Think Warm Thoughts!

Think Warm Thoughts!

February 18-22


Who wouldn’t want to be here right about now?  Ummm, yes please!  We are suffering from severe cabin fever around here and need to think warm thoughts to cheer us up!

Accompanying pictures soon to come!



Letter Ff:

  • Ff words: fish, firetruck, feet, flag, flower
  • Ff writing


    1. The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp, Stan and Jan Berenstain
    2. The Bunnies’ Picnic, Lezlie Evans
    3. Franklin’s Picnic, Sharon Jennings
    4. Blue’s Beach Day, Jeff Borkin
    5. Sneakers, the seaside cat, Margaret Wise Brown
    6. Canoe Days, Gary Paulson
    7. One-dog-canoe, Mary Casanova
    8. Henry Builds a Cabin, D.B. Johnson
    9. Swimming Lessons, Betsy Jay
    10.  Summertime in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder


  • Five Little Ocean Friends

This finger play helps develop number awareness. Cut out the Ocean Friends from the webpage above and attach each one to a popsicle stick.

Five little ocean friends

On the ocean floor;

The starfish walks away

Now there are four.

Four little ocean friends

Living in the sea;

The crab slides away

Now there are three.

Three little ocean friends

Looking for a clue;

“Glub, glup,” said the lobster.

Now there are two.

Two little ocean friends

Not having much fun;

Off swam the sea house

Now there is one.

One little octopus

Sad and all alone,

Back swims the starfish,

Back swims the crab,

Back swims the lobster,

Back swims the sea horse,

And they played in the foam.




Introduce theme:

  1. Read a book about a beach or summertime.
  2. What is our weather like?
  3. What is the weather like in this book/picture (picture of people playing at a beach etc)
  4. What are the people doing in this book/picture?
  5. What would you like to do if you were here? (sandcastle, swim, boat, etc)

Warm Weather vs Cold Weather Math Sorting:

Materials: winter scene and summer scene computer printout/picture, small pictures of things identifiable as summer and winter items/activities printed and cut out.

  1. Print a winter scene and a summer scene from your computer.
  2. Print and cut apart small pictures of things identifiable as summer/winter things (hat, coat, mittens, boots, snow, snowman, skiing, skating, etc = winter) (flower, rain, swim suit, shovel and pail, butterflies, swimming, etc = summer)
  3. Have your child sit down and sort the pictures of the items onto the winter picture and summer picture.  Discuss the pictures.


Sandy Painting Art Project

Materials: Sand Paint, construction paper, paint brush

  1. Make sand paint with your child.  Together mix equal parts paint and white glue.  Fold in sand until it is desired consistency.
  2. Set up sand paint, paper and brush on jelly roll cookie sheet for easy cleanup and invite your child to paint a sandy beach scene picture.

Ice Cream Parlor Dramatic Play:

Materials: cardboard box, scissors, brown construction paper, Styrofoam balls, acrylic paint, clean empty ice cream containers (*you may have to eat some ice cream, darn), ice cream scoop, apron, cash register

  1. Cut holes in a cardboard box and turn over, this is where your child can make and display ice cream cones.
  2. Make paper cones out of brown construction paper or brown foam, put cones in cardboard box.
  3. Paint Styrofoam balls for your ice cream scoops
  4. Make signs, menus, etc.
  5. Invite your child to come play ice cream parlor with you.  Allow them to lead you through play.


Summer at the Pond – Sink/Float Science and Sensory

Materials: Sensory Table, green and blue foam, pond life toob, small aquarium net, fishing lures with hooks removed,

  1. Make pond creatures (fish, turtle, frog etc) by cutting shapes out of the foam.  (These items will float.)
  2. Place two foam signs next to the water table that say sink and float.
  3. Encourage your child to explore the items, scoop with the net and hypothesize which items will sink and which will float.


Living Room Picnic

Materials: blanket, plastic ants/insects, picnic basket lunch etc

  1. Read a book about picnics with your child.
  2. Explain to them that you want to have a picnic today, but it’s too cold outside (unless you live in AZ then I say screw you! 😉 go have a real picnic and enjoy the Vitamin D ) .
  3. Ask your child to help you come up with a list of items you need to have a picnic (lunch – sandwich, grapes, carrots, etc… , blanket, sunglasses etc).
  4. Do your best to collect the items you need for your picnic .
  5. Set up your picnic in the living room or playroom on the floor.
  6. While you eat discuss all the fun things you look forward to doing when the weather is warm again.

Beach Bath Play

Materials: blue food coloring, shovels, buckets, beach sand toys, beach ball, sea shells, bath sand

  1. Make bath sand (shaving cream, food coloring, bath salts) ahead of time with your child.
  2. Add food coloring to bath.
  3. Encourage your child to search for shells and scoop with their shovel, build a castle with their bath sand, etc.

Friday Fun-day!

Go on a special outing, have a special lunch, stay in jammies all day.  Offer several suggestions and let your child choose and run the show for the day!


For the Littles:

Sandy Painting with feet

After big brother/sister is done making their sandy art projects use the remaining paint for you baby!  Encourage them to kick with their feet and smear with their hands.

Sunny Yellow Play

Lay out a blanket on the floor.  Arrange various types of yellow toys and household (safe) items for you child to explore.

Indoor kiddie pool play with beach balls

Bring in your summer kiddie pool and fill with beach balls for your child to explore.  If you are really adventurous: fill pool with a few inches of warm water and put your child in their bumbo seat so they can splash with their feet.  ***DO NOT LEAVE BABIES UNATTENDED***



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