## Friday, September 30, 2016

### No Prep Fall Activities for Kindergarten {And Games TOO!}

Let's talk no prep fall activities for Kindergarten...and some fun low prep games too!

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know that I love anything seasonal or holiday related. One of my favorite past-times is running to different craft stores, dollar stores, and dollar sections to find fun and cute seasonal items. {While my husband often tags along, this is definitely not one of his favorite past times! But he's such a good helper!} I love to use the treasures I find to make fun learning activities with a seasonal or holiday twist!

#### That's where today's post comes into play - no prep fall activities for Kindergarten!

Students are often so excited about upcoming holidays or seasons, so I love using that enthusiasm to get them excited about learning. Today I'm going to share with you some fun ideas for bringing fall in to your classroom with some no prep fall activities for Kindergarten.

But first...what is just as awesome as no prep fall activities for Kindergarten? Creating TWO low prep games with one set of materials. Since you're prepping once and making two games, that makes one of the games no prep, right?!?! Haha!!

Below I am going to show you two quick games that can be played two ways.

First up is this cute pumpkin game to practice numbers to 10. I found these pumpkin trays at the Dollar Tree. I was so thrilled to see that there was exactly ten cut outs on this tray. They must have known teachers would be using them to teach numbers to 10! The pom-poms (or "pumpkin seeds") and dot cubes I already had.

For this activity I have students sit side by side so that they can easily see the other player's board. Students will each need their own ten frame mat and pair of dot cubes. I also give students a container with snap cubes (7-10 cubes per player).

Students independently roll their set of dot cubes, count the number, and make that number on their ten frame. Students then compare their ten frame with their partners to see which number is greater. The student with the greater number takes one snap cube.

They continue to play until one player has 10 snap cubes (or however many snap cubes you decide to use). Use less snap cubes as the target if you have less time.

Variations: You could also have students play by looking for the number that is less.
You could also have students use tweezers to pick up the pom-poms and put them on the tray for a little fine motor practice.

Since a pair of dot cubes could potentially roll a 12 and we are only working on numbers to 10, I put a plain round sticker on the 6 side. Students use this as the number 0, now the highest number they can roll is a 10.

Here's another way to use these materials:

This game is played similar to "Roll and Cover". I used stickers to write numbers 1-10 in each space on the game mat. This wasn't one of my better ideas though! The sticker didn't stick too well, oops! So after I took a picture I used a Sharpie to write the numbers directly on the pumpkin mat.

For this game, students need a game mat, pom-poms, and they will share a set of dot cubes. Make sure the 6 side is covered on the dot cubes.

Students roll the dot cubes, count the dots, and put a seed in that space on their pumpkin mat. Students continue to take turns rolling the dot cubes and covering the numbers on their mat. If a students roll a number that they have already covered, they lose a turn. The first player to cover all of their numbers is the winner.

Here's another prep once, play twice activity. This time for literacy centers. {Aren't you just loving all of these no prep fall activities for Kindergarten?!}

I found these pumpkin cut outs and letter cut outs at the craft store. You can use a dab of rubber cement or hot glue to adhere the letters to the pumpkins. Or could can write the letters on using a Sharpie marker. I included a pair of tweezers for a little fine motor practice.

Students pick the gems (aka pumpkin seeds) up using tweezers and form the letter using the "pumpkin seeds". You could have students say the letter sound each time they pick up a seed.

Here's another way to use these same materials:

We took our pumpkin cut outs and turned them face down on the table. I put one to two seeds on the back of the pumpkins. For a little twist and motivation, I add two seeds to some of the letters. This might be letters that the group is having trouble with or letters that we have just learned.

To play a student selects a pumpkin, turns it over, and says the letter name. If they get it right, they keep the pumpkin seed(s). If they don't, they turn the pumpkin back over, the seed(s) goes back on top, and it is the next players turn. We continue playing until time is up or all of the pumpkins have been played. The player with the most pumpkin seeds is the winner. After students have played this in a small group, it gets move to an independent partner activity.

You could also play by having students say the letter sound or a word that starts with that letter.

Now for some no prep fall activities for Kindergarten! These activities come from the packet A Dab of Learning {No Prep Printables}: Fall Edition. I love this no prep series because it's a great way for teachers to provide students with fun activities that don't require a ton of prep.

You can read this blog post for ideas on introducing bingo dabbers in your classroom. I really love using Do-A-Dot bingo dabbers with students. They last a long time and don't bleed through the paper. But don't worry, if dabbers aren't used in your classroom, students can complete these activities using crayons as well.

