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Thursday, November 29, 2012

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

We have been having a lot of fun using our fly swat activity lately. 

Since we are working on the letter F and we've been swatting flies all over the place, I've been thinking a lot about the song There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. So, we made our own old lady who swallowed a fly. 

This activity is an oldie, but a goodie. A baggie is attached to the back of the Old Lady cut out so that you can have her "eat" the animals by putting them into the baggie. Her stomach is cut out so that you can see what she's eaten. It's great to help remember the song and to help with the math skill sequencing. I'm sorry that I don't know where I got this, but I know there are a lot of these on the web if you just search on Google.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

E is for Elephant

An upside down hand print makes a fun and easy elephant art project.Just make a hand print with gray paint, add googly eyes, paper ears, and draw a tail!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Napping House Free Printable

 A while ago we did a fun activity with the book, The Napping House. This is seriously one of my favorite books of all time. It has a great rhythm, beautiful pictures, and it's fun! If you want a reminder of what we did, check out the old post here. 
Someone emailed me and asked for a copy of the activity we did and I am happy to put it out there. If you use it and share it, please give us credit. Click here to get the free printable. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Turkey Treats

Here's a fun turkey treat that you can use at your classroom or at home this Thanksgiving.

Here's What You Need:
  • 2 oreo cookies
  • large sprinkles or frosting
  • frosting
  • circus peanut candy (I found mine on the bottom shelf in the candy isle at Walmart)
  • candy corn
Here's What You Do:
  1. Stick candy corns in between one oreo cookie to make feathers.
  2. Put a dab of frosting on the front of the circus peanut and add a candy corn for a beak.
  3. Add eyes above the beak with frosting or sprinkles
  4. Put a dab of frosting on the back of the circus peanut and stick it to the oreo with feathers.
  5. Twist apart the other oreo and stick the turkey into the frosting to make it stand up.

Alphabet Fly Swat

I don't know about you, but I hate flies. We live near a cow farm so flies are an inevitable part of our existence. Of course, since we have kids that love to play outside and often forget to close the door, flies are sometimes found flying around the house. My kids love it because I pay them 5 cents for every fly they kill. Plus, there is something satisfying about swatting something with a fly swatter. 

Well, here is a fun way to practice your letters and get that satisfying swat without the annoying flies that actually buzz around. These fake flies are just the trick. 

Put the alphabet fly pictures up on a wall or on the floor and call out the letter name or the letter sound. When the kids find the correct fly, they swat it with a fly swatter. Use as few or as many of the fly letters as you need to practice.  Pretty easy and pretty fun! 

Click here to get a free printable of the alphabet flies. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

D is for Dumping

 What little kid doesn't love to dump their box of toys onto the floor? And what mom isn't driven crazy by this behavior because I know I sure am! Here is an activity that will keep your kids busy for hours that allows them to dump their toys to their hearts content without driving you up the wall in the process.

Hang a sand bucket from the ceiling on a string or yarn. Under it, put a box full of toys. Make sure to add lots of toys that start with the letter d like: dolphin, dog, dice, domino, dragon, dinosaur, dragonfly, etc. Have your child find all the things that start with a letter d and put them in the bucket.

When they have found them all, dump it out and start over again. After you have found all the letter d toys a couple of times, you can do other searches like all the land animals or all the nonliving things or all the things that are blue, etc. At the end, just let your child fill and dump to their hearts content with what ever toys they want.

Friday, November 9, 2012

D is for Dots


We painted dots using things we found around the house - q-tips, pencil eraser, bottle caps, etc. We also read a great book called Lots of Dots. 

Danny and the Dinosaur Hats

 Danny and the dinosaur is a classic book that never goes out of style! We made some brontosaurus hats to go with our Danny and the Dinosaur book reading.

Here's What You Need:

  • 2 green constuction paper cut 6" tall
  • 1 yellow construction paper 
  • Googly eyes
  • glue
Here's What You Do:
  1. Draw the dinosaur legs, head and tail on the yellow construction paper. The legs were about 4 1/2" tall and the bottom was about 3" across. The head was about 10" long and the tail was about 9" long. I drew it like this:                                                                
  2. Glue together 3 of the green papers that are 6" tall to make a tall headband. Fit it around your child's head and cut any extra length off. 
  3. Have the kids cut out the pieces. On the head, glue two googly eyes and a mouth.
  4. Glue the head on the inside of the band on the middle so that the head curls up and over the child's head. glue the feet on each side and the tail in the back. 
  5. Glue the green paper together to make a headband.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Letter D Songs

Here are some fun letter d activities involving music and movement.

Freeze Dance  - D is for Dance!
You can dance in many different ways, with many different things to celebrate the letter D. We like to freeze dance. We use The Freeze song by Greg and Steve, but you don't need this song to freeze dance. Just turn on your favorite tunes, pick someone to be a DJ and dance until the music stops then freeze! Start dancing when the music starts again.

"We are the Dinosaurs"
By: Laurie Berkner Band   

"Dinosaur Song"

(Sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It)
There are dinosaurs stomping all around.
There are dinosaurs stomping all around.
There are dinosaurs around, they are stomping all around.
There are dinosaurs stomping all around.

*You can replace stomping with other words like flying, swimming, roaring, etc.

5 Little Ducks
5 little ducks went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When mommy duck said, "Quack, quack, quack."
4 Little Ducks came waddling back
(Repeat, taking away one duck each time until you get to no little ducks . . .)
. . .When mommy duck said, "Quack, quack, quack."
No little ducks came waddling back.
But when daddy duck said, "QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!"
5 little ducks came waddling back.