Valentine’s Day Sensory and Imagination Bin

We have a new Valentine’s Day Sensory and Imagination Bin!

Valentine's Day Sensory Bin



I absolutely love changing out the sensory bin!  I am silly like that, but the joy I get in creating a new one makes up for all of the sorting and cleaning I have to do to put the old one away!  The kids thoroughly enjoyed the winter sensory bin for several weeks and they even helped me sort the bin and put it away the other day ~ knowing that I would be preparing a new one behind the scenes!  They love sensory bin revealing day!  Believe it or not, Pac Man gets the most excited about it!

For this bin I went with 3 ideas in mind…hearts, red and pink!

IMG_5950I have been collecting fun little heart things for years so I had a lot of that and even my mom sent me a sweet package with some items she found in the dollar section at Walmart and Dollar Tree!

I also went through our toys and gathered a wide variety of pink and red items.  The kids always love finding their toys mixed into a bin!  Not everything I have was in the bin today, I gradually add things in over the weeks while it is out.

Here’s a peek at their bin time the first day…

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The bracelets were a BIG hit with Ladybug…

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They all loved making shakers out of the little heart containers…IMG_5989

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We always have tons of fun sorting and counting with our bins.  This red serving tray was perfect for this tub!IMG_6017

A bit of info on where I got some of the stuff:

  • red spikey balls, squishy heart bracelets and heart slinky things were from Walmart
  • wooden hearts with designs on them were from bead packets at Michaels
  • mini plastic heart containers, hard plastic heart bracelets were from Dollar Tree
  • heart buckets are from Dollar Tree, AC Moore, Michaels and JoAnn
  • heart shaped cookie cutters were from this set, and a set I got last year from AC Moore
  • RED and/or PINK stuff: Learning links, unifix cubes, mini letters{Walmart}, large wooden beads, pom poms, clothespins, spoons, jewels, beads, color squares, bottle tops, stirring sticks, popsicle sticks

I also have collected a wide variety of items from Oriental Trading over the years.  I can’t even remember all that I have gotten from them, just search around in their seasonal shop and you’ll find tons of fun bin stuff!

Looking for more inspiration?  Here are some bins I found while searching around online {if I missed yours, please leave a link to it in a comment on this post}!

See more Valentine’s Day Learning Ideas here on my website!!!

How to Train Your Dragon Printables ~ Preschool Pack

How To Train Your Dragon Printables

Awhile back I created a Preschool Pack for Krash based on the movie, “How to Train Your Dragon.”  It is a simple set of dragon printables featuring preschool level skills.  It has just a  few activities and would be perfect for any of you who have dragon lovers like my Krash! I completely forgot to link up and share the pack until now!  I don’t even have many photos of him when he completed it, but I did find these!

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Here are a few of the other items in the pack…

Dragon Color By Number  Dragon Sorting  Dragon Tracing

There is also a patterning set, a D is for Dragon sheet, and cards to spell the word DRAGON {both upper and lowercase}.  You can download the How to Train Your Dragon Preschool Pack on the website!  You can see other available Preschool Packs hereTot Books and Packs are also great for preschoolers!

Check out what other preschoolers are doing over at Preschool Corner!

Rolling and Reading Words

I mentioned a Rolling and Reading game we played in my last RRSP post, and promised a video!  Here it is!!!  You can see Krash in action as he slings his cube across the room and runs to read his word!  We kept “score” but it was mainly for encouragement as you will hear in the video.  It’s all about high-5s and YAYs at this point of learning to read!!!

 

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Tot School

~Ladybug is currently 21 months old~

 

Learning ToysLadybug has mastered this puzzle and can do it completely on her own-to my great shock.  This is one of our more difficult tot puzzles, but she has figured it out!IMG_5466

 

Wedgits continue to occupy her for many hours per week.

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We have been playing a lot with Pac Man’s Glow Station, working on all sorts of things.  Here Pac was drawing stars for her…IMG_5586

She has been very into our U-Play mat lately, even asking me to get it down when she sees the bag.  We have been working together a lot naming and matching objects.  You can read my full review of this learning tool here on my review blog.

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A new favorite is another Guidecraft toy we were sent to review.  This is by far Ladybug’s favorite, we have only had it out for a few days and she LOVES it!!!  Krash and Pac do too.  They don’t even know that I have the square version hidden away!

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The winter sensory bin is still getting a workout, she learned to open and close this tin one day and was fascinated by the process!IMG_5459

 

Again, her gears toy was played with a LOT!!!IMG_5469

 

Many, many books were read by my little bookworm!  She is still in love with the bug book.

