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Monday, June 29, 2015

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{FREE} Forest Animals Coloring Pages with Traceable Fun Facts!

You can use this {FREE} Forest Animals Coloring Pages with Traceable Fun Facts Packet in so many ways!



I made this packet to go with our Forest Animals Poppins Book Nook theme.  Forests are one of our absolute favorite places to explore!  Normally our kids play in the southern humid forests of southeast Texas, but this summer they got to check out some higher mountain forests too!  They had a blast camping, boating, and hiking... which go right along with the book we want to share this month: Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer.

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In the story, they encounter a mischievious bear, and a few other animals.  While we didn't see any bears in our forests on this trip, we did see deer, squirrels, birds, rabbits, and we even smelled a skunk!  I was very excited to put together this {FREE} packet that showcases eleven forest animals and some fun facts about them!

These coloring pages can be just coloring pages...or they can be so much more!  You can glue sand, torn construction paper, feathers, or yarn to the pictures to give them a cool texture.  It gives your kiddos great fine motor practice too!  Older children can read and trace the fun facts at the bottom of each page!  Even older kiddos can research the animal and learn more about the fun fact...for example, why do owls have three eyelids?  Here is a picture of the owl page:


In addition to the owl page, the ten other animals include a bear, squirrel, skunk, deer, bird, hedgehog, fox, mouse, raccoon, and rabbit!

Click  here to download a {FREE} set of Forest Animals Coloring Pages with Traceable Fun Facts for your kiddos!!  Please feel free to share this post with your friends and colleagues...encouraging others to come to this page and download their own copy of the file lets me continue to offer free printables!  Thank you for sharing!!

This post is part of the Poppins Book Nook!  


Every month a group of bloggers share activities and books based on a particular theme.  This month, the theme is Forest Animals.  Be sure to check out these other blogs for more ideas and link up any "forest animal" activities you have below!









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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Patriotic Straw Rockets!

These patriotic straw rockets are perfect for a 4th of July craft or science activity...they're also super fun to make any time of year!



You and your kids can make straw rockets to celebrate holidays, as part of a science lesson about force and motion, or just for fun!

All you need are straws, paper, tape, crayons, and scissors!

Cut the paper into rectangles about 2" x 3", and let your kiddos decorate them.


They will get rolled up in a moment, so you really only need to decorate half the paper.

Roll the paper around a straw and tape it in place.  Make sure it is loose enough to move up and down the straw easily.


Finally, fold the top down and tape it in place.  Make sure it is air tight!


Ta da!  That's it!  Now fire your rockets by blowing into the straw!

All our kids loved this, and even the 2-year old was able to figure out how to make the rockets work.  My preschooler wanted fire on his rocket, and we had one girl who just made hers pink...I love letting everyone design their own rockets!

Do you want more great patriotic ideas?  Be sure to check out my Pinterest board for Patriotic Kids Ideas:

Follow Carla @ Preschol Powol Packets's board Patriotic Kids on Pinterest.





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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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{FREE} My Little Animals Alphabet Book Letter C

It's time for another {FREE} My Little Animal Alphabet Book!!  Every week or two I will share a new little alphabet book!  They will go in alphabetical order, so today's book is full of animals that start with the letter "c!"







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Friday, June 19, 2015

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Preschool Math With Wiggly Eyes

Preschool math is most fun and easiest to learn when your kiddos are playing!  Today I'm sharing a super easy and super fun way to practice counting...with wiggly eyes!



If you haven't had a chance to read how preschoolers' brains work, make sure you check out this post.  It explains why fun "play" activities (like wiggly eye math) help children learn!

We've been working on counting from 11-20 a lot.  Counting from 1-10 (and even from 20-50!) was easy, but we keep mixing up numbers around thirteen and fourteen.  I have a ton of wiggly eyes at home, so when we went on an extended camping trip, I put a bag-full of them into my backpack.  I had the perfect math activity for when my kiddo inevitably decided he needed something to do!

To set your own preschool math activity, simply sprinkle the wiggly eyes across a sandy area and then cover them with a few handfuls of sand.  



I told my son we had some "monsters" leave some strange things behind the tent, and that he would need to excavate some sand to figure out what was going on.  (Obviously if your kiddos actually worry about monsters, use a different game scenario!)  He loved "digging" up the eyes and counting them!  



He even made up different tpes of monsters (some have 1 eye, some have 2 eyes, etc!).  His sisters saw him playing in the sand with the eyes, and wanted to join in too!  This was even more wonderful because my older daughter counted flawlessly for her two younger siblings.  



When you're done, go ahead and build some sand monsters!



If you're at home or school you can make the monsters into an art project by gluing the sand and eyes to a piece of construction paper!

If you're not camping, you could easily do this in your back yard, in a sensory bin, or in a mess-free sealed baggie or plastic tube (you may want to add duct tape to mess-free baggies and tubes to make sure the sand doesn't escape!).  It's a great outdoors game for nice spring and summer days!



You can also extend the activity for older and advanced children with questions like, "If all the monsters had three eyes, how many monsters were there?" "What if all the monsters had two eyes?"

Do your kiddos love craft supplies?  They're loads of fun for all kinds of learning!  Be sure to check out the other math-learning ideas with common manipulatives at School Time Snippets!



Wait!  There's more math!!

If you're looking for more preschool math ideas, be sure to see our preschool math with trains, nuts and bolts more or less game, preschool math with Valentine's candy, Dr. Seuss-inspired preschool math activities, teaching math skills through play, math and more with pom-poms, and sports hide and seek graphing!  Or just type key words like "math" or "graph" into the search bar near the top of the page on the right hand side (right above "popular posts")!    



