Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Using Playdough to Incorporate Learning Targets!


Playdough is absolutely a favorite of my little learners, which I love because it's one of the best things out there to help develop fine motor skills.  All that squeezing, rolling, poking, and manipulating strengthens the muscles in little hands.  During free choice time, I always have someone who asks to use playdough.  With that in mind, I decided to develop some activities using playdough to incorporate learning targets.  Here is a peek at my Playdough Pack available now in my TPT store.
The math activities range from number recognition, number formation, one to one correspondence to number sense, including 10 frames and number bonds.
The literacy activities include letter recognition, letter formation, and letter sound fun.
This pack is full of math, literacy and fine motor activities to help students stay motivated and make learning fun! This pack is 217 pages long and offers lots of choices for differentiation. Take a look at everything included:
Playdough Pack Activities
Playdough Color Matching Activity: Students match the playdough and container by color and color word. To add more of a challenge, use the color sight words in black font. This activity can be used on cookie sheets, magnet boards, in pocket charts, or be made into a file folder games.

Playdough Color Memory Match: Play a memory game or play face up for younger learners. Ideas for use: Pass out and have students find their matching partner, place around the room and have students find the matching card. Can also be used in a pocket chart. An ink saving pattern is available, just run on construction paper or color with markers.

Playdough Color Student Sheet: Two versions are available, depending on the level of your learner. One has color word written in matching color font and the other is in black font.

Playdough Shape Cards: Help students recognize shape sight words with this activity where student match the shapes to the shape words. Use on a cookie sheet, magnet board, in a pocket chart, or make into file folder games.

Playdough Formation Shape Cards: Available in both color and black and white. Use with playdough to teach students how to form shapes. Print off two copies and play memory, Go Fish, use in a pocket chart, and find the matching partner in the room.

Playdough Shapes Mat: Print, laminate, and use with playdough to form shapes. Two versions are available, one has an oval include while the other has a hexagon instead. Other shapes on the mat are circle, square, rhombus, rectangle, and triangle.

Playdough Shapes Student Sheet: Students cut and glue the playdough label to the matching container by shape.

Playdough Number Cards to 30: Use during circle/calendar time, to teach number recognition, to sequence numbers, print two copies and play memoty, etc.

Playdough Number Smash Sheets: Two versions are available with numbers 1-20. Hold up a number card or say a number and students either smash a ball of playdough on it or color in the number. Helps with number recognition!

Playdough Number Cards and Student Color Pages: Cans of playdough with numbers 1-20 and student pages that can be used as a color the room activity, large group, small group, or individual activity. Four sheets are available to allow for differentiation. Students either recognize or write the numbers and color the playdough lid to match.

Playdough Number Formation Cards: Use with playdough to teach students how to form numbers.

Playdough Number Mats: These mats are offered in both color and black and white for numbers 1-10. Students form the number, add that many gumballs to a gumball machine, and smash balls of playdough on the ten frame. There is also a blank mat that can be used with a die.

Playdough Number Bonds: Use small balls of playdough or manipulatives to teach composing/decomposing numbers to 10. Plus, there are three number bond student sheets to choose from.

Playdough Alphabet Cards: Both upper and lowercase letters to use during circle/calendar time, to teach letter recognition, play memory, and use with letter sound cards.

ABC Playdough Smash Sheets:: Pick an alphabet card or name a letter or letter sound. Students find and smash a small ball of playdough or color in the letter on their recording sheets. Four versions of the sheets are available. Choose the one that works best for your learner(s).

Playdough Alphabet Formation Cards: Available in both upper and lowercase. Use with playdough to teach students how to form letters.

Playdough Alphabet Mats: Students use these mats with playdough (or dry erase markers) to form letters and learn letter sounds. Mats are available in both color and black and white.

Playdough Letter Sound and Alphabet Recognition Cards: Match letter sound pictures on balls of playdough to playdough containers that have letters of the alphabet on them. There are also containers of playdough cards with letter sound picture to allow for another alphabet/letter sound activity. Plus, student pages for individual practice.

Various Playdough Cards: Students use these as a guide to learn how to form different things with playdough. Cards range from making balls, snakes, curves, zigzags to making apples, flowers, suns, faces, etc. Available in color and black and white.

Playdough Recipes: Several different homemade playdough recipes are included.

Letter to Parents: A letter explaining the importance of playdough to develop fine motor skills and asking parents to donate playdough to be used in your class!

This pack is perfect for the beginning of the year, but can be used throughout the year, too!

Use these activities as arrival/table time activities, center activities, small group instruction, stations, and during circle/learning times. These activities are designed for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten.

The full pack is 217 pages long and includes shapes, colors, alphabet, math, and fine motor activities.
All the activities are bundled together to offer you a huge discount.

However, if you want something smaller, I broke up the pack into smaller packs.
There is a Playdough Math Pack.
There is also a Playdough Alphabet Pack.
All three are discounted 50%, plus everything in my store is 20% off through the end of the month!
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ice Cream Activities! Plus a Sale!

