## Calorie Free Cupcake !

Counting Cupcake !

This activity came out of a funny request from my son. We go to music class and one of the little girls in class has a shirt with cupcakes on it. Well when I asked my son what he wanted to make he said her name, when I said we couldn’t make her he said “cupcake?” so voila! I added in the counting lesson because I just couldn’t help myself!

Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper, glue, some sticky back foam ( regular will work too, just glue it) , cotton balls, a marker, and scissors.Start by cutting out a base and a top of the cup cake.Ask your child a number they want to put on the base. I was hoping for 3 or 4 but 7 it was! Write that number on the base with marker. This will determine the number of candles you put on the cupcake.Grab the glue!Glue your cupcake on the paper.While your child is gluing cut out the candles from the foam , making both candles and flames for each.Time to add the frosting! Use lots of glue for the cotton balls.

make lots of references to the number your child chose, and count the candles often saying ” Do we have 7 yet?” keep adding them on until you do! Add the flames as you go!

Books!

” Moira’s Birthday” by Robert Munsch is a silly book, most of his books are, but silly is great! Moira is excited about having her birthday and doesn’t know how to say no to all the kids at school when they beg to come to her party. She ends up with the whole school at her house and her parents don’t know what to do! Luckily Moira does. This book at first look may seem like Moira is a spoiled brat who gets her way but really she is problem solving and when she gives away a present to each child who helps clean up, you can see she just wanted a good party, and isn’t a gift grabbing brat at all! Kids LOVE this book, I have never read it to a class that didn’t laugh hysterically.

“If You Give A Cat A Cupcake!” by Laura Numeroff is the newest installment of her ever popular “If You Give…” series. I like this one , I mean any book with a cat in a bathing suit is worth a look. I am a big fan of these stories not only because they have just the right amount of text for young preschoolers, but also because the illustrations by Felicia Bond are so detailed you can spend ages talking about what your child sees in the book after the words are read. I love the cause and effect , and after a few readings your child will have fun telling you what’s next.

## How Do I Love Thee?

Let Me Count The Ways !

Using things like candy for math activities is a fun and novel way to get your children interested and learning. Jennifer over at Ramblings of A Crazy Woman shows us how to make this perfectly lovely Valentine’s counting game using heart candies! For the full how to and a million more awesome ideas head over to her blog:

Ramblings Of A Crazy Woman

## Fast Friday Fun !

Sticker
Number Card

I haven’t had a lot of number activities because I have been following my son’s lead with most of our projects and he has been into many things but numbers weren’t one of them, until now. So for the reader that emailed me yesterday about numbers here is just the first of many to come! This project is fun, fast and perfect for kids who love stickers. Not only is your child developing one to one correspondence , they are practicing their fine motor skills while peeling off the small stickers!

1. Gather your materials. You will need some stiff paper, a marker , scissors and a good number of small stickers.
2. Fold your paper accordion style. I prefer to fold first because I am terrible with rulers, but you can switch step 2 and 3 if you want.
3. Draw the outline , boxes and numbers. For younger children keep it simple with a few numbers, older ones can do many! If your child is able have them write the numbers themselves.
4. Sit down with your young child to do this- they may need some help. With my two year old I asked him what the number was, praised him up and down when he recognized it and helped him if he didn’t. Then I said ” Can you put 1 sticker under the number 1?” ect.. for each number. He needed no other help but fizzled after 4. That’s ok, don’t push it if your child fizzles, praise them for what they did do and trim the card so they see they completed the task. Have realistic expectaitions, more than 4 was a little lofty for my guy!
5. Count your beautiful numbers as the mood strikes !

## ABCs and 123s

Polka Dot Discovery
I have done this activity for years and never once called the eggs Easter eggs, they were polka dots with surprises inside. Obviously if you celebrate Easter there is no reason to call them anything else but if you don’t celebrate Easter you can still jump on the polka dot bandwagon and use them to have fun learning.
1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic eggs that open with room to hide things inside, you can also use small gift boxes. Some paper, a marker, some scissors and basket or bag.
2. The great thing about this activity is that it’s versatile. If you are learning about shapes you can pop shapes in the eggs, if you are doing letters you stuff them with letters etc… So this next step is where you decide what to stuff them with and using a marker and paper make the surprises.
3. Stuff the eggs and either hide them for a hunt, or place them in a basket for your child to choose from.
4. When you child finds the egg make sure to ask them what color the outside is, and encourage them to open it up and find what’s inside.
5. If your child is a young toddlers you can simply put fun toys in and they will be kept busy finding them. Just opening the eggs are great fine motor skills practice!
6. One last note if you have an older sibling who is working on sight words at grade school you can pop those in some eggs for them too!

Egg Carton Number Match!

This is NOT an activity for toddlers, the pieces are small and a choking hazard
1. Gather your materials. You will need the bottom of an egg carton, some mini cupcake liners, some paper, a marker and a paper punch.
2. Write the numbers 1-12 on the inside of the liners, you don’t NEED the liners but it’s much easier than writing it on the egg carton directly. If your child is able have them write the numbers.
3. Place the liners in the egg carton.
4. Punch our your desired shapes with a paper punch. If you don’t have one handy you can cut out small shapes.
5. Count as you fill the cup cake liners.
Activity ideas

Now that you have made your tools here are some fun things you can do with it, depending on your child’s abilities.

1. With the cups filled , pull one liner out and count the pieces inside , ask your child if the number at the bottom is the same as they counted.

2. Empty out all the pieces and ask /help your child to fill them up, do this out of order for an extra challenge.