Colors Week

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Letter Hh:

  • Hh words: horse, hat, hammer, heart, house
  • Hh writing

Books:

    1. 10 Hungry Rabbits: counting and color concepts by Anita Lobel
    2. Bugs Galore by Peter Stein
    3. Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond
    4. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
    5. Rainbow Fish ABC by Marcus Pfister
    6. Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

*Have each day (M-Sa) be a color day and wear that color shirt.

Song/Feltboard:

http://youtu.be/smI0E6gPGmY

Colors

Red Red Red Ball

Blue Blue Blue Sky

Green Green Grass That Grows

White White White Snow

Black Black Black Crow

Pink A Kitten’s Nose

Yellow Sunshine

TorquoiseSea

PurpleMountains Majesty

Red and Blue and Green and Pink and Yellow, Black, and White

All the colors of the rainbow make our world so bright!

Monday:

Introduce theme:

  1. Read a book about colors.
  2. What colors did we see in the book?
  3. What colors do you see in the room/outside etc?
  4. What color is your favorite?
  5. Take turns playing an I-Spy color game

Squishy Paint Art – Making Secondary Colors

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Materials: 3 large ziplocks, 3 pieces of white construction paper, Red Yellow and Blue paint

  1. With your child set up the project: place a piece of white construction paper into each ziplock bag
  2. Tell your child you want to experiment mixing colors.
  3. Squirt two quarter size drops of paint in the bags – red and yellow, blue and yellow, red and blue – a couple inches apart.
  4. ZIP CLOSED
  5. Hypothesize with your child what will happen when you mix the two colors together.  What color will it make?
  6. Encourage your child to squish, squeeze, spread the paint around revealing the secondary colors!

Color Experiment

Materials: 6 white carnations or celery stalks, 6 water glasses, food coloring

  1. Dye water in 6 water glasses ROYGBP
  2. Cut a fresh end on each of the carnations (you can do celery, but carnations work better)
  3. Place one in each glass
  4. Hypothesize with your child what will happen
  5. Check the flowers daily – take a picture every day around the same time, at the end of the week, print and look at the progression of the color with your child

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Colored Rice Sensory Bucket

Materials:  Bulk Rice (I buy Uncle Bens long grain brown rice from Sam’s Club), Food coloring, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, jelly roll pan, zip lock bags.  Sensory bucket toys (shovels, buckets, little animals, measuring cups etc)

  1. Equally divide rice into 6 zip lock bags
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring and about a capful of rubbing alcohol.
  3. Zip the bags closed and mix, by shaking and turning the bag
  4. Add more color if needed
  5. Spread out on a paper towel lined jelly roll pan and allow to COMPLETELY dry (takes a couple hrs – goes faster if you mix the rice on the tray every now and then)
  6. After drying, make piles of the rice in your sensory bucket, allow your child to mix together.
  7. Let the play begin!

Tuesday:

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Snack

Materials:  premade sugar cookie dough from grocery store (or make your own), food coloring, yogurt or pudding, milk J

  1. Make and dye the dough in the morning, chill in fridge during naptime, bake after nap and serve with milk and rainbow pudding/yogurt (divide yogurt into 6 small scoops, tint each with food coloring, combine in bowl.)

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http://www.teachingwithtlc.com/2011/03/rainbow-cookies.html

Rainbow Dancing

Materials: old wooden paintbrush, ribbon in all 6 colors, screw driver, kid’s dance music/CD

  1. Cut off the bristle end of the paintbrush
  2. Drill 6 holes in the end of the paintbrush
  3. Tie on your ribbons and DANCE J

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Wednesday:

Shaving Cream Paint Bath Play

Materials:  paint palette, paint brush, tempera paint, shaving cream

  1. Mix the paint and shaving cream together to create the 6 colors of the rainbow
  2. At bath time, encourage your child to mix, swirl and paint with the colored shaving cream using the paintbrush

Stained Glass Window

Rainbow Collage

Materials: 12 x 18 white construction paper, various collage materials in all colors (tissue paper pieces, straw pieces, pom poms, curling ribbon curls, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads etc), glue, paint brush, plate.

