November is filled with excitement with Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. There are plenty of opportunities to read to children, so here are some favorite November books for preschoolers:
Election Day Books:
Veteran’s Day Books:
There is also the book, In November.
Description: In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.
Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical language and Jill Kastner’s rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month–the moments we spend together and the ones we witness in the world around us.
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Here are five simple fine motor activities for Thanksgiving that you can do with preschoolers.
- Tweezer Sorting: Provide children with Thanksgiving Harvest Mix Bead Assortment, some fine motor tweezers, and a veggie tray from Dollar Tree. Have kids use tweezers to pick up and sort the various beads into the divided tray.
- Turkey Lacing: Cut out a turkey shape from cardboard or thick paper. After children decorate it, add holes around the edge for children to lace.
Source: Kaplan Early Learning Company
- Colandar Turkey: We love this idea from A Dab of Glue Will Do. Turn a colander upside down, tape on the turkey printable, and have children start decorating by placing fine motor tweezers in the colander holes.play
- Golf Tee Turkeys: Make some brown playdough, add some googly eyes, and a playdough beak and wattle. Let children push colored golf tees into the playdough for the feathers.
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- Turkey Baster Painting: Water down (a little water) some fall-colored paints. Dip a turkey baster into paint, squeezing the paint into the baster. Then squeeze the paint onto paper to make a turkey baster painting.
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Why is it important to help children develop their fine motor skills?
Improving children’s dexterity will help them be able to write, pick up items, hold books, and much more. Finding fun ways for children to develop their fine motor skills is an important part of your job as a caretaker or early childhood teacher. Activities such as the ones included in this article are great ways to bring fine motor practice into the classroom without letting children know that’s what they’re working on as they play and create. (Source: Kaplan Early Learning Company)
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Looking for some ways to incorporate candy corns with preschool math activities? Try one of these candy corn math ideas with our free printables.
Candy Corn Counting
Cut out our Candy Corn number cards and laminate them. Have children place the number of candy corns on each card, corresponding with the number on the husk.
Candy Corn Patterning
Cut out our Candy Corn pattern strips and laminate them. Have children place the next candy corn in the pattern in the box.
Candy Corn Measuring
Print out our Candy Corn measuring sheet and make copies. Have children find the items listed in the room, and measure each item by lining up candy corns next to the item. They can count the candy corns and write in the number.
Candy Corn Handful Graph
Have the children grab a handful of candy corn and count how many each child grabbed. Graph the results. To graph the results you can write each child’s name and number on a small rectangle of card stock, then place them in order from least to greatest along the bottom of a bulletin board. If you have more than one child with the same number, you would stack them. To make it more interesting you can trace the child’s hand, and write their name and number on the hand instead of the rectangle. Label the graph “How much is a handful?”
(Source: The Activity Idea Place)