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What in the World Have We Been Up To: Week 13 of Thankfulness

I can't believe I'm back and posting somewhat regularly!  (We'll see for how long...)

Totally missed my Bloggiversary AND my birthday though.  Sorry guys!  BUT I can promise a good long post with some fun ideas and freebies ahead.  :)

Here's what we've been up to in Kinder Krazy Week Before Thanksgiving Land...

Turkey Hand Prints and Picture Frame Gifts

Aren't these adorable?!  And they were super easy to make.  I picked up the unfinished wooden frames at Michael's for only $1 (I also saw Walmart has some).  The buttons were ridiculously expensive though.  Why are buttons so expensive?!?!

Pilgrim Craftivity

I can't believe how many craftivities we completed this week!  I go back and forth with these things.  On the one hand I'd rather we be making something authentic, like a class book.  On the other hand I need cute things for our hallway.  Hence these paper plate pilgrim cutie pies (which followed after an illustrative mini-lesson on eyes).  Here's a close-up:

Mayflower Suitcase Craftivity

This activity was so awesome!  :)  We had a great time learning all about the Pilgrims and their Mayflower voyage.  Most of the kids felt like they would bring their own toilet, as you can see below...

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey Craftivity

This was another fun craftivity!  The graphic organizer was great for getting the kids to get their thoughts and sentences in order.  I just cracked up at the differences between most of the boys and girls... Almost all the girls will go shopping for their turkey.  The boys?  They'll go hunting!  :)

Let's shift gears a bit and move on to our favorite time of the day... Math Stations!  On the day of our Thanksgiving party I actually had a little cutie ask me when we were going to do math because apparently parties and crafts are "boring."  :)

Roll & Build a Turkey (FREEBIE!)

This game was a blast!  Definitely a great way to get my little ones moving... and best of all it's free!  (Click on the picture to be directed to the download).

Turkey Feathers Addition Facts to 10 (FREEBIE!)

This fun game from Julie at Make, Take & Teach was PERFECT for practicing addition facts- click on the picture to grab the download!

Pilgrims on Parade Number Order

How Big Is Your Dinner Measuring Activity

And last but not least... some literacy stations!  I was really bad at taking pictures during our Daily 5 block last week.  Actually I'm pretty bad at it all the time since I'm busy with guided reading and my littles are so independent.  But I did get some great pictures of our FAVORITE word work station ever... the sensory bin!

Turkey Lurkey Match & Record Rhyming Activity

Since we don't have a real sensory table I make do with a clear plastic container, but it works.  The kids loved it!  It was filled with corn, fake cherries and of course the rhyming turkeys.  And have I ever told you how awesome Marsha's products are?  They are so easy to differentiate- it's great!  Each group had a different recording sheet suited to their needs.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I am SO thankful for all of you followers and friends.  I truly appreciate all your advice and encouragement and hope to be back soon with some belated Bloggiversary goodies.  Happy Thanksgiving!


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