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Preschool Corner ~ Police Lapbook

Our boys enjoyed the fireman lapbook that we did so much and asked to do one about policemen.

And we did!

Both of the boys are very much into firemen and policemen at the moment, so we took advantage of that this week and I put together a policeman lapbook for Zachary and Kaleb.  A certain little someone was being a little stubborn during some of it and didn’t want to do it all. Zachary, on the other hand, was able to do most of the cutting for the booklets on his own and then I glued it all together for both of them.

paperclip patterns

We did other activities as well during the week ~ made a stoplight craft {included in the lapbook file}, made red/yellow/green patterns using paperclips, dressed up like policemen, directed traffic, played with our cars/trucks and read lots of books too {see below}.

This is a picture of the inside/outside and back of our policeman lapbook that we did. I used a blue file folder {of course} ~ no fancy folding, and just punched it with a 3 hole punch when we were done so we could put it into a binder to keep on a nearby shelf.

Police lapbook

The front cover is a coloring sheet of a policeman that is part of the full lapbook file. On the back we put the P for Policeman letter tracing sheet that we worked on {included in the lapbook file}.

Inside the Lapbook

~ Count the Fingerprints: 1:1 counting up to 10. I’d highly recommend using a washable ink ~ I’m just saying.

~ Shapes in Signs: A look at signs we see all around us and the shape that they are.

~ What Color is the Police’s Hat? A coloring book to identify color words.

~ Police Patterns: Make simple {or more complex} patterns using a police officer and a magnifying glass.

~ Sign Matching: Play a fun game of memory together with street signs {I recommend printing this one on cardstock}.

~ ABC Matching: Uppercase and lowercase letter matching cards {print on cardstock and laminate to reuse!}.

~ Catch the Robber: A tracing activity to use with your preschooler {I would recommend printing this on cardstock and laminating so you can use it later}.

You can download individual pieces for the police lapbook on my website or the full file {it’s around 2.5 MB}. I have a few additional resources on the website too for you to visit. If you decide to do the lapbook with your kids, let me know and I’ll link to you from my website. :)

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Preschool Corner: Pumpkin Time!

I know ~ technically, the whole pumpkin theme is sooo last month, but it is still fall, so that’s ok too! :) One of my favorite books about pumpkins is It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall. I’ve had this book on our shelf before I had kids of my own and LOVE it. While I was pulling together ideas, I remembered that Itty Bitty Bookworm had a unit on it {Bo, Year 1 ~ October}, so I pulled that out and filled in the rest of my plans using ideas from that unit.

And I know that I’m messing around with the alphabet, but I’ve gone in order for 3 years now…and I needed a little change!

Alphabet Book


We made our own little pumpkin patch by painting our fingers/knuckles with orange paint and then pressing it onto the paper. Zachary added some stems onto the pumpkins and then used some green ribbon to make a vine in his little patch.

Art

~ Paper Strip Pumpkins. Even our girls wanted to make some of these! They were so incredibly simple to make too! You can get the full direction here.

~ Paper Plate Pumpkins. We made small pumpkins by painting a small paper plate orange. We also used this activity as a lesson for mixing colors. Zachary used red and yellow paint to make the orange for the pumpkin.

Cooking

~ Pumpkin Spice Playdough ~ We cooked up a big batch of this yummy smelling playdough! The house smelled great after cooking it and the kids played with it for hours! You can find the recipe here. We have it stored in our refrigerator to use again too!

~ Pumpkin Seeds ~ I’m sure it’s no big surprise to know that we made our own pumpkin seeds, is it? The kids were so excited to help out cleaning them and cooking them. Not so excited in eating them. {grins}

Language

~ What’s Inside? This is an activity from Itty Bitty Bookworm where we made predictions about what we would find inside the pumpkin when we opened it up. It definitely wasn’t what Zachary expected! Zachary also made a cute little pumpkin using yarn and pumpkin seeds when we were done.

~ Uppercase/lowercase Letter Sorting ~ Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler made some great printables for kids to sort uppercase and lowercase letter “P’s”.

Math

~ A Penny for Your Pumpkin ~ You’ll have to ignore the lack of excitement that this picture shows, because REALLY Zachary had so much fun playing this little money game with me. In fact, we played it four times in a row and he still wants to do it!

