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.

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.

 

P is for Pumpkin

Halloween Preschool Projects

P is for Pumpkin

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter P for Pumpkin which includes a letter P word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little interactive pumpkin song. For a link to my Etsy page and more Pumpkin Activities. Here is a small sample out of the 18 pages I created.

created by venture2learn.com

Pumpkin Books

Looking for Pumpkin Books to read?  Here are some of the titles we are using:

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkin by Dianne Ocholtree

The Runaway Pumpkin by S.D. Schindler

The Pumply Dumply Pumpkin

 

Other Activities for Pumpkin Week:

Graphing Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins (or rainbow goldfish)

Sorting and Counting Candy Pumpkins.

We happen to have play handcuffs sitting around the house to use as sections.  Grab a couple of pumpkin plates or string to make circles and you are all set to sort and count.

Good Fortune Eggs

More "Egg"cellent Activities

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Check out today’s Easter Egg activities:

  1. Good Fortune Eggs

  2. Money Matching Eggs

  3. Golden Egg Treasure Hunt

Good Fortune Eggs

This morning, as the girls prepped for school, they also pitched in to help clean.  The oldest grabbed the dust rag and started cleaning off the blinds.  She may have used a bit to much water, creating a soppy mess; however her heart was sure in the right place.  Our other daughter swept the floor clearing the floor of dust. All the kids were so cheerful and helpful, it started me pondering a fun incentive. As I got to work on my projects today, I came up with extra chore eggs. My husband suggested I add a little advice of each egg hence the Good Fortune Egg idea was hatched. Each egg, on the outside is labeled, Thank you, Wow or Good job.  Inside the egg is a positive phrase with a small amount of change as a thank you for a job well done.   Here are some of the sayings we used:

  • It’s the sweet things you do that make us smile.
  • Aren’t you sweet! Thank you honey!
  • Daddy and I are so proud of your work.
  • That’s what we call perseverance!
  • Good belief in yourself! You did it!!
  • Than you for your help! You are an “egg”cellent (excellent worker).
  • Thank you for always saying please and thank you. You are “egg”tra special.
  • We love spending time you with you. You are “egg”tra (extra) sweet.
  • You are sweet to help! Thank you!
  • You really made us smile today! Thank you!

To download our full list of positive phrases, egg praise. You could even use this idea without the extra money. Just a positive praise would be a lovely reward.

Easter Store Match

For a fun math game, consider creating a matching game.  My middle daughter loves collecting recyclable goods for her play kitchen. I found twelve containers and labeled them with a variety of change amounts.   Then, I took an empty egg carton, placed twelve plastic eggs with the matching coins.  The recycled items and plastic eggs were placed into a “center” bag for her to pick up and practice her math skills. This fun activity could be used in all sorts of math matching activities.

  • Matching shapes
  • Matching numbers to objects (manipulatives)
  • Matching capital to lower case letters
  • Matching larger amounts of money for older students.
  • Matching time
  • Matching fractions

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Treasure Hunt

Find the Golden Egg!

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Last year I created an adventure race for my daughters spy party.  Ever since then treasure hunts are requested for every celebration.  Using the same format from last year’s race, I have come up with an interactive Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. Each clue created has activity that is either a mind puzzle or an athletic event.  The clues are placed in plastic eggs and pre-dispersed according to the destination. To create golden eggs, I found chalk eggs at Target in the $1.00 bin and used spray paint turn them into gold.

 

Here are the clues I wrote.

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Clues 1 & 2

Clue 1: Sweet Little Peeps, don’t fall asleep. Run along until you hear the beep.

  • The clue in the Car.

Clue 2: You put me together to carefully find the next clue you must piece together with your mind. To find the right path just relax in a bath.

  • The clue is in a bathtub
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Clues 3 & 4

Clue Three: Now it’s time for a training of sorts. Head out to the “obstacle course”. Hop onto the logs but don’t fall into the bogs. Balance well my friends, you don’t want to wiggle and end into the bottomless pit of vipers you see. Now climb to the top of the bars to free the clues you seek but don’t make a peep. Silent as a ninja but quick don’t sleep.

  • The next clue is outdoor near our pull-up bars and pretend obstacle course.

Clue Four: Now thing my dear team, what is half of one? Where would you find a fraction of fun? What is 1/2 of 4? What is 1/2 of 2? What is 1/2 of 12?  Add those numbers together and what do you get? Now find the clue in the numbers you drew.

  • The numbers connect to display our house number.  The next clue will be in our mailbox.
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clues 5 & 6

Clue Five: Directional Challenge: X marks the Spot. Look at this map you will clearly see where the next clue for the treasure surely be.

  • The map is a picture of our living room. The clue is hidden in the treasure box on top of a cabinet.

Clue Six: Careful with this clue you wouldn’t want to brew up trouble. Measure your steps well; you wouldn’t want to scare the morning bear.

  • The next clue is by the coffee pot.
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Clues 7 & 8

Clue Seven: Training Time Count Down to 1:

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 9 sit-ups
  • 8 burpees
  • 7 long jumps
  • 6 spider walks
  • 5 push ups
  • 4 jogs in place
  • 3 star jumps
  • 2 frog hops
  • 1 min. of plank. After you are done, your next clue will be given to you.

Clue Eight: Decipher the Code

  • The next clue will be near the piano keyboard
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Clues 9 & 10

Clue Nine: Time to Show off your bunny skills. Grab a bag and hop, hop, hop. Your team must jump from start to stop. To the side of the house, quite as a mouse. Your final clue awaits, just race to the finishing gate.

  • This activity is a race with Walmart fabric bags hopping along the side of the house.

Clue TEN: unscramble the letters of this final clue, to uncover the mystery you seek. You have completed your task. Now is’t time to bask. But please be aware, you’ll need to share!!

  • The letters unscramble to form the words: guitar case where they will find their Golden Eggs

To download our clues, click here: Easter Treasure Hunt