Rhyming Dominoes and Speedracer Game – Learning After School

rhyming game for kindergarten The school year has started and that means that some of our longer activities get shortened into smaller bite sized pieces of hands on learning that won’t compete with homework or my son’s need to just chill out after a long day at school.  Our whole Learning After School series is all about how to have fun with learning without stressing our school age kids. My son gets out of school early once a week so that is usually when we do one of these types of activities. I want to support his learning, work on any areas he might need a little work on but more than anything I want to have fun with him. This rhyming activity is simple but so adaptable. For my son I noticed that he was starting to confuse rhyming and word families. They are similar yes but rhyming is all about sound, spelling doesn’t come into it. This game helped him remember that. For children not yet reading you can skip the words and use clip art pictures instead.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some card stock ( I used sentence strips from the dollar store), a permanent marker,  and scissors. If you want to get all fancy you can use a ruler so the lines are exactly in the middle of each card too.  It’s also helpful to come up with a list of rhyming words to have on hand. rhyming bingo

Start by cutting your sentence strips in half.

 

Draw a line down the middle. rhyming bingo game for kids

Write two words on the card that do not rhyme with each other. Make sure you have used all your rhyming words at least once.  I was specifically trying to find words that rhyme but are not spelled using the same spelling patterns like bear and care. Choose words that fit YOUR child. rhyming game for kindergarten

Play!

rhyming game for preschool and kindergarten

Dominoes – For our version of Rhyming Dominoes we split the deck into 2 and hand each player half. The younger player puts the first card down and the other player sees if they can put down a rhyming match. If not the other player goes. The first player with no cards left wins.  Simple and quick enough to keep moving so players are engaged. rhyming dominoes and speedracer game for kids

Speedracer.

rhyming dominoes and rhyming match game

My son LOVES this game. It’s simple and always seems to end up in major trash talk ( in the nicest way) , which means my 7 year old loves it. The rules are easy. You lay two cards down to start and leave the pile as one. You flip the cards and if it rhymes with your card you grab it and add it to your line. If the card has a rhyme that works for both players it’s whoever gets to it first. The only thing you need to watch out for is that when you choose the first two cards that they don’t rhyme. If they do you could end up with a stale mate. rhyming game for first grade

First person to the end of the table ( or any line you make) wins. speedracer rhyming game

 

Books That Rhyme

 

Another fun way to work on rhyming is to read great read alouds that rhyme. Here are some of our favorite books to read together that rhyme. For the full list of 25 Books That Rhyme Click here. All our book lists include affiliate links.

 

Granny Went To Market

Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone is a book I got to know very well when writing lessons for Itty Bitty Bookworm preschool curriculum using it. This a a really fantastic book that is filled with language arts, geography and math lessons. Granny is a traveler and everywhere she goes she picks up a number of souvenirs. Not only are a number of countries like Switzerland, Mexico and Peru visited, but the souvenirs she buys relate to the country’s culture and offer even more learning opportunities for interested kids.  The rhyming text will enchant even the youngest world traveler , this is a must for any jet setting family!

My trucks is stuck

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis is a fun book full of great rhymes and funny illustrations from Daniel Kirk. The story is simple a truck is stuck and even though other vehicles come to help, nothing budges until a tow truck arrives. The best part is the cargo of bones in the truck are slowly stolen by hungry gophers while the others work to free the truck. It’s got a great message about helping people and the illustrations make me giggle, especially the guy in the moving van who is blowing bubbles. I have never understood that but it makes me laugh.

Flashing Fire Engines

Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton is a favorite at our house. The book is a rhyming masterpiece, somehow keeping up the rhyming pace as it explains how firefighters fight fires and rescue people! Details like what gear they wear, and how hoses and hydrants work are included as well as ladders and sirens. My son loves this book and as an adult who has  read it hundreds of times it’s fun to read,  even over and over again . We also love all the other books in the series like Cool Cars   and Terrific Trains   it’s completely worth checking out anything they do!

 

 

 

 

Apple Crafts & Activities For Preschool

easy apple crafts and activities for preschool I was going to take today off of posting but then I noticed how well the apples crafts and activities I have been posting on my Pinterest boards have been doing. I decided to bring together my favorite apple crafts and activities as well as some of the coolest ones I have pinned from other blogs. Here are the best 25 apple crafts and activities for preschool.

apple tree letters
Alphabet Apple Tree
Toilet Paper Roll Apple
Cereal Box Apples
apple crafts for kids
Simple Apple Craft For Toddlers
Bobbing for Apples ( with tongs) by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Paper Bag Apple Treat Bags
apple eruptions
Apple Eruptions ( baking soda and vinegar) by Growing A Jeweled Rose
Cereal Box Apples
Apple a Letter Craft
apples yarn
Yarn Apples from Hands on As We Grow
Apple Sensory Tub
Apple Tasting by The Pleasantest Thing
Apple Print Wreath

apple seed math for preschool
Apple Seed Math from PBS Parents
Fine Motor Apples
Candy Apple Math Game
apples math
10 Apples Up On Top Activity from Buggy and Buddy
Apple Lacing Craft
Find The Letter On The Apple from PBS Parents
coffee filter apple sun catchers
Coffee Filter And Paper Plate Suncatchers
Wormy Apple Craft
Green Apple Playdough from Playdough to Plato

apple tree craft for toddlers
Pom Pom Apple Tree
Basket of Apples
Apple Pie Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day

