ABC and 123: July 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Ocean Themed Activities

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This was a poplular theme with ABC's community! Thank you to everyone who sent in their submissions! We appreciate them and they make putting together quality posts easier for us too. We'd love to fill more posts completely with reader submissions, so keep them coming!

Cindy submitted a link to the following ocean themed activities.
Beach Ocean Theme, Preschool Activities:
1. Slippery Fish Flannel Board Activity with templates and words
2. Secret Seahorse Memory Game can be used with Secret Seahorse book


3. ABC Fishing Game


4. Counting Fish Activity with templates


5. What's Different? Activity

Meninheira made a mobile with cereal boxes. It is a great sun (43 cm), has its rays hanging from an umbrella, a butterfly, a float for the beach, an ice cream and a sandcastle. Of rays of hanging up signs with the word summer in English, Spanish and Galician lenguague.


She also put together an ocean in a bottle as part of a study on the sea.


Check out her site for a video explanation of an ocean themed lap book.


Vanessa submitted ocean activities for you to try with your little explorers:

Beach Bucket Roll 'N Stamp Game

Materials needed: Print the Beach Bucket Roll "N Stamp Game mat from: http://www.pre-kpages.com/ocean.htmlDo-A-Dot markers or sea shells, one die (large foam die are best so they can't be swallowed by younger siblings or pets).

Child rolls the die and places a sea shell on a corresponding number on their mat OR stamps the bucket with a Do-A-Dot marker. This activity promotes number recognition, number sense, and one-to-one correspondence.

Fish Bowl One-to-One Game

Materials needed: Print the Fish Bowl game mat from: http://www.pre-kpages.com/ocean.html goldfish crackers, one die (large foam die are best so they cannot be swallowed by younger siblings or pets)

Child rolls the die and places one goldfish on a fish bowl for each corresponding dot on the die. For example, if the child rolls a 4 then he or she would place 4 fish on their mat. This activity promotes one-to-correspondence.

See picture here: http://www.pre-kpages.com/images/math_ocean121.jpg

Fish in the Ocean Game
Materials needed: One egg carton, blue paint, Sharpie marker, goldfish crackers

Cut off the top of the egg carton and paint the inside of the carton blue. When the paint is dry, use the Sharpie marker to write one number in the bottom of each egg space. The child will identify the number and place the corresponding number of goldfish crackers in each space.

You will love the cute castles Anne from Teaching Two made with her little ones. What a clever use for toliet paper tubes.

They also collaged small pieces of torn paper to make colorful seahorses.

Arts and Crofts submitted a link to several ocean themed activities. The World is an Oyster has an adorable oyster craft accompanied by math and language arts follow up activities!

Princes with a Half Price Tiara has put an egg carton to good use making this little sea crab creations.


She also submitted a giant jellyfish and a whale of a bag!

KizClub has a printable underwater counting & coloring page. They also have an sea creature scissor practice activity.


Carissa at 1+1+1=1 has idea for an ocean themed tot book.

Alexa at Mind Games shared the following three links for beachy activities:

Last year when we came home from our trip to the lake, we brought containers of sand/rocks/water from the lake's edge for our friends to explore. These are our favorite sand molds, ever! The pyramid, the colosseum, and more.

We like to make sand paintings by painting with white glue and then shaking sand over the top.



Her Cup Overfloweth posted a fun sea & sand scape snack.

The following ideas have been submitted by Denise. Put them together to build a fun beach unit.

Title: I Went Swimming Poem Chart
Objective: develop concepts of print

Title: Fish Pattern Blocks
Objective: identify shapes; combine shapes to create a picture

Title: Fish Song Chart
Objective: develop concepts of print; read sight words

Title: Ocean Writing Station
Objective: writing

Title: Finding Nemos
Objective: matching numbers to sets of objects

Set up your own beach in the playroom. Check out the Dairy Queen's version!

Hadley also shares several beach themed toddler tub activities. This link explains the tubs in more detail.


