Fall Harvest Week 3: Halloween

Halloween is coming soon!  In honor of the big event, as part of our month long Fall Harvest study, we're having a Halloween Unit!  The kiddos are super excited.  I always am in awe at how little pictures of things they love make or break an activity. I could present the same activities without the Halloween themed pictures and chances are they wouldn't touch it.

Halloween Unit
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Here's what we're doing!

Language


Halloween First Letter Sounds
Inside the cauldron are green glass beads.  The kiddos place the beads on the correct first letter that corresponds with the pictures on each card.  We haven't done these in a while, so it's been a great review.

Source:  This activity was part of a free printable pack found at 3Dinosaurs.com.

Halloween Movable Alphabet Picture Cards
Halloween Spelling
The kiddos are super excited this week to use our homemade moveable alphabet to spell Halloween themed words.  I chose very simple words because Dinomite has been struggling lately.  If he deems anything too difficult, he won't touch it.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.

Halloween Bingo or Matching Game
Halloween Bingo
This is an activity I created last year for the kiddos.  I was super excited to pull it out again.  As I presented the activity we played Bingo. When the children do their self directed work, they'll match up the pictures to the words.  That is unless they decide to partner up with someone.

Source:  I create the printable for this activity. It is part of a packet I created last year at this time.  The packet was not designed to be shared with others.  I was trying to use as much space as possible on each page, and the least amount of paper possible. You are more than welcome to use this packet for free, (Click HERE.) I just wanted to warn you before you saw it.  Lol.

Halloween Nomenclature Cards
Halloween nomenclature cards
This is one of the activities that the kiddos wouldn't touch, if it wasn't Halloween related.  Both Dinomite and Bulldozer enjoyed completing it today.  (Princess is sick with the stomach bug.)
Halloween nomenclature cards
I created these cards. They are also part of my Halloween Packet from last year.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Guess Who Halloween Match Up
Halloween Guess Who match up cards
The kiddos will read the clue cards and match them up with the pictures provided. If they can't read the words themselves, the cards will be read to them. We already did this once today and Dinomite was able to read all of the words but a couple on his own.

Source:  This activity is part of a printable pack at 3Dinosaurs.com.

Math


Halloween Pattern Cards
Halloween pattern cards
Who doesn't like completing patterns?  The kidddos loved this activity.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of last year's Halloween Pack.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Halloween Themed Counting By 5s Cards
Halloween themed skip counting cards
The kiddos have been working on counting by 5s this month.  This activity was designed to help them practice using orange bead bars in celebration for Halloween.

Source: I created this activity. It's also part of my Halloween Packet from last year.  For you free copy, click HERE.

Odd & Even Halloween Number Sort
Odd and Even Halloween Number Sort
This is yet another activity where the theme is everything.  Identifying odd and even numbers is another goal of the month for all three kiddos.  The kiddos will sort the numbers into their categories of odd or even.  Halloween ring counters have been added as a control, in case the kiddos need help.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of the Halloween Pack I created last year. For your free copy, click HERE.

Witch Skip Counting By 2s
Witch Skip Counting by 2s
The kiddos will write in the missing numbers as they count by 2s to 30.  The black pipe cleaner with beads is designed to be used as a control while counting.

Source:  I created this activity.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Science



Body Systems
Body Systems
Halloween is always a great time to study the body.  We've spent a significant amount of time studying the Circulatory System, Immune System & Hygiene, and the Reproductive System in the past. However the kiddos are unfamiliar with other systems in the body.  I figured this would be a great intro activity for them.

I'm only introducing seven of the eleven systems shown in the printable, but still, for them I think that's a lot.  The kiddos will match up the cards with manipulatives that represent each system.

Body Systems Cards Printable
Source:  I created these cards. For your free copy, click HERE.

My Human Skeleton Book
My Human Skeleton Book
The kiddos are very intrigued by skeletons. They think they are the coolest things.  I thought it might be fun for them to make a book of their own with all the different parts.  They loved the process!

Source:  These free printable for this activity can be found at Montessori Workjobs.

USA Spider Chart
Spiders of the USA match up
I could have gone through and made my own little cards or match up spider printable, but I am not a fan of spiders. Just looking for an activity about spiders in general was enough to make me gag.  Dinomite on the other hand LOVES them and could not wait to get his hands on this activity.

I liked this match up activity, because not only were the kids learning the difference between different spiders, but they were also learning the danger risks of each kind of spider.  Basically all I did was take two of these charts, cut up one into individual spider pieces, and have the kiddos use the other to match them up.