Whew! Another year is in the books.  We celebrated the end of the year with an ice cream theme.  Here is a peek of just a few of our activities.
We made sundaes.  The whipped topping is a mixture of shaving cream and white liquid glue.  Real sprinkles were added.  To make the cherry on top, a small piece of red pipe cleaner was hot glued to a red pompom ball.
They look good enough to almost eat! ;)
We did some color the room and draw the room activities with ice cream cone shapes.  Color the room may be now of my little ones favorite activities.


Another craft we did was to make these soft serve cones.  Students cut out the pieces, then scrunched and glued tissue paper to the ice cream.  It was a great activity to work on some fine motor skills.
We also made ice cream cone names by cutting the pieces, gluing the cone together and then writing each letter in order.
For alphabet work, we matched letter sounds to letters of the alphabet.
 We worked on reviewing colors and reading color sight words.
 We also worked on shapes and shape sight words.

 We counted out scoops and put them on top of the correct cones.  And then, of course, we ended our year with an ice cream party.  It was the perfect way to celebrate all our learning!
  Here's a list of everything included in my newest pack.    
Ice Cream Pack Activities
Color Matching Activity: Students match the ice cream cones by color and color word.  To add more of a challenge, use the color sight words in black font.  This activity can be used on cookie sheets, magnet boards, in pocket charts, or be made into a file folder games.

Ice Cream Color Memory Match:  Play a memory game or play face up for younger learners.  Ideas for use: Pass out and have students find their matching partner, place around the room and have students find the matching card.  Can also be used in a pocket chart. An ink saving pattern is available, just run on construction paper or color with markers.

Rainbow Ice Cream Color Student Sheet:  Two versions are available, depending on the level of your learner.  One has color word written in matching color font and the other is in black font.

Ice Cream Shape Cards:  Help students recognize shape sight words with this activity where student match the shapes to the shape words. Use on a cookie sheet, magnet board, in a pocket chart, or make into file folder games.

Color the Room Shape Cards:  Place shape cards around the room.  Students find the cards and color the cones the same color.  There is a second version where students draw the shape, rather than color the shape.

Sweet Shape Cards: Students match ice cream cones by shapes.  Play memory, Go Fish, use cards for a color the room activity, find matching partners, etc.

Sweet Shape Student Sheet:  Students cut and glue the ice cream cones by shape.

Counting Cones:  Students count the number of scoops of ice cream and match the number card.

How many Scoops?  Cones have numbers on them.  Students place that many scoops of ice cream on top of the cone.  There is a blank cone that students can roll a die and place that many scoops on top.  

How Tall is My Ice Cream Cone?  Place in order from greatest to least or least to greatest.

Number cards from 0 to 31:  Use during calendar time, print two copies and play memory, pass out and have students line up in numeral order, place a series of cards in a row.  Students can figure out what number comes before or after or what number is missing in the series.

Alphabet Cards:  Students place upper and lowercase scoops on the cone that has the matching letter sound picture.

Scoop of Sounds Student Sheets:  Students cut and glue the scoop of ice cream on the correct cone.  There are several options available to allow for differentiation.  Match alphabet letter to letter sound (both upper and lowercase are available to choose from).  Match uppercase to lowercase letter or for the easiest version, match like letters.

Alphabet Soft Serve Cones:  Use during calendar time, print two copies and play memory, and use for the student ABC Cones color the letter activity.

ABC Cones:  Pick an alphabet card or name a letter or letter sound.  Students find and color in the letter on their recording sheets.  Four versions of the sheets are available.  Choose the one that works best for your learner(s).

Three Step Sequencing Cards and Student Sheets:  Choose from building a sundae or an ice cream cone.  Color cards are available as a teaching tool and black and white pictures allow students to cut apart and place in order.  Glue on a sentence strip or half a sheet of paper cut lengthwise.

Ice Cream Sundae Patterns:  Patterns to make adorable ice cream sundaes crafts

Anchor Chart Pieces:  Create an anchor chart to show your students’ favorite kind of ice cream, sauce, and/or toppings.  

Swirl Cone Craft:  Students cut and decorate a soft serve ice cream cone. 

Ice Cream Cone Names:  Students sequence the letters of their names on scoops of ice cream and stack on top of a cone for a sweet name activity.

You can find these activities HERE.
It's half price through the long weekend, plus everything in my store is 20% off!
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)


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Monday, May 8, 2017

TPT Gift Card Giveaway!

Big News!  
Not only is Teachers Pay Teachers having a site wide sale, I have two $10 gift cards to give away!
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Enter below for a chance to win and don't forget to use the code THANKYOU17 to get 28% off all the products in my store.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Flower Power: Learning All About Plants!

 A couple weeks ago, we finished up a study of plants.  My little learners were so engaged and invested in our learning.  To make the above flower activity, I picked up several paint samples from a hardware store.  They happened to have petal shaped cards, which worked out perfectly.  The stems, leaves, and seeds were all cut from paint sample cards, too.
We learned about the parts of flower and the life cycle of a plant.
We planted our own seeds and kept track of the little plants growth with our own journals.
Besides all the science, we jazzed up our every day learning by carrying over our plant theme into our circle time, small groups, and independent activities.
These cute little flowers are actually a first and last name  activity.
You can find all these activities in my Plant Pack.  It's half price this week.  Check it out!
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day :)