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New August 2012: Back to School, Preschool Activities, Games, and Crafts. If you take a Mouse to school, first he'll ask you for your lunchbox ‐ and then he'll want to get his paws on everything, from spelling and math to a messy science experiment. Getting back into the swing of school is this month's theme with the help of a little mouse. Welcome children back to the classroom with school-related subject matter that builds literacy, develops vocabulary, instills math concepts, and inspires dramatic play and movement activities. Samples of our more than 95 back to school crafts, activities, crafts, games, songs, rhymes, coloring pages, and printables.

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Start the school year off right with some fun and exciting back-to-school activities. See also our The Kissing Hand resources for more back to school literacy activities.

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If You Take a Mouse to School Activitites and Printables
If you take a mouse to school coloring page If you take a mouse to school maze if you take a mouse to school maze At my school coloring page
If You Take a Mouse to School Coloring Page If You Take a Mouse to School Can you find the mouse? If You Take a Mouse to School Maze My first day of school coloring page


If you Take a Mouse to School
If you take a Mouse to school, first he'll ask you for your lunchbox ‐ and then he'll want to get his paws on everything, from spelling and math to a messy science experiment.

Here is a great language activity to do with the "If you Take a Mouse to School" book that also teaches children each other’s names.

What you do:
Cut several small index cards in half and write each child's name on a card. Place the cards in a lunchbox. Re-read the book to the class. Stop to draw a card and replace the "Mouse" with the child's name. Have children take turns to draw a name out of the lunchbox and reading it with your help and continue the story.


If you take a mouse to school activities If You Take a Mouse to School Harper Collins Book Activities Back to School theme
I'm so luck to have you first day of school presents

I'm lucky you are in my class!
Teacher's welcome presents for children.

 

 

Back to School Activities


Lucky Charms Welcome to School Bags

Write out the poem, print it and attach to a snack bag of Lucky Charms cereal.

This special treat is to remind you that I’m glad you are in my class! Search the bag, and inside you should find:

A yellow star to remind you to always shine.
A pot of gold to remind you that you are worth a million.
A colorful rainbow to remind you to always do your best.
A blue moon to remind you that sometimes we will all make mistakes.
A green clover to give you luck as you start ____ grade.
A purple horseshoe to remind you that U matter!
A red balloon to remind you to soar above the clouds and try new things.
And most importantly, a pink heart to remind you that as your teacher,
I care about you!

 

Welcome Back-to-School Bags

Put together one bag for each child of items that symbolize that the classroom is a safe, welcoming place where everyone works together and takes care of each other. Place the following items in each bag: one cotton ball, one individually wrapped chocolate kiss, one tissue, one sticker, one gold thread, one penny, one bandage, one eraser, and one individually wrapped life saver. Then, tell children what each item means:

    • The cotton ball is to remind you that this room is full of kind words and warm feelings
    • The chocolate kiss is to comfort you when you are feeling sad.
    • The tissue is to remind you to help dry someone's tears.
    • The sticker is to remind you that we all stick together and help each other.
    • The star is to remind you to shine and always try your best.
    • The gold thread is to remind you that friendship ties our hearts together.
    • The penny is to remind you that you are valuable and special.
    • The bandage is to heal hurt feelings in your friends and in yourself.
    • The eraser is to remind you that we all make mistakes and that is O.K.
    • The life saver is to remind you that you can come to me if you need someone to talk to.
     

    Magic Playdough
    The Magic Playdough helps the children to release any nervous energy they may have. For each child, roll a piece of white playdough into a ball. Poke a small hole in each with your finger and add a few drops of food color. Cover the hole carefully. Place each ball into a ziploc bag and place a bag at each child's seat. Let childen take out their "Magic Playdough" and say the following rhyme together:

    I squezze my playdoug it's shiny white.
    I squezze it, I squezze it with all my might.
    Slowly I see a color appear,
    Yes it will be a great school year!

