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
Here are some ideas to liven up your Art Center this Fall to inspire your little Pre-K artists. These ideas work well in an open-ended art center where children can choose the materials they want to use and be creative in deciding what they want to make. Last week, I shared Fall Block Play Ideas, which you can check out at the link. Sequins & Foamies for Collage Children love
These Trucks Play Dough Counting Mats are a learning activity where kids can have fun while they learn. They will practice counting and fine motor skills while using these play dough mats. These will go great with a Transportation Theme. You can also find many more Play Dough Mats here. To prepare these mats, you just need to print them. You can laminate the mats or slip them in clear page protectors. I always choose to put them in page
Here are some fun Thanksgiving songs for your Preschool to Kindergarten kids to enjoy during the holiday season! I appreciate the positive feedback I received about the Halloween Songs. I’m glad you liked it, and I plan to do many more of these song posts! All of these songs are You Tube videos. You can play them on a projector while kids watch and dance, or just play the audio on a
Here are some ideas to spice up your Block Center for Fall. I like to add different items to my block center for different seasons and themes to add some extra fun and interest for the kids. These are things I have in my block center in Fall. Some are simple items to collect and others can be purchased from educational catalogs. Artificial Leaves You can buy bags of Fall
These Three Little Pigs Sequencing cards will help your students practice retelling a story and putting a story in order. Find more Fairy Tale activities here. These sequencing cards are a free sample activity from my Three Little Pigs packet in my shop. I also have a full color set of sequencing cards included in the set that could be used on a flannel board, magnet board, or pocket chart. Since these
Here are some Halloween Songs for your preschool kids to enjoy! In each of these songs, kids can move to the music and/or participate in some way. My class has really been enjoying dancing to music videos this year, so I thought I’d share some of the songs they have enjoyed. All of these songs are You Tube videos. If you have a projector, play these for your class to
These Space Play Dough Math Mats will help your aspiring young astronauts practice counting while playing with play dough. These will go great with a Space Theme. Find more of these mats on the play dough math mats page. To prepare these play dough mats, print them on card stock paper and either laminate them or slip them into page protectors. I always use page protectors so I can hook them all together using
Print these Space Picture Word Cards for your writing center during a Space Theme. Words included are astronaut, space shuttle, telescope, meteor, asteroid, satellite, Earth, moon, sun, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, Venus, and Pluto. (Pluto is now a dwarf planet.) This set has 17 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 I keep on
This Three Billy Goats Gruff game will help your students learn and practice visual discrimination skills. Visual discrimination is a very important skill for pre-readers to learn, and is a skill often forgotten in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Visual discrimination helps children distinguish between things that look similar, such as certain letters, numbers, and shapes. Before children can read and write words, they must be able to discriminate between letters
Polka dot art is a fun exploration with paint for prekinder kids and it’s also a great fine motor activity. I was originally going to call this pointillism art, like the technique used by Seurat. Then I decided that polka dot art would sound more interesting to preschool kids. I still think it’s a great idea to teach them the word pointillism and show them some paintings by Seurat. I chose
Hey teachers and parents! Have you ever wanted an autographed book by Eric Litwin? Have you ever wanted a school visit by Eric Litwin? Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win both! I have an autographed copy of Eric Litwin’s new book, Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants, for a giveaway! This book is Eric Litwin’s newest book, published today (September 22, 2015). Eric Litwin is also
Here’s how to make DIY giant letter tiles for your Pre-K, Preschool, or Kindergarten students. Children can use these in the block center or as a table activity. Kids could spell their name, spell words, match letters to letters, match objects to letters. In the state where I teach, we have to have classroom materials that are “real and found” objects and something to promote literacy in every center. For the block
These blindfold games will help your students explore the sense of sight while learning about the five senses. These activities help children understand their sense of sight is important, and what it’s like without seeing. Check out more of my Five Senses activities here. How to make Blindfolds An easy way to make blindfolds is with stretchy knit fabric (like T-shirt material). You can purchase it at a fabric store or even cut old T-shirts.
These two taste testing activities will help your students explore and learn about the sense of taste. Check out more of my Five Senses activities here. Salt & Sugar Test The salt and sugar test is a very simple, quick activity to explore how our sense of taste can detect a difference between two things when our other senses cannot. Give each child about a 1/4 teaspoon (or a couple of pinches)
This 5 Senses activity teaches children about the sense of smell in a fun way. It’s similar to write-the-room, only in this game, children smell the room! In this game, children will move around the room, sniffing pictures posted around the walls and/or furniture, and decide whether it has a scent or not. Check out more of my Five Senses activities here. Prepare the Scent Hunt Game To prepare this activity, you
These gummy bear math printables will help your Pre-K and Kindergarten kids practice sorting, counting, and patterns. Its a quick-prep activity (as long as you have gummy bears on hand). Just print the pages, add gummy bears, and you’re ready. I used the “classic” gummy bear colors of red, orange, yellow, green, and clear. These colors won’t be difficult to find, although there are some brands that make other colors. I
Here are a few of my favorite teacher tips! Some of these you may have heard of, some maybe not. Please add your own helpful tips in the comments section below! We can all help each other out. 1. Use felt scraps for dry erase lapboard erasers. I cut felt scraps into squares for the children to erase their lapboards. They work great and are very inexpensive! I’ve also heard
I have been planning to buy one of these Cricut machines for a long time, but hadn’t yet. Recently the Cricut company sent me one, along with a ton of tools and supplies to go with it, in exchange for sharing what I created on my blog. I don’t write about products for companies very much, and I only do so when I really like something. Now that I have a Cricut Explore,
We have open ended art materials and opportunities to use them every single day in my classroom. Open ended art means that a variety of materials are provided and available for children to choose. They choose the materials they want to use, how they want to use them, and what they will make. All too often early childhood educators and parents do not value open ended art because it doesn’t