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Monday, January 23, 2017

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Penguin Action Rhyme for Kids!

This penguin themed action rhyme for kids includes a few fun facts about penguins and lots of big ways for preschoolers to move and stretch!


I am working on a collection of action rhymes for kids that preschoolers will love! They are rhyming poems that prompt lots of movement!

We have used them for "brain break" type of activities -- when the kids need to stop what they're doing and stretch, when they get overstimulated and need a break, or when we need a calming group activity, these have been perfect!

Before doing this action rhyme tell your kiddos that you are going to be an animal and see if they can guess what you are. Afterward, talk about a few penguin fun facts.

Penguin Fun Facts:

* Penguins are born in an egg.
* Emperor penguins can grow 4 feet tall and weigh more than 50 pounds!
* Penguin "wings" make excellent flippers in the water.
* Penguins can jump, dive, waddle, swim, and "tobaggan" across ice and snow!
* Penguins can sleep laying down, standing up, or even floating on water!
* Many penguins lay eggs on rocky nests on the ice. The Emperor penguin actually carries the egg around on its feet!

Penguin Action Rhyme for Kids:

I start out small in an egg so round
(bend down and wrap your arms around your legs like an "egg")
Lying on the icy ground.
(reach out and pat the ground)
I CRACK and STRETCH and GROW
(clap hands, stretch, and stand up)
And jump, jump, jump on the snow!
(jump around)

I waddle, waddle, waddle,
and waddle to the sea,
("waddle" around the room)
Where I can swim, swim, swim
 so fast and strong and free!
("swim" around the room)


I hope you have a blast cracking like an egg, waddling, and swimming like a penguin!



If you're working on a penguin theme, I have a HUGE collection of FUN penguin themed science, math, and other preschool activities!


I also have a wonderful collection of counting rhymes for kids here!!

AND, this is penguin week in the Virtual Book Club for Kids!!

We're focusing on one of my all-time favorite penguin books: Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon (Amazon affiliate link in image:)


It's a story about a penguin, kindness, life cycles, friendship, and more. I love how it is a fictional story, but can be used to talk about biology and friendship all at the same time.


So, of course, our Virtual Book Club for Kids activities are all centered on a penguin theme too! Check out these fun projects from this week's co-hosts:

PENGUIN THEMED LITERACY IDEAS

Sight Word Spin Read and Colour from Sea of Knowledge

Penguin Action Rhyme for Kids from Preschool Powol Packets...You are here!!  :D

Penguin Name Game from Toddler Approved

PENGUIN THEMED MATHS IDEAS

Penguin Ice Flow Game – Rainy Day Mum

PENGUIN THEMED SENSORY AND PLAY

Penguin Sensory Bin from Clare’s Little Tots

PENGUIN THEMED ART AND CRAFT ACTIVITIES

Penguin Painting from My Storytime Corner
Pinecone Penguin Craft from To be a Kid Again
Penguin Painting for Toddlers from Inspiration Laboratories

PENGUIN MOTOR SKILLS


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Friday, January 20, 2017

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21 Counting Rhymes for Kids Ebook {Perfect for Toddlers & Preschoolers)

How many counting rhymes for kids do you know? Would you like some more that are super easy to remember and easy to do any time you need to fill a moment?

I love rhyming with my kiddos about every topic you can imagine! So when our preschoolers and toddlers are working on counting, it only makes sense to count and rhyme at the same time. Plus, we have these wonderful, transportable, manipulatives that we carry around with us everywhere we go...our fingers make THE BEST counting tools!

So, I created 21 counting rhymes for kids that focus on counting forwards and backwards from and to the numbers 5 and 10 (since we have five fingers on one hand and ten on both)!

21 Counting Rhymes for Kids is a set of fun, friendly, easy-to-use printable rhymes that reinforce counting forward and backward to five and ten. Each poem makes a wonderful finger play and comes with suggestions for actions! Integrating counting with literacy and actions is a multisensory approach to education that improves learning, increases attention spans, and is more fun for everyone!!

I think these rhymes are best to use in three places:

1- During transitions: Switching activities is always challenging, but chanting a simple rhyme while you transition helps SO much!! It keeps the kids focused on the rhyme, which means their fingers are busy and they are not bugging each other, getting into trouble, or breaking things.  :D

2- In the car: Your preschoolers are quite stuck in their seats, so you might as well practice counting and rhyming!


3- As part of a fun themed lesson: These rhymes tie into topics that we love, so you'll see one poem about lions, another about snakes, another about penguins, one about pizza, one about worms, etc. I think the perfect preschool lesson would include a book on the theme, a finger rhyme, and then a craft or activity! Here's a list of all the titles of the counting rhymes in this ebook:

5 Little Caterpillars
5 Little Leaves
5 Little Monsters
5 Little Pumpkins
5 Red Apples
5 Yellow Lions
1 Pizza
5 Big Blue Whales
5 Dump Trucks
5 Green & Scaly Snakes
5 Little Polar Bears
10 Little Fingers
10 Little Raindrops
10 Little Sharks
10 Pieces of Popcorn
10 Twinkling Stars
Mighty, Mighty T. Rex
Mr. Spider
5 Playful Penguins
Rainbows
5 Wiggly Worms

I've also included a few ideas about how to use these finger rhymes and a fun fact to go with each rhyme!

