Along the way to becoming a reader, your child will be exposed to learning how to chunk works into syllables.  A fun and easy way to work on syllables is right in your kitchen!  Your beginning reader will love this simple Muffin Tin Syllable Counting learning activity.
Along the way to becoming a reader, your child will be exposed to learning how to chunk works into syllables.  A fun and easy way to work on syllables is right in your kitchen!  Your beginning reader will love this simple Muffin Tin Syllable Counting learning activity.

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This activity has been reprinted with permission from the publisher from the book 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS. I received a free copy of 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS from the publisher to share a sneak peek of this new resource for parents, educators... anyone working with children!
100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids was written by the co-founders and writers of children's activity site, The Educator's Spin On It.  Kim Vij and Amanda Boyarshinov are both certified teachers in early childhood education.  Their experiences and love for hands-on activities led them to share this impressive collection of DIY games and activities done with everyday household items to be used with children ages 3-7.

I was particularly impressed with the introduction to the book, 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids.  Amanda and Kim give some "Teacher Talk" Insights, but what I loved most was the "50 Things Kids Learn in an Early-Childhood Education Environment"-- number 50 is that they "know{s} that they are loved."

So, turn playtime into an opportunity for your children to learn skills like reading, writing, math, global awareness, music and art, and science in an safe, encouraging, and creative environment with you! 

Muffin Tin Syllable Counting Activity is found on page 49 in section Fantastic Reading.

Say and count syllables in this self-checking muffin tin game. Sneak in a little fine motor practice and boost early literacy skills while picking up buttons. Let the kids help draw the game pieces and you tie in art and creativity too.


Focus Skill: counting syllables in spoken words


Materials



Fun Learning Game for Kids



Directions to Make
1. Trace around the 2-inch (5-cm) circle 12 times on the cardstock {or save yourself a bit of time and use a 2-inch circle hole punch}.



2. Draw a picture of a person, place or thing inside each circle. Cutting pictures from magazines works too! Some examples are dog, caterpillar, fish, bicycle, shoe, car, banana, apple, book, table, circus and library.



3. Color and cut out each picture.


4. Turn the circles over and make a dot for each syllable in the word. The back of the circle with the dog picture would have one dot; caterpillar would have four.



Directions to Play
1. Place the pictures, image side up, in the muffin tin. The player names the picture out loud and counts the number of syllables in the word.


2. The player drops the same number of buttons as syllables in the tin.


3. Play continues until all compartments have been filled with buttons. When this happens, the player self-checks and corrects the number of syllables by turning the picture over and comparing the number of buttons in each compartment with the number of circles on the back of the image.



Game Variations
  • Focus the pictures on a specific learning theme such as natural life, ocean or transportation.
  • Select and read a story. Use vocabulary words and characters from the story to make the picture cards.
  • Focus on number sense by changing the pictures to numbers. Have the player count out the buttons to match the written number.
This Muffin Tin Syllables game is a great way to learn and play today-- which is the motto behind my blog here!  If you are looking for some new ideas to inspire you to learn and play with your kiddos, check out 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS.  Each activity also lists 3 other ways to play, so it is definitely a resource that you can enjoy more than once.  The layout and activities are engaging and eye-catching....  and of course EASY to put together for a busy momma, like myself!  Needless to say, I am loving my copy!

Check it out!  I'd love to hear what you think!
Enjoy!


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Explore shapes and colors on the window!  Whether it is not yet warm enough to explore the outdoors for a long period of time or it is a rainy day or you just need something fun and simple to entertain the young kiddos, this Shape Play Activity will be a hit!  There are so many ways you could use this shape play on the window activity.


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All my kiddos enjoyed this activity to some degree; my 1 year old enjoyed pulling the shapes off the window.  

My 3 year old enjoyed "swiping" the shape or color I called off the window, inspired by the ninja swipe apps you can download on your mobile device.  

Fun Shape Play Activity for Kids


My 5 and 8 year old enjoyed making pictures using the foam shapes.  

To set up this simple invitation to explore shapes and colors on the window, you'll need:


 Begin prepping the activity by cutting out various shapes from each foam sheet.  I cut circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles... but you could add semi-circles, ovals, hearts, and stars, too!

Using a paintbrush and water, show your child that you can "paint" the window using the foam shapes.  Either "paint" water on the window, or apply it to the shape and then adhere the shape to the window.  Surprisingly, it should stick!
 Encourage your child to create a picture using the different foam shapes.

Or perhaps as I mentioned above, call out a color or shape and have your child find it and take it off the window.

For an older child, use this opportunity to practice some addition and subtraction!

Regardless of how you play, it is simple enough for kiddos of all ages to do!

Have fun with this simple shapes activity!

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A fun way to practice letter and sound recognition is by turning a letter of the alphabet into an animal or object that begins with that letter sound.  Our alphabet crafts are almost compete!  For this week's Creative Preschool Zoo Theme, we crafted the letter Z.  Enjoy making your own Z is for Zebra Alphabet Craft!

Z is for Zebra Alphabet Craft-- such a fun way to learn about the letter Z!  Or with more Zoo Themed Learning Activities!

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My 5 year old has really enjoyed creating our alphabet crafts.  I've noticed the visual of creating has helped her remember the letters better, but for instance, if she cannot remember I'll say, "Remember E for Elmo or G for Gumball," and she says, "oh yeah!" and proceeds to write the correct letter.

Big Brother did the same thing when he was in preschool; you can see his alphabet crafts here!

To make your own Z is for Zebra craft, you'll need:
Draw an outline of the letter z on white paper.  Place the white paper in a baking pan.  Squeeze a few blobs of black paint on the whit paper.  Drop a few marbles around and encourage your child to tilt the pan around to make the marbles move.  Might want to use a lid or take this outside-- might get a little crazy!  However marble painting is such a fun way to create the zebra's stripes.  We also used this technique for our Letter R is for Rainbow craft.

When your child is done, let it dry,  In the meantime you can prep the rest of the materials.
  • grab a googly eye
  • cut white semicircle for nose and two small black circles for nostrils
  • cut white triangle for ear
  • make fringe from black paper for zebra's hair
Encourage your child to do most of cutting to encourage those fine motor skills!

Once the pain has dried, cut out your letter z.  Add the googly eye, nose,ears, and hair with glue.

Your Z is for Zebra craft is complete!  Read a few zoo books or take a trip to an actual zoo!

Check out these fun Zoo Themed Preschool Activities from our Creative Preschool buddies!



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