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Hands-On Fall Activities to do with Your Preschool Child

Reading Comprehension

Muncha Muncha Muncha
by Candace Fleming, narrated by Mrs. Acres
After You Listen
  • What is the title of the book?
  • How many words are in the title of the book? How are these words the same? Are they different?
  • What is your favorite part of the story?
  • How many different kinds of vegetables can you name? How would you describe what they taste like?
  • What is your favorite vegetable to eat? If you were a bunny trying to get into the garden how would you do it?

Math Skills

Click here to download some carrots and bunnies for the following math activities:

  • Practice number recognition and quantity understanding by matching the numbered bunnies to the same number carrot.
  • Use the bunnies and the carrots to create a game of memory. Turn the cards face down and see if you can find the bunny number that matches the number of carrots (builds working memory for reading as well).
  • Play a game of “Go Fish” with the bunny and carrot cards. If you have a number 2 bunny you would say, “Do you have two carrots?” and vice versa.
  • Use the numbered bunnies to see if your child can put the numbers in order from lowest to highest or highest to lowest.
  • Turn all the cards face down in two piles, turn up one card from each pile and have your child say which is higher and which is lower…highest wins both cards. Who has the most at the end?
  • Play a game called, “I’m thinking of…” Say, “I’m thinking of a number that comes after three and before five,” and see if your child can point to the correct bunny.
  • Make simple addition and subtraction problems for your child using the bunnies or carrots. For example, say, “If the bunny picked two carrots and then picked two more carrots, how many carrots did he eat all together?” Or “If there were five carrots and the bunny ate three of them, how many carrots are left?”

What other games can you think of to create with your child?

Math Skills

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Click here to download some carrots and bunnies for the following math activities:

  • Practice number recognition and quantity understanding by matching the numbered bunnies to the same number carrot.
  • Use the bunnies and the carrots to create a game of memory. Turn the cards face down and see if you can find the bunny number that matches the number of carrots (builds working memory for reading as well).
  • Play a game of “Go Fish” with the bunny and carrot cards. If you have a number 2 bunny you would say, “Do you have two carrots?” and vice versa.
  • Use the numbered bunnies to see if your child can put the numbers in order from lowest to highest or highest to lowest.
  • Turn all the cards face down in two piles, turn up one card from each pile and have your child say which is higher and which is lower…highest wins both cards. Who has the most at the end?
  • Play a game called, “I’m thinking of…” Say, “I’m thinking of a number that comes after three and before five,” and see if your child can point to the correct bunny.
  • Make simple addition and subtraction problems for your child using the bunnies or carrots. For example, say, “If the bunny picked two carrots and then picked two more carrots, how many carrots did he eat all together?” Or “If there were five carrots and the bunny ate three of them, how many carrots are left?”

What other games can you think of to create with your child?

Language Development

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Phonemic awareness is the skill of hearing sounds in language. In order to be a good reader you need to have good phonemic awareness! Say this poem for phonemic awareness practice:

5 (4, 3, 2) little bunnies hopping down a trail (put up all five fingers on one hand and hop them up and down)
The first (second, third, fourth) one stepped on the second one’s tail (wiggle your thumb for first and pointer finger for second)
“Ouch!” said the bunny.
“I’m sorry!” said his friend, and the first (second, third, fourth) little bunny hopped home again (put the thumb down, leaving four fingers up)
Repeat by counting down the numbers until one left:
One little bunny, looking for a friend. They all went home, and this is the end!

Cooking = Science!

Make this easy vegetable pizza to entice your little bunnies to eat their veggies! Cooking with kids makes them more likely to try new and healthy foods!

Veggie Pizza Recipe
  1. Open one package crescent roll dough. Spread dough on a pizza pan, pinching perforations to make a pizza crust, bake according to package directions until golden brown.
  2. Mix one small container of sour cream and one package of ranch dressing mix; combine and spread on cooled dough.
  3. Top with favorite bunny veggies: shredded carrots, chopped broccoli, diced red peppers (add whatever veggies your child will eat, or ones you want to entice him/her to try).
  4. Add shredded cheddar or colby-jack cheese and serve to your little bunny!
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Cooking = Science!

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Make this easy vegetable pizza to entice your little bunnies to eat their veggies! Cooking with kids makes them more likely to try new and healthy foods!

Veggie Pizza Recipe
  1. Open one package crescent roll dough. Spread dough on a pizza pan, pinching perforations to make a pizza crust, bake according to package directions until golden brown.
  2. Mix one small container of sour cream and one package of ranch dressing mix; combine and spread on cooled dough.
  3. Top with favorite bunny veggies: shredded carrots, chopped broccoli, diced red peppers (add whatever veggies your child will eat, or ones you want to entice him/her to try).
  4. Add shredded cheddar or colby-jack cheese and serve to your little bunny!
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