Monday, September 30, 2013

Apple Fun!

Apple Fun
Projects/Learning Activities
Apple Mobile
Skills:  pasting, following directions, color recognition
I had a template for this -from who know where!
I traced and cut out two of each piece.  Tana and Addie cut out some of the pieces too.
We taped a piece of yarn down the middle of each piece and then glued the matching pieces on top to create the apple mobile!
 Book Connection
Apple Trouble
By: Ragnhild Scamell and Mechael Terry
Craft Stick Apple
Skills:  Gluing,  writing name, counting
Glue 6 red, craft sticks to a piece of tagboard (just enough to keep the craft sticks secure)
Cut a stem from green, craft foam and glue onto the craft sticks
Write child's name on the bottom
a is for Apple!
 lowercase a, letter writing, writing, color recognition, cutting, pasting, counting, following directions
Draw a lowercase a onto red, construction paper
Draw a leaf and stem shape onto green and brown construction paper
Cut out 5 seeds from black construction paper
Cut the letter a out
Cut out the stem and leaf
Glue the a and stem and leaf to a piece of white construction paper
Glue the 5 seeds in the "belly" of the a
Write - a is for . . . .
Paper Plate Apple Core!
Skills:  painting, counting, following directions, color recognition
Cut a paper plate to look like an apple core
Cut out brown stems and green leaves
Pain the top and the bottom of the plate red
Press fingertips into a black ink pad to make the seeds
When dry, staple the stem and leaf to the top of the apple core
Book Connection
The Fall Festival
By Mercer May

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Name!

My Name
Projects/Learning Activities
Name Train
Skills:  name recognition and forming
pasting, counting, square identification, following directions
Print and cut out a train engine (or draw one!)
Cut out different colored construction squares for the boxcars.
Cut a 9x13 piece of construction paper in half
Gather foam letters for each child's name
Glue the engine onto a half piece of 9x13 construction paper
Glue the box cars behind the engine - 1 for each letter of your name
Dip a glue stick cover into black paint and press onto each boxcar 2 times (the wheels)
Press your index finger into the paint and press into the middle of each circle.
Make your name - sticking the letters on the boxcars
Book Connection:  Chugga Chugga Choo Choo 
By: Kevin Lewis
Name Tree
Skills:  pasting, name writing, color identification, counting, following directions
Cut a brown tree trunk from construction paper
Cut leaves from colored construction paper (enough for the letters in your child's/children's name/s)
Glue the tree trunk to a piece of construction paper
Glue the leaves around the tree trunk.
Write your name on the leaves - 1 letter for each leaf.
Book ConnectionLeaf Trouble
By:  Jonathan Emmett 
Name Apple Prints
Skills:  name writing and recognition, following directions
Cut an apple in half
Dip the apple half into red paint and press onto a piece of green construction paper
Make the same number apple prints as letters in your name!
Let dry - write your name. 
Tana's Name Print!
 Book Connection Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple
By:  A.H. Benjamin and Gwyneth Williamson
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom Names
Skills:  name recognition and ordering, following directions, counting, name writing, pasting
Cut out 4 green leaves/branches and fringe the edges
Cut out a brown tree trunk and accordion fold
Cut out two brown coconuts.
Type and print: 
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!
Will there be enough room?
________has _____
letters in his/her name!
Glue the tree trunk onto yellow construction paper
Glue the 4 leaves/branches around the trunk
Glue the 2 coconuts in the middle of the trunk and branches
Stick the letters to your name around the branches and or trunk in order
Write your name on the line
Count the letters in your name and write that number on the line
Glue the poem to the bottom of your tree!
Book Connection: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
By:  Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Monday, September 16, 2013

Back To School

Back To School
Craft Stick Pencil
Paint one tip of a large craft stick pink
Paint the middle yellow
Let dry
Draw the lead with black permanent marker
Use a fine tip permanent marker to write each child's name
Name Pencil
Paint 4 small craft sticks yellow
Let dry and glue together
Cut a triangle out of tan craft foam
Glue the triangle to the painted craft sticks
Color in a black tip with black permanent marker
Add foam letters to spell out each child's name

Name Crayons
Cut a crayon shape out of colored construction paper.
Use black marker to decorate the crayon.
Draw an oval in the middle of the crayon and write or have the child write his/her name.
Learning Activities
Shape Buses
shape recognition, name Identification and writing, color recognition, gluing, cutting, following directions, counting
Cut out a yellow bus shape, 3 black squares, 1 long, black rectangle and 2 black circles. (Older children can cut out the bus and shapes by themselves)
On a 5x7 piece of colored construction  paper give the following directions:
Glue the bus on the paper.
Find the 3  squares and glue each square to the top of the bus.
Find the  rectangle and glue it underneath the squares.
Find the 2 circles and glue them to the bus for wheels.
Write your name on the bus.  (For older children)
Other questions:
What color is the bus?
Find the 2 circles:
Find the squares?
Find the rectangle?
Count the squares, the circles?
What color are the squares, rectangle and circles?

My Name Is : Buses
Name recognition, name writing, gluing, following directions, pasting, shape recognition
Create a page that says:  My Name Is: 
Leave a blank spot on the top of the paper for he bus
Cut out a small yellow square, a yellow rectangle - for the bus
3 black squares
Glue the yellow rectangle onto the paper
Glue the yellow square in front of the rectangle
Glue the 3 black squares on the top of the bus - for windows
Dip a lid into black paint - we used a glue stick cover - press it on the bottom of the bus 2 times for the wheels. 
Dip your finger into the black paint and press it in the middle of each wheel.
Draw a line under the windows with black marker.
Write your name on the line.  (For younger children you will write the name)

Paper Backpacks
Writing, name recognition
Cut a backpack shape out of construction paper
Cut an oval out of construction paper
Cut 2 strips for the straps and 1 curved handle
Glue all pieces onto the back pack
EARLY PRESCHOOL:  Name recognition and making your name
Use foam letters to spell out  child's first name

PRESCHOOL - Type and print a form that says:  My favorite thing about school is

I am on the bus!
writing, drawing people, gluing, following directions, reading
Create a document that says:
__________ is on the bus (3x's)
I am on the bus!
Cut a bus shape out of yellow construction paper
Cut out 3 white squares - for the windows and 2 black circles - for the wheels
Have your child:
Glue the paper onto a piece of colored construction paper.
Brainstorm people who ride the bus.
Write names on the lines.
Read about who is on the bus
Glue the bus above their writing.
Glue the 3 white squares for the windows.
Glue the wheels on the bus.
Draw the people they named in their writing.
Draw a bus driver or themselves.
Write School on the bus
The Wheels on the Bus