The Bookworm's Booklist has put together a great beach themed book list.


We got a last minute submission from The Pink and Green Mama with her fun Ocean in the Bag craft, this looks like a lot of fun!

Get a free summer themed scrapbook and journaling pages for your kids to color, add photos, and write about their summer from crafts store Michael's, The Knack. Just print out and complete.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Picnic Table Talk: Jump, Skip, Hop

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This week's Picnic Table Talk is devoted to keeping our bodies active and healthy!

~What physical activities do your children enjoy?
~What type of outdoor games does your family play together?
~How do you schedule physical activity into your daily routines?

Feel free to link up to a new or archived post on your own blog. We are looking forward to hearing and sharing many great suggestions for Jumping, Skipping, Hopping and more!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Color Blue

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Bake up Mika's Blue Impossible Pie!

Alicia brought our attention to Kiz Club's file folder game for the color blue.

Vanessa shared a simple activity for sorting colors. Use this activity to highlight whatever color you are currently working on with your preschool age child.



Color Boxes:
Collect small items of various colors from Happy Meals and sort them into separate shoe boxes. Use colored Sharpies to color large circles of every color on a white, vinyl tablecloth from the dollar store.Children can sort objects by color onto the tablecloth.

Child Fun shares three different blue crafts: Blueberry Blue, Blue Necklaces, and Blue Fireworks.

Plan a blue themed day around the classic nursery rhyme Little Boy Blue.

Little boy blue, come blow your horn;
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn.
Where's is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack, fast asleep.
DLTK has a round up of Blue's Clues Activities to add to your blue lessons.


Easy Fun School has a great list of blue arts and crafts: blue collages, blueprints, blue soap, blue chalk, and more.

Find many downloadable blue worksheets and coloring pages at Enchanted Learning.

A to Z Kids Stuff suggests blue sensory table, science, and group time activities.

An online interactive color blue activity is available from Sheppard Software.

Media Ideas:
The Blue Balloon
Bear in the Big Blue House
Big Blue Engine by Ken Wilson-Max
Blue Hat by Angie Sage
Veggie Tale Video: Madame Blueberry

Snack Ideas:
~Blueberries
~Blueberrie Muffins or Pancakes
~Blue Pudding
~Blue Milk
~Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid or Jell-O

The Blueberry Bush
(Tune: The Mulberry Bush)
Here we go round the blueberry bush,
The blueberry bush, the blueberry bush.
Here we go round the blueberry bush,
So early in the morning.

Pick the blueberries small and round,
Small and round, small and round.
Pick the blueberries small and round,
So early in the morning.

(Taste the blueberries, ripe and sweet,etc.)

The Farmer in the Dell
B-L-U-E spells blue,
B-L-U-E spells blue.
Hi Ho, did you know?
B-L-U-E spells blue.

Finding Colors Tune
"The Muffin Man"
Oh, can you find the color blue,
The color blue, the color blue?
Oh, can you find the color blue,
Somewhere in this room?

I See Blue
tune: Frere Jacques
I see blue,
I see blue.
Yes, I do.
Yes, I do.
I see a blue block,
I see a blue crayon.
I see blue.
Yes, I do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Polliwog Review and Giveaway


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This week I have the priviledge of introducing you to the learning products offered by
Polliwog. You're going to love the quality of the products in this shop and the many learning opportunities available.

Michele, the preschool teacher, behind Polliwog started making affordable sandpaper letters and numbers in 2003 to save money on her own classroom supplies. She has now shared her quality workmanship with you, other parents and teachers!

Why sand paper?
Sand Paper letters and numbers are a Montessori inspired activity. The idea is that the tactile interaction with these symbols helps children as they learn to recognize and form numbers and letters. It works because a child's large motor develops first. By tracing the sandpaper texture with their fingers, children are exercising their large motor skills and learning the symbols. Sand paper letters also foster visual memory skills.

