A Rainbow of Fun

A Rainbow of Fun!

 

 

 

A little touch of Easter a flavor of spring. My little preschooler was fascinated by rainbows on this particular day and kept keeping these magical arrays in everything we did. So for a fun extra projects we found this easy science lesson to blend colors to create a rainbow effect. Give it a try for yourself and see what you think!

Rainbow Walking Water Science Experiment 

For our experiment, we set up the cups, added the water, color and then paper towels.  The walking color didn’t magically appear right away so we decided to head to art class. Upon our return the it really did look wonderful!!

While at art class, Jackie, Cayden’s teacher at Aberdeen Bead and Brushes had a variety of projects with rainbow’s as well!  Check out this fun science lesson with jelly beans and skittles!! Tuesday Mornings at 10:00am in Aberdeen, there is toddler art for $5.00. Cayden always has a fun time creating and meeting out with friends! So, if you are in the Sandhills area of Southern Pines/Pinehurst, come and join us!

 

So how do you recreate this rainbow of colors?  Grab a white disposable plate, a bag of skittle or jellybeans and a small cup of water. Line the ring of the plate with your candy, poor a little water and watch the magic happen.  Additionally, Cayden create a chalk egg project that same day!  So much to do so little time!

 

Egg Adventures

Egg Adventures!

How is Easter already next weekend?  Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?  In the spirit of the holiday, I created a few fun projects for our kids this week.  With each one of our children at different academic levels, I wanted to develop an activity that would address each individual’s needs. Also as a combined family project, I brought back our Christmas Kindness Challenge and revamped it for Easter.

 

Kindness Challenge

Be Grateful, Be Kind, Believe in Kindness

Little toys, tiny trinkets, a coin or maybe a dollar, these are some of the possibilities that fill our kindness challenge eggs. Over the next week, our family will find places around town or even on our spring break travels to place these little gifts of love.  What would you put in your own kindness eggs?

Sight Word and Beginning Letter Challenge

Egg Fun for Four

 

Our four year old this week is working on beginning letters and recognizing site words in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall.  On the outside of each egg is the letter of the word inside. At the $ section of Target I found an egg puzzle. On one side I placed shape stickers and the other number for review.  Story starters are also typed up on other pieces of paper as a fun way to travel.  Open up each egg, read the story starter and create a family story as you drive or fly towards your family adventure.

Motor Skills and Movement Challenge

Eggs & Movement

Our middle girl is working on strengthening her muscles. So for her eggs, we placed a variety of movement exercises to get her up, moving and engaging those muscles in a fun challenge.

 

Stem Questions in Context Challenge

Stem Stories

Our oldest is working hard to master Stem questions in reading context. For her, I typed up a list of questions sent home by the school to use for her story retell.

What Egg Creations do you have planned for your Easter Celebration this year? 

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

With multiple snow days, running my Rodan+Fields business and sending out query’s for my book, getting back into the swing of preschool has been a challenge.  A little math lesson here a literacy project there, we haven’t been as consistent.  To kickstart the week, I decided to create a few lessons that would engage, entertain and excite my little 4 year old.

 

Yesterday we took a trip to the dollar store for a pack of sports balls and balloons.  Additionally, I dusted off my game of Boggle Jr. and tracked down my bean bag letters & numbers to add to our projects.  Then, once the girls arrived home I adapted the activities to review their math and literacy skills.

 

Looking for some interactive literacy and math practice, here are the activities we generated.




Literacy and Math Review with Beanbags

Preschool

Play toss with the beanbag.  My three year old and I sat on opposite sides of a yoga mat and tossed the beanbag back and forth.  We reviewed phonemic awareness with letter names & sounds, and matched beginning and ending sounds.

Bean Bag Spell: Pratice making words and phonemes with simple three to four letter word combinations.  I usually try and stay with one word family group a day such as -it or -an.  Then we change out letters to make new words.

Pop the word: Just this morning we used up a cereal box of Pops.  So, my four year old and I raced the timer (in the Boggle game) to name as many letters as we could.  As soon as the timer rang, we popped the letters out of the box.

Number Pull.  In a beach bucket I placed numbers 1-10.  We drew a number and counted out chocolate chips to match. Then we practiced writing the number on our Boogie Board.

