With my daughters having a four year age gap I’m always trying to find and come up with activities that are suitable for both their levels. My youngest is turning two in November therefore my husband and I are working on introducing her to different shapes. Both my daughters enjoy using dough to create and play with. Therefore I made a fun pumpkin theme dough mat to go along with our other dough tools. The pumpkin is made up of various shapes for my youngest, while keeping in mind my oldest daughter I made sure I labeled everything I’m always trying to expose her to letters and the fact letters make words. The more exposure to simple reading the better.
If you hate the mess of dough and not interested in a dough activity the Shape Pumpkin can be printed out and decorated for fun as well. It could even be cut out for fine motor practice. Any way in which it’s used it can be a great way to introduce children to shapes and for older children the written word of shapes.
I made the Shape Pumpkin both in color and without color. I personally try to reserve color ink as much as possible therefore whenever plausible I print out in black and white. It also allows my daughter to color things in making it feel more like her own. In case anyone was interested in a colorful play dough placemat I provided one of those as well.
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I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate sight word practice into our day. Especially on the weekends when we take a break from rigid lesson plans I still want to sneak in some practice time therefore we tend to play educational based games. Both my daughters enjoy playing hide n seek in order to incorporate education within the game we hide characters around the house to find and read the words they’re holding. With Halloween coming up in several weeks I made a Halloween version with spooky characters to hide around the house. I left each word spot blank that way I could laminate each character and be able to write and erase each sight word whenever.
My youngest daughter is turning two in November therefore my husband and I are working on teaching her the basics. Colors, shapes, etc. I’ve recently decided to concentrate on two colors to represent each month. This month October the focus colors are black and orange for Halloween.
I made two colors posters and color cards for orange and black with a Halloween sort of theme that I laminated for durability.
When playing with my youngest I read the poster and point to the pictures repeating the color each time. Then we take the cards and match each one to the correct corresponding spot on the poster.
When playing with my oldest I write short sentences for her to read using the cards to fill in parts of the sentence.
My oldest also uses the cards to practice writing with, which is great because she isn’t always interested in writing practice.
(I am a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Program and any qualifying purchases made through links above I may earn a commission on at no additional cost to you.) The magnetic alphabet board is a great tool for learning to write letters. My daughters enjoy playing with the counting bears sorting by colors and they double as a great counting tool.
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I’m always looking for more fun active ways to learn. My daughter for the most part can name beginning sounds. Although that doesn’t stop me from trying to find more ways to practice and expose her to the sounds letters make. The more practice and exposure the better, the quicker she can pick up on it and the easier reading will become for her.
My oldest daughters attention span being short and the fact I hate sitting for long periods of time I thought it’d be great to incorporate a cute costume theme Halloween alphabet sound game to get us moving, learning, and playing together. Something even my youngest can enjoy. That’s why I created this Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game printable. After printing out I laminated everything for durability. I then round the edges when cutting out cards so they don’t poke my daughters hands.
Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game Rules…
There is no winner or loser it is a cooperative game to learn and practice beginning sounds in a fun and active way.
Game Rules: Place the cards in a bucket or in a pile and pick a card.
Costume cards: Whomever picks the card names the beginning sound and then all players are able to act out the card together.
Work Out Cards: Player that picks the card does as the card says. For example if a player picks the card 10 jumping jacks they then do 10 jumping jacks. Work out cards are used to make the game more active. All players can do the exercise if they chose.
A airplane; arms out, jump then go down onto your belly. B butterfly; elbows out jump and flap your elbows. C car; sit on your butt, arms in front pretending to drive a car. D duck; say quack quack and flap your elbows. E elephant; arm to your nose shake your head up and down. F fire truck; stand up lift up knees and arms to climb a ladder. G giraffe; arms above head stretch and stand on your tip toes. H hippo; stomp your feet as you march. I iguana; go to your hands and knees and crawl. J jellyfish; move your arms as if they’re tentacles. K kite; pretend to fly a kite. L ladybug; flap your arm three times then get down to your knees and crawl on the floor. M monkey; jump up and down making monkey noises. N narwhal; put hand to head to be a horn and pretend swim. O ostrich; kick one foot out then the other several times. P pig; lay down on your back and pretend to roll in the mud. Q quail; run nodding your head as if your looking for worms. R rabbit; hop around. S spider; sway back and forth as if swinging from a web. T train; say choo choo and run around. U unicorn; hand on head like a horn and gallop like a horse. V volcano; arms above head and shake them as if exploding. W whale; pretend to swim. X xylophone; play the pretend xylophone. Y yoyo; pretend to play with a yoyo. Z zebra; take a few steps and do a little jump.
My oldest daughter helped me come up with most of the exercises for the costume cards. To be honest though when we play she usually decides on spot what to do and switches the movement with her mood during game play. It’s really about having fun, being active, using their imagination all while learning and or practicing letter sounds. My daughter retains info and sticks with something the most when she’s able to put her own spin on it and just enjoy the game.