You can print the rhymes on a full page and pop them in a spiral binding or you can take each poem and and use it as a mini-poster while you memorize and play with that rhyme!

You can also change your printer settings to print two or four of the poems per page. Then you'll have handy, index card sized poems to take with you wherever you go!


Before I give you the link to buy the ebook, I want to share two of the rhymes for free!  Just click on these links:



You're still here, so you must want this ebook!  :) 

21 Counting Rhymes for Kids Ebook


This ebook includes 21 rhymes for kids that are

* perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

* easy to memorize!

* new and original

* based on fun themes and topics!

* great for counting forwards and backwards!

* perfect for using fingers to count to 5 and 10!

* fun for lessons, transitions, and play!

* Only $9.97!! That's less than 0.50 cents per poem!


Now you can know more counting rhymes for kids than anyone else!! It's an easy thing to be an expert in!!  :D


Please note: Writing, compiling, and putting these rhymes into an easy-to-print format takes a tremendous amount of time! Please encourage other parents and teachers to purchase their own copy.  :) 

ALSO, because I really love and appreciate those of you who visit me here and support Preschool Powol Packets, I've created a LOYALTY DISCOUNT!!  :D  Yep...I want to give you half off this ebook just for being awesome!!  Just enter AWESOME into the discount box below to get the whole ebook (21 Counting Rhymes for Kids) half off!!  (And if you're not a loyal follower, you're welcome to become one! You can follow me here on the blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter!)  :D 

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Happy Educating,
Carla


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{FREE} Counting Rhyme for Kids: 10 Twinkling Stars

One of my favorite games with my kiddos is making up fun, silly rhymes for kids! We also love looking at the stars at night and in the morning.


In fact, did you know that in the very early morning right now (late January 2017) the planet Jupiter looks like a star? It's the perfect ti,e for a star rhyme!

I've actually gathered up 21 of our counting rhymes for kids and put them into an ebook that you can get here, but today I'm sharing this star counting rhyme for free!

It's fun to say during transitions, in the car, or even as part of a lesson during a space theme or star theme!

Counting rhymes are wonderful for kids because they reinforce a concept of numbers, the order of numbers, rhyming words, and a sense of rhythm. Rhyming is a great pre-reading skill and combining it with finger play makes it even more fun.

Feel free to print out a copy for each of your kiddos!


Then you can use it in your lessons, during play, during a transition, or (my favorite)...while you look for stars and planets outside!

Are you looking for more counting rhymes for kids?  I have another {FREE} pumpkin themed rhyme HERE!

And if you're interested in my ebook full of more counting rhymes for kids, click here!


Happy Educating,
Carla


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Measurement & STEM Activities for Kids in Preschool

Measurement and STEM activities are as easy to integrate into your preschoolers' day as breakfast!



Measurement is a huge category of math learning (the "M" in STEM stands for "mathematics"). Before we get started, though, let's establish what kind of measurement goals we have for our preschoolers.

Goals for Preschool Measurement:

* recognizing and labeling bigger/smaller, longer/shorter, heavier/lighter
* recognizing and labeling small, medium, and large
* counting and recognizing numbers
* using non-standard measuring tools (for example, six markers tall or five trucks long)
* identifying when one object does/does not fit inside another object

Like many academic goals in preschool, measurement skills can easily be learned during play time.   In this article I'm going to share how to integrate measurement as part of STEM learning for preschoolers in two ways: 1- during playtime and 2- during organized activities or lessons.

Measurement & STEM Activities During Playtime

Without doubt, the best way to "teach" anything to young children is to play with them. When they ask you to "play ponies" or "play cars" say, "YES!" Get down on the floor, grab your little action figures, a pile of toy blocks, and help them create a universe where measuring and scientific thinking are part of the norm. Find things to measure and compare, solve problems and make hypotheses (scientific reasoning), build and create (engineering), and use tools (technology).  Here are a few ideas...hopefully they will help you think of ways that are natural and fun for you and your kiddos:

1- Build a secret magical cavern under a waterfall for your fairies to hang out in! Measure how many fairies high it is (ie. how many fairies can stack on top of each other to equal the height). Of course, it needs to be at least two fairies tall so that the fairies' magical echo can work!

2- Build a race track that is at least ten times as long as a car length! Count them while you measure and time how long it takes them to go around the track. Measure it with a tape measure and count all the numbers you can see.

3- Build a dinosaur land with a volcano-safe hideout that can fit 6 dinosaurs during a volcano eruption! Host a dinosaur party that gets interrupted by a volcano eruption!

