Activities for 2 Year Olds

Hi friends!

Since it's summer I've been sharing activities I have been doing with my toddler over on my Instagram. I'll be adding them here too so that it's easy to find out where I sourced my items and also to share any printables I make along the way!

1. GREEN RICE + BUGS SENSORY BIN


My son (who I refer to as TK) LOVES sensory bins so I do my best to change them out every week. This one was a big hit with him! He loved looking at the bugs with the magnifying glass, transferring the rice and marching the ant along the edge of the bin as we sang "The Ants Go Marching"!

SOURCES:

Magnifying Glass - Dollarama
Wooden Letters - Dollarama
Wooden Numbers - Michaels
Plastic Bugs - https://amzn.to/3hvZPbU
Wooden Scoops - https://amzn.to/30If4b4

2. PASTING 2D SHAPES


Here is an activity I set up for TK to practice identifying shapes and colours and to practice his fine motor skills! I showed him how to spread the liquid glue on the shapes with the q-tip, flip it over and paste it on the paper. It was a bit challenging for him but it was great fine motor practice! We will definitely be trying this one again in a couple of months to see if we can improve on his pasting skills.

3. CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES + KINETIC SAND SENSORY BIN


TK LOVES vehicles and has been especially into excavators recently (we have a lot of construction going on in our neighbourhood so we see them a lot on our walks) so I decided to set up a bin with construction vehicles and kinetic sand! I also added wooden and plastic scoops, plastic shot glasses and added the number 5 because there were 5 vehicles all together (one is missing from the photo).

He loved playing with the vehicles more than the sand but he enjoyed this bin nonetheless! He wasn't a big fan of the texture of kinetic sand at the beginning but he's became more receptive as the week went on.

SOURCES:

Mini Construction Vehicles: https://amzn.to/2ZXZ3OW
Kinetic Sand: https://amzn.to/2WSjXNC
Wooden Scoop: https://amzn.to/30If4b4
Plastic Shot Glass: Dollar Store
Mini Plastic Scoop: Michaels

4. COLOUR MATCHING WITH DOT STICKERS


I saw this activity on @busytoddler and thought we'd give it a try to encourage matching by colour. I took a toilet paper roll (I would have used a paper towel roll but we didn't have any) and drew some coloured dots on it. Then I set it out with the dot stickers and invited TK to match the stickers to the dots on the paper towel roll.

We did this together and he did a pretty good job matching the sticker to the dots on the toilet paper roll. He didn't seem too interested in it though and then I remembered that I saw @learning.for.littles post that she did this activity but on plain paper so I quickly drew some dots on a blank piece of paper and that was so much more engaging for TK! We did this activity a few more times through out the week.

These are the dot stickers I use: https://amzn.to/3hs8xYC

5. CHICKEPEA FOAM + PLASTIC LETTERS


I've been wanting to try bubble foam with TK but have been nervous about trying it since he still puts sensory material in his mouth and near his eyes from time to time.. and then I read about chickpea foam (taste safe!) on @play_at_home_mummy's Instagram page and thought this would be the perfect solution!

To make the chickpea foam you just add the liquid from 1 can of chickpeas and 1/8 tsp cream of tar tar into a blender and blend until the foam forms stiff peaks. That's it! Then just transfer it to your bin and add whatever you want. I added plastic letters a couple of bowls and some mini utensils for TK to scoop, transfer and make alphabet soup with!

This was a HUGE hit with TK. He played with it for almost an hour (mostly independently too!) I will definitely be giving this on another go when I use chickpeas next!

SOURCES:

Plastic Letters: https://amzn.to/32QV1JX
Mini Utensils: https://amzn.to/2CDIuiC

6. DO-A-DOT PICTURES


I saw this idea on @educating.emery and thought we would give it a try since I have dot markers already! I quickly made up some sheets with TK's favourite fruits and vegetables (banana, pumpkin and apple) to give this activity a try.

First we counted the empty dots together. Then hand over hand I showed him how to place the dot marker on the white dots a few times and encouraged him to put his dabs inside the white dots. This was great fine motor practice for him!

If you want to grab the printables I made for this activity you can download it by clicking here or on the image below!


That's it for now! I'll keep coming back to add activities when I can until we go back to school. To be the first to see the activities, make sure you are following me on Instagram!

Yukari

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Distance Learning for Kindergarten: What We're Doing

Hi everyone!


Hope your distance learning is going well!
Many of you have been asking if I could share what I am doing for distance learning so I'm finally sitting down to write a blog post about it!

GENERAL INFO

At our school, our divisions were asked to works as a team and provide the same materials for each grade.  So at my school, we have 8 educators collaborating each week.

We have set up a Google Site (not sharing the link to this, sorry!) with..

HOME - Which has a welcome note to our families and a link to our school technology website (recommending apps and websites by grade).

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES - Where we upload our weekly placemats every Sunday.

READING - Tips on reading with kids at home, including a reading strategies chart and a "Practicing Comprehension Questions at Home" handout.





MATH - A break down of each strand in parent friendly language and suggestions of activities they could do to practice these at home.

WRITING - A short summary on Kindergarten writing encouraging inventive spelling.

SIGHT WORDS - Some suggestions for practicing sight words and the Dolch pre-primer and primer sight word lists.




