Archive for October, 2014

I do not know what the attraction is but children LOVE monsters. When I was a child the “Big Daddy Roth” monsters were a SMASH hit! Why even “The Beav” had to have one of those monsters! 

If you want to see what happens in this episode, you can purchase it from Amazon  here:


 or if you are interested in the entire 5th season:


I always wanted to be a mother like June Cleaver but have always found myself fallen short….sigh…things sure are not like they used to be that is for sure…
If you are into Big Daddy Roth, here is a site featuring a good amount of merchandise:

Pintrest also has a Big Daddy Roth Monster board:

So of course my babes want to get into the monster act! We watched The 3 Monsters on our Show N Tell:

You can get this Show N Tell for your babes from eBay: 

Sesame Street The monsters 3 Wishes Show N Tell

Then we watched our “What’s Under My Bed” filmstrip:

You can get the book from Amazon:


or try and find the film strip like ours from eBay:

What’s Under My Bed

We sang a Monster Song:

Monster in the Bathroom

We read our FAV Giant book:

You can get our fav giant book from Amazon to read to your babes:


or find it on eBay:

The Giant’s Shoe

We made some Frankie shoes from kleenex boxes after we read our book:

We did some “M is for Monster” printing:

Next, we played some Monster Games. We did Monster Roll N Graph from the 3 Dinosaurs Monster Pack:

Monster Pack Printables from 3 Dinosaurs

For our next monster game, we made a monster out of a box placing his mouth low to the ground for ease and fed him (plastic) apples…the pictures are a bit blurry but you can get the idea:


We made some Monster faces from various materials and styrofoam meat trays:

Turned out pretty good, eh?

 We also made Monster Ghouls from paper bags and face parts cut out from magazines:

Then we made Monster Stompers. These stompers lasted for years! Made from large coffee cans & foam sheets, each child chose the monster they wanted. Sierra chose Monster Toes while Julian chose Frankie:


My babes went stomping here, stomping there, they went stomping everywhere. Up and down, all around they stomped on the ground. Where their monster’s would take them, I did not know but they were most certainly on the go. And when their stomping feet did stop, down they sat with a plop!

and tongues:


If you need some monster eye cake decos, you can get some from Amazon:


 a huge selection on eBay: 

Eye Cake Decorations

As for the Gummy Fingers, I could only find this pack of Gummy Body Parts on Amazon:


but I did find a nice selection of Gummy Body Parts on eBay:

Gummy Body Parts

And now for your vintage Monster coloring pages FREEBIE from our Teacher’s Notebook Store

Vintage Monster Coloring Pages

Well, that wraps it up for our Halloween tribute this year, we hope you enjoyed our Monster blog post! Be sure to come back soon as we are doing a North Eastern American Indian Unit for Thanksgiving with ooodles of activity FUN!!


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 Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 4  & FREEBIES!
L@@ks like we made it to our  4th and final post covering our Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit! If you missed our previous for this unit you can click on the following links to read up & grab MORE FREEBIES:

Thus far, we have learned much about forestry and wildfires. Now that we know the basics, we are ready to learn how to use what we learned when camping.  We go camping with our FAV Smokey  Bear’s Camping Book filled with forest lore, safety tips and outdoor fun for young readers:
This book covers just about every camping safety tip you can think of all with a few words and many illustrations. This book follows the Peterson’s  National Park camping adventures. These campers receive a visit from the ranger and their FAV bear, Smokey:
 Smokey stays to help them set up their camp. They discuss important camping items needed along with some helpful hints to keep food from the forest creatures:

Smokey takes the children on a hike and shows them how to make a trail and to l@@k out for weather signs:

First Aid basics comes in handy while camping. Smokey covers what to l@@k out for and what to do if you get hurt in the wilderness:
They set up a little overnight camp  spot while Smokey shows the children how to build a wilderness campfire and how to purify water for drinking:

And with Smokey’s help, they had a wonderful time and arrived safely  back at camp with promises to visit him again next year:

If you like to camp, this book is an EXCELLENT addition to add to your curriculum. You can get one from Amazon here:


But eBay has more to select from: 

Smokey Bear’s Camping Book

Either way, be sure to get Smokey’s Camping book for your babes!

