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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 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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Garden Felt Board Activity

Children love to use the flannel board, and I give them that opportunity as often as I can. This table top board is perfect for a small group. I like to gather two or three children and have them work together to create a scene. Once the activity is completed, preschoolers practice pre-reading skills by telling oral stories (about their picture) and acting them out. The possibilities are endless. This springtime activity also teaches color recognition, association, and helps improve visual perception skills.

Materials Used:

– Flannel board
Felt
– Our garden board felt templates
Scissors
– A Ziploc to store the felt pieces


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The Carrot Seed Carrot Craft

The children’s book The Carrot Seed is a simple classic that teaches perseverance, and the method of planting a seed and helping it grow. This delightful story, which was first published in 1945, has never been out of print. The Ruth Krauss’ straightforward text and Crockett Johnson’s clean illustrations work to create a timeless, victorious, and fulfilling story for readers of any generation.

A small boy plants a carrot seed. Unfortunately, everyone in the boy’s family is certain the seed will not grow.

“I’m afraid it won’t come up,” they each say.

However, the boy remains self-assured in the carrot seed’s potential and his own ability to care for it. Eventually, he is able to harvest a carrot that measures the size of his faith.

Now your young learners can have a huge carrot of their own that they can be proud of. Simply provide each child with a carrot (pre-K children should cut out their own), and a sheet of orange construction paper. Have the children tear the paper into small pieces. Then encourage them to glue the scraps onto the carrot until most of the white paper is covered. To complete the project, they will glue green strips of paper for the carrot top.

Materials Used:

– Green and orange construction paper
– Our triangle carrot template
– Glue
– Scissors


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Owl Babies Art Activities

My first year of teaching I discovered a wonderful book, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson.

Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother missing. “Where’s mommy?” they wonder. Exactly where mommy is makes a wonderful story. In subsequent years, I have read this book to all my classes for Mother’s Day, and have found that it never fails to capture the children’s imagination. After reading the book, the children love making their very own owls, painted with bubble wrap, to take home. I like to extend this curriculum later in the week. We often have a group discussion about owls, their habitats, and the fact that they are nocturnal animals. I then like to follow up with some feather painting.


OWLS – MATERIALS USED:

– Our owl template
– Construction paper
– Large googly eyes
– Feathers
– Paint
– Bubble wrap
– Glue

FEATHER PAINTING – MATERIALS USED:

– Stiff feathers
– Paint
– Construction paper


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Charlie Rooster Shape Craft

This Charlie Rooster shape craft is a fabulous extension to the story Friends written and illustrated by Helme Heine. Together, these activities teach pro-social behavior, shape knowledge, and color recognition.

As children grow, they become increasingly interested in establishing friendships. Friends provide stimulation, assistance, camaraderie, and affection.

Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that’s what best friends do. This charming book glorifies friendship; proving that friends can make even the most simple, everyday delights seem extraordinary. In cheerful watercolors, Helme Heine depicts the tremendous spirit of these adorable animals, who are filled with the enthusiasm and pleasure of companionship.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Craft foam
– Our free circles template
– Scissors
– Glue
– Dot markers
– Googly eyes
– Heart cutouts/Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Feathers
– Crayons


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Feed the Bunnies Counting Activity

I’ve been teaching for many years, and I am always looking for inexpensive, new ways to present learning opportunities to the children. I recently put together this free Feed the Bunnies math game. This colorful teaching tool attracts the children’s attention, and increases number sense (counting, number recognition, etc.).

We will be using this activity as an extension to the story Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. This book is about a bunny is in search of the perfect home in spring. However, when he meets a family of robins, a frog, and a groundhog, the bunny realizes that not every home he finds will suit him. The bunny eventually comes upon the perfect home and someone to share it with. The beautiful illustrations of Garth Williams bring the story to life.

MATERIALS USED:

– White card stock
– Plastic cups
– Our free printable numbered bunnies (1-10)
– Googly eyes
– Cotton balls
– Stapler
– Easter grass
– Plastic carrots (Walmart)


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