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Christmas Playdough Mats and New Year’s Ideas – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from a recent week’s linkup.

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

new-years-eve-party-ideas-for-kidsNeed a few ideas to keep the kids occupied (and awake) in the hours before the New Year? Crystal and Co. shares a list of family friendly New Year’s ideas – and there are some fun ones in the mix! 

Snow Scene Craft

snow-scene-craft-using-white-outThis snow scene craft is so much fun to create and is a two step process – a picture kids draw and then use a plastic overlay to make it ‘snow’. 

Christmas Playdough Mats

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Need an activity to keep little hands busy in the days leading up to Christmas? Check out these cute Christmas playdough mats from 1+1+1=1. 

 

Gingerbread Puppy Chow

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If you’re looking for a quick and yummy snack to pull out on Christmas day (or to munch on at home after all the unwrapping is done), check out this Gingerbread Puppy Chow – easy to make and so good! 

 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

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Christmas Storytelling Bin & Salt Dough Ornaments – PreK and Kindergarten Community Linkup

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from a recent week’s linkup.

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

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Let your kids get in the holiday gift creating fun with these salt dough ornament ideas from Practical Mom. This is making me think I need more cookie cutters. :) 

Christmas Storytelling Tin

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Our Daily Craft shares some fabulous ideas for creating storytelling tins to use with various themes or as book go-alongs. LOVE the fun little props to get kids re-telling favorite stories or telling their own. 

Winter Activity Printables

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This free winter activities for reading and spelling have some super cute cookie printables, penguins, and polar bear helps.  

Christmas Around the World Ideas

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Living Montessori Now shares a TON of ideas for a Christmas Around the World theme to use in the upcoming time before Christmas. 

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

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30 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for The Polar Express

Over 30 go-along crafts, activities, and printables for The Polar Express

Our kids still enjoy The Polar Express book by Chris van Allsburg and the go-along movie. When we pull out our stash of Christmas books, it is so much fun to see the favorites and re-read them! No matter how old you are, there is something magical about the Christmas season!

Here is a collection of activities, crafts, and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading (or watching) The Polar Express.


Activities to Go-Along

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Polar Express Crafts

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Snacks & Yummies

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Science Tie-ins

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Printables

Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of The Polar Express at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here (read by Liam Neeson). 

 

Additional Literature Based Learning Ideas

Like this? Don’t miss these other literature based activity posts focused on some of our favorite children’s books. 

activities, crafts, and printables to go along with The Snowy Day

5 Senses Christmas Book & Q Tip Snowflakes – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from a recent week’s linkup.

Christmas I Spy Ornament 

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Have fun making your very own I Spy ornament for the tree this year (or gifts for friends). The Resourceful Mom shares a quick tutorial – so cute and little hands will love it!

Christmas 5 Senses Book

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Learn about the five senses while creating this Christmas themed senses book. Life Over Cs shares a free printable to get you started with this hands-on book. 

Christmas Tree Craft

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Use the spare cuttings from your tree to make these cute little Christmas Tree Crafts from Stella 123. Granted, if you have a fake tree like we do, you may want to check with your local tree farm for spare cuttings (grins). 

Q tip Snowflakes

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Stay warm and work on snowflake patterns with these printable snowflake Q tip patterns from Playdough to Plato. They are perfect for a grab and go busy bag. 

Gingerbread Puppy Chow

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If you’re looking for a quick and yummy snack to bring to a Christmas party (or to munch on at home), check out this Gingerbread Puppy Chow – easy to make and so good! 

 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

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A Book a Day, Spielgaben Fun, and Making Ornaments – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

I missed you all last week! Hopefully you all had a wonderful week and for those in the US, a great Thanksgiving as well. Are you ready for another week of linking and sharing your preschool and kindergarten learning ideas? Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post (or two) of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Spielgaben Christmas Ideas

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Seeing all these fun Spielgaben Christmas creations from 1+1+1=1 means we will be pulling out our set to use with our kids this week (the fun goes way beyond preschool!). Carisa has some fun ideas for being creative with the various pieces. 

A Book a Day in December

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This idea for reading a ‘mystery’ book each day from Spell Outloud is so fun for the month of December (or any month for that matter). 

Reindeer Number Line

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Race your clothespin reindeer along a number line and have some Christmas (and counting) fun in the next few weeks. Your kids will LOVE this simple reindeer number line racing from Mom Inspired Life.

Ornaments Kids Can Make

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Your Vibrant Joy shares several different Christmas ornaments kids can make. These word ornaments are full of glittery fun. 

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.

 

Follow the PreK and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board

Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

Were You Featured in the Preschool & Kindergarten Community?

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

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Alphabet Booklets – A to E Printable Set Freebie

Alphabet booklets for preschool and kindergarten - letters A to E printable set from Homeschool Creations

These alphabet booklet printables have been sitting in my queue for some time, but recently I had the chance to use them with a friend’s daughter (and also can’t wait for my nieces and nephews to use them). Each week we are working through a few of the letters and having some fun together. The booklets are very simple and fold up into a quarter-sheet size – perfect for smaller hands. This free alphabet printable  includes booklets for the letters A-E (more to come soon!).

A Peek Inside

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Each of the letter sheets prints off double sided onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper and folds to a quarter-sheet sized booklet. There are a total of 8 mini-pages for each booklet and inside you’ll find the following: 

  • Cover – color in the block letters as you talk about upper and lower case letters and the sound the letter makes
  • Finish the Maze – find your way through the beginning sounds maze
  • Trace the Letters – trace the upper and lower case letters
  • Do-a-Dot upper and lower case – use crayons, paint, stickers, or other art mediums to color the circles
  • Color the Picture Words (2 pages) – color and say the words that being with the booklet letter
  • Words I Know – write down all the words your child knows that begin with the letter

alphabet-mini-booklet-fold-and-cut-exampleOnce printed, cut along the horizontal dotted line. Stack the papers (pages are numbered) and fold in half on the solid line to create a mini booklet. Borderless printing is recommend (an option in most printer settings).

While it’s a little hard to show you every single page from every single booklet, here is an up-close sampling of what each booklet includes. 

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Purchase the full set of letter booklet bundle in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that includes a bonus set of the picture mazes you see above!  You can purchase that set here

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 Download the A to E set by clicking below! Enjoy!

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Don’t Miss These Printables! 

Alphabet Letter Mazes - full set from A to Z

If you enjoy these printables, you may also want to check out these A to Z Alphabet Mazes