We made our own camp fire using paper towel & tp rolls, brown tempera paint, glue gun, school glue & tissue paper. Have your child paint each tube brown, let dry. Then arrange them on a piece of cardboard & using your glue gun, glue each tube in place. Remember this glue is HOT, so take care NOT to burn fingers…OUCH!!! Then with the school glue, glue pieces on crumpled red, orange, yellow, we even added some blue tissue on the tubes to represent fire:

We buy our paints by the gallon. You can get some washable brown tempera from Amazon:

You can find quite a selection on eBay:

Brown Tempera Paint Gallon

We also get our glue in gallon containers. You can get a gallon for your babes from Amazon:


or select from eBay:

School Glue Gallon

Need a glue gun or ready for a replacement? Here is a nice mini one for child use:


or select any type from eBay:

Mini Glue Gun

A pack of 100 glue sticks ensures plenty of gluing activity fun:


more from eBay: 

Mini Glue Gun Sticks 100 Count

What about tissue paper? Here is an array of 100 20″ X 26″ brilliantly colored sheets from Amazon:


Here is a large selection from eBay: 

Tissue Paper

Now that we know about forestry basics & made a pretend campfire, we played our Let’s Visit Smokey Bear Boardgame. Each child colored their own gameboard, then we mounted them on a piece of tagboard to add sturdiness: 

If you need some tagboard, here is some from Amazon:

White Medium Weight:                             White Heavy Weight:

 18″ X 24″           24″ X 36″                        18″ X 24″           24″ X 36″  
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 Manilla Light Weight:             Manilla Heavy Weight:

24″ X 36″                                      22.5″ X 28.5″

//                              //

a nice array, even colors is offered from eBay:


I wrote their names on the gameboard so each child could use their own gameboard to play. They chose a marker & rolled the dice in rote. 

They moved their marker along their board. The one who finished first won the game but the others wanted to keep on playing until they reached Smokey:


Now for your FREEBIE! Your own Smokey the Bear Boardgame just like ours for your babes to play from our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store:

 Let’s Visit Smokey Bear Boardgame

Well, that wraps up our Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit for this year. We hope you have enjoyed our unit and come back next year for MORE Smokey the Bear activities!

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Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 3  & FREEBIE!

In our first Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit post, Part 1 (If you missed it, click here: Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 1) I introduced the unit using vintage Smokey posters, Smokey Bulletin Boards, records, theater plays, and videos.

Our second post (If you missed part 2, click here:  Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 2 ) we learned about Fire Triangles, did an experiment and made a fire triangle for our Wildfire Chart Center.

Both Parts one & two include FREEBIES for you to print out available at our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

 AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store

This here third post are pocket chart and flannel board games covering the right and wrong of forest behavior. The name of these games is “Glad Smokey & Sad Smokey.” What makes Smokey glad? What makes Smokey sad? (You can find your FREEBIE Glad & Sad Smokey Puppets at the bottom of this post.)

Using our pocket chart first, I introduced Smokey’s Forestry rules, right and wrong in detail. I wrote sentences on sentence strips and added the matching picture as I read each one. I asked the children, “Does this make Smokey Glad or Sad?” as I placed the picture next to its sentence.


