Thursday, October 21, 2010

* Preschool At Home: Fall Fun With An Apple Theme

"C" (age 3.5) attends a little neighborhood preschool
program a few mornings a week but we "after school" on her 
days off and afternoons before  big sister gets home from school. 

This month, we've been focusing on some 
fun fall-themed activities 
I've collected, printed, and made  from ideas around the web. 

First up, we've been practicing her  letter recognition with these  great apple activities I got from 

Instead of matching the two halves, I left them in one piece
(punched out with my big circle cutter punch)
and we're using clothespins with
Uppercase and Lowercase  letters written on them in Sharpie

Got the idea for the alphabet clothespins from my fabulous bloggy friend, Teach Mama.

The alphabet clothespins are written in a color pattern as well 
so when they're lined up in order they're making a pattern.  (Red, Orange, Green, Blue)
Next month, we'll use them with our Foam Fall Alphabet Leaves  I made last year. 

We're working on counting and hand eye coordination  by placing little paper apples
on this Apple Counting Tree Template I printed from 2 Teaching Mommies
I printed out this Apple Identification Chart and used a small scrapbook circle punch to cut them out. 
We might try using red, yellow, and green pony beads as counters too!

2 Teaching Mommies are fantastic.
We've been sorting and counting
beads, cheerios, and acorns in my muffin tin! 

(love them because we can use them all year and I'll re-use them to 
practice our numbers with our silk fall leaves next month)

I always try to pull books from the girls' shelves that have a theme
and put them in a basket in the family room. This month, I put out two baskets.
"E" reads to "C" while I'm cooking dinner. 
One filled with Fall and Back To School Books. 

The other basket is full of  our extensive Halloween Book collection!
(Sniffing kitty is not a requisite)

We've also been enjoying 
our homemade Apple Play-dough
with some fall shaped cookie cutters


Our Fall Sensory Box  (with Allspice and ground Cinnamon added
 your hands smell like Applebutter when you're done playing!)

We made an Apple-themed Sensory Box too!

Happy Fall!
(Happy Spring to our Aussie friends) 

pink and green mama

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