Doctor Foster

With all the rain we’ve been experiencing here, I thought that the DSCN1680nursery rhyme “Doctor Foster” would be perfect as we got back into our nursery rhyme memory work.

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again.

To go with the poem we made these cute umbrellas.  The girls fingerpainted the tops and then glued on the handles and the rain drops.  I just gave them ribbon and precut raindrops and let them decide how they wanted their rain to look.

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We also did rain paintings.  The girls painted designs and then we placed the sheets out in the rain to get splattered.  It was inspired by a picture on pinterest that didn’t turn out at all like the pin, but we still liked the tie-dye, watery look we got.

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Be sure to use thick paper (I used cardstock) and only have it out in the rain for a minute or two (or your picture can disappear).

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And while practicing reciting our poem, we also colored these printouts from SparkleBox.  (SparkleBox is a UK site filled with all kinds of great printables and goodies.)  Just click on the picture to go get the coloring page along with a short book.

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Veterinary Dramatic Play

Guess what we did today!  Lately the girls have been obsessed with playing with their stuffed animals so I decided to set up a veterinary office in their playroom for after we finished school.

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We’ve always done child-directed activities so I’ve DSCN1286never actually set up something like this ahead of time.  If you know my girls in real life you know that they have no shortage of imagination (my mom would tell you that their whole life is dramatic play) so it just didn’t really occur to me sooner.  But this was super easy and considering the happy reaction, we will definitely be doing this again.  So here is our veterinary office using only supplies we already had on hand….

 

 

For our tables I used TV trays (we received some kid-sized ones a few years ago).  I covered one with a small table cloth to make it an examination table.  And laundry baskets came in very handy for additional set-up.
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Medical supplies we used:
  • Toy doctor kit laid out
  • Our microscope (to examine test results)
  • Plastic gloves (We don’t have any real ones but luckily I had some from my hair dying kit that worked just fine.)
  • Package of old gauze bandages (These come in every first aid kit we’ve ever gotten and I think we’ve only used them once.)
  • An ace bandage (I ended up letting the girls cut it into pieces to fit their animals and dolls so it looks like I will be buying another one.)
  • Clipboards with recording forms attached and pencils

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And I added:
  • Laundry baskets to serve as kennels for patients
  • Baby doll bathtub to wash the animals
  • A receptionist space with their cash register and play phone and some appointment slips I found online
  • Obviously all the animal accessories the girls have
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It immediately became a very busy office

 

Desk where clients pay and records are updated

Desk where clients pay and records are updated

We found great printables at:

I printed out all the different forms so that they could see which ones they liked.

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So it looks like we will be playing vet for awhile…

All of their customers waiting to be seen!

All of their customers waiting to be seen!

 

I loved the teamwork!

I loved the teamwork!

More Pumpkin Activities

Time got away from me with the new little one but I still wanted to share our language arts activities from our pumpkin unit.  I also include some of our sensory activities at the end (besides the pumpkin playdough in my science and math pumpkin post).

Word Family Pumpkins

Pumpkin word families

I had my husband make this fun puzzle game to play around with word families.  They match the pumpkin pieces together to create a word family pumpkin.  The girls had a great time matching up the word families and seeing how they made a pumpkin.

The bottom piece is printed on white paper and then the top pumpkin pieces were printed on orange paper.

The bottom piece is printed on white paper and then the top pumpkin pieces were printed on orange paper.

The pieces can be a puzzle to reuse over and over or it can be a cut and paste activity to produce a finished product.

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Our finished pumpkins

Download Pumpkin Word Family Printables

Sight Word Collages

This was a great way to work with our sight words.  We cut the words out of magazines and then in keeping with our theme glued them to these cute little pumpkins for our growing pumpkin patch.

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fall sight word activity

Pumpkin Popsicle Words

This is a great way to practice our vocabulary words.  The vowel is written on the pumpkin and then the girls can slide the popsicle sticks through to create new words making it an interactive way to get through their reading lists.

Pumpkin sliding stick reading

Pumpkin Letter Bingo

Have I mentioned before that my kids love letter bingo?  I make a letter sound and they find the letter on their bingo sheets.  Really they love the the game because it ends in eating lots of M&Ms but I like that it’s a great phonics review.

Pumpkin Letter Bingo

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Candy Corn Letter Game

My girls really enjoyed this cute candy corn letter game from Kindergarten Smiles.  It was a great review of letter recognition and sounds.

Candy Corn Letter Game

Just click on the picture below to access the game which is available for free through Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Sensory Activities

Pumpkin Cloud Dough

My girls love cloud dough!  Who am I kidding?  So do I!  It’s super easy to make just add flour and vegetable oil (enough to make it damp and moldable).  I just added pumpkin spice and orange powdered tempera paint to make it pumpkin flavored.

Pumpkin Cloud Dough

We often use activities like this while I work one on one with the girls.

Fall Fizzing Bath Bombs

Thanks to Fun at Home With Kids we were able to make these fun fizzing bath bombs.  We will definitely be doing this again in different shapes and scents!  The cinnamon is good to fight germs but it does make your tub rather cinnamon-y so you probably won’t be washing hair in the tub that night.  You get get the recipe here.

Pumpkin fizzing bath bombs

 

 

And finally since we are talking about pumpkins I just need to include my pumpkin baby picture.  I just love this little guy!

Pumpkin baby

 

 

Pumpkins Math and Science

So Halloween may have passed but I still wanted to share our pumpkin activities, especially since they can still work for Thanksgiving.  And to avoid one monster long post about pumpkins so I divided it up so here are our math and science activities we’ve been doing lately.

