Oct 252016
 
 October 25, 2016  31 Days of ABCs, Education 2 Responses »

Coding for Kids: X Marks the Spot | Alldonemonkey.com

Often when we think of coding we remember the complicated computer languages that many of us had to struggle through when we were younger. But coding for kids is actually much simpler in the beginning stages and is really all about breaking down a sequence into its smallest parts and putting them into the correct order, or being able to follow a sequence when broken down into these smallest units.

For example, if I tell my son to get ready in the morning, “get ready” really involves a number of small activities: get dressed, brush teeth, wash face, etc. And each of these can be broken down into even smaller parts! When my oldest son took a coding class in kindergarten last year, his homework would often consist of taking pictures of these types of sequences and putting them in order. Doesn’t look much like C++ or PHP, but it is actually laying the foundation for these more complicated computer languages.

When I took a coding class in graduate school, one of the hardest things wasn’t so much learning all of the commands but the incredible attention to detail that was required. It wasn’t enough to know the parts of the language, you had to know how to put them together and not miss a single step. Even as I blog in the more simplified html today, I know that leaving off a single / or > in my coding will throw the whole thing off!

So doing seemingly simple activities like the one below helps kids learn how to put together sequences made up of discrete units and trains them to pay attention to this level of detail. Beyond that, it can be really fun! Done well, these coding for kids games are challenging but rewarding as kids build on their successes and make patterns that really work.

The coding for kids activity below is based on my son’s homework from his computer class. You can find similar activities on JDaniel4’s Mom. I’ve tried to make the setup as simple as possible, so that it is easy to fit into your busy schedule. I set this up in just a few minutes, but it still provides for many variations of play.

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The activities below can be adjusted for different levels. My preschooler and my 1st grader both enjoyed these games, though my younger son needed a little more help along the way. It was also a great way to reinforce the letter “X,” since this was the goal we were working towards.

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Coding for Kids: X Marks the Spot

You Will Need:

Game pieces, like from chess or Connect 4 Game

Washable Marker

To Set Up:

Line up the game pieces into a grid. Since I had a mix of two colors, I made them into a regular pattern so it would be easier to the boys to visualize and remember. I used the inside of the game box to lay them out.

Using your washable marker, mark one game piece of each color with an “X.”

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Variation 1:

Begin by replacing one of the pieces in the grid with an “X” game piece of the matching color. Help your child write a series of up and down arrows that serve as instructions (an algorithm) to get from the bottom corner of the grid to the “X” (for example, two up arrows then three right arrows). Have them check their algorithm by physically moving their piece through their sequence. Practice this a few times until they are comfortable with it. If they are struggling, first have them physically move their piece and write the algorithm as they go.

Variation 2:

Once they are comfortable with the first variation, have them close their eyes while you replace one of the game pieces with an “X” piece face down. Then write an algorithm for them to follow to reach the “X.” When they have completed it, have them flip over the piece they think is the correct one to see if they are right. They are so excited when they find the hidden “X”!

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Variation 3:

For older children, have them become the game maker by placing the “X” game piece on the grid face down and giving you an algorithm to follow. My 1st grader really enjoyed this. My preschooler liked to just invent an algorithm that we then followed together (without an “X” piece). He needed a little help to make sure he didn’t write a sequence that would take us off the board, but it was still fun!

Have fun with these coding for kids activities and invent your own variations!

31 Days of ABC - October 2016 | Alldonemonkey.com

After taking a break last year due to the arrival of Baby #3, we are back with one of my favorite series, the 31 Days of ABC! You can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their amazing ideas with us in the coming days. And this year for the first year we are also adding a giveaway, so be sure to scroll to the end and enter for a chance to win!

So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!