1st and 3rd Grade

Word Review and Spelling. My 3rd grader practiced spelling her words with the beanbags while my 1st grader helped build and read new words.

Math: Beanbag Multiplication skills were practiced for my 8 year old while the 6 year old focused on fact families (or adding and subtracting three sets of numbers ie: 2,4,6). For example: 2+4=6, 4+2=6, 6-2=4, 6-4=2

Learning with Sports Balls

The sports pack from the dollar store consisted of a football, soccer ball and basket ball.  On the football I wrote common ending words such as: at, an, all, it.  Upon the mini basket ball I wrote three sets of numbers, evenly spaced, on each section. Each hexagon on the mini soccer ball had a letter. Upon reflection, for less confusion, I should have written the vowels on the black pentagons or used a red pen to isolate.

Preschool

Letter Review (Soccer):  Practicing and identifying letters and their sounds, we tossed the ball at each other reading a new letter each time.  We then moved on to identifying words that started and ended with specified letters. We then kicked the ball around the room also naming letters we saw.

Making Words: Tossing the football, we practiced reading the words/common endings. Using the soccer ball, we then added a letter to the common endings to make words.

Grades 1 & 3

Number Review: We took turns tossing the basket ball identifying numbers.  For my oldest, we tossed back and forth for multiplication review. The first player named a number then passed the ball. The next player then said a basic binary operation then read an additional number.  He/she then tossed back the ball for the player to solve the problem.  For my first grader, using mental math: I tossed the basket ball, read the three numbers across and then had her add them together.

Boggle Jr:

Beat the clock to find the correct letter, spell and read the word.  I challenged my preschooler to quickly find the letters before the clock expires, exaggerating and being goofy as we solve the puzzle. He also enjoys playing by himself to review letters and make words.

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

Our Snowed in Adventure

When snow hits in the south, you can guarantee a few days snow-days. An unheard of 4 inches blanketed our area with gorgeous, soft flakes of snow. It was magical… for the first couple of days. However, when we received the call yesterday that again school was canceled, (it’s been 6 days since the snow fell) my first instinct was “Noooo”!  Being cooped up in the house with three kids well, the magic has worn thin.  They need to get out, have some purpose and be challenged by someone other then me and my husband (and goodness knows, I need time to work, LOL!).  But then, inspiration hit this morning.  With weathers warming up, the snow will be soon gone and we need to take advantage of what remains.Time to get busy, play outdoors and learn in our environment! Here are our Top 5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snowy Projects!

 

  1. Snow Art

Materials:

  • Spray Bottles or recycled bottles
  • watered down paints or food coloring
  • leftover sprinkles from holiday cookies

Grab a large patch of snow and let the kids explore mixing colors and painting the snow.  Challenge them to create patterns or simple patterns.  See where their imagination takes them.

2. Snow Writing

Materials:

  • Sticks
  • Leftover snow art paint

Find a patch of snow and practice writing letters, words or messages in the snow.  Erase with leaves or pine branches and try again.

3.  Snow Prints

Materials:

  • Leaves
  • Pinecones
  • cars, trucks or anything with wheels
  • Other objects that will make imprints or patterns in the snow

Have the kids lightly press outdoor objects such as leaves and pinecones into the snow to see the imprint. Hunt for tracks in the snow made by outdoor critters  such as birds or deer. Use indoor objects like cars and trucks to see the impressions created.

4.  Snow Science- Melting Snow

Materals:

  • Buckets
  • Pots and pans
  • Stove (either hot plate or indoor range)
  • Cheese cloth or towel
  • oven
  • space heaters

Query 1: Can we Drink Snow?  Have the kids learn how melt snow and use as drinking water. Collect water into a couple pots. Fill to the top so they can see how much water comes from snow.  Melt the snow on the stove and observe the change in property from a solid to a liquid.  Boil snow for 10 minutes, cool and strain over a towel to get rid of any twigs, dirt and leaves.

Query 2: How fast does snow melt indoors. Have the kids place snow into buckets and place in different parts of the house such as the garage, in doors and by the heater.  Have them predict how long they think each bucket of snow will take to melt.

Query 3: How fast will snow melt with heat.  Use a heat lamp, hair dryer or space heater. Predict of fast each bucket of snow will melt.

As the water melted, we watched a Water Cycle Video and discussed what temperature needs to be present to make snow fall.