This no prep fall activities for Kindergarten packet includes 37 no prep pages of skills that are appropriate during the fall months in Kindergarten. There's lots of fall themes included like acorns, scarecrows, leaves, apples, etc. There is no Halloween clip art included in this fall packet.

Beginning Sounds: Students dab the beginning sound and then record it on the line.

Students use two different colors to sort uppercase and lowercase letters. Then they record the letters in the spaces provided.

Ending sound practice. Directions are just like the beginning sounds so students will already know what to do.

Here's an uppercase and lowercase matching activity. Students use two colors of bingo dabbers and dab the uppercase and lowercase letter the same color. Then they write the matching pairs in the spaces provided.

This is a great activity for concepts of print. Students count the number of words in the sentence and then dab that many pumpkins.

Students read the series of numbers to determine which number is out of place. They dab that number and then write the numbers correctly on the line. There's a number line at the top of the for additional support.

Students use two bingo dabbers to dab the numbers that are less than 5 one color and numbers that are more than 5 a different color.

Students count each set of objects to determine how many there are. They dab the number and the set of objects the same color.

You can click the picture below to check out this packet in my TpT shop. Or click HERE to check out the Year Long BUNDLE and save 20%.

Thanks so much for reading about these no prep fall activities for Kindergarten!

## Wednesday, September 28, 2016

### Easy Fall Centers for Kindergarten {Plus Some Fall Freebies}!

Let's talk about easy fall centers for Kindergarten {plus some fall freebies}!

But first let me say Happy Fall!!! It's finally here! Hooray!

October is just a few days away and as Anne of Green Gables put it "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." I think it is the most beautiful month of the year here in Wisconsin. The air is crisp and cool, apple picking and fall festivals are everywhere, the leaves have turned beautiful fall colors, and there's pumpkin everything! It's just heaven!

The weather finally got a little cooler, so went apple picking over the weekend and I wanted to share the cutest idea with you! It's a caramel apple bar. Isn't the set up just adorable?

I thought this would be such a fun idea for apple week (or even a fall party for adults). There was an apple slicer to quickly cut the apples, there was warm caramel in the crock pot, and toppings. Lots of topping. I didn't get a picture of all of the toppings, but they had Oreo cookie crumbles, sprinkles, crushed M&M's, mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles, and mini chocolate chips.

They also had a variety of nut items, but I'd definitely leave those out if you were doing this in the classroom. Let me tell you, caramel apples with some Oreo crumbles sprinkled on top are delicious!!

Since fall is upon us I wanted to share some activities from my 6 Pack Centers: Fall Edition. I also wanted to show you some freebies I made to share!

During this time of year we are working hard on letter recognition and letter sounds for both uppercase and lowercase letters. We also work on grasping a strong foundation of numbers to 10. I found these foam leaf cut outs at the craft store and thought they would make for some fun and festive center activities.

I have found that silver Sharpie markers work great for writing on foam pieces!

If you don't have foam pieces, don't worry! You can also use a leaf shape from a die-cut machine.

Just program each leaf with an uppercase letter. Students pick a leaf, find the matching lowercase letter and color the letter to match the left. You could have students trace the letter with a pencil before they color it.

When planning easy fall centers for Kindergarten, I try to create activities that have similar directions. It makes life much easier on the kiddos and their teacher! Teachers are not having to constantly re-explain directions and the students feel more confident because they know what to do.

So here's a similar activity for math. The prep is super easy, just draw dots on the leaves for numbers 1-10. The students select a leaf and count the dots. They find the matching number on their paper and color the leaf on the paper to match the leaf with the dots.

Here's a little peak at the 6 Pack Centers for Fall. Each 6 Pack Centers packet includes 3 math and 3 literacy activities with "I Can" visual directions and recording sheets.

Also included is a no-prep practice page to follow up each activity. You can use the practice page for homework, morning work, small group practice, as another recording sheet.

First up is an activity called "All the Apple Seeds". Students read the number on the card and use snap cubes to cover the apples with that number of apple seeds.

On the recording sheet, they write the number and color that many apples.

With this easy fall centers for Kindergarten activity students are comparing two sets of apples. I have students use a clothespin to "clip" the number that shows more. You could also have students "mark" the set with a snap cube. I find that marking the side that shows more helps students remember their answer as they transfer it to their recording sheet.

Here's a picture of the recording sheet for that activity. The record the number that shows more and color the apple to match.

Students practice making five with this easy fall centers for Kindergarten activity. You can use snap cubes or foam leaves (like the ones pictured at the top of this blog post) to make five.

Also included is a blank five frame page so you can use it for small group practice.

