My favorite books and supplies to start our preschool year!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

B is for Buttons

  • Button sorting
    1. With a bunch of colorful buttons of different sizes, put them in a sensory bin (bin filled with uncooked rice, beans, oatmeal, sand, etc) for the preschoolers to play with and find. Use tweezers to pick them out!
    2. After they have been sorted by color, sort by size.

  • Stinging buttons
    1. With the same buttons used above and a pipe cleaner, string the buttons! They can string them:
      • randomly
      • patterns
      • by color
      • by size
      • etc.

  • Make a button tree
    1. Gather your supplies. We used:
      • empty toilet paper roll (filled with newsprint) and a base of cardboard glued to the bottom
      • sticks from outside
      • hot glue gun and extra glue
      • BUTTONS!
    2. Arrange the sticks and add dots of glue to the branches, applying a button to each one before it dries.
    3. Another option is to glue the branches to a piece of paper so it is flat instead of 3D.

**Find more BUTTON inspired preschool activities HERE**

B is for Balloons

  • Read: A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood
    1. Experiment – after reading the book use playdoh, toothpicks, and balloons.
      • Put a ball of playdoh on the table and add toothpicks all over it (as in a porcupine like in the book).
      • Test 1: Use a balloon and hit it against the toothpicks (make sure it pops!).
      • Add balls of playdoh to the ends of the toothpicks (like the gumdrops in the book).
      • Test 2: Use a balloon and hit it against the covered toothpicks.
        • Compare what happened. Why did the gumdrops work in the story to prevent the balloons from popping?

**Find more BALLOON inspired preschool activities HERE**

B is for Berries

  • Exploring Berries
    1. Buy different kinds of berries at the store (or pick them if you have that ability near you). We used Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, and Huckleberries. 
    2. Explore the berries through the 5 senses
      • Sight – what color are they, what shape are they, are they big or smal
      • Hear – Say the name of the berry. When you say “berry” in the name (ie: StrawBERRY) say it loud or clap.
      • Smell – Smell it. Does it smell good or yucky
      • Touch – is it bumpy, smooth, rough, slimy, soft, etc.
      • Taste! – is it sour, sweet, salty, etc.

  • Pom pom Berries
    1. Using craft pom poms (we used blue, pink and black, big and small sizes) put them in a pile on the table, thrown out on the floor, in a sensory bin, or on a piece of green paper to look like a bush.
    2. Have your preschooler “pick” the berries and sort them by color. We put them on matching colored paper.
    3. Then sort by size for each color.

  • Water bead Berries
    1. Sensory bins are always a win, even if you don’t put anything else in but water beads! Again I used black, blue and pink (and clear) water beads.
    2. They then sorted by color and played with them in the water.
    • I like water beads for this one because they are round and small like a lot of berries.

  • Berry Math
    1. Pick a color (or many colors) of playdoh to make “berries” – small round balls of playdoh.
    2. Cut out a piece of green paper, felt, foam, etc to resemble a bush.
    3. Berry Math – (Berry picking [subtration] or berry growing [addition])
      • Put all the berries on the bush and roll a die/dice.
      • Count the dots and “pick” that many berries.
      • Repeat until all the berries are picked.
      • Roll the die/dice again.
      • Count the dots and add that many berries to the bush (they’re growing).
      • Repeat until all the berries you made have grown.

  • Cheerio Box Blueberry activities
    1. Cheerios had a perfect activity on the back of their Blueberry Cheerio's box and I saved it for today. They had:
      • Blueberry memory match
      • Berry Rhyming questions

**For more BERRY inspired preschool activities, click HERE**

B is for Bees

  • Bee Eraser activities
    1. First, use Bee erasers in a sensory bin (a container filled with rice, oatmeal, beans, sand, etc for playing with and searching through), for the preschoolers to find and sort (write a capital B on some and a lowercase B on others).
      ***We used tweezers to pinch them out, and dollar store veggie trays for sorting.
    2. After they find and sort them by Capital B and lowercase B you can do lots of fun activities with them:
      • Stack them the matching B or b
      • Lay out patterns with the B and b’s (ie: BBbBBb…)
      • Make shape outlines by lining up the bee erasers

  • Wap-a-Bee
    1. You’ll need a fly swatter (we got ours from the dollar store, or discount school supply has some really cute ones too) 
    2. You’ll also need some paper bees with numbers 1-6 on them (or 2-12 if you use 2 dice). You can lay them on the floor, the table, or tape them on the wall!
      • Roll a die/dice. Count the dots. Wap that bee with the fly swatter.

