My oldest daughter is currently enrolled in an online school for First Grade. Working alongside her to keep her on track can make it difficult to devote time to my youngest daughters (age 3) preschool activities. In which often times I turn to simple art based activities that give both my daughters a chance to create as my youngest daughter can practice basic skills. In which we recently made shape monsters in order to incorporate shape learning, creativity, colors, alphabet recognition and scissor practice all within one fun activity.
My oldest made her shape monster whichever way she felt. I often don’t give her strict rules when it comes to creating art because I allow it to be a place in which she can freely create and express herself. My youngest is still learning how to properly hold scissors therefore we created the monster by working together. I asked her what shapes she wanted to use for different body parts. Then we added a pipe cleaner to the top so she could hold on to it, in which she ran around the house flying her monster all around. When it got hungry we cut out the letters that make up her name and fed them to the monster.
I have found the simplest of activities tend to be the most useful for us. As a parent that works alongside her children I often get flustered trying to make every activity the best it can be. The truth is regardless how fancy or sloppy an activity is put together it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that they’re learning. In which I often turn to simple activities I can slap together last minute that don’t always have to be printed out. I also found that my children work best when they’re not given strict rules and are allowed to create what that want rather than an exact replica of something. Such as lets make a shape monster and then they decide what shapes they want to use and what their monster will look like.
For a fun educational Halloween inspired activity my daughters (age 2 and 6) and I made magic potions. To incorporate as much learning within the activity as possible I made colorful apples, shape pumpkins, and plain pumpkins to write sight words on. That my daughters could mix into their potions. The purpose of the activity was to supplement my oldest daughters daily goals which are reading, sight words, writing, and math in a fun way. A way that also covers going over basic skills with my youngest consisting of shapes and colors. Originally I had planned on adding in alphabet pieces either alphabet magnets, alphabet puzzle pieces, or alphabet lacing beads. However this time my youngest quickly lost interest in the activity although we were able to cover shapes and colors before she moved on.
Learning I incorporated within activity… -colorful apples for color recognition -shape pumpkins for shape recognition -writing practice as my oldest wrote down her own potions -sight words written on pumpkins -reading 2 pages of simple directions for the activity -basic math as we added up the ingredients to make the potions
I hope our Magic Potions inspired some fun learning through play ideas. If you prefer print free activities instead of using the pumpkins, and apple cards you could cut out fun potion ingredients out of construction paper.
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To keep myself accountable and to be able to visually keep track of my youngest daughters (age 2) progress I’ve recently made tracking sheets to place within laminated pocket sheets. That we hang upon our learning wall. As of now our primary focus is recognizing colors, 2D shapes, and numbers 1-12. I made two versions of numbers one in which they were placed in correct order and the other all mixed up. That way once my daughter began to recognize her numbers in order I could then turn to the sheet out of order. To make sure she truly recognizes numbers 1-12.
The tracking sheets can be used by crossing off as they learn to keep track of the child’s progress. They can also be used as posters to hang upon the wall, in which could be laminated for durability. The shapes poster I used dashed lines for each shape because I wanted my daughter to be able to practice tracing each shape as a way to mark it off as she memorized the name.
Often times rather than laminating materials I place them within laminated pockets in which I’m able to reuse for other materials.
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Recently I’ve decided to turn to a color of the week theme in order to teach my youngest daughter age two colors. The first color I chose was red because it felt fitting to go along with the letter Aa for (a red) apple. I made a simple red poster to print out and a matching activity to go along with it. I decided to stick them both into dry erase pockets that way I didn’t have to laminate them. By placing the matching worksheet in a dry erase pocket my daughters could use the worksheets several times throughout the week. When not in use I can keep them upon our learning wall to serve as a kid theme decorative art.
To add to a color of the week theme you can place red items in a jar or bucket to bring out throughout the week that kids can dig through and explore items that are red. You can play a fun game of I spy with the items. For example if you place a magnet with an apple on it in the bucket you could say I Spy something red that you can eat.
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My daughters grow bored of playing with the same exact stuff every day. Therefore I attempt to change the theme monthly to keep my daughters engaged and interested. For the month of December the main theme is Christmas therefore I made them both color puzzles with a Christmas theme.
My youngest age two I printed out her puzzles in color ink to help with her matching skills and color recognition. My oldest daughter I printed out her puzzles in black ink to practice reading.
If your tired of printing stuff out and want to save on resources there are many fun ways to incorporate color recognition throughout the day. We used fidget spinners and a wide assortment of math manipulatives to color sort. Counting bears are a great way to pair color learning and early math skills together.
My youngest often gets restless during my oldest daughters school lessons therefore today she was in the middle of it all learning colors with the fidget spinners, as I spoke with my oldest about math story problems. In which we did simple math problems together. We used counting bears and after they took a ride on the fidget spinner they hibernated for the winter. My youngest would cry out “sick, sick,” after a bear took a ride on the fidget spinner therefore I would tell her to rock the bear three times and have her count out loud as she did. Next time count to four and so on.
For the simple math story problems I would say there are three bears on fidget spinners if two fell off how many are still on the fidget spinners?
Combining color recognition and simple math and counting makes it possible to fit a little bit of everything daily. I’ve learned the more we can multi task the more my daughters are able to retain because their attention spans are still quite short. Therefore I guarantee that I expose my youngest to colors daily and my oldest to math.
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With my oldest daughter starting online Kindergarten in September, and my youngest turning two in November, I’ve been trying to create more printable activities to hold me accountable and keep me on point with teaching my youngest daughter colors amongst other basic early educational concepts.
My youngest daughter enjoys watching birds when outside, or when looking out the window she points at the birds on the front lawn. Therefore I went ahead and created a poster of colorful birds we can look at daily and name the colors as she points to each one.
In addition to the poster I made a color matching activity consisting of colorful birds to match with their corresponding colorful nest. I laminated the whole activity, cut out the birds, and placed magnets on the back of it all to use with our magnetic wall. It would also work great as a simple cut and paste matching activity as well if you choose not to laminate the activity.
I printed out two pages of birds by themselves without the nests in order to laminate and cut out. My daughters enjoy playing in their play tent and using their binoculars. Therefore the birds not made into magnets I plan to use for a pretend play activity in which we look for birds. After gathering the birds they can sit in their play tent and call out the color of the birds we all found. Also each person can count the number of birds collected giving us a chance to work on our number skills as well.
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