I have made an entire 61 page pack featuring large color, large B & W, small color, & small B & W pictures with sentences available here for purchase:

Glad & Sad Smokey Flannelboard & Pocket Chart Pictures & Sentences Pack

In the pack I included the above sentences and pictures in both color and B & W. To save on computer ink, you may want to write out the sentences on sentence strips like I did. Here are some from Amazon:

my fav is manilla:


but you can get them in white:


they come in assorted colors as well…excellent color addition to thematic units or for filing purposes:


Need some markers? Here are some value packs. One in black:

 and one in 4 assorted colors:


eBay has an assortment to choose from with one click: 

Permanent Markers

For those of you who prefer using dry erase sentence strips, they come in white:


 or assorted colors:


DIG these magnetic sentence strips…have not tried them as of yet but they are on my LIST!!! They come in white or assorted colors:

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eBay has a large assortment including regular, sentence strips on a roll, pre-cut, some feature thematic headers or boarders, are dry erase, etc: 

Sentence Strips

 Need to store those strips? I clip mine to keep them in order and from getting lost:

but you can get some of these handy yet sturdy cardboard sentence strip stroage boxes. This one from Amazon comes with 4 dividers:


Here is a huge assortment of sentence strip storage boxes on eBay:

Sentence Strip Storage Boxes

If you need some dry erase markers to use with your dry erase regular or magnetic sentence strips, here is a $$$ saving pack of black:


This is a nice pack of 16 assorted colors at a sweet price. Assorted colors are the BOMB for highlighting phonics, vocabulary words, color association, math symbols, themeatic units, etc:


Good deals on dry erase markers these from eBay: 

Dry Erase Markers

Need a standard pocket chart or find your current chart a bit shabby or unsuitable? Check these out from Amazon:




Red is nice for a Fire, Christmas or Valentine Unit:


More from eBay: 

Standard Pocket Chart

Then we did a Glad Smokey, Sad Smokey Flannelboard game. I printed out the pictures on milk filters. They make excellent flannelboard pieces. You will have to cut the filters to fit your printer. Insert the filters one at a time when printing. You can get some of these bodaciously boss filters here:

 Hamby Dairy Supply Milk Filters

I spread out the felt pictures and had each child in rote choose a picture, then decide if the picture made Smokey glad or sad. Here is our finished flannelboard game:


Next I had each child color a Glad & Sad Smokey:

We cut them out and put them on tongue depressors. If you are in need of tongue depressors, Amazon has some:


 eBay has quite a selection:

Tongue Depressors

When their Smokey’s are dry, re-read the sentences. Have the children raise either “Glad” or “Sad” Smokey in the air.  


You can play this game with your babes using our FREEBIE Glad Smokey, Sad Smokey Stick Puppet Patterns LINKY from our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store. These come in color and B & W to choose from:

Glad Smokey Sad Smokey at AKGVH Store

Well, hope you were diggin’ our Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 3  & FREEBIE! Come visit us again for part 4 featuring our Smokey the Bear gameboard FREEBIE!! See you then!!

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Welcome to our Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 2  & FREEBIE! We hope you enjoyed our Part 1 introductory post packed full of wildfire information, guides, charts and videos you will NOT want to miss out on!  

We moved on in our unit to learn about the Science of Wildfires. Wildfires are any unplanned fires whether they be started via natural means such as lightening striking dry trees, debris laden forest floor, on rooftops or by human carelessness. Surprisingly enough, 4 out of 5 wildfires are indeed started via human carelessness. They can spread quickly with any type of winds whether strong or weak. Winds then carry embers or debris which “jump” from treetop to treetop or from rooftop to rooftop ahead of the main fire. This is called “spotting”.   Spotting can quickly turn into “new” fires.
All fires start with ignition which is a chemical reaction resulting when sufficient amounts of fuel, heat & oxygen exists simultaneously. This is called a Fire Triangle. Removing one component will cause the fire to  die out. 
The picture above is one type of fire triangle. Here is how this fire triangle works: 
Dry debris, trees or rooftops are “fuel”. The fuel is then ignited by lightening or careless humans, this is the “heat”. The resulting fire is then continued and supported via oxygen.  Wind can push the debris, embers, sparks or ash toward new fuel sources, which in turn can start “new” fires. These winds also have the ability to dry out moist debris which will allow the fire to burn more easily. 
We did an experiment with fire and oxygen. I got a candle, a old cookie tray and a glass. Placing our old cookie tray on our floor tiles for safety, I put the candle on the tray and lit the candle:
Next I placed the glass over the candle:

