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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Panda Preschool Printable Packet {{FREE for 1 WEEK}}

If your preschooler likes pandas and workbook-style activities, you will both love these adorable panda-themed preschool printables! And, for just one week, I'm making it a free preschool printable!


This packet is full of more than 20 pages of math and literacy preschool activities!

So, what's in the file? I made you a list! Inside the Panda Preschool Packet, you'll find the following activities:

Pg 1-2 Intro

Pg 3-6 Letter Writing (P is for Panda, C is for China, N is for Nap, B is for Bamboo)

Pg 7 Trace the lines

Pg 8-9 Trace letters

Pg 10 Trace numbers

Pg 11-12 Letter mazes

Pg 13-14 Size sorting

Pg 15 Counting 1-5

Pg 16-17 Number strip puzzles

Pg 18 Roll a graph

Pg 19-21 2 & 4 part puzzles

Pg 22-25 Coloring pages with words to trace at bottom (panda, sleep, nap, bamboo)



Be sure to share this post with your friends because it's only free for one week!

Please note: This is a digital file. Nothing will be mailed to you. You can choose to bind it or just place the pages in a folder.


Seriously, this packet is so adorable it makes me want to do a whole Panda theme for all my kids!



Or, click here to buy the Panda Preschool Packet on Teachers Pay Teachers! I always appreciate your support, and after the free week this will be the only option!

Are you looking for more preschool packets? Check out my blog store HERE or my TpT store HERE!

Or, do you love free preschool printables? Then check out my HUGE collection of freebies HERE!



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Octopus Science Experiments for Preschoolers

This fun science experiment lets your preschoolers explore what it might be like to be an octopus!



Did you know that octopuses have NO bones?! What would that feel like?! What are bones anyway? Where are your bones? Have a discussion with your preschoolers about what bones are, where they are, what they do, and what it might be like to not have any. Then introduce this simple science activity!

Octopus Science Experiment:


Preparation:

1- Draw an octopus on a gallon-sized zip-lock baggie with a permanent marker.

2- Cut a hole, about an inch in diameter (mine might have been a little less), in a paper plate or bowl. This is your octopus "cave!"



With your kiddos:

1- Show them the octopus! Ask what they know about octopuses! Tell them that they don't have any bones. How would you walk if you didn't have any bones? Could you swim?

Octopuses can quickly take water into their bodies and spray it out to "swim" in the ocean.

Today, we're going to do a science project to explore what it would be like to not have any bones!

2- Since octopuses can take water into their bodies, we're going to add some water to our octopus!



3- Octopuses can also have very colorful skin, so let one or two of your kids add some food coloring to the water! If you place the baggie over a white table or butcher paper, it looks like it has colorful skin!



4- Now ask your kiddos if a big ol' octopus can fit through a little tiny crack in the rocks...like this one in the "cave!" Let them carefully work it through!





5- Ask them if it could fit through if it had bones? If they want, add toothpicks to the bag to represent an animal with bones (like a shark, though shark bones are made of cartilege). Would a predator like a shark or dolphin be able to follow an octopus through that little crack in the rocks? What other advantages might an octopus have because it doesn't have any bones?

7- Let your preschoolers experiment with their "octopus" in other ways! Remember a real experiment is one where they think of a problem or something to test, and they conduct the experiment, analyze the results, and come up with their own conclusions! Young children LOVE the scientific method!!



More Octopus Fun Science Facts:

* Octopuses have 3 hearts!
* Octopuses are very smart!
* Octopuses can change colors very quickly!

We did this octopus science project as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids! This week the theme for our book and science experiment is OCEAN, and the featured book is Pout Pout Fish. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the solution to the Pout Pout Fish problem because kissing everyone is not something I want to encourage, but I love the idea of spreading kindness and happiness, so that is what I emphasized to my children. It was also good to talk about ways to spread kindness and happiness without actually kissing everyone. :)  And we *always* love a fun book to jump into an Ocean Theme! So, here's a quick link to Pout Pout Fish on Amazon


and here are links to the Virtual Book Club's hosts! There's a fun activity on each blog, and then be sure to stop by the Facebook page for any live conversations!

Clam Counting Game - Rainy Day Mum
Octopus Science Activity - Preschool Powol Packets (You are HERE!)
Paper Mache Whale Craft - To Be A Kid Again






Please note: The octopus and the ocean background in the first picture in this post are copyrighted by JoyCreating and TeachKABC123, respectively.

Happy Educating,
Carla


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Monday, May 7, 2018

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Bear Walk Board Game {FREE}

This week's theme for the Virtual Book Club is all about classic stories, so I decided to make a bear themed game to go with the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!



Board games are really popular here, and I've been working on a snail themed one for the older kids, so I knew I needed a preschool-aged game for the younger kids soon. This one is perfect!

And the best part is that it really is no prep--you just have to print it off, and you're set! Well, you do have to find a die and some markers or playing pieces too. 

Actually, here's a funny story...we just moved about 2,000 miles and had a baby (have you noticed how much less I've been online during the last two months?!). Anyway, when I made this game, I was going to use our bear counters as the playing pieces. I thought it would be perfect since it's a bear themed game, after all! But the bear counters were NOT in the bin I expected! I think someone was putting away/sorting boxes for me, and they put the bear counters somewhere that I am just not figuring out...and nobody seems to know where that somewhere is! Luckily, we have lots of other colored small objects, so we played with some square math manipulatives.  Hopefully I can find the bear markers and take more pictures...I just think the game will be so cute with them!

