This is an exceptional way to teach kids about shapes. This is more than just identifying them...this will teach them why a hexagon is a hexagon!

Looks fun: A, Bee, C, Preschool: Building Shapes. Kindergarten readiness: Colored craft sticks are labeled with the number of sides each shape has, ie: 3 purple sticks - triangle. The children will choose a color and build the matching colored shape from

Teacher's Pet – Ideas & Inspiration for Early Years (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) | Leaf Hedgehogs

hedgehog fall leaf craft - I did this with my son's class and it was a total hit. I'd recommend using leaves that aren't brown yet, as the brown leaves are more brittle and hard for kids it work with.

Teacher's Pet – Ideas & Inspiration for Early Years (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) | Adding Fun

A fun way to encourage addition math skills with cups and paper towel or toilet paper rolls - students can build their own adding machine

Kids can engage with Nature, get creative and develop their motor skills with this all natural leaf threading activity.

All Natural Leaf Threading

All Natural Leaf Threading - The Mud Kitchen Kids can engage with Nature, get creative and develop their motor skills with this all natural leaf threading activity.

50 Autumn Play and Art Activities for Kids

50 Autumn Play and Art Activities for Kids

50 Autumn Activities for Kids - Wow! This amazing listing is grouped by leaves, pumpkins, explorations, creative work, and more.

Math- Addition Cups!  Make this great center for your classroom.  Working with concrete objects helps build numbers sense while students work on composing and decomposing numbers in a fun and kinesthetic way.  For complete directions and suggestion for use, go to:  http://sweetsoundsofkindergarten.blogspot.com/2014/02/math-addition-cups.html?spref=pi

Math Center-Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten : Math- Addition Cups! Cups have holes in them so that the manipulative a drop through. The kids use white board markers to write the numbers.

I LOVE this idea. What a great way to start off the year! Anchor Chart for first day of school

------dream classroom: what kind of classroom do you want? What kind of teacher do you want? What kind of student does your teacher want? Positive way to start out the year

outdoors or indoors' investigation table with a leaf cover from IKEA

Set up a "Nature Table" to display all the treasures found on nature hikes. great for scientific observations. {The large leaf is from IKEA.} Smith nature walks might be great to fill up your science center

paperclip math (good fine motor activity as well)

paperclip math (good fine motor activity as well). You can also make this an addition problem by putting paperclips on the top and on the side to equal the number when added together.

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