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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Super Fun Dinosaur Science Activity!

Today I'm over at Rainy Day Mum sharing a very popular dinosaur science experiment and dinosaur book -- both are fantastic for preschoolers, and even engaged our toddlers and school-aged kiddos!  Click here for all the details!!



While you're there, be sure to check out her other Book-Based Activities and Arts & Crafts for Kids!  I also love her list of 101 Rainy Day Ideas!





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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Patriotic Lanterns--a Great 4th of July Kid's Craft!

The 4th of July is coming up and I wanted to do a patriotic craft with my kiddos to celebrate!  These adorable lanterns were the perfect fit!



They take very little preparation, and are *so* cute hanging up everywhere!  And while my preschoolers loved making them, my 8-year old had a blast with the project too!

So, here are the Simple Supplies for your own patriotic lanterns:

* construction paper
* glue
* scissors
* ruler and pencil
* stapler
* embellishments (glitter, stars, etc.)

And, the easy How To:

1. Gather your supplies and prepare any embellishments.  I actually thought we had star stickers, but discovered that my kiddos had used them for another project!  Luckily, I had seen this idea for making your own super-easy paper stars, and it only took a few minutes to put together a pile of them!



2.  Make the lantern!  First, fold a paper lengthwise (hot dog style) and mark a "stop line" about 1" from the not-folded edge of the paper:


Next, mark "cutting lines" about an inch apart going in the opposite direction:


Let your kiddos cut on the "cutting lines," reminding them to stop when they get to the "stopping line."




Unfold the paper:


And re-fold it to look like a lantern:


Staple it in place!



3.  Add the embellishments!  We used paper stars, colored paper strips, and glitter!



Ta da!  Super easy!  Your patriotic lantern is done!  Now you can hang it on a door, tree, or chandelier to decorate for the 4th of July!  

Have you been busy decorating?  What are your plans for this weekend?  I'd love to know!  And if you're still looking for more patriotic crafts and activities, check out our Patriotic Straw Rockets and my Patriotic Kids Pinterest board:


Follow Carla @ Preschol Powol Packets's board Patriotic Kids on Pinterest.


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Monday, June 29, 2015

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{FREE} Forest Animals Coloring Pages with Traceable Fun Facts!

You can use this {FREE} Forest Animals Coloring Pages with Traceable Fun Facts Packet in so many ways!



I made this packet to go with our Forest Animals Poppins Book Nook theme.  Forests are one of our absolute favorite places to explore!  Normally our kids play in the southern humid forests of southeast Texas, but this summer they got to check out some higher mountain forests too!  They had a blast camping, boating, and hiking... which go right along with the book we want to share this month: Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer.

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In the story, they encounter a mischievious bear, and a few other animals.  While we didn't see any bears in our forests on this trip, we did see deer, squirrels, birds, rabbits, and we even smelled a skunk!  I was very excited to put together this {FREE} packet that showcases eleven forest animals and some fun facts about them!

These coloring pages can be just coloring pages...or they can be so much more!  You can glue sand, torn construction paper, feathers, or yarn to the pictures to give them a cool texture.  It gives your kiddos great fine motor practice too!  Older children can read and trace the fun facts at the bottom of each page!  Even older kiddos can research the animal and learn more about the fun fact...for example, why do owls have three eyelids?  Here is a picture of the owl page:


In addition to the owl page, the ten other animals include a bear, squirrel, skunk, deer, bird, hedgehog, fox, mouse, raccoon, and rabbit!

Click  here to download a {FREE} set of Forest Animals Coloring Pages with Traceable Fun Facts for your kiddos!!  Please feel free to share this post with your friends and colleagues...encouraging others to come to this page and download their own copy of the file lets me continue to offer free printables!  Thank you for sharing!!

This post is part of the Poppins Book Nook!  


Every month a group of bloggers share activities and books based on a particular theme.  This month, the theme is Forest Animals.  Be sure to check out these other blogs for more ideas and link up any "forest animal" activities you have below!









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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Patriotic Straw Rockets!

These patriotic straw rockets are perfect for a 4th of July craft or science activity...they're also super fun to make any time of year!



You and your kids can make straw rockets to celebrate holidays, as part of a science lesson about force and motion, or just for fun!

All you need are straws, paper, tape, crayons, and scissors!

Cut the paper into rectangles about 2" x 3", and let your kiddos decorate them.


They will get rolled up in a moment, so you really only need to decorate half the paper.

Roll the paper around a straw and tape it in place.  Make sure it is loose enough to move up and down the straw easily.


Finally, fold the top down and tape it in place.  Make sure it is air tight!


Ta da!  That's it!  Now fire your rockets by blowing into the straw!

All our kids loved this, and even the 2-year old was able to figure out how to make the rockets work.  My preschooler wanted fire on his rocket, and we had one girl who just made hers pink...I love letting everyone design their own rockets!

Do you want more great patriotic ideas?  Be sure to check out my Pinterest board for Patriotic Kids Ideas:

Follow Carla @ Preschol Powol Packets's board Patriotic Kids on Pinterest.


PS.  The super cute star background clip art on my very first picture comes from Moms & Crafters...you can get some free too!




