Fall Counting Game for Preschool or Kindergarten Center Time

We start our preschool day with close to an hour 
of free play.

Keeping the table top activities "fresh" is always the goal!

Here is a new game I created for fall. 

  I created this game by cutting and gluing the parts for the trees onto a poster board.  

I find that generally looks more attractive (and more colourful) than drawing the images directly onto the paper.

The children add the "apples" (red glass stones from the dollar store) to the trees.  

The game was designed to be a counting game with children matching the number of apples they add to the number written on the trunk of the tree.

Some of the children (particularly the 3 year olds) however, simply enjoy playing with the beads and placing them on the trees.

Although they are not counting the "apples," they can still develop number awareness as they play.  

I will ask casual questions such as which tree has the MOST apples, which tree has "0" apples, or  
how many apples do you think you could eat? :)  

If you want, you can also add a "Mr. Slinky Worm" to the table.  

The children love it when he tries to sneak off with the apples!

We continue with the apple theme at circle time, by singing the classic Mr. Slinky Worm song.

If you'd like magnet board pieces for this song, you'll find them in my Worm Unit HERE along
with a variety of other apple related activities.

All the activities are great for fall, but sometimes Halloween crowds in and I just use the apple ones in the Fall and save the worm activities for spring! 
(That's when the kids particularly seem to enjoy digging in the soil for them!)

This set is on sale in my shop now for 20% off! 
Take a peek HERE and get your own Mr. Slinky Worm song, magnet board pieces, and class activity sheet while the set is on sale!


Fall Craft Ideas and a Fall Clip Art Freebie!

You always know what season it is in a preschool classroom.

Between the bulletin board displays, the crafts, and the songs at circle,
there's no mistakin' that it's fall!

Here's a few shots of the projects we've been doing in our class this past week.

Excuse me if the pics aren't perfectly cropped or rotated!
Fall's a busy time! :)

Yarn Wrapped Acorns and Apples

Step 1 - Roll red and brown paint on cardstock (great project for the kids)
Step 2 - Teacher cuts out apple and acorn shapes 
Step 3 - Kids glue on letters, glittery shapes, etc.
Step 4 - Kids wrap the shape in yarn 
(Teachers help them tape the beginning and end of the yarn piece)

Fall Wreath on a Paper Plate

Step1 - Cut out the center of a thin paper plate 
(You don't need a Chinet plate for this project! :))

Step 2 - Students glue a variety of real leaves, paper leaves, and tissue leaves to the plate

Tip:  The real leaves don't stick very well to the plates, so after the kids glued them to the plate, we reinforced them with a staple or two!) 

Step 3 - Add a ribbon for hanging at the top (It's on the side in this photo)

Also, for fall....I've just added Surprise #4 to my shop!  

This FREEBIE can be used for a very special holiday coming up next month.  

But I won't say more, 'cause it's a secret!  

Link to your surprise HERE!


New FREE Fall Printable Surprise!

I've been back at school this past week prepping my classroom, but  
tomorrow is the first day our little ones arrive.

I better get a good night's sleep!

My Five for Fall Celebration continues this week with a new FREEBIE!

This one is a little different in that it's not actually clip art, but a pdf file of 
8 printables that I hope will be really useful for fall!  

If you like it, please leave some feedback.  
Thank you!

Also, Freebie #1 and #2 are still available in the FREE section of my shop if you haven't picked those up already.
Link to Surprise #3 in my Chirp Graphics shop, HERE!
Have a wonderful week!


FREE Fall Clip Art Surprise!

My FIVE FOR FALL Celebration is in full swing for the month of September! 
Lots of you left lovely feedback on last week's clip art surprise.  
Thank you so much!

By the way, I thought I'd keep the sets a surprise to make it more fun.  
We just don't get enough good surprises in life, right?!

 I have just posted SURPRISE #2 in my shop and it's waiting for YOU!

If you like it, please remember to leave feedback.  
It only takes a minute, and it makes such a huge difference to me as I continue to build my store.  

Thank you so much!!
Link to Surprise #2 HERE!

Clip Art Freebies for You!

I am just under 1,000 followers in my clip art shop and I'm celebrating early!! 

Thanks so much to everyone who is a follower already, as well as any new friends who'd like to jump on board! 

I'll be giving away FIVE freebies in the coming weeks of September and I'll be offering sets that will be useful for a variety of grade levels. 

I just posted the first SURPRISE in my shop and it's waiting for YOU!

If you like it, please remember to leave feedback.  
It only takes a minute, and it makes such a huge difference to me as I continue to build my store.  

Thank you so much!!
Link to your 1st surprise HERE


FREE Blank Gameboard for your Creations!

My class loves playing little, two person games
 at center time.  

I created this blank game board so that I could create a variety of games and tailor each to suit the particular theme/look and lesson I wanted.

The pages each have a transparent background so that you can layer a background paper underneath.   

Print on 8 1/2" x 11" paper using the landscape setting on your printer. 
They are also offered as pngs so they are resizable.  

Glue the two pages together after printing to create the full game board, then find or create a die with a small wood block that has numbers 1 - 3, plus a miss a turn option. 

If you can use these gameboards, I would love to offer them to you forFREE in my Chirp Graphics shop.  

Here's the link!  Once you get there, just click Follow Me under my Chirp Graphics shop name and you'll be notified of my next freebie!


FREE Summer Background Scene Clip Art

I just created this set of background scenes for summer!  

Great for cover pages, as a backdrop for games and activities and more!  

Just layer your images on top and voila!  
You have a game or cover.  Done!  

If you could use this FREE set of beach and ocean papers for summer, head over to my Chirp Graphics shop to pick them up!  

If you like the set, please remember to leave feedback on it for my shop. 
It takes time and energy to make freebies, but it's all worthwhile when I read your comments.  :)
Thanks so much and enjoy the set!

Click HERE to access it 

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Free Easter Egg Clip Art Set!

Hippity hop, hippity hop, Easter's on its way!

Yes, I know, it's a silly song, but it always pops into my head when I think of Easter - a throwback from my childhood! :)

I recently created some fun sets for Easter available in my Chirp Graphics shop.

My Eggs 'n Chicks clip art set...

and also my Easter Bunny Egg Hunt clip art set!

 Each is packed with fun png images to create a variety of projects!

I also wanted to include a FREE set just for you!

This set of Lace Eggs includes 9 different images including a blackline and black and white version.

If you decide to download this free set and you find it useful, please leave feedback on it for my shop page.  

I love reading your comments (it makes my day!) and your feedback really helps people find my shop!  


FREE Valentine's Day Clip Art

I love Valentine's Day!!

 It's only a one-day holiday - not like the extravaganza of Christmas - but it's such a sweet celebration that it warms my heart every year!

I just created a new clip art set for this special day and I wanted to share it with you for FREE!

Just click HERE to pick it up in my Chirp Graphics shop on TPT!

FREE Valentine's Day Clip Art Set

Valentine's Day is on its way!

It's one of those holidays that transports me right back to the excitement of being a kid.

If you're already starting to look for some ideas for the big day, you may want to check out my post, 
6 Awesome Games for your Pre-K Valentine's Day Party.

It contains lots of tried and true activities that you might find useful!

This year, in honour of the upcoming day, I've created a couple of new clip art sets.

I plan to use them to make some fun games and writing activities for Valentine's week!

The set below contains 38 images in total.

Each of the clips is offered in colour, blackline and black and white.  
If you'd like a copy for your projects, just click below - Valentine's Day Cards and Mailboxes

I'd also love to offer you a freebie!

If you are in need of some new HEARTS for your worksheets or other activities, you may want to pick up the


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