Here are some Transportation same and different cards to help kids build visual discrimination skills. These skills help children identify letters, numbers, and shapes, and distinguish the different between shapes, such as p, q, b, d and numbers like 6 and 9 or 3 and 8. To prepare the activity, you will need to print the cards, laminate, and cut out each card. Children will choose a card and look at
Painting is an important part of education in Pre-K. It’s messy, but purposeful. Here are some tips to help preschool teachers with painting in the classroom. Choosing Paintbrushes I prefer paintbrushes that have the handle made all of plastic rather than the metal and wood ones. The metal eventually rusts and the wood expands when wet and separates from the metal over time. Big, thick paintbrushes are one of my Pre-K pet peeves.
This Classifying Sizes activity will help your students practice comparing small and large sizes for math skills. This activity goes with the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or you can use it as a stand alone activity. Find more Fairy Tale activities here. The Goldilocks story is perfect for introducing size concepts to children. In the book, you will find a small bear, a medium bear, and a large bear. The bears have
The nursery rhyme, Fall the Leaves, is perfect for the Fall season. It’s not as well known as most traditional nursery rhymes, but it is a traditional English rhyme for children, and I like to include it with the nursery rhymes we learn in my Pre-K class. This set of picture-word cards can be used to introduce vocabulary to children, but it can also be used in a word game. Play
This printable book of the Five Senses helps kids think about how they use each of their senses. You can use this book as a review after teaching the senses, or discuss each one as the children create the pages. Here’s how I used the Five Senses book with my class: I first showed the kids each page and read the words to them. I did this at small group, so I had
Here are some songs to get your kids singing and moving during your Pets Theme. This is a curated list of songs from YouTube. Rags, by Jack Hartmann A song about dog — has lots of movement. I Have a Pet, by Super Simple Songs Have kids make the animal sounds and movements like the dog, cat, mouse, etc. The Cat Came Back, by The Learning Station Add movements to the
This set of Body Parts Picture-Word Cards includes arm, elbow, wrist, hand, thumb, finger, fingernails, head, ear, eye, hair, lips, teeth, tongue, nose, legs, knee, ankle, foot, toes, shoulders, stomach, neck. Many young children don’t know words like wrist, ankle, elbow, etc. so these cards can teach kids new vocabulary. These could be used during an All About Me theme. This set has 23 word cards. Find more word card sets
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, the latest book by Eric Litwin, is set to be released on August 30, 2016. You can bet there are songs to go with it! Eric Litwin is also the author of the first four Pete the Cat books and The Nuts series. Watch the Groovy Joe trailer and listen to the Groovy Joe book and song. I created a printable Favorite Ice Cream Graph to go
These Pets same and different games will help pre-k and kindergarten kids practice and build visual discrimination skills. Children need visual discrimination skills to help them identify letters and numbers, as well as distinguish the difference between similar letter shapes such as p, q, b, d. To play these visual discrimination games, just print these cards, laminate, and cut. Children will take a card and look at all four pictures. They will
Here are some fun songs that teach kids the colors! There are songs to sing, songs to dance to, and songs for interaction. All of these are great songs for Pre-K and Preschool kids, but I especially like the StoryBots videos which have a song for each color in a current music style. This is a curated list of songs from YouTube. Songs About Colors (A playlist of 8 color
Print these dismissal transportation posters to keep track of how your students go home each day. I have a variety of choices: large dismissal posters, a smaller set, and a chart. I also made a set of rainbow colored buses in case your school color codes different bus loads. My previous set of dismissal posters needed a new update, and for these, I used polka dot borders and new clipart. Laminated
This Favorite Color Graph is a quick and easy large group activity — just print and cut. This graph would be great for the beginning of the year. Someone asked me to make this and this seemed like a perfect time of year for it. All you have to do to prepare this is print it out, cut it, and glue it onto a piece of chart paper or use
Read the story of Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors to children and use this printable for sequencing the story. There are two printables: one with 3 pictures to sequence and one with 4 pictures. Download the printable of your choice at the link below. Have children cut apart the pictures (or cut them in advance if children are not able to do this by themselves). Discuss each picture with
Read the story of Jesus’ birth to children and use this printable for sequencing the story. There are two printables: one with 3 pictures to sequence and one with 4 pictures. Download the printable of your choice at the link below. Have children cut apart the pictures (or cut them in advance if children are not able to do this by themselves). Discuss each picture with children. Have children put the pictures