Source: This chart can be found at www.termite.com.

Practical Life/Sensorial


Halloween Stamp Activity
Halloween stamping activity
I found all of these stamps last year on clearance after Halloween for $0.25 each.  I've combined them with black and orange stamp pads and paper.  I'm sure the kiddos will have fun.  Dinomite has just started requesting colored pencils when he uses stamps so he can color them in.  They are not shown, but will be provided if he asks.

Halloween Sensory Bin
Halloween Sensory Bin
The kiddos have been asking about their Halloween Sensory Bin for at least a month now. They remembered it from last year.  Already it's a favorite on the shelf.

Halloween Play Dough, Golf Tees & Spider Balls
Halloween Play Dough Fine Motor Activity
I've had this idea in my mind for a while, but was trying to find the perfect time to use it.  Bulldozer would not let me use any of his marbles.  They're too special to him.  In September I found these adorable spider bouncy balls.  I knew they would work perfectly.

There are several steps to this activity. The kiddos will first break off pieces of pumpkin pie scented play dough, roll them into balls and place them in the molds. They will then place golf tees in each of the balls of play dough.  To finish they will place the balls on top of the golf tees in a pattern of their choosing.  Bulldozer was very intrigued with this activity.

Source:  This activity was inspired by an activity at Living Montessori Now.

Spider Hole Punching
Spider Hole Punching
We've done this activity once before, using hearts for Valentine's Day. It was a definite favorite yet quite challenging at the same time.  Sadly, after three days the hole punch broke.  This time I made sure to purchase 2 (only a $1 each).  I am using construction paper instead of card stock. The little cauldron is for all the paper spiders that will result.

Halloween Poppers
Halloween Poppers
Who doesn't like poppers?  I figure they're a great fine motor activity that strengthens fingers and hands as the kiddos have to turn the poppers inside out etc., to get them to pop.  They've been having some serious fun with them.

Floating Eyeballs
Eyeballs in water
I had more elaborate plans for my eyeballs but frankly, I ran out of energy to put it all together.  The kiddos will use tongs to remove the eyeballs from the water and place them on the tray.  All kiddos will receive prompts to use only one hand while using the tongs.

Tweezing Spiders
Tweezing spiders
The kiddos will use tweezers to transfer each spider to the other cauldron.

Source:  Inspiration for this activity and a few other math activities in this post came from Counting Coconuts.

Witch's Brew
Witch's brew pouring activity
This activity was a pleasant surprise for the kiddos.  Technically it's just another pouring activity.  However, inside the cauldrons is 1 tsp. of baking soda and a few drops of food coloring in various colors.  It's their job to pour vinegar into the cauldrons.  They were definitely surprised and then delighted!

We wish you a very Happy and Safe Halloween, for all those celebrating!

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Emergency Preparedness & Financial Struggles For Kids

I have felt impressed several times over the past week to prepare my family for emergencies and financial struggles.
  • Our income is never as secure as we think it is, and we've felt that.
  • Our city had a tornado warning, which never happens here.
  • A dear friend stepped outside to find a forest fire headed straight for her home, with only 10 minutes to evacuate.

Preparing children for an emergency and/or financial struggles is easier said than done though.  We had our 72 Hour Emergency Kit ready last year when we left our home because of Hurricane Sandy.  It contained everything we didn't need, and was missing several things we did need.

As I contemplated on how to kick start our emergency preparedness and financial studies for kids unit, I felt it was important to start from the beginning.  Our kiddos have significant anxieties.  Preparing for disasters and money difficulties is stressful enough, but add those anxieties and it can be lethal.
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Here's how we taught our children about these sensitive subjects!

Our Family Budget
The kiddos are fabulous when it comes to not asking for toys etc.  They have wish lists that grandparents use to buy their Christmas and birthday presents. Whenever they see something they really want, they add it to the list.

However when it comes to wanting pizza or going to the play museum, the kiddos have a pretty hard time understanding why we can't go when they want to.  This is why we decided to teach them about budgeting.  We used our own family budget, presented on cards with pictures, so they could understand, and monopoly money.

Since my kiddos are little, I decided to round everything to the nearest five dollar, ten dollar, hundred, etc.  We started with necessities, and then worked our way through the budget. Then wouldn't you know it, we had a house repair that needed to happen etc.  In the end, there was very little money left for things they wanted.

