DIY Art Center Yarn Cans

I put together these cute yarn cans for my self-help art shelf. They are easy to make and keep the yarn contained and neat. I used plastic mason jars, but any plastic container with a lid will do. Simply fill the container with yarn, poke a hole in the lid, and pull a small amount of yarn through the hole. The children can then pull out the length of yarn they want, and cut with scissors (this may take some supervision with younger children). Finally, label the can with the corresponding color name of yarn.

MATERIALS USED:

– Yarn
– Plastic containers with lids
Our free color labels


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Pumpkin Seed Counting Activity

I strive to make learning appealing to my students, and I have found that they are really drawn to these pumpkin seed counting sheets. Give each child a small container of pumpkin seeds and direct your preschoolers to count out the number of seeds that match the dots on each pumpkin, then have them place the correct number of seeds on the pumpkin. This hands on activity will help children to understand, and learn a very significant math skill; one-to-one correspondence.

Materials Used:

– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Pumpkin seeds
– Marker (for dots)
Our free pumpkin templates


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Apple Lacing Cards

These colorful lacing apples are the perfect table top activity for fall. They keep my preschoolers happily amused, and help to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They also increase their ability to concentrate. While supervising this activity, put an emphasis on the in and out motion, and encourage proper hole placement for the shoe lace. Some children will pick this concept up quickly, while others will simply want to lace it their way.

Materials Used:

Foam sheets
Shoe laces
Hole punch
Our free apple template


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Printable Apple Activities for Preschoolers

It’s been a great summer, and while it’s not quite over, I am already thinking about the fall.

And apples!

This Apple Activities pack contains printable activities that practice the following skills:

– Visual discrimination
– Following directions
– Upper and lowercase letter recognition
– Pre-writing/visual perception
– Pre-reading/comprehension
– Number recognition
– Classification
– Counting
– Number sequencing
– Ordinal concepts

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

COUNTING APPLES BOOK (1-10)

Children will cut out the pages of this book and have teachers/adults staple them together. Students can count and write the number of apples on each tree, and then color the pictures. Be sure to keep this activity developmentally appropriate. Some children may need help with cutting and may need you to write the numbers for them. Others may want to count and write their numbers before putting their own pages in numerical order.

ALPHABET CLIP CARDS (A-Z)

Print these cards out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Supply your little learners with clothespins and encourage them to clip each letter’s lowercase partner.

NUMBER SEQUENCING STICKS (1-12)

Print these cards out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Prompt children to place the cards in numerical order. You may also wish to present different groups of cards (e.g., 4,5,_,7,8) and have your preschoolers determine which number is missing. The cards are also a fun way to teach ordinal concepts (first, second, third, etc.).

Gluing the cards onto jumbo craft sticks makes this activity extra fun for little hands.

VISUAL DISCRIMINATION AND SIZE SORTING WORKSHEETS

With these cute worksheets, kids will find the matching letters and color those apples the same color. They will also sort apples by coloring the large ones red, the medium green, and the small yellow. Make it a point to discuss other words for large and small.

What a fun way to start the new school year!

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Under the Sea Language and Literacy Activities

This Under the Sea Language and Literacy Activities pack contains printable activities that practice the following skills:

* Beginning sound recognition
* Upper and lowercase letter recognition
* Pre-writing/visual perception
* Pre-reading/comprehension
* Dictation
* Self-expression

Items Included:

– Beginning sounds worksheet – writing letters (1)
– Beginning sounds worksheet – drawing lines (1)
– Match uppercase and lowercase letters worksheet (1)
– Writing prompt sheet – If I lived under the sea, I would.. (1)
– Writing center vocabulary cards (8)
– Alphabet match up cards (26, A-Z)

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Free Preschool Classroom Rules Printable

Developing and maintaining a set of rules that are expected to be observed is an important part of classroom management. Clearly displaying those rules in your room also serves as a source of evidence for two criterion of NAEYC’s Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria & Guidance for Assessment.

2.E.03

Children have opportunities to become familiar with print. They are actively involved in making sense of print, and they have opportunities to become familiar with, recognize, and use print that is accessible throughout the classroom:

a) Items belonging to a child are labeled with his or her name.
b) Materials are labeled.
c) Print throughout the classroom. Print is used to describe some rules and routines. Hand washing instructions count if they are developmentally appropriate and posted where children can see them.
d) Teaching staff help children recognize print and connect it to spoken word.


2.L.06

Children have varied opportunities to engage in discussions about

a) fairness,
b) friendship,
c) responsibility,
d) authority, and
e) differences

Evidence includes things such as: books about these issues, anecdotal notes, posted class rules. Consider children’s general responses to, and compliance with, teaching staff requests and class rules; classroom jobs and children’s participation in keeping the classroom neat and clean; conflict resolution; and teaching staff’s support in helping children negotiate problems.

This free printable is a written and visual picture reminder of classroom rules. Be sure to discuss these with your children during group. Ask your preschoolers why they think each rule is important and encourage them to talk about what might happen if these guidelines are not followed (e.g., too much noise, messy classroom, boo-boos, hurt feelings, etc.) Afterward, display at the children’s eye level. In the picture above, you can see that I have posted our rules on the side of a bookshelf near my reading area.

Honestly, #6 is our most followed rule. And THAT makes me happy.

I recommend printing this out on card stock and, for extra durability, lamination.

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Bugs and Insects Number Up Match Puzzles

We strive to make learning fun, and these adorable critters help us do just that. Part of our Bug and Insects Math Activities Pack, these number puzzle cards (1-10) take only a few moments to print and cut out, and will be sure to entertain children while teaching counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition.

Print these out on card stock. For heavy use, lamination is recommended.

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Free Father’s Day Questionnaire

Looking for a little something extra to go along with your preschoolers’ Father’s Day gifts? Download this fun and free Father’s Day questionnaire. Your children’s answers will be sure to put a smile on their dads’ faces. Older children may be able to copy/write their own responses, otherwise just have them dictate.

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