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Friday, December 31, 2010

PROPS~SORTERS~COUNTERS STORAGE IDEAS


PROPS, SORTERS AND COUNTERS STORAGE IDEAS

I have accumulated a lot of items to count, sort and use as props. There is no limits on what I classify a prop as. I can find them in many places such as:

wood shapes from Craft Stores
buttons from crafting stores
erasers from school supply stores
beads from school supply stores
hair accessories from any store
counters from school supply stores
shells from beaches
necklace props from oriental trading
stickers from the dollar store
dinosaurs from Dollar General
coins from any store or bank
jar lids to recycle from jars
plastic candy canes from christmas sections
cars from Walmart
blocks from any store
rattles, binkys from maternity stores
foam shapes from any craft store
letters and numbers from any store
puzzle pieces from any store
farm animals from any store
gem stones from any Walmart
mini fruits from any store
mini vegetables from any store
acorns from Walmart
sticks from outside trees
Pinecones from Walmart
printable cards found on internet
thread spools recycled from thread
beans from any store
noodles from any store
small balls from any store
candy from any store
froot loops from any store

The ideas are endless. The best place I like to look is at Deals Dollar Store in the hair accessory isle. I cut them off of decorated rubber bands. They are so unique. I found so many different ones. One I found is little plastic tena shoes and they are the childrens most favorite.

I store all of our props in recycled juice containers. Its seems like the easiest way for me the past 20 years in working with children. Other ideas can be envelopes, ziplock baggets, cans, small boxes, etc... The ideas are endless like searching for them.

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Learning Mat (INSIDE OR OUTSIDE) EASY STORAGE IDEAS

Learning Mat (INSIDE OR OUTSIDE) easy to make

Weve been working on things found inside and outside so I made this learning mat out of construction paper. I labeled the top and split it into two catergories. I cut this one down to fit into a binders. Here is what they look like, this is my creative curriculum binder.


I keep them in the binders so they are done and I just pull them as we use those skills.

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Valentines Textured and non texture Basket Sorting printable

Valentines Textured and non texture Basket Sorting printable

I designed this activity to teach textured from non textured in a fun themed way.
Print off, laminate, cut apart and place in one pulling basket. Have to other trays, baskets
or sorting containers. One labeled textured or bumpy and smooth or non-textured.
Child sorts until all the cards are  into the correct baskets.

Hint: Adding a picture of the finished task is what I do.

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CANDY KISSES (Montessori Tray Work) printable puzzles


CANDY KISSES (Montessori Tray Work) printable puzzles

I designed these to add to my Creative Montessori Trays at our Daycare Center. These will be offered next week and I wanted to share them with you for your children. These should be printed, laminated, cut apart and places in a basket or holding tray. The children pull the pieces to form all the colorful puzzles. When finished, they can repeat to build color skills. When done, they can place back in the basket and return to the Montessori choices from the shelves.

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1 TO 23 LADYBUG BANDAIDES SEQUENCING CARDS FOR trays

1 TO 23 LADYBUG BANDAIDES SEQUENCING CARDS FOR trays

I designed these to teach my children how to sequence from 1 to 23 and left to right. We printed these ladybug cards, laminated, cute them apart and added each one to a craft stick. We added them to our Montessori Trays for choices on skills.

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POSITION FISH CARDS printable

POSITION CARDS: FISH PRINTABLE

I designed these POSITION CARDS to teach children to reognize details in cards, counting, building memory skills and small muscle skills. Print off two sets of the cards, laminate, cut one set of cards apart if you would like and leave the other on your montessori tray so the child can pull from a dish and find the matching card. Or cut up both sets and have them find matches putting them in one dish when done.



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SCARECROWS on CLEARANCE 2


SCARECROWS ON CLEARANCE 2:

I was watching Walmarts Clearance on their Fall items and I lucked out in getting these 8.00 regular price SCARECROWS for 3.00 a piece. There was about 50 and I managed to get these last 3 to add to our dramatic play area. These are really well made and the children are just thrilled to have them.

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Wreaths on Clearance (for sensory table)




WREATHS ON CLEARANCE (for sensory table)


I found these 10.00 wreaths marked down to 1.80 at Dollar General Store where we live. I had my on on them when they were marked down to 5.00 which is half but I wanted to get a better deal on them. So, I would check everyday to see if they would go on clearance further. And last week, there they were, just waiting for me to come and get them. There were three at the beginning but I got the last two and I am so happy to add these to our sensory table area for the children to feel and explore for colors, shapes and different flowers.

