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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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.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE CLASSROOM RULES PRINTABLE


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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.

DOWNLOAD THE FATHER’S DAY QUESTIONNAIRE.

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Free Bugs and Insects Count and Clip Cards

These count and clip cards are the perfect addition to your Bugs and Insects Theme, and are a fun way for children to improve their number sense. They encompass many math skills and concepts, such as number recognition and number quantity, one-to-one correspondence, and counting. Added bonus: they also make a fantastic fine motor skills activity.

Head over to our Teachers Pay Teachers Store for this free download.


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Ladybug Number Quantity Activity

Help these ladybugs get their dots with this cute, free printable game. This activity is a wonderful way for children to improve their number sense. It encompasses many math skills and concepts, such as number quantity and number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and counting.

Many preschoolers can count in sequential order to 10, sometimes 20, but they may struggle when counting objects; repeating and/or skipping numbers. When teaching one-to-one correspondence (correctly assigning one number word to one object), have your young learners touch each item with their pointer finger as they say its number name out loud. Encourage them to go slow and to not say the number until their finger is firmly placed on the item. This will help them keep track of which objects have already been counted, so that they are not skipped or counted more than once.

MATERIALS USED:

– Our free printable numbered ladybugs
Black vase gems
– White card stock
– Scissors


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Free Farm Animal Tracing Skills Sheet

Help the animals get to their barns with this fun tracing printable. Lines inclue one straight, big hills, small hills, and one zigzag. PreK children should also be working on their pencil grips (tripod grasps) during this activity.

This sheet goes along with our Farm Animal Scissor Skills and our Farm Animal Beginning Sounds pages. Be sure to grab those, as well!

Download the Free Farm Animals Tracing Skills Sheet.


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Free Farm Animal Scissor Skills Printables

Here are some new farm animal scissor skills sheets to go along with our Farm Beginning Sounds Worksheet and our Farm Tracing Skills .

There are 3 free scissor printables available: one straight line, one curvy, and one zigzag. Download them all for children of different levels.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE FARM ANIMAL SCISSOR SKILLS SHEETS

Straight line farm animals
Curvy line farm animals
Zigzag line farm animals


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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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