Freebie Friday: Letter C | Spot It Activities

Friday, October 30, 2015

Welcome back to my Freebie Friday series!  Each week I will be sharing FREE printables, courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings!  If you are just joining us, click here to browse through all the free printables up to this point.

This week I'm sharing one of my favorite activities from the Bitty Beginning' Alphabet Letter Learning Pack collection, Letter C | Spot It. This free printable comes in two color options and there are so many fun ways to play by using dot markers, magnetic pom poms, markers, various manipulatives and more!  You can see details of our Letter C week here

To view the entire Letter C pack, the full A-Z Learning pack collection and more, visit the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy and take 50% off your order by entering GRANDOPEN50 at checkout.  This awesome sale ends November 30th!
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Free Letter B | Do-A-Dot Activities

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Wednesday!  This week, I'll sharing not one but TWO free printable items, courtesy of Bitty Beginnings

Today, we have FREE Letter B Do-A-Dot Activities in two color options, pink and blue.  My girls are definitely fans of dot markers and LOVE these sheets!  You can find the complete Letter B activity set as part of Bitty Beginnings' Letter B | Bubblegum (Bubble) & Bird Alphabet Letter Learning Pack and see how we used the Letter B pack as part of our preschool curriculum, here.  Also, from now until November 30th, take 50% off your order by entering GRANDOPEN50 at checkout!  See you, Friday!

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Preschool | Halloween Theme

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Summer is 39 months old.

I love adding seasonal and holiday themes into our preschool, but to be honest it throws me off--big time!  Summer has been counting down the days until "Hallow-ing" and I thought she might enjoy a week of Halloween-themed hands-on activities.

Here's a look at our set-up.


I pulled our Halloween themed printables from Over the Big Moon to work on a number of skills. These were not on her trays, but pulled out randomly throughout the week.

She worked on sorting...


Counting and number identification...


And, shadow matching...


One night, she asked to try the beginning sounds sheet she found while going through some papers I was organizing.  We took it slow, but I could tell she was listening close and she did well.  Definitely an activity we will try to incorporate more often.


We worked on a puzzle together which was challenging, but a good introduction.


The activities on her trays kept her busy most of the week, many activities she would spend a lot of time on doing over and over.

I picked these sparkly foam pumpkins up at Target and made various foam cutouts for her to play around with.


She used stickers to make funny monster faces on cut out construction paper.  She really had fun with this.



I've also been trying to give her activities to work her little hand muscles.  These tweezers aren't the easiest, so eventually she switched to her hands to transfer the foam pumpkins into the container.



I honestly had no clue what she would think about threading pipe cleaners into small spaces.  We may have tried this once before, but she LOVED it. 


We practiced letter identification using small pumpkins and this printable.


Went "trick-or-treating" for shapes, while also working on colors...



Summer also helped make this adorable candy corn banner.  Just a paper plate, I outlined circles for her and she painted.  Once dry, we cut the plate into triangles, taped some black string to the back and attached some ribbon. She was worried when the colors mixed outside the lines, but I love the blended look, it's perfect! 



And, lots of pumpkin pouring...the girls had a blast making pumpkin soup.



Freebie Friday: Letter A | Play Dough Mats

Friday, October 23, 2015

Welcome to our first Freebie Friday!  I'm really excited to begin this new weekly series and share so many fabulous free printables, courtesy of Bitty Beginnings!  If you missed the Autumn Freebie Set, you can find that here.

Today, I'm sharing FREE Letter A Play Dough Mats in two color options, pink and blue.  You can find the complete Letter A activity set as part of the  Bitty Beginnings' Letter A | Apple & Alligator Alphabet Letter Pack and see how we used the Letter A pack as part of our preschool curriculum, here.

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Autumn Freebie Set

Monday, October 19, 2015

I'm excited to announce The Magnolia Barn is now the exclusive home to Bitty Beginnings' free printables!  Each week, we will be sharing a special free item courtesy of Jen at Bitty Beginnings to enhance your little one(s) learning experience.  Many of the free printables will compliment our weekly letter focus based on Bitty Beginnings' Alphabet Letter Learning Packs.  Occasionally, we will offer a seasonal item to help celebrate the current/upcoming season!  Be sure to head over to Bitty Beginnings on Etsy to view all products including the complete sets! 

