October 29, 2013

Bat Activities!

Here are the BAT-themed activities we've done.
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Happy Halloween!

October 21, 2013

Goodie Bats

Yummy yum yum! Here is our final Bat-themed activity for the week!
Simple and delicious.

  • Chocolate candy, cookies, brownies, or anything like that. :)
  • Sprinkles

Make the Bats:
  • Using whatever form of chocolate you have, create your own spooky and yummy bats!
    • Bat Body:
      • Brownie chunks
      • Mini candy bars
      • etc.
    • Bat Wings:
      • Cookies cut in half
      • Mini peanut butter cups cut in half
      • Mini candy bar cut in triangles
      • etc.
    • Bat Eyes:
      • 2 Sprinkles


October 18, 2013

Bats Painting

Here is a simple little craft we did during our Bat week!
LB(4) loves it when we get out the paint! 

  • 1 piece of white paper
  • 1 piece of black construction paper
  • Washable Paint (also called finger paint, tempera paint, or poster paint)
    • Black
    • Yellow
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Craft Time!
  • Squeeze some black paint on a paper plate for your child. Give them the white paper and a paintbrush and have them go at it--painting the entire paper BLACK! This is a painting of a night sky.
  • Clean the brush off, and squeeze out a little yellow paint. Have them dab the brush in the yellow and dab it on the black paper to make "stars" in the sky. 

  •  Let it all dry (this may take a few hours or overnight)

  • Meanwhile, get your bats ready:
    • Fold the edge of a black piece of construction paper over slightly.
    • Draw half a U shape with a pointy top (for the body), then draw a wing.

  • Cut them out in squares (so they're easier to cut out).

  • Then cut out the drawing and unfold them. Bats!

  • Once the paint is dry, have your child glue the bats onto their painting.
  • If you want, you can cut out a couple small pieces of craft foam to glue on the back of each bat. This will help them pop out a little bit from the painting.

And there you have it!
Bats flying in the night sky!
A one-of-a-kind painting by your little one.

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October 16, 2013

Bat Number Find

We're going batty for BATS during our Preschool@Home this week!
Here is our first fun activity.

  • 1 piece of black construction paper
  • White crayon

Prep Work:
  • With a white crayon, draw the following shapes on the black construction paper:
    • On the left half, draw a tall U-shape. Then connect the top with a curvy line. 
    • On the right half, draw a circle. Then draw a zig-zag across the middle.

  •  Cut out the shapes. Glue the 2 half-circles (with the zig-zags facing down) onto the U-shape. Voila! You made a BAT!

  • Using the white crayon, draw a smiley face on your bat.
  • Next, write the numbers 1-20 on your bat.

Time to Play!

  • Sit down with your child and hand them the white crayon.
  • Say a number and have them find it and draw a circle around it.

  • When you've gone through all the numbers, you can then point to each number and have your child practice saying them.

LB(4) had a lot of fun with this!
He's pretty good with counting, but always gets tripped up with numbers 13-16, so this was a fun way for him to review the hard ones!

We have a BUNCH more easy and FUN 
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October 14, 2013

Ghost Activities for Kids

Here are all the Ghost-themed activities we've done.
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Happy Halloween! 

And a fun little Ghost SONG we made up! Click HERE.

October 11, 2013

ABC Ghosts!

Our final "Ghosts" themed activity for the week was a hit. Especially since LM(6) was home from school to enjoy this fun game with us!  It's a great way to add a little learning and fun to your Halloween this year. :)

  • 4 sheets of white craft foam (mine are half-size sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Marker
Prep Work:
  • You can draw lines (or just cut by eye) each sheet into 8 rectangles:

  • Then, with each rectangle form it into a ghost shape by cutting the top to make it round, and bottom to make it zig-zagged, like this:

  •  You can even stack a couple rectangles and cut 2 at a time!
  • You'll have 32 rectangles, but you only need 26 ghosts for the alphabet. You can either cut them all into ghosts and use the extras for something else, or just leave the others as rectangles for something else later.

  • Draw faces on the ghosts. Just 2 eyes and a smile. :)
  • Then, write all the letters of the alphabet on each ghost. I decided to write them in lowercase to help LB(4) work on recognizing them.

Time to Play!
There are many ways you can use these cute little ABC ghosts. Here's what we did:

  • I laid all the ghosts on the table face-down.
  • LB(4) and LM(6) took turns:
    • One of them would pick a ghost and say the letter and the sound the letter makes.
    • The other one would then think of a word that starts with that letter. Then they'd switch.

The boys really loved this activity! It was great practice for LB(4) to recognize letters and their sounds. Thinking of words for him was a bit tougher. Sometimes he needed help, and sometimes he thought of some good words all on his own. It was a fun way to learn!
LM(6) also had fun. Eventually instead of just saying the word he thought of, he wanted to act it out and have us guess. This was a fun addition that I never even thought of! He came up with some great words that were tough for us to guess!
All in all, fun & learning was had by all. :)

Happy Halloween!
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October 8, 2013

Ghost Matching Game

Continuing on with our "Ghost" theme in our Preschool@Home, we made this easy little game!
LM(6) is home from school this week, so he actually helped me put it together and then we played it together as a family!

  • 5 pieces of different patterns of scrapbook paper
  • 3 pieces of white cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Glue
(P.S. Here is some super cute Halloween paper you could use for this game. Check it out!)

Prep Work:
  • Lay all your pieces of scrapbook paper on top of each other, turn them over and draw a ghost shape on the back piece (my ghosts are about 4" tall and 3" wide, but they can be as big or small as you'd like!)
  • Pick up all the papers and cut the shape--cutting out 5 ghosts at the same time!
  • Then take one of the ghosts and trace that shape onto the back of the paper again, and pick the papers up and cut out 5 more ghost shapes all at once. Done!

  • Using the black marker, draw 2 eyes and a smile on each of the ghosts.

  • Next, cut the cardstock into rectangles big enough to glue your ghosts on. (I just cut a piece of cardstock into 4 equal parts. I did this to 3 cardstocks -- which gave me 12 pieces. Since you only need 10, I just put the 2 extras away.)
  • Glue your ghosts onto the cardstock:

Time to Play!
  • Lay all your ghosts face down.
  • Take turns choosing 2 cards to see if you get a match.
  • Whoever gets the most matches wins the game!


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