Cucumber Cactus Craft

We’re having some cowboy fun this week and pulled together a quick cactus craft after rounding up some cucumbers, toothpicks, and tissue paper. It was so very easy and cute too {and there may have been some cucumber nibbling going on behind the scenes}.

We pulled out three cucumbers and a butter knife and Kaleb had fun cutting them different lengths.

Cactus craft

I cut a bunch of toothpicks in half and Kaleb went to town poking them into the cucumber chunks. We sprinkled cornmeal around the inside of the pan that we were working in to look like desert sand.

Cactus craft

Kaleb then stick small pieces of tissue paper on the toothpicks to make ‘flowers’ on the cactus.

Cactus craft

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Super quick and easy craft to put together and once we pulled the toothpicks out and rinsed them off ~ a yummy snack too. :)

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Preschool Corner: All About the Letter Cc

I want to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ to all of you who are joining up with the Preschool Corner each week and sharing what you are doing with your preschoolers! You all are making my day and giving me some great ideas of things to do and I love to stop by and visit your blogs!!

This week we talked about the letter ‘Cc’ during our co-op preschool class and that involved caterpillars, crabs, counting, ‘clouds, and cookies.

Alphabet Book

Last year we made a clock for our alphabet book and I really wanted to do some patterns with the kids this year. Really, that was easier said than done, because glue, tiny dots and a limited amount of time means there is little patterning done.

This was great for some fine motor skills too, since the kids helped out and used a hole punch to make their own teeny tiny caterpillar pieces from black, white and yellow construction paper.


You’ll Need:

  • Hole punch
  • Green, black, yellow, and white construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Thin black marker
  • 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper {you can print off the alphabet book if you’d like!}

To Make:

{Note: I cut out all the pieces ahead of time since we have a short amount of time and a lot to do ~ otherwise I would recommend letting the kids cut out their own pieces as much as possible!}

1. Draw some leave shapes and have your child cut them out.

2. Cut out a ‘stem’ for your milkweed plant and some grass for the ground.

3. Let your child use the hole punch to make circles from the black, yellow and white construction paper. Punching holes in the leaves to make them look ‘chewed on’ is fun too!

4. Glue the milkweed plant and grass to the paper.

5. Glue the black, white, and yellow hole pieces for caterpillars ~ try to make patterns with the colors!

6. Add little eyes and antennae with a marker if you’d like.

Art

Chocolate Chip Cookies

We used small paper plates, shaving cream paint, and felt ‘chocolate chips’ to make puffy paint chocolate chip cookies. No Time for Flashcards has a recipe for puffy shaving cream paint {which I had to totally fudge since I didn’t print it off}, but it worked great.

The kids painted their plates and then rolled a number die to see how many ‘chips’ they needed to add to their cookie and they had to count them out. If they wanted too, they rolled it again and added that many more to their cookies.

C is for Crab

Keeping up with our crafts that are shaped like the letters we’re learning, we make a cute little crab for the letter ‘Cc’. You can read more about the craft in my ‘Cc is for Crab’ post.

Book Activities

During our circle time we read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and then played some games together that related to the book.

Story Sequencing: DLTK Kids has a great printable that you can use to sequence the events of the story and have the kids recall what the caterpillar ate in the book.

Size Sequencing: Carisa at 1+1+1=1 has a great tot book for the Very Hungry Caterpillar including bunches of great printables. We used the butterflies and caterpillars to practice sequencing from smallest to largest.

Games

Cloud Blowing ~ I wanted to do blowing for the letter B, but we ran out of time. This week we called it ‘Cloud Blowing’ and the kids had fun getting down on the floor and blowing cotton balls across the classroom {thanks so much to Four Little Penguins for the idea to use it for the letter C!}.

I Spy ~ We pulled out everything in the classroom {and our show & tell things} that we could find, starting with the letter ‘C’ and made a big pile on the floor. Do you see them in our pile?

Math

During our circle time we also had fun counting coins. The kids each took turn rolling the number die, identifying the number and then counting out 1:1 that amount of pennies.


Songs and Rhymes

We used the book Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar by Bonnie Lass. The kids loved being a part of the rhyme and we went through all the kids.

Additional Resources

Be sure to check out another one of my posts for some more ideas on teaching the letter C. There are some different activities and printables in that post too!

Stories & Books We Used


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C is for Crab {Craft}

You’ll have to turn your computer sideways if you want to see the ‘C’ correctly, but I figured you all were smart enough to see the ‘C’, right?

I’m betting you all are going to think I have an obsession with googly eyes…and it’s true. I do. There’s just something about those wiggly things that make a craft so.much.cuter.

What You’ll Need:

  • Red foam sheet or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen {to trace letter}
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

How to make the ‘C’ Crab:

  1. Trace and cut an uppercase ‘C’ out of the foam sheet or construction paper. I used a foam sheet that was about 4″ x 5″ in size.
  2. Cut out two ‘claws’ for your crab. I didn’t use a pattern, just freehanded it.
  3. Cut out four long, skinny rectangles to use as ‘arms’ and eye extenders for the crab.
  4. Glue the legs and eye extenders onto the back of the letter ‘C’.
  5. Flip the crab over and add the eyes and the claws.

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The Preschool Corner: Letter C

Schooltime was a little hectic this week for Zachary. We had our routine thrown off a little bit by a trip to the doctor’s office – so not as much time to focus on preschool as much that day – and then crammed more into another. We talked about the letter “C” this week and that involved crickets. The girls found themselves a cricket, named it “Chirpy” and everyone was having fun playing with him.

Until Kaleb stomped on him.

I seriously laughed out loud – the looks on the other three’s faces was just priceless. I’m not a mean mommy – it was just so funny.

ABC Book: Clock

The alphabet book page for the letter “C” was a Clock (sorry, I know the scan didn’t turn out that great!). We used a rectangle base and Zachary colored it to look like a clock (not one in oru house – he didn’t feel like using brown). He cut out a clock face that I printed off and we added some hands with a brad so that the hands can move around. There is also a little pendulum hanging (just a circle taped onto half a pipe cleaner).

Art Activity: Color Mixing

We used paint to mix primary colors (red, yellow and blue) to see what colors we could make when we mixed them.

Fun Activities

We played Candyland together – what can I say?

We are also using some little workbooks by Kumon called “Let’s Cut Paper” to work on Zachary’s cutting skills (there is a link on the Amazon widget below).

Math

Counting Coins: What child isn’t fascinated with money – and counting pennies can take up a lot of time. We counted, and recounted. Made groups of five, etc… Found pennies in pockets days later…

Calendar: We’ve been working on patterns using our wall calendar, getting the days of the week down pat and also the months of the year. Zachary is thinking he is such big stuff too! Learning by singing is a huge help in our house and the Sounds Like Fun cd from Discovery Toys has some great songs on it for learning your days of the week and months of the year (among other things).

Cotton Ball Counting: Glue correct number of cotton balls onto a sheet of paper next to the number that is written down.

Letter Sheet/Collage

Click on the thumbnail picture to download the pdf file

Verse

Colossians 3:20 – “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is pleasing to the Lord.”

We’ve been using the book My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt. It has a quick little devotional and a few questions at the end of the story along with review from previous weeks.

Writing

This week we used our Handwriting Without Tears worksheet to practice our letter “C” (the link will take you to the Scribd site where I uploaded the one I made).

Rhymes and Songs

C is for cookie, and that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, and that’s good enough for me,
C is for cookie, and that’s good enough for me.
Cookie, cookie, cookie.
Cookie starts with C!

Storytime

Clickety Clack by Robert Spence
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

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