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Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Halloween, Math & Science, October Themes |

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

The Halloween fun has begun!

Magic Pumpkin Song Video

5 Little Pumpkins Video

?Halloween Fun?  The pattern for these masks is Free at Printables!


?Halloween Fun?  This is no Itsy Bitsy Spider. He measures about 3 feet across! We sing Itsy Bitsy Spider then we sing “Biggy Wiggy Spider” with the same tune and same lyrics but deep BIG voices!

 Our Jack-O-Lantern is also very big although there’s no reference point in the pic. Both of this and the spider were collaborative works.

Sensory Tables

  These sensory tables are great fun.

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

?Halloween Fun?


?Halloween Fun?  Matching Dollar Tree character erasers.

?Halloween Fun?  Counting Dollar Tree spiders putting them in Dollar Tree pumpkins.


?Halloween Fun?     Skwishy, gooey, yucky. Wet angel hair pasta, wet pumpkin seeds and guts, grape jelly, wet eggs (small). All set inside bowls and covered tightly with grocery bags. Cut an X in the top of the bag to create an opening just big enough for tiny 3 or 4 year old hands. Let the “fun” begin!


  Stickers on haunted house pattern. Find the pattern for Free at Printables!

?Halloween Fun?  Painted pumpkins.

  DAP Jack-O-Lanterns. Children cut out their own pumpkin shape, then they were offered different shapes to glue on.

  Painting pumpkins at the easle.


  ?Halloween Fun?

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Fall, Math & Science |

?Fall Fun?

?Fall Fun?

These activities make?Fall Fun?for every one!

Cookie Cutter Prints

Fall Fun Cookie Cutter Printing

Coockie cutter printing is easy enough for toddlers to accomplish and the results are satisfying. It’s process art with a nice product.

Negative Space

Fall Fun

This technique is called negative space art. Also proccess art with a nice product. Children place leaves where they want on the paper, choose paint colors and finger paint, sponge paint, dabber paint, or just ain’t with a brush all around the leaves. Before the paint is dry lift off the leaves to see what is revealed.

Handprint Trees

Fall Fun Handprint Trees

More proccess art with this hand print finger print art. These trees are so nice when done each season and you’ll have a series of four in the spring! Simply paint the arm and hand brown, and  print . The only advice I can offer is to place the arm and hand print lower on the paper. This will give the tree top more fullness.

Sensory Table

Fall Fun Sensory Table

This is the easy part. Teachers just kind of dump stuff in and let the kids have at it! Silk leaves and gourds here.

Teacher Made Game

The best part of this game is the kids get to collect the chestnuts just like little squirrels! Teachers just cut a long strip maybe 20 inches long by 6 or 8 inches wide. Draw little brown circles one for each #. Laminate and it’s ready to play!


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Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Math & Science, Music, October Themes |

Welcome Fall

Welcome Fall

These are our plans for next week’s Welcome Fall theme.  Children can learn that there are two words for this season. We teach them both Fall an autumn.


Welcome Fall

Make a tray with parts of nature found in our neighborhood. Our tray includes leaves, goards, pine cones, chestnuts in their spiked shells and chestnuts out of their shells, oh and a magnifying glass.


Sorting Leaves

Welcome Fall  Welcome Fall

We collect leaves from around our school campus. Then we bring them to circle time and sort them by color. Every child gets a turn or two to glue leaves onto matching construction paper. Fun stuff!

Welcome Fall

There’s almost always at least a few lacing cards in our classroom. They’re great fine muscle and eye -hand coordination.


Gray Squirrels


Gray Squirrel’s Tail

Here’s a link to our Free gray squirrel pattern


First these are the songs we sing.

Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Wrinkle up your little nose. Hold your nut between your toes.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Orange, Yellow, Red, and Brown





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Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Cooking With Kids, Math & Science, September Themes |

?Apples For The Teachers ?

?Apples For The Teachers ?

 The tradition is for the children bring apples for the teacher. Teachers also bring apples to the children. These apple activities will be fun for all!