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sharing~OUR SENSORY TABLE FOR JANUARY 2011

SHARING~OUR SENSORY TABLE FOR JANUARY 2011

I wanted to share a little more about our Daycare Center. This is our Sensory Table I put out last night for the children for Monday when they come back to school. The children hands on explore the sensory materials that they helped me prepare. We have our:

1.) Textured Sensory Playdough bean feel art board
2.) Textured Sensory Playdough feel art board
3.) Playdough Fossils we made that are textured
4.) A fall leaf wreath with beautiful fall colors on it
5.) Seasshells they can feel and compare in colors, sizes and textures
6.) Fabric Material Sticks
7.) Texture handmade orbs
8.) Homemade maple blocks
9.) X Large Sensory orbs made from egg cartons
10.) Shapes on the wall to learn and colors as well
11.) Jewerly Sensory rounds to feel and touch

Even though I have just discovered the blogging world in the past few months, I want to thank all of my followers and friends I have made and wonderful comments I have gotten. I love sharing a little of "OUR WORLD" with each one of you. HAPPY  NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. Lisa:)

TODDLER INTERACTION WITH MAGNETIC NUMBERS AND CANS

TODDLER INTERACTION WITH MAGNETIC NUMBERS AND CANS

While the children were napping, I dediced to put cans and magnets on our tray to see how they interacted with them. Of course they figured out that the magnets will stay on the cans because we have several magnetic centers up in our learning environment but it was neat to see un-structured time and how they react to the materials.

Then I offered this tray to my preschoolers and they quickly copied the number chart on the wall and attached the magnets in the correct order from left to right.

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BALANCING TEDDIES TRAY


BALANCING TEDDIES TRAY

Here the children are invited to take each teddy bear and stand them up either on the middle try or in their little teddy cubbies. There is only one color that has enough to fill the cubbies up perfectly and the children figure this out in a short amount of time. Adding little things like this gives them lots of extra math suggestions to think about and explore. This teaches them to balance all items until finished. Start over again to practice this technique.

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OUR COLOR BOXES (RED, BLUE, YELLOW, PURPLE)


OUR COLOR BOXES OF RED, BLUE,YELLOW AND PURPLE

I decided to share some of our color boxes I have put together. I change out the containers to make the childrens experience different each time we learn a color. But, here are some of the colors we have been learning and will be in the next few weeks. Lots of unique items that they can sensory experience. With my toddlers, we do these on the carpet together and share each item, talk about it, what it feels like, what we do with it, what it reminds us of, things to relate them to the color and everyday life experiences.

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STORING ALL MY MONTESSORI MANIPULATIVES (my system i like)


STORING ALL MY MONTESSORI MANIPULATIVES
(MY SYSTEM I LIKE)

I purchased these metal paper sorting centers years ago from I believe it was viking.com   I ordered the white bins from Discount School Supply. I put them together and they take up less space and look so organized. They look like the day I bought them and have lasted as I wanted. They come in sets and then you attach them with screws  and can be stacked as you need or placed side by side. I also use some for keeping my important forms sorted as I need to use them. I also have a set labeled with each childs items in them to keep crayons, scissors, etc. organized. Very durable.

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Shaker idea from Walmart (JEWELS IN TEXTURED SHAKER)

Shaker idea from Walmart items

I was walking though Walmart a few weeks ago, down the kitchen and utensils isle and I seen this container. I thought the texture on it was amazing for my toddler and preschoolers for our sensory house and activities.So, I bought one. Then I went back to crafts and found these jewels. The larger jewels we hung in our sensory house but the smaller ones that were to little to string, I added to this textured box. I believe it was a holder for corn holders and I just wanted to box. I tossed the corn  holders in my kitchen drawer.

This has been the best shaker full of diamonds. Each child touches it, holds it, shakes it, hides it, shares it, imagines with it and then it goes back in the sensory basket. Definetly going to get more soon.

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HomeMade Shakers for Music Time (recycled candy containers)

HomeMade Shakers for Music Time

I have had these little egg cartons for years for our bead transfering activities. These are extra ones. At one of the holidays, candy came in these and I kept them for one rainy day creative activity. We were making our beading activitiy trays yesterday and I put some shakers together and we used them during our music time. They were a big hit. So, the next time you see some, you can make these.

They also make great learning activities because when they shake them, the beads, some come out of their little bead homes and using their little muscles by moving the container back and fourth, they can get them all back where they belong. So, we got two activities in one.

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Science Exploring Reptiles through Clear Cassette Tape Containers

SCIENCE EXPLORING REPTILES

I have been wondering what to do with all of these cassette tape cases so after pondering a while, I started adding our smaller animals to them to put in our science center. The children absolutely love looking through this and picking them up. They store easy and we leave some out for observation. This has turned out to be a great learning tool for us this week. They easily store in a basket sideways and the children stack and count them as well. Each having their own, its been such a pleasant way to introduce small items that we can now use without getting lost. lol

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

NUMBERS 1 TO 9 AND WORKING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

                              NUMBERS 1 TO 9 AND WORKING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

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Bead Transfer Work (Finger and Spooning)

                                           BEAD TRANSFER WORK (finger and spooning)

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TODDLER (CARPET) SNOWBALL HAND TRANSFER WORK

TODDLER (CARPET) SNOWBALL HAND TRANSFER WORK

I made this so that the toddlers I work with can do this with me during carpet time so they can learn to work from left to right, then we will work on patterns.

