Skip to main content

Heart starts with H

I am fighting off 'the sickness' again but didn't let it get me down on Tuesday.  We had a good productive day in preschool.

We started our day with a prayer.

Heart starts with Hh lesson

We concentrated mostly on our hearts and Valentines day.

I did not buy boxes of Valentines for the kids.  They will be filling those out for years in elementary school plus the little dragons only have a few people to hand Valentines to.  I decided we would hand make all the Valentines to make them more personal.  

I did not wake up as early as I wanted to but did not lay back down.  I poured myself coffee first thing so I would get some good Bible reading in and a good start on preschool.  I have been feeling really good about our preschool progress for 2 weeks now. 

While I finished my hair I had Liam, Athena, and Spencer make Valentines cards on the computer at  I searched for some Valentines games on a couple of my favorite sites but could not find any. 

Stamp Valentines

The coloring was the ABC mural we have on the wall.

We sang the good morning song then started on Valentines addition.  The addition and practicing writing the letter H went quickly. 

I thought the stamp station would hold their attention and they would continue visiting it all day.  It lasted 5 min!  They stamped a ton in that small amount of time but with two pieces of paper I thought it would have lasted longer.  

 But the Valentines ended up looking great

In stead of just folding the paper in half I cut heart shapes out of the areas of paper that had multiple stamps and glued it to pink or red construction paper.  This made the Valentines look more like cards.  The kids were intrigued. 

After circle time and lunch the little dragons were ready to spread their wings and stomp around a bit.  I turned on some high tempo kids music that they danced too.  They are responding much better to mid-day music then morning. 

Circle Time
We sang a Valentines song, recited our Smoke is Bad poem, and learned a new heart poem.  We briefly talked about our hearts again and the kids were able to answer all the questions correctly.  

Hannah, the mail women community helper puppet, visited today and read a book about people in the community.  

I read The Hat and we did a reading activity that correlated with The Hat

The kids had to remember the order the animals entered the book
 Then match the letter magnets to the card. 
I had Liam and Athena work together on this activity to encourage team work.  I had each child find every other letter.  I was surprised to see that neither stumbled on which letter came next  both were able to keep track of the order. 

After preschool the kids were still looking to be entertained.  Luckily I had a Valentines treat I wanted to make and found this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I cleaned up preschool and sat the kids down.  They watched me bring all the ingredients to the table and were giggling and talking about each one after I set it down.  

Mini Heart Pies
I saw a picture of these on Pintrest but the link took me to a picture display website.  So I winged it.

You need:                                                      
Pie Crust                                      
Strawberry's or Raspberries              
Cream Cheese                                              
I do not have a heart cookie cutter so I cut the hearts out with a butter knife and gave the scrap dough to the kids.  I spread cream cheese on the bottom crust, topped it with strawberry, the sprinkled sugar on top.  Then I covered it with the top crust and went around the edge with a fork. I then sprinkled a bit more sugar on top before putting them in the oven.  I baked them according to the directions on the pie crust box; oven preheated to 450 and bake for 11-13 min.

The kids made some of their own and enjoyed feeling and tasting all the ingredients.  They played with it long after the baking was done.    

I tried one after the first batch but with 'the sickness' can't taste anything and made the second batch the same.   I should have filled them with more cream cheese.  At least I know for next time. 
They still look lovely....mostly.  


Popular posts from this blog

Teeth Craft

This craft went with our meat eater unit you can see here

I was having a difficult time thinking of activities for meat eaters.  I didn't want the sole focus to be on dinosaurs because carnivores and herbivores is a way to categorize many animals today. But everything I was running into was dinosaur related. 
Finally I found this craft! 

paper template of a carnivore and herbivore (I drew a hippo and t-rex head outline) page of teethscissorsgluemarkers

Little Dragon cut out the heads and then the mouth pieces. 
Then he cut out the teeth and glued them inside the mouth
To finish it he drew eyes on the head and a tongue on the inside of the mouth. 

Little Dragon was very excited to see the finished animals and open their mouths to look at their teeth.

We wrote what the animal was on the inside

This was a fun easy craft that helps identify the difference in the teeth between carnivore and herbivore.  It is a visual reference that can be used again and again.  It can also be used for…

Paint Squirt Gun Fight

I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to do this activity ever since I saw a post about painting with squirt guns.

Paint squirt gun fight!  And it was AMAZING! 
I first bought an 8 pack of large boys white t-shirts.  I wanted the shirts to fit all of the kids and I wanted them to be able to save the shirts for the future. The 8 pack was perfect.
I filled the water guns up with paint and a pinch of water.  Each gun had a different color so we could determine a 'winner'. 
I squirted each 'player' with their color first.  So they knew their color and to demonstrate where to aim. 

Talking about the aim was very important.  All of the kids involved were 4 and above.  Aim had to be in the tummy or the back.  No faces, bottoms, heads/hair, or legs. We didn't want paint in eyes, noses, or mouths. The other places would be more difficult to clean and giving two aiming places was simple.����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������…

Elephant Faces

Elephant Faces (masks)
We used: 

Three paper platesPaint or markersPaint brushesStaplerScissorsYarnFirst paint the bottom of the paper plate.  While the kids painted I cut the other paper plate in half for the ears. Using the third plate I cut out the textured part of the plate to make the trunks.  
Paint (or color) the rest of the pieces. 
Staple them together to make an elephant.
Cut out small holes for eyes and small holes behind the ears to attach the yarn.

Now that the lesson is over I have the masks hanging in the playroom.  They make a neat decoration.