Try these fun Patriotic USA songs for kids. These songs can be used during a mini unit on America, or during a patriotic holiday, such as 4th of July (Independence Day), Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day, Flag Day, Patriot Day, you name it! This is a curated list of songs from YouTube. America the Beautiful, by The Kiboomers You’re a Grand Old Flag, by The Kiboomers The Star Spangled
Here are some Father’s Day activities, songs, and books for kids from around the web! These are links from around the web to some fun and simple Father’s Day gift crafts for kids. These can be used with a Pre-K class. Father’s Day Activities Links open in a new tab or window. Father’s Day Monster Hug Card (Kids Craft Room) I Love Hanging with You Card (Crafty Morning) Father’s Day Handprint Superhero (Crafty
Each year, my class goes on a field trip to the Strawberry Patch, so this year, I decided to set up a Strawberry Dramatic Play area. You can find my other Dramatic Play centers here. At the bottom of this post, I will share where I got each item. This is the front of our Strawberry Patch Shop. We have this shelf with a built on awning. I made the red and
Here are some Mother’s Day activities, songs, and books for kids from around the web! People email me each year asking for Mother’s Day activities. The truth is I’m not really a crafty person. Maybe I should work on that. 🙂 So, I decided to share with you some links from around the web to some really neat Mother’s Day gift crafts for kids. There are songs here, too, which would
Here’s a printable bag topper for kids’ seed sprouting projects. Sprouting a lima bean (or any seed) in a zip top bag is a simple science project for kids. This seed sprouting activity will go great during your Plants & Seeds Theme. Having already made several treat bag toppers for different holidays, one day I thought about making a bag topper for sprouting a seed in a zip top bag. For this activity, you
This Jack and the Beanstalk syllable activity will help your students practice counting and clapping syllables in words. This is a phonological awareness skill that is fun and easy for Pre-K kids, and helps them build pre-reading skills. Find more Fairy Tale activities here. To Prepare this Activity All you need to do is print out the syllable mats and either laminate them or slip them into clear page protectors. I’m a
Here are some fun Earth Day songs for kids – get them moving and singing along! Earth Day songs can be hard to find, but here are nine great songs to go along with your Earth Day & Recycling lesson plans. Earth Day is April 22. This is a curated list of songs from YouTube. Earth Day Recycling Song, by The Kiboomers A Beautiful, Beautiful World, by StoryBots Recycling Song,
Here are some Spring block play ideas you can use to transform your block center and spark kids’ creativity. Adding simple, seasonal items to the block center can make it “new” and inviting, and may bring kids to the center who haven’t been there in a while. Adding new items helps promote new thinking and new ideas as they play. To see more seasonal Block Play ideas, check out Fall Block
Try these St. Patrick’s treat bag toppers for one of the easiest gifts for teachers to give their students or kids to give their classmates. Treat bag topper gifts are simple and quick. All you have to do is print the topper, cut, and attach to a zip bag of treats. These are the treats I used in my bags… Mint Green Candy Treat Bag For this one, I used a
Here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day songs for young kids that will get them singing and moving! This is a curated list of songs from YouTube. I’m a Little Leprechaun, by The Kiboomers St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Song, by The Kiboomers This song will help your kids practice colors! G-R-E-E-N St. Patrick’s Day Song, by The Kiboomers Kids will learn to spell a sight word! Dance, Dance Leprechaun Dance,
This fun board game will help your pre-k, preschool, and kindergarten kids practice counting skills, one-to-one correspondence, and turn-taking. We played this game in my class last week and it was a huge hit as it always is every year! Years ago, before teachers had printables online, I made these same board games with stickers. You can see my sticker dinosaur board game on my “Ways to Teach Counting” post. I also have a
Here are some simple and fun President’s Day activities for your preschool or pre-k kids. Presidents’ Day, By Anne Rockwell, is a good book that explains President’s Day to preschoolers in a simple, easy to understand way. These activities go well with that book. [This post contains affiliate links.] Voting for a Presidential Pet Decorate a box in red, white, and blue paper and make a slot in the top
Get ready for some fun Valentine’s Day songs for Preschool to Kindergarten kids! This is a curated list of songs from YouTube. Valentine’s Day, by Jack Hartmann A movement and sing-along song for kids. Valentine’s Day We Celebrate, by Jack Hartmann Movement song If You Love Me and You Know It, by The Kiboomers A new twist on a traditional song — a singable song. H-E-A-R-T, by The Kiboomers Sung to the
After reading the book, The Mitten, by Jan Brett, use these animal cards to teach your pre-k kids vocabulary, recall, and story sequencing. The cards can also be used for other activities and games, such as rhyming, beginning sounds, counting and more. I recommend printing the cards on card stock paper and laminating them. Cut out each card. Use these cards on your flannel board by sticking a piece of Velcro on the back.
