Thursday, April 28, 2011

Preschool Activity Bag Blog Hop

I spent most of Saturday night making preschool activity bags.   I knew I wasn't the only one to think of such a novel idea so I googled the words preschool bags and came across the blog Walking by the Way.  I was able to get some great ideas from this blog. There are also great ideas at Delicious Ambiguity.  Then today I saw on Money Saving Mom that another blogger had posted a busy bag swap.  What a great idea!!  I wish I had known about the post before I spent so much time making my own bags.  Since I am not the only one who has great ideas for preschool bags I thought it would be fun to start a blog hop.  If you have an idea for an activity that a preschooler can do on their own or with some assistance by a parent, that is cheap, fun, and can fit in a ziploc bag please link up.    The hop will start Thursday.  I can't wait to see everyone's ideas. 

Pony Bead Activities


 This activity contains small pieces so please use parental supervision with young children.
I hot glued pony beads onto pipe cleaner.  Then I placed another pipe cleaner in the bag with matching beads.  The object of this activity is to have the child copy the pattern onto the other pipe cleaner.

 Color Matching
I placed a pipe cleaner and pony beads in the bag.  The child is to match the pony beads to the correct color pipe cleaner and to string them on that pipe cleaner. 

If you would like to join this blog hop please link your activity bag idea up on my website then post a link back on your blog so your followers can see other peoples ideas as well.

Tot School Letters "Q" and "R"

Letters "Q" and "R"
34 Months

Q-Tip Art

It was difficult to find letter "Q" activities.  I was going to have Little Sweets paint with q-tips, but since it was raining outside I had to come up with another activity.  I decided to tie the activity to our Bible Story.  The Bible Story we worked on this week was Noah and the Ark.  I cut out and colored the story from the curriculum More Toddlerifc Faith Building Activities.  After I told the story.  I reminded Little Sweets about how Noah obeyed God and how God was faithful in keeping Noah safe.  (This weeks character's trait is obedience.)  Then I made a rainbow with washable markers and Little Sweets dipped a q-tip in water and painted over the rainbow to spread the colors.

R is for Rain Stick
I helped Little Sweets make a rain stick.  She put stickers on a paper towel roll.  I used paper and contact paper to close the one end of the roll.  Then I rolled up a long piece of aluminum foil and placed it in the roll.  We poured rice in the roll and closed the other end with paper and contact paper.  It was easy and fun.

R is for Rainbow Rice
This activity wasn't planned.  Little Sweets had so much fun playing with the rice from the rain sticks that I decided to turn it into another activity. That is what I love most about teaching my little ones.  So many unplanned fun activities come from their interests and ideas.   We placed rice in a Ziploc back and added a few drops of food coloring. Then Little Sweets shook the bag.  Afterwards Little Sweets poured the rice in a large bowl and had playing with it.  She really enjoyed pouring it into other bowls. 

Raindrop Clothespin Letters
I made these last year for my April's showers unit.  You can down load the raindrops here. I glued the raindrops to clothespins and Little Sweets put the raindrops on the picture that matched the letter. 

Rain Boot Matching Game
I also used this game last year.  You can download the printable here.  Little Sweets matched the rain boots together. 

Raindrop Puzzles
Little Sweets matched the number of raindrops with the correct number on the clouds.  I also made this as a printable you can download it for free here.

R is for Rhyming
We went over some rhyming pictures and words that I had from a game I used when I was teaching.

R is for reading
Little Sweets loves to look at books.  She decided on her own that she wanted to read to her sister.  She picked out  a book and showed her the pictures.  This book has songs in it so Little Sweets sang the songs she knew and told her sister about the pictures.  So cute!!

Other Activities

Monkey Joe's
Little Sweets went to a place called Monkey Joe's.  Monkey Joe's has lots of inflatables for kids to jump on.  She enjoyed playing with friends. 

Preschool Bag Activity
Over the weekend I created a bunch preschool bag activities.  This week was Bead Activities.  I am also hosting a blog hop for other bloggers who wish to share their preschool bag activity ideas.  For more about this activity and the blog hop please go here.