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Alphabet Letter to Tray Work



ALPHABET LETTER TO TRAY WORK

I think my toddlers are ready to start working towards recognizing their letters in the alphabet so Im going to introduce this tray in January. I attached letter cubes to my tupperware lids and added colorful letters so they can work from left to right. Having to open the little drawer to get the letters out and close it when done will help build their finger skills.

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My HomeMade Permanence Box (recycled jeans project #4)

My HomeMade Permanence Box

Montessori Inspired

Infants and Toddlers will develop an understanding that the object goes in and comes out the other side focusing on the continuation that objects continue through. For example, when their mom and dad leave for work, they will understand that they will return for them in time.

I made this activity to build muscle skills, eye hand coordination, attention spans, concentration, to build around the children's interests. It is made of felt, a can, box and recycled jeans. The colorful snowballs are put through the top and pulled out the front in the pull slot. This is sure to be a favorite choice in our Montessori Trays next week.

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Interactive Movable Surprise bottles Center (recycled box and bottles)

INTERACTIVE MOVABLE SURPRISE BOTTLES CENTER


I made this center from recycled pizza box, paper towel round cardboard tubes and  recycled washed medicine bottles. The children can take the bottles and move them to the center (which is a recycled q-tip box) or put them in any of the holes they desire. The end result is different on their choosing. On the bottom of the bottles I have hot glued puppy shapes to teach colors and inside each bottle is a small suprise so they can shake them and expore what is going on when their shaken, different noises and things move.

The cost of making this item: FREE. I had all items on hand. How great is that?

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Long and Short Stick Montessori Tray Sorting Work color printable



SHORT AND LONG BASKET WORK

FOR MONTESSORI TRAYS FOR CHILDRENS SORTING SKILLS

I designed these activities so children can sort long and short sticks by colors. These are eye stimulating, improved eye hand coordination, increase attention spans, build left to right skills, build small motor skills as they learn to work in a fun open ended activity where they choose which colors for their placement choices and in which order.

Print, laminate, cut apart and place in a basket on left and offer a two part dish on right or center on your tray. These are free to my blog visitors and not to be sold, produced or included in any body of work in any shape or form for profit. If you want to link to my page that is fine. Leave me a message if you like my work and follow us if you want more manipulative ideas to share with your children. Have a nice day!







Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eye Spy Color 2 bw cards FOR MONTESSORI TRAYS







EYE SPY COLOR 2 BLACK AND WHITE CARDS
FOR MONTESSORI TRAYS

I designed these to have unique matching activities for our Montessori ChildCare Trays.
Print, laminate, cut apart and place in a dish, basket or bag on your Montessori Tray. Child seeks out both cards that match in each 2 card pile until all cards are matched. Then items are placed back on the tray and repeated. Builds visual discrimination, detail recognition, comparison, 2 things can be different but alike and related and matching in pairs.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crinkly Sensory Books (recycled crunchy bags)


CRINKLY SENSORY BOOKS

I made these crinkly sensory books out of different materials like felt, twill, flannel choosing different eye stimulating material that I have collected over the years. I cut a round circle from a small foam plate and cute circles rounds from each of the material making sure I have several of each kind to form double rounds of material. I recycled used plastic inside the two pieces of material by hot gluing the plastic inside and then I used hot glue to keep them together. Sun chips, cookie bags, cereal bags and fruit snacks bags make the best crinkly sounds when children touch them in the books. I also saved my Halloween candy bar wrappers to add different sounds. I seen this see through material at Walmart that added another feeling texture to the touch but kept the picture fine because it was see through like a hard lace material. Then I found these extra large buttons in the button isle at Walmart and attached one to each book to hold them together. I strung several times to make sure they hold well. The children like these a lot.

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PEEKABOO NATURE WINDOW (recycled paper towel rolls)


PEEKABOOK WINDOW:A DIFFERENT LOOK AT NATURE


This is our new textured look out window at our daycare. It took TONS of paper towel rolls to make this. But, well worth the effort. The children each get turns and I lift them up and they look out the window and get that one on one time in which their so excited when its their turn. Encouraging taking turns and sharing their teacher and new window.  This definetly gives a second and unique look at our trees in nature and our pony Zoey. I stapled and glued each paper towel roll together on all sides. It is super sturdy and fits in the window wonderfully.

Take a look at the other views through this unique item. Am I the only teacher that would take time to make this? I wonder sometimes but it is a special place we share now that I am done.

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