Still Playing School: November 2015

Llama Llama Red Pajama Busy Bag

This month's Book Club Play Dates story is Llama Llama Red Pajama! Do your kids love this book as much as mine do? Then you'll love the busy bag we created and all of the other ideas we've collected for you to host your own llama themed book club with kids.


Games and activities to go with the book Llama Llama Red Pajama!

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The Cow Jumped Over the Moon Craft

What's your child's favorite nursery rhyme? We love Hey Diddle Diddle so we created an interactive fine motor craft. As your child turns the paper plates to have the cow jump over the moon you can work on teaching prepositional position words, too!

Interactive Hey Diddle Diddle Nursery Rhyme Craft for Kids! Make the cow jump over the moon as you teach position words like over, under, and beside!

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Early Literacy: The Ultimate Guide to Learning to Read

How do kids learn to read? At what point and how do letter sounds, rhyming, decoding, and concepts of print all come together to support an early reader? As a teacher and now a homeschooling mom, these skills have always fascinated me so I'm thrilled to be sharing a educational series that will take a closer look at all concepts that fall under the category of early literacy!


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Thomas Land Amusement Park Edaville MA

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Our son came about his Thomas the Tank Engine obsession accidentally but I wonder now if it was inevitable. A neighbor friend lent us a box of hand-me-down wooden trains and the rest was history. Imagine our delight when we discovered that a Thomas Land theme park had opened this past summer in Massachusetts. This fall we took a road trip to check it out and couldn't have been more impressed with the Thomas and Friends amusement park! 

Take a trip to Thomas Land in Edaville MA for kids to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his train friends!
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Stamping Christmas Patterns

If you need a quick and easy Christmas activity for kids, this works for one or two children or a whole classroom of students as a center! We worked on fine motor skills and math as we created and continued our holiday stamping patterns. 

Create a Christmas stamping center activity for kids!

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My Five Senses Book for Kids

Predictable books are a huge step in teaching kids to read. Children are even more motivated when they have written the book themselves! We created this printable book about the five senses for our kids to review this preschool concept. We're also sharing the pattern so you make your own! 

FREE My Five Senses Book for kids to create, write, illustrate, and read themselves!

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Scarecrow Glyph

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Glyphs are one of my favorite ways to extend the learning involved with creating a cute fall craft with kids. This scarecrow glyph represents many aspects of the child who created it. You can use the glyph key to learn the student's age, favorite color, opinion about fall, and much more!

Have you ever made a math glyph with kids? Kids represent data about themselves in their craft. This scarecrow glyph is perfect for fall!

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Marker Airbrush Process Art for Kids

One of the absolute best parts of living in the neighborhood where we live is having neighbors with kids around the same age as ours. Some days this means lots of outdoor play together and other days it means we can borrow an amazing tool to create process art. The kids experimented with markers and airbrushing.

Kids can focus on the process of making art with this amazing marker airbrush technique!

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Play and Learn with Feathers

There are so many ways that kids can learn and play with feathers! Whether you choose colored craft feathers or natural ones, the invitation to create and explore is so inspiring with these light and delicate objects. These are great ideas for Thanksgiving too!

Lots of ideas for kids to learn and play with feathers! Activities, crafts, fine motor ideas, games, and more!
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Oil and Water on the Light Table

Oil and water are the perfect experiment for kids! It's so pretty it's almost mesmerizing so we decided to try this process on the light table.


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Kid Made Neighborhood Building Blocks

Our kids love small world play! We set out an invitation for them to create their own buildings since we've been learning to identify places in our community. This creative project also showed just how much they've noticed about our neighborhood!

Kids can make their own buildings for small world pretend play!

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Why Pretend Play Matters: Hands-on House Children's Museum

Play is way that children learn. Regardless of age or academic ability level, we value pretend play as a hands on way to explore our word and gather knowledge. The Hands-on House Children's Museum of Lancaster is our favorite local place to play and learn!

A teacher's tour of the Hands-on House Children's Museum in Lancaster

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Four

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Violet would be four years old today. It's been four years since I first saw her face, marveled at each part of her, both whole and broken, and tried to fit a lifetime of love into two days.


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Madeline Snack for Kids

This month for Virtual Book Club for Kids we read the book Madeline. Our kids created a snack to go with the story, too. They loved making and eating Madeline hat cookies! 

An adorable and delicious snack for kids to make to go with the book Madeline!

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