Check out these reviews from other Polliwog satisfied customers:
"These are so professional and high quality. Thank you for providing a handmade option for my Montessori efforts!"
"These are 100% better than you can find anywhere else. Not plywood, I haven't found better letters anywhere."

The sandpaper collections are available in numbers 0-9, uppercase alphabet, and lowercase alphabet.

Here are some of the activities we tried with our number set:

We started by tracing each of the numbers several times with our pointer fingers. As you will notice in the pictures. each number has a cut out dot that signifies the starting point for tracing (sorry by #1 is upside down in the picture).

While my 3 year old continued to practice tracing and naming each number, my 5 year old was busy putting together 2-digit numbers, as I instructed, and tracing them.


We played a couple different games with the sand paper numbers. The first game was a guessing game. With a blindfold covering his eyes, my son traced each number I presented to him and tried to figure out what number he was feeling. He really liked this challenge.

We also tried a game called "Knock, Knock, Numbers." With all the numbers turned upside down we took turns knocking on the numbers. The "it" person would knock and say, "Knock! Knock!" The rest of us would say, "Who's there?" The player would then turn over the number and would name the number. Ex. "It's 5"

Simple, but effective for practicing number identification!

I modeled even and odd numbers for the kids by sorting the numbers into 2 piles.

We played "What's # is Missing" by laying out a series of numbers and asking the kids to name and find the number that was missing in the group. Ex. 3, 5, 6, 7. Missing 4.



Of course we had to try a little number rubbing too. With the numbers under white printer paper we used different colors to rub the numbers. My son was really having fun making and trying to read 3- and 4- digit numbers with this technique.

While we had the crayons out we also tried a bit of one-to-one correspondence practice. I layed out all the numbers and had the kids count out how many crayons went next to each number.
This activity would work with any manipulatives.

Okay, so what can you do with the ABC sand paper sets? Here are a few alphabet suggestions for you.

~Trace and practice forming each letter
~Color rubbing
~Sort vowels/consonants
~Match the uppercase letter to its' lowercase partner.
~"What letter is Missing" sequencing game
~"Knock, Knock Letters"
~Blindfolded Letter ID
~"I Spy!" - Lay out all of you letters. Give your child a clue and have them look for the correct letter. Ex. I spy the letter that starts the word FROG.
~Corn Meal Practice - While looking at the sand paper letter practice copying it into a tray full of corn meal.
~White Board Writing - Place the stack of ABCs in a pile upside down next to a white board. Have your child turn over letters and copy them on to the white board one at a time.

As you can see Polliwog's Sand Paper letters as a fantastic resource for many different learning center activities!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Picnic Food: Polliwogs

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Polliwogs coming soon to a picnic near you! Find your favorite froggy foods.

Frog Eyed Salad
Ingredients:
• 1 box Acini Di Pepe pasta (or Orzo)
• 1 large can of pineapple (drained)
• 3 large cans of mandarin oranges (drained)
• 1 large container of whipped topping
• 1 bag of colored marshmallows

Directions:
1. 1st: Boil noodles accordingly
2. drain and cool with cold water
3. once drained add pineapple, mandarin oranges, and whipped topping
4. mix well,
5. top with colored marshmallows.
6. Refrigerate 1 hour or until serve!
7. And enjoy!

This recipe was found at DLTK

Sherbet the Frog looks like a tasty edition to a picnic. However, you'll have to eat him quickly before he hops melts away!

Make a Fruity Frog out of Granny Smith apples.

Pack some Frog in a Bog muffins in your picnic basket.

Kulinary Kids made (k)ute Lily Pad Cookies.

Finish off your Froggy picnic with a little speckled frog puppet project & song, courtesy of Her Cup Overfloweth.

For an additional entry in the giveaway that will be shared tomorrow, leave a comment here with your guess as to which of the companies we will be featured this week. Hint: You may have to check back on the original Summer Prize Picnic introduction post.

