We made collages, we cut strips of halloween paper and glued to paper; involving the kids in the entire project makes it so much more meaningful to them when they have completed their art project. We built the letters Pp and Mm with mini easers. They requested again to play with the mini erasers and blocks!
Spookley the Square Pumpkin...
We have been reading The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano. We colored our own unique pumpkins. We built monsters using google eyes, pipe cleaners and buttons. We also took turns picking a spider with a number and matching to the correct spider web.
Fine motor practice we stamped circles.
We have been playing Scaredy Cat, we say "Scaredy Cat, Scaredy Cat is hiding from me. He is behind a pail, which one could it be?" Each child takes a turn picking a number or color and I pull the pail to see if the cat is hiding behind the pail.
We used tissue paper to make fall trees! We made patterns with connecting blocks to create fence posts.
We searched for the letters in our name and then spelled our names using pumpkins!
We used water colors to paint leaves and then the kids explored with the water colors. For fine motor skills we made swirls and names they had to find their name and color.
Today we read When I Build with Blocks by Niki Alling. We used blocks and mini erasers to build fences, bridges, houses or whatever they wanted to build. Of course, I sprinkled in some literacy by adding letter blocks! There was so much conversation going on at the table. This is exactly what kids need, play! Let their little minds run free.
We also traced shapes, worked on some counting, and letters. The older kids traced the letters with expo markers and the younger kids built the letters with mini erasers. They covered up the matching letter with pumpkin erasers.
We drew vines and pumpkins in our fine motor journals.
We painted using legos! Some stamped with the legos and some smeared it on their paper which is perfectly fine. This is what makes it their own creation. We practiced tracing vines with dry erase markers and also drew in our journals. The older kids worked on adding and subtracting using googley eyes and pumpkins.
The Black Snake & The Eggs....
This African folktale is about a snake stealing eggs from a chicken. People and animals eat eggs. Eggs can be cooked in different ways. We practiced our threading skills to make a snake necklace. We used a piece of yarn, straws, and foam dots to create a snake. Can you pretend to be a snake stealing eggs?
For fine motor practice we used stamps.
How the Rainbow was Made...
This Native American folktale is about birds creating a colorful rainbow with paint. Rainbows are multicolored arcs that form in the sky. The older kids rolled a letter dice, and then wrote the letter they rolled using different color crayons. We also played a game rolling color dice, used pom poms and created a rainbow.
Fine motor we created flames and Ff"s in our journals and flames. The older kids traced lines making rainbow lines. The younger kids used sheet protectors and traced lines.
The older kids used cubes to do some measuring.
For our names we pretended to be in a pumpkin patch searching for the letters in our name.
Paul Bunyan & The Frozen Flames....
Paul Bunyan helped put out a fire by stomping it with his feet. We can put out a fire by using a fire extinguisher or firefighters can use a hose. Firefighters wear hats and other clothes when they put out fires. They decorated their own firefighter hat an put a badge on it.
I set out red and yellow paint and encouraged the kids to mix the colors to make orange flames.
For fine motor we drew circles.
Paul Bunyan was a lumberjack who helped fix a log jam! Today we cut, tore and glued items to create our own version of a log jam. We looked at the inspiration photo and discussed what we saw and how we could build our own log jam. The kiddos did such a great job on this project!
I asked one of the kiddos what something was on his artwork and he told me, "someone set up camp!" He built a tent!