Wednesday, 25 October 2017

A Fairy Tale Summer

Time got away from me this year and I have not blogged in ages!  Sorry for the delay, but I wanted to update everyone on my summer program.  This year I was open 3 days per week and planned a Fairy Tale Summer theme for the kids.  We had SO much fun!  Activities were planned around a different fairy tale each week.

Jack and the Beanstalk

We planted lima beans and planted them in the garden after they sprouted. 

Paper Tube Bean Stalk - We painted a tube green and added leaves.

Giant photo pictures - I traced the children's hands and cut them out.  They glued a shirt and the hands onto a piece of construction paper along with a face shot I printed in black and white.

Measuring activities were set up for the children to use and explore.

There are many versions of Jack and the Beanstalk available on You Tube.
We watched this one:  Jack and the Beanstalk Golden Fairy Tale Classics

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

The children created story boards from cardboard and puppets to retell the story.  We walked to our neighbourhood park area which happens to have what we call 'a trippy troppy bridge' and re-enacted the story.  We explored types of bridges and used blocks to build with.  Size sequencing activities were available during child directed play time.

There are many versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff available on You Tube.
We watched this one: The 3 Billy Goats Gruff


The children painted with gold paint, decorated name tags, and stamped giant beginning letters for their names.

What is Your Name?

What is your name little boy (girl), little boy (girl)
What is your name little boy (girl)?
(child says name)
(child says name)
Louder than that
(child says name)
As loud as you can
(child says name)
Say it like a mouse would say it
(child says name)
What is his (her) name everyone
(everyone says name)

There are many versions of Rumplestiltskin on You Tube.
We watched this one: Rumplestiltskin - Tales with Gigi

 Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The children made bear puppets.  Size sequencing activities were available during child directed play time.  We went for a walk in the forest and had a teddy bear's picnic.

When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears
What did her blue eyes see?
A bowl that was big
A bowl that was medium
A bowl that was tiny and that was all
She counted them: one, two, three

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears
What did her blue eyes see?
A chair that was big
A chair that was medium
A chair that was tiny and that was all
She counted them: one, two, three

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears
What did her blue eyes see?
A bed that was huge
A bed that was medium
A bed that was tiny and that was all
She counted them: one, two, three

When Goldilocks ran from the house of the bears
What did her blue eyes see?
A bear that was big
A bear that was medium
A bear that was tiny and that was all
They growled at her: grrr, grrr, grrr!

There are many versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears available on You Tube.
We watched this one: Richard Scarry's Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Frog Prince

We ended our summer program with my favourite fairy tale - The Frog Prince.  The children played leap frog and hopping games as well as ball games.

Shape Frogs - The children created frogs using circles cut out of green construction paper and white circles for the eyes.  They stamped black circles in the center of the white.  I traced their hands for the frog's feet and they used a marker to draw on a mouth.

There are many versions of The Frog Prince available on You Tube.
We watched this one: The Muppet's Frog Prince

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Vowel Pairs

When teaching vowel pairs to my older children, I use this little poem...

When two vowels go out to play
The first vowel leads the way!

I created this worksheet for a quick reference and reminder sheet.  I hope you find it useful.
The free vowel clipart can be downloaded here.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Animal Themes

It`s been awhile since I blogged our activities.  We had such a mild winter here in Southern Ontario and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The children did miss their snow play, but I didn`t miss the bitter cold that we usually have in February!  We explored animal themes - Pets, Farm, and Zoo during the month.


My crew is REALLY into puppets at the moment so we made cat and dog puppets.  We read the story of The Big Meow by Elizabeth Spires and the children used the puppets to retell the story.  They drew a picture of their favourite pet and fingerpainted mud on Harry the Dirty Dog.

For more ideas, see my February 2013 Pet Week activities.

Farm Animals

The children really enjoyed our unit on farm animals.

We made construction paper pig faces.

We made these adorable felt money purse piggy banks.

And created handprint sheep by stamping handprints onto paper and then adding stuffing for wool and a small googly eye.

For more ideas, see my March 2013 Farm activities.

Zoo Animals

We completed our animal unit with zoo animals.

I found this adorable giraffe craft on the net.  We rolled yellow bristle board into a cone then cut the bottom even so the giraffe would stand.  The children glued on brown spots then we stapled a face to the cone.

I used this colouring page to create the heads.

We dipped string into black paint and created tiger stripes on orange paper.

Use these templates to create your own zoo.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I have two in my group who are lactose intolerant and baked up this batch of peanut butter cookies.  This is a picture of the family plate - the ones for the kids are minus the milk chocolate chips.  My daughter who isn't usually a fan of peanut butter cookies told me they taste like a chewy peanut butter cup!

Butter Free Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon warm water
milk chocolate chips (optional)

Cream together the peanut butter, eggs, sugars, and vanilla.  Add in the flour and baking powder and mix until well blended.  Mix in the warm water and mix thoroughly.  Stir in the chocolate chips if you are using them.  Drop by tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (I know you don't usually grease for peanut butter cookies, but these ones will stick if you don't!)  Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  ENJOY!!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Community Helpers

We had a great time with this unit.  While learning about police officers and fire fighters, we reviewed emergency procedures, calling 911, and the older children reviewed their addresses and phone numbers.

I printed the police hat template onto blue construction paper.  I copied the badge and printed them separately adding Officer (child's name) onto the badge.  The children painted them and when dry, they glued them onto the hat.

The children painted a paper plate that I cut to create a fire fighters hat.

I used this template and had the children paint the outfit.  I took a picture of each child and printed it off on my b/w laser printer.  The older children made flames in which to tell their story.  They were super cute as our wall display for community helpers!

Fireman Fred

Fireman Fred is a really fine fellow
Oh, Fireman Fred
Fireman Fred is dressed in yellow
Oh, Fireman Fred
He goes up and he goes down
Puts the fire out of town
Fireman Fred is a really fine fellow
Oh Fireman Fred.

We turned the dramatic play area into a Doctor's office and Vets office by adding medical kits dolls and stuffed animals.  We listened to our hearts beat using a real stethescope.  The children listened before gross motor activity time and right after doing some cardio exercises.  The children acted out the song Miss Polly during circle time using props.

Miss Polly

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick
So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And he knocked on the door
With a rat, tat, tat
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head
And he said, "Miss Polly put her straight to bed"
He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill
I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill.

The older children drew pictures of what they wanted to be when they grew up.  I had 2 wanna-be police officers and a teacher.  Our future is in great hands :)!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Merry Christmas

I cannot believe that Santa arrives in just 5 days!!  We have been very busy making our gifts for the parents.  This year I did a photo shoot with the kids and we created Photo Wreaths.  They turned out FAB-U-LOUS!  The picture truly does not do them justice :).

We made handprint reindeer cards to go with the gift.  They turned out SUPER cute as well.

We have been enjoying many holiday inspired crafts which I unfortunately did not get pictures of due to being super busy with my crew.  We made fingerprint candy cane pictures, holiday colours cut and paste pictures, holiday fun foam pictures, popsicle stick Rudolph ornaments, snowflake ornaments, and many more.

Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

5 Senses

November was 5 senses month.  Please check out my previously posted activities that I incorporated with my new group.

November 2012

December 2012