These winter block play ideas will transform your block center into a wintery, Arctic world, and spark the kids’ imaginations. Sometimes you just need to change up your Block Center for something new and different. Here are some ideas for simple items to add seasonal interest to the Blocks Center. Polar Animals (Arctic Animals) Use a collection of plastic polar animals toys for kids to play with in the block center. They can
Pre-K kids can join in celebrating 100 Days of School with these age-appropriate activities. Disclosure: Amazon Affiliate links are included below. 100 Hungry Ants Before the kids arrive at school in the morning, hide 100 little plastic ants around the classroom. Don’t hide them too well because they will be too hard to find. I usually place them around the room in the blocks center, reading center, by the sink, and any
This Martin Luther King, Jr. craftivity will help even the youngest school children join in while celebrating his birthday. Teachers have been asking me for an activity for MLK Day for years, but I find it so hard to teach history to preschool children. I struggled for so long to create an activity that hasn’t already been done. This craftivity can be done after reading a book about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Enjoy these Winter song videos for Preschool to Kindergarten kids! These songs are from YouTube. You can play these on your classroom computer projector, or if you don’t have one, just play the audio through the computer. Penguin Dance, by Jack Hartmann Snowflakes, Snowflakes, by The Kiboomers Did You Ever See a Penguin, by The Kiboomers Let’s Build a Snowman, by HeidiSongs I’m a Little Snowman, by Super Simple Songs
The kids in my class love these “I Have, Who Has” card games. There are many of these games that teach skills, but here is a fun version for Christmas. Bring these out when your class gets antsy from all the holiday excitement, or use them for a Christmas party game. You can find more of my “I Have, Who Has” games for Numbers, Shapes, and Wildlife Animals at these links. I play this game
Here are some fun Christmas songs for your Preschool to Kindergarten kids to enjoy during the holiday season! I found so many great Christmas song videos for kids that I decided to divide these into two posts. Find more Christmas songs here: Christmas Bell Ringing Songs! Reindeer Pokey, by Jack Hartmann Reindeer Pokey, by Kiboomers We Wish You a Merry Christmas, by Super Simple Songs A movement version: clap, stomp,
These Nativity Picture-Word Cards were designed for use in Christian Preschool programs, Sunday School, or homeschool. Print these cards for your writing center during Christmas time! Words included are angels, baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, star, stable, gifts, sheep, donkey, camel, shepherds, kings or wise men. This set has 12 word cards. Find more word card sets in the Picture Word Cards collection. How to use the word cards: I add these cards to a pocket chart that
Get your jingle bells ready and let your kids enjoy these Christmas Bell Ringing Songs! Make sure you have a class set of jingle bells so that each child has one to ring. Find directions here to Make a Jingle Bell Necklace. Find more great Christmas Song videos for kids! Ring the Bell, by Maple Leaf Learning Kids ring bells while practicing position words and identifying parts of the body. Christmas Time!
I was excited when LEGO Education offered to send me the Lego “Build Me” Emotions set to review. Hands-on materials that teach emotions are so hard to find, and Legos are a great way to get kids’ interest. My class was very enthusiastic about playing with the Legos! The set comes with these mats that show you how to build Lego people, and all of the Lego Duplo pieces needed to
Stained glass art is a traditional art activity that you can do with many different holidays and themes. This leaf stained glass art activity will add some Fall colors to your classroom windows. Traditionally, teachers have to trace and cut the leaf outline for this type of art, and you may wish to do it that way. I used my Cricut machine and let it do the cutting for me.
These Thanksgiving treat bag toppers are a fun, simple gift to put together for your students, kids, friends, or for a party. There are lots of treats and prizes you could put inside the treat bag, at all kinds of price ranges. Some ideas: cookies brownies crackers stickers pony bead bracelet granola bar crayons colored pens candy trail mix To attach the bag topper to the bag, fold the paper on the
This simple Thanksgiving activity is made especially for Christian preschool programs or Sunday School programs. It will help remind preschool children to be thankful for the family God has given them. Having taught in a Christian school before, I know how hard it can be to find enough activities for children to do when they attend school five days a week. It’s also sometimes hard to find something that’s quick and simple