This month is probably did prove to be pretty crazy, but we still got a few tot school activities completed, so the planning was well worth it! Sorry the formatting got a little wacky on this post. It’s just mostly to share the pictures. If you need a better idea of the activities, please see this post.
Unless otherwise noted, most of these ideas are from this
leaf packet where another mom did a lot of work to compile all of these great ideas!
Color Focus (Monday): Yellow – We love these songs!
(IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT) Y-E-L-L-O-W SPELLS YELLOW. Y-E-L-L-O-W SPELLS YELLOW. LIKE THE EARLY MORNING SUN WHEN THE DAY HAS JUST BEGUN. Y-E-L-L-O-W SPELLS YELLOW. DAFFODILS AND BABY DUCKS ARE YELLOW. LEMONADE AND SCRAMBLED EGGS ARE YELLOW. I LIKE THE SMILEY FACE THAT’S YELLOW. HE IS SUCH A HAPPY FELLOW. Y-E-L-L-O-W SPELLS YELLOW.
-Scratch ‘N Sniff Watercolor – Didn’t get to this one. Mix 1 T. warm water with 1 T. lemonade powdered drink mix. Mix with yellow paint or yellow food coloring. Paint picture. Let dry over night before doing scratch ‘n sniff. I will use this lemonade
printable to paint. –
Lemonade Play-dough – Loved this! 1 c. flour 2 T. cream of tartar ¼ c. salt 2 packages of sugar-free lemonade Kool-Aid. 1 c. water 1 T. oil Yellow food coloring 1. In a saucepan, combine everything but the oil. Stir well. 2. Stir in oil. Add drops of food coloring. Stir well. 3. Move saucepan to stovetop and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Stir well the entire time. 4. When a soft ball starts to form, turn off the heat and remove the pan. Playdough will be hot. 5. Remove the ball of dough from the pan and let cool for a second. 6. Knead well until soft. 7. Store in airtight container or a ziplock bag.
-Yellow Slap Game – Not this time around~ (Put out various colors of leaves and have them “slap” the yellow ones.)
Letter Focus (Tuesday): Ll
-Decorate our letter “L”
with leaves -Check!
-Go over Ll flashcards – Check!
-Ll Do a Dots – Check!
Shape Focus (Wednesday): -Introduce Triangle (We will go over more with our jack o’lantern later…)
-Triangle Do a Dots – Check!
-Triangle Slap Game (See Yellow Slap Game above) – Skipped
Number Focus (Thursday): 2 -Use the attached numeral and decorate it with TWO leaves (cut-outs or real.) – Check!
-Also choose TWO colors to finger paint the numeral two. – Check!
-Writing Rhyme – Skipped While practicing writing the number two, say this rhyme to help form the numeral: Around and back on the railroad track Two! Two! Two! -practice writing numbers in fingerpaint, shaving cream, etc.
Music and Fingerplays (Monday): Loved these!
Falling Leaves (Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down) Pretty leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down. Pretty leaves are falling down, All over town. Some are orange and some are brown, some are brown, some are brown. Some are orange and some are brown, Watch the leaves fall down. Some are yellow and some are red, some are red, some are red. Some are yellow and some are red, Leaves fall on my head.
The Leaves on the Trees (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus) The leaves on the trees turn orange and red, Orange and red, orange and read. The leaves on the trees turn orange and read. All through the fall. The leaves on the trees come tumbling down, Tumbling down, tumbling down. The leaves on the trees come tumbling down All through the fall. The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch Crunch, crunch, crunch; Crunch, crunch, crunch. The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch
And of course, “Gray Squirrel” (Fairley’s Favorite)
“This Little Light of Mine”
Banana Song (for yellow) Bananas unite! (place hands together straight up over head) Bananas split! (open arms and place at sides) Pick bananas, pick, pick bananas (reach up and pick bananas from a tree) Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas (peel a banana in your hand) Smash bananas, smash, smash bananas (clap hands) Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas (stuff banana in mouth and sing with mouth full) Go bananas, go, go bananas! (do a crazy dance)
Art Exploration (Tuesday):
After reading Leaf Man – So fun! -Leaf Creatures
Using leaves from your leaf hunt, glue leaves onto craft sticks with hot glue. Add google eyes. These leaf creatures can help with songs, finger plays, and other leaf activities!
-Marbled Leaves- Attempted, but this was STICKY!!! Cut out a leaf shape out of white cardstock and place on newspaper. Spread corn syrup over the entire leaf. Using food coloring, squeeze 1-2 drops of red and yellow food coloring on the leaf. Have child spread food coloring all across the paper with their hands. (The leaves will have a marbled look if you do NOT mix the food coloring together completely.)
-Leaf Prints (or with crayons) – Check! Collect large fall leaves. Lay the leaves on top of a piece of newspaper. Paint red, yellow, and orange paint across the leaves. Lay a piece of white paper on top of the leaves. Rub your hands across, transferring the paint to the white paper. Remove the leaves and hang up your leaf prints!
-Leaf Hand Print Art (for calendar) – We will do this one later. Cover arm (up to elbow) in brown paint and stamp on paper to create tree trunk. (Arm is trunk and hand is the branches.) Cover hand in red paint, then yellow, then orange. Stamp hand on to create leaves on the tree. You could also trace the child’s arm and hand onto brown construction paper for the same effect.
Science/Sensory (Wednesday): Play-dough- Check!
Press leaves into play-dough to make leaf impressions.-Check!
Fall Sensory Bin – Love this one!
Create a bin full of fall items for children to sift through and explore using shovels or other utensils. Here are a few ideas: • Black beans, red beans • Silk leaves from the dollar store • Leaf and pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters • Fall-colored scoops • Mini gourds from the dollar store
Math and Motor Skills (Thursday):
-Leaf Color Sort – Did this somewhat Sort leaves into separate colors by placing yellow, green, brown, and red leaves in separate baskets. You can also sort by shape, size, or any other attributes. (We will use the leaves from our felt tree.)
-M&M Tree – Not yet; maybe this month? Use attached M&M tree to practice one-to-one correspondence.
-Leaf Matching (If I have time to make the printable.) – Might be better for next year. I have a hard time discriminating! Print out two copies of the leaf matching cards (visual aids attached), cut them out, and laminate. Match the leaves that are the same.
-Leaf Counting- Maybe this month? (Use attached trees with numerals.) Children count appropriate number of silk or paper leaves to match the tree’s numeral.
Dramatic Play: -We will add fall leaves to our felt tree. – Loved this!
-We could also pretend to rake/sweep our leaves. – Forgot to do this, but did it while we were singing our leaf songs.
Snack Ideas: Oops! Forgot these! -Fall Tree Snack Spread toast or graham cracker square with peanut butter. Stick a pretzel rod into the peanut butter. This is the tree trunk. You could also secure pretzel sticks with peanut butter to form the tree branches. Then take mini M&M’s and place over the top of the pretzels. These are the leaves.
-Yellow Snack Ideas Bananas, lemons, pineapple juice, lemonade, deviled eggs, scrambled eggs, yellow jell-o, cornbread, yellow taffy, yellow lollipops, plain yellow cake.
Field Trip: We’ll take lots of trips outside looking for “signs of fall.” We’ll also be taking a big trip to Texas (where I have a feeling “signs of fall” will be lacking…) 🙂
Service Project: Tot Visit at the nursing home (2 x a month)