May 10, 2016

Disney Surprise Scavenger Hunt

My husband and I had so much fun surprising our kids this past week with a Disney scavenger hunt. They been asking for years to go and for years we have been savings to go and we are finally doing it. We are so excited and yes, I think my husband and I are more excited than the kids!

 Here is how is how we decided to do it.
 I made these clue cards with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.



After printing off the cards, I read card 1 and card 2 to them. After saying the magic words (Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse) from card 2, they were given clue #1, This is when they started the actually Disney scavenger hunt. 

The last thing the kids had to do as part of the Disney scavenger hunt was use a Mousekatool from clue #6 and then use it on a Mickey Mouse scratch card that I handed to them to reveal the secret. For our Mousekatool, we attached a penny onto Toodles using a glue dot. 



There are several tutorials on how to match your own scratch card. The tutorial I used was from Artmind.

The template for the Mickey Mouse scratch card and the Disney surprise scavenger hunt can be DOWNLOAD HERE. There are three options for the Mickey Mouse scratch cards: You are going to Disneyland, You are going to Disneyworld, and You are going on a Disney cruise.  

I thought I would get a bigger reaction from them but I think it took awhile to sink in. After we told them we were going to the beach as well, they got really excited. Ha, we should have just skipped Disneyland right? Now that we have talked about it and shown them pictures, they are very excited!

May 9, 2016

Easiest way to teach your child left vs. right

 

My boys both learned left from right at the age of 3 and I found one of the easiest ways to teach them left vs right is by first teaching them to recognize the uppercase letter L.

If you have your child hold out both hand with their thumb extended as pictured above, you will notice that your left index finger and thumb form the letter L. 

I then teach my children that left starts with the letter L by doing this is makes a easy connection for them to remember. Whenever they ask which way is left or right, I ask them to hold up both hands and tell me which hand has the letter, and it works every time! 

March 30, 2016

LDS Quiet Binder Part 2

A little less than a year ago I shared LDS Quiet Binders I made for my boys. They still use them all the time and it was time to update them with new activities. With LDS general conference this weekend,  I  thought this would be a great time to share all these new activities with you. Below you will find all the links to these activities and more. All these activities are laminated so they can be used over and over again.
I Spy worksheets
Two I Spy worksheets are included in this DOWNLOAD

LDS  A-Z writing worksheets
 There is a writing worksheet for each letter of the alphabet.
You can download the worksheets HERE.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MATCHING GAMES:
I designed all the matching games so that they will print off on the front and back of each page.

Make sure you cut out game pieces individually and then laminate them. See each activity for instructions on how to print.

Once everything is laminated, I used magnet tape on the top of each game sheet and on the back of each game piece, so that the game pieces will stay in place when playing the game. I store the game pieces in snack bags when they are not being used.

There are two pages of LDS Prophets picture matching game sheets that can be printed front to back and one sheet of game pieces with the Prophet's picture and names. 

 This matching game has one page of game pieces with the Prophet's names. The two pages you see NEEDS to be printed front and back so that your child can check their answer.


There are two pages of LDS Temple picture matching game sheets that can be printed front to back and one sheet of games pieces of each Temple and its name.  

There are four pages of LDS Temple matching game sheets. Page 1 and 2 NEEDS to be printed front to back and Page 3 and 4 NEEDS to be printed front to back so that your child can check their answer. There is also one sheet of game pieces with the Temple names as well. 

I also found these Special Witness cards that can be used to learn more about the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  


You can find the link HERE to download these cards.

I also really like these Article of Faith word searches from Our Hands, His Hands
It is a great way to teach the Articles of Faith.

You can find more printables and activities on my previous post LDS Quiet Binders. If you have any questions, please let me know. I am happy to help. 

March 26, 2016

FREE Easter Peeps treat tags

Easter sneaked up on me this year and so if you are like me, looking for a last minute gift idea, I have a simple solution. I love designing my own things, so for some of our youth at my church, I made these adorable Easter treat tags to attach to Peeps candy. It took me a total of 10 minutes to put 16 treat bags together and I am excited to give them to our youth.


I also made another version that says "to one of my favorite Peeps"

These FREE PRINTABLE  Easter Peep tags have 10 to a page. 
 If you want the tags bigger, you can right click on the pictures above and save. 

