Math Number Game and Printable

Math Number Game and Printable

I love teaching math! My students love math and they believe that they are good at math – and they are! That doesn’t mean that they get every single question correct, but they have the mind frame that they are mathematicians and are willing to attempt questions and approach them with confidence. One of the benefits of teaching kindergarten is that our program is play-based so our math program is hands-on and fun! I created this math number game to try out with my students and it was a hit! I have recently been using small wooden blocks that I...

Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Math can be challenging for some students, but it can also be a lot of fun! In my experience, young kids approach math with interest and confidence – especially when it is presented in a hands-on way. We have been working on shapes, so I created these math activities for preschool and/or kindergarten. There was a lot of learning that happened during our work period, but also a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. For our first centre, I printed and laminated a variety of large shapes. (Free printable for all centres below). This centre included the shapes sheets, as well...

Tinker Trays

Tinker Trays

My students love to build. They love building with anything from wooden blocks to sticks and stones. For our activity today, I wanted to create some tinker trays to give them an opportunity to create anything they wanted, given a tray of loose parts. I made 5 trays for students to explore and build with. I did not give any particular instructions on what I wanted them to build because I wanted to see what they could come up with on their own. The craft material tinker tray included an assortment of craft supplies, from as pom poms, pipe cleaners...

Tangram Math Activity for Kids

Tangram Math Activity for Kids

If you’ve never used tangrams before, this is a great activity to try them out! Tangrams are a great math tool and an easy way to introduce math concepts such as, flips, slides, turns, shapes and even congruence. I did not have a class set of tangrams, so I made some out of felt. You could quickly and easily make some out of foam or even construction paper too. I introduced them to my kindergarten students by telling them that we were going to do some puzzles together. Everyone was very excited to use their own tangram! I started by...

Kindergarten Worksheets – Roll and Build a Snowman

Kindergarten Worksheets – Roll and Build a Snowman

With the snow on the ground, my students are constantly talking about snowmen! I wanted to build on this interest in the classroom with this hands-on snowman math activity. Each student received a container with all of the parts of their snowman. I also handed out a yellow sheet of paper. I find when students have this sheet for activities like this, they keep their materials contained on the sheet and there is less that gets lost. Click link below for free kindergarten worksheets for this activity. On the carpet, I modeled our game with everyone before handing out the...

Pre-K and Kindergarten Activities – Plasticine Mini Unit

Pre-K and Kindergarten Activities – Plasticine Mini Unit

I have been the kindergarten specialist (aka. kindergarten specials/kindergarten prep teacher) at my school for several years now, and I love my job!  I try to make my kindergarten activities hands-on and filled with new learning experiences.  We had a great week working with plasticine!  This mini unit includes, art, science and even some math activities broken into five 40-60 minute lessons – perfect for teachers who cover prep periods.  I did these lessons with 4 classes of 25-30 kids ages 3-6.   Day 1 – Monday I stared the unit by reading “The Party” by Barbara Reid.  The book serves...

Valentine’s Day Science – Chemical Reaction

Valentine’s Day Science – Chemical Reaction

Baking soda + vinegar = a chemical reaction… But in kindergarten any bubbles (or explosions!!!) cause a lot of excitement, and learning!  I did this activity with all of the classes I cover prep for.  Ahead of time, I mixed baking soda with a bit of red food coloring and a bit of water.  I then put the mixture into the molds and let them dry. The surprise was that in each mold was a heart gem for each student to discover and take home.  For some classes I made the small hearts from the molds and gave one to...

Summer Activities – Mud Play

Summer Activities – Mud Play

I have so much fun teaching!  With the summer break right around the corner, I wanted students to explore some classic childhood summer activities.  Who doesn’t love making mud pies? I played the song “On Top of Spaghetti”.  It’s a great song, and it got the kids excited for our activity.   After reading we pretended to be chefs and we ventured outside to our mud pie kitchen. With the song “On Top of Spaghetti” playing in the background as our inspiration, we began making our own meatballs…with dirt!  In small groups, each group got a bowl full of dirt/soil.  I...

Science for Kids

Science for Kids

This experiment will amaze young kids – and even adults! It is so easy, but almost magical to watch. I love doing science for kids and have watched little ones become fascinated and inspired by our experiments. This is one their favourites – and mine! All you need is cabbage and a few materials from your cupboard to create this pH indicator. We started by chopping up some red cabbage. Once cut, we put it into warm water. You can either let it sit and for 10-15 minutes, or you can put it into a blender. Next, use a strainer...

Summer Science for Kids

Summer Science for Kids

120 ice cubes ready to go! I did this activity with a large group of 3-6 year olds.  With the hot weather now here, I was looking for an activity we could do outside and enjoy the sunshine.  This summer science for kids was a hit!  Children were actively engaged in the activity for close to an hour and it was a great opportunity to get outside. In each ice cube, I added food colouring, sparkles and a shell.  They turned out beautifully. I had children in small groups of 4-5 and had them each choose one material to use...

Summer Art

Summer Art

The sun is finally shining and it is beginning to feel like summer!  We took advantage of the weather with some summer art and also used up some of our collection of crayons we have accumulated over the years.  We have done crayon art in the past with a hairdryer and iron, but after we found a melted crayon outside I figured that we could use the heat to create something beautiful.  My kids made this art independently and although it did not go exactly as planned we learned a lot and our creations were works of art!  This could...

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

One of my favourite activities to do with a group of kids is take them on an ‘adventure’. We venture out of the classroom and always end up finding some fun. This activity is based on and inspired by the very popular kid’s book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. This is a book that is always a hit with kids and inspires many great activities. This art/sensory activity was one of my favourites this year! You can buy the resources in this post for the follow up activity on Amazon! This activity was done over a...

Recycled Crafts for Kids

Recycled Crafts for Kids

I am so excited about how these recycled crafts for kids turned out! Recycled paper seed bombs are simple, and inexpensive to create, but a perfect hand made gift. I teach kindergarten so I wanted to find a craft that children could take home and give as a gift for Father’s day. However, these seed bombs are a perfect gift or activity – especially in the spring. We started by using a huge bag of shredded recycled paper from our school office. Next, we added warm water and let the paper soak. Once the paper had sat for a bit,...