Whomever picks the card tends to decide what to do, and then we all act it out together after naming the beginning sound. If my oldest isn’t in the mood to name the sound, and just wants to act out the cards then I make the letter sound a few times say the letter and the word myself that way she can at least hear it.
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A book my daughters grandparents bought them that they both enjoy reading with me, it’s one of their top favorite Halloween books. It’s not often I can get them both to sit down at the same time and read with me, on occasion when I’m able to this is one of the books I read to them especially around Halloween time.
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My main focus with my oldest daughter when it came to the game was to work on listening to the letter sound not recognizing the visual letter therefore I omitted words when creating cards for the game I printed out for her. I provided two downloads one without words and other with words in case anyone wanted to focus on letter recognition as well as beginning sounds.
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If your looking for more Halloween inspired alphabet learning games click on image below for the free Save the Brains Zombie Theme Alphabet Game printable.
Today my oldest daughter wasn’t in a mood to do school lessons therefore after we finished what she had to do for the day I threw in the activity below as a fun way to count and look at how math problems are set up. That way she could work on math, create art, and read all at the same time in a fun way. Daily I add in additional activities apart from her actual school lessons to add to our day. On days she’s not in the mood to do school I try to add in activities that allow her a little bit of creative freedom to keep her attention on lessons rather than running off in anger because she’s over learning for the day.
With my youngest I try to make sure my husband and I don’t lose focus on teaching her the basics since the majority of the day revolves around my oldest daughters homeschool lessons. Therefore I try to keep our activities toddler friendly. She enjoys using dot stickers, dot markers, and regular markers therefore I allow her to use them under adult supervision of course. She enjoyed drawing on the construction paper, as my oldest and I counted out the pumpkins on all three of our art projects.
Supplies We Used For Pumpkin Counting Art Activity… -dot stickers to make larger pumpkins -dot markers to make smaller pumpkins -construction paper -markers For the project you could use crayons, any kind of markers, construction paper etc. to make the pumpkins whatever you have on a hand.
With my oldest in Kindergarten I’m trying to get her to read as much as possible, and my youngest turning two in November I’m always trying to come up with ways to integrate both their levels into the same activities.
Therefore I try to provide them with simple reading coloring pages weekly. Coloring pages with simple written sentences to help with my oldest daughters reading skills, and allow my youngest to work on holding crayons and enhancing her fine motor skills.
I made simple pumpkin counting coloring pages to go along with the pumpkin counting art project. I used the written words for the numbers to get my oldest daughter to work on reading number written words. I chose to go with numbers 6-10 to give her many pumpkins to color on each page.
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For the month of October the theme is mainly pumpkins and also Halloween. This week we got started on our pumpkin theme. My oldest daughter isn’t one to always follow the rules and do everything the way in which everyone else does it. Being that during her school lessons I have to keep her on track and make sure she’s doing everything the way it’s instructed when it comes to our free art time I try to keep things light and fun. I allow her to get carried away with the process and do it in her own way. I believe creative expression is important and it’s not a process I like to hinder.
This week I told her we were going to make pumpkins. I then asked what she wanted to use to make the pumpkins construction paper or paper plates. She chose paper plates and paint. I chose paper plates and construction paper to make a pumpkin craft with my youngest that is almost two.
My oldest daughter decided she wanted two paper plates put together for her pumpkin. After she painted and allowed the plates to dry I then asked what she wanted to use to connect the plates glue, stapler, hole punch and string, or duct tape. She chose a hole puncher and string. She hole punched both the plates together that didn’t work then we discussed other options and she decided it would be easier to do one plate at a time. Once finished making holes she then laced the string through both plates and decided it was now a pumpkin necklace.
At five going on six I allow my oldest daughter freedom with her art and choosing her own materials to create with. My youngest at the age of one almost two I’m more involved in her creating process. I cut out orange squares from construction paper and smeared glue all over the plate. I started by showing her how to stick the squares onto the plate she then began to do so herself. When finished I asked what color dots she wanted to use for the face, eyes, and nose. I wrote her name on it with sharpie on the top circles that’s suppose to be the stem of the pumpkin. On the mouth stickers I wrote the word pumpkin.
Pumpkin with Construction Paper Craft -paper plate -orange construction paper -glue -dot stickers -scissors -marker or pen
The scissors pictured above are not the greatest because they are difficult to cut with, however they’re my go to scissors when doing art projects with my youngest because she always tries to take whatever I’m using. Since they are plastic scissors I can feel less neurotic and stressed out if she takes them from me. Adult supervision required at all times of course. The 30 pack of glues sticks is a necessity in my house because we go through glue quickly, therefore I buy in bulk. The crayola easel is great because it’s not highly priced and everything a kid needs is all in one place it even comes with watercolors paint.
If interested in more pumpkin theme ideas click the image below for pumpkin life cycle printable activities and coloring pages.
