Back to school time always brings coconut trees and ABC’s to the front of my mind. It’s not because I love the island breeze, although I do. Back to school time is inevitably tied to the classic book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. I can feel the delight that surrounds Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities. [Read more…]
Fine motor activities are so important for young children. If you follow my blog, you know that I am a huge believer in learning through play. Almost all of my learning activities contain some hands-on aspect, so that children are able to access information through kinesthetic learning.
So, I was delighted when I was asked to review the book Fine Motor ABC. Fine Motor ABC is an amazing book written by Stacie Erfle, MS, OTR/L. Fine Motor ABC includes an alphabet themed activity for every letter of the alphabet and each activity is designed to strengthen fine motor skills.
Learning Fun With Turkey: Turkey Learning Activities
Tons of learning activities revolving around a turkey. Great ideas to incorporate around Thanksgiving. DIY turkey container (he really eats!), rhyming activities, letter identification, initial and ending sound fun, and more!
You can see the directions to make a turkey out of a Cascade container here.
Get the directions to make the Print & Cut turkey here.
Ways to Use Your Turkey
Pass out cards to help kids practice basic skills: letter identification, beginning & ending sounds, rhymes, numeral identification, counting, addition, subtraction, or any skill you choose. We used cards from my Turkey Time: Literacy Pack. You can pass out cards to the whole group, or use the turkey in a center. Kids will feed the turkey!
Use the “Turkey Time” rhyme to spark excitement with the kids. Change the key words in the rhyme to help students’ focus on the specific skills.
Get your free copy of the turkey rhyme here.
Materials Needed for Bucket Turkey
- Plastic bucket (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
- Foam or card stock
- Felt to cover the turkey’s body
- Hot glue
DIY Bucket Turkey
Step 3: Tape the feathers together and glue the black pupils into the middle of the eyes.
Step 4: Tape a magnet or rock to the tip of the beak. This is just to give the beak some weight. It will help keep the turkey’s mouth closed.
Step 9: Your turkey is ready for learning fun!
The holiday season is a great time to reflect on all of the wonderful things you have in your life. Many of us are so fortunate to have a roof over our heads and food on our tables. I feel so blessed to be able to have these things for my family. I got together with a bunch of other bloggers to bring a huge giveaway with a ton of our favorite things.
Before I get to the amazing giveaway, I wanted to share some things that I am so thankful for this season! Some are silly and some are more serious, but I am thankful for all of them!!
#1- Dr. Pepper. I am not a coffee drinker, but seriously need some caffeine in the morning. My brain will NOT function until I have that first sip of bubbly, sweet, and almost painful burn of the carbonation. It wakes me up in so many ways. I love it!
#2- Every holiday season since my kids were born, we create ornaments together. When they were little, they would get down to their diapers and get covered in tons of paint. We’ve done cinnamon dough, ceramic ornaments, and foam ornaments. It doesn’t matter what type, we just love to create together. We put on Christmas tunes and sing along, as we get messy and laugh. It is a priceless experience that I treasure. You can see the fun salt dough ornaments that we made here.
#3- I do love shopping, especially for teaching gems. One of my favorite teaching idea stores is The Dollar Tree. You cannot beat this store for wacky and wonderful teaching supplies AND the price is right!! Here are a few of the amazing finds that I’ve found at the Dollar Tree: lip gloss boots (you need to check these out), fun tongs for centers, foam to create my own two sided magnets that created my subitizing freebie! This is just a tiny fraction of the amazing deals that I find there.
#4- One of my most treasured teaching supplies is my personal laminator. Since I started teaching, I have tried out MANY different laminators. I have gotten really expensive types, and cheaper ones. About 8 years ago, I decided on my favorite laminator. It is a cheap, but wonderful power house. I put my laminator through a lot of work and it is up to the job. I chose to giveaway a Scotch Laminator for “A Few of Our Favorite Things Giveaway”. You can see the laminator that I will be giving away here.
|Romp and Stompin’ Letters usually $12 for ONLY $6!!|
|Super Hero: “Roll, Say, Keep!” Pre-Primer Dolch Sight Word Center + Extra usually $3 for ONLY $1.50!!|
|Delicious Donuts: Addition to 20, Number Lines, Missing Addends, & Printables usually $7 for ONLY $3.50!!|
|My ABSOLUTE favorite!! Bundle of 8 Interactive Play Dough Mat Sets!! Full Price $32, get it for $16!!|
Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:
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