31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Creating a Preschool Letter of the Week Curriculum

A – October 2

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Apple Scented Glitter Glue and Apple Craft

B – October 3

Witty Hoots: How to Make Fabulous Button Bookmarks

C – October 4

Preschool Powol Packets: Construction Truck Preschool Action Rhyme

D – October 5

ArtsyCraftsyMom: Printable Dinosaur Alphabet Sequencing Puzzle

E – October 6

Preschool Powol Packets: Elephant Art Project and Thailand Lesson

F – October 7

Spanglish Monkey: Spanish-English ABC Flashcards

G – October 8

Royal Baloo: Simple Ghost Painting Project

H – October 9

Peakle Pie: Hide and Seek

I – October 10

Look! We’re Learning!: Insect Activities for Kids

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: Olmec Jaguar Craft

K – October 12

Preschool Powol Packets: I Am a Kite Action Rhyme for Preschool

L – October 13

Raising a Trilingual Child: Letter Learning with a Mult0ilingual Twist

M – October 14

Creative World of Varya

N – October 15

Peakle Pie: Narwhal Fingerprint Pictures

O – October 16

For the Love of Spanish: O es de Oso

P – October 17

Little Hiccups: P is for Places, A Travel ABC Book

Q – October 18

All Done Monkey: Bilingual Letter Craft – Q is for ¿Qué? Q is for Question

R – October 19

Sugar, Spice & Glitter

S – October 20

Crafty Mama in ME: Patterned Paper Plate Snake

T – October 21

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

U – October 22

Witty Hoots: How to Make Awesome Unicorn Headbands

V – October 23

Creative World of Varya

W – October 24

Scribble Doodle and Draw: Winter Letter Craft

X – October 25

All Done Monkey

Y – October 26

Our Daily Craft

Z – October 27

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

123’s – October 28

Hispanic Mama

Prewriting – October 29

Sugar Aunts

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

The Jenny Evolution

Alphabet Clip Cards – October 31

The Kindergarten Connection

Find more great resources in 31 Days of ABCs 2013 and 2014!

Giveaway

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Oct 182016
 

Bilingual Letter Craft: Q is for Que and Question | Alldonemonkey.com

We love simple learning activities, especially ones that do double duty to teach English and Spanish. This bilingual letter craft for “Q” is easy but really makes an impact – plus it’s fun!

Since we are focusing on biliteracy (that is, learning to read and write in both languages), as my preschooler is learning his letters I am making sure he has some examples of words that start with those letters in Spanish. So “C” is not just for car but also calabaza (pumpkin), and so on.

So when we came to the letter “Q,” I came up with this simple bilingual letter craft that works well in English and Spanish. The main point of the lesson is that “Q” turns you into a detective (or scientist). In English, “Q” is for Question, while in Spanish “Q” is for ¿Qué? (What?) So when you ask a question (or say “¿Qué?”) then you are a detective solving a mystery.

First we practiced asking questions and trying to answer them (try to include some silly ones!) and I also had them point to various objects around the room and ask “¿Qué es eso?” (“What is this?”) Again, be sure to encourage some silliness! (They, of course, pointed at each other or the baby: “Qué es eso??” in mock frightened voices).

After a bit of this, we did our bilingual letter craft, where the “Q” is designed to look like a magnifying glass.

Bilingual Letter Craft: Q is for ¿Qué? and Question

Materials:

Cardstock or thin cardboard

Scissors

Tape or glue

Markers (optional)

Instructions:

For each student, cut out a circle and a stick to form the letter “Q.” (You can also have the students practice their cutting skills but cutting out these shapes themselves). You can vary the size of the letters, but you want them at least as large as a magnifying glass. (We made ours quite a bit bigger).

Have the students tape or glue the stick into the correct position to make the letter “Q.” The stick should be mostly on the outside of the circle, so that it looks like a handle for the magnifying glass.

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Pretending to investigate an “injury”

Bilingual Letter Craft: Q is for Que and Question | Alldonemonkey.com

That’s it! Be sure to let them have fun being detectives and scientists with their “Q” magnifying glasses.

31 Days of ABC - October 2016 | Alldonemonkey.com

After taking a break last year due to the arrival of Baby #3, we are back with one of my favorite series, the 31 Days of ABC! You can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their amazing ideas with us in the coming days. And this year for the first year we are also adding a giveaway, so be sure to scroll to the end and enter for a chance to win!

So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!



