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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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{FREE} Christmas Bells Preschool Dot Printabes

Today's free preschool printable is a "B is for Bells" set of dot pages!


These bells dot pages are great for fine motor exercise, beginning sound recognition, letter recognition, and more! You can use dot markers and talk about colors, or just let your kiddos decorate however they like!

Here are a few more ways that we love to use dot pages:

* Fill in the dots with round magnets on a vertical surface (like a door or white board).

* Fill in the dots with pompoms.

* Fill in the dots with markers, paint, or crayons.

* Fill in the dots with fingerpaints.

I'd love to hear how you use this Christmas preschool printable!





This is part of my HUGE series of holiday and winter printables that I am offering this month...It's my Christmas present to you! I'll be putting up a new printable every day until Christmas -- you can find them all HERE! They are all a little different -- some are only one page, some are more, some focus on math skills, some focus on reading skills, some are holiday themed, some are Christmas themed, etc! But, they are all FREE and I hope you love them!!




Happy Educating,
Carla














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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Christmas Science Experiment: Fizzing Stars

This experiment is as much fun to set up as it is to actually test! Christmas stars have been a hot topic here, so a fizzing star experiment was the perfect end to our school day!


We started by making baking soda stars. I was just going to use baking soda and water, but my 6-year old wanted to add soap. He knew that soap makes volcano reactions much more exciting, so...we added soap! We ended up with about two boxes of baking soda, half a cup water, and a huge squirt of dishwashing soap. The ratios are not important--you just need a "dough" that holds its shape. We used a star cookie cutter to make our fizzing stars!


I poured a small beaker of lime kool-aid and another small beaker of vinegar. My daughter pointed out that since it is Christmas time we should color the vinegar red. That way we can have Christmas colors (red and green) and can call it an official Christmas science experiment! I love the way she thinks!



Finally we passed out pipettes, and let the kids get to work! Their challenge was to figure out whether kool-aid or vinegar make a better reaction with baking soda.




They actually had mixed results: half of them thought the kool-aid made a better fizzing star reaction and half of them thought the vinegar was a better reaction! We may have to repeat this experiment again! ;)  (Nobody will complain about fizzing stars experiments after Christmas!)





This week I am joining my friend Sarah from Little Bins With Little Hands to bring you loads of fun STEM activities you can do with Christmas supplies like wrapping paper, tape, cookie cutters, and ribbons! Check out our collection here!

















Happy Educating,
Carla


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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{FREE} Holiday Shadow Matching Preschool Printable

Shadow matching cards are one of my signature printables...my kids and I all love them!! So, I am excited to share a new set with you today: holiday themed shadow matching cards!


This fun set has six different pictures in color and six in a black "shadow." Like all my preschool printables, these can be used in many ways!  

Here are a few fun ideas you might want to try:

* Make a file folder game by gluing the color pictures to a file folder. Place the other cards upside down nearby. Pick up a shadow card and find its match on the folder!

* Place all the cards upside down and play a memory game! Take turns turning two cards over at at a time and see if they match!

* Lay all the cards upside down on the table. Race to see who can find the most matches all at once!

* Hide the cards throughout your playroom. Play candy cane hide-n-seek! Who can find the most matches?

What will you do with them? I'd love to know! Feel free to leave me a note, send an email, or stop by my Preschool Powol Packets Facebook page! 




This is part of my HUGE series of holiday and winter printables that I am offering this month...It's my Christmas present to you! I'll be putting up a new printable every day until Christmas -- you can find them all HERE! They are all a little different -- some are only one page, some are more, some focus on math skills, some focus on reading skills, some are holiday themed, some are Christmas themed, etc! But, they are all FREE and I hope you love them!!




Happy Educating,
Carla











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{FREE} Candy Cane Matching Cards Preschool Printable

It's time for another free preschool printable! Today we are have a preschool Christmas printable: colorful candy cane matching cards!



These candy cane cards go great with a candy cane theme, Christmas theme, winter theme, or just for holiday fun!

They are perfect for recognizing colors, spotting patterns, recognizing similarities and differences, and playing games!

Here are a few fun ideas you can try:

* Lay all the cards upside down and play a memory game! Take turns flipping over two cards at at a time and see if they match!

* Glue half the cards to a file folder. Place the other cards upside down around the folder. Choose an upside down card, flip it over, and find its match on the folder! We love file folder games!

* Deal out all the cards to each player. Check your own cards to see if you have any matches. Take turns asking other players for matches.

* Lay all the cards upside down on the table. Race to see who can find the most matches all at once!

* Hide the cards throughout your playroom. Play candy cane hide-n-seek! Who can find the most matches?

What will you do with them? I'd love to know! Feel free to leave me a note, send an email, or stop by my Preschool Powol Packets Facebook page!








This is part of my HUGE series of holiday and winter printables that I am offering this month...It's my Christmas present to you! I'll be putting up a new printable every day until Christmas -- you can find them all HERE! They are all a little different -- some are only one page, some are more, some focus on math skills, some focus on reading skills, some are holiday themed, some are Christmas themed, etc! But, they are all FREE and I hope you love them!!




Happy Educating,
Carla













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Wrapping Paper Bell Races Christmas STEM Activity

Christmas wrapping paper tubes + fun jingle bells = awesome STEM activity that your kids can do over and over and over...



I love STEM activities and science investigations that take less than 30 seconds to prepare, but keep the kiddos engaged for 30 minutes (or more!): I love that they are learning and growing and developing more neural connections at their own pace, I love that they are excited and engaged in the learning process, and I love that it took practically no effort on my part! (Click here to learn more about how kids learn.)

These wrapping paper bell races use qualitative physics and math concepts to complete the challenges. Even high school kiddos could use these same activities to accompany calculations of speed, velocity, time, potential energy, kinetic energy, and more!  You can even discuss forms of energy (especially potential, mechanical, sound, and heat) with elementary kiddos!

The concept is simple: you just drop the bell (or use a ball or marble if you're not into the constant jingling!) into the top of the wrapping paper tube and watch it come out the bottom. It becomes more fun when you add the STEM Challenges:

1- What is the farthest distance you can get the bell to travel after it falls out of the bottom of the tube? (Use a ruler or tape measure!)

2- What is the slowest you can get the bell out of the tube? (Use a timer!)

3- Can you make the bell fall silently? (Use whatever you can find!)

My daughter added an additional challenge:

4- What is the most beautiful set up you can make?

We started out just dropping the bells in the Christmas wrapping paper tubes, and measuring and timing the results.








Then things started to get more interesting. The kids decided they would get better results with a longer, steeper tube.





In the end, this set up won the "Best Tunnel Award" for throwing the bells the fathest distance:


And this won the "Most Beautiful Design Award:"


The best part about this project is that it appeals to so many ages. There really is something for everyone--I think that is typical of a lot of STEM projects.

Here is a quick breakdown of some of the STEM subjects it incorporates:

SCIENCE: problem solving, scientific method, predicting, testing, and analyzing, types of energy, simple machines

TECHNOLOGY: using stopwatches

ENGINEERING:  building and designing the most efficient tunnels

MATH: measuring distance and time



This week I am joining my friend Sarah from Little Bins With Little Hands to bring you loads of fun STEM activities you can do with Christmas supplies like wrapping paper, tape, and ribbons! Check out our collection here!














Happy Educating,
Carla


I may share at any of these parties!




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