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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pumpkins

October is one of my favorite months because there are so many fun books and projects. As you can see, I especially love pumpkins.

Five Little Pumpkins.  This is the classic chant that everybody knows.  It's short and sweet and easy for a preschooler to memorize.  "Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, the first one says 'Oh my, it's getting late'..." All five pumpkins say something and then they roll out of sight.

We made our own little pumpkins out of paper lunch bags.  We painted them and drew on faces, stuffed newspaper in and tied it with a pipe cleaner.
Then we lined up the pumpkins on our "gate" and knocked them over one by one with a ball.  This was a huge hit.  They played for a long time, eventually throwing the pumpkins at each other, but they were having fun.

The next craft continues our fun chant.  
This week was a great pumpkin week with so much to do!


Recognizing numbers and counting pumpkins.
Teddy Bear Pumpkin
Painting Pumpkins
Pumpkin Do-a-Dot worksheet
Funny Face Pumpkins

BOOKS


5 Little Pumpkins Activity
perfect for circle time

Five little pumpkins talking happily. 
Point to smiling faces.
The first one said, “Look! What do you see? 
Point finger to one side.
The second one said, “I think it is a cat.” 
Make whiskers with hands on both sides of face.
The third one said, “I think it is bat.” 
Make flapping wings.
The fourth one said, “I can't it see from here!” 
Look through binoculars.
The fifth one said, “It's getting close. Oh dear!” 
Cross arms across chest and shake as if afraid.
Then flap went the wings as they heard this sound. 
Flap arms and make sound effects of bat after the word sound. 
Five little pumpkins jumped to the ground.
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5! 
Children take turns jumping in order while counting.

SONGS


Where is Pumpkin

tune: Where is Thumbkin
Where is pumpkin, where is pumpkin?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you this evening?
Very Scary, thank you!
Run away, Run away!

I'm a Little Pumpkin
tune: I'm a Little Teapot
I'm a little pumpkin
orange and round.
I from on a vine from
a seed in the grown.
when I get all grown up
give me a face.
Put me outside in a very safe place.






TEMPLATES
Pumpkin funny face craft found on TPT
Teddy Bear Pumpkin found at first-school

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fireman Safety Week



VIDEOS



Fire Safety Video

Fire Truck by Ivan Ulz


PRE-K and TOT FIRE SAFETY UNITS
Fire Truck Tot-Pack

Pre-K Fire Safety Pack



TEMPLATES
Fire Hydrant (copy on yellow construction paper) (use blue tempra paint for water).

Fire Dog Headband (Red hat, White Ears, Black dots, Yellow Badge)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Columbus Day


 
VIDEOS
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WORKSHEETS
Christopher Columbus Unit by Royal Baloo
Christopher Columbus Pack by 3Dinosaurs

ACTIVITIES
Sink or Float?
Provide a variety of objects such as a cork, crayon, cotton ball, feather, small plastic toy boat, etc. One at a time, have a child choose an item and predict whether it will sink or float in a tub of water.


Sailor Hats

TEMPLATES
For Boat and Waves




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat is one of my all time favorite characters. 
There are so many books and activities to choose from. 
Half the time I don't know which one to choose because they are that fun!
  Check out a few we did this week.
 
The kids like Pete the Cat and his 4 Groovy Buttons the best. 
Especially the video. Scroll down to find it and see for yourself. It's such a catchy tune.
Click HERE for the link that will take you to the craft we did last year.

BOOKS



VIDEOS


SONGS

 


WORKSHEETS
Pete the Cat counting 1 -5 puzzle found at PreKautism

TEMPLATES

Playdoh Mats found on TPT
Pete the Cat White Shoes Template found at CraftyPammy.com
White Shoes color activity found at PreKautism
Other Pete the Cat Ideas

Saturday, September 30, 2017

My Friends

Friendship Tree
Each child puts their fingerprints on the tree.
I used different color stamp pads and also placed their names next to the fingerprints.
A very nice memento for the children and parents to have.
Another cute memento is painted handprints of all the friends on one paper.

Rainbow Fish
An awesome book of friendship and sharing.
 Paint a paper plate blue and add metallic color paper to resemble shiny scales on Rainbow Fish.
Add fins to complete the project.
SONGS

THE MORE WE GET TOGETHER
The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
'Cuz your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends
The more we get together the happier we'll be. 
With child's name, and child's name, and child's name, and child's name
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
With child's name, and child's name, and child's name, and child's name
The more we get together the happier we'll be.
(credit: The Activity Place)



BOOKS
For some children friendship skills come easily; while others need a little more practice and help. 

 A great way to introduce and learn about friendship is reading books about friendship together.  





VIDEOS



TEMPLATES

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall Leaves

SEPTEMBER is the perfect time to read about and explore the changing colors of the leaves in Fall. Also time to jump in a huge pile of them too!
Raking the leaves

Tin Foil Fall Leaves
Hand Print Fall Leaves

BOOKS

VIDEOS

SONGS
Leaves In The Air
tune: Wheels on the Bus

The leaves in the air [go up and down],
[up and down, up and down].
The leaves in the air [go up and down]
all around the town.

Continue
[twirl round and round]
[go whooping by]
[fall gently down]


WORKSHEETS
Preschool worksheets found on TPT

TEMPLATES
Found at thriftyscissors