Friday, September 12, 2014

Owls

Books

We did a mini-unit on owls this week, to accompany our Grandparents' Day craft. First we borrowed a few owl books from the library. These were very cute, and Honey Pot actually learned a lot about owls from them. 


Grandparents' Day Craft

We made owls out of Honey Pot and Little M&M's footprints this year, with the caption, "Guess WHOOO wants to wish you a happy Grandparents Day!" The inspiration came from Pinterest, linking here. We used a water bottle cap to paint the perfectly round eyes. They came out very cute!


Sticker Scene

This activity was for Little M&M. I drew a scene for him to place his owls onto. He had fun with this.



When he was finished he actually counted them up. He didn't use one-to-one correspondence, but he did recite perfectly the numbers one through ten!


Then he added extra stickers to this page I created for him with dot markers. We focused on one-to-one correspondence on this one!




Owl Play-dough Activity

Little M&M cut out a few owls and added eyes.



For extra fine motor practice, he rolled out some branches for the owls to sit upon.


Suddenly very into counting things!


And he obviously needed lots of branches!


Skip Counting

I found these cute labels from this site, and decided to use them to create a skip counting activity for Honey Pot. I drew branches with groups of five leaves, and we worked on counting by 5's. Remember when she learned how to count by 10's with Mega Blocks? Super fun, and she loves anything math-related.




Connect-the-Dot Owl

Honey Pot finished off our mini-unit with a connect-the-dot owl coloring page. The printable for this came from Free Kids Coloring and Crafts, and it was helpful in reviewing the tricky teen numbers again.


At the bottom she drew some of her own dots and connected them too. Fun week!





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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Squares

Magnetic Pom Poms

This has always been one of my go-to activities, beginning with Honey Pot's very first week of tot school. I printed this square from 3 Dinosaurs.



Do-A-Dot Art

We then reused this worksheet for a simple dot marker craft. At first he was switching off between colors.


But then my husband and I expressed praise in how well he was doing, he was on a roll and finished the whole thing in green.



Square Road

This printable comes from Making Learning Fun. The object of the activity is to drive along the road and become familiarized with its shape. I gave Little M&M one of his miniature cars, but he wanted to use all three of them at once eventually.




Gluing Squares

I cut out squares from construction paper, and provided Little M&M with a gluestick. This is a skill he hasn't had much practice with yet. At first he wasn't too interested in this, but after I did one for him, it renewed his interest and he finished the whole thing himself!




Stacking Squares

I gathered a few of Little M&M's blocks for stacking. He loves this activity, and attempted multiple towers.




Square Stickers

He loves CARS! When I saw these square stickers at the store, I just had to get them for him. Great fine motor practice, as he learned to peel them off himself.




Tape Resist Square Paintings

We love tape resist paintings. We've done snowflakes a couple of times, and the kids' initials as well. Honey Pot joined us for this activity. And they enjoyed themselves.


They each got to choose their own three colors. Little M&M happened to choose primary, while Honey Pot chose her favorite colors.


Here they are before we peeled off the paint.



And here is the final result!


Sorting Circles vs. Squares - Review

Just as we did with our color units, I wanted each shape unit to include one activity for reviewing what he had learned previously. First he learned about circles, so we included that in our review activity. I decided to create a bath-time sorting activity, using shapes that I cut out of foam sheets. He would pick up a shape, and I'd ask him, "Is that a circle or a square?" He would answer correctly, and stick it on the wall. Saying the words out loud has helped instill their names. He had fun. So this was a success!





Shape Pattern Worksheets

I also wanted to include a general shape review for Honey Pot this week. This printable came from 3 Dinosaurs as well. This was a nice activity for her because she loves patterns, and shapes such as a hexagon and a rhombus are still difficult for her to call by name.



Estimation and Measurement with Blocks

We also used her little brother's blocks for some mathematics this week. I provided her with various objects, and asked her to first estimate how many blocks it would take to equal the same length. She guest right with the chapstick.


And the teapot.


She estimated ten for the Kindle, but the actual measurement was six.


And finally, when measuring her Frozen book, she wanted to make a pattern.


Making Polygons with Craft Sticks

This activity comes from Counting Coconuts. We didn't use the word quadrilateral, though. We stuck with the basics and called it a square, as she's still learning some of these. This was a quiet time activity during one of Little M&M's naps, so she did this leisurely right on my bed. Notice the progression of silliness/laziness as she completes the shapes. She did do them all though!







Tracing Shapes

This is one of our laminated pages from a while back, that I put together with various pre-writing activities. We've brought this in the car for long car rides as well as pulled it out during quiet times. The printable comes from Worksheet Fun. So much free stuff there. I love it! 



Square Color By Number

This comes from Printable Colouring Pages, and goes along nicely with Little M&M's square theme this week. Honey Pot isn't too into coloring (neither is Little M&M). She got to use colored pencils, instead of the usual crayons and markers, which helped keep her interest. And the challenge of matching the numbers to the colors proved engaging for her. It was a hit!









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