5.  Snow Books and Games

Snow was a way of life where I grew up so I sure enjoyed teaching the kids a few of my snow-fun filled games.

Snow Games

  • Fox and Geese – a Game of Tag in the Snow
  • Capture the Flag- I recall once playing this in thigh deep snow!  It was crazy but always a fun adventure
  • Building a Snowman or Fort
  • Having a snowball Fight
  • Creating Snow Angels

Recommend Reading for Snowy Day Fun

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Write

All you Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

 

Polar Express Week

All Aboard the Polar Express!

It’s time for some Christmas fun! Travel with us over the next two weeks and learn about holidays around the world. This holiday themed learning is filled adventure. This set includes a DIY train story, math with more and less, subtracting on 1 less, family activities and more! Plus head over to Venture2Learn.com and follow along as I list helpful books and projects to go along with our Christmas Train Ride! I’ll be adding more holidays around the world next weekend so stay tuned!

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

  

Suggested Books for Polar Express Week

The Polar Express

Holidays Around the World 

Celebrate Christmas 

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World 

Legend of the Poinsettia 

The Legend of Old Befana

The Night of Las Posadas

The Tomten

Other Activities for Polar Express Week
  • Read The Polar Express the watch the movie. Compare and Contrast them.
  • Prepare a Polar Express party with hot chocolate, cookies and music. Dress the part.
  • Look for a local train ride (locate a a Santa Express, Polar Express ride or just a short little train ride)
  • Research each country, look online and discover what makes each country unique and different.
  • Check out the following website for Christmas celebrations from around the world. Videos from Around the World and this big list of Christmas Traditions Around the World .
  • For our England visit, we will follow these directions on How to make a Christmas Cracker.

 

Elf in Training Day 5

We continue our advent adventures with Day 5. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 5 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Greet at least 5 people and say a kind word to them.

For kids:

  • Say hello to the teachers at school.
  • Greet your friends as they start their day.
  • Say something kind to your brother(s) or sister(s).
  • Say something nice to and about yourself.
  • Wave at the neighbors.

For Adults:

  • Pause in line at the grocery story and give the person ahead or behind you a smile.
  • At work give an greet your co-workers with a positive start.
  • Say something special to your spouse or significant other.
  • Be kind and extra loving to your kids, spend time with them.
  •  Be courteous to the car ahead or behind you.

2. Donate a Toy or Book you no Longer Need

The kids each picked out a couple toys or books to give to charity today.  Goodies will be dropped off this afternoon.

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Family Holiday Activity

Read a Holiday Story

This year I grabbed the holiday books off the shelf and wrapped them in 25 bundles, one for each day before Christmas. This worked great until I came downstairs last night to a couple more then a few unwrapped by eager little kids, oops. A couple more days may pass until we get to unwrap again. LOL Do you have a favorite holiday or Christmas story you read every year?  I would sure love to hear it!

Here are some of our favorites:
Auntie Clause by Elise Primavera
Auntie Clause and the Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo 
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
The Polar Express by Chris Can Allsburg
The Night Before Christmas Clement C. Moore
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Workout Challenge

5 Pull-Ups

 

Get your strength on, today is pull-ups!  Need a little more then five pull-ups, try 5 sets of 5 pull ups throughout the day.  Struggling to get your pull-ups in, use a pull-up strap for support or equalizer bars to mimic the movement.

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Elf in Training Day 3

We continue our advent adventures with Day 3. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 2 Tasks:

Elf in Training

1. Our first fun Challenge!!!

  • Cookie Decorating Contest!!  We purchased gingerbread men at the local store. Today we will pull out icing, candy, and treats to decorate cookies!  Awards will be giving for most creative, delicious and silly.

2. Spend the day being positive without complaining. If you find yourself being critical, find a reason to be grateful.

  • Already this has been put into play today!  Even for my husband and I this goal is a challenge so asking the kids to focus on this task, well, it is fun!  This morning, after a grumbling on who got to call Santa on our communicator, we really had to take a deep breath, try and remain neutral and mediate between our three elves.  As the sparks flew my husband and I listed what we thought was positive about each trainee (even as we personally tried to keep calm, LOL).  The situation was quelled and defused thankfully quickly.  We look forward to what else this task will bring, who knows, maybe dinnertime grumblings?
Family Holiday Activity

Find and Attend a Holiday Craft Fair

‘Tis the season for craft and holiday fairs.  In our local town there are plenty of events to choose from today. Now it’s a matter of choosing!