I pulled out five mini-pumpkins and two big pumpkins and then gave Zachary a variety of coins: 2 pennies, 2 nickels, a dime and a quarter. We talked about the different coins and their names and then recited this little rhyme I found in my songs/rhymes box from years ago:

Five orange pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.
You know, the kind that are big and round and fat!
Along came Zachary with a {penny} to pay,
He bought a pumpkin and took it away!

Zachary got to choose the pumpkin he wanted to buy and had to hand me the correct coin that we named in the rhyme. Much fun!!

~ How Many Seeds? ~ We used this game from Itty Bitty Bookworm and put the correct number of seed and number cards together to make a little book together.

~ Seeds in the Pumpkin ~ I handed Zachary number cards and he put the correct number of seeds into each of the little pumpkins we have.

~ Pumpkin Patterns ~ We used the pattern cutouts from Itty Bitty Bookworm to make patterns {pumpkin, leaf, etc….}

~ Pumpkin Size Sorting ~ We had fun using this great printable from Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Science


~ How a Pumpkin Grows
~ The book It’s Pumpkin Time! is all about the life cycle of a pumpkin, so we talked a lot about how plants/pumpkins grow. I had some sequencing cards already on hand, but Itty Bitty Bookworm provides some in the curriculum unit also.

Songs and Rhymes

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, “Oh my! It’s getting late!”
The second one said, “We don’t care.”
The third one said, “There are leaves in the air.”
The fourth one said, “We’re ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run!”

The whoosh went the wind and out went the light,
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

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Paper Strip Pumpkins {Craft}

These little pumpkins were so super-easy to make and all of our kids wanted to make one, so we had them hanging all over our house for the last few weeks! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Orange construction paper cut into 1″ strips
  • 1″ strip of brown construction paper
  • 2 leaves cut out of green construction paper
  • 2 brads
  • hole punch

1. Stack the orange strips of paper together. Use the hole punch to put holes in the end of the strips. Depending on how many strips you are trying to punch through, you many need to do it a few pieces at a time.

2. Take one brad, poke it through the hole, and fasten the strips together.

3. Fold the brown strip in half {for the stem} and use the hole punch to punch through the stem, leaves, and the strips on the opposite end. Push another brad through and fasten.

4. Spread or ‘fluff’ out the paper strips until it forms a round pumpkin shape. Hang and enjoy!

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The Preschool Corner: Letter P

There are a plethora of activities to do with the letter P and unfortunately just not enough days in the week to do them all!

ABC Book: Penguin

Before you run in terror, screaming “What is that THING?”… rest assured, it is a penguin. It’s just an odd little penguin, who’s creator was a little lazy and decided that a blob of construction paper glued onto his head would be much better than cutting it out and making an actual beak…or something. More of a ‘hat and earmuffs’ kind of day apparently.


Art Activity: Painting Pigs

Pink pigs. And mud. That was the request, so two colors were given to paint with and the little man went to work painting.


Fun Activity: Playdough

Not much work was done in the sculpting department – but this was what he proudly showed me after working very hard for about 10 minutes with his lump of playdough. I wasn’t quite sure what to think until he let me know that it was a pattern on the playdough. And for that I have to give the boy credit. :)

Math & Money: Pennies, Pickle Counting, Patterns, and Pizza Fractions

Math was apparently on my brain this week. Because we did a lot of activities relating to math. First we counted out 100 pennies. Zachary made lines of 10 pennies and then stacked them into piles. When he had stacked 100 pennies, we counted by 10′s together.

I pulled out some of my old folder games this week too and we had one counting the dots on pickles, so we practiced 1:1 counting and number identification.

I can’t remember what in the world these little manipulatives are called (anyone, anyone??) but Zachary sat for quite awhile playing with them and created his own pattern for me: blue, yellow, yellow until he ran out of the stacking rings.

I made some ‘mini’ pizzas using small paper plates and cut them up into different fraction sizes (1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6 and 1/8). Zachary had fun putting the little pizza puzzles together and we talked about fractions and how many pieces made up each puzzle.

Letter Sheet/Collage

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Stories and Books

Piggies by Audrey Wood
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola
The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Lowrey


Verse: Psalm 147:1

“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God.”

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