Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate Math Craft for Kindergarten

Hello Friends!

Are you looking for a Halloween activity with little prep AND is educational? It is easy, colorful, and fun! They won't even know they are practicing CCSS K.OA.3; decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way! 

This activity is based on the poem "Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate." We have been using two sided counters to practice showing that five can be shown into different combinations. This is a perfect way to apply their knowledge into something concrete.

Here is how to make this simple activity:

1. First glue the words to the bottom of a 12 inch by 18 inch piece of black construction paper.

2.  Add a green strip of paper above the words. This is a great way to practice positional words.

3.  Add a brown strip of paper to the middle of the paper. Once again, another way to practice positional words.

4.  Add two smaller strips of brown construction paper vertically upon the horizontal piece of construction paper.

 5.  Use orange construction paper to make five pumpkins. I cut three inch square pieces of orange paper and ask my students to draw and cut a circles from the squares. They use small pieces of green paper to add stems.

6.  Students use crayons and paper to add details, then fill in the blanks to finish the math sentence.

If you would like a link with the words and directions for how we made this, click HERE.

Here are some older photos of this activity before I revised it. I plan to do this with my kiddos this week, so will revise these photos with the new words later! :)

Until next time!


Six Pumpkin Math Games for Kindergarten

Hello Friends,
I love doing these six math games with my students during our Pumpkin week!

These six games do require some printing, but if you are limited on printing in color, they can be printed in grayscale and still work well for your kiddos. I like to add a board game format to my math tubs every few weeks. Kids have such busy lives these days with limited time to play board games. It's a wonderful educational experience for them to use their patience and sharing skills when playing a simple board game.

In this "Pumpkin Happy" board game, students toss dice to move along the game board. As they move, they are collecting pumpkins. The winner is the player who collects the most pumpkins; not necessarily the one that gets to the end first. There are pumpkins included in the resource that can be printed for kids to collect.

I found these cute mini pumpkins and pumpkin erasers. My kiddos use these instead of the pumpkin cutouts. Both work great!

 My kids love playing "Bump." I include this game in some style often. It's great for subitizing and learning to have patience when playing a game.

Recognizing numbers in a ten frame is an important component of kindergarten math. In this center, kids are asked to record the number, number word, and numbers in a ten frame.

 This game can be played as partners or individually.

 The last game is another subitizing one. Students toss a dice, find a space that shows that number, and colors it exactly the same as the card. This is also great for visual discrimination practice.

You can find these games in my TPT store by clicking the image below.

Until next time!


Columbus Day and Explorers

Hello Friends,

I know that history has shown us that Christopher Columbus is not the person that we thought him to be years ago. But my school and many schools like mine have a long weekend this time of year and it is usually based on "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." So.... I do a short and sweet activity with my kiddos that tells the basic story of Columbus. We then jump into a discussion of explorers and what explorers do. My kids love, love, love talking about exploration. This is a wonderful segue into map making, too.

As an introduction to our explorer activity, I told my students to pretend that they just discovered an island that no one has seen before. They were to create a map that showed all the things that they discovered. They could be real or make-believe things. They were enthralled and spent so much time creating their new land map. It was so much fun to hear them discussing their new land to one another!

If you are interested in this Columbus resource, you can find it by clicking the image below.

Until next time!


Scarecrow Art

Hello Friends,

We made another set of scarecrows this week! This time, my kiddos sketched a scarecrow with his arm sticking straight out to side. Then they used watercolors to paint him. When dry, they used black marker to trace the outside edges. Some used oil crayons to add details. Then each child counted out enough paper crows for each letter in his/her name. They took white oil crayon to write one letter of their name on one crow. They could glue their crows anywhere they wanted on their paper. I think they turned out pretty cute! The idea for this activity came from HERE!

 Until next time!


Making a 3D Bee to Assess the Parts of an Insect

Hello Friends,
We just finished our apple/bee unit. We made a fun field trip to the apple orchard and were given the opportunity to see real bee hives, taste apple cider, and learn how bees help apples grow. We piggyback our insect standard onto this unit. We use the bee to learn that insects have 3 body parts, have 2 antennae, and have six legs. We love doing this unit in the fall because the insects are alive in our part of the country. Even though bees pollinate apples in the spring, doing this unit in the fall when we are studying apples and the parts of the tree works well for us.

As an assessment for understanding of the anatomy of an insect, the kids create a 3D model of a bee. I use bamboo skewers and attach 3 Styrofoam balls to it. The kids use yellow Tempera paint add color to the body. We use yellow, even though a real honeybee is brown with black stripes.

There is a bit of teacher prep to do while they are drying. I cut small circles for the eyes out of black felt. Cut black craft stems into smaller pieces. Use parchment paper for the wings. In a divided tray, I add all these items plus straight ball point pins and small sequins.

Your kids can do this! You just need to lay some groundwork like the pins are NOT for poking and to have patience while doing each step. I also tell them to hold another body part when working on one i.e. when pushing pins into the head, make sure that you are holding the thorax. This eliminates fingers accidentally getting stuck by the pins.

In the photos below, the kids used black felt for the stripes on the abdomen. But this year, I gave them black markers to draw on the stripes. Much easier!

Here are our anchor charts for both the bees and the apples.

These little 3D bees look striking hanging from the ceiling in front of our apple orchard posters!

Until next time, my friends!