Archive for the ‘Sensory Activities’ Category

The Snowy Day

19
Feb

One of my favorite winter books is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and we recently had a lot of fun doing a unit to go along with the book.  Hunter loved the book too, and asked to read it every day.

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

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After we read the book, Hunter made his own snowy day scene.

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We mixed up some shaving cream and glue (equal parts) to make some puffy paint and then he added it to his scene.

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Hunter’s snowy day scene

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In the book, Peter sees the older boys having a snowball fight.  It has been super cold where we live, so Hailey and Hunter had an indoor snowball fight using socks.

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We also brought some snow inside.  Hunter used a stick to make lines in the snow just like Peter did.

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We kept the snow inside to see what would happen to it.  It melted, just like the snow in Peter’s pocket did.

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Then we made some delicious snowflakes.  We cut tortilla shells to look like snowflakes.  Then I fried them in butter and put cinnamon and sugar on them.

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They tasted so good that Hailey and Hunter requested to make them again when Rich came home from work.

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Hunter did this paper from Homeschool Creations about which clothes he would wear during winter and summer.

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We made this really cool fake snow- you mix shaving cream and baking soda together.  I added the shaving cream first and then I stirred in the baking soda until it looked like snow.  It was really neat- it could be molded like real snow and it even felt cold.  (If it happens to get spilled all over your dining room floor- it does not vacuum up easily.  You will end up having to scrub your hardwood floor to get it off.  But, it will smell very nice.  Don’t ask me how I know.)

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Hunter had a great time playing with it.  When he was all done using it, we poured some vinegar in it to watch the snow erupt.

We had such a fun time doing this unit!!

Tot School

20
Jul

Hunter is 31 months old.

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Letter Y activities:

(Printables for the letter Y are from 1+1+1=1 and Confessions of a Homeschooler.)

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Hunter used colored pencils to color his letter Y paper.

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 Hunter loves the do-a-dot papers and has gotten pretty good at stamping the circles.

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He added some letter Y stamps to his Y paper.

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We glued yellow yarn onto the letter Y.

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Y is for Yo Yo.

Shapes and colors:

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Hunter used water colors to decorate his shape paper.

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He colored the yo-yos the correct color with his crayons.

Sensory:

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Hunter had beads in his sensory bin this week.  He used a measuring cup to scoop the beads from one bin to the other.

Manipulatives:

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He put magnetic pom poms onto the Y is for Yarn page.

Other:

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The pictures in this post are actually from several weeks ago- and it was the week of our last official day of school for Hailey.  So, we took some last day of school pictures and this is Hunter on our last day of school.

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The top paper in this picture is one that Hunter did on our first day of Tot School back in September and the bottom page is the one he did on the last day of school.  It was fun to compare his coloring and his answers to the questions.

Next week we will finish up the alphabet and then we have some other fun activities to do during the summer (until the baby arrives:-)).

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Tot School

22
Jun

Hunter is 30 months old.

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Letter V Activities:

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We always start the week with a letter paper- this printable is from 1+1+1=1.

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Hunter decorated a letter V to make our letter project.

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V is for volcano.

Shapes:

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The shape we concentrated on this week was the triangle.  I put painter’s tape onto a piece of paper and had Hunter paint all around the paper.

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Then I peeled the tape off and we were left with this triangle.

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Hunter practiced his shapes with this shape printable  from 1+1+1=1.  I put it on a cookie sheet, then asked him to find a shape, and he found the shape and put a magnetic pom pom on the shape I asked for.

Sensory:

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Hunter played with Mickey and Minnie in this bin of pom poms.

Manipulatives:

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Hunter and Hailey used our unifix cubes to build all sorts of things- but mostly swords to fight each other.

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We used the magnetic pom poms again to practice numbers.

Other:

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We are working on a super fun unit all about caterpillars and butterflies.  Hailey has read a different book each day during science.

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For one craft we made these cute caterpillars- pom poms glued onto clothespins, then we added googly eyes.

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The next day we put our caterpillars into toilet paper tubes and wrapped yarn around them to represent a chrysalis.

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Then we colored coffee filters with washable markers and sprayed them with water.  When the colors run together it looks so pretty- we used these to turn our caterpillars into butterflies.

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Hailey and Hunter made life cycle plates about the butterflies.  Hunter loves it when he gets to do whatever Hailey is doing!

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Here is Hunter’s finished life cycle plate- eggs to larva (caterpillar) to pupa (chrysalis) to adult (butterfly).

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We also made some butterfly sun catchers.

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Here is Hunter’s finished butterfly.

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We sang a song about a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.  Hailey and Hunter loved the song and the hand motions to go with it.  Here are the words that we sang:

I saw a caterpillar
climbing up a tree.
He wiggled and he wiggled,
he wiggled right at me.
I put him in a box,
“Stay right there,” I said.
But, when I opened up the box
a butterfly instead.
I couldn’t do it,
even if I tried.
Only God in heaven
could make a butterfly.

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Tot School

15
Jun

Hunter is 29 months.

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I can’t believe we are almost done with the alphabet!  We will be going through the alphabet again in the fall when we start preschool… well that is the plan at least.  We will see how it goes with a newborn in the house :-)

Letter U activities:

(Printables for the letter U are from 1+1+1=1 and Confessions of a Homeschooler.)

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Hunter used water colors to paint his letter U paper.

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 Hunter loves these pages- he is getting better about stamping the marker in the circles.

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 He really enjoyed stamping it hard enough to make the ink splatter (and smear all over his arms).

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 U is for Umbrella

Shapes:

Our shape this week was the square.

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Hunter put square pieces of tissue paper onto a square piece of contact paper, that we made into a sun catcher.

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Hunter had some square crackers for a snack.

Sensory:

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Hunter played with these foam insect creatures in his sensory bin.

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Another day I put these rocks meant for a fish tank in his sensory bin.  He was playing with them so nicely that I left the room for a minute to put a load of laundry in the dryer.  Soon, I heard Hailey yelling.  When I came back to see what was going on, Hunter was pouring these little rocks down the back of her shirt.

Other:

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When we came home from Disney World I decided it was time to get down to the potty training business.  So, Hunter put on some underwear and did an excited dance around the living room to celebrate.  He did really well and only had a couple of accidents.  For the most part he went on the toilet and even told me once when he had to go.  He was so excited!  The next morning when he woke up he said, “Today I want to wear my Minnie and Mickey diapers.”  And he has not wanted anything to do with the underwear again.

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We have been having fun learning all about worms and at the end of our worm unit, we made dirt pudding with worms (chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos and gummy worms).  Hunter loved it!

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We learned how important worms are to the earth, so when we finished observing our worms, we let them go in our garden.

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Hailey helping Hunter practice his shapes during calendar time.

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Hunter loves books!!  I love how he goes and finds a book and lays down to read it!

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