Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dr. Seuss Math

 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

For older kids - work on patterns
For younger kids - work on colors, matching, and counting

Dr. Seuss & Read Across America

 March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday and National Read Across America Day. It is a day devoted to encouraging literacy and reading in honor of one of our nation's most beloved authors. We will be celebrating by doing Dr. Seuss activities this week and hanging out at our local library this Saturday. If you are looking for some good Dr. Seuss activities to do, here are some we've done in the past.

The Lorax plant holders (from Little Birdie Secrets)

Cat in the Hat bow ties

We plan on spending the day reading in lots of fun places and in lots of fun ways. I hope you will participate this year!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

M is for Magnet Math

We love exploring with magnets - seeing what sticks and what doesn't, talking about why some metal things work and some don't, talking about why some things that don't seem metal (i.e. pipe cleaners) but still stick, etc. 
This year we also added a little bit of math to our magnet fun. I cut up pipe cleaners into little pieces. Then, the girls tried to see how many they could get to stick on. After, we counted how many pipe cleaners were stuck to our magnet. It was good for practicing counting to high numbers.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love Bug Valentine

 I can't take credit for this cutie but, I just had to share. Anya made these at the library story time. The rest of the day she would show us her love bug and ask, "Will you be my Valentine?" Too cute.

It's pretty easy - heart shape, black paper head, googly eyes and heart stickers.

Friday, February 8, 2013

L is for Letter

We did a letter walk for letter L week. I wrote the alphabet around the edges of a plate and we walked around trying to find all the letters. When we found a letter, we folded it down and tore it off. (It was a styrofoam plate.)

Thank you to Whatdidudo2day for the fun idea!

L is for Library

The library is a great place to encourage a love of reading. Libraries usually let kids get their own library card at age 4 or 5. Plus, many have great story times and activities for preschoolers. For letter L week, Anya was really excited to go and get her first library card!

We read this fun book - Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen - before we went. 
It is about a lion who wants to go to the library. It discusses rules of the library in a fun story with great pictures. This book is really great for making inferences. Inferences are when you figure something out without the story telling you. For example, the lion walks away slowly with his head down. You figure out that the lion is sad.

We hope you'll have as much fun exploring your library as we do!