Saturday, 17 March 2018

St. Patrick's Day Activities

These last couple of weeks have been all about the St. Patrick's Day party. The kids were extremely excited knowing about the party on Friday. I must say that I am not a big fan of parties, because they change the daily routine and make the kids act all hyper, but seeing them laugh, dance hand in hand, jumping and giggling, reminded me why we have these events.

We had a photo booth with laminated printables that I’ve found online, some natural juice, green balloons, a bubble machine, and Irish music. 

Here are some photos of the activities that the kids enjoyed. 

Decorating shamrocks

Our photo booth

Photo Booth

Eggsperiment - Osmosis and Green Eggs and Ham

Experiment with egg, vinegar, food colouring

The eggshell dissolving

Gold coin hunt - we had a hunt with coins hidden throughout the room

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

St. Patty's Day Pack

Dear friends,

I have been working hard on updating this resource pack, because it is one of my oldest products. I have added a couple more mazes and have improved the aspect of the other printables. I hope that you will like it!

If you have already downloaded the previous versions, all you need to do is go to this link to get the updated product.

This pack contains:
Flashcards for your Word Wall or for vocabulary games;
Tracing and coloring books;
Roll the dice and mark the number;
Tracing worksheets;
Color by number worksheets;
Math games with clothespins;
Tracing worksheets;
Letter matching game;
Clothespins math game;
Flip Books;
St. Patrick’s Day Ten Frames;
Writing paper;

Have a wonderful spring!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Yoga for Children - with a Free Printable

Hi! I hope you are enjoying a sunny day, wherever you are! Here in Copenhagen it’s nice, warm, and sunny. If, however, the weather where you live is not that nice, I have something to brighten up your day - it’s a freebie!

I’ve been looking for yoga resources for kids and I have reached the conclusion that it’s better to create my own. Something easy to use, even with beginners. So I made this yoga bag with flashcards.

Why yoga?
Yoga helps children develop their gross motor skills, while also enjoying themselves. It’s an activity that children can do to lighten up, rewind, or calm down.

Yoga can be done through stories, music, with puppets, and games – so it’s fun!

It helps kids learn to respect nature, themselves, and others. Yoga also promotes mindfulness, creativity, and confidence.

Some suggestions for doing yoga with children:
  • choose the timing properly – not after lunch, or on a full stomach;
  • think of what mood you want to get the kids in: you can do morning yoga, to get a boost of energy, or before going to bed, to calm them down and get them in a sleepy mood;
  • if you have a garden or a park nearby, take the yoga lesson outside, to enjoy the green grass and fresh air;
  • find a place large enough so that kids will have plenty of space to move freely;
  • children can perform yoga with bare feet, but for hygiene purposes, they should use slippers
  • establish certain rules for the yoga class: no eating, use the bathroom before class, wear comfortable clothing, enjoy yourself, while also allowing others to do the same, etc.
Now here’s the freebie I promised. You can download it for free by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Morning Circle Routine and a Freebie

Can you believe it’s already February?! I started working at a new kindergarten and with all the new things happening I lost track of time. I’m excited to share with you some photos of our morning circle area and a new freebie I have in my store.

I have a mixed group at the moment: only seven children, but with different language skills, ages, and interests. I’m trying to find fun things to do for our morning routines. So far, songs, dances, and movement games seem to maintain all of them engaged.

We have already learned a couple of songs that we sing often during morning circle:
The next step is to make a song bag with all these songs. If you want to learn how to make that, click on the photo.

Apart from these, the kids loved playing the Mystery Box. I finally got a cute box that we can use for the game. Before we used a textile bag from IKEA.

I’m also planning on introducing “Question of the Day”. For those who don’t speak English, I will print the flashcards out, while with the others I will have additional questions.

If you want to get more ideas for morning circle, read these blog posts:
Oh, almost forgot. Here’s the freebie that I promised.

There are other resources in my TPT store that could be useful when planning your morning routine with the kids.

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Where Is Robin? - USA

I want to tell you about a book from a wonderful series of books by Robin Barone: it’s entitled “Where Is Robin? - USA” and it’s a cute book that could be used for geography or history lessons for children in primary school and even younger!

The main character, Robin, is a curious, enthusiastic little bird who travels through USA and teaches us about what historic landmarks, landforms, and tourist attractions are there. In this book, children will discover what the States have to offer, by following Robin around from Philadelphia to New York. Among others, the book mentions the Declaration of Independence, the White House, the Wright Brothers, President Lincoln, Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.

Robin is a bird of many talents: a musician (the book tells us that she launched a country song in Nashville), a referee for a football game that takes place in Texas, and maybe one day even an actress (as she dreams of acting in a movie).

Little Robin has a thirst for knowledge, especially when it comes to American history. The amount of information about each landmark is just right to get kids curious. Every page presents a different place and explains its importance. After a long trip, she returns home to Momma, but promises to go again and travel the world.

The map at the end of the book is a wonderful tool to use while reading the story: it has brightly coloured illustrations and it traces Robin’s adventures from beginning to end. Unfortunately not all states were mentioned, but probably the reason for this is that the book would have been too long.

The book introduces new vocabulary related to politics, history, and landforms through rhyming text. The wonderful illustrations make that easier for parents or teachers to explain these notions. The book is recommended for 4 – 8 year old readers.

It sure spurs anyone’s interest and leaves you curious about the places Robin will visit next. I’d love it if Robin took a trip to Europe next!

Other books in the series: Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Author: Robin Barone
Illustrator: Robyn Mitchell
Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Disclosure: I have received this book for free in order to write the book review, but the views in this blog post are my own.
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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Morning Routine Checklist - Freebie

Are you having trouble getting the kids to leave the house in the morning? Here's a checklist for them to use.

Print it, then laminate it, and then let the kids tick the things they have done with a dry-erase marker. The flashcards and the checklist illustrate the same actions as in the song entitled “This is the Way” from Super Simple Learning. I suggest teaching that to your kids to make things more entertaining!