To my pleasant surprise, the kiddos understood all of the concepts I presented.  They even chose to donate their money to the poor, instead of going to get pizza to eat when all was said and done.

Source: I created the printable for this activity.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Out of My Control Cards
 Adults are all too aware of circumstances that are out of their control, especially ones that have a direct effect on their safety, well being, and finances.  No matter how well we budget, life just happens.  I created this activity in a way that I could explain all of those "Out of My Control" scenarios.

There were a couple that were over their heads, but for the most part the kiddos understood.  The cards provided great opportunity for discussion and questions.  We had such fabulous time.

The cards are divided into five themes:

  • Weather
  • Health
  • Education & Occupation
  • Economics, Emergency
  • Repairs
The object of the activity was to have each kiddo separate all of the cards by theme.  Once again, they did such a fabulous job.  The discussions were amazing.

We talked about how each event or circumstance would effect us, what we could do to prepare for it, what we could do in the moment it happened etc.

Source: I created the printable for this activity.  For your free copy, click HERE.

What Is My Role?
The kiddos were pretty somber after learning about all that could possibly go wrong with our budget, especially after doing such a great job counting money and paying bills.  I made this activity to help them with their emotions.  (Hooray for thinking ahead!)

In times of financial struggles and emergency hardships, it's hard for kiddos to understand what their role might be.  Parents are stressed.  There can easily be tension, and there are just so many different emotions.

These cards are divided into three categories:

  • Kids
  • Grown Ups
  • Everybody  
The object of the activity was to separate the roles and responsibilities of family members into the three categories, so the kiddos knew exactly what's expected of them during these times, and exactly what is expected of everyone else.  Princess really liked this activity!

Source: I created printable for this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.

This experience has been absolutely incredible for our family.  I was worried that anxieties would become unmanageable, but they didn't.  The activities provided them with the hands on visual support and understanding they needed, in order to participate in creating a emergency preparedness and financial struggles family plan that meets everyone's needs.

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24 Fun Family Physical Fitness Ideas

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At the beginning of the school year our kiddos were enrolled in numerous extra curricular activities.  Dinomite was taking a gymnastics class, participating in a bowling league, and was getting ready to start swimming classes soon.  Bulldozer was taking tennis lessons, swimming lessons, and participating in a bowling league.  Princess was taking gymnastics and dance classes.  She was about to be enrolled in karate class as well.  Sunshine has physical therapy once a week. She was about to be enrolled in swim classes for tots and gymnastics.

Part of the reason for all the extra curricular activities was to ensure my kiddos were being social.  After all, how many people comment on the lack of social skills homeschoolers have? Not that their claims are true, but I didn't like hearing the comments.  Another reason for the extra curricular activities was to fulfill P.E. hours our district requires. Mind you they were getting in far more than they needed to.

After a month of trying to balance all of these activities, despite homeschooling, I realized a few things.  We were never home.  There was no family time.  I was exhausted.  Our house was trashed.  My husband and I weren't getting any exercise because we were running the kids everywhere and sitting in a waiting area.  Our big fun plans for the kiddos weren't working.

How did we end up enrolling them in so many activities?  Our city has fabulous options for kiddos with special needs.  There is a sports center just out of town that offers unlimited activities to special needs kiddos for just $5 a month.  They offer tennis, gymnastics, soccer, martial arts, and so much more.  Our local YMCA offers free swimming lessons to all 7 year olds. An entire year free!  We didn't want to pass up such fabulous opportunities.  All of them sounded so good.

Over the past two weeks, my husband and I pondered, and prayed, and studied, trying to figure out what we should do.  There are many good things in life.  But then one must decide what's better and best for their family and self.  We decided to stop all extra curricular activities.  Surprisingly the kiddos weren't at all upset.  In fact Princess, in particular, is doing fabulous since the change.

Instead of extra curricular activities, we're planning play dates and family fun activities.  Instead of watching kiddos exercise from a distance, we're all exercising together!  All of us are loving it.  It didn't come easy at first though.  Finding fun activities that the entire family could participate in for physical education requirements was challenging.

It took a few days, but I was able to make a list of 24 different activities all of us could do in the comfort of our own home.  I didn't want to have the activities be dependent on the weather.  I didn't want to have to load everyone up in the car and go to the gym or anywhere else for that matter.  We have enough space in our living room if we move the ottoman, and voila!  We are all becoming more healthy together!

What are we doing? Here's the list!