31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Creating a Preschool Letter of the Week Curriculum

A – October 2

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Apple Scented Glitter Glue and Apple Craft

B – October 3

Witty Hoots: How to Make Fabulous Button Bookmarks

C – October 4

Preschool Powol Packets: Construction Truck Preschool Action Rhyme

D – October 5

ArtsyCraftsyMom: Printable Dinosaur Alphabet Sequencing Puzzle

E – October 6

Preschool Powol Packets: Elephant Art Project and Thailand Lesson

F – October 7

Spanglish Monkey: Spanish-English ABC Flashcards

G – October 8

Royal Baloo: Simple Ghost Painting Project

H – October 9

Peakle Pie: Hide and Seek

I – October 10

Look! We’re Learning!: Insect Activities for Kids

J – October 11

All Done Monkey: Olmec Jaguar Craft

K – October 12

Preschool Powol Packets: I Am a Kite Action Rhyme for Preschool

L – October 13

Raising a Trilingual Child: Letter Learning with a Multilingual Twist

M – October 14

Creative World of Varya

N – October 15

Peakle Pie: Narwhal Fingerprint Pictures

O – October 16

For the Love of Spanish: O es de Oso

P – October 17

Little Hiccups: P is for Places, A Travel ABC Book

Q – October 18

All Done Monkey

R – October 19

Sugar, Spice & Glitter

S – October 20

Crafty Mama in ME

T – October 21

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

U – October 22

Witty Hoots

V – October 23

Creative World of Varya

W – October 24

Creative World of Varya

X – October 25

All Done Monkey

Y – October 26

Our Daily Craft

Z – October 27

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

123’s – October 28

Hispanic Mama

Prewriting – October 29

Sugar Aunts

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

The Jenny Evolution

Alphabet Clip Cards – October 31

The Kindergarten Connection

Find more great resources in 31 Days of ABCs 2013 and 2014!

Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win this great prize package, open internationally!

Kidloland

3 month subscription to the Kidloland app, which includes 575+ interactive nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and educational activities to help children learn ABCs, animals, fruits, vegetables, shapes and more!

Alphabet Experts Mega Bundle: 31 Days of ABC Giveaway

The Alphabet Experts Mega Bundle from Kindergarten Connections contains 500+ of alphabet printables, including tons of activities for each letter of the alphabet! ($58.50 value)

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Oct 012016
 
 October 1, 2016  31 Days of ABCs, Literacy 2 Responses »

Creating a Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum | Alldonemonkey.com

When I participated in a preschool co-op several years ago, we decided that the easiest way to organize it would be to follow the letters of the alphabet. Learning the alphabet is a building block of reading, and it roughly matched the number of weeks we would be meeting during the school year. Creating a letter of the week preschool curriculum is easy and fun! Here are some ideas based on our experiences.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the Kidloland app for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.

Creating a Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum

We found that it was easiest to have set sections for our preschool curriculum, so that the children knew what to expect and it was easy for us to plan ahead. We always started with circle time (which included a welcome song and review of the calendar) before starting with our Letter of the Week activities. Below are some Letter activities to consider for your preschool curriculum. These balance interactive activities with those where the children practice being quiet and listening. Those activities that you do not have time to include in your class you could suggest that parents do at home.

Bulletin Board: Create a Letter of the Week bulletin board, decorated with that week’s letter at the top. Children can then take turns pinning either flashcards or photos from magazines of objects that start with that letter. This is a great way to start off the lesson, so that children get a sense right away of how the letter sounds and where it can be found.

Alligator: To reinforce the vocabulary, we borrowed this super cute alphabet alligator, but rather than having children pull out letter cards, we had them pull out objects that started with that letter (sometimes including letter cards or foam letters). So for “C” you might have a toy car and a cup, for example. To make it even more interactive, we asked that each child bring several objects from home to contribute to the alligator that week.

Story: This was always my favorite! Choose a story that showcases a word starting with the letter of the week. Choose your story carefully so it is clear which word and letter are being featured.

Song: Oh wait, this was my favorite! I loved doing the songs with them about something starting with the letter of the week. Include movement, if possible, especially if you are doing the song right after story time. So for example, we pretended to be elephants balancing on a string for this fun elephant song (in English and Spanish!)

Activity/Game: As the mother of two active boys, I feel strongly about including at least one game or activity in the preschool curriculum, such as a letter scavenger hunt (where you hide foam letters) or this letter D game. We did this just before our break, as it often ended in the kids running around the room! We would then let them run off some of their energy while we prepared snack, and the food was usually enough of a draw to bring them to the table to settle back down.

