We used egg cartons, paper towel rolls, beverage holder, paint, and paper to complete this project. The kids explored painting different types of items, textures and then on their own painted their hands to make hand prints!
Happy Father's Day! I hope you enjoy your weekend with your family. We made a few keepsakes for dad. We made a rocket card and colored the letters D and A to spell DAD!
For sensory we played in rice (each child has their own bucket) I included some mini erasers, scoops and cups.
We made a fun collage using torn paper. First we cut and tore piece of paper. We put in the food processor with some water and each kiddo got to push the button and watch the paper spin! We put the chopped up paper in a bowl with glue and then spread out onto a piece of card stock.
I also included a few pictures of our work in our fine motor journals!
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!
Monkeys are naughty little creatures! They like to taunt each other and humans. Monkeys have long arms and legs to help them swing from tree to tree. We made a paper bag monkey today; the kids colored the tail and face and then we assembled however they wanted to make their monkey!
We used blocks to build a zoo. They had monkeys hanging from trees, built steps so the giraffes could reach the top of the trees and made beds for the gorillas to sleep!
I created another invitation to play with play dough, sticks, and zoo animals. They built trees and cages for their animals.
Today we read Giraffes Can't Dance. This book teaches children accept their own differences as well as others.
We traced our hand and arm to make adorable giraffes. The older kids drew giraffes and painted with water colors.
We used pattern blocks to build various zoo animals. Traced and built the letter Gg and enjoyed some time outdoors!
The older kids painted the first letter of their name, decorated and glued tissue paper to canvas. Once the canvas and letters were dry we glued the painted letter on the canvas.
We read Put Me in the Zoo a silly book about colors and a lively tale that proves there is a special spot for everyone!
We made our own animal with spots; the younger kids used stickers and the older kids used pom poms for their spots. While waiting for our project to dry we stacked cups and they wanted bugs to hide! We also made "spot" names!
The older kids made summer flip flops!
We explored letters this week through various activities. We used play dough, water, mini erasers, dot markers and stamps.
Do you know why pigs roll in the mud? Rolling around in the mud helps to keep pigs from overheating when it gets too hot outside. To help protect their skin from sunburn, pigs use mud as a form of sunscreen.
I made "mud" slime for each kid and invited the kids to roll pigs in the mud. I added some letters and one kiddo asked if he could have scissors to cut his slime. Perfect fine motor practice!
We also used sponges and paint to create muddy pigs.
Tons of sunshine today....but I did not take any pics outside! I guess we were having too much fun! Walked to the greenbelt and played in the yard.
We played Sneaky Pig. We recited a poem, Sneaky Pig, Sneaky Pig, Where can He be? Pick a barn. Let's look and see. The kids took turns guessing where the sneaky pig was hiding. They would say, "Let's look behind red door number 1." We took turns until we found where the sneaky pig was hiding.
The older kids created a farm mural for our upcoming farm theme.
Muddy pigs! I added some mud (brown paint) to the pigs and tomorrow the kids will clean the pigs and see what letter is on each pig.
The pig alphabet cards are by Modern Preschool.