I always like to give my students a little treat around the holidays.  I already had two books, Creepy Carrots and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, for my students (both $1 books from Scholastic).

When I saw Jennifer from Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten share the image below, I knew I needed to add the pumpkin brick kits to my gift as well!

Creepy Carrots and The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin were both found in the Scholastic Book Club book orders for only $1 each.  I thought they would be perfect for my students and I love that Scholastic has their bonus points program to use toward purchases.

I ordered the pumpkin brick kits from Amazon.  It looks like they are currently sold out, but they came in a pack with 15 for $14.99.

I added a gift tag and student gifts are ready to be passed out on Halloween!

If you would like to grab the gift tag to use, just click the image below!  
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One-to-one counting is an important skill for my pre-k students.  These Construction Counting Cards are a fun way to practice one-to-one counting to ten, with a construction theme.  There is also the opportunity for students to practice number writing.  This is a great resource to add to your block center or to a math station.
To prepare this activity I first printed the download (found below) on white cardstock.  I recommend running the cards through the laminator so students can used dry erase marker to trace the number.  Then I used my paper trimmer to cut the cards down the middle of the cardstock.  You could put these cards on a binder ring so students can flip through them like a book or you can keep them individual.  We were ready for some Construction Counting Card fun!
Students first started by picking a card to count the number of objects.  In the example below, the student picked a card with 1 object.  They counted 1 construction hat and 1 dot on the ten frame.  
Then they used a dry erase marker to trace the number 1.
In the example below, the student picked a card with the number 4.  They counted 4 pliers and counted 4 dots on the ten frame.  

Then they traced the number 4. 
Students continued picking a card, counting, and tracing the number until all of the cards had been completed. 
Looking for more construction themed resources?!  Check out the links below for some awesome ideas from my blogging friends.  
CVC Word Board Game // Literacy with the Littles
Construction Counting Cards // Recipe for Teaching
Construction Math Puzzles // The Primary Brain

Grab your FREE Construction Counting Cards by clicking the image below!
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