    Let children play with their playdoh for or instruct them to make certain things and share these with the class:

    • their initials
    • their favorite animal

     

    Back-to-School Friendship Walk

    Have children stand in a circle and choose a fun back-to-school music CD to play during the game. Choose a child to walk around the circle as the music plays. When the music stops, the child moving around the circle stops and joins hands with the child closest to him/her. As the music begins again, the two children now walk together around the circle. Each time the music stops, the children walking around the circle join hands with the next child standing closest them. The friendship walk continues until everyone is walking in a circle together with joined hands.

     

    Back to School Name Chant


    Hi There! (Original Author Unknown)
    Recite to the tune of “Shoo Fly”

    Hi there, so glad you came,
    Hi there, so glad you came,
    Hi there, so glad you came,
    1-2-3, Let's shout "hurray!"

    Hurray!

    Hi there, so glad you're here,
    Hi there, so glad you're here,
    Hi there, so glad you're here
    1-2-3, Let's give a cheer!

    Yay!

     

    Back to School Song

     

    This is the Way (Original Author Unknown)
    Sing to the tune of “All Around the Mulberry Bush”

    This is the way we sit in a circle, (start off song sitting in a circle)
    Sit in a circle, sit in a circle.
    This is the way we sit in a circle,
    Here at our school.

    This is the way we raise our hands, (raise hands up and down)
    Raise our hands, raise our hands.
    This is the way we raise our hands,
    Here at our school.

    This is the way we read our books, (pretend to turn pages from left to right)
    Read our books, read our books.
    This is the way we read our books,
    Here at our school.

    This is the way we write our names, (write names in the air)
    Write our names, write our names.
    This is the way we write our names,
    Here at our school.

    This is the way we eat our lunch, (pretend to each lunch)
    Eat our lunch, eat our lunch.
    This is the way we eat our lunch,
    Here at our school.

    This is the way we get in a line, (move into lining up to leave classroom)
    Get in a line, get in a line.
    This is the way we get in a line,
    Here at our school.



    Back to School Books
    Back to school tortoise book Berenstein's go back to school book First Day Jitters Book How I spent my summer vacation If you take a mouse to school book

    Back to School Tortoise

    The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School

     

    First Day Jitters

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Dragonfly Books)

    If You Take a Mouse to School

    It's Back to School we go book Pete the Cat School shoes book Splat the cat back to school book Timothy goes to school book The kissing hand book
    It'S Back To School We Go! Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! Timothy Goes to School The Kissing Hand

     

     

    First Day of Kindergarten Books
    Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come First day of School book Kindergarten Countdown to Kindergarten First day of School book Kindergarten The Night Before Kindergarten First day of School book Kindergarten Kindergarten Rocks! first day of Kindergarten Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
    Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come (Picture Puffins) Countdown to Kindergarten The Night Before Kindergarten (Reading Railroad Books) Kindergarten Rocks! Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Miss Bindergarten Books)
    Welcome to Kindergarten First day of Kindergarten book First day of Kindergarten book First Day Jitters First day of School book First day of School book and activities Miss Mingo and the First Day of School
    Welcome to Kindergarten Will I Have a Friend? First Day Jitters First Day, Hooray! Miss Mingo and the First Day of School

     

     
    First Day of Preschool Books
    The Night Before Preschool  First day of Preschool book What to Expect at Preschool Preschool  First day of Preschool book First day of Preschool boo Bye-Bye Time preschool book
    The Night Before Preschool

    What to Expect at Preschool (What to Expect Kids)

     

    Preschool Day Hooray! My First Day at Nursery School Bye-Bye Time (Toddler Tools)
    I Love You All Day Long first day of preschool book The Kissing Hand book and activities and crafts I Don't Want to Go to School: first day of preschool book first day of school book
    I Love You All Day Long The Kissing Hand I Don't Want to Go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety (Let's Talk) Oh My Baby, Little One Wemberly Worried

     

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