Mrs. Karen's Preschool Ideas Pikadilly Charm: Paper Bag Fall Tree Help your Children decorate for fall with this easy craft. What you'll need: -Brown paper lunch bags -Scissors -Glue -Paper (Fall colors) The how to: 1- Cut lunch bag into half inch strips. Start at the opening and cut half way down the bag. 2- Open bag and stand it up. 3- Hold base of bag with one hand and twist the middle of bag to create the trunk of the tree. 4- (example of finished trunk) 5- Twist two of the bag strips together to create branches. 6- (example of finished branches) 7- Rip strips of colored paper into tiny pieces and glue them all over the branches of the tree. Done. Special Needs – Teacher Resources Highlights 2016 Presidential Elections Election season is here. Help your students understand the process of our national elections, from the President down to local representatives, with our election activities. Read short biographies of presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R), explore mock election ideas, create presidential trading cards, learn election vocabulary, play election bingo and more! October Calendar of Events October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum! Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Rosh Hashanah (begins sundown 10/2), World Space Week (10/4-10), World Teacher Day (10/5), Earth Science Week (10/9-15), Teen Read Week (10/9-15), Columbus Day (10/10), Metric Week (10/10-16), Chemistry Week (10/16-22), Black Poetry Day (10/17), Make a Difference Day (10/22), Black Tuesday (10/29/1929), and Halloween (10/31). Halloween Happy Halloween!
Fun Family Certificates to Print Here's something a little different! Your favourite family member will know they are appreciated if they receive one of these lovely certificates and diplomas. Choose from black and white diplomas for the kids to colour in themselves, and ready-to-go certificates. Tell Grandma she is special by printing out and colouring our Best Grandma Diploma! Here is our Best Nanna Diploma to print and colour, with a UK, US and blank version (great for children to decorate with their own words and pictures). We have three versions of our pretty best sister diploma to print and colour - one for UK visitors, one for US visitors, and one "blank" for kids to fill in with the words or pictures tha This pretty certificate is fun to print to let your sister know how much you appreciate her. Let your mother know she's the World's Best Mom with this lovely colouring diploma! Your child can award Dad with one of these fun new diplomas, colouring it in to make it extra special.
Who Am I? A History Mystery Who Am I? A History Mystery is a fun and challenging activity from the Smithsonian's The Price of Freedom online exhibit. Who Am I? presents players with six historical characters that they have to identify using the text and image clues provided. To solve the mystery players have to match the visual artifacts to each character. Applications for EducationWho Am I? Styrofoam Cup Spring Bonnets I learned how to do this several years ago. I’ve made pilgrim hats, leprechaun hats (will post those soon too), and these springtime hats. These springtime hats are the perfect craft for spring, Easter, and Mother’s Day. They are really fun to make and the kids love watching them bake. It’s like having Shrinky Dinks in the oven! Most common question: Does it smell? Not really. Styrofoam Cup Spring Hats printable version You will need Styrofoam cups acrylic paint in pastel colors small silk flowers small beads pastel or sheer ribbons hot glue gun magnets (optional) What you do Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Note: The temperature and instructions in this craft are based off of a dark coated cookie sheet at 250 degrees F in an electric oven. Place Styrofoam cups upside down (open end of cup down) on a dark coated cookie sheet, placing them about 1-2″ apart. Bake in the oven for approximately 3 minutes, don’t walk away! Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
New to BrainNook? BrainNook is a new online game that helps kids develop Math and English skills while exploring the Earth and playing safely with others. BrainNook contains over a hundred educational games based on fundamental concepts in Math and English Grammar. The games cover Math concepts ranging from single-digit addition to 3D spatial visualization, and English concepts ranging from building simple sentences to counting syllables. These games are embedded within colorful virtual worlds that children can unlock and explore. In BrainNook, children play educational games while exploring virtual worlds, safely competing and interacting with other children, and solving puzzles. In addition to Math and English skills, BrainNook helps kids strengthen other important skills such as reading, reasoning, decision-making, analysis, memorization, dexterity and computer literacy. The Parent FAQs page has answers to many common questions we receive from parents. Playing the games is fun and easy.
Gross Motor Activity: Tape Jumping Game Gross MotorToddlersPreschoolersIndoor Activities Tape30 Comments A very silly and fun gross motor activity to get the kids moving with a simple jumping game! This is so simple. I taped out 6 lines (after Henry defeated the 6, we upped it to 8) on the floor that are roughly a foot apart. Find 5 activities to do with these same 6 lines of tape! And that’s it. They literally jumped to do this game! You could add to the learning and have a preschool tally up their scores and work towards a number (maybe a number just a tad out of their counting reach). They did this over and over. George didn’t jump too far each time. They just had a blast! It was so nice to get the kids moving indoors on a cold, winter day. Check out these gross motor activities to get the kids moving too! The Imagination Tree also has an active jumping game to learn phonic sounds.
HAND STRENGTH: 35 FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS - The Inspired Treehouse It’s one of the most common problem areas I see with kids in my pediatric occupational therapy practice: hand strength. Kids who struggle with hand strength may have difficulty with grasping a pencil, learning to use scissors, and managing clothing fasteners. They are also likely to struggle with handwriting and other classroom skills. There are tons of creative and playful activities for kids that can target hand strength. My favorites fall into three main categories: weight bearing activities, pushing and pulling activities, and squeezing activities. Check out these fun ideas for getting those little hands and fingers into shape! *This post contains affiliate links. Weight Bearing Activities for Kids 1 || Crawling – Try relay races, obstacle courses, and other games. 2 || Donkey kicks – Have the child bend forward to place his hands on the floor and then kick his legs up behind them like a donkey. 6 || Tummy Time – Here’s a great hand strengthener for babies…get them on their tummies!
Toolbelt printable Make a perfect pinwheel! No tracing or guessing! This activity is fun and also a great way to teach about pattern-making and shapes. Just print out these patterns I made below on some colorful paper. You can use any kind of paper you want– copy paper, scrapbook paper, or cardstock. If you plan to paint patterns on the paper, it’s best to use cardstock. These fun shapes will be cute centers for your pinwheels. Decorate the printouts any way you like. It’s fun to find objects around the house to use as a stencil to decorate your paper. Again, this is a fun way to teach kids about patterns and shapes. When your decorated printouts are finished, just follow the directions on the printout to create the pinwheel. Another Method for Those Who Are Thumbtack Phobic: If you’re going to create these with very young children and don’t like the idea of pins, here’s another idea to make it safer for your kids. A bendy straw fits perfectly over the 3/16″ dowels. Have fun with your pinwheels!
3 Eco-Friendly Tea Cup Cards by She's Batty by shesbattydesigns Best Grandma Ever Medal Tutorial and Mother's Day Printables If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our mailing list. Thanks for visiting! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, my tween and I are finishing up our homemade presents for her grandmas. I wanted to make something personal and make sure the sentiment came from Maggie’s words. So today’s post is a two part tutorial. And as usual, I am sharing the printables that go with them. Here’s what you will need: Mother’s Day Medal Printable12″ x 12″ patterned scrapbook paper (or you can use the medal strips in the printable)2″ circle punchX-ACTO knife or paper cutterGlue runnerGlue gunRibbon (at least 1/2″ wide and 8″ long)PinbackWhite cardstock paperScissors Start by cutting out your circles (front and back for the center of the medal) and your patterned paper strips (for the cool accordion flower edge of the medal). Fold all your strips of paper into an accordion fold about 3/8″ deep. Cut a strip of ribbon about 8″ long and fold into a ‘V”.