Happy Easter!

December 2, 2015

Free preschool lesson unit: Five senses of Christmas part 3

This is part 3 of 3 for a free preschool lesson unit on the five senses of of Christmas.
Part 1 can be found here and here is a link to Part 2.

So far we learned about sight, taste, and hear. Part 3 is about touch and smell.

I CAN TOUCH PRESENTS AND BOWS
 I begin with reading One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler
This story is about a cute little hedgehog who wake up on a snowy Christmas to find a present front Father Christmas. But Hedgehog prickles get in the way and it won't fit. Then he had a wonderful idea and it return got the greatest present of all. This book is also a touch and feel book so it fits perfectly with out lesson unit.

Other books
Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish by Rebecca Harry

 Ten little Christmas presents by Jean Marzollo

Pip and Squeak by Ian Schoenherr

Activities
P is for Presents
Cover the letter P with Christmas bows
DOWNLOAD the letter P template HERE

Bow color sort 

Bow parachute

Writing letters to Santa

Present Etiquette

I CAN SMELL GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Gingerbread Man Poem
and Gingerbread Man story props from Kiz Club


Activities
Gingerbread Cookie Bakery Chant
This cute chant was adapted from Little Hands, Big Work
There are a 11 colors in this PRINTABLE
Have your kids sit in a circle with the gingerbread cookies in the middle. Choose one child to go first and repeat the bakery chant, help identify the color if needed and repeat as many times as you would like, giving each child a turn,

Simple paper gingerbread houses
DOWNLOAD this  gingerbread house TEMPLATE
Have several different paper stripes for the the kids to choose from for the trim and then I used a once inch circle paper punch for the circles. 

Glue the shapes on the gingerbread man

Make gingerbread cookies

That completes the five senses of Christmas preschool unit. 
Have a Merry Christmas!


November 29, 2015

Free preschool lesson unit: Five senses of Christmas part 2

This is part 2 of 3 for a free preschool lesson unit on the fives senses of Christmas. 
Part 1 can be found here. Here is the link to Part 3

I CAN TASTE CANDY CANES
To begin our day for I can taste candy canes,  we read the book Katie the Candy Cane Fairy by Make Believe Ideas.

This is story is about Katie a fairy who performs a Christmas show with her fairy sisters each year. They depend on candy canes to make their show magical but then one day their candy canes disappear. They decide to go on a search to find new ones and figure out a way if they can still perform a magical show without depending on their candy canes.

Activities that go with the book
Disappearing candy candy stripes science experiment from Play dough to Plato

Go on a Candy cane hunt and then danced and sing with your candy canes to any Christmas song. 

Other activities
Paper clip candy canes
There are 4 sets with 12 total patterns. 
You can DOWNLOAD the candy cane patterns HERE.

Edible Peppermint ornaments from Hello Homebody

Candy cane play dough from Growing a Jeweled Rose


I CAN HEAR CHRISTMAS BELLS
We begin with reading  the book Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton 
This book is about the pigs, chickens, cows, rhinos, and other animals who come to celebrate Christmas in a loudly way. 

Activities
Jingle bell toss: Grab your jingle bells, stand behind a line, and starting tossing the bells into a bucket, bowl, or whatever container you would like.

Counting Jingle bells 1-12
Click HERE to download this free bell printable with numbers 1-12.

Jingle Jingle Little Bell Lyrics and Action
Free printable can be DOWNLOAD HERE

Christmas bell countdown
Christmas bell template with poem can be DOWNLOADED HERE

Musical bell or pip chime music
My son was having a hard time with remembering numbers so I added a piece of paper with a color to the each chime. It is much easier for him to play.

I then took two Christmas songs and created pipe chime music sheet with colors rather than numbers. The two songs I choose were Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer and Away in a Manger.  Musical Pipes is a website I like to use get free pipe chime music.


This pipe chime music is 3 pages.

This pipe chime music is 1 page.

FREE DOWNLOAD
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer pipe chime music
Away in a Manger pipe chime music

The next post will be part 3 and the last of this lesson unit. It will be I CAN TOUCH PRESENTS AND BOWS AND I CAN SMELL GINGERBREAD COOKIES.