Friday, 11 November 2016

Spiders

I love doing a spider unit with the kids to quell any fears of the 8 legged critters.

We made Eency Weency Spider rain spouts by painting a paper towel tube and attaching a plastic spider.  They really enjoyed using their prop when singing the rhyme.



 The children drew spiders.


We made construction paper spiders with precut bodies.  The children cut strips of paper from the colour of their choice and folded them to create the legs.  They used a black marker to add a face then told me a story about their spider.



Check out my October 2012 posts for more spider fun and free printables!


Scarecrows

We had so much fun with our scarecrow unit!

The children made paper bag scarecrows by stuffing lunch bags with newspaper and cutting strips of paper for the hair.  We added googly eyes, a triangle nose and a hat.  They drew on a smile with marker to complete the cuteness!



We drew scarecrow pictures.



Our favourite song of the week was Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.

When all the cows were sleeping
and the sun had gone to bed,
Up jumped the scarecrow
and this is what he said,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

When all the hens were roosting
and the moon behind the cloud
Up jumped the scarecrow
and shouted very loud,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

When the dogs were in the kennel
and the doves were in the loft
Up jumped the scarecrow
and whispered very soft,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that.”

Check out my posts from September 2012 for more scarecrow fun and free printables.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

It's turkey time here in Canada.  The children are excited to spend time with family and friends this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving.

After discussing everything we have to be thankful for, the children made a thankful tree table decoration.  I traced their hands and cut the handprints out of fall coloured construction paper to be the leaves for their tree.  Each child sat with me and dictated what they are thankful for and I printed it on each 'leaf'.  I folded the bag accordian style to create lines to follow when cutting.  Cut down the bag half way to create the branches for the tree.  Children stuffed a piece of newspaper into the bottom of the bag so it would stand up nicely then twisted the bag for the trunk and the cut strips for the branches.  We stapled our handprint leaves onto the branches.




I found this super cute footprint turkey craft on the Crafty Morning website and just had to do it with my crew!  



My crew did an amazing job on their turkey drawings!


Mrs. Duck and Mr. Turkey

Mrs. duck went to visit Mr. Turkey
And she walked with a wobble, wobble, wobble
She said, "How do you do?" to Mr. Turkey
And he answered with a, "Gobble, gobble, gobble!"


Always on Thanksgiving
Sung to "Frere Jacques"

We eat turkey, we eat turkey
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Yellow corn, yellow corn
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.

Apple pie, apple pie
Oh so good, oh so good
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum, yum, yum.  Yum, yum, yum.
(children can add their favourite foods for more verses)


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Fall

Fall is my absolute favourite time of year.  I love the freshness of the cool air and the beautiful colours everywhere.  Sorry for the lack of photos, but we were very busy enjoying the Autumn weather and our activities.

The past 2 weeks we explored leaves and the changes that fall brings.  On our walks. we discussed the changes we saw and gathered leaves to take back with us.  We taped some of the leaves to a stick to create a paint brush then painted fall colours onto paper with our leaf brush.  The children each chose a leaf and then the older ones filled out an information sheet on their leaf.  We painted the leaves and then pressed them onto paper to make prints.  We glued with fall coloured construction paper to create lovely cut and paste pictures.


Pretty Leaves
Pretty leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them dancing around
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la-la-la-la
Pretty leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them sitting back down.

I Like Autumn
I like to roll in the leaves,
Feel the cool breeze,
Stuff a scarecrow top to bottom!
And you can call it fall
If that's what you please,
But I say, "I like Autumn!"
A diddle-up, A diddle-up
A diddle-up a dee,
Our jackets - we're glad we brought 'em.
You can call it Fall
If that's what you please,
But I say, "I like autumn!"
I say, "I like autumn!"
~Barney~

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

All About Me

Another school year has begun and we are back into the swing of things.  This year I have planned a literature rich theme based curriculum for my crew.  The older children are participating in a preschool or kindergarten program as well.