  1. Prep supplies at the table
  2. Have your child sit down with you and tell them you want to make a rainbow collage using all these different materials
  3. Encourage your child to glue and stick on their own making their own unique collage

Color Sorting Math

Materials: empty egg carton, markers, pom poms in all 6 colors, kid tongs/tweezers

  1. Make a mark using the makers or paint to identify each cup as a particular color.
  2. Have your child sit down and sort the pom poms using the tweezers (tweezers make the activity more fun J )

Thursday:

Rainbow Letter Practice

Materials: shoe box lid, paint roygbp, sand or salt

  1. With your child, paint the inside lid of the box in large stripes with the paint, allow to dry
  2. Pour the sand or salt inside the lid so you cover the paint
  3. Take turns with your child writing letters and numbers or drawing pictures in the sand

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Rainbow Stained Glass:

Materials: black construction paper, contact paper, tissue paper in all 6 colors plus white.

  1. Have your child tear up small pieces of the tissue paper while you cut out the outline of a rainbow with clouds
  2. place it on the contact paper
  3. With the contact paper sticky side up have your child stick on the tissue paper filling in the rainbow and clouds
  4. When they’re finished use another piece of contact paper sandwiching the tissue in-between
  5. Display on window

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!

Extra/Alternative Activities:

A Color of His Own Watercolor Painting

Materials: Watercolors, white construction paper, marker

  1. Draw the outline of the gecko from ‘A Color of His Own’ story.  (do your best)
  2. Read the story with your child.  Ask if they would like to paint.
  3. Encourage your child to paint the gecko, discuss the colors he chooses to use.

Rainbow Bottles

Materials: 3 Empty plastic water bottle, oil, water, food coloring, glue, tape

  1. Dye each (water, oil,) separately.
  2. Add to the bottles – primary colors to create secondary.  Example: blue water and yellow oil in one bottle – when your child shakes the bottle it will turn green!
  3. Glue the cap on then tape the cap for added security J

For the Littles:

Have each day be a color play day

Lay out a white blanket and arrange on it various (safe) household objects (mixing spoons, books, pillows, Tupperware etc) and toys for your child to explore each day being a specific color day.

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.

 

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

Books:

    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

Fingerplay/Feltboard:

http://kids.carr.org/themes/beach_finger.pdf

  • 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.

 

 

Monday:

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.

Tuesday:

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.

Wednesday:

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.

Thursday:

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

http://www.bathactivitiesforkids.com/2013/01/beach-bath.html

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***

 

Community Helpers: Policemen, Firefighters, Paramedics

 

Letter Dd:

  • Dd color page, Dd writing sheet
  • D words: Dog, Daddy, Dolphin, Drum, Dinosaur (post uppercase and lowercase letter and words with picture on fridge, go over letters daily)

Discussions:  Some of these discussion questions are better suited for older preschoolers and can leave young children feeling scared and anxious.  Use your best judgement when discussing emergency situations with your kids.

  • When there is an emergency, who do you call?
  • What special job do policemen do? (firefighters? Paramedics?)
  • When you hear a siren while in the car, what does the driver need to do?
  • If you ever smell smoke or see fire, what should you do?
  • If mommy ever gets sick and you can’t wake her up, what should you do?
  • The paramedics drive an ambulance.  Where does the ambulance take people who are sick?

Fingerplay/Feltboard:

The firefighter

This firefighter rings the bell
(thumb)

This firefighter hold the hose so well
(index)

This firefighter slides down the pole
(middle)

This firefighter chops a hole
(ring)

This firefighter climbs higher and higher
(pinky)

And all the fire-fighters put out the fire!

 

Police Officers fingerplay

Five police officers standing by a door——-

One became a traffic cop; then there were four.

Four police officers watching over me—-

One took home a lost boy, and then there were three.

Three police officers dressed all in blue—-

One stopped a speeding car, and then there were two.

Two police officers—how fast they run!

One caught a bad man, and then there was one.

One police officer saw smoke faraway.

He called the firehouse, and the fireperson saved the day.

 

Large Motor Activity:

Stop!  Drop!  Cover!  Roll!

Pretty self-explanatory.

