Showing posts with label Preschool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Preschool. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

30 Halloween Activities

It's October!  I love everything about October: autumn in full swing, Halloween, wearing sweaters & scarves, Halloween, pumpkin everything, Halloween...

Okay, so I'm a little Halloween obsessed.  Halloween is MY holiday.  Growing up my mom always in charge of Easter and Christmas, but she left Halloween to my siblings and me.  We created haunted houses in our basement.  We came up with epic ways to decorate the house.  We designed our own pumpkin carving patterns.  So many good memories!

Although I'm late getting started (thanks to a surprise appendectomy) my kids and I wrote down 30 activities we could do leading up to Halloween.  Time to make some memories!  Here is what we came up with:

As we do the activities I will update this page to let you in on the fun.

1. Paint Rocks
2. Play with Popsicle Stick Puzzles
Making puzzles is one of my kids' favorite things.  These Popsicle stick puzzles are cheap, compact, and easy enough for a 3-year-old to put together on their own.  Click HERE to get your own free Popsicle stick puzzle templates.

3. Pumpkin Patch/Ghosts in the Graveyard
Your kids will love trying to find these balloon "ghosts" all around your yard.  Ours were even filled with goodies!

4. Make Bookmarks
5. Paint Nails
My girls love painting nails.  Time to get festive with some Halloween designs.  Click HERE for the free printable. 

6. Make Halloween Pennant Banners
7. Play with Slime
Even my girly-girls enjoyed squishing and squeezing their glittery slime creatures.

8. Beanbag Toss
9. Masking Tape Mummies
Make masking tape mummies of your kids.  They will love toting around their little mummy-me (it's like mini-me; get it?).

10. Make a Haunted House
I bought a haunted house kit from Walmart and put it together.  So cheap and easy to make!

11. Make Halloween Puppets
12. Make Pumpkin Owls
13. Make Wreaths
If your kids love to decorate, this is the craft for you.  Make paper plate pumpkin wreaths and let your kids hang them wherever they want.

14. Color Halloween Pictures
15. Play Grab the Ghost
An easy and entertaining game that will keep your kids busy and get them moving.

16. Make Paper Pumpkins
17. Pumpkin Bowling
18. Drink Witch's Brew
19. Mummy Wrapping
20. Play Witch Pitch
Help your kids practice counting as they try to toss candy corns into cauldrons.  This is also a fabulous group date game.

21. Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Get out some pent-up energy by going on a scavenger hunt.  Add an extra level of difficulty and fun by doing it at night with flashlights!

22. Make Pumpkin Bracelets
What's better than making bracelets?  Making edible bracelets!  (Tutorial will be added soon.)

23. Have a Halloween Photo Booth
24. Carve Pumpkins
You can't go wrong with this classic Halloween activity.  I love watching my kids' reactions to the pumpkin's insides.

25. Decorate the Bat Cave
I let the kids decorate their toy room with bats.  They now call it the bat cave.  Princess even hung some bats from the ceiling.

26. Draw Bats in Cages
27. Decorate Suckers
28. Make Halloween Hair Bows
29. Decorate Treat Bags
Let your kids use paint and Q-tips to decorate their treat bags.  They will love showing them off on Halloween.

30. Make a Treat
I whipped up a nice, Fall treat (it's a favorite from my childhood).  We had applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar.  I topped it off with vanilla ice cream and some Halloween sprinkles.  This treat is fast, easy, and semi-healthy.

How do you celebrate Halloween with your family?

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ABC Nerf Gun Target Practice

I love coming up with little activities to teach my children the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.  It's important to me that they enjoy learning.  While Princess is at school I focus on the things that Goofy and Bud need to learn.

We happen to have a couple of Nerf Guns from our Spy Family Party so I thought I'd make good use of them.  I made a couple of targets for the kids to shoot at (free printables at the bottom of this post).

Before I let the children shoot the guns, we went over the letters, shapes, and colors on each target sheet.