We all watched as the fire slowly burned out:

It is hard to view the action in these pictures but needless to say, my babes were in such awe, they had me do the experiment over and over again.
Now, let’s do an experiment to illustrate how a fire starts. When you strike a match, you are placing friction on the head of the match, which then reacts to the oxygen in the air and ignites causing heat. Have your babes rub their hands together very fast. Ask them if their hands now feel warm. This is friction resulting in heat. The stem of the match is a type of fuel that the heat from the friction needs to keep the fire going. 
If any of the three above components are absent, the fire cannot sustain itself and will quickly burn out.
Now, a burning fire can also generate its own “wind”. As the air above the flames heat up, it will rise. This movement provides a “fresh” air supply (oxygen) to the fire. As the warm air rises during the day, the air current travels up slopes. As night falls cooling the ground, the air currents flow down the slopes. Moisture or humidity dampens fuels slowing the spread of flames. Since humidity is greater at night, fires slow down more oft than not.
The temperature of fuels also play a part in the speed of ignition to burn. Fires in the shade burn slower than those in the direct sun. 

Topography has a major effect on the spreading of wildfires. Area contours, elevations, and slopes influence wind and temperature conditions. Landscape barriers, such as cliffs, rocks, boulders, or bodies of water all help to determine the path of the wildfire. Elevations impact the winds and moisture in an area. Land contours and the steepness of slopes directly relates the speed of a fire. When a fire begins at the bottom of a steep slope, the flames below pre-heat the the fuels above the fire. The result is the fuel catches fire and spreads more quickly.   
This is illustrated in this next type of fire triangle:

These two charts illustrate the essentials in the life of a fire, so we made our own Fire Triangle Charts for our Wildfire Chart Center.
First, I drew a large triangle on sheet of tagboard for each child. Then I wrote the element names in their proper place.

Next, I gave them two sheets of mini pictures to color. We discussed each picture and their placement on the fire triangle:

Then each child chose a picture to cut out and placed it in the proper area of their triangle. You can have the children pre-sort the pictures into their proper categories before gluing if you like but since we have a small group, I just gave them the picture sheets to color and cut then guided them on an individual basis when necessary.    

They QUICKLY filled their fire triangles:

They all did a GOLD STAR job!!!

Now for your FREEBIE!! I put together a picture sheet for your babes to make their own fire triangle. You can get it here at our Teacher’s Notebook store:

 Build a Fire Triangle Chart FREEBIE

Here are some links for more Wildfire information, guides, charts and activities:

Smokey Patrol PDF 

Wildfire Activities – Scroll down to Section 2

Fire Triangle Activity Sheet – Older Elementary

Fire Facts Activities and Aps

Tennessee Wildfire Prevention Guide PDF

Ignition Graph PDF – High School – Adult

The Force of Fire Primary PDF 

Minnesota Wildfire Prevention Lesson Plans PDF 

Firewise Guide for Arizona PDF

The Science of Fire

Fire Regimes of the Conterminous United States

Wildfire Fighter Jargon

Well, hope you enjoyed learning about the fire triangle in Part 2 of our Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit! Be sure to come back again for Part 3 and MORE FREEBIES!!!

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Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 1 & FREEBIE! 


Being located in the National Forest we do a Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit every Autumn. For us,  Autumn is the driest season which makes it the most fire prone season for us. As one can imagine, covering a Forest Fire Safety Unit during this season promotes fire awareness and preparedness, which in turn could very possibly save our home and our lives from danger.

Being in fire country we are STOKED to possess a fairly large swimming pool. It is a HUGE plus as it can be quickly transformed into a water source for hosing down our roofs if deemed necessary.  WHEW!!!