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Life SchoolShe finally learned to successfully feed herself AND wanted to do it one morning this past week.  She made it through her whole bowl of oatmeal without making a big mess!IMG_5556

Some snuggles with her brother…IMG_5560

She asks him to read to her a lot and he just loves it.  Her favorite spot seems to be this corner where we keep our bean bag and tons of books!   Pac just eats up the attention from his princess.  He simply adores her!  IMG_5582

 

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Love miss innocent smiling for my camera after I busted her sitting up on the school table… IMG_5526

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More Tot School Links…

Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Dd

 Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter D



Rock stars This is the main section of our preschool posts-focusing on what we do for our Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum. I am not sharing photos of each part every week, just what I happen to catch! We do the entire unit even if I don’t show it here in the photos!

Our letter this week ~ Dd, our verse: Do all things without complaining or disputing.Dd

The first thing Krash does each week is color his Bible verse page.  He is very particular and likes for me to hang the main page above his desk so he can copy the colors exactly.  I tell him that it doesn’t have to match, but matching makes him happy!

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This week we added our cubes to the mix, inserting our vocabulary cards into 1 bock and our Bible vocabulary into another one. We rolled these around naming different things.  We even used the vocabulary block with Ladybug also, teaching her the names of the pictures!IMG_5335 Jenn has created a set of RRSP Education Cubes printables that fit perfectly also!  You can see those here if you use RRSP and have an Education Cubes membership!

We worked really hard on the application portion of this unit, as his words are something he really struggles with.  The craft gave us a lot of time to sit together and discuss this as he colored each one.  My goal with these simple crafts is more about the talking between parent {or caregiver} and child that will occur while the craft is being completed.  This is definitely a PROCESS over PRODUCT activity!IMG_5342

Here’s the photo of his work from the week before I cleared it off {links to the non-RRSP sheets are below}!

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The Power Point lessons are located in the Members Only section. You can see a video here showing a PowerPoint lesson. You can learn more about the Members Only section here. The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE on the main RRSP page…

You can download the entire letter Dd unit here.

RRSP Dd lesson plan is also on the same webpage! Dd Lesson Plan  Included is our exact plan {although I stray from my plan often}, with links to everything we used. Page 2 is blank in case you don’t do exactly what we do!

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{A few things that were in his preschool workboxes for the week, not all activities are pictured}

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He did his very first dot to dot.  I chose a simple one using ABCs.  He struggled a bit but enjoyed it.IMG_5095

This boy LOVES to color, so he was THRILLED with this Dd dinosaur coloring sheet from ABC Twiggles {membership site}IMG_5134

He loves coloring SO much that I am creating an entire new color by number set!  He really loves color-by-number so that’s what they are!  You can download D is for Dog here!IMG_5296

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I have had his Alphabet Box ready for awhile now {thanks to inspiration from Counting Coconuts}, but have not brought it out until now.  I decided to begin with the current sound and 1 other sound for now and let him sort the objects.  He loved this and it was the perfect skill level for him right now.  He struggled a bit, but not too much that he felt defeated.

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The flash cards are from the preschool program {Little Lincoln} he uses through our cyber school {although I don’t write about it because I am not very fond of it and am really doing my own thing as you can tell}.  The flash cards are great though and we love using those.  When I find time, I will share why I am not entirely fond of the program, I just don’t have time for an in depth post about it now.

I went over the objects with him {they were laying on the tray all mixed up}.  Then had him sort them by beginning sound.  I had to help him with some, as he is not solid in this skill yet.  He really enjoyed the process though!

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We had loads of fun working on sight words.  We used the 1st 6 words from our RRSP review set again, but this time I put them in a cube. We reviewed the words and then played a throwing game.  I had Krash throw the block at our storage shelf {which can’t be damaged}, as hard as he could!  Then he had to run as fast as he could to get the block and read the word it landed on.  He loved this!!!  If he struggled, I allowed him to run back to Pac Man for a little bit of help {this was to encourage team work and bonding}.  I actually have a video of us playing, I will share that soon {Video is now here}!

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Although Pac Man was the one to set up the lovely farm scene, Krash LOVED it and played for a really long time!  Learning Links as hay and water, Rainbow Blocks as a fence, and Block Mates for the farm animals!IMG_5240

 

 

Moms favWe were away on staff retreat recently and the place has an indoor pool.  I just love how Krash wears his shark goggles, with his ears all folded over ;-).IMG_5422

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More Preschool Links…

Be sure to visit Preschool Corner to see all of the other amazing home-preschool moms!

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~any non-RRSP Letter Dd posts will be deleted.