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Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Fizzy Flower Sensory Dough!

Fizzy flower sensory dough is perfect for spring and summer sensory science...and it smells absolutely divine!



This dough was super fun to make, play with, and fizz, but I am absolutely in love with how it smells!  When we were done, I wanted to keep the mess out just because it smelled so wonderful!

The whole activity took about an hour, and was even more fun because we used fresh flowers from outside!  This is a fantastic science/sensory activity that would go great with our Preschool Botany Class!

To get started, let your kiddos pick a few flowers of their choice and pull the petals off:




Add one cup of baking soda and 2 1/2 tablespoons of hand lotion.


Depending on your lotion, you may need more or less than 2 1/2 tablespoons.  You want a nice crumbly texture that holds together when you squeeze it.  At this point, our kiddos wanted to add more flowers!


And let the sensory exploration begin!

We had "flying snowmen" and all sorts of creations:






When you're done children are done playing with the dough, it's time to break out the fizzing!  Cut a lemon in quarters and give each child a quarter lemon to start with.  We put a handful of dough at a time in another bin to test the fizz!  Then each kiddo squeezed lemon juice onto the dough...this became incredible fine motor exercise!  As the lemon hit the dough, our kids were glued:



My eight-year old commented: "It looks like lemons are acidic!"  Yep!  The citric acid in lemons reacts with baking soda the same way vinegar does...they combine and release carbon dioxide (a gas) which bubbles and looks super fun!  If you've followed our blog for long, you know our kids adore fizzing, "exploding" reactions!   And the lemons add another fantastic fragrance to the whole mixture!


Of course, once the bubbles and fizzing started, everyone wanted to touch the fizzy mixture again!  It even molded into a new squishy dough!




Do you love fizzing dough?  If so, you may want to check out our fizzing snow dough, fizzing dinosaur eggs, rainbow volcano, or fizzing rainbow eggs!  And if you have your own fizzing dough projects, I'd love to see it!  Feel free to send me a note or share it on our PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!

Also, today is the Fizzing Dough Day in the 12 Months of Sensory Doughs Series!


Be sure to check out these other blogs for more fizzing dough ideas:

Lemon-Lime Fizzy Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Fizzy Dough Cupcakes | Study at Home Mama
Fizzy Bath Dough | Still Playing School
Fizzy Lemon Juice Dough | Creative World of Varya
Edible Fizzy Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Fizzy Ice-cream Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Fizzy Flower Sensory Dough! |  Preschool Powol Packets
Rainbow Fizzy Cloud Dough | Powerful Mothering
Fizzy Volcano Play Dough | In The Playroom
Orange Fizzy Dough on Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail




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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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{FREE} My Little Animals Alphabet Books Letter B

I am very excited to bring you these My Little Animal Alphabet Books {FREE} this year!!  Every week or two I will share a new little alphabet book!  They will go in alphabetical order, so today's book is full of animals that start with the letter "b!"






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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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My Little Animals Alphabet Books Collection!!

Yay!!  You found the My Little Animals Alphabet Books!!  


Every week or two (beginning Wednesday, June 10th) I will release another My Little Animals Alphabet Book {FREE} until there is one little book for each letter of the alphabet!  If you don't want to wait for them all to come out (or if you want to donate to this project!), there is a link at the bottom of this post where you can buy the whole collection now!


Each little animal alphabet book features the following:

* Six animals that start with the featured letter!

* Small pages for small hands!

* The name of the animals in big letters at the top of each page!

* Numbered pages for older preschoolers to help organize!

* A fun fact in smaller print for teachers or older siblings to read to preschoolers!

* {FREE} bi-weekly download!!  Every two weeks, a new letter will become available to download for {FREE}!!  



What can you do with the My Little Animal Alphabet Books?

Here are a few ideas:

* Use them with an animal theme!

* Use them with Letter of the Week activities!

* Tuck them in your purse for when you're stuck in line at the store!

* Place them in a bin for your child to pull out and read by himself!

* Point at the first letter of each animal's name and exaggerate that sound as you say the name!

* Let your kiddos trace the first letter of each animal's name!

* Pick an animal in the book and do a related craft!

* Pick an animal in the book and learn everything you can about it!

The possibilities can go on and on!  What are you using them for?  I'd love to know!!  Feel free to send me an email or share a picture!!


And now...the My Little Animals Alphabet Books Collection!!

  
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Coming Soon:

Are you not one to wait for all 26 to come out?  Or do you just want them all in one handy file?  Or do you just want to contribute to this massive project?  No matter what your reasons, you are welcome to download all 26 My Little Animals Alphabet Books in one convenient pdf for only $6.99!  AND, in addition to the 26 My Little Animals Alphabet Books, the pdf file includes two special bonuses:

Bonus #1: Alphabet Play Dough Mats!  26 pages featuring a capital and a lower case letter that you can use to build play dough letters!  You can also put them in a rice bin, a salt tray, or just use them for tracing!  $3.00 value, but you'll get it for free!

Bonus #2: Animal Color & Trace Cards!  Each of these 26 letter cards features one black and white animal to color and the featured letter and animal's name in light letters to trace! $3.00 value, but you'll get it for free!

The bonuses are only available with the complete My Little Animals Alphabet Books collection!  SO you get the 26 little animal books, 26 pages of play dough mats, and 26 color and trace cards for only $6.99!  Just click the button below to order and receive download instructions!




And if you're not ordering the entire set right now, make sure you come back in two weeks and get the next little book {FREE}!!







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