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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Red Sparkly Apple Slime Preschool Science Experiment

What's red (ish), has seeds, and shows up in the fall? Sparkly apple slime!!


Okay, so technically the apple seeds are really black beans, but I'm pretty sure apple seeds would have disappeared into the slime. The beans are bigger and easier to see! And everyone here loves making things sparkle! (As I've gone though these pictures, it also occurs to me that you could use this exact recipe to make "watermelon slime," but since we're talking about apples...we're totally going with the apple theme!!)

We've been doing a TON of preschool apple activities to go with 10 Apples Up On Top and The Apple Pip Princess. We've also started making slimes to go with our storybooks (like this one), and everyone has loved finding new ingredients to make our storybook slimes!

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We also tried something new with this slime: in an effort to get the slime to look more red than pink, we used red paint instead of food coloring. Some of the pictures still look pretty pink, but in real life it was definitely more red than food coloring! 

So, let's get started! 

Sparkly Apple Slime!

You will need a bowl, 1.5 teaspoons borax dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water, 4 ounces (about) warm water, 4 ounces glue, red paint, glitter, and black beans.

1- Mix the 4 ounces of warm water, glue, and paint together thoroughly:


2- Add the beans and glitter:


3- Add the borax water:


4- At this point you will need to pull the slime out of the bowl and knead it with your hands. Your hands will wash easily, and when you're done the slime will not be sticky! You can watch this process in the video below (or click here):



5- Play with it!!

Be sure not to let anyone eat it!

SAFETY NOTES: 
1- Do not get borax in your mouth (or your kids' mouths). It is toxic. If it gets in someone's mouth, call poison control. Obviously if you can't keep slime out of your kids' mouths and other body parts, you should wait until they're a little older to make this with them! Like everything on this site, this activity is meant to be done with close adult supervision!
2- If your kids have sensitive skin (or if you think they do!), you can let them wear gloves or play with the slime in a plastic bag.








Do you love slimes? They are a great sensory and science activity! I share some fun details about slime science here (as well as a recipe for sparkly slime!) and an even easier "cornstarch slime" recipe here!

If science is your thing, you will want to check out the over 175 preschool science experiments and activities in my collection! This is an amazing resource organized by science type (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.)







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Carla


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Monday, August 29, 2016

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10 Apples Up On Top Preschool Apple Activity & Why We Retell Stories

Magnetic apples are super easy to make and are a wonderful hands-on manipulative to use with retelling 10 Apples Up On Top, a fun preschool apple activity!



Why is it important to retell stories with our preschoolers? Retelling stories, especially letting the children do most of the retelling, draws them into the story! It lets them experience the story elements, plot, and development from a first hand perspective. This helps strengthen their understanding and comprehension of stories (both the one you're telling and future stories). They also get feedback from their parent or teacher to help build their concepts of story line, characters, setting, plot, and even more complicated elements like motivation. As they retell the story, you can ask them things like, "What happened next?" "Why did that character make that choice?" or "Would you have done that too?"




To make your own magnetic apples, simply print this {FREE} page of apples. Then stick a piece of magnetic tape to the back of each apple! Or, if you don't have magnetic tape, use button magnets. Just tape the magnet on securely so it doesn't accidentally come off. Supervise your children closely so nobody puts magnets in their mouths!




Practice stacking up ten apples, taking them, counting them, and retelling the story 10 Apples Up On Top! I even printed out pictures of our kiddos, and they had a blast stacking the apples up on their own heads! It turned out to be a literacy, math, and science activity all in one! (Magnets are irresistable, by the way...even my older kids came to play with the magnetic apples and magnetic kids on the door! I'm getting all sorts of magnet-themed ideas after doing this!) It fit in perfectly with our apple theme, and could easily be done with an apple unit, or just on a nice fall day when you eat some aples!



Are you talking about apples this month? If so, you will love our edible bubble science with apples and our apple toothpick towers! Come back soon for a whole collection of apple-themed activities!





