Gingerbread Baby – Video and Worksheet

Gingerbread Baby – Video and Worksheet

This story play is very popular with my students! I love Jan Brett’s books, so I was excited to create a story play for, “Gingerbread Baby”. This form of storytelling has become a passion of mine because of the reaction I get from students. They are so excited and captivated while watching. It has created a love for these books and greater interest in retelling stories independently. Although I present in kindergarten, I have also included a printable worksheet for primary grades as an accompaniment to the video. (Link at bottom of page. ) I start my presentation by setting...

Superhero Gravity for Kids

Superhero Gravity for Kids

Kids love talking, and learning about superheroes. One of the classes that I cover prep for has been studying superheros in kindergarten. For science, I decided to incorporate our lesson into their study. I used Superman and Batman to show everyone a bit about gravity! I started by giving each pair a superhero figure that was attached to a string.  Originally I used yarn (as pictured).  However, I later changed it and used fishing line.  The line caused less friction and the figures moved better.  I hot glued a piece of a straw onto the bottom of the figure so...

Stem For Kids – Structure Challenge

Stem For Kids – Structure Challenge

Kid’s love STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) challenges. I love the hands-on learning that occurs with them. This was a fun activity that I did with several kindergarten classes, ages 3-6. We have been reading some books about how cold it is where polar bears live. Although these animals are specially adapted to their environment, I still thought that it would be a fun, and easy, idea for a STEM challenge. I showed students my polar bear figure so that everyone knew roughly how big their structure needed to be. I then brought out their building materials – mini...

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...

Craft Ideas for Kids – Printmaking

Craft Ideas for Kids – Printmaking

I have seen printmaking done in many different ways, but this was by far the easiest and most effective that I have tried. This activity could easily be done at home or in a classroom setting.  I did this activity with over 100 kindergarten kids and they were all successful in creating a beautiful print.  I love that with this printmaking, everyone starts with the same idea, but each final print is unique.  When I look for new craft ideas I always try for this individuality, especially when I am working with children.  I started our activity by modelling an example...

Easy Science for Kids

Easy Science for Kids

I love how simple, but exciting this experiment is. It is really easy science for kids to do at home, or school!  All you need is water, clear cups, oil and food colouring!  There is so much learning that happens with this experiment, from learning about how oil and water interact to colour mixing and density.  There was a lot of excitement in the room as we did the experiment.  Many students commented, as they did their experiment that it reminded them of fireworks. I filled a cup 2/3 full with water. I also filled another very small cup with...