Looking ahead to this week's PICNIC TABLE TALK...
This week's topic is Jump, Skip & Hop!
Plan a post that shares physical activites and outdoor games you enjoy playing with your family.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Encouraging Independence

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Today's Life Skills Sunday post is focused on INDEPENDENCE.

Independence
The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.

If we give too much independence at too early of an age our children may misuse it.
However, it we don't give them enough they will becoming overly dependent.

India Parenting suggests 4 steps to creating the right balance:

1. Take one step at a time

2. Don't be in a hurry

3. Watch

4. Help Your Child Make Lists

Resources

Read an article on Toddler Independence.

Search Warp suggests Teaching Children Independence by:

~Refuse to Step In

~Believe in Your Child

~Teach Life Skills Through Routines

~Let Children Experience Consequences

~Coach as They Learn

The Dicipline How to Blog has several posts devoted to Tips for Raising Independent Children at various age levels.

~Don't Do Everything for Your Child

~Teach Life Skills

~Teach Them to Prioritize

~Teach About Money

Parenting.com has age-by-age suggestions for raising independent children.

Parenting for Independence the Montessori Way

Suggestions

~Encourage "Free Play" in your home. Check out these suggestions on encouraging unstructured play.

~Put juice and snacks in plastic containers where your child can easily reach them.

~Allow your child to answer questions - avoid answering for them.

~Child proof your home so your child is free to explore.

~Offer opportunities for problem solvin

~Do not do things for your child that they could do for themselves.

~Install shelves at the child's level so they can put away their own books, toys, and clothes.

~Use words of encouragement instead of words of praise.

~Scholastic lists several ideas for encouraging independence in infants and toddlers.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Letter H

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Ready for some alphabet fun this Friday? Here's a handful of H ideas!




The Home Teacher celebrated the letter H with hashbrowns, hula, hawaiian hype, hammocks, and houses.


Homeschool Creations has a preschool corner post dedicated to the letter H. It is full of helpful ideas. The Butterscotch Haystack recipe looks like a very tasty addition to a week of H!

Michelle from Delightful Learning has a great collection of activities to teach the letter H, Hip, Hip Hooray! Her ideas include: hats, hippos, holes, horse shoes, hand prints, hot dogs, hopping, homes, and a whole lot more.

H is for HOT - Put together a file folder game to practice Hot & Cold.

Sandra has put together a helpful beginning letter sound grid of H pictures, which she used while teaching a unit H is for Home. There is a free downloadable copy on her site.

Storytime and More taught H is for holes, hopping, and hot meals. This post also includes a list of Spanish words that begin with the letter H.


Need suggestions for books, field trips, songs, and more for the letter H? Check out the resource page put together by Keri.

Check out Enchanted Learning's picture dictionary for the letter H.

Free Kid's Craft has letter H Arts & Crafts suggestions such as: Horseshoes, Stuffed Hearts, Newspaper Hats, and Heart Men.

Make any of the awesome Handprint crafts submitted this spring.

H Math
~Count to a Hundred
~Measure your Height

Hand-y H Snacks
~Use a clean plastic glove and put candy, popcorn, fruit pieces, or other finger food inside. Make sure you use gloves that have no powder or other chemicals inside.
~Serve "horse" snacks such as carrots and apples
~Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
~Honey

H Stories
A House for Hermit Crab
Little Red Hen
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

Sing
Hokey Pokey
If You're Happy and You Know It
Play a Harmonica

Play
Hot Potato
Hide & Seek
Hula Hoop
Hot & Cold

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Organizing with Bags

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In conjunction with this week's Picnic Table Talk about ORGANIZING we are offering you a chance to win a fabulous Kidlet Bag from Two Little Monkeys.

The Kidlet is 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 and includes an outside pocket. As you can see Missy uses adorable fabric combinations in putting together these useful bags. The Kidlet is lined, well stitched, and easy to wash.

