We're Going on a Bear Hunt and wondered how long shaving cream would last in a bottle to represent snow. I hopped on over to pinterest to see if anyone else had done the bottles and discovered this nifty post from Nestpirations, yay! While they used cotton balls for snow, I stuck with shaving cream and it lasted longer than the "grass" did as the grass got a bit funky in all that moisture but a week was all we needed and the children LOVED the bottles. They would gather them up for each story time and arrange them in order/sequence as we read the story each day. The grass came from my garden cut from a swath of some sort of floral pretty, the river is sand from our sandbox with water mixed in. Our forest is a gathering of sticks and leaves, the mud is potting soil and water, and the snow is shaving cream. The children really enjoyed our literature and would retell it as they played around the room. During snack and at lunch we would make the sounds from the book that went with each bottle. So much fun!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
We're Going on a Bear Hunt one of our activities was a nature walk around campus. In an ode to scrumdilly-do! circa 2007, we wrapped two strips of masking tape around each child's wrist, sticky-side out and went on a nature hunt.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
|made patterns with unifix cubes
|explored cubes and color combos
|painted with marbles IN a box
|played with boxes
|and stacked them up like blocks...
**Not a Box by Antoinette Portis is a classroom favorite. The children would often return to the boxes and themes of the story weeks later. I love how the books linger. This is why I love our literature based program.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Clickity Clack and highly recommend them.
Monday, April 14, 2014
The Three Bears we created a porridge muffin recipe using our cupcake baker. For ingredients I set out all of the usual suspects along with three measuring spoons and three measuring cups.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
We kind of had a field day with books of threes. We began with The Three Little Kittens, then moved on to The Three Billy Goats Gruff and ended our adventure with The Three Bears. For our week of The Three Bears we explored oats, size and mass, and of course...bears! My favorite was painting with bear bottles, really it was less about painting with the bottles and more about the presentation.
this one again, it's a rest time favorite.
like this while the bear bottles came from here.