With 2 recent arrivals into the program, I decided to start the year off with an All About Me theme so we can all get to know each other a little better.  

I printed the All About Me books that I created and previously posted on my blog and we have been filling in the pages during craft and activity time.

The children have also been busy decorating the room with their painting and gluing pictures.  


Monday, 15 August 2016

Circus Fun

This summer has absolutely flown by.  I worked part time this year and loved having long weekends throughout the summer months.  we enjoyed a circus theme - I had a younger crew this summer and we explored all aspects of the circus.  You can find ideas for this them in my 2012 posts...

Circus Game (to print)

Clown Craft (free template)

Juggling Clown Counting Mat

Elephants

Circus Cake Toppers

We had so much fun at our backyard carnival end of summer program party!  Here are some of the stations that I set up ...

Bowling (6 pin bowling set)




Ball in a Bucket - I filled buckets of various sizes with water and set them up small to large.  Children tossed balls into the buckets.



Floating Ball Toss Game - I had the water table set up with rings and small plastic golf balls for tossing.  The children tried to get the ball in the rings.



Bottle Toss - The children tossed rings onto bottles which were secured in a box with seperated cardboard to keep the bottles from topping over.



Horse Shoes - A child's plastic game of horse shoes was set up.



Lawn Darts - A hula hoop and children's darts (they are rounded at the end like a ball).  Children tossed the darts into the hoop.



Ball Toss - I decorated mini pringle cans with construction paper and star stickers then set them up in a pyramid for the children to knock over.



Stilts - I had children's walking stilts (they look like upside down buckets with string attached) for the children to use.



I printed this template (scroll just past 1/2 way down the page) onto construction paper and the children decorated the frame with dot stickers.  I printed clown photos of each child to glue onto their frame for a keepsake of our Circus Summer.


We also had 2 birthdays to celebrate that day and a good-bye party... whew... it was one busy but fun day!

I am currently gearing up for my fall program to start after Labour Day.  Stay tuned for lots of fun activities and ideas.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Tree That Grew To The Moon

Our activities over the past couple of weeks have been planned utilizing the book The Tree That Grew to the Moon by Eugenie Fernandes.

Week 1
The first week we explored trees and how they grow.  I used this week to introduce our unit on living and non-living things.

The children created handprint trees.  We stamped the trunk and branches using the children's hand and arm print.  When dry, the children added construction paper pieces for the leaves.  



The children drew trees.

There was a hole,
In the middle of the ground
.
The prettiest hole,
That you ever did see.

And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this hole,
There was a tree.
The prettiest tree,
That you ever did see.

And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this tree,
There was a branch.
The prettiest branch,
That you ever did see.

And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this branch,
There was a nest.
The prettiest nest,
That you ever did see.

And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this nest,
There was an egg.
The prettiest egg,
That you ever did see.

And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this egg,
There was a bird.
The prettiest bird,
That you ever did see.

And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the tree,
And the tree in the hole,
And the hole in the ground,
And the green grass grew all around, all around,
And the green grass grew all around.

Snag this freebie I created... Living and Non-Living Things Lapbook

 Week 2
The second week, we explored space concentrating on the moon and earth.

They made construction paper sun pictures.



We made moon pictures.  I found the idea on this website.  We added flour to white paint to create the moon and then stamped in the craters.



We watched the you tube video Life On The International Space Station as a spring board to our gravity experiments.

During outdoor play, I drew a sun and earth's orbit on the ground with chalk.  One child was the sun and the others took turns being the earth moving around the sun.  This was a great way to visualize that the earth moves and introduce the concept of day and night as well as the seasons.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're going to the moon.

(We role played going to the moon and hunting for moon rocks - polished stones I had hidden around the room - then we boarded our ships and headed back to Earth)

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're leaving the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're leaving the moon
If you'd like to take a trip
Step inside my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We're heading back to Earth.