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Deserting D (end of week 13)

The end of our desert unit got a bit messy!  Little Dragon played in the sensory bin for 2 days.  This took up some time for our other activities that we had to push into early the next week.  But there is learning done through play, plus he played very well independently.

John the Baptist is an easy story to remember and Little Dragon was bored listening to it by day 3.  So instead of reading it to him I found a YouTube short movie that he could watch.

Animated Story from the New Testament

Little Dragon enjoyed watching this and watched the end a couple times.

Friday we used the You Version Kids Bible App to explore the life of Jesus.  I was hoping there would be one about John the Baptist but after focusing on him all week it seemed Little Dragon was ready to move one.

The week 13 folder was full of fun letter D activities.  

Inside was a letter D maze (I think I made it too easy),

food flashcards, and Itsy Bitsy letter D book, a nursery rhyme full of the letter d's to find, the letter d printable which we covered in pieces of sandpaper and sand, and a picture of Aladdin in the desert for Little Dragon to color.

Little Dragon traced 9 letter d's in his alphabet notebook

We added the letter d to our explorers map.

We played a second round of...

Number 9
Little Dragon made cactus finger prints on the number 9. 

I set out a number 9 bag this week.  Inside was the number 9 flashcard, 9 heart gems, 9 crayons, 9 pieces of scrap paper, and the playdough mat from earlier this week. 

The Dragons also made their number 9 flash cards. 

Deseret Puppets
  • desert animal printout
  • craft sticks
  • crayons
  • glue stick
We needed some animals to play with in our desert sensory bin so we made some.  Little Dragon and I colored them together.  He cut them out and glued them onto the craft sticks. 

They were a little difficult to play with in the sand but Little Dragon found a way and was not disappointed.  I kept my thoughts to myself as we played and followed his lead. 

Camel Puppet

  • painted hand print
  • jumbo craft stick
  • marker
  • glue

While hands were dirty from another craft Little Dragon made an orange hand print on yellow paper.  When it was dry Little Dragon drew eyes, a mouth, and hoofs on the camel.  Then he cut it out and glued it to the craft stick.

Little Dragon liked the camel more then he liked his desert animals. I think he was proud of making it himself.

Hand molded cactus

  • play dough
  • spaghetti noodles
Together we used the play dough to construct a cactus.  I helped Little Dragon a bit with breaking up the speghetti noodles but after he saw what to do he took of on his own and no longer needed my help. 

He wanted to keep his cactus so it is still sitting on his desk as a sculpture.  I think it is perfect. 


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