Above is a picture of the recording sheet. Below is a picture of the follow up practice page. You can see how the no-prep page is very similar to the actual activity, which makes this great for additional practice.

Here's a look at the literacy activities included.

Here's another easy fall centers for Kindergarten activity to practice beginning sounds. Students say the name of the picture, find the corresponding letter on the beginning sounds mat and cover it.

There are two sets of activity mats, picture cards, and recording sheets are included. They are picture and color coded to keep you organized!

Students match the picture on the card to the one on their paper and record the letter to show the beginning sound.

Students practice simple, predictable sentences with this activity. They sort the cards by picture and put the sentence in order. This activity uses a predictable "I see the..." format.

This is such a fun and easy activity to add to the collection of fall centers for Kindergarten. This activity provides practice for matching uppercase and lowercase letters. It's similar to the activity "All the Apple Seeds" pictured above, so your students will already have an idea of the directions. Students identify the uppercase letter on the left side and then use snap cubes to cover the matching lowercase letters.

Students record the matching uppercase and lowercase letters on the recording sheet.

You can check out this 6 Pack Centers packet by clicking on the picture below.

Thanks for reading along as I share some easy fall centers for Kindergarten!

{and I hope you LOVE the great freebies too!}

## Tuesday, September 20, 2016

### Easy Number Game for Kindergarten

At the beginning of the year it's numbers, numbers, numbers. We work hard to build strong number sense skills right from the first week of school. It's also the time that we work hard to establish and build relationships with classmates and learn to work with one another. This quick math center is perfect for the beginning of the year because it only focuses on numbers to 6, is simple, and will give your new friends the opportunity to practice taking turns and working cooperatively.

To make this activity you will need a dot cube, an ice cube tray {I got mine at Dollar Tree}, dot stickers, and small erasers. (This is where my rather large collection of small erasers comes in handy!) If you don't have small erasers, you could use beans or pony beads. Anything small would work!

You'll want to program two sets of stickers with numbers one through six and put them inside the spaces of the ice cube tray. I used two different colors so each student could tell which side and numbers were theirs.

Note: You could play this same game later in the year with numbers to 12 by giving each student their own ice cube tray.

To start have each student take a turn rolling the dot cube. The player that rolls the highest number goes first.

The rules are simple. Students take turns rolling the dot cube. They count the dots to determine the number they rolled. They find the number on the ice cube tray and put that many erasers in the spot. So if they roll a three, they will find the three on their side of the tray, and put three erasers or manipulatives in the number three spot.

If a student rolls a number and they've already filled that space then they lose a turn and it's the next players turn.

The first player to fill all of the spaces on their side of the ice cube tray wins.

To change the game up, you could have students pre-fill the spaces on their side of the tray, and empty the space as they roll the number. In this case, the first person to empty their tray is the winner.

You can find other ideas for teaching numbers in this blog post HERE.

## Sunday, September 4, 2016

### Back to School Gifts for Teachers

We head back to school on Tuesday so I wanted to share a quick and easy gift that's perfect for the beginning of the year. This would be great for the teachers on your team, your school secretary, a secret pal exchange, or even your own child's teacher!

This gift is sure to help its recipient have a sss-sensational first day of school! For this little gift you're going to need some scents, sweets, and Starbucks!
• For scents I used this gift set that I found at Bath and Body Works, but you could use any soaps and lotions or even candles.
• For sweets I included a chocolate bar {because, lets face it...at the end of the first day all a teacher wants is chocolate and maybe a nap}. You could also use bake goods, cookies, candies, etc.
• For Starbucks I included a Starbucks gift card but you could also used a bottled or canned Starbucks beverage that you find in the grocery store.

I love that the soap and lotion set came in a little carrying bag. I just tucked the chocolate and gift card inside the bag and added the gift tag on the outside. So easy! You could write a message on the back of the tag or sign your name on the front.

Have a sss-sensational school year! :)

## Thursday, August 11, 2016

### Back to School Monsters {Plus a Special FREEBIE!}

Today it's all about monsters. Back to school monsters that is. It's such a cute and fun back to school theme! I wanted to share a sneak peek of my latest 6 Pack Centers packet along with a fun NO-PREP freebie! Those first few weeks back to school are nothing short of CRAZY...so we need all the EASY we can get. I'm hoping that's just what you'll find in these two activities that I'm going to share with you!

First up is the 6 Pack Centers with a monster theme. Each packet in the 6 Pack series includes 6 centers {3 literacy and 3 math} and 6 follow up no-prep practice pages. The activities included are completely different than the ones in my larger monthly centers packets. I had lots of requests to make more centers, so that's where the 6 Pack idea came about!