4- Put a fabric tape measure, a ruler, and a balance scale out on a shelf near the toys so your preschoolers can grab them during free play!

After you play a few games like this with your kiddos, you will start seeing them add in these elements into their own games -- even when you're not playing!

Measurement & STEM Activities for a Lesson

There are lots of activities that integrate measurement as the mathematics component of a STEM project. Just think about your current theme and find something to measure, compare, or weigh.  Add in an engineering component (some kind of building, designing, or creating), a science component (problem solving), and some tools (technology), and you have a complete STEM lesson!

Here are a few fun ideas to get you started:


1- Measure and count "penguin" feathers with this fun STEM activity!

2- Go outside, let everyone find a cool rock, weigh them on a balance scale, line them up from biggest to smallest, and then try any of these rock activities!

3- Use whatever holiday is nearest and measure your preschoolers with a holiday themed measuring tool (like these pumpkins in the fall)! Think stuffed polar bears or penguins in the winter, hearts or leprechaun hats in February and March, and flowers or umbrellas in the spring! Loads of possibilities here!

4- Go on a Stick Hunt and look for sticks the same length as your arm, foot, and body! Use those sticks to build a bridge, dinosaur nest, or art work! You could even create a land art project for others!

5- Count straws when you make straw necklaces, pretzels when you snack, seconds when you play Hide-n-Seek, and blocks when you build. Always count!

6- HERE is a collection of preschool lessons just focusing on sizes and measurement!




My kids wake up hungry for breakfast every day...and they also wake up hungry for learning! Popping STEM activities (including fun measurement-focused projects and play) into their day makes them just as happy as fresh fruit in the morning!



Are you looking for more preschool math activities? You might enjoy this nuts and bolts game or these adorable number line penguins!

And if you're looking for more STEM for preschoolers, check out the following:





(coming soon: STEM Activities for Kids (including preschoolers!) Collection!!)


And finally, this post is part of a huge introduction to STEM and STEAM at Little Bins for Little Hands! Be sure to click on over and check out the other posts!


Happy Educating,
Carla


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Monday, January 16, 2017

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{FREE} Rhyming Words Heart Sort Game for Valentines

It's Valentines time, so I'm sharing a fun little rhyming words heart sort game! It's perfect to practice rhyming, word families, sorting, and more!



All you need to do is print the four pages of hearts and rhyming words, cut out the word cards, and hearts, and you're ready to go! 

What kinds of Valentines activities can you do with these hearts and rhyming word family cards? Here are a few ideas:


Literacy Valentines Activities You Can Do with This Word Family Packet:


* Set the hearts out face up and the eight cards out face down. Take turns drawing a card and placing it on the matching heart!

* Glue or tape the hearts down to a file folder to make a file folder game! This works best if you print the hearts at half size so you can fit all four hearts on the inside of one file folder. Store the cards in an envelope taped or glued to the outside of the folder!

* Use the cards to play a memory-style game where matches are made by rhyming words!

* Use a hanging pocket chart to hold the pieces while you sort vertically!

* Put the pieces on a metal door and hold them in place with magnets while you sort vertically!

* Use the cards to play a Go Fish-style game where matches are made by rhyming words!

What other activities can you think of?


Happy Educating,
Carla











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Friday, January 13, 2017

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{FREE} Valentines {Rock Themed}!!

Valentines Day is one of our favorite holidays, and this year (like the last four years) one of my kiddos is obsessed with rocks. I always imagine that if I have a rock-obsessed kid, there must be others, so today I'm sharing these {FREE} rock-themed Valentines! I hope you love them!!


There are two different designs: One says "Valentine! You rock!" and the other says "Our friendship is crystal bright!"



I thought it would be fun to include a cool rock with the "You rock!" card or a quartz crystal with the "Our friendship is crystal bright!" card. Of course, you don't have to, but I know my kid would be delighted to get a cool rock in his Valentine (and I secretly love it when the kids get anything besides candy, lol)! 

Anyway, they would also be great little cards for teachers to pass out, or include as part of a rock unit or theme. And, just in case you're wondering (because I would have to know), the crystals in the picture on the crystal card are quartz crystals and the rocks in the picture on the rock card are (from lieft to right) granite, blue lapiz, and amethyst.


It's pretty easy to find cool rocks outside, but if you'd rather just buy some, here are some Amazon links to sets I like (images below are Amazon affiliate links):

 

 The rocks in the images above are "real" rocks, but you could also use acrylic "gems" like the ones below (Amazon affiliate link): 

 

You will "totally rock" with these Valentines too!  :D


And, if you are going to learn about rocks too, you will definitely want to check out my rock theme with loads of fun rock activities, experiments, and more!


And, if you want even more rock themed valentines, check out this post by my friend Sarah at Little Bins for Little Hands!

And if you want other fun {FREE} Valentines, check out my Construction Truck Valentines! We had a TON of fun with them last year!!

AND, if you're looking for some FUN Valentine ideas, be sure to visit my Valentines Theme!!



Happy Educating,
Carla









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