Sunday, January 31, 2016

Find Your Name Black Bean Sensory Bin

I am very excited to be working with a little boy in my daughter's kindergarten class who needs some extra attention.  The teacher told me that he has had some trouble recognizing his name so she asked me to work on that with him.  I've come up with some ideas that would be fun all while learning. Last week I used cars to help learn his name with our Car Name Game.  This week I'm sharing a new fun way to learn/recognize a child's name.

I had a black bean bin already set up that I had used with my daughter with different projects and thought I could use this for some name recognition fun.  I added some bright colored balloon stickers with letters on them that looked great against the black beans.  I put all the letters of the boys name along with some other letters not in his name and also some blank ones.

I was thrilled to see him dig right in and really enjoy the sensory part of this activity.  I asked him to find the balloon stickers and to put all the letters of his name in a pile separate from the letters not in his name.  As for the blank balloon stickers he put those in another pile.

We use a laminated sheet with his name on it when we do our name activities so that he has that as a reference when learning to recognize his name.

Once all the stickers were sorted I asked him to stick the stickers on a piece of paper spelling out his name, he did great!  I then asked him to write the letters of his name on the blank balloon stickers and stick those onto paper too.

He was so proud of himself as was I!  The black beans and bright colored balloon stickers was a real hit in helping this little boy learn the letters in his name!

More to come on name activities....stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sight Word Heart Flowers

My daughter is in full blown sight word mode at school.  Recently, I came across a fantastic and fun way to learn sight words from Growing book by Book.

My daughter had a great time finding the hearts, reading them and delivering them to their appropriate envelopes.  To get all the details of the game visit Growing Book by Book and read about the Valentine Sight Word Activity.

Once we finished, I had the idea of turning our sight word hearts into sight word flowers!  I simply took the sight words, and glued everything to a popsicle stick.  It turned into a sight word activity AND craft!

All you need to make sight word flowers is:
Construction paper 
Popsicle sticks

Cut hearts from construction paper, write on your sight words and glue your hearts to the popsicle stick!

A fun way to learn sight words with a Valentine/flower

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mitten Craft

Finally the cold weather has hit us!  A couple of months ago I picked up a package of foam mittens in the dollar section of Target and now seemed like the appropriate time to craft with them.

We are expecting some significant snow this upcoming weekend which will be our first snow storm of the season and the kids are beyond excited.  This craft was the perfect way to kick off the upcoming snow event!!

Here's what you'll need:
Foam mittens (or cut some out from paper)
Construction paper
Glue stick
Buttons, stickers or anything else to decorate your mittens

My 5 year old started off by gluing the mittens onto construction paper.  She used cotton and stars to decorate the mittens. Next, added more glue and poured on the glitter!  Voila, mitten craft complete!

You could hang it on the fridge, or like we did, use a suction cup and hang it on the back door!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Car Name Game - Name Identification

I have been helping out in my daughter's kindergarten class with a little boy who is about 2 years behind the others.  Right now we are working on identifying his name.  In an effort to try and make learning fun I thought we would use cars because what boy doesn't love cars!  It really was a hit and now every time I go in to work with him he asks for cars!

This is a simple set up and reaps the rewards when it comes to identifying a child's name.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Large black poster board
  • White crayon
  • Post it notes or plain paper
  • Cars
Across the top of your poster board write the letters of your child's name with the white crayon. Then with your crayon simply draw lines that look like street lines.  Finally, write the letter of the child's name on the post it note or plain paper and stick to the top of the cars. I used post it notes because they are already sticky.  If you use plain paper you will have to use glue to adhere the letters to the cars.

Here's the fun part! Ask your child to drive or park the car in the correct parking spaces across the top. This will help your child recognize each letter in their name and they will have so much fun zooming their cars to find the correct letters!

This is a simple activity for the adult to prepare and fun for the child to learn and play!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Float

This is a cute and fun drink to share with the kids on Valentine's Day.  Super easy to make and really yummy!

All you need is:

Cranberry Ginger Ale
Vanilla ice-cream (or sherbert)
Decorative straw

That's it, folks!  Grab a glass, add these 2 ingredients, a fun straw and may you enjoy a Valentine Float!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Choo-Choo Train Candies for Polar Express Party

My daughter's Girl Scout Daisy troop is having a Polar Express themed Christmas party this year.  As I was searching on Pinterest for some ideas I came across these adorable choo-choo train candies from We're Calling Shenanigans.  They show a nice step by step tutorial on how to make these.  I switched our trains up a bit by using different items to build our candy trains but I think they turned out cute and I hope the girls will think so too!

Here's the candies we used:

Using a hot glue gun here's how to build your choo-choo candy train:

The Kit Kat bars were the base of the train
The Breath Savers went on top of the Kit Kat bars
The Reeses Pieces were the wheels and glued around the Kit Kat bar
The Hershy Kiss was the steam part of the train and glued to the front tip of the Breath Savers
Finally the 3 bars on the end were the stack for the train, glued on to other end of the Breath Savers

So simple to make and here's how ours turned out:

I filled up a shoe box of these choo-choo train candies which will be pulling up at the Girl Scout Daisy station in just a few days!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

25 Dinner Table Questions for Kids

About a week or so ago my son came home from school with a list of 25 ways to ask your kids how their day at school was.  Rather than just "how was school today?" The questions were more fun, and thought provoking.

Sadly, our dinner table conversation is not much of a conversation at all but more of "sit down" or "pull in your chair" or "eat over your plate."  So, one night after dinner I took out the list and gave it a try asking both my 10 year old and 5 year old some of the questions.  It was such a hit that they asked for more....yay!

If your family could use some fresh conversation at the dinner table here is the list of 25 questions the school sent home:  HAVE FUN! (note: I loved number 12 and asked that one first!)

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?
(What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? Why?
(Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today?

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.