Gingerbread Preschool Activities

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Activities and ideas for a Gingerbread Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy Gingerbread Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequencing fun gingerbread stories like 'Gingerbread Man' or 'Gingerbread Baby' (links at the end of this post).
  2. Creating a Class Book about out running the gingerbread man.  "Run, run as fast as I can, {student's name} can outrun the gingerbread man!". Students draw a picture of themselves running faster than the gingerbread man.
  3. Go on a Gingerbread Hunt.  Bake a gingerbread man ahead of time and tell students that it is waiting in the oven.  Start a scavenger hunt at the oven, leading through the school, using written clues.
  4. Gingerbread 5 Senses: bring in gingerbread cookies for students to sample.  Use your 5 senses to to describe how the cookies look, smell, sound, feel and taste.
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art gingerbread themed preschool activities

  1. Decorate a cardboard house shape to look like a gingerbread house using puffy paints, sequins, candies and anything else you would like to add.
  2. Make a batch of gingerbread scented playdough and roll and cut gingerbread men with cookie cutters.
  3. Paint with gingerbread scented paint by adding cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves to the paint.
  4. Make cinnamon dough ornaments by mixing applesauce and cinnamon until a dough forms. Roll, cut out shapes and let dry for several days. 
  5. Cut gingerbread men from sandpaper and use cinnamon sticks and rub on sandpaper to add a scent.  Then, add eyes, buttons and other embelishments.
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math gingerbread themed preschool activities

  1. Make gumdrop patterns using colored gumdrop candies.
  2. Using a balance scale weigh gingerbread cookies and compare the weights.
  3. Count acorns to practice 1-1 correspondence.
  4. Do some action patterns and pretend to be a gingerbread man getting away.  Run fast, hide, run fast, hide.... or tip toe, jump, tip toe, jump.
  5. Create a salt tray by mixing a cup of salt with 2 tsp each of allspice, ginger and cinnamon. Place in a shallow tray and add a paintbrush.  Encourage students to practice writing numerals in the salt tray - shake gently to erase.
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Gingerbread themed sensory tub

Create a fun sensory bin ready for little working hands by combining a bag of rice with 1/2tbs each of water, vanilla and cinnamon.  Let dry.  Add scoops, ice cube trays, funnels, measuring cups, gingerbread cookie cutters and other gingerbread accessories. 

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Our Favorite gingerbread preschool Books

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
Ten Tiny Gingerbread Men by Tiger Tales


Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Man by Mara Alperin


Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett


The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

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Farm Preschool Activities

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Activities and ideas for a Farm Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy FARM Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequence fun farm stories like 'Mrs. Wishy Washy Farm' or 'Rosie's Walk' (links at the end of this post).
  2. Hide toy farm animals inside a toy barn. Give the class clues as to what animal is inside by using this format: It starts /beginning sound/ and rhymes with /rhyming word/.  For example: It starts /p/ and rhymes with wig - it's a pig!
  3. Sort animals that live on a farm and animals that live in the zoo.
  4. Read 'Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm', then create an animal wash station.  Fill three buckets with mud, soapy water and clear water. Give students plastic toy farm animals, scrub brushes and towels to dry.
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art farm themed preschool activities

  1. Paint with plastic farm animals.  What 'footprints' are made?
  2. Make tractor track art by rolling a toy tractor in brown paint and paint on a large piece of paper.
  3. Farm collage with animals cut from magazines.
  4. Gather straw or hay in a bundle, put a rubber band around it to make a handle.  Paint with the hay paintbrush onto paper.
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math farm themed preschool activities

  1. Sort and pattern small toy farm animals.
  2. Count small toy farm animals onto farm numeral mats (photo below)
  3. Create a class graph representing the classes favorite farm animal.
  4. Use a balance scale to see which plastic farm animals are the heaviest.
  5. Play a farm cover up game by creating a gameboard up to 6. Students take turns rolling the die.  Cover the numeral rolled with a farm animal.  See photo below:
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farm themed sensory tub

Create a fun sensory bin ready for little working hands by combining oats, small farm animals and toy tractors.  Add scoops, ice cube trays, funnels and measuring cups for added fun!

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Our Favorite farm preschool Books

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Farming by Gail Gibbons

National Geographic Kids: Farm Animals
Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle


Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon


Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming


Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae

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Pumpkins and Apples Preschool Activities

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Activities and ideas for a Pumpkin and Apple Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy pumpkin and apple Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Read the story '10 Apples Up on Top' (link below) and see how many beanbag 'apples' each student can balance on top of their head.
  2. Sequence the life cycles of a pumpkin and apple after reading non-fiction books like: 'Apples for Everyone' and 'Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie'.
  3. Open up a pumpkin and apple.  Talk about what is seen on the insides of both of these fruits.  Compare how they are alike and different.
  4. Provide students with child hammers and golf tees to hammer into the side of a pumpkin.  Add a alphabet component by writing letters on the pumpkin and have children hammer certain letters. 
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art apple and pumpkin themed preschool activities

