Pumpkin Fizz! We painted pumpkins with white paint. (Baking Soda & water) Then we used a mix of vinegar and orange paint and watched the pumpkins fizz! The kids used multiple processes to get the paint on the baking soda. Paint brushes, dipping and splatting, and eye droppers.
STEM project! We have been reading the book Five Little Pumpkins. We used blocks and pumpkins to build today. They talked about the story, counted, built tall gates and so much more during this activity. They were so proud of their work!
We've had some beautiful weather so we've been playing outside in the leaves!
We are not working on specific letters at this time but if the opportunity arises to use glue, paper and a letter then we certainly do so! Since we have been talking about apples we made the letter Aa into an apple. The kids chose what color of an Aa they wanted to make and we used tissue paper, markers and crayons to decorate. We are continuing to work on recognizing the letters in their names.
We used Q-tips to paint lines and make their own designs.
We drew apples with sharpies and water colors to paint the apples.
Last but not least, we celebrated another birthday!
We have been reading the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. This is a book about little yellow and little blue who are best friends. One day they can't find each other. When they finally reunite, they hug and hug until they become green! The kids mixed yellow and blue play dough balls to make one green ball. We also mixed yellow and blue paint to make green.
We are learning all about apples. We have discussed the life cycle of an apple tree using picture cards to show each stage. Your child should be able to tell you how apples start with seeds and grow on trees.
We made apple cinnamon play dough and an apple pie sensory bin for their imaginations to run wild!
We used apples to make apple prints, using red, green and yellow paint.
We have been reading Ten Red Apples and had story pieces for the kids to retell the story.
We finished off the week making an apple with torn paper and choosing color of paint to make a painting with bouncy balls. The kids picked the color and we put the paper, balls and paint into a container for them to shake!
We have a new and colorful sensory bin! We have pom poms, empty spice containers, baking utensils to make apple pies! Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
Writing trays are a creative way to help toddlers learn letter formation and pre writing skills. This is a fun and effective way to learn letters! Today we practiced with shape and line formation prompts.
We learned about two more camouflage bugs! Praying mantids have long necks and a triangular head. They can turn their heads an entire half circle. They're well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. We made a praying mantis using paper, tissue paper, straw and pipe cleaners.
Like other insects, the stick bug has six jointed legs, a hard outer shell and two antennae. Its long, straight body is not only shaped like a stick, but also typically colored like one too. Most stick bugs are green or brown, although there are a few species that are colorful or even striped. We used a thin stick and twist ties to make our own walking stick.
We completed our Bugs and Crawly Things unit with a caterpillar. They eat constantly so that they can grow. Caterpillars grow up and change into butterflies and moths. We read the Very Hungry Caterpillar to see how big and fat he became before he turned into a butterfly. We used a cardboard tube, cornstarch noodles and markers to create a colorful caterpillar.
We learned about bugs that use camouflage to protect themselves. We discussed the differences between a moth and butterfly. Moths are dull, butterflies are bright. Moths have a thick body, butterflies have a thin body. Moths have curved antennae's, butterflies have straight antennae's.
The kids were asked if they had wings like a butterfly, what colors would they be? They chose colors and we made symmetrical butterfly wings! They were given a piece of folded paper, painted with their choice of colors and then we smashed the paper together.
We played in sand, grass and rice this week. I gave the kids easter grass, bugs and numbers. They fed the bugs matching numbers and grass! They asked for ABC's so we played for well over an hour with bugs, numbers and ABC's all their choice. Shhhh...don't tell them they are actually learning so much by playing and using their imaginations. We talked about colors, numbers, letters and so much more while playing. As an educator I do my best to set the invitations to play up in such a way that they are irresistible to these little kiddos! Today was a success with the bugs & grass.
We have been reading the Very Busy Spider talking about spider webs. Many spiders lay eggs in a sac is usually hidden in the web. We used yarn and cardboard circle to make a spider web.
Bees work together to make a nice home for everyone. They chew up bits of waxy material to make the hive walls. Bees store their honey and also the baby bee eggs in the honeycomb. A small piece of rice is similar in size to a bee egg. The kids created a honeycomb using stamps, paint, rice and pom poms. We used play dough and different size straws to make various honeycomb designs by stamping the play dough with the different straw ends. Each child dipped their finger in honey to feel how sticky it is and then took a taste! Yummy!
We transferred pom poms from a container to an ice cube tray using our fingers, tongs & tweezers, whichever the kids wanted to use.
We also celebrated another birthday this week!