I would call out a letter, color, or shape, and the kids would try to hit the one I said.

Bud loved shooting his gun.  I mainly focused on colors and shapes with him.

He cheated a little by putting his gun right up to the target.

The kids loved this activity.  I love how versatile it is.  You could use it for any subject!

Here are the target practice sheets that I created.  Feel free to use them with your own kids!  If you don't have Nerf guns you could use rubber bands, marshmallows and/or marshmallow shooters, or throw pom-poms.  

Your kids will love it!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Happy Home - Preschool Lesson

At this point in our mommy school we have learned about healthy bodies, about me & hobbies, and families.  It has been so rewarding already to see the kids retaining the information they have been taught!

Lesson Topics: Letter D (the sound it makes and writing it properly), homes (similarities & differences, the rooms in the house, and that our attitude effects everyone in the home), using scissors correctly, gluing, and large motor skills.

Letter D:
I start every lesson with a code word.  When I say that word the children are supposed to zip their lips, fold their arms, and have eyes on me.  The code word starts with the letter of the day.  Today's code word was Dad.  We practiced saying "D, 'duh', dad."  The girls then wrote capital and lowercase D on a whiteboard.

Different Kinds of Homes:
I told Goofy and Brownie that we don't all live in the same houses.  We talked about some of the differences between their houses (one has stairs, one has two rooms, etc.).  I explained that even though each house is different, they are both good and have the people we love most.  To further discuss the differences between homes, I gave the girls a House Matching activity sheet (above).  We talked about the each house.  For example, the first house is dark and a little scary.  We then examined the people on the page.  I asked the girls to try to figure out which person would most likely live in each house and to draw a line from the house to the person.

The Rooms in the House:
We gathered at the table and I gave the rooms in your house sheets (above).

I let them color the different rooms: kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom as well as the little girl.  I had fun seeing their different coloring styles.  Brownie likes to color everything her favorite color - green.  Goofy colored her little girls' hair to match her own and didn't show much interest in coloring the rooms.  She would much rather be cutting.  

Princess took a lot of time making sure she colored each detail correctly.

Once everything was colored to their satisfaction, it was time to cut everything out.

Brownie gluing the rooms onto her house.

Cutting and gluing was Goofy's favorite part by far.  She knew exactly where she wanted every room to go.

Here is Goofy's finished house.  They used these little houses at home when they did their homework.

What Room Am I In? - Large Motor Game:
After all of that sitting it was time to get moving!  I acted out something that is done in a specific room of the house (for example: brushing my teeth = bathroom).  The girls had to figure out what room I should be in when doing that action.  Then the girls had their own turn doing some actions.  They laughed and laughed when I pretended to sit and watch television.  I guess the dead look on my face had something to do with it.


Making Your Home a Happy Place:
It is very common for 3 year old kids to throw fits when they don't get their way.  Your kid never throws fits?  Teach me your secret...PLEASE!  I taught the kids the song "When We're Helping We're Happy."  My mom used to sing this to my siblings and me ALL the time.  It teaches kids to help the other members of the family and that helping others makes you happy inside.

I explained to the girls that the way they act affects the home.  If you are happy, then the house is a happy place to be.  When you're being mean it makes everyone else feel bad.  I let them make their own happy home.

Here is the finished result.  I decided to use a large, red brad to make the house look like it has a nose.  Isn't it cute?!  The little mouth can change from happy to sad.  Goofy absolutely adores her happy house!  Bestie told me that Brownie simply can't stand it when her little house is sad.  (This would make a great FHE object lesson by the way.)   If you make a happy house of your own you will only need one mouth sheet.  I needed two because I had two girls to teach.

Follow your daily schedule.  Walk the little girl through the rooms of the house.

What are some ways you teach your children to be happy and helpful at home?  I would love to hear any all suggestions!

*Feel free print out and use any of the different activity sheets and flashcards.  I only ask you give credit where credit is due.  Thank you.

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