  1. Add pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to orange paint to create pumpkin pie scented paint.
  2. Cut apples in half to use as stamps.  Dip the apples in paint and stamp on paper.
  3. Create playdough apples and pumpkins by rolling dough and adding a stem.
  4. Use a dry-erase marker to draw on the outside of a real pumpkin - erase with a baby wipe.
  5. Pull pumpkin seeds out of the pumpkin, clean and let dry.  Paint the pumpkin seeds and glue to paper to make a mosaic.
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math pumpkin and apple themed preschool activities

  1. Sort apples (or pom pom balls) by color - red, yellow and green.
  2. Create an Apple Tasting Testing Graph after tasting three colors of apples.
  3. Count acorns to practice 1-1 correspondence.
  4. Make crockpot applesauce and have students help by measuring the ingredients.
  5. Buy a package of pumpkin table scatter with different colors (small plastic pumpkins - found at craft stores) and practice sorting and patterning with the pumpkins.
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pumpkin science experiment

For this experiment gather: 4 clear cups, water, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, dish soap and candy pumpkins.  Fill the four cups with the four liquids: soapy water, plain water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Talk about each of the liquids and what we use them for. Place several candy pumpkins in each cup.  Talk as a class about what might happen if the candy sits in the cups for a while.  Make predictions and come back and check your predications!

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apple themed sensory tub

Create this apple sensory bin by combining dry oats, dry green lentils and fake apples.  Add scoops, measuring cups, funnels and bowls to enhance play.

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Our Favorite pumpkin & apple preschool Books

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Suess

Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum

Apples by Gail Gibbons


Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll

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Autumn Preschool Activities

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Activities and ideas for an Autumn Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy Autumn Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequencing fun fall stories like 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves'or 'Run Turkey Run' (links at the end of this post).
  2. Creating a Class Book about being a Scarecrow.  "Scarecrow, Scarecrow, scary as can be! You scared a ____________, but you can't scare me!". Fill in something the scarecrow scared and draw a picture of it.
  3. Go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt.  Write names of fall items to find and draw a picture next to them.  Can you find all the items on your list when you go hunting outside?
  4. Labeling a scarecrow: bring a scarecrow into class. Work as a group to listen for the beginning sounds of the parts of the scarecrow. For example, his hat starts with the 'h' sound.  Write an 'H' on a sticky note and stick it to his hat.
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art autumn themed preschool activities

  1. Paint with leaves that you found on a leaf hunt (after reading the book 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt').
  2. Create a leaf man out of real leaves and use markers and googly eyes to embellish after reading the story 'Leaf Man'.
  3. Paint with pumpkin pie spice scented paint.  Just mix a little pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon into some orange paint.
  4. Create clay turkeys using brown clay, googly eyes, fake feathers and orange pipe cleaners for the feet and beak.
  5. Do some leaf rubbings - traditional, yet fun!
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math autumn themed preschool activities

  1. Sort leaves (real or fake) by shape and/or color.
  2. Using a balance scale weigh pumpkins and compare the weights (could use gourds and acorns too).
  3. Count acorns to practice 1-1 correspondence.
  4. Do some oral sound patterns.  Gobble quiet, gobble loud, gobble quiet, gobble loud - creating a sound pattern.
  5. Play a Turkey Race game using a die, number line to 20 and two clothespins decorated as turkeys. In this two player game- each child gets a turkey. He or she rolls the dice and moves his/her turkey that many numerals on the board (starting at 1). When it is the players turn again, he or she rolls the die and move that many spaces from where he last landed.  Who can make it to 20 first?
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autumn themed sensory tub

Create a fun sensory bin ready for little working hands by combining dry beans of different types and fake feathers.  Add scoops, ice cube trays, funnels and measuring cups and watch the magic unfold!

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Our Favorite Autumn preschool Books

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas

I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro

Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert


Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by
Margaret Sutherland


Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler


Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr

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Create the Perfect Preschool Class Schedule

Creating a class schedule can be one of the most important plans you create for you preschool classroom.  Setting up your day to run smoothly takes some thought and consideration.

I mean you don't want your kiddos losing control at whole group time or getting 'hangry' because snack time is too far away!  Today I'm sharing my class schedule with you and also a workbook  for creating the perfect class schedule!

The schedule above was the class schedule for my pre-k class for 2 days a week last year.  After a couple of tweeks and changes, this was the final schedule and it worked great for us.

With planning out my class schedules, I always like to take into account the time we have together, the age and attention spans of my students, the must-do's (lunch, Jesus time).

If you need some help planning out your schedule, please feel free sign up for my free workbook: Creating the Perfect Preschool Class Schedules. 

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Create the Perfect Preschool Schedule


 

Also, feel free to grab this freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to create a cute printable of your schedule :)