Sensory: Another great way to help kids re-focus is to do a sensory activity, like a sensory bin with objects or letter shapes hidden inside or writing the letter in sand or shaving cream. Kids love it, and it’s great for pre-writing skills and letter recognition.

Craft: Of course, you have to include a craft! There are so many cute alphabet crafts and coloring pages to explore. I especially love ones that incorporate the letter itself, such as making a letter “Z” that is striped like a zebra. Be aware that you may have to adjust the craft for different levels of interest. We had several girls in our group that adored crafts. We made sure to have plenty of supplies so they could be as elaborate as they wanted (and often to do extra crafts), while keeping the main idea simple enough that the wiggly ones in our group could finish before they absolutely could not sit at the table any longer.

Any of the above could also be continued at home, as well as activities like doing a letter hunt around the house or neighborhood. Another easy way to reinforce the lessons is with this great educational app from Kidloland. It is a real powerhouse, with more than 575  interactive nursery rhymes, songs, stories and educational activities.

Creating a Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum | Alldonemonkey.com

It is aimed at children 5 and under (though my 6 year old enjoyed it as well), which means that it is intuitive enough that even young children can play on their own. When I sat down with my four year old to try it out, I expected to have to help him at first, as I have to do with many apps, but he jumped in right away and started playing without any help from me!

I love that Kidloland includes a wide range of learning songs and games, and often each game itself contains a mix, so that kids are never bored! The graphics are super cute and engaging, and everything is easy for even young children to do. They can learn ABCs, animals, fruits, vegetables, shapes and more with Kidloland. This app contains so many activities that it is hard to imagine running out of things to do! It’s a great way to let your child play and learn at the same time.

Best of all for me as a parent – no ads! I cannot tell you how much this bothers me, especially in apps for young children. I also love that we can download all of the materials directly to our device so that my son can play offline. This is especially for times when we are traveling and don’t have wi-fi.

Find out more about the Kidloland app, available for iOS, on Google Play or at the Amazon App Store. While they have made many games available for free, you get even more amazing content with a paid subscription!

31 Days of ABC - October 2016 | Alldonemonkey.com

After taking a break last year due to the arrival of Baby #3, we are back with one of my favorite series, the 31 Days of ABC!  You can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their amazing ideas with us in the coming days. And this year for the first year we are also adding a giveaway, so be sure to scroll to the end and enter for a chance to win!

So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!



31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Creating a Preschool Letter of the Week Curriculum

A – October 2

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

B – October 3

Witty Hoots

C – October 4

Preschool Powol Packets

D – October 5

ArtsyCraftsyMom

E – October 6

Preschool Powol Packets

F – October 7

Spanglish Monkey

G – October 8

Royal Baloo

H – October 9

Peakle Pie

I – October 10

Look! We’re Learning!

J – October 11

All Done Monkey

K – October 12

Preschool Powol Packets

L – October 13

Raising a Trilingual Child

M – October 14

Creative World of Varya

N – October 15

O – October 16

For the Love of Spanish

P – October 17

Little Hiccups

Q – October 18

All Done Monkey

R – October 19

S – October 20

Crafty Mama in ME

T – October 21

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

U – October 22

V – October 23

Creative World of Varya

W – October 24

X – October 25

All Done Monkey

Y – October 26

Our Daily Craft

Z – October 27

123’s – October 28

Hispanic Mama

Prewriting – October 29

Sugar Aunts

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

The Jenny Evolution

Alphabet Clip Cards – October 31

The Kindergarten Connection

Find more great resources in 31 Days of ABCs 2013 and 2014!

Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win this great prize package, open internationally!

Kidloland

3 month subscription to the Kidloland app, which includes 575+ interactive nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and educational activities to help children learn ABCs, animals, fruits, vegetables, shapes and more!

Alphabet Experts Mega Bundle: 31 Days of ABC Giveaway

The Alphabet Experts Mega Bundle from Kindergarten Connections contains 500+ of alphabet printables, including tons of activities for each letter of the alphabet! ($58.50 value)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jan 022015
 
 January 2, 2015  31 Days of ABCs, admin Comments Off on Best Kids Activities 2014: 31 Days of ABC

Best Kids Activities 2014: 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

Looking back on 2014, it was a wonderful year of growth and learning.  I published my first e-book with my dear friend Varya from Creative World of Varya, traveled to Costa Rica, and participated in the World Cup for Kids project.

