Applesauce, Kindergarten Style

Along with our apples unit in Kindergarten, we liked to make applesauce!  It’s easy to do, you just need apples, sugar, cinnamon and a crock pot.

So here is our simple recipe:

10 apples

1 cup water

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Peel, core and cut up the apples.  Put in the crock pot and add sugar and water.  Cook until apples are soft, them mash them with a potato masher.  Add cinnamon and stir and your applesauce is ready.  Try adding a dollop of whipped cream on top to make a delicious treat!

 

We sang this little song about making applesauce while we were working.

 

  Applesauce

by Brenda Wilson

(Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

We love making applesauce, applesauce, applesauce.

We love making applesauce, it’s very good to eat!

 

We will peel the apples now, apples now, apples now.

We will peel the apples now and put them in the pot!

 

Add some spice and cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon.

Add some spice and cinnamon to make it taste so good!

 

A little sugar it will take, it will take, it will take.

A little sugar it will take to make it nice and sweet!

 

Then we’ll let it cook all day, cook all day, cook all day.

Then we’ll let it cook all day before we eat it up!

Apples, Apples Everywhere!

I loved doing special theme activities with my Kindergarten kids!  One theme we enjoyed a lot was apples!  We sang about apples, made apple puppets, did art projects about apples, did sizing activities with apples, colored apples, had fun with apple poems, and made applesauce in the classroom, just to name some of the fun we had.  We also carved apple faces to hang in the classroom to dry until October.  We used plastic knives to do the carving. (Make sure to have parent help for this!) We then stuck a craft stick in the bottom of the face for the neck. It was great to see the apples dry and shrivel a little more each day. Then we made apple face witches using a small bottle and fabric.

Here is a little apple counting poem we had some fun with.  We made stick puppets with craft sticks to count the apples along with the poem.

Five Little Apples

By Brenda Wilson

 

Five little apples fell on the kitchen floor…

Nancy picked one up and so there were four.

 

Four little apples hanging on the tree…

Johnny picked an apple and so there were three.

 

Three little apples looking good to Sue…

She ate the biggest one and so there were two

 

Two little apples sitting in the sun…

Nicky ate the reddest one and so there was one.

 

One little apple feeling all alone…

I put him in my pocket and then there were none!

 

I had the children color and cut out these apples and glue or tape them on craft sticks.  Each child did 5 puppets. Then as I read the poem, the children would subtract one apple with each verse.  They had so much fun and they learned a little about subtraction as well!

 

Check out our Apple theme book on our website!

 

Back to School-Pirate Style!

  One of my favorite things about teaching was sending out welcome letters to my new Kindergarten class!  I did many different themes, but the one I loved the most was the pirate theme.  About 2 weeks before school was to begin, I sent the following letter to the children:

 

        Ahoy There,

           Matey!

Come join me, Captain __________________________,

on an ocean adventure of learning.  We will set sail on

____________________________ at ________________O’clock!

 We will visit the exciting lands of Math, Reading,

Writing, and Language.  Along the way we will sing and play

games and have a whopping, great time!

 Be prepared to have fun, or get ready to………….

  Walk the Plank!!!

 I will see you on ___________________ at ________ for our back to school meeting.

Please bring all your gear to stow on the ship.

On the day we set sail, wear your name tag.   You will

get a bandana to wear at the entrance of the ship.  Then, be

prepared to have a year of…………

 Fun, fun, fun!

 

   Along with the letter, I sent a simple eye patch that I had cut out of black felt with yarn strings and a pirate bandanna made from a 24 “ square of fabric cut in half. 

I sent this name tag as well.  They were to wear it on the first day of school.

 

I greeted each child at the door to the classroom with a few gold coins.(chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil) and a bandanna.  I made a pirate ship out of a refrigerator box, and took the childrens’ pictures, several at a time, standing in ship. Throughout the day, we did many fun activities about pirates!  This is the paper bag puppet we made.  We made paper plate pirates as well.

     

                                                                            What a blast!  

I actually had several children wear their eye patch and bandanna the rest of the week.

All in all, this was one of the best first days of Kindergarten ever!

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Unit on Bees!

Here are some fun additions to any bee unit.  The little book is just right for little hands to make and take home.  The stick puppet goes perfectly with any poems or songs you might have.  And then there is the bee paper bag puppet!  It’s good for hours and hours of fun!                                                                                                                    As a teacher, I loved anything that the children could make that would reinforce my unit of study.

