue the coins to the top of the pot
Cut a black strip of paper and tape it in a loop to the back of the pot
Cut strips from - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple paper 
Loop the purple strip through the black handle of the pot of gold and staple
Continue with the blue strip, then green . . .  until finished