Friday, February 6, 2015

10 Little Doggies Song

Ten little doggies

Ten little doggies went out one day
(Hold up ten fingers

To dig in the dirt and play play play
(Play dig)

Five were spotted and five were not
(Show 1 hand and then the other

And at dinner time they ate a lot 
(Pretend to eat)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Letter S

Each letter has its own craft each week to add to the alphabet wall. For this letter we made a letter S snake. 




Materials 

  • Construction paper 
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Plastic snake
  • Googly eyes

Before we started we took some time to discover our plastic snakes. Some had stripes, multiple colors, or shapes. This gave some inspiration for the paper snakes. 








Each boy chose his colors and we started creating snakes. 
They cut out shapes and glued them on as they liked. 

They of course glued on googly eyes  as the finishing touch. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Snake Sensory Bin

Jello sensory bin 

Little Dragon was so excited for this sensory bin when we made it. 

He helped every step. 

Materials

  • Bowl
  • Jello- we made green
  • Small toy snakes
We mixed up the jello according to the package instructions.
Added the snakes to the jello while it was still liquid. 

Put it in the fridge to set. 


A few hours later we took out the jello and we're ready to play. 
And very excited.

Of course typical Little Dragon doesn't dive right it. He touched it softly with on finger and then his hand and found that it was a solid but had some give...jello. 

We don't eat jello so it wasn't something he was familiar with. 

He kept pressing on it but not breaking the surface so I gave him a spoon and showed him it could go through. 

Using the spoon he got a bit more exploratory and finally put his hand in it enough to "save a snake". He then was determined to save all of the snakes. 


We played I the jello together both getting messy and Doll Dragon played with it too when She got home from school. 

Jello does stain though so we all had green hands for about a week. 
















Jello was a fun sensory experience although cold. If you use jello I would suggest taking it out of the fridge and letting it sit for an hour or so to get to room temperature. 
















You can add many different items to the jello for many themes for a jello sensory bin. 

Have fun with your jello!   

Egyptian Costumes

Learning about another country is fun especially when you get to make a costume! 
Ancient Egyptians dressed differently then we do here in America and recognizing the difference for was part of our lesson. 

The first piece of the costume was the headdress. 


Materials
  • paper print outs of the top and sides of the headdress
  • markers
  • stapler
  • scissors


Color the headdress in common Egyptian color schemes.
Cut out the 3 different pieces
Staple them together
Put it on! 

Egyptian necklace

Egyptians like things big and gold.  So of course we had to make something to adorn ourselves with that was big and golden. 


Materials


  • cardboard
  • tri color noodles
  • yellow paint
  • glitter paint
  • paint brush
  • glue
  • twine
  • pencil








I cut a frozen pizza piece of cardboard in half for the perfect semi circle shape. 

Little Dragon and Toothless then mixed the yellow and glitter paint to  make a wonderful gold color.

When the paint dried we glued on the tri color noodles as jewels. 

Using the pencil I poked a hole in the two top corners of the semi circle then strung the twine through to make a necklace. 





















Full Egyptian costume completed! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Art Journal #6

Forgiveness
This week we focused on forgiveness so this art journal topic I tried to incorporate that into our journaling. 

The art part was layering. Layering different paper on top of each other to make a picture or art. This was open, you could layer colors, 1 color in the same pile, tear it any size you want. 


We talked about forgiveness and the meaning of different layers.
 You could layer people you need to forgive. 
Things that you need to forgive
Things that you have done that you need to ask for forgiveness for. 

One of the older dragons asked if she could layer people she would like to pray for because she couldn't think of anything regarding forgiveness. It was still journaling. 

Again I have found this therapeutic. As a parent there are things I hold onto that I could let go off. Putting them on paper helped. Have me place to put things that I was holding onto or that were bothering me. 

For the kids I asked them to talk about forgiveness and we wrote names or things on the paper that related to what they were thinking for each layer or pile.

You can find our other art journals here. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Egyptian Scene Letter E

I had a little difficulty coming up with a letter E Egyptian activity but once I found the Egyptian pack this was a bit easier.  With all the great graphics in the pack we used them to make an Egyptian scene on the letter E. 

Before we started making the scene we reviewed the different pictures. 

Then I asked Little Dragon to create a picture. Little Dragon wasn't quiet getting it at first so I gave him an example. Then he got the idea and was very excited about creating a scene. 

We talked and did a little role play as we created the scene. 


Wa-la Egyptian scene on the letter E, another letter done

Roll and Graph

This is a pretty popular game for preschoolers.  We have played it a couple times ourselves and I see it in preschool packs often.  I was pleased to see it in the Egyptian pack for use this week. 

This game is a game of chance, but is also mathematics because you graph your results. It can also be considered basic science because we are testing the results of the di roll and documenting our results. 

To  make this game more interesting then just rolling and graphing we start our game by picking a character we want to "win" or reach 10 first. 

Next we give a color to each character, again just to make it a bit more interesting.  

Then the rolling starts. 
We rolled and marked until on column reached 10 and we had a winner! 


  Neither of our characters ended up winning the camel pulled through and beat us to the finish line, but we enjoyed playing and graphing. :)