In Southern California, Autumn brings strong winds along with dry drought conditions. These are grave concerns for all who live in fire prone areas.  The 2003 Cedar Fire  was the largest fire in recorded California history up to that time. Beginning on October 25, contained on November 3, fully contained on December 5, this destructive fire burned 280,278 acres (1,134.2 km2) 2,820 buildings (including 2,232 homes) and killed 15 people. Also it did not matter if you lived rural or in the city, this fire was no respecter. It jumped highways, burned along major freeways, wiped out entire possessions and swaths of land in a moments time.  

In the year 2013, The San Diego Union – Tribune did a 10 year anniversary tribute. You can view a slide show of photos they compiled here:
UNREAL !!! Yet, these photos are a mere glimpse of the devastation that fire brought. Safety preparedness precautions is PARAMOUNT whether you live in fire country, earthquake country, flood areas or other natural disaster prone areas! This is something that most people are aware of yet do nothing to prepare themselves…then it is too LATE as Smokey reminds us in 1957:

For those of you who live in disaster prone areas , we hope our Wildfire Safety Unit with Smokey the Bear prompts you to  PREPARE YOUR FAMILY ahead of time for any/all natural disasters that may come your way in this unpredictable world.

Smokey the Bear visits us every year during our Descanso Parade:

Then in October, we begin our Wildfire Safety Unit with various vintage Smokey the Bear media. First we played our story record:

 You can get one for your children here on Amazon:


I got out my box of Smokey doll puppets and gave one to each child:

Then I played another record. This one has just the song on it:

They danced their Smokey puppets while they sang the song:

You can get the Smokey the Bear Song Sheet PDF here:

Smokey the Bear Song Sheet

You can sing along with Eddie Arnold:

Next we got out our Doug & Melissa Theater and my babes re-enacted the story in their own version using Smokey & other stuffed animals in their story:

Aren’t these Smokey doll puppets cute?! You may want to incorporate these dolls for your children’s Fire Unit. Here is a collectable you can get from Amazon:


eBay has a fine array of Smokey dolls: 

Smokey the Bear Plush Doll

And what do you think about our colorful and versatile Doug & Melissa Puppet Time Theater? We just LOVE it!!! It has a chalkboard under the clock to write the title of your play. The clock has movable hands to tell the time your play begins. The curtains have tie backs for opening or closing. My babes have HOURS of fun with this theater and so will yours!! Here is one from Amazon:


eBay has quite a selection of Doug & Melissa Puppet Time Theater’s to choose from: 

Doug & Melissa Puppet Time Theater

I played these other Smokey story and song 33 PM records while we did our play:

While these records are overall non-existant on Amazon, once again eBay has a nice assortment of Smokey the Bear records:

Smokey the Bear Record

Download Smokey’s Story PDF, print it out, staple the pages in order to make a book and read it to your class from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

Smokey’s Story

This is a wonderful National Park resource record from Disney. At 33 RPM’s, it contains a bounty of National Park Songs packed with fun and adventure:

Amazon has only one of these currently:


Overall, you can trust eBay to pull through with a good selection:

Disney’s Songs of the National Parks

Do you remember View Master? Well we have a very rare vintage View Master Wall Projector. This projector is an excellent medium for a homeschool class. We use ours often:

With the accompanying booklet, I read each reel as my babes listened and looked at the projections. 

As you can see, the projections did not photograph very good. This location may not appear to be ideal but in reality this dark hallway does work well for our View Master projections. While it is a bit cramped, it  is the best viewing spot we can hope for during daylight hours, so we make do:

Want to add a View Master to your classroom media? You can get individual viewers on Amazon:


Or you can find one just like ours on eBay: 

View Master Projector

Here is a link for Smokey the Bear View Master Reels from eBay. Good ‘ol eBay comes through once again! SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!! 

