Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Is Here! Literacy and Math Centers Using Plastic Easter Eggs

I love Spring!
I have found that kids love plastic easter eggs, so I use them often during this time of the year.
I find most of my props at the dollar store and Oriental Trading.  Here are some of my favorite egg activities:
Beginning Sound Egg Sort
It's easy to make!  Get 26 plastic eggs and with a black sharpie marker write an uppercase/lowercase letter on each one.  If you like, you can put the lowercase on one part and the uppercase on the other and you have a nice letter recognition activity.  Next find an object that begins with each letter sound.
Here is what I use:
A   apple
B   baseball
C   coin
D  dolphin
E easter egg
F fly
G ghost
H heart
I igloo
J jack o lantern
K kite
L ladybug
M marble
N nickel
O octopus
P pumpkin
Q quarter
R rat
S snake
T tooth
U umbrella
V vulture
W wagon
X xylophone
Y yoyo
Z zebra

I try to use as many actual objects as I can. Mini erasers and the plastic toys you find at the dollar shop work well or you can use clipart.  I found the container at the dollar store.  This is a fun activity.  Perfect for home or school.  Place the objects in a bowl and have your child put each object in the correct egg. Another fun activity is mixing the eggs up and putting them in alphabetical order.  Or lay eggs out in ABC order and randomly remove 8 of them.  Find the missing eggs and put in the correct spot.  

Children love this book!  I found the large plastic egg at the dollar store and filled each one with a fuzzy chick.  As you read the book, student will find the correct color egg and "hatch" the chick!  This is always a hit!

This book is part of my Extraordinary Egg Unit.  Skills: science - what hatches from eggs?, days of the week, sequencing, color recognition, and more!  On each day, an egg hatches - what will it be?  Hands On Learning Fun!

What are your favorite egg activities?  I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Printable Literacy and Math Activities

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I've created some fun hands on learning St. Patrick's Day activities, including a cute freebie.

This activity is great for circle time.  Arrange children in a circle and give each child a clover card.
Sing the cute song, inserting a beginning sound letter.  When you stop, children turn over their cards and whoever has the matching beginning sound, shows their card.  You can also use as a table activity, matching uppercase to lowercase or the picture to the matching letter. 

Luck of the Irish Math Game
Skill: Adding up to 20
49 game cards with addition problems
4 Luck of the Irish Wild Cards
Direction Card

Have fun while learning or reinforcing your addition facts!
Deal cards to players face down.
Turn over a card.
Solve the addition problem.
Player with highest sum wins the cards.
Turn over a wild card and automatically win cards.
Tie? Place two cards face down and turn over third card.
Highest sum wins all of the cards!

Created By: Hands On Learning Fun
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10 pages
4 addition problem blacklines with fun letter code problems
4 subtraction problem blacklines with fun letter code problems
2 pages of shamrock counters for a hands on fun!

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Cute freebie!  Just click on the above link and you can download 4 bingo boards with calling cards!
Need more boards?  I have a classroom set available with 30 boards in my Etsy Shop 
Blog Special:  All of my St. Patrick's Day items in my Etsy shop are 1/2 price for all of my blog readers.  Just convo me saying you are a blog reader and you will save 50% off all of my St. Patrick's Day items!