“W” Activity for Preschoolers

Our Letter of the week this week is “W”, so we made a Watermelon.

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Materials Needed:

Print the letter W off on Red and Green construction paper

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Then layer the W’s  with the red W on top of the Green W with some of the green showing to be the rine of the watermelon.

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Then allow the students to paint the “seeds” on the watermelon using their fingers.

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Once the seeds are painted on the finial project looks like this;

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The kids loved painting and  it was a very simple project to complete.  I have younger children so I always do fingerpainting projects one on one.  This gives me a chance to talk about the letter.  What is looks like, things that start with the letter and the sound that it makes.

 

Parents love anything that has their child’s fingerprints, so this was also a hit with the parents as well.  I hope you enjoy this activity with your students.

 

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Mother’s Day Gifts from the Heart

Mother’s Day is a holiday that I think is very important.  I am a mother and I know I still have the gifts that my Brookster gave me when she was little.  Those are some of the gifts that looked forward to getting.

We all plan ahead and no better time than now to plan the perfect Mother’s Day gift.  I hope you get inspired.  This can also be made into the perfect gift for Grandmother’s as well.

Handprint Idea’s

DSC07129Food Love and Life has this adorable handprint flower pot.  I love the flower pot aspect of this craft.  I love that they get to say what they love about their mother.  What mother would not love to know this.

handprint boquet I found this on Pinterest here  This is such a  cute bouquet of handprints.

 

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Handprint cupcake craft from I Heart and Craft

 

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I do this craft every year with my kids and the parents love it.  In fact one mother I had several years ago and now have the sibling.  She stated she hoped I would do it again so she would have both of them.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you find something that you can use with your child or students.

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Earth Day Activities

earthEarth Day is April 27th so we have time to plan a great Earth Day week.  Here are some great activities I found that I plan on using in my classroom and thought you would like to see them as well.

Ways I Can Help the Earth.

way to helpI found this worksheet over at Miss Kindergarten I am going to have my students draw a picture and then I will write what they drew under it.  I you have older children they can either write or draw ways they can help the earth.

Tin Can Drums

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What better way to recycle then to save the tin cans and make drums out of them.  I know I use a lot of tin cans, so I am saving them in order to try this activity.  If you have a large classroom you can ask parents to send in one tin can for your child   Head over to Make and Take in order to find out how to make these super cute drums.

Mr. Recycle Man

 

headMy students love Mr. Potato head so this is such a cute idea, and another tin can project. Remember to plant grass in the top so he can have some hair.  Please head over to Delia Creates to find the detailed instructions.

 

Bird House

B-is-for-Birdhouse-50-200x300Head over to 3boysandadog to see how she made this adoreable birdfeeder from a Gatorade bottle.

Dirt Pudding

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The kids will love this one.  Head over to Teach-A-Roo to see how to make this activity.  With any food activity please make sure there is no allergies to any of the ingredients.

Recycled Planters

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Teach-A-Roo also has this cute planter.  There are all kinds of lessons that can be used with this planter.  The recycled part but also planting seeds and watching it grow.  I know my students to plant.  We planted a seed for our creation lesson and they made their parents take pictures to show me how their plant grew.

Handprint Earth

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Craftymorning has this cute handprint earth project.  All parents love handprint art and this one is very cute.

Turtle Herb Garden

earth-day-craft-turtle-planterThese Turtle Herb Gardens are so cute.  They can be used for Earth Day or the letter T.

Earth Day Playdough

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Happiness is homemade has the recipe for this earth day playdough

Lorax Handprint Activity

lorax-canvas-1We  love Dr. Seuss in our classroom, so OI try to incorporate one of his books in my themes. the Lorax is the perfect book for Earth Day.  Over at Gluedtomycraftsblog she give instructions on how to make this adorable Lorax handprint on canvas.

I hope you find some inspiration in these activites.  If you have some activities you would like to share please leave in the comments.

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15 Shark Books for Preschoolers

PicMonkey CollageTo go along with the Shark lesson plans I put together some books that I think will go along great and the kids will love learning more about sharks thru books.

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shark 5The Everything kid’s sharks book  The authors offer a collection of zany facts and pictures about sharks that aim to teach as they entertain. Children can learn how sharks have evolved over thousands of years, how they pursue their prey and how they can eat almost anything.

shark 9Surprising Sharks explains that all sharks are not scary and mean.  They show the kids the different types of sharks and are not all htat scarey.  Kids will love the pictures and the facts in the way they are told in this book.

shark 10Shark in the Dark

The shark has been lurking in the deep, dark sea, searching for a fishy snack. He’s big and he’s mean and he’s always hungry. Tired of fleeing the shark, the other seas creatures come up with a plan. If they all work together it might be possible to teach the shark a lesson he’ll never forget. With a lively rhyming text; bright, expressive illustrations; and a playful die-cut cover, this is one shark’s tale that will be a hit either at story hour . . . or feeing time.

shark 8Sharks our amazing world series tells all about the sharks.  It has some amazing pictures that show the sharks in the ocean.

 

shark6Cedric the Shark Becomes A Big Brother is a one of a very cute series.  In this book Cedric is told he is going to be a big brother.  Is this good news or bad news?  Lets read the book and find out.  This book is good for the shark week but also if you have a child that is going to have a new sibling.

 

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He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This fish has soft cartilage so he can glide, twist, and turn before his prey can say “gulp!” He can smell a single drop of blood in 25 million drops of ocean. He can feel electricity given off by his prey. He will lose and replace more than 10,000 teeth in his lifetime. Cool photos bring kids into the shark’s world. Fun facts go deep into the shark’s scary science.

 

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Stanley, who loves sharks and knows all about them, fantasizes about having one for a pet and considers all the things he would need to feed and take care of it. This would be a great book to lead into what they would do if they met a shark.  I love the answers that you receive.  One child said they would let it sleep with them and teach them to play soccer.

shark2Sharks of the World is  a cloring book that has some great pictures of the sharks that you can place in the art center to have them either color or water color.

 

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I am a Shark This book is a cute book about a shark that is afraid of something.  The kids get to guess what the shark could be afraid of..  Also leads to a discussion of things they are afriad of.

 

I hope you find one book or several that you would like to read to your child or students.  I love reading books to my class I hope you enjoy these books as well.

 

 

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One Fish, Two Fish Activity

We love Dr. Seuss in my classroom.  This past week was Dr.Seuss’s birthday so we read a lot of different books.  Our favorite was One Fish, Two Fish Blue Fish Red Fish. This is one of those b…

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Dr. Seuss Week

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    The first week of March is Dr. Seuss’s birthday.   I love using Dr. Seuss in my lessons.  The rhymes and pictures keep the kids attention and they love the books.  There are so many books to use.  I have started collecting packets on Dr. Seuss that I would like to share with you.

 

I hope these help you in making a great week of Dr. Seuss and his beloved characters.

Cat in the Hat

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Here some more of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.