Fire Drill

If there is a fire in the house, where do we go?  Push the smoke alarm button, then proceed outside to a safe place.

Get Down Low and Go! Go! Go!

Practice getting down low to the ground and moving towards the door as you would if there were a fire.

Song:

Fire Fighter (chant with pat, pat, clap)

 

Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter, hear the alarm
Save the building, from any harm.
Fire fighter, Firefighter, no time to rest
Wake up, Wake up, do your Best!

I’m a  Firefighter

Sung to: “I’m a little teapot”

I’m a firefighter dressed in red.
With my fire hat on my head.
I can drive the fire truck, fight fire too,
And I help make things safe for you.

 

Math:

 

Have your child sort the pets by placing them onto the large construction paper cut-outs

  • Create 5-10 “Sparky the Dogs” out of paper cups.  Label each firehat 1-5(10).  Cut out that many dots for each dog.  Have the child glue the dots onto the dogs according to the number on the hat.  Count the dots and the dogs daily.

  • Print the “Hot” and “Not Hot” sort from www.sparky.org in the activities section.  Go over which things are hot and not daily.  Count the number of hot things and not hot things.

 

Sensory/Outdoor Play:

 

  • Put the Flames Out

Get red and yellow sidewalk chalk. Draw flames on a sidewalk and let you children put them out with water bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

Field Trip:

  • Check with your local police department and fire station to see if there are any tour days.

 

Bath Play:

  • For those of you that can’t do sidewalk art at this point, draw flames on the shower walls with bath crayons and let your child spray/squirt them with water.

 

Creative Play/Art:

Policeman Badge and Hat

Materials:

Directions:

  • Cut out badge shapes out of the cardboard. Next cover the cardboard with Aluminum foil. Finally the kids can use the non-brush side of a paint brush to etch a badge into the aluminum foil
  • Color and cut out hat printable.  Cut strips of paper and staple together to form a band and staple the hat onto the band.

Fireman Hat

Materials:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Bowls
  • Paint
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum Foil

Directions:

  • Cut out the center of a paper plate then attach a paper bowl to the plate. Let your children paint the hat red and then cover a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil to make the emblem

Firetruck

Materials:

  • White, Blue, or Black construction paper
  • Rectangles, squares, and circles precut for the parts of the firetruck
  • Glue

Directions:

Have your child glue the parts of the firetruck together to form a firetruck on the piece of white, blue, or black paper.

  • Police Department

Create a jail cell from a cardboard box.  Play Cops and Robbers with your child  and take turns going to jail.  Handcuffs can be made out of loose yarn and cardboard circles.

 

  • Cozy Coupe Paramedics

Create a tiny stretcher out of cardboard that will fit over the cupholders in the back of the cozy coupe.  Decorate the cozy coupe like an ambulance by taping two painted paper cups to the top.  Pretend to assess the situation (with a small doll or stuffed animal), stabilize, and rush the patient to the hospital.  If you have a lot of play space, you can even have a hospital set up so that the children can continue their doctor play from last week.

 

Books:

Community Helpers: DOCTORS AND VETERINARIANS

Letter Cc:

  • Cc color page, Cc writing sheet
  • C words: Cookie, Cat, Car, Carrot, Cake (post uppercase and lowercase letter and words with picture on fridge, go over letters daily)

Discussions:

  • Where do people go when they get hurt or sick? (doctor) What does a doctor do?
  • Where do animals go when they get hurt or sick?

(Veterinarian) What does a veterinarian do?

  • (Show doctor kit tools)  What does this (show instrument) do?  Go over functions of instruments.
  • Does mommy… go to a veterinarian or a doctor?
  • Does Riley… go to a veterinarian or a doctor?
  • How do we keep our bodies/pets healthy? (wash hands, eat good food, sleep, exercise)
  • I’m thinking of a pet…  like ‘I-spy” describe a pet and have your child guess, be vague at first then more descriptive

Fingerplay/Feltboard:

  • Where does it hurt?

Materials: Felt Band-Aids (colored rectangular pieces of felt with a small white square glued in the middle) and a dog/cat/person profile.

Tell/ask your child where the doggie is hurt and have them place a bandaid on.

  • Here I Am!

(Point to the different body parts.)

