My favorite books and supplies to start our preschool year!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

E is for Eyes


  • Eye color sorting
    • The dollar store has plastic eye balls, usually during Halloween time. Stock up! Try to get different colored eyes if possible!
    • Using paper craft rolls (or TP rolls) paint or color them colors to match the eyeball colors. AKA ‘sorting tubes’.
    • Tape them to a container, or wall, or other place that your preschooler can drop the eyes in and have them fall through. *we used a big plastic tub.
    • Make sorting a fun moving game. 
      • Put all the unsorted eyes in a bag, bowl or lay them on the floor on one side of the room and the sorting tubes on the other side. Have your preschooler/s run back and forth sorting.
      • Put the different sorting tubes in different places in the room, and the eyes in the middle. Have them pick one eyeball, run to that colored sorting tub and drop the eye in. Run back and get another.
      • Lay out the different colored eyeballs and tell your preschooler a color. They will find one eyeball that color and put it in the matching sorting tube. Come back and do it again.

  • Play I Spy
    • Using our eyes, we played a game of I spy!
      • 1 round – only spy a color
      • 2 round – only spy shapes
      • 3 round – only spy high or low
      • etc.

  • Circles & Eyeball drawing
    • With my Silhouette machine, I cut out TONS of different sized circles on different colored paper.
    • I laid them out on the table with some markers and let the kids get creative drawing eyeballs.
      • show them different kinds of eyes. Ie: cat eyes, human eyes, scary eyes, sad eyes, sleepy eyes, spider eyes, etc.
    • If your “E is for Eyes” preschool is during Halloween season, tape them all over as a decoration (we put ours on the garage door!)



**For more Eye preschool activities, click HERE**

Saturday, February 29, 2020

D is for Dogs

  • DIY Dog bone manipulatives
    1. I bought a box of dog bone treats at the Dollar Tree. At home I sprayed each of them with a clear coat spray paint (mainly to keep the kids from eating them, but also to keep them cleaner. I didnt want them crumbling or have our hands smell like dog treats!)
    2. After they dried, on 26 of them I wrote one letters of the alphabet on each bone with a sharpie. I also kept a bunch blank for math and counting.
      • OPTIONS: you could paint them different colors, not just clear.
      • Write numbers, shapes, or specific letters on the bones (vowels, just D’s and d’s), etc.)

  • Dog Bone Letter match
    • With our alphabet of dog bones, we matched them to lettered dog bones on paper
    • (you could also simply write the alphabet on a piece of paper and have them match the letters on the bones to the letters on the paper).

  • Dog Bone Alphabet sort
    • We also put the dog bones in order of the alphabet.
    • Then sang the ABCs while pointing to each letter on the bones.

  • Tally Counting Dogs
    • On a piece of paper, have your preschooler write DOGS at the top. Put the paper on a clipboard (or hard cover book).
    • Go on a walk around your neighborhood, and count the dogs your see.
    • As you count them, use the tally system for counting. Teach your preschooler/s when they get to 5, they use one line to cross out the other 4 tallies.
    • When your walk is over, count the tallies and write the total at the bottom.

  • Dog Bone Math
    • With a veggie tray (aka: sorting tray) and the blank dog bone treats, I wrote out numbers, tallies or simple equations and the answer in dog bones would go in the tray.

  • DIY Plastic Dog Manipulatives
    • At the Dollar Tree I found some packs of plastic cats and dogs (yes, they come together…save the cats for C week!). I pulled out the spray paint and painted each one a different color.
    • Let them dry, then use in sensory bins, with the next activity (Go, Dog, Go!) or any pretend play!

  • Read Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman
           Lots of fun to be had with this book!
    • Use the spray painted dog manipulative toys from above, this colored tree printable, and the book, particulary the page that says, “A red dog on a blue tree. A blue dog on a red tree. A green dog on a yellow tree.”
    • Options:
      • Copy the book and have your preschool put a red dog on the blue tree, a blue dog on the red tree, and a green dog on a yellow tree.
      • Tell your preschooler which dogs go in which tree.
      • Match the color of dog to the color of tree.
      • Have your preschool put any dog on any tree and have them tell you what color dog is on what color tree.
      • Roll two dice (with colors, not numbers). One is the dog color die, and the other is the tree color die. After they roll, put that color dog on that color tree.

  • Go, Dog, Go!” Opposites
    • I scanned the book and printed out cards of the opposite things the book talks about.
      • ie: Up & Down, In & Out, Dark & Light, etc
      • Play memory style to match the opposites
      • Hold up a card and have your preschooler tell you what it is and what the opposite it (or find the opposite card).

  • Read Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd
    • I cant remember where I found these printables (google search "Dog's Colorful Day Preschool activities" and I'm sure you will find it! Let me know if you do!!)
      • You will need glue sticks, scissors, and dot stampers (or crayons/markers).

  • Dog Suncatcher
    • This is hit and miss at the Dollar Tree, but if you find a dog suncatcher, it is a great activity to talk about primary and secondary colors (as it only comes with primary colors).

**For more Dog activities click HERE, for more Letter D preschool ideas click HERE**

Thursday, February 27, 2020

C is for Carrots

C is for Carrot day!!!

  • Taste Test Carrots
    1. If you can, pick a carrot from the ground. Otherwise, buy all of them at the store.
    2. Let your preschooler peel a long carrot. Be careful!
    3. Adults: cut carrots lengthwise, slices, and baby carrots. Taste them, see if the different shapes make them taste different!
  • Make Playdoh Carrots
    1. With orange playdoh (or any color would work), roll it into a carrot like shape.
    2. Use a plastic knife, or butter knife, and a cutting board to practice cutting carrots.
    3. Repeat!
  • Carrot Sensory Bin
    1. I made polymer clay carrots (3 different sizes) and put them, along with carrot sprinkles, in a bin of kinetic sand.
    2. Have your preschool find and sort the carrots according to size, line them up in rows, just like in a garden.
    3. After counting how many carrots are in each row, use number cookie cutters to make imprints of the number they counted.
  • Read Too Many Carrots, by Katy Hudson
    1. I printed (and laminated) animals that are in the book – a bunny, beaver, bird, squirrel, and turtle. Then we talked about them and put them in order as they came up in the book. (They can play with these laminated animals in their sensory bin with the carrots too).
  •  Carrot Counting
    1. What you need:
      • Orange paper
      • Green paper
      • Brown paper
      • Scissors
      • Glue stick
    2. On the orange paper, draw triangles (in a zig zag) for your preschooler to cut. These will be the carrots.
      • number each triangle, for the next part of the project.
    3. Cut the green paper into strips. These are the green tops of the carrots.
    4. Have your preschooler glue the orange triangles to the brown paper (the dirt), in order of number.
    5. Whatever number is on the carrot, add that many green strips to the top (glue them on).
  • Carrot ABC matching
    1. Using the carrot sprinkles that you used in the sensory bin, write a letter of the alphabet on each carrot sprinkle. 
    2. Using the ABC Carrot Printable from School Time Snippets.
    3. As they find the carrot sprinkles in the sensory bin or just have them in a little bowl, match them ABC carrots.
      • You could also use her printable carrots, or scrabble pieces, or any ABC letters.


**For more letter C preschool activities, click HERE.  

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!!
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