1. Play Hide N Seek-Use the whole house or just one floor, it depends on the ages of the kiddos.  I gave up on the no running in the house rule a long time ago.  Perhaps it's because my first two children were boys, one very sensory seeking.

2.  Have a Dance Party-It doesn't matter what kind of music,  create a free Pandora Station and dance the time away.  Believe me, you'll sweat!

3.  Animal Movement Races-If you don't have a large area, plan a route for the race through a few rooms in your home.  The crab walk is always a great one to start with, add slithering like a snake, frog jumping, a bunny hop, etc.  Let the kids call out which animal to be next.

4.  Create an Obstacle Course-Use couch cushions, tables, blankets, etc., whatever you can find.  One of the activities could even be doing the army crawl underneath the bed to the other side.

5.  Circus Games-There are so many to choose from.  You could juggle, do a ring toss, target practice, etc.

6.  Balloon Games-Try to keep the balloon up in the air with your head, your feet, your shoulder, while doing the crab walk, etc.  Play volleyball using a balloon, or any number of games. The balloon is soft and gentle enough it won't break a window.

7.  Follow the Leader-Give every kiddo a turn.  Go through the whole house.  Have the parent start first so they understand all the physical movements they have as options.

8.  Hula Hoop Activities-What a blast! We did this Monday.  How many things can you think of doing with a hula hoop? We practiced jumping, holding it with our toes, climbing through it, the typical games, etc.  My husband can't wait to do this again. Lol.

9.  Rope Activities-Grab a jump rope or two.  How many ways can you use it. What skills can you practice?  You'll definitely be working hard.

10.  Ball Activities-Once again, how many different ways can you use a ball, besides throwing it, which is not allowed in our house.  (Bulldozer's aim is too perfect.  Dinomite's aim is the opposite.)

11.  Gymnastics-If the floor is too hard, grab a mattress off one of the kid's beds.  Practice forward rolls, backward rolls, stretches, head stands, and even cart wheels if you have enough room in your house.

12.  Yoga-Our library has fabulous yoga books for kids and adults.  Check one out, learn the poses and take your kiddos through all of them.  My kiddos really enjoy this.

13.  Relay Races-Clear a space, practice the wheel barrow race, the three legged race, etc.  Wheel barrow walking provides such great muscle strengthening and sensory input.  Again if you don't have enough space in one room, mark out the track you want them to follow using several rooms.

14.  Bowling-You don't have to have a bowling set.  Make one.  It can be as simple as soda bottles or cans.  Grab a ball and go!  Have a family game or two.  Keep score.  

15.  Pillow Fight-Boxing is a little rough, but having a pillow fight, with a few rules, is the ultimate fun for any kiddo (and adult)!

16.  Go for a Walk-This is the only activity on the list that requires you to go outdoors.  I figure unless there is thunder and lightning, high winds, or a blizzard, it should be possible.  We have the kiddos go a on a themed scavenger hunt at the same time so they're focused on that, rather than the walk.

17.  Sports Charades-Write down as many types of sports as you can. Create teams.  Have the kiddos act each one out.  Make it more difficult by using a famous player, team, etc. for older kids.

18.  Table Top Games-Try Ping Pong, Shuffle Caps, Three Penny Hockey, etc.  Your dining room table will work perfect. If you don't have a net, just draw a line with a white board marker or use tape that can be easily removed.

19.  Sock Wars-Make a line in the middle of the room.  Place several rolled up socks on the line. Separate into two teams, one on each side of the line.  Then, throw socks to your heart's content until the timer goes off. See who has less socks on their side.  Play a few rounds.  Tons of fun!

20.  Twister-If you don't have the board game, use colored clothes, paper plates, or just plain colored paper for that matter.  If you don't have a spinner, make little folded up pieces of paper that can be drawn to be given for directions.  Make it as simple or as difficult as the ages permit.

21.  Balancing Activities-Practice walking across the room with a book on your head.  Put an egg (plastic) on a spoon.  Try the penguin walk. Then of course there's the balance beam and more. Just use tape on carpet, or a white board marker on the kitchen floor.

22.  ABC Exercise Cards-There are many option to choose from.  I personally love the ones from Chasing Cheerios.  Grab a couple of dice and roll them to determine how many seconds you'll hold the pose or how many times you'll repeat the exercise.

23.  Parachute Activities-Grab a flat sheet from the closet and go to town.  Add items, take away items.  Practice going under, etc.  It's amazing what one can do with a sheet.

