I made turkey and owl themed days of the week and months of the year strips that can be used in pocket charts or in your calendar centers. We also do sequencing and matching with them. Just print ... cut ... and laminate. You can find the patterns here.
I have posted November's Number Tracing Calendar and Calendar Numbers along with other November items to my free printables page (if you do not see them at the bottom of the page please refresh your browser).
The free membership printable this week is scarecrow alphabet sequence which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the scarecrows on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I then glued the scarecrows on craft sticks and set them out in a clear plastic cup. You do not have to glue them on to craft sticks but I found they are easier for the children to sort through and pick up.
In this activity children put the scarecrows in alphabetical order. You can also do a matching activity by making two sets of the scarecrows. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday October 25th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the scarecrow number sequence is also located.
We are working on shapes and pre-writing so I made a ghost shape tracers that worked on both skills. There are eight different shapes included with this set:
I printed the patterns on regular paper and cut them out but you could also leave the pages whole if you did not want to cut. I set the tracers out with markers and the children traced the shapes.
Because our writers are beginners I used the thicker markers instead of the thinner ones to make controlling the marker a bit easier. If you would like the ghost shape tracing patterns you can download them here.
The free membership printable this ghost color clip cards which is a great activity for color recognition and fine motor development. I printed the color cards on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated.
I set the ghost color cards out in a basket along with twelve clothespins. If you did not want to use clothespins you could use playdough or some other kind of cover-up.
In this activity children pick a ghost color card and put a clothespin on the same color that is on the ghost. Play continues until all color cards have been clipped. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday October 18th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is ghost roll and cover is also located.
I recently attended a make and take sessions and one of the things we made was pumpkin spice paint. It is super easy to make but I felt the recipe we used was a bit too runny so I modified it a little.
To make the paint I put three packets of unflavored gelatine into a jar along with 1 cup of boiling water and mixed the two together until the gelatine was dissolved. I added yellow and red food coloring and stirred until I had an orange color I was happy with.
The last step was to add the pumpkin pie spice into the paint. I just continued to shake some in until I got the scent that I wanted. Everyone loved how the paint smelled and were very excited to paint with it.
I let the paint cool down which also helped to thicken it. The children then painted large circles on cardstock paper. When they painted they could see the specks of pumpkin spice. We let that paint dry and cut out the circle and glue it on to a sheet of colored cardstock paper. The children cut out a leaf and stem and glue that on the pumpkin. They then glue pumpkin seeds on for extra fine motor work.
You can see a video of our pumpkin spice paint below:
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