 

 

Paper Plate Art

When I was teaching Kindergarten,  I tried to create a display for the wall outside my classroom.  This little fella was used when we did a unit on the ocean.  Our display was of all the life found in the sea, and these crabs were ‘walking the sea floor’.  They were a hit!

Other fun paper plate art:

What Lifts You?

Kelsey Montague is a street artist who creates A W E S O M E  and interactive art.   Kids love it!  Check her out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kelseymontagueart/?hl=en

I decided to do a 5th grade group mural inspired by Kelsey’s art, and it turned out so beautiful and colorful!  We displayed it at our Art Walk so that people could take a picture in front of it.

We started out by looking at Kelsey’s artwork.  (Seriously, go follow her on Instagram. . ) We talked about zentangle and the use of patterns and lines to create variety.  Then the fun began!

Each 5th grader was given a strip of paper (6×18).  I assigned tables to paint tints and shades of a variety of colors.  Each student then painted the middle of their paper with the color, then mixed the color with white for one end, and black for the other.  The goal was to make an ombre effect.

After letting the paint dry, each student used a tracer to cut out a feather.  (You could easily have the kids make their own feather, but I made several unique feather tracers for them to make them all about the same size.  I told the kids to make sure the tips of the feather were the dark part.

Next we rounded up as many white colored pencils as we could find.  White colored pencils are the most under-utilized color, so we were able to round up a lot of them.

 Each student used white pencil to draw zentangle designs on their feather.  We found that this worked best on the darker colors (of course), and yellow didn’t really show the pencil. Oh well! We drew patterns on the yellow anyway!

Next was the hard part. . . Arranging the feathers to look like giant wings.  I did this by hanging black butcher paper and using spray adhesive to attach the feathers.  The spray adhesive didn’t work as well as I hoped, so I had to use tape and/or glue to get them to stick.  If you are hanging the mural onto a wall that can be stapled on, definitely use staples!

And finally the mural was ready to go!  In addition to hanging it at the school for the Art Walk, I took a picture of each 5th grader with it to make a collage for the fifth grade teachers.

This project was definitely a lot of work, but it was all easy work. 🙂  And the results were worth it!

Class Pointers

One of the best things we did in Kindergarten was make a pointer the children could use to point out words, letters, and phrases. The pointers that I made were from small dowel sticks.  I wanted the pointers long enough to reach words on the board or on posters. I also wanted the children to have something fun to ‘read the room’ with. I got most of my ideas from Dr. Jean Feldman’s website,   dr.jean.org 

 

The following are some fun ideas:

Stuff a cotton garden glove with cotton batting, sew three fingers and thumb to the glove and leaving the pointer finger extended.

Spread glue on the last 3 inches of the stick and roll it in glitter to make a magic wand.

Tie curly ribbons to the end of the stick to make a princess wand.

Glue or tape a seasonal toy on the end of the stick.  Toys can be changed with the season .    

Use a small, but bright flashlight to highlight the word or phrase.                                  

Cut a hole in the middle of a new fly swatter to swat and frame the word or letter.       

Get a fake, green witch finger from the novelty store and stick it to the end of the dowel stick for the month of October.     

Tape a bubble wand on the end of the dowel stick.                                                       

Glue glittered hearts on the dowel for February.                                                            

A large wiggly eye glued to the end of the dowel would be fun for the kids to ‘see’ the word.

Glue or tape a lion or a lamb on the stick for the month of March. Use the one that pertains to the weather for the day.                                 

Smaller pointers can be made with craft sticks, novelty pencils, wooden spoons and rulers.

 

As a Kindergarten teacher, I loved making the pointers, and the children loved using them!

 

Paper Bag Puppet Fun!

 Our Kindergarten class had more fun making paper bag puppets and using them with songs and poems.  The puppets were made with a small paper bag, just right for a child’s  arm and hand.  Here are some of the puppets we made and the poems we used them with.

 Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!  Here’s a song and a  cute little bee Puppet!

 

  This cute butterfly would need to be colored yellow and black!

 

Ten little kittens, a counting poem.  We also have kitten stick puppets.

Five Little Lions!  Another counting poem.  We have lion stick puppets, too!

 These puppets are especially fun because the kids get to make and  take!  As in home to play with them for hours!