The practice pages are to help reinforce the skills students work on during the center activity, so they are great for morning work, small group work, sub tubs, homework, or even remediation. And just like the monthly centers, these also come with recording sheets and corresponding answer keys, teacher friendly directions, and "I Can" visual direction pages to keep kiddos on task. These visual direction pages are especially helpful at the beginning of the year. Plus I love that when admin walks through, they can look at these "I Can" pages and know exactly what the kids are supposed to be working on!

Here's a sneak peek at what's included in the 6 Pack Centers: Back to School Monsters Edition!

This activity is called Monster Alphabet and includes two versions. Students identify the capital letter on the card and find the matching letter on their paper. You can chose to have them match uppercase to uppercase {pictured above} or uppercase to lowercase {pictured below}. The instructions for both activities are the same. Students color the letter on the paper to match the color of the letter on the card. Included is an answer key so you can easily check student work.

Here's the follow up practice page for the Monster Alphabet activity. Students select six colors to create their own personal code. I find that students love this because they get to pick which colors they use. They dab the matching uppercase letter using their code. There is a uppercase and lowercase matching version also included.

Monster Sounds is an introduction to phonemic awareness. Students identify the beginning sound of the picture on the monster's sign. They color the picture that has the same beginning sound. A practice page is also included for this activity.

Next is uppercase and lowercase matching and writing. Students color or dab the matching lowercase letter and then write the letter pair on the lines.

Here's the follow up activity for that activity. Students can use bingo dabbers or crayons to color the matching uppercase and lowercase letters. You could also use this as a fast finisher activity by sliding the page in a page protector and have students use snap cubes to show the matches.

The math activities in this packet focus on numbers 1-5. For Monster Counting students count the monsters on the card and then find a square on their paper with the matching number of dots. They color the square to match the color of the monsters.

While using the Monster Numbers activity students read the number on the card and color the set of dots that matches. They trace the number and then practice writing the number on their own.

With Monster Math students count the circles on the card to determine how many. They find the corresponding number on their paper and color the square to match the color of the circles.

Here's a peek at one of the follow up pages for math.

You can check out this packet in my TpT shop by clicking on the picture below. Be sure to download the preview to see what is included.

And now for the FREEBIE! Here's a few pictures to show you a sneak peek of some of the activities included. This freebie is in my TpT shop so you can click on any of the pictures to take you there or click on the big picture at the end.

First up is Monster Supplies. This makes for a fun class discussion during the first week of school and a great introduction to sorting. We talk about what students need for school and color those objects. This leads into a discussion on the importance of talking care of our class supplies.

Name practice with Watch Me Write. There's picture cues on the page to help students remember what writing utensil to use.

Another name practice page {because in Kindergarten you can NEVER have enough}! Students write their name, color the letters in their name, and then count the letters in their name.

This next page helps us practice using just a small dot of glue. We use glue sticks a lot, but I do like to introduce my students to glue bottles. Using the bottles helps strengthen hand muscles and they use them in art class so I like for them to have some practice.

Here's a fun little activity that is super easy to put together. Just print the page and slide it in a page protector. Student will need a dot cube for this activity. To play, they roll the dot cube and count the number of dots and place that many snap cubes on the board. They roll again, count, and add more dot cubes to the board. They continue rolling, counting, and adding dot cubes until the board is full.

A few helpful tips...I have my students switch colors each time so they can keep track of their rolls. On the last roll they have to roll the exact number they need. So if they have four empty spaces, they have to roll a four to complete the activity!

Another title for this next activity could be "My First Write the Room" because it's basically the same idea. It's perfect for getting the kiddos up and moving and exploring their new "home away from home". First go over the names of each picture with the students before having them complete this activity independently or with a partner. The little explorers walk around the classroom on a hunt for each location listed. Once they find it, they color it on the paper.

This would also be a great activity to do Meet the Teacher night!

Here's an uppercase and lowercase matching activity. Little learners roll the dot cube, count the dots and color {or dab} a lowercase letter based on the letter code in the square. You could also slide this page in to a page protector and have your learners use snap cubes to cover the letters.

So there's your sneak peek of what's included. You'll find a couple more pages are included, but I'll leave those for a surprise! Be sure to stop by my TpT shop and download this freebie. Click on the picture below to take you there.

If you love this freebie and find it useful, I would love for you to let me know by leaving feedback in my TpT shop. I know it takes a few extra minutes out of your day, but just know that it is very much appreciated! :)

Wishing you the very best school year!!!