Festival of Trees

Festival Market Place

Hello December at the Farm

Christmas at the Bryant House

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical

Holiday Jubilee 

 

Workout Challenge

Three Side Lunges on Each Side

This year I’m adding onto my workout from the previous day. So far I have:

1 minute of plank

2 minutes of jumprope

3 side lunges on each side for proper form check out this illustrated exercise guide.

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Christmas Tree Learning

Christmas Tree Learning

 

Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!

The holiday season is here and with it Christmas themed activities for Preschool. Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

Suggested Books for Christmas Tree Reading

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story 

Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

The Last Christmas Tree

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

Other Activities for Christmas Tree Week
  • Locate, at your craft store tree stickers or parts. Use this to count and make patterns.
  • Decorate/Trim your Christmas Tree.
  • Go on a field trip to a Christmas tree farm. Walk among the trees. Find out how they prepare and trim the trees.

T is for Turkey

Time for some Turkey Talk!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool.  This Thanksgiving themed learning is filled with all things turkey with an emphasis on being thankful. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a thankful book, math with more and less, math with adding on 1 more, thanksgiving placement cards, family thankful game and more! For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

 

 

 

Suggested Books for Turkey Week Reading

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving 

Five Silly Turkeys

The Silly Turkey

Turkey Trouble 

The Great Turkey Race & The Silly Turkey Party

10 Fat Turkeys 

Run Turkey Run 

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Daily have each child write down what they are thankful for on the feathers. Create a display turkey on Thanksgiving for a Turkey Talk.
  • Turkey Talk: Discuss the many ways you are thankful. Use the provided feathers to help prompt the children.
  • Display cards: Create display cards with one reason why that family member is loved.

 

Halloween Preschool Projects

Halloween Preschool Projects

The past several weeks my little preschooler and I have been busy creating, learning and having fun.  From writing books, identifying letters and learning to count, my son has picked the theme and I’ve developed projects to meet his needs.  In this post, I will cover the following:

  • M for Monster

  • H for Halloween Haunted House

  • Bat for -at week

M is for Monster

maze

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter M for Monster which includes a letter M word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little maze. For a link to my Etsy page and more Monster activities, click here.

Here are some of the hands-on extra activities I added into the letter M, Monster Week.

Books we read for Monster Week:

There’s a Nightmare in my Closet

Where the Wild Things Are 

Goodnight Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster 

 

From the 40% off Hobby Lobby special I found a pack of Monster crafts.  We decorated and labeled each monster with a letter from some alphabet work. My little guy spent time putting the letters in order and making words.

With big sister home sick from school Lego blocks came in handy to build a maze for letter M week!

M&Ms for letter M week are sure a fun treat when sorting, counting and graphing.

 

Letter H for is Halloween Haunted House

Halloween themed learning with H week. Words focus on the letter H. This set includes a mini book, letter hunt, patterns counting, dot to dot and other interactive activities for your preschooler. Contains about 22 pages with 12 pages a mini book. We also purchased a haunted house gingerbread kit to do as a family.  Walmart had them for $7.00 and change (FYI: the icing didn’t work so well to hold the house together so I used hot glue — sorry kids, you won’t be able to eat this candy house). Here is a couple examples of my haunted house activities for more, click on my etsy page.

Books we Read for Haunted House Week:

In a Dark, Dark House

At the Old Haunted House

Room on a Broom 

Halloween Hustle

 

 

B for Bat -at week

Halloween themed learning with -at week. Words focus on the at family such as: bat, cat, sat, mat, hat, pat, vat, rat, flat, at, slat, fat. This set includes a mini book, a fun song and rhyme, dot-to-dot, patterns word hunt and other interactive activities for your preschooler or kindergartener. Here are some examples of the projects created for bat week. For more, click on my Etsy page:

Bat Books we have Read

Bats at the Beach

Bats at the Library 

National Geographic Reader: Bats

Bats by Gail Gibbons

Stellaluna

(we also found a Reading Rainbow Recording video on Amazon!) Episode 13

Next week we will work with pumpkins so stayed tuned for some fun projects headed your way including sorting and graphing autumn mix candy!