Here are my ears,

Here is my nose,

Here are my fingers,

Here are my toes.

Here are my eyes,

Both open wide.

Here is my mouth

With white teeth inside.

Here is my tongue

That helps me speak.

Here is my chin,

Here are my cheeks.

Here are my hands

That help me play.

Here are my feet

For walking today!

Large Motor Activity:

Hop Hop Hop like your bunny

Run Run Run like your dog

Walk Walk Walk like your cat

Jump Jump Jump like your frog

Swim Swim Swim like your fish

Fly Fly Fly like your bird

Curl up like a mouse and don’t say a word.

Song:

  • Ears whiskers, tail and feet

Ears whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet

Ears whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet

Pet my fur and give a little squeak!

Ears whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet

  • Doctor Knickerbocker

Doctor Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker, number nine
He likes to dance and he keeps in time
Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet [stamp stamp]
Now we’ve got the rhythm of the feet [stamp stamp]
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands [clap clap]
Now we’ve got the rhythm of the hands [clap clap]
Now let’s get the rhythm of the number nine
One, two, three four five six seven eight nine

Doctor Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker, number nine
He likes to dance and he keeps in time
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hips [whistle]
Now we’ve got the rhythm of the hips [whistle]
Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet [stamp stamp]
Now we’ve got the rhythm of the feet [stamp stamp]
Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands [clap clap]
Now we’ve got the rhythm of the hands [clap clap]
Let’s get the rhythm of the number nine
One, two, three four five six seven eight nine

Math:

  • Sorting pictures of pets (or pet toob) onto pieces of paper shaped like cat, dog, bird etc…

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Materials: pet toob or printed pictures of pets, large construction paper cut-outs of different pets.

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Have your child sort the pets by placing them onto the large construction paper cut-outs

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  • Shape Pet

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Materials: pre-cut construction paper shapes in different colors, googly eyes, glue, construction paper

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Encourage your child to use the precut shapes to make the shape of a pet on their large piece of construction paper, add googly eyes.

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Sensory:

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  • Materials: Pet Toob or small stuffed animals, pine shavings, small cardboard box, cardboard tube, dog food/biscuits, dishes etc.

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Let your child help set up the sensory bucket and explain what each thing is and why pets need them. (ex: pets need a house to sleep in to stay warm and snug and happy)

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Field Trip:

  • Let’s makes ourselves/our pets happy and healthy and go for a walk.
  • Visit a Pet store, Veterinarian office, (PetsMart is a great option because many of then have clinics and groomer inside) or Doctors office.  Take home a pamphlet or two to remember the day and share with daddy – use pamphlet in playroom vet/doctor office.

Bath Play:

  • Pet Bathtime

Materials: Bubble bath and pet toob or small washable stuffed animal.

Creative Play/Art:

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  • Cotton Swab Painting

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Use cotton swabs and cotton balls as painting tools, dip into tempera paint

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  • Body Tracing

Trace your child’s bodies by having them lie down on a large piece of paper.  Decorate with markers, crayons, and collage materials. Label body parts and display in playroom.  OR use sidewalk chalk and make a chalk outline on the driveway.

  • Playroom Vet/Doctor’s Office

Set up a doctor’s or veterinarian’s office in your child’s play room: display the words ‘doctor office’ or ‘veterinarian office,’ create a waiting room and an exam room.  Some props: chairs for waiting room, DM or DVM certificate, x-ray paintings (see next bullet point), kennels, cages, dog leashes, bowls, cotton swabs, cotton balls, doctor kit, vet wrap, stuffed animals/baby dolls, skeletal/anatomy diagrams, food guide pyramid, etc…

  • X-Ray Paintings

Paint your child’s hand/arm/foot with paint and make an “x-ray” (print) on black construction paper – display in playroom vet/doctor office

  • Felt doggie ears

Headband, felt, glue gun (add nose and whiskers using facepaint or eyeliner)

Books:

Animals in the Winter

Letter Bb:

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Bb writing sheet and Bb words

Bb color page, Bb writing sheet,

B words: Boat, Bus, Ball, Banana, Bike, Butterfly

BEAR bear magnet match

(Post uppercase and lowercase letter and words with pictures on fridge, go over letters daily)

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BEAR bear magnet match

Discussions:  (write out and add pics then post on fridge so child can tell daddy all about it – pics jog memory)

  • What do some animals do in winter? (Hibernate)  What does that mean?  Why?  Which animals hibernate?
  • Where do some birds go during the winter? (Travel south)  Why?

