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Month: February 2012

Sink or Float

Sink or Float

Since we have been talking a lot about boats and sailing, we decided to do a sink or float activity today. I gathered several objects that would sink and several that would float from around the classroom.   We filled up a small plastic tub with water and placed it on the floor where all of the children could see it. Before putting each object in the water, we passed it around so that each child could feel it and make…

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Mini Volcanos

Mini Volcanos

 I have been wanting to try this activity for a long time, but I couldn’t find small eye droppers. Our director found some at CVS this week so we were finally able to try it.  To begin, I gave each child a small plate of baking soda,  an eye dropper,  and little bowls of vinegar with food coloring.  We had never used eye droppers before, so it took a little practice for the children to get the hang of how…

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Cloud Dough

Cloud Dough

 I first read about this at www.jugglingwithkids.com. It feels like regular flour but you can mold it into shapes and use it to build. Recipe – 8 cups of flour – 1 cup of baby oil Mix the ingredients together with you hands in a large bowl until the dough holds together when squeezed. It takes about 3-5 minutes of mixing.   We put our Arctic animals in the cloud dough and pretended it was snow.   This was a big hit…

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities

In addition to setting up the three bears’ cottage in our dramatic play area, here are some other activities related to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Dressing Bears I cut out bears and bear clothes from scrapbooking paper. The children chose the clothes they liked and glued them onto their bears.   Sizing Bears The children arranged the bear family, according to size, on a piece of construction paper and painted them.    Hard and Soft We felt…

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The Three Bears

The Three Bears

 The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been a favorite of every group of children that I have read it to. There are so many versions of this classic tale available. Some of my favorites are The Three Bears by Byron Barton, Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Valeri Gorbachev, and The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett. We have been reading these three books in the classroom this week. Two and three year olds in particular seem…

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Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

This year we made our Valentine’s Day mailboxes out of empty cereal boxes. I cut the cereal boxes in half and covered them with white paper before giving them to the children to decorate. We set out bowls of glue,   heart shaped doilies,  and shiny foil hearts.   With these supplies, the children decorated the boxes however they liked.   Of course we used glitter too.  Lots,  and lots,   and lots of glitter!   When they were dry, I poked holes in the…

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Letters and Mailboxes

Letters and Mailboxes

 As part of our unit on Valentine’s Day, we have been talking about letters, mail carriers, and mailboxes. I found these mailboxes in the dollar section at Target and wrote the numbers 1 to 5 on them with a magic marker. I also numbered some envelopes, and the children put the corresponding envelope in the mailboxes. We also made a large mailbox out of a cardboard box.   And I brought in this mailbag that I made at home.   The writing…

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Marble Painting

Marble Painting

 We first tried marble painting a few weeks ago and the children enjoyed it so much that we decided to do it again this week. This time we used it on hearts for Valentine’s day. I decided to set up the supplies on the floor since it requires a good deal of shaking to get the marble to roll around. Each child was equipped with a plastic box, a heart cut out, and a marble. I set out little bowls…

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Heart Sun Catcher

Heart Sun Catcher

 Every once in a while I like to do a group art project, something that everyone works on together. It’s true that no one gets to take it home to share with their family but it teaches teamwork. It’s also nice to look at it in the classroom and talk about how we made a beautiful piece of artwork together. Our proje t today was a heart shaped sun catcher.  I cut out a large heart from contact paper and…

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Crayon Shavings and Watercolors

Crayon Shavings and Watercolors

Pin It  These pictures were so beautiful when they were finished and they were tons of fun to make. In preparation for this project, I shaved about ten crayons with a vegetable peeler although you could also grate them with a cheese grater.   Because we would be using an iron, we talked about why it is not safe to touch the iron (because it’s hot) and who is allowed to use it (teachers only!). Then we passed out white construction…

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