Anyway, this game lets your kiddos work on counting, subitizing, pattern recognition, 1-to-1 relationship, and taking turns. I am also constantly entertained when they land on a bear and run around the room! You really can't help laughing! And it's the perfect length game for preschoolers--it only takes about 10 minutes to play.

I suggest printing it on cardstock and gluing it to a file folder for safe keeping. You can make a whole collection of preschool-friendly games by gluing them to file folders and storing them in a filing bin box.


And check out this adorable version of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (image is an Amazon affiliate link):



Then be sure to join in the rest of the Virtual Book Club fun! There are activities from the 3 Little Pigs, the Elves & the Shoemaker, and more! Visit the VBC Facebook Page here and check out the cohost activities below!

Bear Walk Board Game - Preschool Powol Packets (You are here!)

Elves and the Shoemaker Activity: Design A Pair of Shoes - Mama Smiles

3 Little Pigs Stick Shape Houses - Rainy Day Mum

Aesop's Fables Printable Books- Teach Beside Me


And if you're looking for more Bear Themed activities, be sure to pop over here:




Happy Educating,
Carla







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Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Seashell Math Sensory Bin

Perfect for an Ocean Theme or summer activity, this seashell sensory bin combines a bit of the ocean, math, and a little exploration!


This is even more fun if you collect the seashells with your kids and let them help set up the sand!
(Be sure to pop over here for more ocean themed learning activities!)

Simple Supplies:

* seashells
* sharpie marker
* sand in a bin




Easy How To:

SETUP: Write the numbers you're working on on the inside of the shells. Optionally, put corresponding dots on the insides of other shells (so you can match a shell with the number "5" on it with a shell that has 5 dots). Place all the shells in the sand!


Let your kiddos play in the sand! You can talk about numbers they find, put them in order, match them to dots, or just play!




Do you love the ocean? What's your favorite ocean themed activity? I'd love to hear from you...feel free to send me an email or leave a comment!







Happy Educating,
Carla




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Monday, March 26, 2018

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Birds & Nest Letter Matching {FREE} Printable

This week's Virtual Book Club theme is all about Birds, so I am excited to share this {FREE} letter matching bird printable with you!



There are loads of ways you can use these little birds and nests:

* You can use this as a file folder game--tape the nest pages onto a file folder, cut out the birds, and match them up!
* Cut out the individual birds and nests and use the lettered birds to spell your kiddos' names or other words you're working on!
* Print the pages, but only use 4-6 birds at a time to review the letters you're working on!
* Put the nests in a pocket chart and match the birds to the nests!
* Put the nests on the floor and let the kids hop onto them as you call out different letters!

I also included 22 "blank" birds that you can use to let your kiddos write their own letters on! Let them build their names or other favorite words!



Just CLICK HERE to get your own free set of bird and nest letter matching pages!

I made this upper case/lower case alphabet letters to go with this week's Virtual Book Club theme: BIRDS! We absolutely love birds, and spend a lot of time learning the names of common birds in our area! I also have this {FREE} Backyard Bird Cards set to help learn common backyardbirds!

You can join in the live birding fun at the Virtual Book Club Facebook page! Check out this week's featured book (Are You My Mother...image below is an Amazon affiliate link), and then visit the other co-hosts for more bird themed activities:


Birds Nest Math Game - Rainy Day Mum
Bird LIfe Cycles- Teach Beside Me
Bird Watching Activity + Printable - To Be A Kid Again
Bird Flight Pre-writing Activity - Mama Smiles
Are You My Mother Screen-Free Coding Activity for Preschoolers
Are You My Mother? Shape Craft by JDaniel4's Mom
Bird & Nest Letter Matching - Preschool Powol Packets (You are here!)


Do you have a favorite bird-themed activity? I'd love to hear about it!! Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment!

Happy Educating,
Carla


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Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Book-Based Arts & Crafts - Read & Create!

Are you looking for book-based arts and crafts for your preschoolers?  If so, you will love this collection!


My two favorite ways to organize preschool are by themes and by books! Book-based themes are a double win! Here I am sharing art projects and crafts that go along with books. The first set is for process art (which works great for all ages, including toddlers!) and the second set is for projects and crafts that work better for slightly older (usually 4 years old or more) preschoolers! I also have a HUGE set of science and STEM activities based on books here!

Book-Based Process Art:

   

Book-Based Crafts & Art Projects:

               


And, just in case you'd rather look for projects by the books they go with, here's a list:

List By Book:

5 Little Pumpkins - Pumpkin Egg Shakers


Cat in the Hat - Thing 1 & 2 Finger Puppets

Iggy Peck, Architect - Ice Castles

How Big is a Million - Snowflake Ornaments

My Color is Rainbow - Rainbow Printmaking

Old Tracks, New Tricks - Space Tracks

Penguin in Love - Crayon Resist Heart Painting

Polar Express -  Silver Bell Ornament

Rain, Rain, Go Away - Rainstorm Art

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf - Foil Leaves, Sparkly Leaf Garland


The Noisy Paintbox - Melted Crayon Art

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover - Sparkly Button Rainbow Art


Tree for All Seasons - 4 Seasons Painting


Do you have a favorite preschool book? What about a favorite preschool craft or art project? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment!


Happy Educating,
Carla


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