3-D Christmas Trees

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…  Oh how I love Christmas!  My house is decorated, presents are wrapped (well, some of them) and Christmas music is playing.  I just love this time of year and the celebration of Jesus’ birth!

My Preschoolers made these adorable 3-D trees using the “cheap” version of paper plates.  You know the kind where you have to use 2 or 3 in order to keep your food from flopping off your plate?  Anyways, have your kids paint TWO PLATES each green.

After they dry… most likely over night, cut one of plates in half like shown below.

Cut the second in half first.  Then with one half cut it in half again making fourths and with the other half just trim off about 1/4 of that and throw it away.  See picture below for clarification.

Get your hot glue gun all warmed up.  (This is a grown up job!) Glue the 2 halves together.

Glue the portion just smaller than a half on next.

Lastly glue the fourths onto the tree.

Once this is completed ask your kiddos to decorate with whatever you have lying around.  I’ve used sequins, pom poms, foam stickers etc.  Enjoy your cute Christmas trees!  They add such fun and festivity to the classroom!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 

Little Lamb Ornament

Awe!  I just love looking at this sweet ornament!  My daughter made this adorable ornament years ago at church and we still hang it on our tree. 

I’ve re-created it for my preschool students and I thought I should share it with you as well!  First print out the template here:  Little Lamb Ornament PDF

Cut out the lamb and trace it onto white craft foam.  You can get 4 on a 12×18 sheet of craft foam which costs about $ .89 at Michael’s.

Cut out the craft foam heads.

Have kids cover the lamb shape with cotton balls, insert a photo and display on the tree!!!  Viola!  An adorable ornament for all to see!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Candy Cane Paper Patterns

Good morning all!  I don’t know about you, but we’re having a warm December so far.  It’s been in the 40’s-60’s for weeks with no end in sight yet.  For Denver, Colorado, that’s warm.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the nice weather…  I just want to add a little cold and snow in here and there.  🙂

This week in preschool we’re working on lots of things for Christmas, but one is patterns particularly with Candy Canes.  Last week I posted a candy cane painting project.  Today we’re making Candy Cane patterns using construction paper.  It’s great fine motor building for their little fingers to have to pick up tiny bits of paper.  We made these cuties!

For the 3 year olds we keep the patterns simple using ABAB.

First print out my Candy Cane Pattern Printable here:  Candy Cane PDF.  There are two on a page.

Secondly add a strip of glue over the candy cane shape and ask your kids to create a pattern using small bits of paper.

For the Pre-K Students their patterns got a little more complicated!

 

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Candy Canes YUM!

Hi all!  I hope you have enjoyed the Nativity Pre-K Pack I posted this week.  It’s so cute and I can’t wait to get started with my own preschoolers.  Next week we’ll be focusing on candy canes for our math unit.  The academic standards we will be focusing on are patterning and positional words.

I created this cute printable as one of the many ways we’ll practice patterning.  More ideas to come next week, I promise!

Ask the students to color the candy cane in a pattern or in our case, we’re water coloring a pattern onto the candy cane.

For the younger group 2’s-3’s you might want to start the pattern for them and see if they can complete it.  I would do a simple AB pattern like red, white, red, white OR green, red, green, red.  Patterning skills take time to develop and some kids might not be ready yet.

For 3’s who have had lots of pattern exposure or Pre-K I would challenge them to harder patterns like AAB (example:  red, red, green) or ABC (example: red, green white) or harder patterns if they desire.

Download Here:  Printable Candy Cane Christmas Patterns

Learning to use patterns will help them greatly as they get older and have to be able to recognize patterns in math problems they are doing.

Enjoy!  Cute clipart is from sweetclipart.com

Give Thanks Book

To practice writing and to help our kiddos recognize all they have to be thankful for we made these simple, yet adorable “Today I am Thankful” books.  I got the graphic for the cover from the girls at Eighteen25 so pop on over to download it.

Every day the kids were asked to trace the words, “I am thankful for” and then do their best to sound out what they were thankful for and draw a picture.  Here are some examples of their adorable work.

Who isn’t thankful for ice cream really???

Download the blank printable here.

Hope you enjoy writing about all you are thankful for, just like we did!

 

Distressed Block Turkey

Gobble, gobble says the turkey, gobble, gobble…  What turkey isn’t distressed this time of year?  🙂

I made the cutest little block turkeys with my preschool kiddos.  I have seen several versions of this on Pinterest.  Just adorable!  I especially love the little tufts of feather on the top of their heads.

Simply cut 2×4 wood into blocks.  Paint them brown and distress the edges.  We glued painted on wooden spoons to the back that I got at Hobby Lobby.  For the head/neck we used paint stir sticks.  You can get them free at Home Depot or Lowe’s.  I got mine at Home Depot.

Add a face using paint pens, glue on a feather, add a ribbon and a cute little heart and voila, you are left with a great decoration. 

It looks great on my mantel, but they would also make cute little place card holders on your Thanksgiving table.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

Fingerpainting Turkey

I love, love, love this adorable turkey!  The kids had so much fun getting their little fingers sticky in paint.  We started by using a simple drawn rainbow shape.  On each level of the rainbow my preschool kiddos used their fingers to “dot” paint onto each arc.  Making dots and staying on the rainbow is a great fine motor skill.  Then they closed their hand into a fist, we painted the pinky end of their entire hand brown and stamped it into the turkey body.

After it dried we added eyes, a beak, a waddle and some legs.  They turned out so fun, festive and cute!  This would be an easy at-home project as well as a preschool or Kindergarten project.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet

Each year I have my kids dress up for our Thanksgiving Feast.  Last year we were turkeys.  Gobble!  Gobble!  This year we went for the traditional Pilgrims.  Such cuties!  For the little ladies we made bonnets out of 18×12 construction paper.  To make these simple bonnets lay your 18×12 construction paper horizontally.  Cut half way down the paper at the 6 inch mark and the 12 inch mark.  Then pull those 3 sides together and staple to create a bonnet.

For the gentlemen we simply made construction paper hats and attached them to construction paper bands.  No pattern necessary!

The kids enjoyed their delicious feast!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Indian Hats

Thanksgiving is upon us!!!

To continue practicing our number recognition skills we made Indian feather hats with numbers on them.  They are simple, but if you are looking for something easy for your kiddos, print the feathers for the hats here:

Feathers #1-4 with counting spots for 3 year olds

Feathers #1-9 for kids age 4-5

Just print the feathers, cut them out, color if desired.  Glue them to a long strip of paper which will work as a head band.

If you’d like to extend the activity you can ask the children to create a patterns using shapes or stickers on the head band.

Enjoy!  Happy teaching!

Fall Mantel

This year my Fall Mantel is SUPER SIMPLE.  By far my favorite part is the ruffle banner that I made.

Simply buy 1-2 yards of orange felt.  Cut it into 2-3 inch wide strips.  The goal is to be consistent.  If you choose to cut the strips 3 inches wide, cut them all at 3 inches wide.

Use a simple needle and any kind of thread to create a ruffle.  (see how I ran the string through the middle of each ruffle?) I didn’t measure or anything, just eyeballed it.  I love the way it turned out!  Make your own before Thanksgiving!Have a great Thursday!

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