Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Teaching Game for Preschoolers >>>Tic-Tac-Toe Style

Educational letter and reading games make learning fun, and when things are fun the child is happy.   Here is a review game I use with the Amazing Action Alphabet flip chart and with the Amazing Action Alphabet beginning reader.   My kids love this game, and when I use it they barely notice they are actually practicing or learning.  
Letter or word review game for preschoolers

Easy Review Game Similar to Tick-Tack-Toe 
Step 1: Simply make a template and laminate it so you can reuse it time and time again:).
template for letter or word review game

Step 2: Use a dry erase marker to write the letters or words you wish to review in each square.
Letter review game like tick tac toe

Step 3: Write the same letter or words on separate strips of paper and place them in a "hat."
Step 4: Have the child take a letter or word from the "hat" and say the letter sound or read the word on the strip of paper. After they say it correctly, they place marker on the letter or word on the template. 
word review game like tic tac toe

Once the child has three markers in a row they "win." You can play this in a group setting or a one-on-one setting. Over the years I've noticed that the child doesn't need to compete against anyone, they just like filling their template with the markers.
Live In Art had  a fun idea to play tic-tac-toe outside.  I think I want to make some of these in my backyard!  Add some letters with calk on each square tile for an added measure of learning!

outside tic tac toe game for preschoolers

Do you have any letter or word review games for preschool you would like to share?  E-mail me and I would love to link your idea on my blog!  Teachers are like that...we like to share.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Exploring Letter X with Career Day and the Human Body

Preschoolers love Amazing Action Alphabet's letter X the Fox, and teachers love the hands-on activity of taking an X-ray.  The combination of the SEEING, HEARING and DOING makes this teaching method a success!  The visual is of the fox in the shape in an X, and the action is pretending to take an X-ray while saying /X/ /X/ /X/.  This is fun for every style of learner.   I choose to talk about careers while teaching letter X.  I also find it a perfect time to explore the human body.   

Teach letter X preschool activity

Exploring the Letter X

The theme is Career Day...and why not? It would be a doctor who would take an X-Ray wouldn't it?  (okay, it may be and X-ray technician, but you get the point!)  So of course we talk about X-rays and engage in dramatic play as we dress up as doctors. I found a free download from Tried and True of animal X-rays that the children really enjoyed.

X-ray preschool printables

When a child takes an "X-ray" of X the fox they find the letter X inside his body.   You can grab my Alphabet Activity eBook and print your X the Fox activity right now!

Amazing Action Alphabet Letter X Actvity

To add even a bit more excitement to this day the children used white paint to make a hand print, which happens to look just like a hand X-ray.  Thanks Almost Unschoolers for a simple way to paint the hand bones!

preschooler paints hand bones 

What ideas to you do for the letter X?   Hang in there friends.  We only have like 5 weeks left of school around here.  We can do this!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Foam Paper Vehicle Craft

I had some extra foam paper so...I invited some little friends to come over and talk about shapes and transportation.  This fits into my R Day preschool transportation theme, but preschoolers love to create with foam paper anytime!   As we look ahead to summer, this is a simple idea for a crafty morning with the kids.   Amazing Action Alphabet has themes that are already organized for you, (check out my weekly themes HERE) and this summer is just the time to brush up on those letters and sounds before school this fall!

Foam Paper Automobiles

Transportation Vehicle Foam Paper Craft

I precut some shapes and created simple transportation vehicles for the children to see.  They each took a vehicle they wanted to make.  They took off all the pieces from the white background paper and they tried to recreate the automobile on their own.

Foam paper craft

Talking about colors, shapes and transportation couldn't have been easier!  My favorite might be this garbage truck.  Beep!  Beep!

Dump Truck Foam Paper Craft

THIS SUMMER plan on using the Amazing Action Alphabet Activities to teach letters and sounds.  The Alphabet "Package Deal" might be just the thing you're looking for!

Amazing Action Alphabet Package Deal

Well, I'm off again to play taxi driver for the older kids!  Wonder if I can get them to tip me? :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Letter V the Vulture Vacuums with Preschoolers

V the Vulture is a fantastic visual aide for teaching your preschooler the letter and sound of V.  In the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart children learn that v says /v/ /v/ /v/ similar to the beginning sound in vacuum!   What better way to teach the sound of V than to use an actual vacuum while making the /v/ sound.  Today I engaged multiple senses when we used scratch and sniff "dirt."  Come join us today for some good, clean fun!

Preschoolers Learn Letter V with V the Vulture

In the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book children can color or paint the vulture that is in the shape of the letter V... and it's pushing a vacuum!

Letter V day with V the Vulture

A child can pull the side strip through the bottom of the letter v while emphasizing the /v/ sound in van, violin, vase and vine.  This is a great phonemic activity!

Preschool V day with word strip craft

Teach a Vacuum Poem

I’m a little vacuum,
Hear me vroom,
Over the floor and
All across the room.
When I get all revved up,
See me work,
Cleaning up the carpet
And sucking up the dirt.

Life skills...learn to vacuum!

Be sure to bring out your vacuum and practice the /v/ /v/ /v/ sound while vacuuming the floor.  You can easily put little paper v's on the floor to vacuum up.  Use Variety in your teaching! ;)

Preschool Girl Vacuuming

Enhance Learning V with a Scratch and Sniff Activity

You can have your child pretend to vacuum up "dirt" in a scratch and sniff activity.  Simply have them spread glue in various circles then sprinkle "dirt" on top of the glue.  

Scratch and sniff preschool V day

Today our "dirt" was cinnamon, chocolate powder, nutmeg, and pepper.  

homemade scratch and sniff

Today we engaged multiple senses!

