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Alphabet Treasure Hunt

July 29, 2014

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It is the end of the month {can you believe it?!}, so it is time to share what we have been up to with the monthly Poppins Book Nook book club.  This month's theme was Pirates!  
We checked out a few pirate themed books from our library and ended up doing an activity for, Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel; it's a cute book about a bunch of pirates looking for the letters of the alphabet.
After reading Shiver Me Letters I had the idea to make our own alphabet treasure hunt.  I made an alphabet board and paper punched circles out of yellow paper to be our treasure.  On each circle coin I wrote a letter of the alphabet.  

To set up our treasure hunt, I folded up a paper lunch bag and added in beaded necklaces and the alphabet coins.  I had my 7 and 3 year old wait in the kitchen while I went and hid the treasure in another room.  
pirate themed alphabet activity
Then I sent them off to look for it!  Who doesn't love a good treasure hunt/ game of hide-n-seek?  Once they found it, we dumped the treasure out and matched the alphabet coins to the alphabet treasure hunt mat.
pirate themed alphabet activity
abc word mat
 If you would like to make your own Alphabet Treasure Hunt using our printable alphabet mat, get a copy here! There are two alphabet mats-- one has the alphabet in ABC order, the other one has the letters all scrambled up.  The scrambled up letter mat might be a good way to assess what letters your child does/ or does not know.  Enjoy! 

Have you had any pirate fun lately?

Next month theme is: What Will I Be When I Grow Up? See you then for another edition of the Poppins Book Nook.  Until then, take some time to see what other book club participants read and did this month.... 


Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Fine Motor Play with Ornaments

July 28, 2014

Today I am bringing you a little bit of Christmas in July!  I am participating in Still Playing School's Everyday Fine Motor Materials A-Z Series again; and just in case you missed it, we also shared an activity for the Letter J .  Today is the Letter O....
O is for.... ornaments!!

Ornaments are great for manipulating and working on different types of grasps patterns.  And they aren't just for the Christmas tree at Christmas time-- although, having the kiddos help thread the wire hangers into the ornament loops and hanging them on the tree is a GREAT way to practice fine motor skills.  However, since that only happens one time a year, we put together several other ways to play and strengthen those fine motor muscles.

Please also note that we used shatterproof/ plastic ornaments for these activities!  A MUST when dealing with especially young ones who think, ahem--- they are balls  ; ) 

Coincidentally we gathered a bunch of other everyday household items to use with our ornaments-- muffin tins, tongs, a spoon, and serving tray.
 One of the first activities we tried was very similar to the classic golf tee and marble activity; however, obviously instead of marbles we used ornaments.  We have been very successful with marbles, but we actually had a bit of difficulty with getting five ornaments in a row.  We made it to three, but perhaps the ridges in our ornaments threw us off?!  Still a good way to practice hand-eye coordination!

Next we Stacked the Ornaments on a Skewer:

Encourage the use of tongs to pick up and sort the ornaments:

Or simply encourage your little ones to grasp the ornaments with their hands-- provide different sizes to encourage pincer grasp, palmar grasp, etc.  Smaller ornaments are going to require a bit more hand-eye coordination, but the larger ornaments might require a bit more over all hand strength.
Hope you have been encouraged by this series that fine motor skills do not require any special items bought from the store!  You can find many materials right in your own home.  And when it gets a bit closer to Christmas time, buy some extra shatterproof ornaments to make Ornament Garland for a festive flair made special by your kiddos!
 

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Scissor Skills with Junk Mail: An Everyday Fine Motor Material

July 23, 2014

We are no strangers to fine motor activities around here and today I am sharing a fine motor activity to go along with Still Playing School's Everyday Fine Motor Materials A-Z Series!  Today we are sharing an activity for the Letter J....
J for Junk Mail!

Something we all get right?!  Nothing like walking out to the mailbox to get the mail only to find ads, mailers, application forms,... etc. But! Don't just toss it!  Start up a junk mail stash because it makes a great everyday fine motor material!
Give your child a pair of scissors and have them practice their scissor/ cutting skills! And if they aren't at the cutting stage yet, it's never to soon to build those finger, hand, wrist, arm muscles needed for writing-- have him/her tear it up for you.
This activity kept my 3 year old busy for nearly a half hour!  She was very content to just cut any way she wanted; however, you could suggest that your child try to cut out a letter and/or picture, make a shape, cut fringe, or draw lines for your child to cut over.
Junk mail is a great and *free* way to work on those scissor skills!  I especially loved that my daughter wasn't just cutting up our nice construction paper only to be thrown away later.  However, if your junk mail was especially colorful, you could bring out the glue and make a collage, too!




And if by some crazy chance you do not have any junk mail, but your child needs some scissor practice check out our other cutting activities:
 
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A House for Birdie Storybook Activity

July 22, 2014

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Awhile back I had these grand plans to put together Little Sis's preschool plans using MathStart books by Stuart J Murphy.  I read several titles to Big Brother over the past few years and he always seemed to enjoy them, so I purchased a few to "get me started" since our local library doesn't carry many of the titles.  One of the books I bought was A House for Birdie that is supposed to introduce capacity in a fun and engaging story.  

 Birdie is in search for a house that fits him perfectly, and enlists the help of his four of his friends.  As they fly through the neighborhood, each bird house they come across is either too tall, too short, too wide and/or too narrow for Birdie-- but just perfect for one of his friends.  In the end, it is Birdie's friends who help make a house just for him. 

To put the math concepts in action, I made an activity called, A House for Me.  I grabbed an large gift box and four toy figures that had differing attributes: tall/ fat, tall/ thin, short/ fat, and short/ thin.  Along with capacity and sizing, I think this is a great story to introduce opposites!

Once I had my four toy figures, I laid them on the box and traced a door that would fit each figure.  I used a sharp knife to cut three sides to make the door.  I added a little brick decor to the house and called Little Sis over to read the book and explore the activity with me.  
Interestingly enough, she enjoyed putting Mickey in the tall/fat door and putting the teddy bear in the tall/thin door-- etc. etc.!  But it made for some fun pretend play, too.  And I always have to remind myself that this is all for exposure anyhow; these early years should all be about playful learning and exploring and that was my ultimate goal for this activity!  

I did purchase some other MathStart books, so hopefully at some point I'll share some more MathStart go along activities.  Do you enjoy the MathStart series??

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Blueberries For Sal Preschool Math Activities

July 15, 2014

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Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is a great book to read to your preschooler.  The book begins with Sal and her mother on their way to pick blueberries to can for the winter.  Along the way her mother encourages Sal to pick her own blueberries, thus Sal's adventure begins!

To go along with the book, I put together some activities for Little Sis that each focus on a certain math skill:
1:1 Correspondence
For this activity, Little Sis was to use the spoon to pick up a marble and put it in the bucket all the while saying, "Kerplink- Kerplunk- Kerplank!" and count, of course!

Sorting Pom Pom Blueberries
This tray works on classification and sorting by size and color.  To add in more fine motor practice, I also added in a pair of tweezers for Little Sis to use to pick up the "blueberries."

Roll a Pie Number Recognition Game
To help Little Sis with number recognition, I made an image of a pie and put the numbers 1-6 on it.  Little Sis was to roll the dice, find the corresponding number on the pie, and then add a blue sticker onto the number.
Click HERE for your Roll a Pie Printable! Enjoy : ) 


Have you and your preschooler enjoyed Blueberries for Sal yet?  These math activities were simple to put together, so pick up the book and try one of them out!

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