This week we learned about lions. Lions are the only cats that live in groups. Female lions are the main hunters. While the females are out looking for food, the males guard the pride's territory and their young.
We made a lion name puzzle and a paper plate lion. The kids painted the plate, added a face and cut around the edges.
We built letters with mini animals and popsicle sticks. The kids made an L for lion.
For letter recognition and practicing names, I printed large bubble letters and they colored the letters of their names. I gave them the choice if they wanted me to help cut out the letters; some cut all their letters, some cut a few letters and others asked if I would help. They are doing such a great job using scissors. I always give them the choice to use the scissors, I encourage them to try to use scissors, if they become frustrated I will help or if they simply cannot follow lines yet I will assist and let them practice snipping or tearing paper while I am cutting. Once the letters were colored and cut we practiced spelling their names!
Playing with water beads is one of our favorite sensory play activities. They are bouncy, squishy and slimy! I provided cups and scoops for them to explore with. tools to scoop and pour. Water beads promote learning and development in areas such as fine motor, (using scoops helps with scissor skills as well) coordination, exploration, sensory, colors and creativity. This activity keeps the kiddos engaged and busy for a long time!