Fingerplay/Feltboard:

Penguin Family

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One royal penguin . .feeling very blue (hold up one finger)
Called for his brother then there were two (hold up two fingers)
Two royal penguins. . .swimming in the sea (swimming motion)
Called for their sister then there were three (hold up three fingers)
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore (waddle)
Call for their mother, then there were four (hold up four fingers)
Four royal penguins learning how to dive (Make diving motion)
Call for their father, then there were five (hold up five fingers)

Here is a Cave – Fingerplay

Here is a cave. (bend fingers to form cave)
Inside is a bear. (put thumb inside fingers)
Now he comes out. (thumb out)
To get some fresh air.
He stays out all summer
In sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest
For berries to eat. (move thumb in circle)
When snow starts to fall
He hurries inside.
His warm little cave (thumb in)
And there he will hide.
Snow covers the cave
Like a fluffy white rug. (cover with other hand)
Inside the bear sleeps
All cozy and snug.

 

Songs:

Ten Little Penguins
Tune: Ten Little Indians

One little, two little, three little penguins,
Four little, five little, six little penguins,
Seven little, eight little, nine little penguins,
Ten little penguin chicks.

Hibernation Song
Tune: Are You Sleeping

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping
In the cave, in the cave.
I wonder when he’ll come out,
I wonder when he’ll come out
In the spring, In the spring.

Birds are flying, birds are flying
In the sky, in the sky.
I wonder when they’ll come back,
I wonder when they’ll come back,
In the spring, in the spring.

 

 

Math: 

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  • Use Toob animals to count.  Child can place each animal on a colored dot on a paper to practice one-to-one correspondence.
  • Draw two large circles on a piece of construction paper.  Place animals from polar animal toob in one circle.  Show child how to move the animals one at a time over to the other circle while counting.
  • Place winter animal stickers on index cards (or use computer printouts and glue).  Make sure you have 2 of each animal.  Play matching or memory games with the cards.

Sensory:

  • Fake snow, cotton balls, winter/arctic animal toob
  • Fresh, clean snow, gloves, shovel, spray bottle with colored water, winter/arctic animal toob
  • Shaving cream, colored ice cubes in primary colors (child mixes to make secondary colors)
  • Sensory bottle: water, oil, and chunky white glitter/confetti
  • Freeze colored water in the bottom of a sensory bucket, add snow, ice cubes, Styrofoam peanuts, etc. to make it look like a snow land for the polar animals from toob to play.

Outside:  winter play, sledding, shoveling, skating, — hot cocoa snack (Unless you live in Arizona.  Then you’re up a creek.)

Bring your stuffed bears and other animals outside (if they can be tossed in the dryer) and build caves and dens for them in the snow.

Gross Motor Skills:

Follow the Footprints

Materials Needed: Animal footprints made from construction paper; tape

Place the footprints around the room. Tape them to the floor or carpet so they are not slippery. Have the children follow the footprints by hopping from one to the next.

VARIATIONS: Have the children choose a winter animal name and then move from footprint to footprint the way THAT named animal would move (scurry like a mouse, hop like a rabbit, etc.)

Winter Dancing

Materials Needed: CD Player, music (preferably calm “waltz” type music).

Let your child take off their shoes and “skate” to the music!  If you have only a carpeted area, try this: Tape wax paper to the bottom of their shoes and they can “skate” on the carpet!

 

Creative Play/Art:

Snow Play-Doh

Play Doh: 1/4c salt 1c flour 1/4c water

White glitter, winter theme cookie cutters

Use the toob animals to create tracks in the snow.  Create snow caves for the animals to hibernate in

HibernationCave

Materials: Large cardboard box, Brown or Grey Paint       (optional), large, white blanket or sheet, blanket

Paint the box, if time allows, and cut an opening in the side that is big enough for the child to crawl through.  Shape the opening like the mouth of a cave.  Cover the cave with the white blanket or sheet (snow).  Place the other blanket on the floor of the cave.