Seeing + Hearing + Smelling + Feeling = Learning

Some other letter V activities I like to use are:

Vacuum V using painters tape
Paper towel V using paint and washable markers
Practice cutting skills using V is for vine activity

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Teaching Letter W While Learning About the Weather AND the Water Cycle

Enjoy learning about the Weather AND the Water Cycle while teaching letter W.  April showers bring May flowers...prefect timing for combining simple topics about the world around us.  This type of learning helps a preschooler's mind grow.  I loved using the W Day activity, (found in the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book) and I added a few other WONDERRUL ideas found on the web.   Teach the Water Cycle on a BASIC level.  I think this clever water cycle mobile is one to use!  If you're looking for a rainy day activity maybe you could add letters or numbers to this puddle jumping idea.  Whatever you choose, getting a little wet and wiggly with W the Worm is terrific!

Teaching W the Worm with the Water Cycle

Learning the Water Cycle in Preschool

I talk about the water cycle at a BASIC level.

Basic Water Cycle

Gather a few items around the house and get ready to learn!

W the Worm day in Preschool

Use multiple senses while decorating W the worm with chocolate pudding.  

W the Worm with chocolate Pudding

Have your preschooler make some green grass for the worm's habitat.  

cutting grass

We made rain with blue paint, and cotton balls make great clouds! 

Preschool water cycle on W day

Try adding MATH to W day.  Count how many raindrops you see.  Now, count how many clouds.  Don't forget to count the worm!  Include your findings on the bottom or your artwork.

Preschool W day water cycle

It is EASY to add to the basic activities found in the Amazing Action Alphabet books.  What ways do you enhance teaching letter W?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

No Sew Easter Egg Craft

This no sew Easter Egg Craft for preschoolers couldn't be any easier!  When I review the letter E from the Amazing Action Flip Chart , I find it fun to incorporate some EASTER activities as well.  I had some very cute scrap material that I wanted to use, and this was the perfect way to use it.  These Easter eggs come together if just a few simple steps.  If you are looking for other easy and fun Easter egg activities try these Shaving Cream Easter Eggs.  If you are wanting to use paint and recycled cardboard with your toddler check this Easter Painting.  

easter egg no sew preschool craft for e day

Preschooler No Sew Easter Egg Craft

Items you will need:

- colored paper
- scissors
- fabric scraps
- packing tape
- wax paper
- pencil
- a few crafty kids ;)

Gather your supplies and draw a simple outline of an egg.  I cut it out for the younger toddlers, but the older preschoolers did this on their own.  Put a piece of wax paper under the egg template.

toddler easter egg craft

Use horizontal strips of Scotch packing tape to cover the Easter egg template.   The wax paper is used so the tape doesn't stick to the table, making it easier to the kids. 

easy easter egg craft

Gather scrap material and cut into different widths.  The length only needs to cover the Easter egg template.  

scrap material for craft

Have the children choose the strips of material they would like to use, and what order they would like to place them on the egg.  Lay the strips right side down so that when you turn the egg template over you'll see the patterns of the material.  This is a great time to easily talk about patterns, width, length, longer, and shorter.  

making easter egg craft with farbic

I trimmed any extra material hanging over the edge, and taped down the sides to ensure the fabric didn't move.  The kids turned over the egg to see their creation!

no-sew-easer-egg-craf- for-preschoolers-E-day

Easter is around the corner friends!  Enjoy making and teaching those cute little ones!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

RHYMING With Green Eggs & Ham

I like green eggs and ham!
I do!  I like them, Sam-I-am!

Research shows rhyme is powerful, and even essential to learning!  I think Dr. Seuss was brilliant when he wrote his books.  As children are introduced to rhymes at a very young age they may not be aware of the correct terms in the rhyme, but they find the rhymes enjoyable and fun!  As the child progresses into reading, the books that use simple rhymes are a perfect place for a child to feel successful and improve their skills.  Repetition and rhyme give way to rhythm, recognition and memorization, all of which have a HUGE impact on children learning to read.

St. Patricks Day is now 4 DAYS AWAY!  My kids have been looking forward to the silliness of that day for weeks.  One book that I suggest in my Number Neighborhood Activity Book under number 14's Green Day theme is:

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

{I absolutely LOVE this book}

We pulled off a little green eggs and ham on the home front today.  

The kids had a blast helping me!  I like to make green eggs and ham for my preschool class on St. Patty's day.  I found a little eggs-tremely tasty recipe to follow HERE.  OR you can follow our 6 easy picture instructions below.

Step one: 

Notice all my little helping hands!  Oops!  I see a some on the counter there.  It's okay, we're just learning how to crack eggs. ;)

Step two:

Stir away little one.

Step three:

Even a little butter in the pan.  I feel like I'm on the Food Network!

Step four:

Lookin good guys!

Step five:

At this point you may wonder if this is edible.  

Step Six:

It was like I was giving them birthday cake!

We had a blast making something AND reading together!  You can easily tie Green Eggs and Ham into more of your E week activities.  Dr. Seuss's book Horton Hears a Who is about the cutest Elephant book around.  I found this craft a while ago from Catholic Icing  and I want to use it this year!

Another Egg-stremly cool rhyme for E Day is 

Willoughby, Wallaby Woo

Willoughby, Wallaby Wee
An elephant sat on me.
Willoughby, Wallaby Woo
An elephant sat on you!

(continue with pattern using words that rhyme with each child's name)

Willoughby, Wallaby (Wuzzie)
An elephant sat on (Suzzie)
Willoughby, Wallaby (Wed)
An elephant sat on (Ted)!

We just giggle with this cute little thing!  I think that is egg-sactly all I have for today.  Link up to me on my other social media sites and share what good ideas you are using too!