21
Mar

Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice

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We had a lot of fun reading Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger and doing some great activities to go along with the story.

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I put out some water and added some blue ice cubes and some penguins.  Hunter loved this and played with it for a very long time!

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I froze some water on a pan so that the penguins could go ice skating.  Hunter didn’t care for this activity too much at first, but once he got into it he really enjoyed it.  He even requested to play with it again later.

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We propped up the ice and tested to see which toys would slide down the ice.  We tried things other than the penguins, but I didn’t get a picture of that.

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I made a penguin out of an oatmeal box and provided some fish.

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Hunter tried to throw the fish into the penguin’s belly.

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I made some shape penguins and laminated them.

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As I called out a shape, Hunter had to find it and stand on the correct shape.

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Then I added numbers to the penguins

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We counted out the appropriate number of fish and put them on the penguin with that number on it.

It was another week of fun here at Our Crafts N Things!

12
Mar

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookies activities

We have really been enjoying picking a book and then doing activities centered around that book for a week.  Our latest book was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

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Hunter really liked making a puffy paint chocolate chip cookie.  He mixed up shaving cream, glue, and brown paint.

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Then he spread the paint mixture onto a paper plate.

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Finally he added some chocolate chips.  When it dries it is puffy and it is really fun to touch and poke at it.

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I cut out some brown circles and numbered them 1-10.  Then we counted out the correct number of chocolate chips to add to each one.  This took a little while to finish because the chocolate chips kept disappearing ;-)

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In the story the mouse draws a picture of his family, so Hunter drew a picture of his family.

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Hunter practiced writing some lines.  (from Royal Baloo)

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And of course, how could we read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie without making cookies?  So, we baked chocolate chips cookies together.

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Hunter thought they were yummy!

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Hailey wanted to help with the taste testing too.

Hunter definitely loved this story and asked to hear it over and over again!  We are having lots of fun in preschool!

04
Mar

Preschool- Letter H

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Our focus letter during preschool has been the letter H. Here are some of things Hunter did:

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Hunter glued hearts onto the letter H.

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He made an H door knob hanger and hung it up on his bedroom door.

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Hunter used Do-a-Dot markers to decorate the letter H.

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He painted an H paper while he wore his H crown.

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I helped him make a letter H using playdough.

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He had a lot of fun making a house.

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H is for house.  (He insisted on putting an H at the end of word house too.)

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Hunter showed Harper his H wand.

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He stamped the letter H onto some paper using paint.

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Hunter used a paint roller to paint this letter H…

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…then he cut out some hippos (with help)…

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…then he glued the hippos onto the H.

(All letter H printables are from Confessions of a Homeschooler, 1+1+1=1, and Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.)

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Since Haystacks starts with H, Hunter and I made some delicious haystacks.

Other fun activities:

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Working on a puzzle

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Playing ABC Mouse with Hailey

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Using his pegs

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Coloring on his white board

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As I called out a shape, Hunter put a Ninja Turtle sticker on the shape I said.

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Playing with his Farmland Math set.

It was another 2 weeks of fun in preschool!

01
Mar

The Bear Snores On

A fun book for winter time is The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson.  Hunter is very scared of bears, so I wasn’t sure if we should do this book or not.  But, I decided to try it and see if it might help him not to be so scared of bears.  He ended up loving this book!  He asked to hear it over and over again.

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Here are the activities we did to go along with the book:

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We made a picture of a bear in a cave.

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Hailey wanted to make one too.

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The finished pictures.

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In the book the animals make a snack-  so we did too.  We had some popcorn and some yummy chocolate covered nuts.  We found The Bear Snores On on YouTube, so Hailey and Hunter watched it while they ate their snack.

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We made a bear cave.  Hailey and Hunter painted a shoe box brown and then glued cotton on it.

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Hunter learned what hibernating means and put a bear in the cave so that he could hibernate.

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We made a bigger cave too using furniture and a blanket.  Hunter liked hanging out in the cave throughout the week.  He loved watching The Bear Snores On, so he gathered up some stuffed bears and took them into the cave to watch it with him.

 It was a fun week of activities!

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