Apple-Themed Activities Using Pom-Poms

 

 

Apple-themed activities seem to flourish at the start of the school year!

We will be begin our own apple unit next week in homeschool, starting with these apple themed math activities using pom-poms.

 

apple-themed activities using pom-poms

 

Some Apple Activities I have planned:

 

  •  Sort the “apples” into baskets.  (Our baskets are empty yogurt containers that have been washed and dried.)

apple themed sorting activity

 

  • Use the pom-pom apples to work on patterns.

apple themed pattern activity

 

You can challenge your child to create their own patterns or give them a type of pattern you want created (such as a simple AB pattern or an AAB pattern).

For younger students you might want to start a pattern and then ask them which color would come next in the pattern you created.

 

  • Work on one to one correspondence with the pom-poms as you count.

You can line up the pom-poms and show your child how to point to each “apple” as you count.

 

  • Ask your child to count out a specific number of apples.

I created simple construction paper apples and wrote different numbers on them for my kindergartner to then count out that many apples.

counting activity using pom-pom apples

 

  • Use the pom-pom apples as manipulatives to work on adding and subtracting skills.

apple themed math activity

 

You could use the pom-poms to help your child work on addition or subtraction problems on pre-made math worksheets.

Or you could create your own math problems to work on together.  (If I have 5 red apples and I add 4 green apples, how many apples do I have total?)

 

Of course we will be reading several apple-themed books and doing a variety of other apple activities and crafts.

 

Check out some of our previous apple fun we had with 10 Apples up on Top! 

Summer Game: Water Wing Fishing Relay

 

 

Looking for a fun and silly game to play with the kids these last days of summer before school starts back up?  This summer game is perfect for groups of 4 or more kids, and guarantees a lot of laughs!

Water Wing Relay -- fun summer game for kids

 

Directions for Water Wing Fishing Relay summer game:

 

This game is meant to be a relay between 2 or more teams and is particularly fun with teams of 4 or more kids. (Although with a few tweaks you could play it with as little as 2 children.)

To play, you will need a set of water wings for each team, lots of plastic sea animals (check the dollar store or your own bathtub toys), and a large plastic spoon and bowl for each team.

 

playing kids summer relya game

 

Scatter the plastic sea animals out in the yard or driveway.

Place your large plastic bowls about 20 feet away from the plastic animals.  (For younger kids you may want to put the bowls closer, for older kids make it more of a challenge and put them further away.)

To play:  kids will take turns putting on the water wings and then using the spoon they will scoop up sea animals and bring them back to their team’s bowl.

The team with the most animals in the bowl after each child has had a turn wins!

 

kids summer game idea

 

 

I loved watching the kids use team work to help their teammates get into the water wings faster.

At then end of each game we pulled the sea animals out of the bowl to count them together — reinforcing counting skills for those younger ones!

 

End summer with a bang and throw an end of summer/start of the school year party for the kids!  Invite a few friends over and play your own round of Water Wing Fishing Relay!

Enjoy those last few days!

Letter Z Activities

 

 

We finally made it to the end of our vehicle alphabet series, with Z for Zeppelin!

preschooler activities for Z

 

We started off our letter Z activities with this Zeppelin Coloring Page.

preschooler letter z activity

 

 

They both enjoyed decorating their very own zeppelins, just the way they wanted.  While they colored they had lots of questions about zeppelins!

My vehicle-enthusiast reminded us that zeppelins are a type of dirigible, or lighter than air aircraft.  (Yep, he has actually known what a dirigible was since he was 3, thanks to his LeapFrog LeapReader Book: Let’s Explore Things That Go!)

I explained that zeppelins are made with metal, unlike the more commonly seen blimp.  Of course, then we had to go look at pictures on Mommy’s computer!

 

After a while we moved on to practice writing the letter Z.

We have been in a shaving cream mood lately.  This time we used it to write zig-zag letter Z’s over and over.

 

writing letter z in shaving cream

 

Shaving cream is great for letter and spelling word practice.  You can have the child use their finger tip to write the letter, or use the end of a pencil or a paintbrush like we did!

 

Finally, we took our zeppelin pictures and flew them around to search for letters!

 

letter scavenger hunt

 

 

I taped lower-case letters around the kitchen and living room ahead of time.

Sometimes I have them just hunt for the right letter.

This time around I asked them to hunt for letters based on the sounds they make.

They zoomed off in search of the letter that made the “mmm” sound and tried to find it before the puppy, who was also trying to tear all the letters down.  (Hence, no pics this time around!)

It was a great refresher for both the 5 and 6 year-old, a perfect activity before school starts!

 

Both my kids have some fun ideas to continue our vehicle alphabet fun.  I’m looking forward to sharing them here with you!

 

Until then, you may want to check out my vehicle pinterest board, which is full of vehicle crafts, snacks, and more!

 

Teaching Counting Skills with Pennies

 

 

Several months ago my daughter decided to empty her piggy bank, all over the floor.  Somehow the pennies got put into a bucket instead of back in the pig, and they’ve been dumped a number of times since.  I decided this week it was a good time to wrap up those pennies.  And it just seemed natural to work on counting skills with the pennies, too!

 

Working on Counting Skills with Pennies

I started off by showing her the penny wrappers.  I explained that we were going to put 50 pennies into each one.

Because she learned to count by 10′s in kindergarten, I decided to have her first count out the pennies into groups of 10.

She counted most of the pennies out one at a time, but I did show her how we could count them out by 2′s as well.  (That’s a skill we will work on this year in first grade!)

 

Practicing Counting Skills with Pennies

 

Once we had our groups of 10, I asked her to count to 50 by 10′s, moving our piles in a line as she counted.

I started the roll off for her.  Those things can be tricky!

And then she placed the rest of the pennies, one at a time, into the roll.  (Great practice for fine motor coordination!)

 

improving counting skills using pennies

 

 

Once we had several penny rolls filled, I showed her how many rolls made 100 pennies.  Then we talked about the fact that there are 100 pennies in a dollar.

I love that she thought she was rich when she saw she had two dollars worth of pennies!

 

Counting skills with pennies

 

 

We counted out five dollars worth of pennies before she lost interest.

That’s a lot of counting!

 

using pennies to work on counting skills

I did try counting pennies out with the 5 year-old, but he wasn’t quite as interested.  He did count out one roll’s worth, though, with some help.

It was great practice for one to one correspondence when it comes to counting.  (Which he needs to work on!)

 

Keep in mind if you choose to count with pennies that they can be a choking hazard for little ones that still put small objects in their mouths!  From what I observed with my own children, it may work best for those who are in kindergarten or are older.

 

When counting you could try counting by ones (working on that one to one correspondence), or you could count by 2′s.  Then use your piles of 10 to count by 10′s.  You could even count by 10′s to 100 and divide the piles in half to fill the rolls!

Feel like doing extra math?  Take a couple piles and add them together!  What’s 10+10?

Keep it fun and they won’t even know you’re sneaking in some math practice!

 

Happy counting!