Color learning Halloween theme puzzles.

Currently with my youngest daughter I’ve been working on color recognition. While my oldest is learning to read the written word of colors. With Halloween soon approaching I decided to make a fun Halloween theme color puzzle for my daughters as extra practice. I printed out the puzzles then laminated for extra durability. My oldest then helped me cut out all the pieces.

My youngest daughter almost two can stay interested in the activity for several minutes before kicking all the puzzle pieces around with her feet and laughing. At her age my focus is to make sure that I am exposing her to the basics because the more exposure the quicker and better it will sink in. Her Halloween puzzle I printed out in colorful ink that way she could match the colorful word to it’s matching colorful image.

My youngest daughter almost age 2

My oldest daughter enjoys puzzles. She’s always proud of herself when she matches up the words correctly to their pictures. Since she’s in Kindergarten a huge focus is reading therefore I chose to use black ink for all the words. I wanted her to put the work in and actually read each word rather than see the visual color.

My oldest daughter almost age 6

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I am made of shapes! Pumpkin dough mats.

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.

I am made of shapes pumpkin printable.
Playing together.

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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Items above are some of the Play-Doh kits my daughters and I play with on a regular basis.

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Hide and find a spooky character with a sight word.

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.

Spooky characters to hide, find, and read.

Our first set of the game was made up of several animals to find; a bird, hedgehog, rabbit, and a bear.

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Month of October’s focus colors are black and orange.

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.

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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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Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game.

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.

R is for Rabbit
R is for Rabbit

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.

Pumpkin Counting Art Project and Coloring Pages.

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.

My pumpkin counting art.
My oldest daughters pumpkin counting art.
My youngest daughters pumpkin counting art.
Supplies we used for the project.

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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I hope the simple pumpkin counting art activity and pumpkin counting coloring pages will inspire and help you with your educational journey whatever that may look like right now, and thanks for stopping by LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. Please remember all activities are meant to be done with adult supervision, and are for personal use only.

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Pumpkin plates turned into necklaces.

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.

Pumpkin Necklace Craft Supplies…
-two paper plates
-paint
-paint brush
-hole punch
-shoes laces/ string

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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Teaching young kids about culture. The country is Iceland.

My daughter chose the continent of Europe as our focus continent for the month of September. She picked the continent out on her toy puzzle globe.

Week 8: Belgium
Week 9: Croatia
Week 10: Iceland
Week 11: Sweden

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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Pumpkin life cycle.

I decided to go with pumpkins and Halloween for the month of October as the theme for the month. To cover the subject of science I made a simple pumpkin life cycle unit.

The Unit Contains…
-Pumpkin Life Cycle Chart
-Simple Pumpkin Facts
-Pumpkin Cut & Paste Sequencing Activity
-Pumpkin Life Cycle Sequencing Cards
-Early Reading Pumpkin Life Cycle Coloring Pages

I made five coloring pages to go along with the Pumpkin Life Cycle theme each with short sentences for early readers.

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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More apple tree theme coloring pages.

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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