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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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{FREE} My Little Animals Alphabet Book Letter C

It's time for another {FREE} My Little Animal Alphabet Book!!  Every week or two I will share a new little alphabet book!  They will go in alphabetical order, so today's book is full of animals that start with the letter "c!"







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Friday, June 19, 2015

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Preschool Math With Wiggly Eyes

Preschool math is most fun and easiest to learn when your kiddos are playing!  Today I'm sharing a super easy and super fun way to practice counting...with wiggly eyes!



If you haven't had a chance to read how preschoolers' brains work, make sure you check out this post.  It explains why fun "play" activities (like wiggly eye math) help children learn!

We've been working on counting from 11-20 a lot.  Counting from 1-10 (and even from 20-50!) was easy, but we keep mixing up numbers around thirteen and fourteen.  I have a ton of wiggly eyes at home, so when we went on an extended camping trip, I put a bag-full of them into my backpack.  I had the perfect math activity for when my kiddo inevitably decided he needed something to do!

To set your own preschool math activity, simply sprinkle the wiggly eyes across a sandy area and then cover them with a few handfuls of sand.  



I told my son we had some "monsters" leave some strange things behind the tent, and that he would need to excavate some sand to figure out what was going on.  (Obviously if your kiddos actually worry about monsters, use a different game scenario!)  He loved "digging" up the eyes and counting them!  



He even made up different tpes of monsters (some have 1 eye, some have 2 eyes, etc!).  His sisters saw him playing in the sand with the eyes, and wanted to join in too!  This was even more wonderful because my older daughter counted flawlessly for her two younger siblings.  



When you're done, go ahead and build some sand monsters!



If you're at home or school you can make the monsters into an art project by gluing the sand and eyes to a piece of construction paper!

If you're not camping, you could easily do this in your back yard, in a sensory bin, or in a mess-free sealed baggie or plastic tube (you may want to add duct tape to mess-free baggies and tubes to make sure the sand doesn't escape!).  It's a great outdoors game for nice spring and summer days!



You can also extend the activity for older and advanced children with questions like, "If all the monsters had three eyes, how many monsters were there?" "What if all the monsters had two eyes?"

Do your kiddos love craft supplies?  They're loads of fun for all kinds of learning!  Be sure to check out the other math-learning ideas with common manipulatives at School Time Snippets!



Wait!  There's more math!!

If you're looking for more preschool math ideas, be sure to see our preschool math with trains, nuts and bolts more or less game, preschool math with Valentine's candy, Dr. Seuss-inspired preschool math activities, teaching math skills through play, math and more with pom-poms, and sports hide and seek graphing!  Or just type key words like "math" or "graph" into the search bar near the top of the page on the right hand side (right above "popular posts")!    



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Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Fizzy Flower Sensory Dough!

Fizzy flower sensory dough is perfect for spring and summer sensory science...and it smells absolutely divine!



This dough was super fun to make, play with, and fizz, but I am absolutely in love with how it smells!  When we were done, I wanted to keep the mess out just because it smelled so wonderful!

The whole activity took about an hour, and was even more fun because we used fresh flowers from outside!  This is a fantastic science/sensory activity that would go great with our Preschool Botany Class!

To get started, let your kiddos pick a few flowers of their choice and pull the petals off:




Add one cup of baking soda and 2 1/2 tablespoons of hand lotion.


Depending on your lotion, you may need more or less than 2 1/2 tablespoons.  You want a nice crumbly texture that holds together when you squeeze it.  At this point, our kiddos wanted to add more flowers!


And let the sensory exploration begin!

We had "flying snowmen" and all sorts of creations:






When you're done children are done playing with the dough, it's time to break out the fizzing!  Cut a lemon in quarters and give each child a quarter lemon to start with.  We put a handful of dough at a time in another bin to test the fizz!  Then each kiddo squeezed lemon juice onto the dough...this became incredible fine motor exercise!  As the lemon hit the dough, our kids were glued:



My eight-year old commented: "It looks like lemons are acidic!"  Yep!  The citric acid in lemons reacts with baking soda the same way vinegar does...they combine and release carbon dioxide (a gas) which bubbles and looks super fun!  If you've followed our blog for long, you know our kids adore fizzing, "exploding" reactions!   And the lemons add another fantastic fragrance to the whole mixture!


Of course, once the bubbles and fizzing started, everyone wanted to touch the fizzy mixture again!  It even molded into a new squishy dough!




Do you love fizzing dough?  If so, you may want to check out our fizzing snow dough, fizzing dinosaur eggs, rainbow volcano, or fizzing rainbow eggs!  And if you have your own fizzing dough projects, I'd love to see it!  Feel free to send me a note or share it on our PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!

Also, today is the Fizzing Dough Day in the 12 Months of Sensory Doughs Series!


Be sure to check out these other blogs for more fizzing dough ideas:

Lemon-Lime Fizzy Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Fizzy Dough Cupcakes | Study at Home Mama
Fizzy Bath Dough | Still Playing School
Fizzy Lemon Juice Dough | Creative World of Varya
Edible Fizzy Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Fizzy Ice-cream Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Fizzy Flower Sensory Dough! |  Preschool Powol Packets
Rainbow Fizzy Cloud Dough | Powerful Mothering
Fizzy Volcano Play Dough | In The Playroom
Orange Fizzy Dough on Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail




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