For more great tot school posts go here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Letter "P"

Letter "P"
34 Months

The weather here was beautiful this week so we spent a lot of time outside.  We did manage to do some tot school.  We worked on letter "P" and did some Easter activities.

P is for Popsicle Sticks
There are so many activities you can do with Popsicle sticks.  Here are a few that Little Sweets did.

Popsicle Stick Patterning
I made patterns with the sticks and Little Sweets told me the pattern and used more Popsicle sticks to extend the pattern. 

Popsicle Stick Sorting
Little Sweets sorted the Popsicle sticks by color.

Popsicle Stick Counting
Little Sweets counted the Popsicle sticks and then found the number card that matched.

Letters and Words
Little Sweets and I made letters out of the Popsicle sticks.  I made a word and Little Sweets read it.

Picture Match
This was an easy game I made.  I created the letter board using the computer.  I printed out picture cards to use from this website.  You can create your own using clip art, but I had printed out the cards for another activity so I decided to reuse them.  Little Sweets and I took turns turning over a picture card and placing it on the letter the picture started with. 

Little Sweets painted several pictures using water color paints.

P is for Princess
Little Sweets spent a lot of time playing with her princess dolls (and Ken).

Easter Activities
Daddy and Little Sweets are doing Resurrection eggs together.

I cut out and laminated the Easter story found in the curriculum More Toddlerific Fun Faith Builders.  I made props to go with the story.

I bought these cards from the dollar tree.  Little Sweets put the cards in numerical order. 

Tiny Tot

Cutie Pie giggled for the first time this week. 

Cutie Pie fell asleep on her belly for the first time this week. 

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Letters "N" and "O"

Letters "N" and "O"
33 months

We had beautiful weather this week so we spent a lot of time outside.  We were able to do some tot school activities.  I had more planned, but we just didn't get to it.

Noodle Fun
Little Sweets rolled her large die and identified the number.  I made the die from a large Styrofoam square that I picked up at Walmart.  I wrote the numbers on it with permanent marker. After identifying the number Little Sweets put that many penne pasta shells on a piece of spaghetti noodle.  This is a great activity for building fine motor skills because the child has to be extra careful not to break the spaghetti noodle.  You can also do this activity with older children by having them roll the die twice and add up the number of noodles. 

N is for Nuts
Little Sweets looked for nuts in our yard.  She put them in a bucket and then counted them when she was done. 

"N" is for Numbers
Little Sweets threw a pom pom ball on our calendar and then identified the number it landed on.

More Number Games
I made number cards using stamps.  Then I put a paper clip on the card.  Little Sweets counted the number of stamps and then moved the paper clip to the matching number on the card.  This is a great activity that children can do on their own because you can mark the answer on the back of the card.  

Letter "N" and "O" Books
Little Sweets identified the words in the books that started with the Letter "N" and "O".

Picture Cards
I made these cards on my computer using clip art.  I cut them out and laminated them.  Little Sweets uses a clothespin to identify the picture that goes with letter. I got this idea from confessions ofa homeschooler website.

Operation Game
I picked this game up for $2 at Walmart this week.   It is great for building fine motor skills.  Little Sweets had fun using the tweezers to get Buzz's parts.  We didn't follow the instructions because it would have been too hard for Little Sweets.  She had fun playing the game her way.

We read a book together about opposites together.

Disney on Ice
We took Little Sweets to Disney on Ice.  She loved the show, especially the princesses.  Here is a picture of Little Sweets and one of her good friends at the show.

Character Traits:  Kindness and Love
We are still talking about what it means to be kind and loving towards others.  I like to use examples in everyday life so that Little Sweets can understand the meaning of the words.  We also read stories in her children's Bible about God's love and kindness.

Little Sweets and Cutie Pie

Tiny Tot
Cutie Pie just turned 3 months. She is gaining a lot of head control and just rolled over from her back to belly this past week. 

"Look at me, I can roll over."

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