The cave can be the center of all activities this week.  You can sing songs, do fingerplays, etc. in the cave.  Your child can even decorate the inside of the cave with their snow art projects from the last few weeks.  Go through the child’s stuffed animals and decide which hibernate and should go in the cave.  This will be so much fun that it will be hard to recycle the box at the end of the week.

  • “Animals in the Snow” Paintings

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Materials: Blue construction paper, Spray bottle, white paint, animal cutouts

Cut out the shapes of some woodland animals- you can even print them then cut them out.  Lay them on a large piece of construction paper.  Dilute the while paint slightly so that it will spray out of the bottle.  Lightly spray over the animal cutouts.  Remove the cutouts.  It should look like the animals are walking through a snowstorm.

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  • Coffee Brown Bears

Materials:  Blue construction paper, snow paint (from last week), twigs, brown/grey paint, glue, dried coffee grounds, googly eyes

After making coffee, tap the grounds out onto a paper towel and let them dry for a day or so.  (Coffee is precious.  Waste not.)  Collect your materials and work together to make a winter scene with bare trees (twigs), snow on the ground (snow paint), and even some animal tracks in the snow if you want.  Use the brown/grey paint to create a cave.  Wait for all the paint to dry.  Go back and paint a bear with the glue and sprinkle the coffee grounds on it.  When everything is dry, glue the googly eyes on the bear.

  • Painted Birdhouses

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Materials: Unfinished bird house ($1.00 at JoAnn), child-safe paint

After discussing migration, have your child paint a bird house for the birds that are coming to visit (in Arizona) or for when they come back home (in Minnesota).

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  • Pinecone Birdfeeders

Pine cone, sunflower seeds, peanut butter , string or yarn

Tie a 2-3ft piece of string/fishing line/yarn on your pinecone.  With your child spread peanut butter then roll on a plate on sunflower seeds.  Hang in a tree outside and observe the types of birds/critters that come to eat.

Books:

Let it SNOW!

         

I’m getting a head start blogging for next week (Jan 7-11).  This is what I have planned.  I will post pictures as the week progresses!

Letter Aa:

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          Aa color page, Aa writing sheet,

          A words: Apple, Ant, Aedan, Airplane, Alligator

          Acorn ACORN magnet match

(Post uppercase and lowercase letter and words with pictures on fridge, go over letters daily)

Discussions:  (write out and add pics then post on fridge so child can tell daddy all about it – pics jog memory)

  • What do you wear outside in the winter? (Hat, coat, boots, snowpants, mittens)
  • What do you like to do in the winter? (Snowmen, shovel, skate, sled)

Fingerplay/Feltboard:

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Our felt board this week: 5 Little Snowmen Fingerplay and Building a Snowman

5 Little Snowmen

5 little snowmen standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
Each with a hat (pat head) and a big red bow (pull at neck like a bow tie)
Along came the sun (arms form big circle over head) and it shone all day (lean to the left)
And one of those snowmen melted away! (put down one finger)

Song:

If all the snowflakes were (child fills in the blank)

(example: chocolate covered cupcakes)

Oh what a snow that would be!

I’d go outside with my mouth opened wide

Ah ah ah ah- ah ah ah-ah ah ah

If all the snowflakes were ___________________

Oh what a snow that would be!

  • Expansion:  Coloring with markers / paint / paper tearing (or cutting):  create a winter scene on construction paper with ‘chocolate covered cupcakes’ falling from cloud
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Watercolor invitation: I love using cookie sheets/jelly roll pans when we do art projects – speeds up cleanup!

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Aedan’s snow: Ice Cream and Sprinkles!

Math: 

  • Cut out and number snowflakes 1 – 20.  Hang from ceiling, tape to wall or keep on a table for child to play.  Take time to count everyday.
  • Expansion: get number flashcards and match numbers to snowflakes by laying snowflake on top of corresponding card.