Pumpkin Craft–Life Cycle and Parts All Rolled Into One

I combined about five different pumpkin crafts that I liked into one super sciency pumpkin.  First we used three paper plates to create the pumpkin body–one of the base, one for the back pocket, and one of the frame.

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We painted the pumpkins with pumpkin-scented paint–just adding pumpkin spice to our orange paint.  We also used a cork for our stem.

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On the framed side, we showed the different parts of the pumpkin.  We used real seeds and then pipe cleaners (or you could use orange yarn) for the fibers inside.  While creating it, the girls also cut and pasted the labels for the different parts.

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Parts of pumpkin craft

We then added our life cycle vine to the pumpkin.  We used the circle labels for the different stages from printables.atoz

Pumpkin Life Cycle Craft

After attaching them to the yarn, we tied it to our pumpkin stem.  They can also get tucked into the pocket on the back side.

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Pumpkin Worksheets

Before making our pumpkins, we completed the following worksheets to help learn about the pumpkin life cycle and the different parts of a pumpkin.

Pumpkin life cycle worksheet from education.com

Pumpkin life cycle worksheet from education.com Click the picture for the worksheet

Worksheet on pumpkin parts from ateachingmommy.com

Worksheet on pumpkin parts from ateachingmommy.com Click the picture to link to the worksheet

Pumpkin Investigation

There are TONS of different pumpkin investigation worksheets out there where kids answer questions about their pumpkin.  This one, from Fun For First, was my personal favorite and the one we chose to use.  It was the most thorough and touched on the topics I wanted the girls to explore.

Pumpkin Investigation

 

Number Lines

pumpkin number line

In math our current chapter is on number order (we use the Singpore Math Kindergarten Curriculum) so I had us make these adorable pumpkin number lines.  While you can use a pumpkin template and then stickers or handwritten numbers, I just used my cricut to cut the pumpkins and numbers.  Then the girls glued them all together.  Finally they strung them on ribbon, which was great practice since we recently started learning to stitch.

And yes, I have realized that my little one did the seven backwards. :)

And yes, I have realized that my little one did the seven backwards. 🙂

 

Number Cards and Playdough

To review our number shapes (and hopefully help with our handwriting) we used these fall-themed number cards from Life Over C’s.

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And then for the playdough we used clay made from pumpkin (recipe courtesy of Fun at Home with Kids).  All you need is canned pumpkin, corn starch, and pumpkin spice.  Mix it together until it is the consistency and smell you would like.  In addition to using this with our number cards, it also made a great sensory activity for the girls to play with while I did some one on one work with each.

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Snow White Unit

With two little girls who love princesses it only made sense to incorporate fairy tales into our curriculum this year and since we were doing an apples theme, our first fairy tale theme had to be Snow White.

Of course we started by reading a translation of the original by Brothers Grimm.  We discussed what happened in the story and how it compared to the more popular, Disney versions of the story.  The girls actually preferred some aspects of the original–Mia loved that the evil Queen was forced to wear red hot shoes.

Story Map

I saw some story maps on pinterest that I Snow White story mapliked and to fit our needs.  This has been a great introduction to different literary aspects such as characters and setting.  It also has helped us break down a story, discuss it in more detail, and aid in retelling.  The post-it notes allow us to reuse the same map.  And the pictures the girls draw also help them to draw pictures in their mind of the story, a strategy good readers use.

Kindergarten Story Map

Download story map labels

Felt Dusters and Housecleaning

We made these adorable and easy dusters from Snow White duster craftDisney.  While the original directions called for a wooden spoon, it was actually easier to use a wooden dowel.  We just cut one in half.  Then we folded the red, yellow, and blue pieces of felt lengthwise, wrapped them around the wooden dowel, and attached them with a rubberband.  I added some hot glue to keep it together since the rubber band didn’t seem to be holding it tight enough.  Then we cut the felt into fringe and added the red ribbon.

The best part was that, not only did the girls like the craft, they couldn’t wait to use them to clean the house.  They pretended to be Snow White cleaning the dwarfs’ house.

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What is your dwarf name?

This was one of our language arts projects.  I made this printable for the girls where they came up with their dwarf name and drew a picture of them as a dwarf.

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Download Dwarf Name Printable

Our Own Magic Mirrors

Before making our own magic mirrors, we also learned about mirrors in general.  For our science and social studies, we learned a bit about how mirrors worked and their early history.  I based our lesson on the information located here which has many mirror lessons.

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We just used cheap hand mirrors.  We covered the handle and edges in ribbon and then the girls glued beads and decorations all around.  Definitely prettier and nicer than the Evil Queen’s mirror.

The ribbon wrapped on the mirror

The ribbon wrapped on the mirror

Busy decorating

Busy decorating

Where We Live

While doing Snow White, we complete these circle books on where we live for social studies.  Maybe it was a bit of a reach but since I used the story to introduce the concept of setting it seemed like a good time to look at our own setting and all the ways we can describe where we live.

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Bird Feeders

We noticed that in many different versions, Snow White is kind to animals so we wanted to do the same thing.  We made these easy and messy bird feeders.  We mashed bread into ball and tied it with string.  We covered the ball with peanut butter and then with bird seed.  We hung them outside and watched from a distance as the birds ate from them.

1) The ball of bread tied with string

1) The ball of bread tied with string

3) Adding the birdseed over the peanut butter

3) Adding the birdseed over the peanut butter

 

2) Adding the peanut butter to the ball

2) Adding the peanut butter to the ball

4) Ready for the birds to enjoy

4) Ready for the birds to enjoy

 

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