Smokey the Bear View Master Reels

 You may want to show this vintage 1953 Little Smokey: The True Story of America’s Fire Prevention Bear narrated by that famous cowboy Hopalong Cassidy to your class. This was a A Public Service Program from Your State Forestry Department and the U.S. Forest Service Sponsored by The Advertising Council. Produced by United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service:

Here are some more Smokey videos for your babes to watch:

 Smokey & Bambi Prevent Forest Fires Ad Council:

 Smokey Commercial Mix:

1971 Public Service Short featuring Dennis Weaver:

 Smokey the Bear in “Fire Fighters Convention”

While this is a silent film, it is the REAL Smokey:

Here are some cutie pie baby bears at play in Yosemite National Park:

Next I introduced my Smokey the Bear Wildfire Prevention charts.* In 1944 Smokey told us that care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires:

After the war many new families formed. These new families were in need of homes as the greatest baby boom in U.S. history was about to take place. Smokey reminded us in 1945 forest fires prevents the building of homes due to lack of timber:

This one from 1955 reminds us that our carelessness can KILL the trees of tomorrow as well:

More reasons promoted in 1962 to take care:

Smokey asks us ALL in 1960 WHY?:

In 1954, the Girl Scouts joined Smokey in promoting fire prevention:

Working together we CAN prevent forest fires like these 2 pals did in 1956:

In 1962, the Girl Scouts joined Smokey on their 50th birthday:

1960 Smokey shows us via Reader’s Digest how his fire prevention program had helped bring down the amount of fire damage in our forests:

In 1962 Smokey displays his rules:

In 1964, Smokey reminded us to enjoy NOT destroy:

This 1965 Smokey the Bear poster tells us that BEFORE you start a fire, follow these steps:

 Smokey’s Fire Prevention ABC’s hit the scene in 1966:

Smokey thanks us for our fire prevention care in 1967:

Smokey invites us to be his guests in this 1967 poster and asks us to PLEASE prevent forest fires:

1969 reminds children to NEVER play with matches:

In the 70’s, a good majority of American’s were “flicking their Bics” so Smokey reminds us that BEFORE we do:

 In 1978, Smokey set American’s up with these Fire Safety Tools:

1979 reminds us that crits cannot help us prevent forest fires:

The Boy Scouts join Smokey in 1980 thanking us for our fire prevention activities:

1981 features Smokey’s famous saying:

Smokey reminds us to THINK in 1982:

in 1995 Smokey counts on us for fire prevention:

In 2004, Smokey celebrates 60 years of his fire prevention promotion:

This 2007 Smokey close up is a good forest fire prevention reminder during the new millennium:

Smokey the Bear goes LIVE in 2011:

2014 Smokey celebrates his 70th birthday with huge celebrations throughout the USA:

Get a Smokey the Bear fire prevention hug:

YOU can help Smokey to sleep soundly by following his fire prevention rules & tips:

 Take Smokey’s Conservation Pledge TODAY!!

This years elections are coming upon us. Check out this 1969 Vote for Smokey-Take His Pledge:

* The charts on this post are watermarked with our Homeschool logo as they are from my personal collection. I do NOT own the rights, my intent is  to protect my collection on our AKGVH blog ONLY.

South Carolina’s Forestry Commission has MORE of these vintage posters for further fire prevention encouragement:

South Carolina Forestry Commission Vintage Smokey the Bear Posters

You can get a Wildfire Prevention Sign & Posters PDF Guide from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group to add to your Wildfire Unit:

Wildfire Prevention Guide PDF

 Then we put together our Smokey the Bear Fire Prevention bulletin boards:

You can get our Smokey Fire Danger and Forest Fire Levels Indicator Wheel along with Fire Prevention Coloring Pages FREEBIE from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

Fire Prevention Indicator Wheel and Fire Prevention Coloring Pages

Included in our Smokey Fire Danger and Forest Fire Levels Indicator Wheel along with Fire Prevention Coloring Pages FREEBIE is this cute poem The Unusual Forest Ranger:

