Friday, December 16, 2011

Pete the Cat On Tour

I've had to close a few days early this December because of our school closing and relocating.
So I planned a field trip to our local library.
I mentioned to the librarian that Pete the Cat would be with us and would like a tour of the library.
This is how our morning went.

Pete met the families and had them sign in.
While we waited for everyone to arrive there was gingerbread to decorate and books to read.

This is Mary, the librarian, talking to the families about what the library has to offer (check out the Lit Kits - they're great) and how to get a library card.
 When we turned to get Pete to start the tour, he had disappeared.
But we found this note where he was sitting.
 Ahh, a clue.
 We searched by the music CDs but didn't find Pete only another clue.
 Then he sent us over by the children's cookbooks but we found cat kibbles.
Pete must have been hungry.
One more clue led us to one of Pete's favourite authors, Mo Wilhems. 
 We searched all the shelves till we found the 'w'.
 And there he was beside the book "Don't let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus"
The children were happy to have him back.
We had one more stop on our field trip.
That was to see the gingerbread displays.
Our Candy Castle won first place in the children's category.
But this was Pete's favourite - the Three Little Pigs.
The children liked it too.
It caused a discussion of what on it we could eat and what we couldn't.
They used toy pigs and a wolf 
but everything else was edible.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All That Glitters

Our sensory table this past week was full of tinsel garland and a variety of bells.

One morning the sun was shining through the window when the children started to notice little lights shimmering around the table as they played with the garland.
Where are the lights? What is it?  How does it do that?
Great questions.
The more she played the more she figured out how it worked.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Thrift Store Find

Thrift stores are awesome for finding treasures.
A couple of weeks ago I found bells and beads and wonderful Barvarian decorated wooden people.
But my favourite was this tree shaped tray with small containers.
As I finished my shopping my mind was wandering to what to use the tray for.
Since I had bells in my basket I thought they may work.
Then I thought if we used coloured pom poms the play may be more diversified.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa Hat Snack

I found this idea on Pinterest at
I made them last week for a bake sale at school.  Unfortunately I under-cooked the brownies and couldn't use them.  For a quick fix I grabbed ginger snaps.
Today was our last day of school so I thought these would make a special treat.
I quickly made up a recipe sheet for snack this morning.
All you need are gingersnaps, strawberries, and whip cream.

The children are learning how to follow instructions by reading the pictures.

They were a lot of fun to eat.
But for this little one, if she hesitated, her dad snuck a lick.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Playdough Tree Decorating

Play dough is such a great toy.
You can add a variety of tools or materials to make it seem like a whole new toy.
This month I made green play dough and set it out with rolling pins and tree cookie cutters.
Then I added a tray with buttons, little white styrofoam balls and tinsel pipe cleaners.
The play dough is a busy centre everyday.
 Such a simple addition allows the play to change over and over again.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reindeer for Snack

This past week the children could build their own reindeer to eat.
Three easy steps to read and follow.
Spread cream cheese on to a small rice cake then add pretzels for antlers.
Antlers was a new word for some children...
so I found a reindeer stuffy to leave on the table.
Finish the face with craisins for eyes and nose.  Yum!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Music Time

Once a month Jill, a preschool music teacher, visits StrongStart to lead us through a music time.
She runs a program called Music for Young Children.
Today we sang Christmas songs and because it wasn`t a large group she was able to use her `co-op` band.
She made it from a super long bungee cord and made a fabric cover for it.
Each person found a spot to hold on as they sang a song about trotting on a horse.
At the end of the song they fall backwards.
As they fall back the bungee cord pulls them back up.

Everyone got in on the fun.
A big thanks to Jill for volunteering her time and knowledge with us.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Simple is Best

I love when a very simple craft turns out so well.
I love when parents think it's so cool and so easy because maybe they'll make it again at home with their child.
I hot glued the pinecone to an old greeting card so it would be easier to carry home.  Plus it's decorative.
I watched in amazement as every child that attended today painted a pinecone tree.

Sparkles are a must when it comes to Christmas trees.  But surprisingly we didn't end up with it all over the room.
Look at the smile on his face.
Is it because of the 'cherry' on top or pride in a job well done?
I think they are beautiful.