Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fruit Slices guessing game

This is...exactly what it sounds like. We used it to talk about patterns, shapes, same and different, and guess the different types of fruit. Can you guess them all? This is also the first flannelboard I've made using magnet "coins" with peelable backs and they are sooooo much better than chopping off bits of magnet from a roll!

They are, from left to right,
cherry, banana, dragonfruit, grape, persimmon
pomegranate, apple, starfruit, pineapple, orange
kiwi, lime

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lois Ehlert matching and shape games

These are shown on our new magnet chalkboard. It's not super magnetic, so they do fall off a lot, but that just gives the kids something to do.
Beaver from Oodles of Animals

Rrralph from Rrralph

Flower seed packets from Planting a Rainbow

Fish from Oodles of Animals

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Storytime song

I made this up on the spur of the moment (or I heard it somewhere and it came back to haunt me). I use it primarily in the We Explore programs, because we start with art activities and then I have to gather people together for the storytime/snack section.

Storytime, storytime
Let's all come to storytime
Time for stories, time for snacks
Let's all come to storytime.

I sing it loudly, clapping out the rhythm, to the tune of "This Old Man."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lunch by Denise Fleming

We had a little trouble ID'ing some of the things, my vegetable crafting skills not being what they could be. The "apple" works better as a tomato, since that's what they all thought it was. The kids adored the mouse eating their fruits and vegetables out of their hands. After the mouse samples everything and we put it on the board, we repeat the different things while he gathers them all up in his mouth and then we talked briefly about the words we learned, fruits, vegetables, and colors.

And I totally forgot that I originally saw this at So Tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Are you Oviparous?

I made this to go with Ruth Heller's Chickens aren't the only ones. There are a lot more pieces, so I can do it with a larger group. They're laminated free clip art that I stuck magnets to.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Garden vs. Not Garden (sorting game)

I got the inspiration for this from Falling Flannel Boards I got a good variety of things, plus some trick questions, so the kids could not only sort into the two basic categories (things that grow, things that don't) but also have some discussion - what cardboard is made out of, etc.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Enormous Carrot

My idea for this was sparked from Stories with Ms. Jenna. I changed it from turnip to carrot because carrots are easier to make - and I'm not sure any of the kids even know what a turnip is! I've never eaten one myself. The carrot is covered by the brown piece of felt and I pulled it out bit by bit to show how it "grows". Yes, the mouse has a duct-tape ear.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Big Gray Elephant

The big gray elephant slowly walks.
She doesn’t make a sound.
She swings her trunk from left to right.
When she puts her feet on the ground.
Swing, swing, left and right,
She doesn’t make a sound.

I got this from Storytime Katie. Instead of using the elephant puppet she had as a craft, I handed them out to the kids to swing for the rhyme and then they got to keep them.

I dream of an elephant by Ami Rubinger

I made 20 elephants (I cut duplicates of some colors) so I'd have enough for all the kids to put them up. I got this idea from Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli

I enlarged the last two pages, that had samples of quiet and loud things, laminated them, and put flannel on the backs so we could use it as a sort of extension activity.