So do NOT miss out on this bundle FULL of Smokey the Bear Fire Prevention teaching resources and grab your FREEBIE today!!
Fire Prevention Indicator Wheel and Fire Prevention Coloring Pages

Here are some dyno Smokey the Bear Teaching Guide links for your further unit enhancement:

Smokey Bear – Bear on a MissionVery Informative Historical &Current Info

Pennsylvania Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources Teaching Guide PDF

Smokey Bear’s Official Site has the following teaching guides and activities:

Smokey Bear Teaching Resources K-Gr 2 

Smokey Bear Teaching Resources Middle School 

Teaching tools from Calfire:

Cal Fire Just for Kids

 Calfire Teacher’s Tools

Learning to Live with Fire

Check out our Fire Safety Fingerplays and Songs post as you will want to add some of them to your unit:

Fire Safety Fingerplays and Songs

Or you may want to print them out. You can get them on a PDF for FREE from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

Fire Safety Fingerplays and Songs FREEBIE PDF Printables

This is my FAV vintage Smokey the Bear fire prevention chart, the perfect end to our Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit Part 1:

You can get this rare vintage chart for yourself as it is also included in our Smokey the Bear Fire Prevention teaching resources FREEBIE. Just click on the link below!

Fire Prevention Indicator Wheel and Fire Prevention Coloring Pages

Well, l@@ks like thus far we have ROCKED our Smokey the Bear Unit with a good start. If you have liked or done some of our Smokey the Bear Part 1 activities, we would DIG hearin’ from YOU!! 

Come back and visit us soon for MORE Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Safety Unit in Part 2 with MORE FREEBIES!


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Classroom Freebies Manic MondayWe hope you have enjoyed our Back to School Pinocchio Theatre thus far. This is our final post for the 2014/2014 school year. On this post we will show you how we made our movable Pinocchio Puppets.

To make Movable Pinocchio Puppets you will need:

2″-3″ Diameter Styrofoam Balls One for each child
Children’s Art Smock
Washable Tempera Paint
Tempera Paint Brushes 
Empty TP Roll One for each child
Small Craft Feathers or Feather Pattern
Colored Construction Paper
Number 2 Unsharpened Pencils One for each child
White School GlueWatered Down (see recipe here):
Watered Down Glue Recipe
Paper Cutting Scissors
Small Wiggle Eyes Two for each child
Pinocchio Puppet Patterns

Spread & tape the newspaper over the table. Get your paints, paint brushes & smocks. First we looked at a colorized drawing of Pinocchio real good. Then each child decided what color of clothing they wanted their Pinocchio to have, one color for the shirt & 1 color for the pants. They made a half way mark on the TP Roll and painted one color to the line then painted the other color below the line & let dry.

Choose or make a flesh color to paint the styrofoam ball. If the child’s skin color is white, have them add brown to white a little bit at a time until they reach the desired shade. If their skin color is dark, have them add white to brown again,a little bit at a time until they reach the desired shade. Place painted ball on top of TP where Pinocchio’s shirt is. Let dry. 

Have the children color the hat, feather, arms and legs. You may also use construction paper for the hat instead of coloring it. If you do, cut 2 for each child. Also, a real feather is nice if you have access to any. Now glue the hat pieces together to make it sturdy. If the hat piece is colored, cut out another piece of paper and glue it to the back of the colored hat. Let the hat dry. 

Next, when the head is dry, using the glue gun, glue on the eyes & mouth. When the hat is dry, glue on the feather.  

Then take an unused pencil and gently push it through the ball where the nose should be. This is the moveable part. 

When the TP roll is dry, using the glue gun, glue the styrofoam ball head onto the TP roll. Next glue on the arms and legs.

Now your children are ready to tell the story of Pinocchio. When Pinocchio lies, have the children make his nose grow big. 

They were diggin’ their Pinocchio movable puppets!