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Week 10 we studied Iceland. I start off the week by reading the country sheet filled of simple facts and information about the country. I keep it simple because my daughters are young. They are currently five and one and will be turning six and two in November therefore I keep the country lessons simple. The whole point is to expose my daughters to other languages and cultures as a way to give them an open mind and raise them to someday be understanding and respectful adults.
The idea is to do a brief language lesson Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with my daughters. I found a few videos online to introduce my daughters to the Icelandic language although none of them were fun, easy to follow, and kid friendly therefore I don’t have any videos to suggest.
At the end of the week I give them several coloring pages with sentences appropriate for early readers in order to sneak in more reading time with my oldest daughter. For the week of Iceland I made four coloring pages to share with my daughters.
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If your looking for more October theme learning fun click on the image below to check out a zombie theme alphabet game.
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I use coloring pages in the lesson plans every week because it’s always been hard to get my oldest to stay on track and be interested with lessons. She always wants to do her own thing her own way. Therefore I keep the coloring pages simple so she can draw in her own images however she wants, as she reads the words. By saying hey lets color together she doesn’t feel as pressured by it, and begins to cut up the pages however she wants working on scissor skills as well.
My daughter’s and I finished our apple tree theme coloring pages for the month of September last week. I try to use simple sentences to help my oldest practice her reading skills on most the reading coloring pages. This set I decided I wanted to throw in a little bit of shape recognition for my youngest therefore I made a simple tree using shapes and labeled everything for my oldest to look at the words.
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My daughter recognizes and is able to recall the letters of the alphabet although at times she gets mixed up and it takes her time to remember each letter right away. Therefore I’ve been trying to come up with ways to add in alphabet activities throughout the day that are fun and entertaining for her.
With October about a week away I decided to make a zombie theme game for alphabet recognition. I try to switch out the games monthly or every few months to keep it new and interesting by implementing a new theme.
Save the Brains: Zombie Theme Alphabet Recognition Game. (Scroll towards bottom of page for free printable.)
Brain Tokens: Are used to make the game go a little faster. Especially when using both the lowercase and uppercase decks at the same time. When a player runs out of brain tokens the game is over and each player can begin to count the number of people cards in their house. Boy cards are lowercase. Lower case Zombies I chose to use letters that kids often get mixed up the most for example lowercase b, d, are tricky and often are mistaken for each other. Girl cards are uppercase. For uppercase Zombie cards I chose to use the back portion of the alphabet kids tend to receive more exposure to uppercase A B C D therefore I wanted to give extra attention to the letters further back in the alphabet.
Game setup. -Each player gets a house game board to place the people cards they collect. -Pass out an even number of brains to each player. -Shuffle the cards and lay them face down.
Objective of the game is to get as many people to safety as possible. At end of game work on simple counting skills by counting up all your people cards on game board. Whomever has the most wins.
Game Play Youngest player goes first. Draw a card from the game deck. Person card: Read the letter on the card out loud. For extra game play ask the child to name the letter sound as well. When finished the player places that card in their house. If the child gets the letter wrong depending on their age and where they are in their alphabet learning journey you can allow them to place it in their house anyways, or tell them to place the card back in the game deck to try again later. Zombie Card: If the child gets the letter wrong they lose a brain token. If they say the letter correctly they can steal another players brain to feed to the zombie. If you get a zombie card you can challenge your child to a race down the hallway in a circle etc. If you win the race you get one of their brain tokens. If you lose the zombie eats your brain token.
The first time we played the game I used only the uppercase letter cards to quiz her in a way that didn’t feel like a quiz in order to find out which if any uppercase letters she needed extra help with. She was able to name each one, a few of them she needed help with the letters sound. Therefore I wrote that down in order for more review later. She asked me why there weren’t any boy cards, I explained to her I made all the uppercase letters girls, and all lower case letter boys and that eventually we’d mix both decks together. I chose to do all upper case girls and all lowercase boys in order to be able to quickly sort the cards whenever needed to easily pull out upper or lower case cards.
In the upper case pack I made a y and z zombie because I had 24 people squares to work with. The rest of the zombies I used letters at the end of the alphabet because the first several letters A-D kids are introduced to often through early learning toys and things like that.
We played the game the next day with lowercase letters (boy cards) in order to test her knowledge on lower case letters. The font I used threw her off when it came to the letter q so we talked about how each letter can look a little bit different depending on fonts. Besides that she was able to name each one. She still needs more practice in order to recognize each letter instantly sometimes it takes her a minute staring at the letter before she calls out the correct name other times she’ll say the abc’s in alphabetical order out loud till she comes to the correct letter.
My husband, oldest daughter, and I all colored in our own game boards after I laminated each for durability.
Books above are fun Halloween themed books my daughter’s enjoy reading with me.
P is for Princess is a book my daughters read with me often and enjoy flipping all the flaps. The magnetic letter board is a toy both my daughter’s enjoy playing with and has helped my oldest work on writing letters of the alphabet.
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