24.  Sports Jeopardy-This isn't an activity that will get your heart rate up, but it's part of physical fitness.  I figure once in a while, it should be a lot of fun, as we learn about different sports, especially during the Olympic season.

I'll be back soon with our latest learning time activities. We've had so many fun activities out of the classroom that we continued with our apple theme for two weeks.  Then, just as I planned on moving forward with pumpkins and Halloween, I felt impressed we needed to learn about something else.  I love the flexibility homeschooling provides!

If you have any other family physical fitness ideas, please share in comments.  I always love adding variety!
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Apple Tot School

Sunshine is so anxious to learn just like her older brothers and sisters.  For that reason we're attempting tot school.  This week's theme is apples.

If you're looking to have your own apple themed tot school, you may enjoy these activities.
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Here's what we're doing!

A is for Apple
A is for apple Q-tip activity
I thought this was the cutest idea when I saw it. Sunshine will use the Q-tips and red paint provided to fill in the dots on the A is for apple page.  She can also use her fingers and finger paint as well.

Source:  I found this free printable at 1+1+1=1.

Apple Tracing Practice
Apple prewriting practice
Sunshine loves using markers.  She begs for them when her siblings have them.  I thought this was a cute introductory activity for her.  I'm not so sure she understood what to do, but she still enjoyed herself.
Apple themed prewriting practice in action.
Source: I found this free printable at The Intentional Momma.

Apple Prints
Making apple prints with paint.
An apple unit wouldn't be the same without apple printing.  Sunshine wasn't the biggest fan of it, but she did ask to do it twice.  I'm hoping I can help her be okay with  paint on her hands sooner than later.

Apple Sensory Bin
Apple sensory bin
Sunshine doesn't quite know what to think about sensory bins yet.  She really struggled with the rice today.  I did teach her how to stir the rice with the cinnamon stick and she liked that.  It's so funny how each kiddo is so different.  The boys LOVE sensory bins, especially rice.  She's the opposite.

This sensory bin includes



"Apple" Deposit
Pom pom fine motor activity
Putting things in and out of containers is Sunshine's FAVORITE thing to do, next to opening and closing containers.  She did a fabulous job with this activity.  All I used was a wipes container and large pom poms.

Though Sunshine wasn't quite sure what to do with some of her apple activities, she enjoyed herself.  She felt like her big brothers and sister.  We hope to continue with tot school as long as time permits!

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Fall Harvest Week 1: Apples

The start of October brings with it our apple activities for preschoolers with free printables. This is definitely a unit that awakens the senses, includes many practical life activities, and aids in fine motor skill development.
Apple Activities for Preschoolers with Free Printables
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Here's what we're up to!

Language


A is for Apple Sand Tray
A is for apple sand tray activity

Bulldozer struggles with writing. As we've introduced the alphabet this year, it's taken two weeks to conquer writing each letter.

We're now switching gears and using a sand tray to practice writing letters.  Red, yellow, and orange glitter, as well as cinnamon have been added to the tray, to make it more festive for Fall.

I can't believe how much using the sand tray has improved Bulldozer's writing abilities.  He practices writing all of the letters we've learned this year each time he selects this work.  

Source:  The upper and lowercase alphabet cards can be found for free at Homeschool Creations.

Phonograms:  Long U
Phonograms:  Letter U Sorting Activity
We've been studying the Montessori Green Series and phonograms lately.  Right now we're focusing on the long "U" sound.  Dinomite thoroughly enjoyed sorting these cards.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity. For your free copy of these and other Montessori Green Series printables, click HERE.

Montessori Green Series Long U Writing Activity
Green Series Long U Writing Activity
My boys despise writing.  Many activities on our shelves are designed for them.  This one was designed with Princess in mind.  She loves to write.

The kiddos will write the missing letters in each of the words provided.  A control is available if they need it.

Source: I created the printable for this activity.  Click HERE for your free copy.

Math


Counting Apples by 10
Counting Apples by Ten

All three kiddos know how to count by tens, while singing a song. I wanted to see if they could apply their knowledge.
They're doing quite well so far!

Source:  I created these cards. For your free copy, click HERE.

Writing Numbers
Writing Numbers Cards
The kiddos now know how to write all of their single digit numbers. Hooray!

Since it's been a while since we've written some of our numbers, I decided to provide a refresher.

Source:  The printable for this activity can be found at Homeschool Creations.

