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P is for Pig

Bible
We are moving on to the story of The Prodigal Son this week.  I think this is a hard story for preschoolers to understand.  After reading the story to The Dragons I asked what was the lesson/moral for this story, Doll Dragon answered 'thankfulness because the son was thankful he got clothes."
We went over the main events of the story again and I explained to them that Jesus was trying to teach people of God's love, comparing it to the love of the father in the story.  Hopefully the concept will grow as we re-read the story this week.


Purple
The Dragons went on a hunt for purple things.  They didn't find much, no picture.
The Dragons practiced their handwriting by writing the word 'purple' with purple markers.


Alphabet
The Dragons made their pencil toppers.  Today they really enjoyed decorating them.  It was more then handwriting practice, it was nice.

I introduced our hand motion.  Use your left  hand for the line and make a circle with your right hand to finish the p.


We brainstormed 'p' words and came up with many fun words, even some silly words.

I found little twist up toys at the dollars store, 2 penguins (one purple) and a cow to go with the farm theme.



The Dragons used play dough to make a letter p.



Sensory Bin
P is for pig leaves room to discover and learn about all the farm animals!  The Dragons have a farm sensory bin that will be out all week.


I used coffee grounds as the base/dirt.  The Dragons are blessed to have a My Little People Farm and the animals and farmers that go with it.  This made up the remainder of the bin.



Other
The Dragons had some extra stuff to play with during down time.  Time when I needed to clean or cook.  I set out some puzzles, play dough, and a story on the felt board.


Pigs being our theme the lesson plan expands into farm animals as mentioned above.  While I cooked dinner me and The Dragons played a guessing game.  Guess the farm animal.  We took turns picking an animal and guessing.  This didn't last as long as I  had hoped.  The sensory bin was a much more fun activity for farm animals I think.



Crafts
Pig nose
Materials: 

  • egg carton cut up
  • yarn
  • paint
We cut up the individual cups of the egg carton for noses then painted them pink.  When the paint was dry we poked 2 holes in the egg carton and tied in some string.  

They easily sit over the child's nose and I tied the yarn in the back to keep it on. 






Pig ears
Materials: 
  • headband
  • foam
  • stapler
  • scissors
Doll Dragon cut her own ears out and decorated them.  Little Dragon and Visitor Dragon cut out the shapes I drew on the foam for their ears.  

Once the foam was cut out I folded it over the headband and The Dragons stapled them on. 


These pig ears and pig noses were used for Dramatic Play all week.  There was a lot of wolf roaring and pig squealing :).  I joined in the roaring and squealing too! 


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