Thursday, July 24, 2014

Water Painting

Today was such a warm day so I put together a water activity that the children could do outside. I filled several buckets with water and added paintbrushes and other painting tools.  

I set the buckets out in different areas of the play ground and the children started painting with the water.  I used buckets that were small enough for the children to pick up and move around with.

They painted everything that they could and had such a great time.  I love this activity not only because it was so easy to set up but also because the children worked together and talked to each other thereby building their social skills.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Special

I'm having a summer special for my entire cd collection!!  The special for all 60 of my cds on two cds  If you have time please check the special out here.  It ends midnight Sunday July 20th.

Playdough Scissor Skills

Today we did an activity that worked on both  scissor skills as well as fine motor development.  The children rolled various colors of playdough into what we call "snake" shapes.  They then took scissors and cut the playdough snakes into sections.

When they were done cutting the playdough they sorted through the playdough to find the matching colors and counted how many were in each color group.  The final step was to put the playdough pieces back together again. This activity is super easy to set up and you can use either homemade or store bought playdough.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Watermelon Pick and Count

We work in outdoor centers for part of the day today and for our math center I made a watermelon pick and count activity.  I free cut the watermelon pattern from red and green cardstock paper and glued them on to a sheet of blue cardstock paper.  I glued a blank square on the upper left corner of the watermelon mat and then laminated the mat.  I printed out the number squares and also laminated them.  You can find the patterns for both the watermelon and the number squares 1-30 here.

For our counters we used small black pom poms but you can also use black pony beads (remember to use supervision for children three and under and those still in the stages of putting small objects in their mouths).

Children picked a number card and put it in the blank square on the watermelon mat.  The next step was to put the same number of black pom poms on the water melon.  They continued until they had used all of the number cards. This is also an excellent activity for fine motor development.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Membership Special

Many of you have written to me asking for me to run my membership special again.  The special is for a twelve month membership for the price of a six month membership.  You will receive access to all of the material that has been added to the member's section for the past ten years as well as the new material that is added each week.  The special ends midnight Sunday June 29th. Please click here for more information and to join.

July Number Tracing Calendar and Numbers

I have posted July's Number Tracing Calendar and Calendar Numbers along with other July items to my free printables page (if you do not see them at the bottom of the page please refresh your browser).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Turtle Roll and Cover

I made this turtle roll and cover activity for the children to work on their number recognition skills.  I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and laminated them.  I attached self-adhesive magnets to the back of the cover up circles so that they would have a little more weight to them even though we did not use magnetic boards for this activity.

The children rolled the dice and then covered up the same number on the turtle mat.  Play continued until all of the numbers on the turtle mat had been covered up.  I made two different mats ... one with three sets of numbers 1-6 and another with numbers 2-12 that could be used with two dice.

You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
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