MUSIC - A link to our music teacher's website
LIBRARY - A link to our librarian's website.
GYM - A link to our gym teacher's website.

The only thing we change each week is we upload the new placemat and corresponding (optional) printables to the "WEEKLY ACTIVITIES" page.  On Sunday nights we send out an email to the parents letting them know that the placemats are up.

The suggestion is that students and parents try as many activities as they want and send at least one picture to us by email.  One of the educators will then respond to the email with some descriptive feedback.

I wasn't sure if this was going to be enough, but our parents have been giving us amazing feedback and have been very grateful for the ease of this format!

WEEKLY COLLABORATION

To make choosing activities together each week as painless as possible, I made a Google Doc and shared it with the rest of the team.  The Google Doc has a table for each section (e.g. Alphabet, Sight Words, Shared Reading etc.) and we go in and add ideas as we see them/think of them.

Then on Thursday nights we have been meeting on Google Meet and we choose activities for that week.  We all look at the google doc before the meeting and have a few ideas in mind for each section so that the process goes as fast as possible!

After our Google Meet, I finalize the placemats and then upload them to our Google Site by Sunday afternoon so it is ready for everyone by Sunday night!

PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 1:

PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 2:




PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 3:

PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 4:





PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 5:







*The "Design a Medical Mask" worksheet was inspired by @jarrett_lerner's printable and is being shared with permission from him!

PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 6:





PLACEMAT FOR WEEK 7:



I'll be adding more weeks when I am able to! Follow me on Instagram or check this post periodically if you are interested in seeing what we are doing!



Hope that was helpful!

- Yukari
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My Favourite Math Videos for Kindergarten

Hi everyone! I had really great feedback when I posted "My Favourite Literacy Videos for Kindergarten" in March so here is the follow up blog post, My Favourite Math Videos for Kindergarten!

I introduce each song at the beginning of a corresponding math lesson and then it goes into our "Math Songs" folder.  After we have 2 songs in the folder, at the beginning of our math carpet time the special helper gets to choose a song for the class to listen to as part of our math warm-up!

Here are the songs, sorted by category and in the order we introduce them!

NUMBERS

1. NUMBER SONG 1 TO 20


These "Singing Walrus" songs are always a hit.  The animation is so cute and the kids love that this one starts slow and challenges them to count faster at the end.  However, you do need to train them to actually try to follow along and not just shout out whatever they want as they can get reaaaally silly with this one but it's a fun one that the kids love!



This one is a nice calm one (which I love) but the kids also love it too!  I think they like it because it goes up to super big numbers like 1 trillion.



This is a good one for learning number formation!

2D SHAPES

1. THE SHAPE SONG BY ABC MOUSE


This is a fun one that the kids love! They love the part where the circle kisses the heart😂 This is a good one for shape identification and connecting shapes to real life objects!



This is another fun one! I love that this one is a bit more interactive. The kids love the part where they draw the shapes in the air!



This is a nice calm song and it's perfect for when you introduce the concept of sides on a shape!



This is another good one for shape identification and connecting shapes to real life objects!



The kids love this one and it's perfect because hexagon is a hard one to learn!

SORTING


This is a really short video but it's a good one for sorting because it talks about putting items into groups and it shows sorting the same set of objects three ways!

PATTERNING



Scratch Garden songs are popular with the kids and the kids love that there is a guessing component for this song! I love this one because it's not just colour patterns.  It has letter and number patterns too!



This is suppose to be an Easter song but they kids love it year round.  This one also has a interactive guessing component to it which the kids love!

3D FIGURES



I've used this song for teaching 3D figures for as long as I can remember! It's a good one for reinforcing the names of the 3D figures and connecting them to real life objects!



I think I discovered this one in my second year of teaching.. and actually I have a little story to go with it.  One year I had a really really tough class and the one thing they were obsessed with was this song.  Christmas time rolled around and we tried a few different songs but we were having a hard time finding something that they liked (and that didn't escalate their behaviours during practices).  Well my ECE and I decided that since they love this song so much, we'll just adapt it a little and make it our Christmas song! We just changed the "It looks like a ______" part to ornament for all of them, made ornaments and a tree and for each part one student hung a 3D shape figure shaped ornament on the tree😂No other class has been obsessed as that class but every year it's still a hit!



This one is another good one for 3D figure names and connecting them to real life objects! I like this one because it uses photographs of the objects!

SKIP COUNTING

1. THE COUNTING BY TENS SONG


The skip counting songs are all the same (except for the numbers of course) but the kids always like the animation in these videos!

2. THE COUNTING BY FIVES SONG



ADDITION

1. WHEN YOU ADD WITH A PIRATE


This one is a favourite every year! Perfect for introducing addition and story problems!



Another good for for introducing addition! This one just works on +1 facts.

SUBTRACTION

1. WHEN YOU SUBTRACT WITH A PIRATE


This is similar to the pirate addition video above and always a hit with the kids too!

CANADIAN COINS

1. CANADA IN MY POCKET


This one is an oldie but a goodie (I learned Canadian Coins listening to this song when I was in elementary school!) It's a good one to connect the symbols to the coins.



This one is a good song for identifying coins and their values! It even has adding coin values at the end to challenge your high achievers!

Those are my favourites! Feel free to leave your favourite in the comments so others (and myself) can check them out!

Hope this was helpful!

- Yukari
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