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Month: October 2011

Magnet Fun

Magnet Fun

We use magnets to hang art in our classroom. Today, while I was switching out the art, one of the children asked if he could see a magnet. I showed him how it sticks to metal. Soon all of the children were asking for magnets. They went around the room looking for metal objects to put their magnets on. Here are some of the metal things we found.  The grate on the bathroom door.  The screw on the toilet paper…

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Haunted House and Jack O Lanterns

Haunted House and Jack O Lanterns

Halloween is almost here! Today we carved several of our pumpkins. The children helped me scoop out the seeds with spoons and with there hands. Everyone had a chance to scoop, feel, and smell the seeds.    We have been talking alot about appropriate ways to express anger, so the children naturally wanted all of the pumpkins to have angry faces. This is probably so that they could tell them to use thier words when they are angry. In the…

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Painting Pumpkins

Painting Pumpkins

The children have been very excited about Halloween and wanted to cut our pumpkins open to make jack o’ lanterns. We still have a week and a half until Halloween and jack o’ lanterns only last a few days so we decided to paint the pumpkins today and cut them closer to Halloween.  The children each chose a pumpkin and started painting.  The children enjoyed painting on a different medium.  When they were finished painting their little pumpkins, they worked…

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Making Jack O’ Lanterns with Glue

Making Jack O’ Lanterns with Glue

Anyone who has worked with two year olds knows that they love to squeeze glue onto paper. This activity allows them to squeeze as much glue as they want while making a cute Halloween decoration. Before starting the activity, I collected round plastic lids like the one in the picture below. Then I mixed orange paint with regular school glue and poured it into our glue bottles. The children squeezed the glue into the plastic lids. When they had squeezed…

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Dino Museum

Dino Museum

Some of the children in our class have seen real dinosaur bones at the Natural History Museum and they have shared their experiences with the class. We decided to turn the wooden castle in our classroom into a museum. After some discussion, the children decided to call it the Dino Museum. We printed out pictures of dinosaurs and attached them to the dinosaur bone displays that the children made earlier in the week.  Then we hung them in the museum….

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Young Paleontologists

Young Paleontologists

This week we talked about dinosaur bones. We read Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki. After reading the book, I buried dinosaur bones (Q-Tips) in the sensory table and the children pretended to be paleontologists. They used shovels and magnifying glasses to find the bones. Some of the children used paint brushes to dust off the “bones” just like the paleontologists did in the book.  When they were finished finding the bones, the children put them together to make dinosaurs. They…

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Stegosaurus and Triceratops

Stegosaurus and Triceratops

The children’s interest in dinosaurs has not waned even after a week of dinosaur related activities. We have done several dinosaur related art project in the past few days.  We made hand print Stegosauruses… and Triceratops puppets.  For these, I cut the horns and the frills out of construction paper and had the children count out three horns, two eyes, and one frill each for their puppet. Then they glued all of the pieces onto a paper bag. Pin It

Notes for Mommy and Daddy

Notes for Mommy and Daddy

I recently bought several packages of greeting cards that I found in the clearance section at Micheal’s craft store. I have been meaning to add them to the writing center. Today one of the children in our class was very sad because he was missing his daddy. I suggested that he write a note to his daddy telling him how much he was missed. Just then I remembered the greeting cards. I pulled them out of the closet and we…

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