One of my favourite Christmas Carols is “The Holly and the Ivy” and it brings back memories of collecting both with my grandmother to decorate the fireplace with, it’s an old traditional British Carol as through our winters we don’t have many native evergreen plants and in the midst of winter these two stand out. We’re back after a short break joining in with The Playful Preschool bloggers team sharing ideas for preschoolers and you to do together that are creative and learning based. This weeks focus is all about Evergreen Trees, check the end of the post for other
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Welcome to day 1 of Story Book Advent – Today we are kicking off the series with The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, a childhood favourite of mine and one that my children also love. To bring it alive we’re getting creative making snowmen skittles, a snowball bowling ball and working on some Maths skills at the same time. Join us for the next 24 days counting down to Christmas with Story Book Advent and Christmas book based activities each day.
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Bring the book Pete the Cat; I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean to life for preschoolers by creating this simple literacy based activity for them, working on letter sounds, colours and name recognition as well as basic fine motor and scissor skills.
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Help children to develop good writing skills with this fun feather writing activity, use real or fake feather sand write in the salt or sand tray with shapes that make letters or letters that they knew then erase them and start again.
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This weeks playful preschool theme is all about scarecrows – one that gave us the perfect opportunity to explore some more differences between countries in the world using technology.
Each week we are exploring through learning and creativity themes and bringing your ideas that you could use in your classroom or home with preschoolers. Check out the #playfulpreschool tag on social media to see other fabulous ideas.
Cultural exploration of scarecrows
For us in the UK we are unlikely to see scarecrows in Autumn – they are a Spring ornament for the garden scaring the birds away
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Hands on Science and Maths activities are the best way to enthuse children about these subjects and help them learn, we’ve collaborated with 20 other bloggers to bring you FIZZ, POP, BANG! Playful science and math activities a brand new ebook out.
Fizz Pop Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities contains 40 hands on activities for children 3 – 8 years old, with fabulous science experiments and hands on maths activities covering most areas of curriculum this is a fabulous resource for parents, carers and teachers alike. With 20 printables included there are all the resources that you will
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Community Helpers or Heroes as they are being called here in our home due to the school’s topic is a fabulous topic for kids to learn about and this weeks playful preschool theme is just that. Across the blogs of the team made up of parents and educators we are sharing learning and creative activities around the theme of community helpers. We used this opportunity to introduce some Initial Sounds work with T.
*As we are British some of the initial sounds for the community helpers we have used may not be what you expect there are a few
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Dinosaurs are always a favourite with kids and mine are no exception – in fact what I’ve learnt in the last 5 years is more than a semester of Evolution of Vertebrate Animals at university. This week #playfulpreschool theme is Dinosaurs, each Wednesday we are sharing a preschool learning/creative activity based around a theme with bloggers from the Playful Preschool group.
Looking at areas that we have covered before I wanted to work on T’s strengths this week, she struggles with Letter activities but adores Maths and Science based activities so using our toy dinosaurs I combined the two
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As pumpkins appear in the shops we’re starting some Halloween themed activities at home. I like introducing activities that go with books and rhymes and The Five Little Pumpkin song is really cute and inspired a creative filled morning of learning with Numeracy and Literacy based activities.
We started off by listening and watching the Five Little Pumpkins song on YouTube – to make it easier I’ve added it below but search as there are different versions of the rhyme. This was T’s favourite one. Then we started off our activities counting and making our own book.
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