Today we got out a few Star Stickers, and our Scissors and used them to decorate a letter S. Peeling and placing stickers is another one of those really fun fine motor skill activities for kids, and they even decided to make some great patterns (which is great pre-math work) with their star stickers, too, all on their own. And, it was a fun way to learn about the shape of the letter S!
One of the words that the kids came up with yesterday that begins with the letter Pp was potato, so today I made a few potato stampers for them to use with their paint and paper!
The stampers were a fun way to practice our shapes too, especially as the kids had to ask for their friends to pass them the one they wanted to use next.
We also read the book called Two Old Potatoes And Me, by John Coy. It made some of us excited to get gardening again! We might just have to try growing our own potatoes this year. :)
To continue our celebration of Dr. Seuss this week, today we read "The Foot Book" & "Fox In Socks." Part of "Fox In Socks" mentions "New goo. Blue goo. Gooey. Gooey. Blue goo. New goo. Gluey. Gluey." So, we made some Blue goo of our own! I hear that some have already been asking their mom to get the "recipe" ;) so, here it is: equal parts white school glue and liquid starch (found in the laundry aisle, most commonly under the name "Sta-Flo"). That's all there is to it, unless you want to add in some food coloring like we did. Just mix them together with your hands until they are fully combined. It will go through a stringy stage right before it is done -- just keep mixing! :) Ours was a little heavy on the glue this time, so was pretty sticky, but lots of fun!
We also really explored our feet today, as we took off all of the silly socks we wore for the day to paint with our feet! We have done this activity before, and it was fun to see how it evolved this time, since the kids were more familiar with it. We got to see what our footprints looked like when we walked, danced, and even jumped!
All this week we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss, leading up to his birthday on Friday, March 2nd. Today our focus was on "The Cat In The Hat." As the kids were coming in this morning, they watched on TV a live theatrical performance of the story. That was fun for me to see, too! :) Then we sat down together and read the book, with the kids pointing out differences and similarities between the pictures in the book versus the live version. Don't they just surprise you sometimes with how ob When our story was done, I had a few different Cat In The Hat sorting and pre-writing worksheets that they could color, cut, and glue on while I pulled one child at a time aside to make the cute little "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" handprint pictures that you see above. I love how they each take their turn squealling and telling me "it tickles!" whenever I paint their hands! :)
Next, we got out what used to be our candy cane playdough, but today turned into Cat In The Hat playdough (I told you this stuff lasts a looong time!) and used it to make some letters, and then faces.
Somehow this eventually evolved into driving the toy cars and tractors over the playdough as I heard little whispers of "Let's see what it looks like when you drive this on it!" I just love those curious minds!
One of the kids brought some cookies to share today, so after nap time the kids will get to have a try at making those cookies into some little Cat's hats. This probably would work much better with big marshmallows cut into slices, but I didn't have any of those on hand so the little ones will have to do. Pretty sure the kids won't mind! :)
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