Monday, 31 March 2014

Under The Sea

We've had an exciting time discovering the array of creatures that live in our seas and oceans.

Paper Bag Fish - paint a brown paper lunch bag and let dry.  Stuff with crunched up newspaper then seal with an elastic.  Children can add features with markers and construction paper.



Handprint Angel Fish - we used bubble wrap to stamp our ocean onto large pieces of paper.  When dry, I painted each child's hand with yellow and black paint then they stamped their handprint onto the paper to create the fish.  When the paint was dry, they glued on a googly eye.



Dolphin Bracelets - I cut a dolphin shape from funfoam and the children cut a wavy strip from a different colour of fun foam.  They glued the dolphin to the centre of the strip.  When dry, we connected the ends to create a bracelet.



Jelly Fish - We dipped coffee filters in food colouring and let them dry.  Cut a slit in the center of one of the coffee filters to push the crepe paper through and secure with a bit of glue then add some batting on top of the glued crepe paper.  Cover with a second coffee filter and glue around the edges.  When dry, the kids will have a blast helping their jellyfish swim and 'sting'.




Ocean Bottles - Originally, I wanted to put small ocean creatures in the bottles, but after trips to 5 different stores with no luck, I gave up on that idea and improvised when my 5th store had self sticking fun foam ocean shapes.  The children placed the shapes on the outside of their bottles then we filled them 3/4 of the way with water.  We added some sparkles and blue food colouring.  I glued the lid down and tightened it really well so hopefully the bottles won't leak at all.  We had no leaking issues when they played with them here.



Ocean Pictures - We had tons of stickers left over which I left out on the craft table for children to create their own ocean scenes on blue construction paper.

Songs we enjoyed during our theme included...

Baby Beluga

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby beluga,
Is the water warm? Is your mama home,
With you so happy?

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where you dive and splash all day,
Waves roll in and the waves roll out.
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
Sing your little song, sing for all your friends.
We like to hear you.

When it's dark, you're home and fed.
Curled up snug in your waterbed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out.
Good night, little whale, good night.

Baby beluga, oh, baby beluga,
With tomorrow's sun, another day's begun.
You'll soon be waking.

Baby beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You're just a little white whale on the go.

~Raffi~

If I Lived Under the Sea

If I lived under the sea, sea, sea
I think it would be neat as it could be, be, be
I could visit all the fish
Any time I wish
If I lived under the sea.

I could ride on the tail
Of a great big whale
Wow! that would be great!
I could count the legs
On an octopus
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8!

If I lived under the sea, sea, sea
I think it would be neat as it could be, be, be
I could visit all the fish
Any time I wish
If I lived under the sea.

It would be so new
To watch a tuna,
Talking to an itty bitty snail!
Or to see the pretty fin
On the back of a fish
Who carries his very own sail!

If I lived under the sea, sea, sea,
I think it would be neat as it could be, be, be.
I could visit all the fish,
Any time I wish,
If I lived under the sea.
I could visit all the fish, Any time I wish,
If I lived under
If I lived under
If I lived under the sea.

~Barney~

We watched these You Tube videos...

The Pout Pout Fish Song

The Pout Pout Fish In The Big Big Dark Song

Baby Beluga

You can watch Alex In The Sea videos and print colouring pages from the Motion Kids website.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Luck of the Irish

We've had a couple of busy weeks with our Rainbow and St. Patrick's Day themes.  I know this is too late for this year, but hopefully you find some ideas for next years' celebration!

We made fruit loop rainbows.



I love the 3D paper strip rainbows.



We also painted paper plate halves as rainbows.



We sponge painted shamrocks.



We had fun with our shamrock wands.  I love that I can buy packages of fun foam shapes at the dollar store now!




I saw this shamrock rolling pin painting activity and knew we just had to try it.



The children built a leprechaun trap.

The trap is set.

Uh oh - looks like it's been tripped.

My daughter wrote an amazing poem for my pot of gold chocolate coins that the tricky leprechaun left behind when he took our piles of st. patrick's day coins that we left in the trap as bait.

I've been searching for a treasure
Since the Irish days of old
Imagine just my luck
When I found your pot of gold
I've taken it in hiding
You won't imagine where
But in its place I left for you
Some chocolate coins to share!

The note was the teeniest tiniest little scroll tied up with green and left on the top of the coins and placed in the tripped trap.



We played a Pot of Gold Roll and Cover game.



Games for our St. Patrick's Day Party included...

Shamrock Bean Bag Toss (the older children had to match the colour to get a point, and the younger ones just needed to land a bean bag of any colour on the shamrock.





St. Pattick's Day coin toss.





What's missing? - green things.  The children studied the tray and then I removed one of the items.





Leprechaun, Leprechaun Game - I hid a coin under one of the leprechauns and the children took turns guessing which leprechaun it was under until the coin was found.
We chanted...

Leprechaun, leprechaun
Where can it be?
A gold coin
Just for me!





Some of the songs we enjoyed over the past few weeks included:

The Rainbow Song

Red, yellow, orange
And green followed by blue
Indigo and violet
It's a rainbow song for you!

I'm a Little Leprechaun 
Sung to: "I'm a little teapot" 

I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green
The tiniest man
That you ever seen
If you ever catch me, it is told
I'll give you my pot of gold!

Do your Ears Point Up? 
Sung to: "Do Your Ears Hang Low?"

Do your ears point up?
Do you have a lot of luck?
For gold do you dig?
Can you dance an Irish jig?
If you answered, "Yes,"
You're a leprechaun, I'd guess!

Our March project was on Ireland and St. Patrick's Day.  The children read a poem, wrote on a shamrock shape and had two games in their folder.  One was matching opposites, the other was putting St. Patrick's Day words in alphabetical order.








Here is the Roll and Cover Game I created.






Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Music and Movement

The past two weeks we have been enjoying a music and movement theme.  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but the children were so excited about their instruments, they were out the door before I was able to snap some!

We made guitars from shoe boxes from Mini Eco.  This was the first time that I used brads instead of just wrapping the elastic around the box and I liked it much better!

We made paper plate tambourines with jingle bells from First Palette.

The highlight of our theme was definitely making paper maché maracas!







We played a guessing game where I played an instrument they could not see and the children had to guess which instrument it was.  We used instruments during circle time throughout the week.

I Am A Fine Musician

I am a fine musician
I practice every day
People come from miles around
Just to hear me play
The drum, the drum,
I love to play the drum
Boom,, boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.

I am a fine musician
I practice every day
People come from miles around
Just to hear me play
The piano, the piano
I love to play the piano
Plink plink plink
Plink plink plink
Plink, plink, plink, plink, plink.

Continue with other instruments.  I also handed out instruments and instead of 'singing' the sounds, the child with that instrument played it at the appropriate place in the song.

I added items to small containers and the children had to shake them to match the sounds.