Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sensory Saturday ~ Apple Sensory Baggie

I've been wanting to introduce my Little Guy to sensory baggies for a while now, but never got around to it.  I finally decided to go for it and make an apple theme baggie.  My original plan was to just draw an apple on a baggie and fill it with red paint, simple right?  Well, of course I had to make it a little more complicated.  "How can I turn the baggie into a circle?!"  
What you Need:
~ Red Paint
~ A ziplock Baggie
~ 2 Red (or painted red) paper plates
~ Scissors
~ Masking Tape (or, even batter, red duct tape!)
~ Green construction paper (for leaf and stem)

Step 1: Cut out the center of 1 paper plate

Step 2: Add red paint to ziplock baggie and zip closed.
Step 3: Fold over top of baggie and masking tape bag closed (just to be sure no paint leaks out
Step 4: Layer the full paper plate, the baggie filled with paint, and the cut paper plate, in that order!

Step 5: Start taping! Fold the baggie that sticks out over the back of the paper plate and tape, tape, tape!  Do this all the way around the plate but leave an opening to add a leaf and stem!  I taped those in last.  The back of my plate is NOT pretty!  When I try this again, I'm going to use smaller pieces of tape, I used longer strips and ended up with this disaster.

The finished product!

Little Guy was very curious about this "apple".  He had watched me make it and couldn't wait to get his hands on it!

My wheels are already turning on how to evolve this project... stay tuned!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mark Down Monday ~ Fall Fun!

Fall officially begins tomorrow!  
In honor of my favorite season, I'm marking down my Fall Theme MEGA Packs this week in my TPT store!

These packs feature activities that can be used in small groups or centers, pocket charts, or even turned into file folder games!

And of course... A Fall Freebie!
Use with pompoms, unifix cubes, counting bears or other colorful manipulatives.  Have students sort the manipulatives to match the colors on the mat for extra practice in sorting/classification.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Edible Apple Sensory Play & Taste Test

During breakfast this week, I set up a little sensory experience and apple taste test for my Little Guy.  I used Gerber Apple Oatmeal & Strawberry Apple Puffs, Mott's Natural Applesauce & Apple Juice, and apple pieces.

Little Guy loved feeling the different textures of the applesauce and oatmeal (I made it on the thick side so it would feel different).  He worked his fine motor skills by squishing the different materials and using his fingers to grab and scoop the food into his mouth.  He also tried using the spoon to scoop some food into his mouth!

After a few minutes of letting him explore some of the different textures, I added a whole apple into the mix.
Little Guy began his apple exploration by smearing the oatmeal and apple sauce on the apple.  He quickly figured out that the apple would fit into the bowls and had to use trial-and-error to get it out.  Sometimes he was able to pick it up but other times he couldn't get a good grasp and had to dump it out.  While he ate and explored the different materials, I really concentrated on using the vocabulary words "apple", "in", and "out".

We both had such a fun time with this sensory experience and I can't wait to try more with him!

For more Apple Play ideas, check out my Apple Theme Board on Pinterest!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five For Friday {September 19, 2014}

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my very first "Five for Friday"!
The concept is that you post 5 random things about your week and then link up with fellow bloggers to see what they're up to!  I'm hoping to make this a regular part of my blog!  Enjoy my random-ness!

Today is National "Talk Like a Pirate" Day ~ "Rrrrrrrrrrr"!

On Monday, I linked up with Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations for another "Mark Down Monday!"  This week I marked down 2 brand NEW apple theme activities, available now in my TPT store!

I added another NEW freebie to my TPT Store ~ Apple Counting Theme Puzzles
Perfect for turning into a file folder game for early Pre-K students.

I set up a little apple sensory taste test for my little guy this week.  I'll be sharing more details in a future blog post, but here's a sneak peek!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mark Down Monday - Apple Clip Cards & Assessment Mats

Happy Mark Down Monday!  
This week I have 2 brand NEW apple theme items in my TPT Store (marked down through Friday) and a NEW apple theme FREEBIE!!

This pack contains 2 sets of cards (A - Z):
1st set: Match lowercase letter to uppercase letter

2nd Set: Identify the letter that corresponds with beginning sound of picture

Next, Apple Theme ABC & Number Identification Mats
Contains: 8 Mats ~ 4 with red apples, 4 with white (to color or use bingo dabbers)
Mats include #'s 1 - 10. #'s 1 - 20, Lowercase and Uppercase Letters

Use with red gems/jewels, pom poms, bingo dabbers or other manipulatives

Apple Theme Counting Puzzles (#'s 1 - 5)
(These little puzzles would be perfect to turn into a file folder game!!)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mark Down Monday : Apples!

For this "Mark Down Monday", I'm marking down 2 best sellers in my TPT store... 
my Apple Math & Literacy MEGA Packs!

Both packs are filled with great center & small group activities and are Common Core aligned for Kindergarten!

30 pages
Skills Include: Letter Recognition, Beginning Sound Identification, Fine Motor, Word Work

56 pages
Skills include: Number Recognition, Counting, Sorting, Non-Standard Measurement, Patterns, & More!

Items will be marked down until Friday! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Currently September 2014

Listening: to silence!  Baby Boy is sleeping and it's "Oh so quiet in here!" 

Loving:  Staying home with my baby (Baby Boy is actually a toddler now, but he'll always be my baby!)
I've been lucky enough to become a stay-at-home mommy and I'm loving all the time I get to spend with my sweet boy!

Thinking: About my next TPT project.  I can't decide if I want to create some more apple theme items or start on a farm theme?  Decisions, decisions.... what do you think?

Visit my TPT Store and download my Apple Theme Counting Frames FREEBIE!!

Wanting:  Starbucks!  I always want Starbucks.  I'm addicted to Unsweetened Iced Tea Lemonade!

Needing:  Baby wipes.  I had no desire to go shopping this weekend so I'm down to my last pack of baby wipes (and last roll of toilet paper, oops!)  I guess a Target run is in my very near future!

3 Trips: VA - to see family (miss you!), NYC - to see the Yankees play (and shop!!), & the Bahamas - the hubby and I went on our honeymoon 6 years ago, love the white sand and palm trees!

That's it from me... 
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Mark Down Monday: Name Plates / Resource Mats

  Today is my very first Mark Down Monday!
All my Name Plate and Resource Mat collections will be on sale today - Friday in my TPT store for only $1 each!

6 Pages
** NEW ** 
8 Pages

Visit Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations for more great products!