Think Warm Thoughts Week 2

Letter Gg:

  • Gg words:
  • Gg writing

Books:

    1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    2. On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole
    3. Francine Francine the Beach Party Queen by Audrey Colman
    4. Flotsam by David Wiesner
    5. Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt
    6. Beach Day by Karen Roosa
    7. At the Beach by Mandy Stanley

Fingerplay/Feltboard:

 

Five Little Seashells

Five little seashells lying on the shore

Crash! went a big wave, and then there were four.

 

Four little seashells down by the sea

Crash! went a big wave, and then there were three.

 

Three little seashells pearly and new

Crash! went a big wave, and then there were two.

 

Two little seashells sparkling in the sun

Swish! went a big wave, and then there was one.

 

One little seashell all by itself

I took it straight home and put it on my shelf

 

IDEA: glue magnets to the backs of seashells, make a beach scene on construction paper and tape to fridge.  Then, use the magnetic shells to act out the fingerplay.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Create a felt or paper coconut tree and act out the book using felt or foam letters.

 

Monday:

Introduce theme:

  1. Read a book about the beach.
  2. What do you see at the beach?
  3. What should you wear when you go to the beach?
  4. What can you do at the beach?
  5. What should you bring when you go to the beach?
  6. What animals live on the beach/in the ocean?

 

Spy Bottle

  1. Place objects such as beads, sequins, and small shells into a bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with sand almost to the top.
  3. Glue the cap on the bottle.
  4. Have your child turn the bottle to find the objects that are hidden in the sand.

 

Octopus Patterns

  1. Cut the shape of an octopus from a piece of white construction paper.
  2. On the legs of the octopus, create patterns by drawing dots of colors that correlate to the colors in the fruit loops.
  3. Give the child a bowl of fruit loops and have them match the patterns of dots you made.

*If your child is ready to create ABAB or AABB patterns on their own, skip step two and just let them go to town.

 

 

Tuesday:

Jellyfish

Materials: 2 Paper bowls, watercolor paint, cardstock, fishing line, various ribbons or crepe paper

  1. Paint the bottom of a paper bowl with watercolors.
  2. Trim eyes from cardstock using kid-friendly scissors. Don’t have cardstock on hand? Draw the eyes with markers.
  3. On the inside of the bowl, add liquid adhesive and place the ends of some ribbon in it. Place another bowl on top (with the ribbon sticking out) and let it dry.
  4. Have an adult poke two small holes in the center of the bowl. Thread fishing line through the bowl so it creates a loop under the bowl.
  5. Tie ribbon and trim to the loop, then tighten the loop to secure the ribbon.

Roll and GraphOcean:

http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/08/oceans-updated.html

Materials: cardstock, dot paint, markers, or stickers

  1. Print the ocean die and graph on cardstock
  2. Fold and glue the die
  3. Have your child roll, then graph their result using a dot painter, marker, or sticker

 

Wednesday:

Sand Observations

  1. Give your child two containers- one with dry sand, one with wet sand.
  2. Let your child experiment with the textures and play in the sand.  Offer popsicle sticks, small toys, and sea shells.
  3. Ask your child questions such as, “Which sand feels colder?  Which one do you like better?  Why?”
  4. Show your child how to make impressions in the wet sand vs. dry sand.

 

Tear Paper

Just have your child tear up some construction paper in a variety of colors in preparation for tomorrow’s art activity.

 

Thursday:

Rainbow Fish

Materials: Paper plate, glue, paint brush, torn construction paper, googly eye or white cardstock.

  1. Cut a triangle out of the paper plate to create the fish’s mout/tail and glue it on where the tail should go.
  2. Have your child use the paint brush with glue to attach the torn paper to the plate.
  3. Glue the eye on the plate.

 

Edible Aquarium:

Make blue Jell-O following the directions on the box. Pour the Jell-O into clear plastic cups and let them partially set – approximately one hour. Then use gummy fish, Swedish fish-Aqua Life, or fruit snack sharks to push into the Jell-O. Refrigerate for the remaining time and then enjoy!

 

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:

Sand Between Your Toes

Put some clean, dry sand in a shallow bucket and let your baby kick their feet in it.  Just be careful that they don’t get their hands in it or you will be digging sand out of their mouth.

Fishy Feet and Octopus Hands

Make an ocean scene by using your baby’s handprints and footprints.

 

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