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Some Halloween Ideas from the Two’s Room

Some Halloween Ideas from the Two’s Room

Here are some things we did last October in the two’s classroom. Pumpkin Science Center We put out different pumpkins and gourds along with pumpkin seeds, magnifying glasses, bowls, and rulers for the children to explore.  Pumpkin Predictions  Each of the children chose one of the pumpkins from the science center. We measured and weighed each pumpkin and I wrote down how the children described their pumpkins. Then each child predicted what they thought would be inside the pumpkins before…

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Marble Balancing

Marble Balancing

This is a great small muscle activity for toddlers and twos. It requires the children to use their fingers and thumbs in order to get the marbles balanced on the golf tees. I stuck the golf tees into a block of styrofoam so that they were perfectly upright. Once the children mastered the skill of balancing the marbles, they took all the golf tees out and reinserted them into the styrofoam on their own. This made balancing the marbles quite a bit trickier…

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Dry Erase Faces

Dry Erase Faces

I saw this idea on the Play At Home Mom blog. It looked like lots of fun, so I decided to try it out in our classroom. I searched through my many pictures and found nice face shots of all our students. I printed them out on regular paper and laminated them. I had lots of help with this because our class loves to use the laminator. Then I cut out the pictures and got out the dry erase markers….

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Simple Graphing

Simple Graphing

I read about this activity at teachpreschool.org and since our class is into counting and sorting I decided to give it a try. I used plastic bowls instead of baby food jars for the graphing materials because I didn’t have enough jars in the classroom. The graph sheets I made on the computer. They are modeled after the ones used on the Teach Preschool blog.   Each child chose two bowls and arranged the materials from one bowl in the first…

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Robots

Robots

Pin It  This is an easy magnetic play set that I made back in August. I started by collecting about fifteen aluminum cans and plastic bottle caps in a variety of colors and sizes. I also found large googly eyes and small plastic slinkies at the dollar store. Using a hot glue gun, I glued magnets onto the googly eyes, slinkies, and bottle caps. We haven’t used this play set since November so when I brought it out this week…

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Fun with Foam Noodles

Fun with Foam Noodles

 At the end of the summer, I bought a couple of those foam noodles that kids play with in the pool. They were very cheap because it was the end of the season but once I bought them I didn’t know what to do with them. Some time later, I read about this idea although I can’t remember where. I cut the noodles into two- and three-inch pieces and set them out with a package of toothpicks.   At first the…

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