Storytime: Eric Wood reads I Love Monkey

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Eric Wood, former Buffalo Bills, reads I Love Monkey by Suzanne Kaufman with help from his daughter, Grace.

At the end of the story Monkey realizes that being you is all that you need to be. What are some things about you that make you feel special? Tell your grown up or sibling something you love about them that makes them special!

Eric Wood Storytime

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Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Written by: Julia McMahon
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Materials

Envelope
Paper that fits inside the envelope when folded in half
Paper for drawing
Pencil, crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils
Scissors
Glue stick 

Length:

Set up: 5 minutes
Active: 10-30 minutes 

Academic Subject(s):

English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Math   

Directions:

Step 1: Draw a picture and color it. This will be the piece that pops out from your card.

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards


Step 2: Cut out the picture.


Step 3: Fold the paper that will become your card, in half, as shown.

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 4: Cut two slits in the middle of the folded end. They should be perpendicular to the fold and parallel to each other.  The strip in the middle should be narrower than the bottom of your picture.

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 5: Open up the card and push the middle strip to the inside of the card. Close the card and flatten in out.  When you open it, it should look like this:

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

When closed, it should look like this:

Sanity Savers: Pop Up Cards

Step 6: Draw and color the background (the inside of the card) and write a message.  This is also a good time to decorate the front of the card.

Step 7: Glue the bottom of the picture and attach it to one side of the middle strip. The bottom of the picture should just touch the point where the middle strip meets the rest of the card, as shown.

Tip: Allow the glue to dry before closing the card! 

Vocabulary Words

Parallel: side by side lines that are the same distance apart and never cross each other
Perpendicular: at a 90 degree angle to a given line (in this case, the fold of the card)
Horizontal line: line that runs left to right (not up and down)  

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Sanity Savers: Spin to Spell Eggs

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Written by: Amelia Schrader
Senior Manager of Learning and Education

Materials:

Plastic Eggs that come apart
Permeant Maker  

Sanity Savers: Spin to Spell Eggs

Length:

Set up: 10 minutes
Play Time: Unlimited!  

Academic Subject(s):

Literacy 
This lesson supports your student’s curriculum: PKRF1, PKRF2, PKRF3, KRF1, KRF2, KRF3, 1RF2, 1RF3, 2RF3  
This lesson supports areas of Early Childhood Development and  PreK Curriculum:
· PreK Standards: Counting to tell the number of objects, demonstrate emergent phonics and word analysis skills.  

Do all those vocabulary worksheets seem overwhelming right now? Looking for a fun way to engage your child in spelling practice?
Try out these spin to spell eggs.  

Directions:

Step 1: Gather your list of vocabulary or sight words that your child is working on.  

Step 2: On the larger, taller end of the egg write down common word endings or word families (i.e. –op, -an, -at, -ing etc.)


Step 3: On the smaller, shorter end of the egg write down the corresponding start of each word (i.e. for the egg ending in -op the beginning sound would be a consonant or consonant blend. 
Step 4: Snap the eggs together and ling up the beginning with the end to spell each word!   

This is a great activity to adjust to your child’s learning level. If you have a younger child that is working on capital and lower case recognition you can create a spin to match egg set that has upper case letters on one half and corresponding lower case letters on the other half! Just make sure you mix them up so you truly have to spin to match. You can also use this lesson for counting practice by adding roman numerals to one egg half and dots to the other half. The possibilities are endless!   

Egg Word List to Start Your Lesson
Word Family (-ing)- King, Sing, Fling, Wing, Bring, Spring, Thing
Word Family (-at) – Bat, Cat, Hat, Sat, Rat, That, Flat, Chat
Word Family (-op) –
Stop, Shop, Mop, Hop, Pop, Cop
Word Family (-an) – Can, Man, Tan, Fan, Pan, Ran, Van, Plan
Word Family (-ill) – Fill, Hill, Pill, Will, Chill, Drill, Grill, Skill
Word Family (-ab) – Cab, Lab, Blab, Crab, Flab, Grab, Scab

Use your child’s vocabulary list from school to make more word family eggs!  

Vocabulary Words

· Word Family: a group of words that have a common pattern or group of letters  

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Sanity Savers: Monster Apple Snack

presented by bluecross blueshield of wny

Written by: Will Kawalec
Lead Play to Learn Facilitator

Materials:

Apple
Spreadable nut butter or cream cheese (can use sun butter or nut free as well)
Any round fruit (grapes, raisins, blueberry, etc..)
Toothpicks
Cooking knife
Cashews or other small foods   

Sanity Savers: Monster Apple Snack

Length:

Set up: 2 Minutes
Activity 5-10 Minutes  

Academic Subject(s):

Cooking, Art 

Sometimes getting your child to eat a healthy treat can be tricky! This simple, tasty treat is simple to make and will get your little one excited about eating healthy! This protein packed, fruit snack is sure to win over even the pickiest eaters.  

Directions:

Before beginning have an adult cut out a large slice out of the apple with a sharp kitchen knife.

Step 1: Spread peanut butter in the open mouth of the apple. You can use a butter knife or other kid safe knife here. Another great option is a clean craft stick!

Step 2: Add the teeth to the monster, in this version I used cashews, but really any small food can be used. Other suggestions are raisins or mini marshmallows.

Step 3: Skewer fruit and insert in the top of the apple as eyes for the monster, this can be done with a variety of fruits or vegetables

Step 4: Eat the monster!!

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