Here are some suggestions from Missy on Kidlet storage solutions:

~Hang it on door knobs, hooks in closets, playrooms, bathrooms, or even hang in the car
~It's big enough to hold books, art supplies, toys, lovies, dvds, puzzles, and more


I was lucky enough to win this sweet Kidlet from Two Little Monkeys a few months ago. In addition to Missy's suggestions above, our family has found many other organizational uses for our bag:

~Hang the Kidlet in the bathroom to collect girly little hair goodies (which you will also find in Two Little Monkey's shop!)
~Hang by the coat hooks to collect important papers from backpacks
~Hang by the front door as a reminder of the mail that needs to go out on the next trip
~Hang on the kid's bedroom door with all the little trinkets found around the house that need to be put away
~Keep the car keys and garage door opener in a safe place where they are always easily accessible.
~Teach your child responsibility & organizing skills using some of the above suggestions with the Kidlet

Here are 2 educational activities that would work well with a Kidlet:

~Letter of the day - Write each letter of the alphabet on a 3x5 card. Each day put one card in the front pocket of the Kidlet. Work with your child to fill the inside of the bag with anything you find in and around your house that begins with the featured letter.

~Counting - Write the numbers 1-20 on 3x5 cards. Choose 1 number to place in the front pocket. Ask your child to find that number of objects to place in the Kidlet.

~Adapt this activity to also practice color words!

Are you imagining all the places in your home where you would find a Kidlet to be the organizing solution?? I thought so! Would you love to have one of your own?

Giveaway
Missy, the owner of 2 Little Monkeys is giving away a Kidlet bag to one of our readers!

To Enter
Visit Two Little Monkey's Shop, then leave us a comment about something that catches your eye! You will love her diverse selection! In addition to great bags, Missy also makes hair clips, head bands, dresses, and hand painted decorations!

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Picnic Table Talk: Organizing Your Space

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This week's Picnic Table Talk is about Organizing Your Space and Materials!

Who would have thought there were so many ways to use Baby Wipe Boxes to organize classroom materials. Check out the lengthy list of suggestions at Monkey See Monkey Do.

What do you do to keep order in your home? classroom? art cabinent? etc?
Post your tips for organizing all the materials that come along with learning, teaching, and entertaining your kiddos. Then, link up and share your stuff!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sight Word Games

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This Wednesday is for the Words.
Sight Words, that is!

Summer vacation is a great break from the routines of the school year, but it is still essential to continue practicing reading skills. A fantastic way to keep your child reading and learning is by reviewing the all important sight word lists. Sight words are more fun to review with an interactive game or competition of some sort.

Sight words are high-frequency words that educators recommend beginner readers strive to instantly recognize. These words include “service” words like articles, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and common verbs. For a more complete introduction to sight words you may be interested in this article.

For age appropriate word lists print these from Quiz Tree.

Here are a few sight word games to keep your children's skills sharp this summer.Kelly's Kindergarten has compiled a huge collection of make your own sight word games. Many of the games use characters familiar to preschool and elementary age children.
Little Giraffes explains how to play one of our family favorite sight word games, CRASH. There is also explanations for Sight Word Parking Lot, Fishing, Trashcan Ball, and more.

Work with your child on this collection of online Dolch Word Games.

Momma Snail has a fantastic idea for putting together Word Family Games. By practicing these word families children will be exposed to many key sight words.


Er-u-di-tion is a fun sight words game that introduces players to phonics and sight words. The game cards are categorized by color so that children with different skill levels can play together.

Watch for a complete review of this effective game coming soon to ABC & 123, along with your chance to win a game board of your own.

