Sunday, November 27, 2011

{Gingerbread Man Freebie...}

So in my previous post I mentioned that I didn't have any freebies for my upcoming gingerbread unit but alas...I had some free time and made a simple counting one..

I love activities like this because it reinforces several skills such as number recognition, number correspondence, counting, cutting and gluing!  And the best part is the kids have no idea they are using so many skills until we go over it--Wonderful!

Anyway enjoy and have an awesome week! Click on the image to grab a copy.
P.S. Thank you to those who leave me comments! I love the words of encouragement and that you are able to use some of the things I have created--You ROCK!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

{T is for Turkey and Thanksgiving Part Deux...}

Happy [almost] turkey day!!  I don't know about you but I am ready for Thanksgiving... I really enjoy this holiday and having a few days to recooperate [I've been feeling a bit under the weather]...  I had the privilege of attending the ACSI Convention Monday and Tuesday and now I am able to spend some time with my family...

So here is a wrap of our two weeks of Thanksgiving in the Fantastic Frogs...

Paper Mache Turkeys
{Oh my word.. these were such fun and the kids really enjoyed the process}

Day One: Balloons, Newspaper & Watered down glue..

We wrapped a piece of maksing tape with the kids' initials written on it around the bottom so we could tell whose was whose {Disclaimer: I'm not sure if this grammatically correct}

Then we waited for them to dry over night...

Day Two: Brown Paint

Day Three: Feathers, Heads & Popping the Balloon

Tada!! Our Paper Mache Turkeys... Adorable, right?

Counting Tail Feathers
[this is a freebie in one of my previous posts]

Letter H
The kids had to cut out H and then decorated it with stickers that began with H
[hearts, hot air balloon, and cat in the hat stickers]

Handprint Turkey Hangers
{I saw this idea on pinterest...Handprints on cheesecloth/burlap, painted cardboard, and pipe cleaners decorated with colored pasta}

and finally our Thanksgiving Feast

This has been Thanksgiving in a nutshell...and next week we will be learning about the five senses through a gingerbread man themed unit... I am so excited!!

I don't have any freebies for this but Shannon over at Kindergarten Hoppenings has some A.W.E.S.O.M.E. gingerbread man activities that we are definitely going to be using..So head over there and check them out!  I am also excited to be part of the Gingerbread Man Exchange happening at Growing in Pre-K the kids have no idea yet so I can not wait to see their expressions...

On that note I pray that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy the "little moments" with the ones you love...

Monday, November 14, 2011

{Turkey Freebie...}

Hey there fellow bloggers!  Here is a turkey freebie for you...Happy Monday!

Click here to grab your copy!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

{T is for Turkey and Thanksgiving...}

Thanksgiving is such an awesome time of year!  It reminds me to be thankful and it is a great opportunity to teach kids with it means to be appreciative for what they have in their lives.  Not only that but it allows The Fantastic Frogs to do a lot of fun activities...Yay!

So there are been a few staffing changes happening in our school that directly affect my age group.  These last few weeks have been trying and of course parent conferences are coming up next week so needless to say I have been exhausted...So I apologize for my lack of posts but here are some of the fun things we did this week for Thanksgiving...

1. Thankful Crosses

2. Corn Husks

3. Beginning Sounds Match Up

*I originally found this on Kindergarten Hoppenings.  Shannon has an apple and leaf version available but since we were studying Thanksgiving I created a Turkey version.

4. Hanging Turkeys

5. Give Thanks Banner

So stay tuned for next week!  On the agenda paper mache turkeys, a TLC project, and maybe a FREEBIE!

Happy Blogging!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Happy Harvest!! Here is my post on all our pumpkin activities...This is one of my favorite weeks and there is so much fun stuff for the kids to do...I couldn't take pictures of everything [sad face] but here is what I did get.. Enjoy...

Stained glass pumpkins

After reading Pumpkin, Pumpkin we discussed the life cycle of a pumpkin and completed this cute sequencing activity I found over at Mrs. Nelson's Class...

I also got this activity from Mrs. Nelson's Class...It is based on the Five Little Pumpkin poem... However, her version edits out the Halloween elements, which I appreciate since we can not do any kind of Halloween activities at my school...

It is a great project to see which students still need additional help with fine motor skills and their visual spatial ability...

Hanging paper pumpkin lanterns....

Torn Candy Corn...Another awesome fine motor project..and who doesn't love tearing paper?

I made pumpkin ice cubes dyed with red food coloring and we put them in yellow juice to make orange..

PUMPKIN PANCAKES!! One of our former room moms came back to make this delicious treat for our kids... So fun and yummy!!

The kids used straws to blow watered down green paint around paper to make vines...then they added pumpkin cutouts....

Pumpkin patterns...We practiced AB patterns this week with this activity...[stick around til the end and maybe they'll be a freebie..]

No pumpkin week is complete without painting pumpkins!
Don't they look fantastic? I love 'em...

I saw this over at Growing Kinders ...Kathleen did hers on the life cycle of an apple, so I thought why not the pumpkin?  Like hers, the pictures are velcro so the kids can arrange them..There are also numbers on the back so they can self check...

We also carved a pumpkin and completed these cool observation sheets I also found at Mrs. Nelson's Class ...I think it's perfect for my kids...We haven't finish them yet, but we will next week...

We also did a few pocket chart activities including This is Pumpkin Happy and Pumpkin, Pumpkin based on the book...

So that was all the fun we had learning about pumpkins and thanks for sticking aroung through the end.... and as promised here is the Pumpkin Patterns freebie! [click the image to download]

Thanks for reading...

{Spiders, Oh My...Part II..}

Tomorrow is the last day of October... I can hardly believe it!  Where does the time go?!? I apologize for being MIA, but you know how it is [there are not enough hours in the day]...
So I have lots to share, but I don't want this to get too long so I'm going to divide it into two posts...But before we start I have to share a picture of my baby sister getting ready to go to Homecoming last night
Doesn't she look beautiful?

Okay, thanks for letting me have my On to SPIDERS...

After reading various versions of the story I asked my class to draw their own illustrations of where their spider might climb and here are a few samples..

Then we made hanging spiders.. this is a great fine motor activity as well as math [they needed to count the legs...] and it's cute...

We also marble painted spider webs and stuck spider stickers on them...I love these!

And of course paper plate spider webs...

I hope you enjoyed the pictures of what we did for spiders...Don't forget to check out my previous post for a spider freebie...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{Spiders, Oh My...}

I don't know about you but spiders tend to give me the nilly willies!! [Not sure if that's spelled correctly or even a word, but that's how they make me feel!]  But this week, that's what we have been learning all about... Since the week is not yet over I don't have all my pictures to share but I wanted to share an activity page with you with a Spider theme...  At my school we use the ABeka program so these are the first five letters we focus on...  The kids trace the letter in the web and then color the spider with the matchin lowercase letter...

Click on the image for a copy!
Happy Wednesday!