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Gingerbread Activities for Kids

Christmas came early for us this year.  We just got back from Christmas at Gaylord Palms.  We had so much fun looking at all of the Christmas decorations, going to see ICE, and gingerbread decorating.  It even got me thinking about creating gingerbread activities to go with one of our favorite books to read this time of year, "The Gingerbread Man!"




There are many different versions but I like the one retold by Jim Aylesworth. In this version, the Gingerbread Man escapes from the old man and woman, a butcher, a cow, and a pig!  It is such a fun story and it quickly had us repeating "Run! Run! 
Fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"


 


G is for Gingerbread! We started off our gingerbread fun by painting little gingerbread men. To get that gingerbread smell, we added some ginger and cinnamon spices to our brown paint! When our paint was dry, we cut out our gingerbread men and glued them onto the letter G.




Gingerbread cookies come in all shapes in sizes! We tried a simple gingerbread shape matching activity.


We also worked on our counting and fine motor skills by connecting our unifix cubes together into a tower and placing them on the gingerbread men.




 

We also learned about the five senses.  First, we talked about our five senses- taste, touch, hear, see, and smell.  Then, I introduced the senses with a simple worksheet.  Finally, we got to explore our senses by making gingerbread cookies!


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Preschool Thanksgiving Activities

November is Here!  Can you believe that another month has already gone by? It's time for some Turkey fun!  Preschool Thanksgiving activities are fun, engaging, and interactive! These low prep activities are perfect for preschool, Pre-K, and beginning kinders.




T is for Turkey craft! First we practiced tracing the capital and lowercase letter T.  Then, we made the turkey craft.  It's such a fun way for little ones to practice their letter recognition skills.


The set also includes Life Cycle of a Turkey craft.


"I'm Glad I'm Not a Turkey" is the perfect Thanksgiving poem for preschoolers.



Popcorn Turkey Leg Snack!  I know that many of you will be celebrating Thanksgiving in the classroom with a Thanksgiving feast.  While there is no actual cooking involved, your kids can help make this Turkey craft that is also a snack!





Paper Plate Pumpkin Pie Craft! We made a Thanksgiving craft that looks and even smells like pumpkin pie but without all of the baking. It's as simple as pie!


We used this Turkey Coloring Page to reinforce our sight words.


Counting pumpkin pie!  We identified numbers and then counted the corresponding amount with whipped cream (white finger-paint).


Cornucopia is a tricky word for little ones. This cornucopia craft is a great way to introduce this important symbol of Thanksgiving!

We brainstormed all the things we are thankful for and then we read our Thankful Book.  It was a great way to practice those sight words.


One of our favorite activities was this adorable Thanksgiving Handprint Poem. It's the perfect gift to send home to parents for Thanksgiving. Your preschoolers are sure to love these activities!


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Summer Packet for kids

Since many of us aren't sure what is happening during the school closings, I wanted to create a packet of activities for home learners. The packet includes a variety of activities such as science, math, and language arts to use throughout the month of June in this Home Learning June Packet There are 4 weeks included, you can see more by scrolling down.


Summer June Packet


Week 1

Week 2

 Week 3

Week 4



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Dr. Seuss Activities for kids


Since March 2nd was Dr. Seuss's birthday, I thought I would share an activity from our Dr. Seuss Week.  The book is from my Dr. Seuss unit located in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  






We started off our unit by celebrating with a very special snack, Moose Juice, which is just blue Hawaiian Punch.




After the moose juice, we read our very own book, "If You Give Dr. Seuss Some Juice."



We played a rhyming game while we were reading where we had to guess the rhyming word before we turned the page.  I guess the juice was kicking in, because we were able to rhyme them all!

Christmas Tree Activities for Kids


Did you know that December 8 is National Christmas Tree Day? There's nothing like the fresh smell of a real Christmas tree in your home.  In the spirit of the holidays I thought it would be fun to share some of our Christmas Tree Activities below!





I found one of the sweetest Christmas tree books around.  The Littlest Christmas Tree by R.A. Herman may be a quick read but it was the perfect book for us!





After we finished reading the story, we made Christmas Tree Spritz Cookies!  The recipe comes from my grandmother.  She would make them every Christmas.  We loved decorating the Christmas tree cookies!


Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Wilton's Green Gel Icing colors


Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
3. Cut the butter in the flour mixture.
4. Beat together the water and egg. Then add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract to the flour mixture.  Mix well.
5. Add the Food coloring.
6. Put through cookie press onto cookie sheets.  Decorate with sprinkles, colored sugar, or non-perils.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.








At the end of The Littlest Christmas Tree, they all sing the song "O' Christmas Tree" so we were excited to help the Littlest Tree sing it.  When we were finished, we listened to the German version of the song, "O Tannenbaum."  





We decided to make our very own little Christmas tree.  This is a Christmas freebie just for you!  Check out this freebie in my TPT store, it's filled with holiday fun!




I made these cards to practice our new Christmas tree vocabulary.




We practiced our sight words with our emergent reader.



We sequenced the book and retold the story using our very own little book.



We created a Christmas shopping list of all of the items we needed to decorate a Christmas tree.



We came up with some ideas on how to decorate a Christmas tree.




Finally we completed our "How to Decorate a Christmas Tree" booklet.




During one of our math centers this week, we used an interactive Christmas tree mat and filled in the ornaments with red pom poms.  



We counted the ornaments and found out our Christmas tree has ten ornaments!  This Christmas tree interactive math activity is from my Christmas Tree Math Centers in my TPT store.




We ended our week by making Christmas Tree Ice Cream Cones.  First we made the white icing magically turn green.  Then, we frosted the ice cream cone with the green icing. Finally, we decorated them with M&Ms, gumdrops, crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles.  


I love decorating my Christmas tree!
Growing up, we always had an artificial tree.  The thing I love best about an artificial tree is that the lights are already on it.   Do you have an artificial tree or a real tree?



Cranberry Day Activities for Kids

Happy National Eat a Cranberry Day!  Each year, in October, the Wampanoag celebrate Cranberry Day.  The Wampanoag have been celebrating it for years.  We are having lots of fun with our Cranberry Day activities. Check out some of our ideas from our Wampanoag unit below!





We practiced our rhyming words using our cranberry poem.  This is the perfect poem to introduce little ones to text.



  This week we explored a cranberry sink or float activity!



We did a cranberry tasting with dried cranberries, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, and fresh cranberries.  We compared the cranberry products and we thought the cranberry sauce was the yummiest!





We used our cranberries to practice our estimation skills!  All that counting definitely had us going cranberry crazy!




We decided to make a simple cranberry wreath.  First, we painted a wreath template.  Next, we took a cranberry and cut it open.  Then, we took the cranberry halves and used them to make cranberry prints by dipping them in red paint.  Last, we stamped our cranberries onto the wreath.  This is my favorite time of year for crafting!




With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted knew I wanted to read Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. The story is about a Grandmother's cranberry bread recipe that is stolen during Thanksgiving dinner.  This was the perfect read aloud for our Cranberry Day!




At the end of the story, the grandmother shares her secret cranberry bread recipe so of course we decided to make this delicious bread. There is nothing like the smell of fresh cranberry bread baking away!  Do you have a favorite cranberry recipe?