31 Days of ABC - October 2014

But a real highlight for me was organizing the 31 days of ABC project in October for the second year in a row.  There were so many fun crafts and activities shared, all aimed to teach children the alphabet.  For example, my contribution for the letter “C” was all about carnivorous plants!

For even more ABC learning posts, be sure to visit last year’s series and browse through our group Pinterest board.

Here’s to another great year ahead!

Best Kids Activities of 2014 | Kid Blogger Network

We are so excited to be taking part in a series about the BEST parenting blog posts of 2014, brought to you by the bloggers of Kid Blogger Network, and organized by MaryAnne of Mama Smiles.

Follow along on the Pinterest board:

Follow MamaSmiles’s board The Best Kid Blogger Posts of 2014 on Pinterest.

Or have fun browsing the wonderful posts listed below!

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Oct 042014
 

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

This post is part of the month-long series 31 Days of ABC.  See below for details!

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Since Monkey loves carnivorous plants, it is only fitting that in our house “C” is for carnivorous plants!

He draws them alongside robots, he builds them out of play dough, and he frequently asks us to play a “fly trap” game with him.  This involves making your hands into a Venus fly trap, while his hand becomes a fly you have to capture!  Even Little Monkey can say “fly trap” as he squishes his hands together with appropriately gruesome sound effects.

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

So we jumped at the chance to take Monkey to the carnivorous plants exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco recently.

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

Monkey was enthralled, getting to see up close the plants he had previously seen only in books and videos.

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

For this ABC series, I wanted to tie carnivorous plants more directly to the alphabet, so I came up with a fun little letter craft, based on one of the ways that many carnivorous plants trap their victims.

Many carnivorous plants, like the sundew, catch insects when the unsuspecting bugs land on the plants’ sticky surface.  So, in their honor, we put together our own sticky “C’s” to catch some insects.

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

First I cut “C” shapes out of colored paper then laid each on top of contact paper, so that the sticky side of the contact paper showed through the “C.”

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

I cut up a few bug shapes to get them started then let them add more, to practice their scissor skills.  The boys had fun seeing the “insects” stick to the letter, usually with Monkey adding in some dramatic cries from the insects.

C is for Carnivorous Plants - 31 Days of ABC | Alldonemonkey.com

Since Monkey also knows Spanish, we talked about how the carn- in carnivorous is like carne (“meat”), since carnivorous plants eat meat.

For More on Carnivorous Plants

 

Carnivorous Plants Food Art | Alldonemonkey.com

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our fun carnivorous plant food creations.

The Monkeys really enjoy this video from BBC One.  It is very well done, and so much better than watching home videos on YouTube of guys feeding spiders to their Venus fly traps.  (Yes, we’ve watched those as well, though I wouldn’t recommend them!)

Although this says it is for older readers, Hungry Plants by Mary Batten really keeps Monkey’s attention.  It explains the plants in text that is very readable without being watered down.

Carnivorous Plants by Cynthia Overbeck is much more dense, but Monkey still loves it.  It covers a wide range of plants not found in some other books.

This last one I only just discovered as I was putting together this post, so we haven’t read it yet but definitely will soon!  Elizabite: Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant by H.A. Rey looks just delightful, and a fun book to read alongside the more scientific ones.

 

31 Days of ABC - October 2014

This year I am proud to once again be hosting the collaborative series 31 Days of ABC.  Each day throughout the month a different blogger will share alphabet learning activities and resources.  Be sure to check out the full schedule, and link up your own alphabet posts below!

Oct 252013
 

X is for X-Ray {31 Days of ABCs} - Alldonemonkey.com

I am so thrilled to be hosting 31 Days of ABCs this month along with 30 amazing bloggers.  Each day during October, a different blogger is showcasing an activity to teach children a letter of the alphabet.  Today it is our turn, with letter “X”!  You can read the full schedule to learn along with us, and be sure to link up your ABC posts, too!  You can also follow along on our Pinterest board!

I was so excited this past spring when our preschool co-op reached the letter “X.”  Monkey has been fascinated by x-rays, part of why he has been so interested in skeletons this Halloween.  Besides the bones, of course, I also think he just likes to make the “x” sound!