To kick off the new weekly series, we're sharing an Autumn Freebie Set.  Included is a sample of the Autumn Animals Set and Leaf Do-A-Dot set.  You can see how we used the printables here.

Click here or on the image to download the Autumn Freebie Set.

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Preschool | Autumn Theme

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Summer is 38.5 months old.

We took a break from our weekly letter focus to enjoy some Autumn-themed activities.  I've said it before, but I absolutely LOVE this time of year!

Our set-up...


A detailed look at some of our activities.  This week was really laid back without much planning.  I used several printables previously prepped from when Abby was little, with a few newer ones mixed in.  We also added in a few extra manipulatives here and there and read MANY books! 

Top left: Fall Fun from Homeschool Creations | Top middle: Autumn Animal Set from Bitty Beginnings | Foam puzzle from Dollar Tree | Bottom left: Autumn Fairy from Over the Big Moon | Bottom middle: Fall Fun from Homeschool Creations with faux leaves | Pumpkin Color Sort

Summer went straight for the first tray.  She was so excited for all the CARDS! :)  First, she matched the picture cards, then she wanted to add the words.


We worked on patterns and counting.



She LOVED this scarecrow number puzzle.  It was on repeat all week!


We used little pumpkins (Target Dollar Spot a few years ago) instead of dot markers on this printable.  If you follow me on Snapchat (themagnoliabarn) I shared a video of her in action.


And, dot painting...



She loved these three-part puzzle cards and dot sheet!  Download a free sample here.



Shape, color and letter recognition...



Then, I hid a few random letters in our sensory bin.  She loved hunting through all the textures looking for letters.

Letter C | Caterpillar, Cow & Cupcake + Giveaway

Monday, October 12, 2015

Summer is 38 months old.

We just finished our third week of preschool and Summer continues to love it!  She asks every day if it's her school time and occasionally will want to do certain activities multiple times throughout the day.  If that happens, we usually play different ways to keep it interesting. 

One thing I've noticed about Summer is she is more vocal with her ideas and isn't shy to make suggestions, which I encourage and really look for.  For instance, matching..I usually lay one part of a match out, the other halves in a cup for her to match up. One day she asked if we could play cards.  I handed her one half of the matching pieces and kept the other half, then we would take turns laying down a card to complete the other person's match.  She really enjoyed seeing her idea come together and it made those few minutes extra special.

Our Letter C week is based on printables from Bitty Beginnings, our set-up below.


Normally dot markers are a favorite, but I wanted to change things up with stickers.  I'm glad I did, Summer headed straight for this activity and my little perfectionist tried to place her stickers as perfect as she could.



She loves glue sticks, so we glued her shadow match letter puzzle pieces.


Went on a letter hunt, still a favorite!


Letter craft painting,


I put together a little magnetic board with some pieces I saved from an old workbook I used with my oldest. I added some new pieces from our Bitty Beginnings printables and let her free play.  She was more enthusiastic with the magnets than anything else. :)


And, her letter crown which turned out so cute.


We read Eric Carle's, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I found some adorable printables to go along with the story.
This was one of her favorite sheets, I can't tell you how many times we did this one over and over.


Used clothes pins to match the numbers...


She loved a few videos I found on YouTube.




We also used this printable from 1+1+1=1's Animal ABC's pack.


Coloring and painting her caterpillars and butterflies...



She wasn't quite into this color puzzle at first, but by the end of the week had a lot of fun with it.


Trying out new ways to place our Tobbles, the sillier the better...


Lots of free play with her farm and family of cows...


And, we made a super easy and cute cupcake craft to go along with, If You Give  A Cat A Cupcake.  All I did was print off a cupcake template, cut various colors of tissue paper into small squares, then I used a glue stick on the template pieces so Summer could stick the tissue paper on however she wanted.  Once she covered all the template pieces and it was dry, I cut each cupcake piece out.  Then, she helped me glue the cupcake together, added pom-poms for the cherry and glitter glue for sprinkles.


And, now for the Giveaway!

Jen from Bitty Beginnings is offering two of my readers a chance to win her Letter Cc | Alphabet Letter Learning Pack filled with 12 activities!  The pack includes the option to print certain activities in either pink/purple or green/blue depending on your child and she details how to prep each activity along with fun ways to play.  Keep checking back for more opportunities to win each week as I share each letter!

For a chance to win, simply enter below!