Sensory:

  • Fake snow, cotton balls, winter/arctic animal toob
  • Fresh, clean snow, gloves, shovel, spray bottle with colored water, winter/arctic animal toob
  • Shaving cream, colored ice cubes in primary colors (child mixes to make secondary colors)

This was a very fun, highly anticipated sensory play day!  He had so much fun and I loved watching him explore the foam and ice 🙂  AND BONUS:  Our sensory bucket  got inadvertently scrubbed and cleaned out; sweet-smelling and shiny new for our next sensory play day!

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Shaving cream, colored ice. and spray bottle with colored water!

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He started out slowly…

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… then REALLY dug in!

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“Look at all the colors mommy!”

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Definitely not for the faint of heart. This is messy sensory at it’s finest!

  • Sensory bottle: water, oil, and chunky white glitter/confetti

Outside:  winter play, sledding, shoveling, skating, — hot cocoa snack

Bath Play: ICEBERG!

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They turned out pretty cool!

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A balancing penguin! He was working really hard at getting them to balance on the slippery icebergs!

***prep 24 hours in advance***

food coloring, water balloons, freezer, winter/arctic animal toob

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Frozen balloons right out of the freezer. I had them outside in the snow, but it’s been to warm for them to freeze all the way. TIP: put them in a bowl or cookie sheet with sides so if they leak there isn’t a mess in your freezer!!!

  • Freeze Water balloons filled with colored water (add a couple drops of food coloring before filling with water). Flatten some in the freezer so they can float with a flat surface for animals to sit on in bath
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Penguins and Icebergs!

  •  Break open balloons and float in tub – add winter/arctic animal toob
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The face says it all – he had so much fun and has been requesting iceberg baths every evening!

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Mmm this iceberg is yummy

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A National Geographic lesson with penguins and an orca

Creative Play/Art:

Snow Play-Doh

                   Play Doh: 1/4c salt 1c flour 1/4c water

                   White glitter, winter theme cookie cutters

                   (mix and knead with your child – part of the fun!)

Construction paper snowman

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Aedan put this snowman together all by himself with zero help or instructions from me… he’s 2 people! Wow, I was impressed! I sat back and watched my amazing little guy busy at work!

          -blue construction paper, snowman shapes/accessories cut  from construction paper, glue, paintbrush

          -Cut out all pieces of a snowman, with your child build the snowman on the paper

          – when done, allow child to build it again on their own, gluing this time

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So focused on ‘painting’ the glue and placing the pieces!

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  • Snow Paintings
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Prepping our snow paint!

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Let the fun begin!

                   Blue construction paper, brush, snow paint

                   SNOW PAINT: 2T white paint, 1/3c glue, 2c shaving cream

                             Mix glue and paint, fold in shaving cream

  • Stained Glass Snowflakes
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Finished product! They look great! Daddy took one to work 🙂

                   -Black construction paper, scissors, contact paper, blue  and white tissue paper

                   -Cut out outline of snowflake, place on contact paper and trim contact paper, allow child to tear and crumple tissue paper  and stick to contact paper, use another piece of contact paper to sandwich snowflake, trim, and place in window

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Fold the paper in half to make a symmetrical snowflake

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Ripping tissue paper and placing on the sticky contact paper

  • Epsom Salt Craft Stick Snowflakes

–        craft sticks, glue, paint brush Epsom salt, food coloring(optional),

–        prep: dye Epsom salt (blue?) ahead of time and allow to dry

–        morning: arrange and glue craft sticks to make the shape of a snowflake, allow to dry

–        afternoon: paint snowflake with glue and sprinkle with Epsom salt, allow to dry, secure using fishing line/yarn display in window using suction cup

 Books:

2013 Handprint Calendar

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Believe it or not, tomorrow is January 1st of a brand new year which means a NEW CALENDAR.  I don’t know about you, but I’m over the fuzzy baby animals.  SO for the better part of a week in early December we worked on handprint and footprint pictures to use in our 2013 calendar.  We gave them to my husband, Steve, for his office and to my parents for Christmas (and of course one for our fridge).

