Shape Turkey for Preschoolers

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Little Brother and I  had a great time making these Shape Turkeys for Preschoolers!  Creating them together gave me the perfect opportunity to review some of the trickier shapes (like octagon and rhombus) while still creating a super-cute Thanksgiving craft!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Shape Turkey Printable and either markers, crayons, paint, dot markers, or stamps.  We chose to make our own shape stamps using some old wooden blocks and sticky-backed felt.  The idea was to match the stamp to the larger shape.  

 

IMG 3406 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers 1.  Download your FREE Shape Turkey Printable!

 

 

IMG 3408 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers 2.  To make the shape stamps, trace tiny shapes onto sticky-back felt and then stick them on your wooden blocks.

 

 

IMG 34111 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers3.  Match the shape on the stamp to the larger shape on the paper.  The small octagons ended up looking more like circles on the stamp, but it still made a neat design!

 

 

IMG 3418 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  Tiny triangle stamp!

 

 

IMG 3420 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  I ran out out of wooden blocks, so we used our dot markers to make the final rhombus feather.  :)

 

 

IMG 3427 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  4.  Cut out all the shapes.  This was great practice for little brother!

 

 

IMG 3431 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  5.  Use a glue stick to assemble your turkey.

 

 

IMG 3445 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  Gobble, gobble!

 

 

IMG 3444 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  Our turkey with our DIY Shape Stamps.  :)

 

 

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Drinking Straw Sensory Tub

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I saw the idea for this colorful drinking straw sensory tub at Little Brother’s preschool.  It is so simple, can be easily reused, and provides a unique texture!  And since it is plastic, it won’t attract pests (like rice or beans)!

 

Please note:  This sensory tub is not appropriate for children under 3 as the straws could pose a choking hazard.  Please use caution when doing this activity around younger siblings.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  several packages of colorful drinking straws (I found mine for $1 each at our grocery store), scissors, and a plastic tub.

 

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Just cut up the straws into small pieces.  Our pieces were about 1-2 inches in length.

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 I cut several at a time while Little Brother helped me cut too!

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Little Brother loved playing with the straws, making patterns, and sorting them by color!  He also attempted to fit the straws inside of themselves, which took lots of  fine motor control!  All in all, this sensory tub was a huge hit and something we can use again and again without worrying about it going bad or attracting pests!  :)

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Proverbs 22:1 Activity for Preschoolers

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  Last year our church purchased and implemented a brand new curriculum.  It is wonderful but it needs some supplementation, especially for the younger children.  I am in the process of writing supplemental lessons for a unit on Solomon and needed an activity for our 4-year old class on this specific proverb. This Proverbs 22:1 Activity for preschoolers is easy and quick…two of my favorite things about Sunday school crafts!  I made a free Proverbs 22:1 printable that will make it even easier!  

“A good name is more desirable than great riches.”  -Proverbs 22:1

  Here’s what you’ll need:  this free printable (printed on card stock), a pencil, acrylic jewels and golden glitter glue (which were sent to us compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com).   IMG 1402 Proverbs 22:1 Activity for Preschoolers

1.  Print out the free printable on card stock and then have each child write his/her name very large on the paper.

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2.  Have each child use the gold glitter glue (or puff paint) to trace his/her name.

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While the children are working, talk about what it means to have a “good name”.  In this context, it means having a good reputation, or what other people think about you.  The only way that you can have a “good name” (reputation) is by making good decisions that others see and being honest and trustworthy.

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3.  Add the acrylic jewels on top of the glitter glue.

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Let it dry and brainstorm ways that children can develop “a good name” through the daily decisions they make.

 

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Personalized Character Alphabet Book

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Little Brother is slightly character-obsessed.  He loves characters from various cartoons/movies, so I wanted to put that “passion” to good use by helping to reinforce letter names and sounds by creating a character alphabet book for him.  We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house (typically less than an hour a day, although it has been more in more trying seasons of our lives), but these characters are easily impressionable on Little Brother especially.  :)  I have been notoriously against “character” books in the past, but have found that it is beneficial to use the current interests of a child to guide his/her learning (which is why thematic units are great for young children)!

Alphabet Books have long been considered a valuable tool by educators and parents alike to expose young children to letters of the alphabet in a fun and engaging way.  Call me nit picky, but I have found that not all alphabet books are created equal.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when authors of alphabet books don’t use things that actually start with the letter sound that you are trying to teach your child (for example, using the word “chair” for the letter “c”…it starts with the digraph /ch/ and not the /k/ sound).  I prefer for the short vowel sounds to be used for vowels, but that isn’t always possible.  :)

 

Here are the characters included in our alphabet book:

A-  Angry Bird
B-  Batman
C-  Captain America
D- Donkey Kong
E-  Emmet (from The LEGO Movie)
F-  Flounder (from The Little Mermaid)
G-  Goofy
H-  Hulk
I-  Iron Man
J-  Junior Asparagus (from Veggie Tales)
K-  Kristoff (from Frozen)
L-  Lightning McQueen
M-  Mario
N-  Ninja Turtles
O-  Olaf  (from Frozen)
P-  Peter Pan
Q-  Queen Esther  (from Veggie Tales)
R-  Rafiki  (from The Lion King)
S-  Spiderman
T-  Toothless (from How to Train Your Dragon)
U-  Ursula (from The Little Mermaid)
V-  Vader (as in Darth Vader from Star Wars)
W-  Woody (from Toy Story)
X-  X-men
Y-  Yoda (from Star Wars)
Z-  Zazu (from The Lion King)

 

To make our alphabet book, I searched for images for each of the above characters and made them into a book using Shutterfly.  I do not have images or a template to share because that would be a violation of 26 different copyrights…but if you know what you are looking for, it won’t take long to find all of these photos.  :)

 

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Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce

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This is a super-simple activity that Little Brother loved!  I used leftover ping pong balls from our hands-on blood demonstration and the plastic inserts that hold frozen quiche bites from a baby shower I helped with several months ago.  To keep from ping pong balls flying everywhere, I also used a shallow plastic tub to tame the bouncing.    

 

  IMG 0813 300x449 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 1.  I used 1″ circle labels to write the letters in each of the quiche trays.  There were a few extra spots, so I drew some shapes as a review.  :)   IMG 0816 300x449 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 2.  Let your little one bounce the ping pong ball into the plastic tub.   IMG 08271 500x333 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 3.  Have him/her identify the letter that it lands on.   IMG 0839 500x333 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce    

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