May Day Surprise

Did you remember that tomorrow is May Day?  It’s not a common thing to celebrate, but it is a traditional celebration of Spring.  Just for fun we are adding some May Day flowers to our neighbor’s front porches.

Aren’t they cute?

A little Spring pop of color on their front door should bring a smile to their faces.

I know I’d love to find something like that on my front door tomorrow!  Here are the free printable tags.

Download the tag in a PDF with 4 to a sheet. Have fun with this printable and remember to follow along for great ideas!

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snapshots

This week I decided that I am going to do something new…  I’m going to add a little bit of personal stuff on my new baby blog.  I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I love reading personal posts from bloggers that I follow, so I thought maybe my readers might like to know a little more about little old me and my cute family.  :-)  Tune out if you aren’t interested.  It’s okay, I promise.  :-)

Life is hectic lately.  Finding balance between all of the things I love has been very difficult for me and there are times I feel like I’m doing tons of things, but nothing well.  The great thing is that God provides new life and new opportunities moment by moment.  So I push on and attempt to find my focus in Him.  Despite all of the craziness we’ve been able to have some fun time as a family.

  1.   We had the opportunity to attend a Mammoth lacrosse game and go in the tunnel before the game to give the players high fives.  In this picture my little guy is feeling VERY nervous about the whole thing.
  2. After a few minutes in the tunnel he started warming up.  Can you tell?  What a little ham.  My sweet girl was totally into it from the get go!
  3. My sweet girl had a Second grade concert this week {she’s on the left}.  It was so adorable watching them sing and not knowing what the heck they were saying.  (Yes, they sang a song in another language)  Oh well, still super cute.  Does anyone else tear up at those things?  I always do.  I’m a sappy sucker!
  4. I had the opportunity to take a day off of work to go on a field trip to the zoo with my little Kindergarten boy.  Can’t believe he’ll be in first grade so soon.  All day without him will be hard.  The zoo was super fun.  The best part was the crazy bears who were wrestling and fighting.  The kids watched them for 30+ minutes!  Here are few pics of those crazy bears.Can you see the 2 bears in that picture?  I’ve never seen them playing like that.  So funny! He was COMPLETELY mesmerized by the bears and his Capri Sun!
    What a cute bear hanging out in the water in a tire.  :-)

I hope that God blesses your week and allows you some amazing moments with the ones you love most.

Spring Bird Craft

 

Happy Friday!  This time of year my days are beyond full.  My kids have lots of end of the year activities to attend as well as my own preschool.  Sometimes I feel like a chicken with my head cut off running from concerts, to art shows, to luaus, to baseball practice.  How about you, is your Spring crazy?

To celebrate Spring in preschool we are making these adorable baby birds in a nest.  I absolutely LOVE how they turned out.  It’s simply adorable and such an easy project.

Supplies:

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Nest filling
  • Broken egg shell
  • Small and Large Pom Poms
  • Glue (I use tacky glue)
  • Orange Felt
  • Google eyes or Black puffy paint

First roll the paper bag into a bird nest.  You can have the kids do this, but sometimes they rip it a little bit {that just adds to the natural look, right?}.

Second have the kids fill the nest with anything, fake grass, real grass twigs etc.  I opted for paper grass since 1) it was on sale and 2) I loved the fun colors.

Third, add the empty egg shell to the “nest”.  It’s already adorable isn’t it?  It makes me think of baby animals and all of the new Spring growth.

Using a large and small pom pom have the little ones make a bird.  Add an orange felt triangle nose and eyes.  I made one with google eyes and another with black puffy paint eyes.  They are both cute, but in different ways.

So, are you going to make a cute little birdie with someone you love?  I hope your kids are inspired to enjoy Spring and you are too.  Have an amazing weekend and if the weather is nice, get outside with those you love and explore this beautiful world!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

Linked at:  Living Montessori Now

 

Clothespin Games and Printables

 

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Clothes pin activities are a great way to incorporate learning and fine motor muscle building.  When kiddos use their cute little fingers to pinch the clothes pins open they get a great little workout.

I created several sets of clothes pins for my preschool students using both mini and regular sized clothes pins.  I hot glued fun painted wood pieces {found at your local craft store} to the end of each pin and added letters or numbers.

We started the year using them for basic matching.  Lower case letter to lower case letter, number to number and capital to capital.  Then we started mixing them asking the kiddos to match the capital to the lower case and lower case clips to capital letters.   Later in the year to extend the learning I created beginning sound wheels.  The students are now asked to match the correct letter to the beginning sound of each picture.

If you’d like to download the beginning sound wheels please click on the links below.

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Animal #1 PDF

Fruit PDF

Animal #2 PDF

I hope you enjoy these fun freebies!  Happy crafting & teaching!

Linked at:  Living Montessori Now, Sun Scholars

Chicken Activities

Last week in preschool we focused on cows and milk.  This week we turned to the chicken.  The funniest part was trying to explain that the eggs we eat for breakfast cannot be baby chicks even if we sit on them and keep them warm.  :-)  Hmm… how to explain to 3, 4 and 5 years olds about fertilization is pretty funny.  I explained that the “magic” called fertilization hadn’t happened yet, so no matter what, those eggs couldn’t be chicks.

