Friday, September 30, 2011

C is for Cookies

Of course we made some yummy chocolate chip cookies.

Cracking an egg

Happily mixing

"Are they ready yet?"

 Alex made a big paper plate chocolate chip cookie using DIY puffy paint. I got this idea from No Time for Flash Cards post. It was messy, of course Alex enjoyed it.

Mix together about 3/4 cup of shaving cream and a 1/4 cup of glue

Mix some brown paint in and spread on a paper plate.

Add some chocolate chips (aka black paper circles)

Let dry and it keeps its puffy texture
Alex did a Cookie Monster magnet page from Making Learning Fun. 

He also watched Classic Sesame Street clip, C is for Cookie.

We played a cookie counting game. I cut a circle out of cardboard (a cookie) and then some chocolate chips (black paper circles) and we rolled a dice. Whatever number the dice landed on Alex added that number of chocolate chips to the cookie.

We found some great cookie themed books. We have read them before but they are favorites.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

C is for Camping

Yesterday we did C is for camping theme. It was fun, Alex loves camping anyway. You can see some photos for our last camping trip here and some photos from our summer backyard camp out here.

Alex did some fishing for shape fish. I cut out fish from construction paper, added a paper clip and drew a different shape on each fish. I made a fishing pole out of a dowel we had on hand, some string and a magnet. I laid them all out on a big piece of newsprint we had. When Alex caught a fish he had to identify the color and shape on it.

Alex did some camping printables from 2 Teaching Mommies He did a prewriting sheet, a letter C tracing sheet, and a sorting of edible and unedible items worksheet.

 We made some S'mores on a stick. I put a bunch of marshmallows onto clean craft sticks. I melted some chocolate chips, while I told Alex to smash up some graham crackers. We dipped the marshmallows into the chocolate and then into graham cracker crumbs. We had S'mores on a stick, simple, fun and yummy!

I set up a blanket over the kitchen chairs and Alex pretended it was a tent. I made him a pretend campfire from toilet paper rolls and red and yellow tissue paper. I gave him a flashlight to play with too. Alex loved it.  You can't forget how important pretend play is at this age.

Making an "alligator" shadow puppet :)

Zzzz...Time for bed

I had a hard time finding preschool camping themed books, but this is what I found. Alex enjoyed them.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

C is for Clouds

Today we learned all about clouds.

We did some cloud (aka cotton ball) counting. I just wrote then numbers 1-8 on blue paper and Alex counted out the correct number of cotton balls for each number.

We made a cloud letter "C".

I found a simple alphabet rain cloud printable from here. Alex helped me fill in the missing letters.

We made some blot art clouds. We folded paper in half. Opened the paper up and put some white paint on one side. We then re-folded the paper and rubbed to spread the paint. Then we opened the paper and had a cloud like shape.

We made some Cloud Dough. I got the recipe from I Can Teach My Child, I cut mine in half though. I used 4 cups of flour and about a 3/4 cup of baby oil. Alex loved this very messy dough. He played with it for quite a while and even asked to play with it again before bedtime. It is a great sensory experience.

Lastly we did the Ivory Snow soap in the microwave trick and made a big soap "cloud." You can read all about the scientific information explaining why the soap expands here. Alex is too young to understand it and just thought it was a cool trick, which it is. He was very excited to take his cloud soap in the bathtub tonight too.

For lunch I made him a cloud shaped peanut butter sandwich, a cloud shaped piece of cheese, and some whipped cream with some blueberry raindrops.

And we read some cloud books.

Monday, September 26, 2011

C is for Construction

This week we will be focusing on the letter C. Since Alex loves truck of all kinds, particularly big construction trucks, I thought a construction theme would be fun.

For a messy play experience I mixed water and oatmeal together and threw in some little construction trucks and some popsicle sticks. Alex loved it. I got the idea from Momstown Arts and Crafts blog

He did a bunch of great construction truck themed printables from Preschool Printables




Size Sequencing
and a #5 Dump Truck magnet page that he colored with Do A Dots from Making Learning Fun.

He constructed a Letter C out of cardboard and brads. I cut out a letter C out of some cardboard. I then cut it into 3 pieces and punched some small holes in the spot to put it back together. I gave them to Alex with some brads and helped him build it.

He also made a shape bulldozer. It was a good shape review. He does pretty good with the basic shapes, but the crescent throws him off. I got the idea from No Time For Flashcards

For a lunch he had a bulldozer pancake. It was similar to the shape bulldozer with a couple of strange additions, some cracker wheels and a pretzel window. I also sprinkled on a few yellow nonpareils and a couple chocolate chips into the debris it is pushing.

Later in the day we went outside and Alex played with his construction trucks in his sandbox.

and of course we read books...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

B is for Bugs

A bug theme completes are week of studying the letter B.

We made some paper plate bugs. I got this kit to make all three bugs at the Dollar Tree. It was the perfect craft for our bug theme.

Alex did some bee printables from 2 Teaching Mommies

and a bug cutting worksheet from 1+1+1=1

I found these cute bug action cards at Oopsey Daisy Alex loved them. He wanted to do them over and over again.

He also worked on fine motor skills with peeling and sticking lady bug stickers on the letter "B"

For a snack I made him a lady bug apple and some cracker and peanut butter flying bugs.

The books we read were Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming

and I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd