Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tot and Preschool More Christmas Activities

Tot School and Preschool
45 months and 11 months

Sight Word Christmas Tree
I wrote some of Little Sweets sight words in the shape of a Christmas tree.  She read the word to me and then placed a dot on the word.  

 Fun with Flour
We've been making lots of Christmas Cookies and Little Sweets loved playing in the flour so I turned it into a sensory activity.

 Christmas Tree Sequencing Activity
Little Sweets put the pieces of paper in order from largest to smallest to make a Christmas tree. I saw this somewhere and thought I pinned it, but I can't find the link now.

Christmas Tree Dot Art
Little Sweets decorated her tree with dots.
Ornaments in a Bowl
Little Peanut made noise and had fun pulling the plastic ornaments out of the bowl.

What's in the Bag?
Little Peanut loves pulling things out of bags and purses so I gave her a bag full of toys.

Reading to Baby Sister
This was so cute Little Sweets decided to read to Little Peanut.
 Christmas Patterns
Little Sweets extended the pattern. 
 Color Mixing and Painting with Shaving Cream

 Lights at the Zoo

Roasting Marshmallows

Our Christmas Gifts to the Grandparents
Homemade Coasters
Here is a post about them if you want to read more about them. 

Sledding Down a Plastic Hill
We live in the south and actually paid to go sledding down a plastic hill.  I know it's a little ridiculous but Little Sweets enjoyed it.  

Coloring Mixing with Colored Water
I got the idea here.

We measured how tall Little Sweets is using legos.   
 OSU vs. USC Basketball Game

Little Sweets Recital

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun Frugal Christmas Gift- Personalized Coasters

 Personalized Coasters
I've been trying to come up with a thrifty fun gift from the girls.  I saw an idea to make your own coasters here and decided to make it a little more personal.  Instead of using scrapbook paper I used illustrations, letters, and numbers made by Little Sweets as well as photographs of the girls and our family.  Here's how they turned out.

Here is how I made them.
  1.   I found photographs I wanted to use on the coasters and printed them from the computer.
  2. I had Little Sweets draw a picture, write her name, and write the year on a piece of paper.  Then I copied it on our color printer so I could use the same picture, name, and year for multiple coasters. 
  3. I pasted the pictures onto white tiles I bought at Lowe's for 33 cents a piece.
  4. After the pictures dried I painted over the coasters with mod podge.  ( The coasters in the picture don't have the mod podge coat yet because I still need to add the girls names and I don't use their names on my blog.)
  5. On the back of the coasters add felt circle pads. 
This was and easy, inexpensive project.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tot/Preschool Christmas Activities

December Tot/Preschool
Little Sweets and Little Peanut 
42 months and 10 months 

This post is linked to tot school 

Size Sequencing
Little Sweets put the pictures of baby Jesus in order from largest to smallest.  You can get the printable for this activity and the next activity here for free.

Picture Puzzle
Little Sweets put this nativity scene picture together.  The numbers helped.

Sight Word Lotto
Little Sweets read the sight word card and if it was on her lotto card she covered it up with a cheerio.  I made blank lotto cards and laminated them.  I write the sight words we are working on with dry erase marker.  

Christmas Light Patterns
Little Sweets extended pattern.

Calendar Time
I made a new calendar.  Little Sweets asks me everyday what we are doing so I made icons and she helped me put them up on her calendar.  Now she can look at her calendar to find out the day at what we are doing.  This was a great way to make calendar time meaningful to her.  

Sight Word Christmas Trees
Little Sweets read the sight word and matched the letters to make Christmas trees.  You can get the printable here.

Lacing Christmas Stockings
I found some stockings for lacing in my old teaching materials.  Little Sweets really enjoyed this activity.  

I made some Christmas tree printables for Little Sweets.  You can get them for free here.  Here are some of the activities we did with them.

Counting and Number Matching

Matching Colors Using Skittles

Most and Least
Little Sweets compared trees and told me which tree had the most ornaments and which had the least.

Numerical Order
Little Sweets put the trees in order from 1-10

I also made these for Little Sweets but used clipart from Microsoft so I decided not to publish them.
Little Sweets matches the picture on the tree with the correct word that is on the trunk.

Learning Throughout The Day Through Play

Little Sweet is always learning.  Her learning is not limited to our sit down learning time.  I try to use all of our time together as learning time.  Here is an example of  how I integrate learning into play to make it a more meaningful experience for Little Sweets.  She loves dramatic play and we were playing with her dolls.  I wrote this letter and pretended Belle could not read it.  Little Sweet read the note to Belle.  I helped her with the words Dear Belle, ball, and Beast.  She read all of the other words because they are her sight words and she has them memorized.  Then she helped Belle write Yes back to the Beast.  We stretched out the word and she wrote the sounds.  Belle was so excited to go the ball so I introduced the exclamation point and Gracie made one in her letter.  

We tried to make an icee in our machine but, it didn't work.  The water did get cold and some turned to ice, but I didn't have the patience to crank the handle for an hour.  

Little Peanut opening a box.  She usually plays with the bell inside.

Little Sweets teaching Little Peanut how to sign "more"

 Little Peanut pulling up to stand.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Free Preschool Christmas Tree Printables

Christmas Tree Printables

I made these printable for Little Sweets.  You can get them for free here and here.

Here's the activities we did with the printables.

Most and Least
Little Sweets counted the ornaments on the tree and told me which tree had the most ornaments and which had the least.

Number Match
Little Sweets counted the ornaments on the tree and matched the tree with the correct number. 
 Numerical Order
Little Sweets put the trees in order 1-10

Color Match
Little Sweets placed skittles on the correct color ornament.