Montessori Addition Strip Board
Montessori Addition Strip Board Free Printable
All three kiddos are working on their addition skills.  After many other failed attempts to help them improve their skills, I've turned to the Montessori Addition Strip Board for help.

I do not have an addition strip board, nor do I have the funds to purchase one right now.  Instead, I made my own. The board I have created fits on an 8 x 11 sheet of paper.  It fits perfectly on one of our trays.

I printed out all of the pieces on card stock and then laminated them.  The homemade material is working fabulously.

When I showed Dinomite how it works, he was SO EXCITED!  Princess selected this activity off the shelf before any other activity.  I am so thankful for Maria Montessori, her work, and materials.  They have benefited my children so much.

Source: I created this addition strip board. For your free materials, click HERE.  For the free addition problem recording sheet, click HERE.

Culture & Geography


Countries & Flags of South America
South America Flag & Country Match Up Printable
This month we're studying South America.  I am unable to have the kiddos do the typical flag/country activity with toothpicks or other objects, because of Bulldozer's adhesive allergy. I have no way of attaching the flags to the toothpicks.  So, instead, I created match up cards for each country with their flag.

Source: I created the printable for this activity.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Apple Picking
Our First Time Apple Picking
We went apple picking as a family for the first time on Saturday.  It was a BIG deal.  Bulldozer was allergic to apples up until he was 3 years old.  We are so thankful he outgrew this allergy.

Bulldozer loved picking the apples.  It wasn't until three out of four bags were full, that he decided to start chucking them.

Dinomite has had opportunities to go apple picking, but has refused due to anxieties, sensory issues, etc.  This year he finally decided to try it.  We are so proud of him!

Sunshine, had an apple in her mouth at all times. When she accidentally dropped one she just picked another.  She was super cute!

Princess had fun as well. Every time the wagon went over a bump she shot up about 4 inches.

Each day this week we're making a different apple treat.  Tonight we made apple cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Science


Parts of an Apple
Parts of an Apple Printable
Bulldozer likes this activity because it's easy.  The kiddos already seem quite knowledgeable about the parts of the apple.  The only parts they didn't know were the core and flesh.

Source:  I found this free printable at 2 Teaching Mommies.

Life Cycle of an Apple
Life Cycle of an Apple Printable
The kiddos have enjoyed arranging cards in the order of the life cycle of an apple using the control above.

Source:  I found this free printable at Montessori for Everyone.

Apple Varieties
Types of Apples Match Up
The kiddos were pretty amazed by how many different kinds of apples there were at the apple orchard.  At the same time, they're super picky about their apples. I thought it would be fun for them to match up apples using this chart.

It came as no surprise that Dinomite picked out the exact apple he prefers on the chart, without knowing it's name, because of it's distinct color.  He has such a good eye for details.  In case you're wondering, he will only eat Fuji Apples.

Source: I found this free printable at 2 Teaching Mommies.

Practical Life & Sensorial Activities


Cutting Apples
Cutting apples
The kiddos practice their cutting skills while doing this activity.  I peel and slice the apple up into quarters. The kiddos then cut the apple into tiny pieces that were used for our apple cake.

Slicing Apples
Slicing Apples
The kiddos practiced slicing an apple.  None of them can do it on their own yet, but they did try!

Apple Taste Testing
Apple Taste Testing
Apple tasting will be on ongoing thing this week.  In this picture there are samples of unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon applesauce, apple juice, and apple cider.  Missing from the picture are two different apple slices.

Apple Peeling
Apple Peeling
Bulldozer LOVES to peel carrots. He was super excited when he saw this activity.  However, all three kiddos are really struggling to peel the apple.  The coordination is tricky and then to add muscle strength... I'm hoping they keep trying!

Transferring Apples with Tongs
Transferring Apples with Tongs
I love my little plastic apples.  They work for so many things!  In this activity the kiddos use the tongs to transfer the apples from the basket to the tray.  Bulldozer decided he was going to roll the apples across the room, and then go and pick them up using the tongs.  He always has his own ideas about things.

Tweezing & Sorting Apples by Color
Tweezing and Sorting Apples by Color
The kiddos use the tweezers to pick up the pom poms and place them on the trees. This activity is much harder than it looks. Princess did a great job with it today.

Source: I found the apple tree coloring page at coloring.ws.

Spooning Apples
Spooning & Sorting Apples
The kiddos will remove the red "apples" from the bowl using the spoon provided. The goal is not to use their hands.  I've been impressed at how well they've done with this so far.

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