  • Tanagram Bee Hives
    1. We used hexagons from our tanagram set and shaped them together to make a “bee hive”
      • Discuss hexagons, count the sides.
      • Make hexagons using the red trapezoids (talk about trapezoids too!)
      • Play with the tanagrams, let them explore and create! **patterns are always a must.
    2. We talked about bees and how they make honey…and then ate some Bit-o-Honey candy!

  • Read: Swarm of Bees by Lemony Snicket and Rilla Alexander
    1. Talk about emotions, particularly Anger and Calm/Happy
    2. Art Project (like in the book). You’ll need:
      • Q-tips
      • Black or White paper (depending on if they want to make angry bees or calm bees)
      • Black and yellow paint
        ***Dip the q-tips in the paint and make little dots of color on the paper. The bees are suppose to be dots, just like in the book.

  • Perler Beads – Bee patterns
    1. Use perler beads to create black & yellow pattern bracelets/necklaces.
    2. Use black and yellow perler beads on the peg boards to create melted bee creations.

**Find more BEE inspired preschool activities HERE!!

Monday, October 14, 2019

B is for Birds

  • Story and Bird search
    1. We read Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson
    2. Then we went on a walk/hike to listen and watch for birds.
      • I wish I would have made them keep track of how many birds we saw and how many we heard. That would have been good tally practice!

  • Feather Counting
    1. With laminated birds, have your preschooler tell you the number that is on it and add that many feathers.
      *(I can’t find the original of these, and can’t even remember if I made them or if I got them from someone else!) 

  • Book and Rhyming
    1. We read Wings by Cheryl B. Klein, it is a book written only with words that rhyme with “wings” 
    2. Get some letters out and practice sounding out and rhyming “-ings” words.

  • Playdoh egg counting
    1. Use this bird’s nest playdoh mat
    2. Make playdoh “eggs” (roll playdoh in a ball)
    3. Write or put a number in the square on the bottom right of the mat (printed from above), and have your preschooler count out that many eggs to put in the nest.

***Find a lot more Birds preschool activities here or on our instagram account (saved in our highlights under “Bb”)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

B is for Banana

Here are some additional Banana activities.
  • Read: Baxter The Banana by Sean Sullivan 
    • A friend gave me this book YEARS ago, before I was even married and had kids, but I’ve kept it around and it is perfect for banana preschool. I CANT find it anywhere online….but it’s a book about a green banana that wants to be yellow. Then after awhile, he turns yellow like all the other bananas. (see activity below)

  • Green and Yellow Bananas (this goes along with Baxter the Banana board book)
               ***This is a cutting, sorting and gluing project
    1. I drew some banana shapes on green paper and yellow paper (you could also draw them on white paper and have your preschooler color them!)
    2. Practicing cutting skills and cut out all the bananas
      • Sort them by color, and if you drew them different sizes, sort them by size too!
    3. Glue the sorted bananas on another piece of paper, divided in the middle – Green and Yellow.

  • Banana counting and matching
    1. Print this banana worksheet and have your preschooler trace all the B’s
    2. I made these banana stickers on with my Silhouette, designed just for this project, or you can buy these banana stickers.
    3. Match the 1 banana stickers to the 1 banana on their worksheet, cover up a B with it. Keep going until all the B’s are covered with the matching number of bananas in their column.

  • Banana Cutting
    1. Get a banana and a plastic knife (or a butter knife if you trust your preschooler!) and let them practice cutting a banana into slices.

Click HERE for lots more BANANA preschool ideas on our blog!!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A is for Alligators and Animals

  • Animal Print Alphabet
    1. I found these stickers at the dollar store and printed a traceable alphabet page.
    2. After tracing the alphabet, match the animal print ABC stickers to the letters on the paper.
    3. Cut them out, then glue them in order.
      ***Lots of repetitive alphabet exposure!

  • Animal stamps
    1. Play with animal stamps (we have THESE).
    2. Write numbers on the top of a piece of paper (or use magnent numbers like we did) and have your preschooler stamp and count that many animals underneath.
    3. Start a pattern with animal stamps, have them continue it.

  • Sing ‘5 Little Monkeys’ – see THIS post!

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