We made fun and simple chicken heads from paper plates, construction paper and google eyes.  The kiddos traced their hand to create the funny red feathers on the top.  We cut triangles for beaks and added google eyes.  Voila!  Done.

We had a family at our school that had just purchased chicks as pets, so they brought them to the Pre-K class on sharing day.  Cute little fuzz balls!

We also did some egg exploration.  We predicted if eggs would sink or float using both raw eggs and hard-boiled {FYI – they both sink}.  Then we cracked open each type of egg and discussed the vocabulary, shell, white and yolk.  The kids got to see how the eggs felt if they wanted to and then of course, washed that raw egg off their hands in the sink.  We also experimented with the shell to discover that it floated if set on top of the water and sunk if we filled it with water.  {surprise, surprise}

For some fun creative art we used plastic Easter eggs to create abstract paintings.  They turned out very cute!

 

In addition, we played several games that I learned while teaching Kindergarten:

#1 – Chicken, Chicken  -  To play this game ask the children to sit in the circle.  Choose 1 child to be “chicken”.  Ask the “chicken” to sit outside of the group with their back to the group and their eyes closed.  Place a plastic egg behind the “chicken’s” back.  The teacher then taps one child on the head designating them as the “egg borrower”.  The “borrower” quietly sneaks up behind the chicken, takes the eggs, returns to their seat and hides the egg in their lap.  Once that is complete the class as a group says, “Chicken, chicken, who has the egg?”  The chicken then comes to the group and tries to guess who has the egg.  We gave them 3 guesses and then revealed the egg borrower if they were yet to be found.  They wanted to play this for hours….

#2 – Spoon and Egg relay race – Ask the children to line up in even numbered teams.  Give the front child in each group a spoon with a plastic egg.  They had to run down the field, around the hula hoop {you could use anything} and back without dropping the egg.  If they dropped it, they had to come back and start again.  After completing their turn they handed it to the next child in line.  Which ever team completed their turns first won!  Such simple fun!

Hope you enjoy some fun farm games and activities with those you love this week!

Pinterest Taste Test {1}

Happy Monday!  How many of you {myself included} pin TONS of wonderful recipes, but never actually make any of them?  I have quite a few recipes pinned and if I’m honest I’ve only tried a few.  I’m not sure if it’s laziness or improper planning, but when I’m in the rush of making a menu and a shopping list, checking my pinterest board doesn’t come to mind.

I HAVE made this fabulous Garlic Cheesy Bread from Lauren’s Latest that I first saw on Pinterest.  In fact, I’ve made it 3 times and EVERY time it is absolutely amazing.  I am naturally a carb lover {hence why I struggle with my weight} and this bread is worth breaking a diet for.

Lauren has tons of pictures on her step by step tutorial.  It looks a little complicated when you read all of the directions, but I promise you it’s not actually difficult.  It is gooey, cheesy, warm and s.i.n.f.u.l!

I give it a 10 out of 10!  Super yum!  Make some for your family today, you just might have all the ingredients already {I have most of them in my cupboard most of the time}!

Farm Pop-up Book Printables

Our Pre-K year is quickly coming to a close.  That means these sweet little ones need to be completely ready for Kindergarten. 

To help them prepare we have begun guided writing.  Don’t know what that is?  Well, it’s exactly as it sounds.  You guide the children through the process of writing letter by letter, direction by direction {where to start on the lines, where to stop, how to leave finger spaces etc.}  It’s a slow process, but a great method to begin to really teach penmanship.

We are making Farm Pop-up books!  Over the next 3 weeks we’ll complete this 4 page book using guided writing.  I love the way the cow pops off the page.

The kiddos add the background to the picture before gluing on the cow.

If you’d like to download the farm pop-up book animals you can download them here.

I have made some super simple paper you can use if you’d like to make one too.  I created 4 varieties of paper depending on where your child is at in the writing process.

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Download:  Option 1,   Option 2,   Option 3,   Option 4

Happy farm writing, or really anything writing since the papers aren’t specific!

 

Shaving Cream Fun

Do your kids or students love to get messy and squish things in their sweet little fingers?  Mine LOVE IT!  (Well, most of them)

To practice anything that involves writing why not use shaving cream and a cooking tray?  I prefer Barbasol since it’s fluffy and smells good.

We use shaving cream writing for making shapes, straight lines, curved lines, name writing, letter writing, drawing pictures, sight word practice etc.

Hint:  If your tables are dirty, let them play {oh, I mean work} directly on the table.  You won’t believe how clean it is after a shaving cream bath!  :-)

I hope this inspires you to get messy with your kids today!

linked at:  Sun ScholarsLiving Montessori Now

Favorite Milk Graph

What do you think of when you consider cows and farms?  Milk, of course!  We thought of that too.  This week we did a taste test to see which type of milk the children preferred:  plain, strawberry or chocolate.

The results were pretty close to what I expected.  I used white construction paper to make a large graph and a PDF printable glass sheet for their voting cups.

What is your favorite flavor of milk?

We also made homemade ice cream with other delicious products that come from cows!  YUMMERS!

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