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Carla


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

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{FREE} Apple Race Preschool Game

Because everybody loves a board game, everybody loves a {FREE} game, and our preschoolers are talking a lot about apples...I made this Apple Race Preschool Game! And, I'm sharing it with you free!



This game can be used to teach/reinforce counting (up to six), taking turns, following instructions, and strengthening your preschoolers' concept of one-to-one relationships (an important pre-reading and early math skill)! 

It's also a lot of fun!!  In fact, my "older" kids were even excited to play with my younger preschoolers! I think it might have something to do with using real apples as your playing pieces?

Apples don't grow in Houston, so we went to the grocery store before we played and "picked" out different kinds of apples to "be" our playing pieces.

After playing, we cut up the apples and talked about differences in flavors, and what sorts of recipes/dishes would be good with which kinds of apples.

Anyway, to set up the game, you need print off all three pages and line them up to make a long playing board. If your kids are older, you may want to print extra copies of the middle page to make the game longer. Then use two dice and have them add up the pips to figure out how far to move their piece. For younger players, just use the three pages.



To play the game, have everyone line up all their "pieces" (apples) on the giant box with apple trees. Take turns rolling the dice to find out how far to move, then move your apple the indicated number of spaces. Keep playing until everyone's apple gets "picked" in a basket!



To store the game, I taped the three pages together and taped one of them to the inside of a file folder. Then I folded the three pages accordian-style and closed it up inside the folder!

Click HERE to get your {FREE} copy of Apple Race, a preschool game!







Happy Educating,
Carla


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Penguin Preschool Activities for Penguin Theme or Unit

Penguin preschool activities are the perfect way to mix one of our favorite animals with fun learning! Use them in a penguin theme this winter, an ocean theme in the summer, or just for fun any time you like!



Actually, I was looking through my {FREE} printables, and I realized I had several penguin activities. Then, I started looking through my archives, and I thought, "I've got to put the penguin activities all together!!"

So, today I'm sharing all our penguin preschool activities, organized by subject! I'll be adding to them soon, but I'll link everything back here!

PENGUIN MATH ACTIVITIES:
Penguin Ice Cube Counting With LEGOS {FREE} Printable that combines counting with LEGO fun and penguins!

PENGUIN LITERACY ACTIVITIES:
Penguin Party: {FREE} Emergent Reader Mini Book that rhymes and has pictures of real penguins!

PENGUIN SCIENCE & STEM ACTIVITIES:

PENGUIN ART & CRAFT ACTIVITIES:

PENGUIN SENSORY ACTIVITIES:

PAID PENGUIN PACKET:
Preschool Penguin Packet (& {FREE} Penguin Shadows Page): This could fit in the math, literacy, and science categories...it has over 30 pages of fun penguin learning activities!




Happy Educating,
Carla


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Leaves Preschool Action Rhyme

I love doing action rhymes with my preschoolers! They help develop pre-reading skills while using large muscle, gross motor movements. It's wonderful for coordination, memory, and just plain fun! Today, I'm sharing an easy leaf-themed action rhyme you can do inside or outside...personally, I think doing anything outdoors is more fun!


Here's the easy Leaves Preschool Action Rhyme (suggested actions are in italics):
by Carla at Preschool Powol Packets


Leaves up high  (reach up high)
Leaves down low  (bend over and touch the ground)
Leaves are spinning (spin in a circle)
Everywhere you go! (spread arms out wide)

Touch leaves in the trees   (reach up high again)
Kick them on the ground   (kick imaginary leaves)
Jump in the piles   (jump up and down)
Of leaves all around!   (spread arms out wide again)





This action rhyme is perfect for leaf, fall, seasons, tree, or outdoor themes!  You can do it with your own child, in a group, or with a whole class at circle time or during other whole-group activities!  It also makes a great "time filler" for when you have just a few minutes between activities and need something fun (and still educational) to do!

Do you have a favorite action rhyme? I'd love to hear it--feel free to send me an email, leave a comment, or stop by my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!


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