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Saturday, December 25, 2021

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BEST Ever No-Sugar Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!

We make a lot of sugar-free and no-sugar recipes. Usually I make slight variations on other recipes I have, but when I stumble across a combination that seriously tastes like the best thing I've ever done, I want to write it down! This pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of those "best ever" moments! I made about four dozen, and they were gone within two hours!


I don't particularly love scrolling through long blog posts for recipes, so I'll start right at the top here with the recipe and add notes and instructions afterward! (If you have a moment when you finish, I'd appreciate it if you scrolled to the bottom to give all my ads a chance to load. 😉)

BEST Ever No-Sugar Added Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Ingredients:

** 1 cup melted coconut oil
** 1+1/4 cup powdered Splenda
** 3 teaspoons vanilla
** 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
** 1/2 teaspoon salt
** 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
** 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
** 4 teaspoons cinnamon
** 1+1/2 teaspoon allspice
** 1+1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose white flour
** 1/2 cup quick oats
** 1+1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips



INSTRUCTIONS:
1- Melt the oil and beat all the wet ingredient.
2- Add the spices.
3- Add the flour and oatmeal.
4- Gently mix in the chocolate chips. 
5- Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
6- Drop by small, rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. 
7- Cook for about 9.5 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let them sit and cool for about 2 minutes before removing them from the pan.

NOTES:
1- You probably noticed that there are no eggs in this recipe. Using eggs in a sugar-free recipe makes the cookies a little too cake-like. ;) 
2- Refrigerating the cookies helps them hold their shape better. I actually did a batch with both no refrigerating and refrigerating. Without refrigerating they spread more and feel a little more cake-like too...though they are still delicious!
3- The dough is a little softer than most cookie dough recipes. They still cook up great!

I hope you love these! As soon as we made them my kids each declared them as the best sugar-free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies we've ever made!




Happy Educating,
Carla


Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze!
This awesome book introduces the rock cycle with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and more!
(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Road Number Mats for Preschoolers & Toddlers

These road number mats are the perfect way to integrate number recognition and play for your preschoolers!



My absolutely favorite way to teach number and letter recognition is through play, so I am super excited to share these number road mats with you!

When my oldest son was a preschooler, he used to love lining up his cars to make letters and numbers. These little mats make it SO easy! You can line cars up along the road or drive your cars on the roads as if you were writing them! Print extra copies and make bigger numbers!




In this fun story, Sofia makes an epic mess at their tea party... and uses the water cycle to explain why it was really a dinosaur's fault! Learn more HERE!



Happy Educating,
Carla


Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze!
This awesome book introduces the rock cycle with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and more!
(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Thursday, October 7, 2021

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Water Cycle Activities for Kids -- Preschool - Middle School!

Coming November 8th: Water Cycle Activities for Kids!!


Water Cycle Activities for Kids:


To celebrate A Dinosaur Made Me Spill coming out, I'm teaming up with a group of amazing teachers, homeschoolers, and authors to bring you the ultimate set of Water Cycle Activities for kids from preschool age up to middle school!!

A Dinosaur Made Me Spill: A Water Cycle Adventure children's picture book!


You will LOVE what we have coming!!

There are science activities, art projects, STEM projects, free printables, and so much more!

And all the details will be right here on this page--bookmark it, stick it on your calendar, and come back on November 8th for the links!!


November 8:
 
Water Cycle Model - Schooling With Grace

November 9:

November 10:
 



November 11:

November 12:






Happy Educating,
Carla



Now Available: A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze!
This awesome book introduces the rock cycle with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and more!
(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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New Preschool Christmas Train Playdough Mats -- Free!!

Do you ever get excited about Christmas when it's still just October?? Thinking about my preschoolers and the lights, trains, trees... I can't help wanting to start planning new activities!

That's why I'm super excited to share these new Christmas Train Playdough Mats--they're perfect for pre-K classrooms, homeschool, or kids who just like to play with playdough and talk about their awesome trains!

preschool Christmas train playdough mat

You might have noticed I already published a Christmas Dinosaurs Preschool Packet, and I am beyond excited to share these little Christmas trains! 