After we made the pictures I scanned them and saved them on a CD at CVS.  Then I loaded the pics of the pics (lol) onto my computer at home and uploaded them into a calendar template using Shutterfly (a photo/card etc webservice – google it).  Shutterfly had the best deal at the time, but there are other sites to use.   TIP:  google search for coupons for these places to use when you check out – I saved an additional $15 !  I mixed in pictures of the kids on the calendar pages too 🙂  It turned out so cute!

These pictures are what we did, but be creative and come up with some on your own!   There is no right or wrong.  If you have older children have them draw/paint pictures instead of doing the hand/foot prints!

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JANUARY – Aedan and Audrey footprint penguins, fingerprint snow

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FEBRUARY – Aedan and Audrey footprint snowmen, fingerprint snow

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MARCH – Aedan handprint leprechaun and palmprint pot o’ gold

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APRIL – Aedan handprint umbrella, fingerprint rain, and footprint duckling, Audrey footprint baby swan

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MAY – Aedan handprint flowers and fingerprint caterpillars, Audrey footprint bees

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JUNE – Aedan and Audrey footprint butterflies

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JULY – Aedan footprint seagull and handprint crab

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AUGUST – Aedan handprint fish, fingerprint weeds and bubbles, Audrey footprint guppies

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SEPTEMBER – Aedan handprint and footprint peacock

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OCTOBER – Aedan and Audrey footprint ghosts

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NOVEMBER – Aedan handprint turkeys, Audrey footprint Native American and Pilgrim

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DECEMBER – Aedan handprint reindeer and fingerprint snow, Audrey footprint Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

Clay Baking Soda Ornaments

 

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So this year I felt like Aedan would like to be a more active participant in making his yearly ornament so instead of making another hand-print ornament I searched for a clay/baked ornament and found this one.  It is a no-bake Clay Baking Soda Ornament.  I was a little worried that they would be crumbly or possibly even fall apart, but they turned out really great and Aedan had a blast mixing, kneading  cutting, decorating and finishing them!
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You will need:

  1. 2 cups (16oz box) of baking soda
  2. 1 cup cornstarch
  3. 1 1/4 cups water
  4. food coloring
  5. holiday cookie cutter(s)
  6. beads, sequins, glitter etc
  7. mod podge (we used gloss)
  8. ribbon

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Directions:

  • combine baking soda, cornstarch, and water (AND FOOD COLORING IF YOU WANT) together and mix in a medium sauce pan. (no lumps!)
  • Stir continuously over medium/low heat until the clay has the consistency of mashed potatoes.  (I started on medium heat then turned down to low once it started to come together)
  • Remove from pan and allow to cool 5 minutes on counter top
  • Knead together a few times then roll out on parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • Cut using cookie cutters
  • Decorate using beads, sequins, pipe cleaners, pom poms, glitter, etc (MAKE A HOLE FOR RIBBON SO YOU CAN HANG ON TREE!)
  • Allow to thoroughly dry (a day or so)
  • Brush with mod podge to seal
  • Tie ribbon
  • Ta-DA!!!

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We made 2 different batches because       , again, I was worried that some might break or crumble, but they all ended up turning out so we have a bunch to give away to pretty much everyone we know 😉

 

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Santa Handprint Ornaments

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We have started a tradition since Aedan was 6 months to do a handmade ornament for Grandparents’ and our Christmas tree every year.  This year Aedan is able to more actively participate and will be making clay baking soda ornaments which I will post after they are finished, but sweet pea Audrey helped mommy make these today.

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What you will need:

  • Flesh tone colored paint (I used acrylic)
  • Red paint (I had leftover puff/fabric paint so I just used that)
  • White Crayola Model Magic (I LOVE this stuff!)
  • Red and black sharpies
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon (I use white curling ribbon)

Kneed the model magic to an even consistency (no bubbles), roll into a ball, and squish down into a pancake shape that is wide enough to fit your child’s hand.   Press your child’s hand into the clay.  Make sure to press down on each finger to get a good imprint (but not to worry, you can re-do as many times as needed to get it right) and make a hole for ribbon to hang on your tree.  Allow to thoroughly dry (a day or so).  I started with the black sharpie outlining – beard and mustache -, then flesh paint, red paint, red marker outlines the tip of the thumb where the white ball at the tip of the santa hat is, allow to dry, facial features.  Ta -da!

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