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Ten frames are an important math tool in many pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms.

So, we include it in our calendar time. (We actually call it "together time", since we are together, and do all sorts of things ... I like to leave things open ended.)

We know that a solid understanding of how "ten" can be taken apart and put together is crucial for successful future math learning.

a growing collection of play dough and loose parts invitations

play dough: play dough: kelly green Wilton food dye, green and blue glitter
underpants - laminated
cut garland, cut straws
pipe cleaners, strange shapes
wiggly eyes

play dough: yellow wilton food dye, lemon essential oil and gold glitter
lids, buttons, and a few clear and white gems
black, yellow and white pipe cleaners,
hexagon and long diamond pattern blocks,
sticks,small pieces of driftwood,
wooden beads,
rolling pins, honey dippers

play dough: red icing dye with red and gold glitter
red and yellow craft sticks
red, gold and black  cut up bead garland
red and black buttons
red gems and diamonds
red and yellow lids
gold coins (would love to get some Chinese coins)

make Chinese lantern art
create a Lunar New Year sensory bin
learn some Chinese writing

play dough: kelly green Wilton food dye, green and blue glitter
cut up garland
gold and silver decorations
mini cookie cutters
tree cookie cutters (many available at Bulk Barn)

play dough: purple food dye, purple and fuchsia  glitter, lavender essential oil
big dinosaurs
little dinosaurs
little rocks
bigger rocks
glass gems

make a dinosaur bones sensory bin

play dough: copper food dye, nutmeg and cinnamon, gold glitter
plastic leaves from the Thrift Shop
gold and copper garland
small sticks
fall coloured buttons
fall coloured gems 
fall table scatter/vase filler from Michaels

play dough: recipe from Mama.Papa.Bubba. with the addition of copper and gold glitter
cut up garland
mini cookie cutters
gingerbread friends cookie cutters
extra plates and trays for cooking and serving cookies

play dough: kelly green Wilton food dye, green and blue glitter
golf tees, rocks, caps, marker lids, pattern blocks
popsicle sticks, cut up garland, wooden cubes
in white (sharp white teeth)
purple (straggly purple hair)
yellow (little yellow eyes)
teal (long bluish-greenish nose)
red (big red mouth)
green (big green face)

Go Away Big Green Monster art and story activity

reused the gingerbread play dough
purple - lids, craft sticks -  prickles all over his back
green -lid, beads, buttons -  wart at the end of his nose
white - glass gems, rocks, shells, lids, golf tees -  claws, horns, teeth
orange - lids, glass gems - eyes
brown lids, beads, glass gems - fur
black - lids, spools, glass gems - tongue

enjoy some Gruffalo Crumble
learn story elements with The Gruffalo

green and nature play dough creations
play dough: green with bitter
cedar boughs
twigs (arbutus)
red twigs
cedar branches
nuts (with the shell on)

create a green sensory bin

play dough: purple food dye, purple and fuchsia  glitter, lavender essential oil
cut up garland
eyeballs and googly eyes
plastic spiders and critters

play dough: rose food dye, strawberry flavouring, lots of glitter in all colours
cut up garland
cut up straws
coloured blocks
gems and sparkles

play dough: blue Wilton's food dye
small aquarium rocks
assortment of Toob sea creatures
ocean coloured gems
laminated ocean pictures from Nurture Store

coffee play dough  - recipe from Kids Activities

play dough: bleached flour play dough, iridescent glitter
cut up bead garland
big bead garland cut into individual beads
small rocks
googly eyes
cut up orange pipe cleaners

play dough: black liquid watercolour and food dye, blue and gold glitter, tiny stars
space printables from Picklebums
plastic astronaut figures
cut up garland
glass gems, beach glass, plastic disks from Christmas tree garland
star cookie cutters

play dough: purple food dye, purple and fushsia  glitter, lavender essential oil
googly eyes
black, orange and purple pipe cleaners
cut up straws
laminated paper spiders
plastic spiders
next time will add small sticks and cut up bead garland

spider web art activity
another spider web art activity
spiders and spouts in the sand table

play dough: either gingerbread play dough or mud dough
sticks (a variety of sticks, driftwood, cedar and juniper boughs)
stones, and pinecones


play dough: buttercup Wilton's food dye, lemon essence and gold glitter
gems, buttons,wooden blocks, shells, lids and other loose parts
in yellow, green, black, brown and ivory

create a beautiful sunflower sensory bin
paint sunflowers like Vincent Van Gogh

play dough: blue food dye, blue glitter, lavender essential oil
recycled lids
building disks
cut up big straws
cut up garland
wiggly eyes
cut up pipe cleaners

more Todd Parr inspired feeling and faces activities

play dough: pink play dough with red and pink sparkles
cedar boughs
twigs (arbutus)
red twigs
googly eyes
glass gem hearts
cut up heart garland

Valentine's play dough invitation II


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