Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Mask!






Materials...
Paper Plate
Scissors
Crayons
Ribbon
Glue
Hole puncher

Directions...
Color the whole paper plate orange (you can also choose to paint it)
Next draw on the eyes and mouth
Cut out the eyes and mouth and punch holes on the sides for the
ribbon. Draw in vertical lines with a black or brown crayon to make
it look more like a pumpkin. On another sheet of paper draw your
leaves and stem. Color those pieces and then glue them on your mask.
Tie in the ribbons on each side and your mask is ready to wear!

Leaf Prints...


Materials...
Real leaves (1 or 2)
White paper
Crayons
Scissors (optional)

Directions..
Place the leaf under the white paper and color over it until you see the leaf
emerge on top of the paper! This is a really neat project and kids love
seeing the leaf come on top!
You can just experiment with this with different leaves and crayons..
or you can choose to cut out your finished product!

Have fun!

Making a Wreath with Paper Leaves!


Materials...

White construction paper or regular white paper
Crayons
Scissors
Glue
Paper Plate
Tape

Directions...

Cut out the middle of the plate leaving just the outer edge.
On a white sheet of paper draw different kinds of leaves then
color and cut them out.
Glue the leaves you made on the paper plate!
Tape your finished product on the door and enjoy!

Making a Wreath with real Leaves!

Materials...
Leaves
Paper plate
Scissors
Glue

Directions...
Collect leaves about 15 is enough but you can fit in more if you want to layer them.
Cut out the middle part of the paper plate leaving just the edge.
Glue the leaves around the edge of the paper plate.
Tape your finished product on the door as a festive decoration!!

Enjoy!

Fall themed Bookmark!


Materials...
Contact Paper
Leaves
Hole puncher
Yarn or ribbon

Directions...
Go on a scavenger hunt! Get a couple of leaves that you like.
Cut the contact paper according to the size of your leaf.
Place your leaves on the contact paper and finish laminating.
Punch a hole at the top and tie a ribbon or yarn through it.

Enjoy your bookmark with a great book!

Graphing Halloween Candy!


Materials...
m&m's candy or skittles work well
Container to put the candy in (I used a paper plate)
Computer and Printer
Microsoft Excel (you can draw the graph free hand if you don't have a access to a computer and printer)


Directions...
On Excel make a graph big enough for the candies to fit in the boxes.
Write the numbers 1 to 14 on the side and the color words on the bottom.
If your child isn't reading yet. You can color in the boxes with the appropriate color and your child can match the colors to the candies.

Ask your child to graph the candies by putting the candies with the same colors in the boxes on top of that specific color word (or the color if you colored it in.)
When your child is finished ask questions to teach him/her how to read the graph. How does this graph help us? (It makes it easier to see which color has the most, how many of each color there are and etc.) Ask your child child which color has the most, the least, and how many of each color there are. Then you can challenge them by asking how many there are all together? (ask them to try to figure it out without counting all the pieces one by one.)

When you are done.. enjoy your treat!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Matching Socks!



Materials...


A pile of socks fresh out of the laundry! Ready to be matched and folded!
Dice


Directions...


Roll the dice. If you roll an even number you can pick a sock from the pile. If you roll an odd number you miss a turn! Try to make as many pairs as you can! The person with the most pairs of matched folded socks is the winner of the game!


This is a fun way to not only get your socks folded but to learn math! Sorting and matching are math concepts!!!


Matching socks has never been this much fun!!

video

Number Line...Missing Number



Materials...

Number Line (directions on how to make the number line are written in the previous blog labeled "Number Line.. learn to add and subtract!")
Index Cards

Directions...

Cover a number on the number line with an index card. Ask your child if they can figure out the missing number. The child can lift the index card to see if they are correct. If they have a hard time guessing the missing number count the numbers with them in order touching each number and stay silent and let your child say the missing number when you approach it.

To make it more challenging cover more then one number. You can cover them randomly or with patterns. In the first picture above I covered all the even numbers. After your child guesses the missing numbers you can ask if they can find a pattern with the covered numbers. Where they odd or even, in 2's, 3's etc. Can they count by 2's with the index numbers covering the multiples of 2's? Practice and have fun!!

Number Line.. number recognition!





Materials...

Number Line (directions on how to make the number line are written in the previous blog labeled "Number Line.. learn to add and subtract!")
Small manipulatives: Pennies/buttons/paper clips (what ever you have available at home.)

Directions...

To practice number recognition play a game called 'find the number.'
For example you will say find the number 5. If your child finds the number 5 make a funny noise like "ding ding ding! You got it!" Then let your child take 5 pennies (or 5 of what ever manipulative you are using and put that many next to the number 5.) If your child goes on a wrong number make a different sound (like a buzzer that goes off or something) and let your child try again until they hear (ding ding ding!!) Repeat until all the numbers have been recognized and matched with that amount of manipulatives!

Enjoy!

Number Line.. learn to add and subtract!

video

Materials...

Construction Paper
Ruler
Marker
Tape
Laminating Paper (optional)

Directions...

Measure and mark 3 inches from the top of the paper (holding it landscape style) and draw a horizontal line with your ruler. Repeat this process on all your construction paper (the number of construction paper used will vary depending on what number you want to go up to.)

Next measure 5inches starting from the edge of the paper. Put a dot on the 5 inch, 10 inch, 15 inch mark and so on. On each marked dot, write your number underneath. I used 5 inch increments because of the amount of space I have. If you have a big space it would be a lot more fun to make it bigger and put one number per page. So your child can actually jump from number to number. Vs. using one of their feet one-by-one (which is what my daughter is doing in the video because of the lack of space.)

Once you are done constructing your number line, if you have laminating paper you should laminate it for durability and making it last. I didn't have any but it's still in pretty good condition. Next tape your number line on the floor.

To begin the game, explain to your child that if you say plus they have to go towards the right because you are adding (like getting more of something which means what? that the numbers get bigger.) And to move to the left when you say minus because you are having less and so the numbers are getting smaller. If your child doesn't understand this concept yet you can practice adding and subtracting more with small manipulative's and let them experience what happens when you add and subtract.

Let your child pick a number to stand on. Then say plus 2 , minus 3, plus 5, plus 1, etc. And let your child tell you the answer after he/she jumps forward and backwards that many times!

Take turns and demonstrate, you stand on the number line and let your child give you the directions! Have fun!!