Posts Tagged "Pre-Kindergarten"

Word Family Eggs

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Word Family Eggs

Activity for ages 4-6. As soon as my daughter, A,  saw the Easter decorations pop up in stores she began begging me to get out her old basket and eggs.  Considering it was still February, I resisted for a few weeks before I lugged the Easter bin out of storage.  A raced right over – drawn to those brightly colored plastic ovals like a moth to a flame. That’s when I realized I could use that excitement to help her practice reading and writing word families.   To Prep I gathered a few supplies: Plastic easter eggs {one for each word family} Permanent marker Baking pan {one...

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St. Patrick’s Math Game for Kids: Pot O’ Gold

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St. Patrick’s Math Game for Kids: Pot O’ Gold

Activity for 4-6 year olds. My 4 year old daughter is constantly asking me to buy things for her – gum at the grocery store, a new dinosaur at the dollar store…  To avoid constantly having to deny her, I told her she should start carrying some money around from her piggy bank.  Since A is constantly dumping and sorting her money over and over {just like those cunning little leprechauns}, I decided it was time to teach her how to count her money like a “real” leprechaun.   To Prep   To get ready for the activity, I gathered a few supplies: 4 copies of a...

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5 Little Shamrocks: A Preschool Rhyme

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5 Little Shamrocks: A Preschool Rhyme

Activity for 2-5 year olds. Sing along rhymes like “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” are big in our house. They’re guaranteed to distract my three young kids during long car rides, unexpected waits at the doctor’s office… you name it. And, as a big bonus, the sing alongs teach my kids to recognize patterns in words – an important pre-reading skill.   Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I pulled together a fun shamrock-themed rhyme to help my kids get in the holiday spirit. For parents, the free printable is a great preschool...

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Simple Preschool Activities for Every Month

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Simple Preschool Activities for Every Month

Activities for 3-4 year olds. If you follow Playdough to Plato by email, you already know that we pass along a playful learning checklist filled with quick prep ways to teach literacy, math and science at the start of each month. March’s checklist is particularly special because it’s the last in the series. That means you can now download simple preschool activities for every month of the year {below}.   If you’re a parent, the lists are an easy way to incorporate learning into your child’s day. If you’re a teacher, the freebies are an awesome take home for...

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Blending Activity: Sound It Out Parking Lot

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Blending Activity: Sound It Out Parking Lot

Activity for ages 3-6. With two boys under the age of five, I spend lots of fun play time building with Legos, pretending to be a dinosaur {roar!} and digging in dirt. Since I love creating learning activities based on things my boys like most, I was excited to use one of my four year old’s favorite boy toys {Matchbox cars} to learn a new reading skill: blending letter sounds together to make words. Sound It Out Parking Lot is a fun, hands-on activity for new readers. Check out all the details in my guest post over at I Can Teach My...

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