These train playdough mats would go perfectly with a unit study or theme about trains, Christmas, or even gingerbread (if you make gingerbread trains)!! 

You can print a bunch or just print one set and laminate them! Use the playdough to add train decorations, people or animals or luggage to the trains, or any other accessories you want! Let your preschoolers build a playdough bridge for the train to go over! Line the pages up and build a big ol' train! 

And the best bonus? They're free!

Choooooo! Chooooooo!!

Preschool Christmas Train Playdough Mats






Happy Educating,
Carla


Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze!
This awesome book introduces the rock cycle with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and more!
(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Christmas Dinosaurs Preschool Packet

What are you doing with your preschoolers this winter? Do they love dinosaurs? Or games? What about... dinosaurs AND games?!  

The Christmas Dinosaurs Pre-K Pack is full of fun math, language arts, and logic (pre-science) activities!

*** Purchase here! November ONLY: Click HERE to find out how to get it for free!! ***

Christmas Dinosaurs Pre-K Pack

If you've ever wanted to merge Christmas lights and trees with smiling dinosaurs, this is the perfect packet for you!

It has 50 PAGES of printable activities to keep you and your little dinosaur-lovers playing and growing!

I've always been slightly obsessed with dinosaurs (my first picture book was even about dinosaurs!), and I am always delighted when my kids go through dinosaur phases! We always pull dinosaurs out for "Dinovember," so I was just thinking about what kind of fun dinosaur activities we needed, and I realized: Christmas Dinosaurs!!


So, what's in this packet? Here's a list:

1- Shadow Matching Cards (4 pages, 16 cards)

2- Board Game (1 page)

3- Count & Clip Cards (3 pages, 12 cards)

4- Shape Matching (3 pages, 7 dinosaur shape cutouts)

5- Number Puzzles (1 puzzle with numbers 11-20, 2 puzzles with numbers 1-10)

6- Coloring Pages (4 pages)

7- Dinosaur Dot Pages (5 pages)

8- Playdough Pages (4 pages)

9- Mazes (4 pages)

10- Memory Game (3 pages, 26 matching cards)

11- Cutting/Tracing Pages (3 pages)

12- Dino Baby Letters (13 pages, 52 cards)

You can see there are literally dozens of different activities you can do with these festive dinosaur printables! They are perfect for preschool classroom activities, games with your own children, "school time" activities, or just a fun way to spend time with your kiddos. I'll even give you permission to play with these dinosaurs when it's not Christmas time! ;) 

I usually put our printable activities in a folder in a filing cabinet bin, and the kids will pull them out whenever they're in the mood!

I would LOVE to see how YOU use them! Feel free to tag me on Instagram (Carla.Mae.Jansen) or Facebook (PreschoolPowolPackets)!


And if you're looking for a fun dinosaur-y book, be sure to check out A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze below!


Happy Educating,
Carla


A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze!
This awesome book introduces the rock cycle with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and more!
(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Community Helpers Preschool Writing Activity Sheets

Today I have some adorable community-helper themed activity pages for older preschoolers!


Actually, they're great for any age (preschool or kindergarten) that likes to write or draw!

I've always been passionate that younger preschoolers should not be "burdened" with writing--they should be allowed to explore it whenever they want. I still believe this, but as I've got older I've met several very young preschoolers who love writing and drawing. It's definitely less-common to see a 3-year old holding a pencil like a 7-year old, but it totally happens! And there are lots of 3-year olds who will love coloring all over these pages with no regard for lines or letters...and that is absolutely fantastic too!


So, what's in this little packet? There are five community helpers with names to trace, and things to circle: Baker, Fire Fighter, Police, Doctor, and Construction Worker. There's also a page to add any other community helpers you might know!

If that sounds like something your kids would love,


I'd love to know how you use it! You can tag me on Facebook at PreschoolPowolPackets or on Instagram @Carla.Mae.Jansen


Happy Educating,
Carla


Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze!
This awesome book introduces the rock cycle with dinosaurs, volcanoes, and more!
(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Monday, May 17, 2021

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Fossil Activity ~ Preschool Dinosaur Camp Day 1

The third activity in our first day of our little preschool dinosaur summer camp is a fossil matching game! 


Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp (or Unit Study)

Day 1


You can see the 4-day outline for our DIY preK summer camp here!  

The third activity is a fossil matching game!

Everything we know about dinosaurs comes from fossils, and there are a lot of fossils in the world! 

This matching games is super flexible--for younger kids, just print two sets of the images and match them together. 

If you have kids that can read, print the text cards, and let them match labels to each fossil image!


While you play, I like to talk about how many fossils were made from buried layers of mud, but fossils were also made in these ways:
* freezing
* fossilizing in tar
* fossilizing in amber or other saps


After you play a few times, go back to this outline for more activities for the first day of the Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp!



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)


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Monday, May 10, 2021

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Rock Painting - Day 1 - Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp (or Unit Study)

The second activity in our first day of our little preschool dinosaur summer camp is painting some of those rocks you just collected! 


Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp (or Unit Study)

Day 1


You can see the 4-day outline for our DIY preK summer camp here!  

The second activity is rock painting!

If you didn't find any rocks you wanted to paint, you can always get stones from a garden shop or craft store.

We have found that acrylic paints work best for painting on rocks, but they also work really well for painting on clothes! Since they will stain any clothes they get on, I like to make sure the kids are wearing clothes that I'm 100% happy with getting paint on! 


I like to give them total creative freedom on activities like this! Sometimes they put cool designs on the rocks, sometimes they paint a solid color, sometimes they write things, and sometimes they paint scenes or other pictures!


(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)



While they paint we can talk about what they're working on, how dinosaur bones turned into rocks over many years, and some of the things we can learn from bones and fossils. Here are a few fun facts that might come up:

* Fossils can tell us what kinds of food dinosaurs ate!
* Fossils can tell us how big the dinosaurs were!
* The last big dinosaurs died about 65 million years ago.
* Birds have all the same bone structure "requirements" to be a dinosaur that the ancient dinosaurs had!
* When we first found T. Rex bones, there were no finger bones available. Scientists guessed that T. Rex had 3 fingers on each hand because other large carnivores we'd found had 3 fingers on each hand. Decades later, we found a T. Rex fossil that had hand bones available, and we learned that T. Rex actually only had 2 fingers on each hand!


After you paint rocks, go back to this outline for more activities for the first day of the Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp!



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Rock Hunt & Crack ~ Day 1 of Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp (or Unit Study)

Almost everything we know about dinosaurs comes from rocks, so the first day of our little preschool dinosaur summer camp is also all about rocks and fossils! 


Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp (or Unit Study)

Day 1


You can see the 4-day outline for our DIY preK summer camp here!  

The first activity is a rock hunt!

Rocks can tell us incredible stories about where they have been! Smooth, shiny rocks have usually spent some time in a river where their rough edges were worn away. Some rocks have crystals or other minerals inside them that you cannot see on the outside.

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze is a great introduction to how rocks can change with time. It also ties into the dinosaur theme brilliantly! (Of course, I'm the author of this one, so I am a tiny bit biased!)

(hint: You can buy it on Amazon or use the code Dinosaur25 at OakieBees.com!!)

After you read the book, go on a rock hunt and see if you can find any cool-looking rocks!  Do any of them match the pictures of common rocks on the inside cover of the book? If you crack them open, do they look different on the inside than on the outside?

IMPORTANT: To crack it open, place the rock in an old sock. This is especially important for young children. Still give them science goggles or some other eye protection. The sock will let them hit the rock with a hammer without shooting little rock pieces everywhere! 

If you have access to geodes, it is fun to "hide" them in your yard, have this discussion with your kids, and then let them crack the geodes open. My kids have always loved finding unexpected crystals inside rocks! 

It's even more exciting when they find them on their own near a stream or some other foresty area, but there is nothing wrong with "planting" a few geodes or other rocks too! 

What can you tell about your rock's history by looking at it? Rocks are made from different minerals. Can you find any of these minerals in your rock?

After your rock hunt, go back to this outline for more activities for the first day of the Preschool Dinosaur Summer Camp!



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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