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Monday, October 24, 2016

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Why We Have Night ~ Preschool Science Activity

This little science activity combines whole body motion and a super easy set up to teach why we have night and the concept of the earth rotating.

You will need a ball and a lamp or flashlight. Actually, the ball is optional, but it helps the kids feel like a big Earth more!

Ask your kiddos if the know why the moon and stars look like they go away each day and come back at night.

Tell your preschoolers that they are going to  be the Earth while we watch the sun come and go!  

Turn on the lamp and have everyone face the sun while they hold a ball. Tell them it's day time! They can see the sun!

Now turn everyone to face you, away from the lamp.

Tell them it's night time! They cannot see the sun, but it's still there!

Earth is always turning. When we face the sun it's daytime; when we face away, it's nighttime.  Older preschoolers enjoy this challenge question: When it is nighttime for us, is it also nighttime for kids who live on the other side of the Earth?

Practice making day and night a few more times! Repeat this chant a few times in a sing-song voice while you do:

Daytime, daytime, face the sun!
Nighttime, nighttime, turn and run!

We are sharing this nighttime preschool science activity to go with Time for Bed by Mem Fox for the Virtual Book Club! (Image is an Amazon Affiliate Link:)

The Virtual Book Club brings you new activities every single week focused around a children's book! Learn more about the Virtual Book Club (and see this month's books) here and join in the weekly fun at the Virtual Book Club Facebook Page HERE!

In the meantime, be sure to check out these other nighttime activities from the Virtual Book Club hosts:

Alphabet Activities
Beginning Sounds Rhyming Night Puzzles by Rainy Day Mum
Discover My Name in the Night Sky - Powerful Mothering

Number Activities
Star Counting Activity - Inspiration Laboratories

Sensory Activities
Sleepy Time Sensory Playdough Big Owl Little Owl at Witty Hoots

Cooking Activities
 Farm-Animal Bedtime Snacks that Toddlers & Preschoolers Can Make — Chickadee Lit

Science Activities
Surprising Animal Sleep Facts - Mama Smiles
Why We Have Night Preschool Science Activity - Preschool Powol Packets

Color Activities
How to Make a Star Garland - The Educators' Spin On It

Pre-Writing Activities
Starlit Night in a Cup! A Fine-Motor Craft for Kids - To be a Kid Again
Puffy Paint Night Sky - Views From a Step Stool
Star Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers- Toddler Approved

Movement Activities
Bedtime Relaxation Stretches-Sugar Aunts
Night Time Glow In The Dark Bowling - Adventures of Adam

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Friday, October 21, 2016

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S is for Spider Preschool Dot Page {FREE}

I have an adorable "S is for Spider" dot page for you and your preschoolers this weekend!

I absolutely love dot pages! Your preschooler can fill in the dots with dot paint markers, crayons, paint, chalk, magnets, buttons, beads, felt, or any other manipulative you choose!

You can use the page to practice tracing letters, counting dots, talking about colors, making "sssss" sounds, discussing spider diets, and more! You can use this free page as a center, a table activity while you cook, a quiet time activity, or just a simple no-prep spider themed preschool page!

Click HERE to download a {FREE} S is for Spider Dot Page!!

We like to do a spider theme every October...it fits in wonderfully with Halloween and fall, and our kids all love spiders!

If you're working on a spider theme or unit, you may want to check out our spider catapulting color game! Our preschoolers loved it...and so did our older kids! And check back again next week--I'm combining all our spider posts into a preschool spider theme for you soon!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

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Feed the Spider Color Catapulting ~ Preschool Spider Activity

I will never forget the biggest spider I ever saw, even though I only saw it for a few seconds. I love spiders, but this guy (or girl?!) made even me nervous! Luckily, this preschool spider activity is completely harmless!

We're starting our spider week, and I am super excited to bring you some spider learning activities during the next few days! This one was a lot of fun because we were able to easily adapt it for our preschoolers, toddlers, and "older" elementary kiddos.

As we fed the "spider," we practiced matching colored "flies" into the corresponding part of the "web."

This gave our youngest preschoolers and toddlers a chance to talk about and match colors, exercise coordination, and talk about spiders, diet, predation, and the purpose of webs! Our older kids talked about the parts of a web, how spiders manage to not get stuck, and how spiders eat and digest bugs and insects! I might have told them about the biggest spider I ever saw: it was on a trip when I was in college. We were visiting Thailand as part of a study abroad program. Our small group had trekked up a mountain, ridden on elephants, and was preparing to head back down into town when we spotted it: a spider so big it could take up an entire dinner plate!

I told our preschoolers that some spiders build webs to catch flies and other bugs while some (like the giant spider I saw in Thailand) jump out and grab their prey! For our activity, we were going to focus on the web-building spiders like the spider in The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. I made a "color web" and we were going to try to get the colored flies into the right spot on the web. Where do you think a blue "fly" should go? It was pretty obvious...in the blue part of the web. :)

We placed the web on the floor and drew a line about one foot away from it. Everyone had to stand behind the line. The youngest kids tried tossing the flies onto the web, and the older ones used spoons to "catapult" the flies onto the web. (Just place the fly on a plastic spoon and bend the spoon backward a teeny tiny bit to fling the fly away!) Everyone celebrated each time the flies landed in the right spot!  When the flies were all used up, we gathered all the pompoms that weren't in the right spot and tried again! All the kiddos here (from 1-9 years old!) had a blast playing with the colorful flying "flies!"

