Popsicle Stick Homes

20140317-074430.jpg

Another super easy activity, to strengthen a few important skills! Color identification, letter recognition, word recognition, matching and fine motor skills are all utilized and strengthened in this basic activity.

Materials
20140317-071456.jpg

Scissors
Various colored sheets of paper ( we used 5 different colors)
Popsicle Sticks ( the same number as the number of color sheets you are using ( we used 5)
Matching colored markers to sheets of paper
Tape

directions
Cut sheets of paper around 3 inches wide. Fold ends in and secure with tape.

20140317-070318.jpg

20140317-070326.jpg

20140317-070336.jpg

Write the name of each colored sheet of paper, in large letters, with corresponding colors, on the end of each popsicle stick. Have your child assist with this by asking them the color of the sheet of paper and then allowing for them to listen to you sound out the color name as they guess which letters come next.

20140317-070516.jpg

Call out a color name for your child to find, both that color marker and color folded sheet of paper. Allow your child to color corresponding marker color on corresponding sheet of paper.

20140317-070754.jpg

Line up folded sheets of paper and explain to your child that the sheets are the sticks ‘homes’ and they need to find which home the popsicle sticks live in. Have your child pick a popsicle stick, read the letters on the stick, sound out or guess the color name and then match the stick to the correct home, by placing the stick inside the corresponding color house.

20140317-071040.jpg

20140317-071049.jpg

20140317-071109.jpg

20140317-071118.jpg

20140317-071126.jpg

20140317-071146.jpg

We’ve stored this activity in a plastic zipped sandwich bag and have taken it to restaurants as a distraction and it’s worked wonders!

20140317-074408.jpg
Source: Somewhere in the big wide Pinterest world. If I come across post again, I’ll attach site name.

Advertisements

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

20140309-233242.jpg

With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Reagan and I decided to get into the spirt of things by making a delicious rainbow!
Color identification and sorting skills are definitely utilized and strengthened throughout this activity.

Materials

20140309-232713.jpg
Fruit Loops
Glue
Paper
Cotton Balls
6 Cups

Directions
Place each color of fruit loop in front of your child. Have your child identify each color and place each different colored fruit loop into its own cup.

20140309-232808.jpg
Place a handful of fruit loops in front of your child and have them sort the loops into corresponding cups.

20140309-232958.jpg

20140309-233011.jpg
Draw an arch with the glue. Allow your child to choose the color that they would like to use first. Model how to place the fruit loops onto the glue. After the first arch color is done, continue underneath until all colors are used.

20140309-233108.jpg

20140309-233117.jpg

20140309-233133.jpg

20140309-233147.jpg

20140309-233159.jpg
Using the glue, swirl a cloud of glue at the bottom of each side of your child’s rainbow. Model how to stick the white cotton ball to the glue.

20140309-233211.jpg

20140309-233224.jpg
The simplest activities can be used to strengthen such important skills!

One-to-One Correspondence

20140304-214438.jpg

We’ve been working on various number recognition and counting activities lately, and I have to admit that Reagan is really beginning to grasp the concept. I was excited to see a one-to-one correspondence activity in the ‘work’ area at Reagan’s young 2’s preschool. It’s reassuring to know that the skills that are being taught at home are being reinforced in school and vice versa. For those unfamiliar, one-to-one correspondence is usually explained as the ability to match one object to one (corresponding) number or object.
We recreated the activity from school and enjoyed sharing it with Reagan’s cousin.

Materials
Various colors of felt (we used 6, for numbers 1-6)
Scissors
Sharpie
Several buttons (we used 21, so that each felt heart would have enough buttons)

Directions
1. Cut heart shapes out of felt. We cut out 6 hearts, for numbers 1-6.

20140304-213158.jpg
2. Label each individual heart with a number and the corresponding number of x’s.

20140304-213225.jpg
3. Provide child with buttons.

20140304-213238.jpg
4. Model how activity is done. Count number of x’s, say number, point to number, place a button over each x. And/or point to number, say number, count number of x’s, place a button over each x.

20140304-213322.jpg

20140304-213333.jpg

Such a simple and fun way to teach and reinforce one-to-one correspondence.
Below are links to additional activities. Enjoy!
fun-a-day
PreK Pages

Parking Garage Numbers Game

20140223-193115.jpg
Happy Monday!! We had a heat wave come through western New York this past weekend…temps in the high 40s!! Unfortunately it looks like the “warm” weather will be leaving as quickly as it appeared. While daddy was at school this weekend, Big H and I decided to play a little numbers game. He and his brother are pretty obsessed with Hot Wheels cars. Whether it be racing, crashing or lining them up, they can entertain themselves with them for quite a while. We have been working on number and letter recognition lately so I thought I would find a way to incorporate the cars. It’s hard for little boys to sit still for very long so much of his learning needs to involve some type of play to keep him interested.

20140223-201607.jpg
Supplies
Shallow cardboard box
Marker
Scissors
Cars

20140223-201906.jpg
First I cut a hole into one side of the box to serve as a ramp for the cars to enter the garage.

20140223-202042.jpg
Then I drew the parking spots. I decided to go with sixteen spots since that is the number of children in his preschool class and is therefore a number he is comfortable with.

20140223-202224.jpg

20140223-202256.jpg
Then I numbered the spots in pencil and after had Big H trace over the numbers with a black marker.

20140223-202436.jpg
He got a little excited after finishing number five!

20140223-202624.jpg
We started by me asking him to park cars in certain numbers. He needed help with the higher numbers but I could tell that he was having fun! Then we turned our heads and saw this little munchkin…

20140223-202807.jpg
We then decided it was time to take our game to the floor!

20140223-203045.jpg

20140223-203119.jpg
He wanted to park the cars by color and then size, all the while continuing to review the numbers. He is already very good at matching numbers but for someone younger it would be a great idea to put number stickers on the cars and have them match them up to the numbers on the parking spots. I think we are going to have lots of fun with our parking garage!

Picture Perfect Puzzle

IMG_1767

Rae of Sunshine took beautiful pictures of my niece and created her precious announcement.  I absolutely love this photo, so when it came time to take the announcement off of the fridge, I wasn’t ready to put away the picture.  The card stock that the photo is printed on is thick, so I figured that it was the perfect paper to use for a popsicle stick puzzle.

Materials:

IMG_1754

Photo

Modge Podge

Scissors

Popsicle Sticks

Small Paint Brush

Pencil

Directions:

IMG_1758Cut announcement portion off of picture.  Place photo on top of the popsicle sticks and cut off any access photo.

IMG_1760

On the back of the photo, place a popsicle stick flat and trace a line down the side of the stick, continue to do this until you run out of room.

IMG_1762Cut along the drawn lines.

IMG_1767Using the Mod Podge and a small paint brush, cover the back of each picture strip.  Place each strip evenly onto the popsicle sticks, making sure that one is in line with the other. Once glue is dry, using a small paint brush, cover the top of each popsicle stick with the Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.  The Mod Podge will create a sealant over the picture.

IMG_1946IMG_1947The perfect puzzle for this cousin lovin two year old!