4th of July Matching Game

4th of July means a couple of things for me: hot dogs, fireworks, and a bazillion American flags everywhere. With everything in red, white and blue, you can add this game to your repertoire. It’s a simple matching game with a 4th of July theme. Fun little activity for the little ones, especially if you don’t want them handling the fireworks.

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Add this to your schedule of activities for the day before the real fireworks at night. Download it, for free, at my online store.

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The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

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Beyond wearing something green or eating green eggs and ham, have you thought about St. Patrick’s day? You know, like other things you can do? And I don’t mean guzzling Shamrock Shakes.

Well, here’s a book that comes highly recommended: The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing. This would be a fun book to read the day before St. Patrick’s Day, since the holiday lands this coming Friday. This is perfect for all of those fancy projects and activities you have lined up.

This is the description of the book off Amazon:

Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

Sounds fun. Without reading the book, you could probably think of some extension activities: find the leprechaun gross motor activity, eating green eggs sensory activity, or making a pot of gold out of play dough.

Get this book. It’s fairly cheap too. I’ll do my part this St. Patrick’s Day too… and get those yummy Shamrock Shakes!

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Delicioso!

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Back in Kindergarten – a lifetime ago – I remember my classroom changing into shades of green. Since then, March and green have always gone together. Also, reading the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

This is a classic book. The rhyming words and visuals are, or course, great and imaginative. But, the repeating language and sentences, with each page adding a new line, is fun to read. It can get boring, so entertaining teacher reading that ebbs and flows with the character emotions really makes the book stand out.

I highly recommend that teachers get the book Green Eggs and Ham. However, after reading the book, the real fun begins.

As a child, I also remember eating green eggs and ham. When I was little, I remember looking at the green tinted meat and omelette thinking, “That’s what food looks like when it’s sick.” Fortunately, it was just food coloring. Taste remained the same.

If you’re interested in making your own green eggs and ham, here is a recipe I found.

And here’s one that produces some really, really green eggs and ham.

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Happy Valentine’s Day…Tomorrow

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According to Google, the meaning of Valentine’s Day is…

February 14, a day when it is traditional to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to.

Anonymously? I mean, were people everywhere giving cards to their secret crushes? That would be awkward. Today, it’s morphed into a couple’s only holiday or a chance to attend one of those single’s party bashes you hear about on the radio.

What am I doing? Well, it’s happening on a Tuesday, so that means I’m going to work, then heading home to the family. My son goes to sleep around 9pm. My newborn daughter will fall asleep at… ugh, some point. And whatever evening time left will be spent with my wife eating M&M’s and watching Good Mythical Morning and Netflix.

Still, I’ll do something special, like a card, flowers, and special meal.

Happy Valentine’s Day and hope everyone has a fun time with the kiddos, cards, and chocolate candies. If you’re looking for some easy Valentine’s Day cards to print out, you can use the one in this blog post. Or, you can download this Valentine’s Day card printable.

Thanksgiving Activities

Football day is only a few days away… I mean, Thanksgiving is only a few days away. It’s a short week. Attendance should be lower. So, it’s a fun time to have a few holiday themed activities for the kiddos.

Below, there is a collection of images that inspired me. One activity that I do recommend is that you make some sort of Thanksgiving card with the kiddos. You know, have the kids make cards and give them to people they are thankful for. It’s a nice, kind message that parents love to receive and save for the future.

Happy Thanksgiving and spend Thursday with your family. If you really want to shop on Thursday, use your phone during everyone’s turkey coma.

Best Halloween Decoration: Baby Dolls

They’re creepy with their staring eyes and open toothless mouths. Too many movies has taught me not to turn my back. However, of all the preschool toys, it’s the baby dolls that could double-duty as legit Halloween decorations.

Seriously. I walked into a classroom and snapped a few shots. Added a black and white filter here. Then a little blur there. Done. Boo!!!!

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Alright, the last two photos, maybe not so frightening. But that first one: yikes! It’s like the baby is reaching out for my phone.

Stay safe out there. Also, if you’re a parent, remember at night to eat only small portions of the children’s candy at a time. That way, they won’t notice any are missing 😉 And please don’t send those videos to Jimmy Kimmel. That’s just way too messed up and the Internet will never let them forget.