To make your own Feed the Spider Color Catapulting preschool game, just tape 4 different colored pieces of paper together. You can always use more colors and build a bigger board, but four worked great for us! Flip the "board" over and draw a web on it with a permanent marker. Then pull out a pile of pompoms to use as colorful flies!

We did this spider activity to go along with the Virtual Book Club's book this week: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. (Amazon Affiliate Link below:)

We also talked about spider behaviors, and how most spiders will run away from you...including the giant spider I saw in Thailand! That spider was so big that I would have run away from it in an instant, but I never had the chance--as soon as it saw us, it ran and hid inside a hollow piece of bamboo!

To finish up the game, my kids took our big play spider, and had it "eat" up all the flies!

Do you love spider activities? We like to do a Spider Theme or unit every October...you might enjoy our pipecleaner spiders, {FREE} spider counting playdough mats{FREE} Spider Lapbook, our taste-safe Spider Slime, glow-in-the dark spider web artBubble Spider Web art, making a spider pinata, or instructions on how to "catch" a real spider web!

This week the Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and doing all kinds of preschool spider activities too! Be sure to visit these other hosts and let us know what spider-y fun you get up to:

Name activities

Numbers activities

Science activities

Colors activities

Shape activities

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

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{FREE} Preschool Spider Counting Playdough Mats

I have a set of free preschool spider counting playdough mats for you today!

These are perfect for number recognition and counting practice!

Each mat has room to make a playdough number, count the spiders, and make playdough spiders to go on the spider web! I included a mat for each number, 1 - 10.

If you don't want to use playdough, you can let your kiddos trace the numbers with a marker and color in the spiders! If you laminate them, you can wipe both playdough and dry erase markers off!  My favorite way to use them is with playdough and some wiggly eyes for the spiders!

We always do a spider theme in October, so I made these to go with our spider week next week...be sure to join us for lots of fun spider activities!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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I am a Kite Action Rhyme for Preschool

This preschool action rhyme combines full body movements with a guessing game...can you tell it's a kite?

This rhyme goes great with a kite theme, learning the letter K, a spring theme, summer theme, New Year activities, or just for fun! It makes a great circle time activity! I like to use action rhymes as a sort of "brain break" to help the kids re-focus and calm down. I have found that sensory activities, especially if they involve more than one sense and motion, help kids relax when they start to bicker and are overwhelmed.  This uses the sense of touch, motion/proprioception, and the sense of hearing. It also exercises balance, and the rhyming words strengthen pre-reading skills!

The first time I introduced this to my kids, I had them watch me, and I stopped right before saying "kite." They all guessed it, and filled it in! Then we did it together about three more times.

I am a Kite Preschool Action Rhyme

by Carla at Preschool Powol Packets

I'm not a bird, but I like to fly.
(wave arms like you're flying)
I'm not a plane, but I touch the sky.
(reach both hands up as high as possible)
You can hold me with one hand
(reach out with one hand)
Or set me down, on the land.
(touch both hands to the ground)
Fly me high in day or night;
(wave arms again like flying)
What am I? I am a kite!
(reach arms out to your sides, like "ta da!")

Have you used action rhymes before? If not, this is the perfect time to start! You can even grab a printable version here!

I am sharing this I am a Kite action rhyme as part of the 31 Days of ABC's at All Done Monkey! Be sure to pop over for more letter learning fun with science, history, literacy, and more!

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Monday, October 10, 2016


Mud Pit Chip Dip - A Yummy Farm Theme Snack

Do your kids like to play with their food? Then they will love this book-based snack! Today the Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading The Little Blue Truck and studying farms! We are sharing a super fun Mud Pit Chip Dip that your kiddos can help you make or that you can prepare as a surprise for your farm theme!

In The Little Blue Truck (image below is an Amazon affiliate link), two trucks get stuck in a mud pit.

 You and your kiddos can make your own delicious mud pit with the following 

Simple Supplies: 

microwaveable dish, refried beans, mild salsa, cheese, seasoned salt and taco seasoning

Easy How to:

1- Mix refried beans, salsa, cheese, and spices to taste. I have one child who does not like spicy food at all, so we only put in about 1/4 cup of mild salsa with 2 cans of beans and about 1/2 cup cheese. This is a very flexible mud pit recipe!

2- Microwave it until it is heated throughout. We usually put a 9 inch square glass pan in the microwave for about two minutes. You can stir it when it is done to be sure it is heated evenly.

3- Serve with chips, trucks, and farm animals! You can even act out the story with your edible mud! Be sure to clean any toys you use first!

You can learn more about the Virtual Book Club for Kids here and join in all the fun at the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Page!

And be sure to check out these other fun farm activities (perfect for preschool!) to go with your Little Blue Truck week:

Science & Color Activities

Movement Activities

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