Er-u-d-tion's site also shares the Top Ten Sight Word Games on their site. The games, which are explained in detail on the sight, include: spelling bee, sentence contests, flashcards, bingo, word search, concentration, and more!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lauren Nicole Gifts Review and Giveaway

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Thus far on Tuesdays we've been featuring educational and children's products. We know our readers are all so involved with their children and always looking for new activities to do with them, but we also knew that this picnic wouldn't be complete without a few special treats for the mommies!
We know you're like us and always so busy taking care of the kids, home, family...and that you usually put your needs last on the list. That's why we're so happy to be featuring Lauren Nicole Gifts, a company that specializes in monogrammed gifts and accessories, this week. Just wait til you see the fun and sparkily fine silver round initial pendant you can win from them! As soon as I heard monograming is Lauren Nicole Gift's speciality I had to go check them out. Pretty much everyone who knows me, knows of my love for all things monogramed. From jewelry to acesseories like these pocket tissue holders, key fobs, bookmarkers, hand towels, pony tail holders, mirrors, zipper pulls, and even magnets anything you think your initals can be added to are at Lauren Nicole Gifts. I especially like the monogramed barrettes and shoe clips. All your holiday shopping could be completed with just one order here as there are even gifts for men, what proud Grandpa wouldn't love showing off his grandkids on a photo key chain?There is a complete line of baby gifts, like an adorable monogramed plush lambs that would be the perfect special lovey for any child and look great in a nursery. The cute It's a Boy slippers for the mom to be would be fun to wear at the baby shower and then again at the hospital. After the baby is born you could snuggle her up in a monogrammed microfleece baby blanket or another one of the cuddily options Lauren Nicole Gifts has. There is even a hand stamped silver baby spoon that would be a unique and practical keepsake. A bucket hat, sippy cup, onesie, and bib all packaged together in a snack square would be memorable twist on a gift basket that's sure to be appreciated and well used by the little one!
My favorite section of Lauren Nicole Gift's to browse is her extensive jewelry collection. My favorites can be found in the monogramed silver jewelry or wax seal jewelry section. I love the variety of styles and font choices and it's artisan style. The Fine Silver Small Round Initial Necklace would be a lovely addition to any outfit.

"Fine silver round pendant necklace can be personalized with an initial. We hand make the pendants in our studio by hand-casting fine silver. The pendant measures 16mm in diameter and can be personalized with one initial. The pendant comes on a sterling silver ball chain necklace with your choice of two 6mm bead charms.

Fine silver is a slightly higher grade than sterling silver. Sterling silver is .925 silver and fine silver is .999 silver"

It's understated and elegant, while the hand stamped swirl design is unique and adds interesting detail to the pendant. You can personalize it with an initial, choose the color of the bead charms added to it, and pick between a ball and rollo chain. Complete the look with matching fine silver earrings. It comes all ready to be gifted in an organza pink drawstring bag and a darling tin that makes this gift's packaging extra special and makes Lauren Nicole Gifts stand out from others. Designed and made by Denise, the fabric on my tin is Lilly Pulitzer fabric, how did Denise know I super duper big ♥ Lilly, and coordinates with the colors of the bead charms on my necklace.

I have a love for cute and clever packaging and love little organizers and containers of all kinds. The gift tins Lauren Nicole Gifts uses are some of my favorite ones ever. They come with all jewelry purchases except for button jewelry and monogrammed gift tins can also be purchased.
Giveaway:
Would you like to win your very own Fine Silver Small Round Initial Necklace? Denise, the owner of Lauren Nicole Gifts is generously providing one for our readers! We think every mom deserves a fun new necklace to add some bling to your summer outfits!

To Enter:
Go over to Lauren Nicole Gifts and leave us a comment telling us your favorite item from her store. There's a lot to choose from, have fun browsing!

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Good luck, giveaway open to US and Canadian residents til Monday July 27th at midnight EST.
Thursday's Picnic Table Talk Topic: This week we'll be discussing organization. Please share your tips for organizing learning materials, lesson you want to try, or any area of your home that benefits from a little order. We're looking forward to seeing all your great ideas and being inspired by your organizational skills!

Disclaimer: We received our review product from Lauren Nicole Gifts, free of charge in return for writing a review of their products and hosting a giveaway on our blog. We want to stress that our opinions are genuine and no effort was made to influence them by the company. This review relates our own experiences with the products. Your experience may differ.