Category Archives: Early Enrichment

Early Enrichment #36: Sign Language

Do you know sign language?  Can you spell your name in sign language?  The next 5 Early Enrichment Mini Challenges will help you to learn how to sign your name, common requests, and more!

Week 1:  Animals

After watching the videos, you can…

  1. create a video of yourself doing 5 animal signs.
  2. work with a partner (if it’s OK with your teacher) and create a video of 10 animal signs.
  3. make a class video where each child does a different animal sign.

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Early Enrichment #35: Animal Enrichment

Did you know that you are not the only person that gets to do enrichment activities?

Animals do too!

At our very own Henry Doorly Zoo, zookeepers make fun activities for animals to do! Hear from our zookeepers to learn about animal enrichment. (Link to video above)

 Checkout some of the fun activities animals get to do at the zoo.

It may look like they are just playing or eating, but these activities actually challenge the animals brains and get them moving around. Make a ChatterPix to share what you learned about an animal and what they do for enrichment.

Share with your teacher and the EY Coordinator at your school.

Early Enrichment # 32: Creative Writing

Creative writing is a type of story telling where the author’s purpose is to:

  • entertain
  • foster artistic expression
  • explore the functions and values of writing
  • stimulate imagination
  • clarify thinking
  • search for identity
  • learn to read and write

This week, we are going to be practicing our creative writing skills, by telling some important Thanksgiving stories. Choose a prompt below and get creative! 

Disguise a Turkey

How to Cook a Turkey  

Turkey Trot

Early Enrichment #31: Math Challenges 2

Math Olympiad is back! 

Last year, there was  an Early Enrichment post calling students to become a math olympiad. If you haven’t checked out that post, click here!

Here are six new challenges to complete!

1). The three McMath sisters Amy, Betty and Cindy wear different color skirts to school. Their skirt colors are red, blue and yellow. Amy’s skirt is not red and not blue. Betty’s skirt is not blue. What color of skirt does each girl have on?

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2). Calculate the following :

999 +  99 + 2 =

998 + 998 + 4 + 9 + 9 =


3) Subtraction: Fill in the blanks:

67                                               52

–   ________                      –  __________

42                                               20

95                                              94

–   ________                      –  __________

24                                               32


4)Three kids eat 1 apple each at the same time. It took them 3 minutes to eat them. How many minutes does it take for 6 kids to finish eating 6 apples?  (Each kid eats 1 apple.)

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5) Bob likes to skip stones at the local pond. He collected 15 rocks and separated them into 5 piles. Each pile has a different number of rocks. How many rocks are there in each pile?


*Questions from Math Top 10 

Turn in your work to your EY coordinator to have it checked. 

Early Enrichment #30: Roll a Silly Spooky Story

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to write some silly spooky stories!



What you will need:

  1. A Dice
  2. Paper Copy of Roll a Silly Spooky Story (click here to print)


What to do:

  1. Roll your dice three different times.
    1. The first number you roll will be your character.
    2. The second number you roll will be your setting.
    3. The third number you roll will be your conflict.
  2. Use your character, setting, and conflict to write a silly spooky story.
  3. Illustrate your story on the back of your paper.


Share with your EY coordinator to be featured on our blog!

**This activity was created by SunnyDaze and downloaded for free on TpT

Early Enrichment #29: Are We There Yet? (Ep. 4)

We are headed to Egypt this week, and I want to know…

Are we there yet?!


Egypt is a country that can be found in the top right hand corner of the continent, Africa. Egypt is over 6,500 miles away from Omaha, Nebraska. It is known for its pyramids and ancient Egyptian culture.

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This week you are going to get to explore Egypt and some of the fascinating places to visit there.

Once you have gone on your virtual field trip, check out the activities below!

  1. Read more about Egypt on National Geographic Kids. Once you have read all about Egypt, create a poster sharing what you have learned.
  2. Download and print Penn State’s Egyptian Pharaoh activity guide. Note: this packet is 33 pages long and includes the answer key.
  3. Grab a piece of paper and build an origami pyramid. Click here for step by step directions. 

Early Enrichment #28 Fall into Fall

I don’t know about you, but I love fall! My favorite part is when the leaves change colors and fall to the ground.

Watch this time lapse video to see it for yourself! 


This week, for early enrichment you are going to investigate why leaves change colors and fall to the ground.

First, listen or read the Wonderopolis article Why do leaves change colors in autumn?

Second, checkout this video to learn more about the force of gravity. 

Third,  create a Chatter Pix video explaining why leaves change colors and fall to the ground.

Share your video with your EY Coordinator!


Check out more fun Fall Science experiments and activities at home. See below! 

Leaf Chromatography

Why do apples turn brown?

Fall Nature Walk Bingo 

Early Enrichment #27: Be a Famous Writer

If you like reading, writing, or illustrating stories, you are in the right place!

Each school year, you learn important skills at school that help you become a better writer. Writing a story can be challenging sometimes, but Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, has some great tips for you to follow:

1. Take your time writing. To become an expert, you need lots of practice!

2. Find someone to help you out. Ask an someone who can edit your work to make it even better!

3. Be unique. Try something new and make your work stand out. 

For this week’s early enrichment, check out

Mrs. P’s 8th Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest

To enter, your class will need to write a story on the topic of the LIBRARY. Your story can be nonfiction or fiction, but it has to be at least 250 words, and it cannot be more than 1,000.

When you are finished have your teacher email the story to your EY Coordinator! We will share your stories on the blog 🙂


Good luck!