Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Collecting Fairy Home Materials

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Last week when we went into the forest to look for fairies we also collected
                              materials to use indoors.
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The children really enjoy being in the woods traipsing through the branches.
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Searching for fairies and their homes.  We found two doors on the trunk of trees.
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         Our focus, though, was to collect materials to take back in to school.
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Ask a child to pick up a stick and they will give you as much as they can carry.
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I took a few of the thicker sticks home and my husband made us this teepee.
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The gnomes were the first to move in and set up a tea party for the fairies.

All this week the families have been busy building their own fairy homes.  I’ll share pictures soon.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Match the Shapes

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             Last week we made trail mix using different shaped cereal.
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The idea came from Food Flair, a resource created by nutritionists and contains information about nutrition, healthy eating and food-related topics, along with recipes and fun activities to do with children, and ideas and information sheets to share with families.

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I picked the Trail Mix recipe and created a matching game to go with it.
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We measured and poured each of the cereal; cheerios, chex and puffed rice
talking about each shape as we added them to the bowl.
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     We added raisins and dried cranberries then stirred it altogether.
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At the snack table the children matched their cereal to the same picture. 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Our Newest Favourite Toy

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      Around Halloween a family donated a big bag of gold necklaces. 
             In the pumpkin they reminded me of pumpkin guts.
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                            Making shapes and letters.
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      They were great for dragging around and pretending to be fire.
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       One day I added three large jars and watched how they played.
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They filled the jars with the beads then worked at getting them out.
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               Shaking the jars was the preferred method.
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There were some days that many of the people in the program were wearing
                                         necklaces.
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                              Even if they chose to or not.
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                          And the babies love the beads.
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This video shows this baby playing with the beads. IMG_1445


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pom Pom Collection

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I saw this idea on a blog but for the life of me I can’t find which one.  So if it's yours, please let me know and I'll credit you.
 I think I need to re-think how I set up my Pinterest boards or pin items on several boards.  Anyways I really liked this idea for the sensory table.
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Lay egg cartons (I used the egg flats) in the bottom of your table or tray.
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                                 Add pom poms and utensils.
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I offered two types of tongs; one you squeezed to open, the other you had to squeeze to close to grasp the pom pom.
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I didn’t count the pom poms, when I put them in, to know if there were enough for each carton section.  This father and daughter worked at it for awhile and discovered we were short by two.
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          This a great activity for sharing and working cooperatively.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Owls

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            We used toilet paper tubes to paint pictures of owls.
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