Early Learning Activities For Pre-K and Kindergarten

 

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Felt Board Ideas

Felt board stories are really easy to make and are perfect for circle/group time!! The sets shown were created by me and are for my teaching use (not for children's use) because they were decorated with small items such as wiggle eyes and sequins.


Great for under the sea theme ... colors ... and counting.

Ten Little Fish

I see ten little fish swiming in the sea...
Can you count them with me?
(Put up fish one at a time and have children count with you)
1 ... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7... 8... 9... 10
I see ten little fish swiming in the sea...
Can you count them with me?
(Take down fish one at a time and have children count with you)
1 ... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7... 8... 9... 10

 

**Another story you can do is a modified version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear. For this story you would put the red fish on the felt board and start with "Red Fish ... Red Fish ... What do you see?" "I see a Blue Fish looking at me" ... (put blue fish on board and take red one down) ..."Blue Fish... Blue Fish... What do you see?" I see a White Fish looking at me". (Put white fish up and take blue one down). You would continue until you have done all of the colors of the fish. When you are on the last color fish you would put up all the other fish and say "I see all of the different colored fish looking at me".

 


 

Lots of fun for learning and reviewing letters.

Alphabet Caterpillar - What Letter Comes Next?

 

This felt board activity can be done in a couple of different ways. The first way is for the teacher to hang on to all of the felt circle letters and the second way is for the teacher to pass out the felt circle letters to the children at circle time.

Start by putting the grass on the bottom of the felt board and the caterpillar head on the upper left corner of the felt board.

If you are holding the alphabet circles start by asking the children "Do you want to help me build a caterpillar?" (The children say yes). "Let's start with the letter A" (put up letter A next to caterpillar head) ... "What letter comes next?" ... (children shout out letter B ... put up letter B). "Our Caterpillar is growing! Let's make him bigger ... what letter comes next?" (children shout out the letter C ... put up letter C) ... continue this way until all of the letters are on the felt board. Sing the Alphabet Song while pointing to each letter... then randomly point to a letter and have children shout out what letter you are pointing to... when finished tell the children "Thank you for helping my build a caterpillar".

If you have passed out the circle alphabet letters to the children start the same way but have children put the letters on the felt board.

 


 

This set was made using iron-on transfer paper and felt - it's a little more expensive than using just plain felt but the results are worth it.Thank you Denise Pollack for sharing the idea of using iron-on transfers!! We like to use this set for color matching and for counting.

Learning Friends Color Match

For this one I put up the solid color Learning Friends and the children call out what color the Learning Friend is wearing. Once all the Learning Friends are on the feltboard I pass out the Learning Friends with the colored circles and ask each child to bring his/her Learning Friend up and try to match it to the solid colored Learning Friend that is on the felt board. When all the Learning Friends are on the felt board I point to each one and ask "What color is this Learning Friend wearing?". For an extended activitiy I ask each child to come up and remove a specific color off the board "Jayden ... can you take down a Learning Friend that is wearing blue?".

If you would like the patterns for this felt board activitiy click here:

 


 

Great for teaching colors and for matching. On this felt set the children have to match the ice cream scoop to the ice cream cones with the same color circle.

Ice Cream Cone Color Match

I made this set out of felt. The ice cream scoops are seperate from the ice cream cones. I get the students involved in this felt board story by calling their names and asking them to come up to the felt board and match the ice cream scoop to the ice cream cone. We also talk about the different flavors of ice cream. This felt boad story can also be made by printing the patterns ... cutting them out and laminating them. You can then attach velco ... sandpaper (even magnets for a magnetic board) to the back of the ice cream scoops and cones.

If you would like the patterns for this felt board activitiy click here:

 


 

This is a counting felt board story that can be used for addition as well as subtraction.

Ten Little Ice Cream Cones

I made this set out of felt. This felt boad story can also be made by printing the patterns ... cutting them out and laminating them. You can then attach velco ... sandpaper (even magnets for a magnetic board) to the back of the ice cream scoops and cones.

If you would like the patterns for this felt board activitiy click here:

 


 

This is a fun story that is about yummy watermelons .... great for counting!!

Yummy Watermelons

I made this set out of felt. This felt boad story can also be made by printing the patterns ... cutting them out and laminating them. You can then attach velco ... sandpaper (even magnets for a magnetic board) to the back of the watermelons.

If you would like the patterns for this felt board activitiy click here:

 


 

This is a classic counting story that is about about frogs eating bugs!!

Five Green Speckled Frogs

I made this felt boad story and it is a class favorite. The story can be made by printing the patterns ... cutting them out and laminating them. You can then attach velco ... sandpaper (even magnets for a magnetic board) to the back of the story pieces.

If you would like the patterns for this felt board activitiy click here:

 


 

 

 

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