Tuesday, April 21, 2015

God's Happy Campers: Backpack Craft

This week I am sharing some fun activities from my God's Happy Campers unit that teaches little learners the story of the Good Samaritan.  Let's begin with the lesson's craft... 

For this Bible lesson we prepared our craft at the beginning of the class.  Every camper made a backpack and filled it with supplies to take with us on our camping trip.  Some of the supplies in the pack would be used to teach the lesson of the Good Samaritan. 

To make the bag begin by folding the top portion of the bag down and tracing a semi-circle from corner to corner.  Unfold the bag and cut of the line.
Next, cut off the side tabs to create a bag with only front and back flaps.
 To put straps on the bag, punch four holes on the corners of the back portion of the bag.
 Tie ribbon in the top and bottom holes to create straps and measure for each child if needed.  
Finally, have the children color and cut the supplies to place in their backpack.
 And, then each camper is all set and ready to begin our God's Happy Campers Bible Lesson!
You can find this resources and other resources for this lesson {here}.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse: Earth Day Song FREEBIE!

Earth Day is just a couple of days away and I wanted to share this {simple song} you can teach your little ones...
If you enjoy this song and need some other Earth Day resources be sure to check out my activity pack!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alphabet Garden: Letter Hunt FREEBIE

I love working with my sweet pre-k kiddos and it is so much fun thinking up activities to help them practice their letters.  I picked up these adorable carrots at Target before Easter, filled them with alphabet dice I found at Hobby Lobby and some dry black beans.

We began our time together by saying our Alphabet Chant and then the kiddos went on to find the letters of the alphabet.  This is a great small group or literacy center for the spring and

You can grab the printable I used {here} or by clicking the image below.  ENJOY!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

He Has Risen: Interactive Bible Craft

This past week we reviewed Jesus' death, burial and resurrection in our Bible class, here's what we did...
{ARRIVAL}  We started class just like every week, the first 8-10 minutes of class the children come in and play with toys that are laid out on the table. It is a great time to reinforce how God wants us to treat our friends. It also gives me time to talk to the little ones about their day, welcome visitors and finish up prepping any materials (I cut paper plates in half and attached the "He has risen" circle to the plates during this time).
{INTRODUCTION} We then met on the carpet to discuss why we come to Bible class and sing and talk about our bibles.  We open our class praying together by having a circle prayer.  We continued to discuss things that we pray for (family, thanks, help, etc.)  I told the children that we were going to be reading two stories during our class and that the first story was going to be very sad, but the next story was going to be very happy.  

{LESSON PART 1} We read the first story of our class time which was Jesus' arrest and death in the The Beginner’s Bible.  We talked about how some people did not like Jesus and that everyone who loved Jesus liked we do was so sad.The children then went to a table to color the 3 crosses and we continued to talk about how God sent Jesus to die on the cross because he loves us so very much.  As the children finished coloring I stapled the crosses to the top of one of the halves of the paper plate.
{LESSON PART 2} Then, we read the second story of our class time which was Jesus' resurrection in the The Beginner’s Bible.  We talked about how God and Jesus knew all along that this was the plan and how we are thankful everyday that Jesus died and rose again!  The children then went to a table to color the angel and Jesus and we put together the rest of the craft by gluing the angel to on top of the tomb and Jesus alive on the inside. You can grab the printables needed to make this craft {here}. 
{CLOSING} To end the class, we then reenacted the story of Jesus' resurrection together using the craft.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

iTeach Kinder: Win It Wednesday

I am so excited to share my first blog post over at the collaborative iTeach Kinder blog!  I am beyond thrilled to be teaming up with over 30 talented kindergarten teachers to share ideas, tips, giveaways and much more!  

Today, I posted on the iTeach Kinder blog for Win It Wednesday, so be sure to head over there for a chance to win my Writer's Workshop: Getting Started Packet!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Counting Ants Math Game

Time for a fun math center for your little learners.  Spring is in the air and bugs are EVERYWHERE!  Little man loves finding bugs and watching out for ant piles for his little sister, so this activity was a hit for him.  
Simply, print the number mats (1-20 included) and the ant manipulatives or use any bug manipulatives you may have on hand.  
Have your learner identify the number and count out the correct number of ants.  Simply and cute!
This is a great activity to do in a preschool, pre-k, kindergarten or homeschool classroom!
You can find this math activity and many more in my {Bugs: Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Resources}.  ENJOY!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

5,000 Follower Extravaganza GIVEAWAY WINNERS

I had so much fun last week sharing some freebies and giveaways with my amazing followers!  Now it is time to announce the 5 lucky winners! 

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