Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last week when we went into the forest to look for fairies we also collected
materials to use indoors.
The children really enjoy being in the woods traipsing through the branches.
Searching for fairies and their homes. We found two doors on the trunk of trees.
Our focus, though, was to collect materials to take back in to school.
Ask a child to pick up a stick and they will give you as much as they can carry.
I took a few of the thicker sticks home and my husband made us this teepee.
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
Last week we made trail mix using different shaped cereal.
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.
I picked the Trail Mix recipe and created a matching game to go with it.
We measured and poured each of the cereal; cheerios, chex and puffed rice
talking about each shape as we added them to the bowl.
We added raisins and dried cranberries then stirred it altogether.
At the snack table the children matched their cereal to the same picture.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Around Halloween a family donated a big bag of gold necklaces.
In the pumpkin they reminded me of pumpkin guts.
The children have been playing with them everyday since.
Making shapes and letters.
They were great for dragging around and pretending to be fire.
One day I added three large jars and watched how they played.
They filled the jars with the beads then worked at getting them out.
Shaking the jars was the preferred method.
There were some days that many of the people in the program were wearing
Even if they chose to or not.
And the babies love the beads.
This video shows this baby playing with the beads.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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.
Lay egg cartons (I used the egg flats) in the bottom of your table or tray.
Add pom poms and utensils.
I offered two types of tongs; one you squeezed to open, the other you had to squeeze to close to grasp the pom pom.
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.
This a great activity for sharing and working cooperatively.