Spin Painted Leaves – Fall Art Project

spin painted leaves fall art project for kidsWe eat a lot of salad at our house but the only thing our $5 salad spinner is used for is art. These fall art project is super simple to make. As a treat we made ours with acrylic paint known as ” Mama’s adult paint” at our house. It worked well but in my experience the best paint for spin painting is Liquid Tempera Paint like these ( affiliate link) the consistency is just right for spinning. I cut the leaves out free hand ( like you can’t tell…) but you can use real leaves as templates or cookie cutters. Art like this is so dynamic and fun and it focuses heavily on the process but still had an end product.

Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, scissors, paint, a salad spinner, some string and tape to hang them once they are dry. We used some gold glitter paint as well and this MADE the leaves. So cool. spin painted leaves for for fall art project

Cut out your leaves. Don’t  laugh I know mine are terrible but the little artists loved them and that is all that matters!fall art project spin painted art for kids

Pop a card stock leaf into the spinner and choose some paint. spin painted leaves fall art activity for kids

Add the paint fall spin art for childrenin and spin! fall art spinner painting

Our paint was a little thicker so we printed the leaves on some extra paper, then left them in the sun to dry. fall leaves art for kids

Once dry I added thread to the back  and hung them in the window.

spin painted leaves for children fall art project

 

Coffee Filter & Paper Plate Apple Craft for Fall

easy apple craft for preschoolApples are what fall here is all about because we have six apple trees in our front yard and spend much time in the fall cooking with the apples, giving the apples away, and sometimes using the apples to paint too. When I asked my daughter what she thought of when I said fall the two words that popped out of her mouth were apples and leaves. You’ll see the leaf craft we made the same day as these apples later this week. This coffee filter  and paper plate apple craft for preschool is easy to make and a super fun process. If I was doing this craft in a classroom I would pair it with some hands on investigation of real apples like a simple taste test between two kinds of apples, a apple hunt outside that culminated in making crock pot applesauce in class, or for older kids something like this experiment from Coffee Cups & Crayons.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates, some red and green paint, scissors, coffee filters, a spray bottle, regular old markers, some painter’s tape , and paint brushes. Ignore the stapler I ended up not using it. If you don’t have paper plates you can try this similar craft from Gift of Curiosity.

paper plate and coffee filter apple craft for preschool

Start by coloring the coffee filters. Ours were taped down to our cutting board because it was pretty windy outside.coffee filter apple craft for kids

While they color you can cut the middle out of the paper plate and use the discarded middle to make a stem.paper plate apple craft

Once they are happy with how much color they have added spray!

coffee filter apple craft for preschool and toddlers

 

While the coffee filters dry ( and if you are low on time hairdriers are amazing at speeding up the process). Paint the apples.

paper plate coffee filter craft for kids

Paint the stem.coffee filter apples activity for preschool

Let everything dry. Tape the coffee filters inside the apple coffee filter apple craft for toddlersVoila!coffee filter apple sun catchersIt was hot out so drying only took about an hour. While you wait read some apple books ( check out our favorites below).coffee filter and paper plate apple suncatcher craft for preschool

 

 

Books About Apples

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ten red apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins is a simple but effective and delightfully bouncy countdown book. The tree starts with 10 red apples but one after another farm animal swipes an apple , despite the farmer’s protests. The sing song rhymes are fun to read out loud and my 4 year old enjoyed announcing the numbers as we counted down. The illustrations look like wood toys and I thought they were charming but my toddler told me he was scared of the farmer’s wife!

apple pie abc

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray is a really cute alphabet book and story about a dog and an apple pie. You can imagine what the dog wants to do with the apple pie. The way the author / illustrator weaves an alphabet book out of a simple story about a dog wanting to eat a fresh baked pie is awesome. I really like this book for 4 and 5 year olds because there are some really great words and they can anticipate what is going to happen. My son loved it. The vintage inspired illustrations were my favorite, I wanted to frame each page.

Apples, Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace will not be returned to the library on time. We got it out today and my son has had me read it to him 3 times, and his dad read it twice. Clearly it gets the 3 year old seal of approval. It also gets mine. The story is more than just a story about a family going apple picking at an orchard. It explains all sorts of apple facts but what I really love is that it also explains that there are different kinds of apples and each are used for different things. Since each member of the family is using their apples for different purposes that fact is driven home . Great book for preschoolers going on a apple picking field trip , making applesauce or apple prints.