Hello everyone! I’m so excited to post
the activity we had this week. And because I loved free things, I wanted to share the free printable I’ve got from 2teachingmommies.
It’s a complete set to practice the writing and counting skills of your preschooler.
Here in UAE we had a long week holiday due to Eid Al Adha.
And to keep our little preschooler busy over the holidays we made a fun activities at home.
Here is a cute pumpkin ideas that your preschooler will surely love.
Presenting our P is for Pumpkin activity.
The set includes:
Letter P tracing and Pumpkin coloring – I wanted to laminate this sana for future use kaso costly so I just glued it to his learning journal and used marker and crayons.
Pumpkin Pre- Writing Practice- used pencil for tracing but in the end we end up using orange marker para cute! hehe
Pumpkin Number Puzzle – little A needs to arrange the number in order.
Pumpkin Size Sort – little A lesson are now in big and small, this is a great learning process of sorting.
Pumpkin Counting Skills- With the use of his lego toy, little A will count how many seeds in the pumpkin and match it to the corresponding number.
Pumpkin Clip Cards- using clothespin little A will clip the number that matches the number of items on each card. I liked this so much kasi this is also a great tool for fine motor skills and easy way of learning of counting.
P is for Pumpkin worksheet- this is from confession of a homeschooler. You can download it for free and your preschool can learn the proper strokes of uppercase and lowercase letter Pp.
After seeing that I was pretty sure that little boy would LOVE to play baking with mommy. I set up our baking activity.
One small twist was instead of actual cupcakes I created a more of a pretend play set up.Ironically little A made this one into a counting and sorting activity.
Now for the fun part. I gave the bag to little A hoping that he will like it and boy I was right! It was an instant hit!!
This is what we baked according to him – strawberry, vanilla, blueberry, grass flavour ( because the grass daw is color green), lemon and lastly mocha pretend cupcakes.
Don’t they look realistic and delish?
What we really loved about this pretend cupcakes is that we were able explore the possibilities through playing, practice the ideas and develop his imagination.
For a toddler who is always on the move long road trips can be tough. Especially when they finally become conscious that they’ve been trapped on their car seat for a long hours.
One of our stress buster is refocus his energy by playing “Create a story”.Each of us takes a turn narrating any stories that we may think. This game is such a big hit to little A.
Last weekend after eating breakfast I had the chance to finally arranged all of my compiled recipes I was planning to write it in my notebook.
Of course knowing how active little A he then asked me if we could play our “create a story”. This time instead of narrating he wants to put it into illustrations. He wants me to draw his story. Ok, this is a sign that he’s bored and he wants something to do. So I grabbed his small pad and pen and I set aside what I planned to do. He then started to narrate his story..
Little A – One day there’s a little boy.
Mommy – What’s the name of the boy
Little A – He said his name “Little A”
Mommy – What is he doing..
Little A – He’s holding a balloon. So many balloons..
(So I complied) I drew 4 balloons and asked him to count. I also asked him the shape of the balloons. I even hold his hand so I can guide him to draw as well.
He then asked me if we can draw mommy and daddy.
After seeing the illustration he said “no mommy”. . I asked him why? Mommy and Daddy will also hold balloon.
A simple activity using his imagination.
A simple aid to build his vocabulary and communication skills.
I’m amazed how much faster the time passed by we were so engaged! Before I knew it I need to prepare again for lunch time.
Cooking is a great time for teaching little A! I can use math terms,science term or words that I think my little boy may not know.
Though it requires a lot of patience and table-cloth for cleaning the mess.hehe. This tedious and messy bonding time is great example of developing language skills for him.
Even for our little guys, talking about words is important. We want to create word-conscious kids. We want our children to be aware of words, to love words and to listen and look for words wherever they may be.
During the process little A and I are talking about the measurement, counting skills, color recognition,sensorial skills,fine motor skills and expanding his vocabulary words.
When I asked little A to count how many ham he’s putting on the pizza bread he count it in spanish (uno,dos,tres etc). By the way he knew from uno – bente..
Boosting his language skills can be easy through cooking/ play..
Little A knew the numbers from 0-50. In several occassions like making “pabibo” he’ll count up to 80. With this, I thought of introducing a firm understanding of math concepts and skills on him.
When Little A entered in our playroom he’s so excited to see different colors of marbles.It’s his first time to see and feel the marbles. So,I have prepared 3 fun learning math games.
Presenting our activity… ” Counting + Marbles = Hands on Math activities.
1. Replicate the patterns – I made the circle template from 0-9 and asked Little A to count while putting the marbles on the circles. At first, he was confused. He will add one marble on the first circle and he will say 1. Then,he will proceed to the next pattern he’ll continue counting 2,3. I had to constantly remind him to start again from 1. After few trials and errors he got it right. So we finished up to number 9.
2. Math mats – Learning the number facts 0-9. Each box is labeled and has a math activity inside. It’s nice to have a reliable printables that you can use in so many ways. I asked him to trace the number by simply adding marbles on it. After tracing the number, he need to place marbles on the box. This time he doesn’t have a hard time doing it.
3. Workjob Math activities – Each lids is labeled from 1-9.This handy activity which keep Little A happily working on his counting skills.
You see, marbles aren’t just for games but also work well in a variety of educational activities. They are relatively inexpensive and are readily available in any discount stores and toy shop. I got mine in Day to Day for aed 3.00 but they are the flat ones. Grab some and have fun learning with your kiddos.
*Never leave your child alone while playing marbles especially if they are under the age of 3.
*Marble is a choking hazard. Supervision is highly recommended.