Rock Sensory Bin

Part of this summer we did a lot of collecting of rocks. A lot of the places that we visited had collect rocks you could buy in little bags. We got bag of rocks from various places. The girls wanted to do something fun to play with them. I made all the rocks plus some filler rocks into a Rock Sensory Bin.

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All three had fun exploring the texture and colors of the rocks. We also read about some rocks in the book: Rocks, Fossils & Arrowheads (Take Along Guides). We talked about the different type of rocks that you can see. This was fun to read before hand so we knew about the different types of rocks.

We also read the book Everybody Needs a Rock (An Aladdin Book). This is a great ideas about picking out your own rock. We have grown to love this book. I really like #2 in the book. This makes for something fun while playing in the sensory bin and picking out rocks.

What you need: rocks of various sizes and colors and decorative filler black rocks.

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My youngest started out just looking through the bin and exploring what kind of rocks she could see. She loved exploring the different textures of the rocks.

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She then started sorting out some of the different rocks. She sorted them by color, similar rocks and colored vs the plain black color.

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We did some simple what is the same and what is different with two different type of black rocks. We had shiny rocks and glossy rocks. It was fun to look at. We noted shape and size.

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She sorted the rock in the bin. She had same colored rocks on one side and color or fancy rocks on the other side. Once they were all sorted she used the black rocks to cover the fancy rocks.

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We also used the rocks from the bin to help fill in the dots on the lower case r is for Rock Dot marker page.

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This was a really fun and simple sensory bin! She loved it a lot. Her older sister also like to play with the Rock Sensory Bin as well. They all took their turn and pulled out and sorting all the different colored rocks.

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Check out these other simple sensory bins:

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Free Community Helpers Pack

This Community Helpers Pack is one that has been on my list of packs I have really wanted to do. I have thought about it for months. I love that now I get the chance to put one out. I believe that learning about the jobs and people in the community helps our kids learn more about those people around them.

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These activities are great for kids ages 2 to 10. There is a lot of writing and learning who the people are in this pack. There are three books we will be using with this pack. Not all the jobs in the books are used but I like these best: Whose Vehicle Is This?: A Look at Vehicles Workers Drive – Fast, Loud, and Bright , Whose Tools Are These?: A Look at Tools Workers Use – Big, Sharp, and Smooth and Whose Hat Is This?: A Look at Hats Workers Wear – Hard, Tall, and Shiny.

This pack has the following community helpers: baker, construction worker, crossing guard, dentist, doctor, farmer, fireman, garbage collector, hair stylist, librarian, nurse, police officer, postal worker, soldier, teachers, and vet. Most of the pages in the page and activities for all the community helpers.

This is also a group project with Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. You will want to be sure to hop over to her page and get some of her free printables plus if your are a part of her Member group there is an additional printable set you can get.

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Community Helpers Pack contains over 190 pages:
(part 1) Large 3 Part Cards, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next?, Prewriting Practice, Pattern Cards, Matching Cards, 4 Piece Puzzles, 10 Piece Puzzles, Trace The Begging Letter & Word, (part 2) Begging Sounds, Sorting, Wall Cards, Trace Begging Sounds, Trace the Word, Write the Word, Size sorting, Write a Sentence, Trace & Color, (part 3) Describe the Community Helper, Acrostic Poems, Label Begging Sounds, Color by Size, Count & Graph, Easy to Read Community Helper Book, Community Helper Book, (part4) Color the pattern, Fill in the Missing Patterns, CVC Rhyming Words Writing, Roll & Cover Math (Addition, Addition +5, Subtract 1, Multiplication) , Cover the ABCs, Write Begging Sound Words

Tot Pack contains 49 pages:
Solid Line Prewriting, Dashed Line Prewriting, Which One is Different, 2 Piece Puzzles, Color the Mailbox, Matching Cards, 9 Piece Puzzle, Matching pages, Shape Tracing, Dot the Letter for all the community helpers

Here are some books we will be reading with this pack:

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Places I may be linking up to!
Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop For the Kids Friday I Can Teach My Child No Time For Flash CardsThe Weekly Kids Co-Op Montessori Monday Classroom Freebies Manic Monday Teach Beside Me

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Free 2014 Shoes & Button Calenader Set

I have been looking over my themes and thought I would do a few calendars this year that match up with some of the Printables Packs! I’m really excited about this! Each month you will find a new things coming. This months Calendar theme is Buttons & Shoes! It goes with the Pete The Cat Pack. This is a great theme to have at the start of the school year.

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As I said this calendar set matches up with the Free Pete the Cat Pack. We have long loved the Pete the Cat books: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. So this calendar set has shoes and buttons for the cards. You have a set with an AABB pattern with red shoes and blue button & a set with 3 shoes and 3 buttons.

The 6 image Shoes and Buttons Calendar set has three buttons: blue, red, and yellow; and three shoes: blue, red, and white.

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The Shoes & Buttons Pattern set has AABB of a blue button and red shoes. This is a fun pattern and easy to follow.

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Graphics from Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles.

Button & Shoes Calendar Set

What you will Find in these Button & Shoes Calendar printables:
Button & Shoes Calendar Set: Days of the weeks, September, October, 2014, 2015, and 1 to 31 numbers (3×3).
Button & Shoes Pattern Calendar: September, October, 2014, 2015, and 1 to 31 numbers (3×3) in an AABB pattern.
Button & Shoes Single Page Calendar: 6 pages of September, October, 2014 – color pattern, trace and color number

Keep an eye out for new themes this year and updates to older calendar sets!

Here are the items and books we plan on using with this Button & Shoes Calendar Set:

Don’t forget to check out the Free Pete the Cat Pack! There is over 70 pages of activities.

Free Pete the Cat Pack

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Places I may be linking up to!
Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop For the Kids Friday I Can Teach My Child No Time For Flash CardsThe Weekly Kids Co-Op Montessori Monday Classroom Freebies Manic Monday Teach Beside Me

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