We continued with a few apple-themed activities this week that we weren’t able to get to last week…
First Two Little Apples in an Apple Tree poem and mini-flannel board: M has always loved this poem! :)
We read 10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss (such a great book!!), and did a cute flannel board activity putting apples on a picture of M! They are numbered 1 to 10 and size sequenced too. I have seen this in a few blogs lately, but I can’t honestly say where I saw it first. It was before I started keeping better track of that sort of thing!
We also read The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, by Gail Gibbons. With this book we used these apple life-cycle cards from Montessori for Everyone. I made them into a little flip book so there would be no end or beginning to the cycle as we went through them a few times.
We also did a fun activity matching apple patterns on a boy’s head. The cards and patterns are from Making Learning Fun. We made them into magnets and did them on a small pan. I saw this at Izzie, Mac & Me.
Notice that green visor? It was in our “pay it forward” gift package from whisperingwhispers at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn. I put it in one of M’s activity containers this week and he had a lot of fun putting race car stickers on it. He wore it for a long time afterwards too! :)
He did his first dot-to-dot page: an apple! I think he did pretty well! It’s in a page protector and he used a dry-erase marker and a piece of felt for an eraser.
We did an A activity for his new ABC book too! Check it out in this post.
M also used his dry-erase marker on a zoo page from a workbook and tried drawing straight lines.
He got in some more fine-motor-skill practice putting this button board together:
And the big hit of the week was this: I made some 3”x3” cards from construction paper, used a black marker to write a letter on each one, and put it in a box with some toothpicks. M picked a letter and a toothpick and, working on the carpet, poked holes along the letter. This was a lot of fun for him and was good for letter identification, letter formation, and fine motor skills (again!). We held them up to the window and saw the light shine through the little holes. I got this great idea from prekinders – that site is full of good ideas! And so many of them are super simple like this!
We learned a fun new song (tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”) from preschooleducation.com:
Once a little appleseed
was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops
falling all around.
Out came the bright sun
as bright as bright could be
and the little appleseed
grew up to be an apple tree!
We added motions to it and M wanted to sing it several times. Preschooleducation.com is a great place to find poems and songs!
That’s it for us this week! Next week we will be having some pumpkin fun!! :)
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Have a beautiful week! :)