Then of course, they had to go wake gramma up & show her their Pinocchio’s!!

L@@ks like gramma is enjoying the surprise!

 They loved making Pinocchio’s nose grow!

They also loved showing off their Pinocchio’s!!

Now for your Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Movable Puppet Pattern FREEBIE:

Movable Pinocchio Pattern Freebie at our Teacher’s Notebook Store

Here are more Pinocchio puppets you may be interested in making with your class:

Pinocchio Marionette Puppet 

Pinocchio Paper Puppet

Here are some different video versions of Pinocchio for comparative studies:

This version utilizes real people but it is in German…very interesting tho’:

An Italian Musical version:

 another Italian version:

in French:

Yet more foreign versions:

Boy, hope I got the language versions correct as I am NO language expert!

Well, this is the end of our Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Unit. If you missed our other Pinocchio posts, you can view them here. Each post covers different Pinocchio Unit ideas & activities. ALL have FREEBIES to accompany the lessons. So do NOT miss out on all our Pinocchio fun and get your Pinocchio FREEBIES today: 

Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 1 

Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 2 

Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 3 

We hope you enjoyed each post and implement some of our activities in your Pinocchio Unit! If you do, or have any more to add to our unit, we would love to read about it!

Welcome to the third portion of our Vintage Back to School Pinocchio Theatre! In this here post we will cover the Pinocchio games we played.  You can get a FREEBIE vintage Pinocchio theme game for your children near the end of this post.
We did 2 different Pinocchio games, one modern, 1 vintage and boy did we have a BLAST!!! They did NOT think they would have so much FUN!!! I did not think they would have so much fun!
First we played Pinocchio Memory Match. 

Well of course we have to roll the dice to see who goes first (see Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 1 ). Next, I briefly went over the rules for playing: 

NO cheating! If you turned over the corner of a card, that is the card you picked. Peeking is cheating.

Remember the location of cards being turned over.

NO pouting or you are OUT!!

I laid out all the cards face down in an open space on the carpet. Rayven won the toss and went first:

but, she did not get a match. Next was Zander…would he get a match? 

Nope! Now Damien…he is the oldest…was he paying attention to the location of the previous players draws? 
Nope! Levi’s turn…
Nope!  At this point I figured out it had been such a long time since we had played a memory match game, they had forgotten how to play. By the looks on their faces, I knew they were all thinking, “Hummmmmmmmm…this is harder than I thought.” So I gave them a hint, “When one continues to pick up the same cards of previous players time and again, it should make one wonder just who is under ALL those other cards.”, as overall, they kept on turning over just about the same cards. “LIGHT” goes ON!! Well, l@@ks like that sparked some brain cells. So now they sparked their sense of adventure, got a bit more brave and began to turn over different cards. 

 Hmmmmmmm, but WHICH one?

This one…

and this one…”I got a MATCH!!!” “Ohhhhhhhhhh, she has a MATCH!!!”

Now we’re cookin’! And the game goes on only this time:


Damien’s up next…

l@@k at those SMILES:

This vintage Pinocchio game has a FREEBIE printable you can download from our A Kinder’s Garten Vintage Homeschool Teacher’s Notebook Store

First they colored their Pinocchio gameboards: 

Then they glued them onto a construction paper backing:

and let them dry overnight. 

I cut them out, added a spinner and fini!

Now you can either follow the directions on how to make a spinner from the Pinocchio Game itself or you can purchase some spinners here:


or select from eBay:

Game Spinners

Now you can have this vintage Pinocchio game for your babes for FREE from our Teacher’s Notebook Store!!!

  Vintage Pinocchio Spinner Game

Hope you were diggin’ these Pinocchio games and plan to implement them in your Pinocchio class unit this year!

Also if you missed parts 1 & 2 with FREEBIES, here are the links:

Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 1 

Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 2 

See you next time on our final Back to School  Pinocchio Theatre Part 4 featuring a movable Pinocchio craft!

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