Friday, November 21, 2014

Our Newest Favourite Toy

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      Around Halloween a family donated a big bag of gold necklaces. 
             In the pumpkin they reminded me of pumpkin guts.
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                            Making shapes and letters.
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      They were great for dragging around and pretending to be fire.
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       One day I added three large jars and watched how they played.
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They filled the jars with the beads then worked at getting them out.
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               Shaking the jars was the preferred method.
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There were some days that many of the people in the program were wearing
                                         necklaces.
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                              Even if they chose to or not.
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                          And the babies love the beads.
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This video shows this baby playing with the beads. IMG_1445


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pom Pom Collection

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I saw this idea on a blog but for the life of me I can’t find which one.  So if it's yours, please let me know and I'll credit you.
 I think I need to re-think how I set up my Pinterest boards or pin items on several boards.  Anyways I really liked this idea for the sensory table.
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Lay egg cartons (I used the egg flats) in the bottom of your table or tray.
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                                 Add pom poms and utensils.
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I offered two types of tongs; one you squeezed to open, the other you had to squeeze to close to grasp the pom pom.
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I didn’t count the pom poms, when I put them in, to know if there were enough for each carton section.  This father and daughter worked at it for awhile and discovered we were short by two.
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          This a great activity for sharing and working cooperatively.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Owls

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            We used toilet paper tubes to paint pictures of owls.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Wonder What a Fairy Home Looks Like?

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Since we visited the Fairy Forest last week we have been practicing building
fairy houses indoors.
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Last week we went out to the forest to collect building materials. 
I added some shells and playdough and encouraged the children to build.
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                 We’ve seen many, many fairy houses this week.
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        Some children had stories to share about their fairy homes.
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    This child let me sketch her picture and then she explained each part.
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Then one day fairies appeared on the table.
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             They were invited into some of the homes.

This child drew the fairy then created a home for it.                    
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      We are still hoping the fairies will come to our Fairy Forest.