Every Apple Holds A Star – Science

Let’s take a close look at apples. Bring one or two apples, that have their stem and a leaf still attached, to circle time on a plate or tray along with a magnifying glass. Children can learn to hold the magnifying glass away from their eye and over the apple to get a close look. Talk about all of the parts of the apple. Skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem, and leaf. Then ask if the children know there’s a star in every apple. Cut the apple across the middle and take a look at the star with the magnifying glass!

 Apple Tasting And Graphing – Math

This is another great circle time activity. Prepare enough slices of red, green, yellow apples for each child to taste each type. Bring one each whole red, green and yellow apples to circle along with a enough napkins for each child. Also have prepared precut apple shapes of the same colors. You’ll need a marker to write each child’s name and masking tape circles to stick your apples on your graph.

Every child gets one of each color apple slice to taste. Talk about sweet and sour tastes. Remind your children to think about which apple slice they like the most.

After everyone tastes go around the circle asking each child which they liked the best. Simply jot each child’s name on the apple color they choose. Tape all the like colors in a row. You now have a graph. There are other ways to do graphing. You can see how others do it here and here.

These are good graphs but I’m looking for one that helps the kids really see which got chosen more.

Apple Turnovers With Preschoolers – Cooking With Preschoolers

The easiest way we’ve found to bake apple turnovers with the kids is to use refigerated biscuit dough from a tube. Bake on parchment paper so you can write the children’s names as you place each turnover.

Apples For The Teachers Turnovers

Apples For The Teachers   

Smiling Apples – Cooking With Children

Apples For The Teachers  Apple slices, peanut butter (sun butter), and mini marshmallows.

Paper Towel Apple Printing – Art

These apples are made with aper towel tubes with a crease in them and dipped in paint. Offer all three colors for the children to dip into. When they’re done add little stems to each printed apple.

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers

Apple Printing – Art

Apples For The Teacher  Cut your apples in half  crosswise as pictured. Put a craft stick into the uncut side. Dip into paint and print onto paper. You should be able to see the star in the print.

Team Building – Art

Apples For The Teachers

The children worked in small groups to paint this tree. Each child chose green, yellow, or red apple to add to our tree.

One Bad Apple – Fine Motor

We filled our sensory table with paper apples, and hole punches, and bits of green yarn (worms). Our children did have a hard time at first making holes but most were successful after a few tries. Lacing the yarn in and out of the holes was less challenging for our three year olds.

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers  ⭐️?⭐️?⭐️?⭐️?⭐️





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Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Art, Back to School, Blog, September Themes |

Preschool Marker Box

Preschool Marker Box

You can make this Preschool Marker Box if your school buys markers in the big bulk boxes. I made this with free paint swatches and an empty bulk marker box with the lid cut off.


Empty bulk marker box

Paint swatches


Tacky glue


What to do:

Cut the lid off a bulk marker box. Cut your swatches to fit in the empty spaces. Coat the under side of the swatches with tacky glue and stick in place. Have your kids sort their markers! The whole thing should take about 10 minutes to put together.


Preschool Marker Box     IMG_2451

Of course it takes practice to always have lids on tight and markers in their respective places.  😉


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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Art, Blog, Blog, September Themes |

Back To School ⚠️?

Back To School ⚠️?

Welcome Back To School!

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Some move into the new year with enthusiasm and excitement. Others start the year kicking and screaming. These are the teachers I’m talking about here!   Welcome back to school everyone!

These are some of the books we’ll read with this theme.

Back To School Bulletin Board We start the year with simple art projects that involve a few easy steps. Our room has a huge bulletin board so we turn it into a road and pin up school buses personalized with each child’s picture.

Back To School Bulletin Board  Drive your bus through a puddle…of paint. Use any color you like. Now make tracks on your bus! We’ve always stuck with black but I might try giving choices this year. I’ll update this with colorful pics if it goes well. If it goes poorly you’ll never know! lol

image Wheels on the bus ?  Put the wheels on the bus. With a dab of glue. This is many children’s first experience with glue so expect come big puddles.

image  Now add the driver to the front of the bus. Each child adds their photo to their bus.

Finished  ? The Wheels On the bus?

Here’s a fun (Dubstep Remix) version of Wheels On The Bus By DJ Hans Solo



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