X is for X-Ray {31 Days of ABCs} - Alldonemonkey.com

So I came up with a simple, fun activity to teach the letter “X” – our very own x-ray machine!

First I took one of the (many) diaper boxes in our house and covered the front with black construction paper.  We also had to have “on” and “off” buttons, of course.

X is for X-Ray {31 Days of ABCs} - Alldonemonkey.com

Then I found some x-ray images online.  It is a bit difficult to find ones that aren’t too gruesome to show preschoolers!  I also tried to make them kid-size before printing.  I made sure to find some that matched toys that we had around the house, including a T-Rex, a fish, and a car.

X is for X-Ray {31 Days of ABCs} - Alldonemonkey.com

During class I had each kid take a turn putting a body part in the machine (neck, chest, hand, knee, or foot).  Another kid would press the green “on” button, and we would all shout out the “x” sound: “Eckkkkkkkzzzzzzzz….”  The more drawn out the better!

X is for X-Ray {31 Days of ABCs} - Alldonemonkey.com

As soon as the button was pushed I would quickly hold up the appropriate x-ray in front of the machine.  They were delighted!  Everyone wanted to take several turns in the machine, in addition to putting the toys in.

Here are some books about x-rays that Monkey and I enjoyed reading:

Books About X-Rays


This is such a fun book! In My Mom Has X-ray Vision by Angela McAllister, a boy suspects his mother is really a superhero.  Is she?  You’ll have to draw your own conclusions!

I cannot stress enough how helpful Jessica’s X-Ray was when Monkey had to get x-rays at the dentist! It even includes actual x-rays! Of course, it was also thanks to this book that he decided to construct a CAT scan machine for Baby out of blocks 😉

X-Ray Picture Book of Fascinating Transport VehiclesOkay, so this isn’t about x-rays in the traditional sense, but The X-Ray Picture Book of Fantastic Transport Machines by Chris Oxlade is a really fun book for kids interested in vehicles. The text is more for older kids, but the “x-ray” drawings of vehicles are engaging for kids of any age.

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31 Days of ABCs - A collaborative series on teaching the ABCsn teachingAlldonemonkey.com This post is part of the collaborative series 31 Days of ABCs.  Be sure to link up your own ABC posts!  You can see the full schedule and visit the participating blogs:

This Reading Mama, Nothing if Not Intentional, Sugar Aunts, For the Love of Spanish, Craftulate, Diapers-n-Heels, The Good Long Road, Here come the girls, Toddler Approved, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Princess And The Rock, Kids Yoga Stories, Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails, Little Bins for Little Hands, The Measured Mom, P is for Preschooler, 3 Dinosaurs, Preschool Powol Packets, Crayon Box Chronicles, Juggling With Kids, Toddling in the Fast Lane, Teaching Mama, Still Playing School, Mamas Like Me, All Done Monkey, Little Hiccups, LalyMom, What to do with the children, Teachers of Good Things, Stir the Wonder, Scribble Doodle and Draw

 

Link up your “X” posts below!

Oct 052013
 

Letter "D" Game for the Active Child - Alldonemonkey.comI am always a bit envious when I see the adorable crafts people do with their little ones.  Although Monkey and I occasionally do crafts together, he is really a running, jumping, climbing kind of a kid, and I try to respect that.

So when we reached the letter “D” in our preschool co-op last year, I tried to come up with a learning activity that would really get the kids moving around.

I gathered a number of Monkey’s toys and stuffed animals then got to work.

I made 7 markers on the floor lines with the masking tape then put a toy at the end of each line, following the sequence below.  The kids lined up behind the first line.  [If you are playing with a single child at home, you can just make rectangular markers, as shown in the picture].

Letter "D" Game for the Active Child - Alldonemonkey.com

At each line they had to do a certain “D” related action before all advancing together to the next line.  The sequence was as follows:

Letter "D" Game for the Active Child - Alldonemonkey.com

1) Roar and stomp like a Dinosaur

2) Quack like a Duck

3) Bark like a Dog

4) Make a “D” with their body

5) Trace a “D” in the air with their finger

6) Drum on their knees

7) Dance!

When they reached the final line, they all got to dance around as their “prize.”  Feel free to let general mayhem ensue 😉

Letter "D" Game for the Active Child - Alldonemonkey.com

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31 Days of ABCs - October 2013

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