Winter (Jan/Feb) Tot School Recap

Here’s a recap of our winter unit:

Most ideas are from this packet (Oopsey Daisy blog).
Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 22:37, 39
We made hand motions for this one, and that really helped Fairley learn it.
love-god
Book ideas: We had so much fun with all of these books!
Froggy Gets Dressed

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 18, 2014
If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap your Paws!

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 18, 2014
The Mitten

A Ukrainian FolktaleBy Brett, Jan, 1949-(Book – 1989)

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 18, 2014
Mouse's First Snow

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 22, 2014
No

By Rueda, Claudia(Book – 2010)

Position:READY SOON
Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready soon
Expires:Jan 06, 2015
No Two Alike

By Baker, Keith, 1953-(Book – 2011)

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 18, 2014
Olivia and the Snow Day

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 18, 2014
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

By Martin, Bill, 1916-2004(Book – 2012)

Position:READY SOON
Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready soon
Expires:Jan 06, 2015
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 18, 2014
Winter Snow

By Slegers, Liesbet(Book – 2012)

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 17, 2014
A Winter's Nap

Location:HARLEM
Status:Ready for pickup
Pick Up by:Jan 17, 2014
Snowmen at Night

By Buehner, Caralyn(Book – 2004)Color: White

-We’ll explore the color white with all of our snowman/snow crafts below!
-We’ll also probably do some old-fashioned finger painting as well.
(or maybe just shaving cream, mint extract, and glitter in the bathtub) – Shaving cream is so much fun!
Letter: Ww
Flashcards – The girls LOVE these, and it’s fun to play the “clue” game with them to have them find the right picture.
-“W” Letter Formation – Skipped this this time around.
Create a “W” using white pipe cleaner or craft sticks. You could also make
the shape of the letter W using your white play dough!
-Ww is for…(Coloring pages) – See Oopsey Daisy link above
Source for Ww activities – Oopsey Daisy
Number: Review 2
-Number 2 pattern – count and add two objects – check
-Review story of Noah’s Ark – somewhat reviewed this
-Practice writing #2 (in shaving cream, paint, etc.) – Tried this, but we just ended up playing with the shaving cream instead!
Shoe Mix-up – So fun, and I think it helped with the concept of #2!
Take off shoes and put them in the middle of the room.
Mix up the shoes and have children take turns finding two shoes that match.
Source for #2 activities – Oopsey Daisy
Shape: Review circle and ball/sphere
Music:
WHITE Song– The girls love all of these color songs!
 
When It Snows – Cute!
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You
Know It)
Oh, you shiver and you quiver
When it snows.
Oh, you shiver and you quiver
When it snows.
Your hands feel just like ice,
So you rub them once or twice.
YES, you shiver and you quiver
When it snows.
BRRRRRRRRR!!
Hibernation Song
(Tune: Are You Sleeping)
Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping.
In the cave, in the cave.
I wonder when he’ll come out,
I wonder when he’ll come out?
In the spring. in the spring.
Birds are flying, birds are flying
In the sky, in the sky.
I wonder when they’ll come back,
I wonder when they’ll come back?
I’m A Little Snowman – Liked this one, too!
(Tune: I’m A Little Teapot)
I’m a little snowman
Short and fat.
Here is my broom
And here is my hat.
When the sun comes out,
I’ll melt away.
But I’ll be back another day!
Source for songs above – Oopsey Daisy
Arts/Crafts:
Snowmen Names – Didn’t get to this one but hope to do it next year!
Create a snowman by spelling out your name! Write one letter of child’s
name on paper plates. Stack on top of each other. Decorate a
snowman head for the top circle. Add a hat or any other embellishments
as desired!
Source: Under the Big Top
Snowflakes – Next year!
Fold coffee filters and cut interesting shapes to create snowflakes! You
could also try folding paper into triangles and using a hole punch to
create interesting shapes and patterns as an alternative to scissors.
Fluffy Snowman -Next year!
Cut out a snowman shape out of white construction paper. Add eyes,
nose, arms, and hat using other construction paper. Glue cotton balls all
over the snowman’s body. Add buttons if desired.
Source: The Imagination Tree
Marshmallow Snowflake/Snowman – Very fun!
Draw a snowflake shape with glue on a blue piece of construction
paper. Ask child to use miniature marshmallows to cover the glue outline.
Add glitter to your snowflake picture if desired! You could use the same
method to create a snowman.
Snow Paint – Just did shaving cream!
Create snow paint by mixing equal parts of white glue and shaving
cream. Smear over snowflake or snowman shapes. You could also use
the snow paint to create a snowman. Add construction paper eyes,
nose, mouth, scarf, and hat if desired.
Source: Oopsey Daisy
Math:
Snowman button sort – Great activity!
Snowman Button Match – The girls really enjoyed this one, too. (We used chocolate chips!)
Use the attached snowmen to match buttons according to the numbers
on the snowmen’s hats.
Source – Oopsey Daisy – see link at top of page
Snowball Catch –  Next year – or maybe next unit with eggs!
Write numbers in the bottom of each section of an empty egg carton.
Have each child put 1 snowball (cotton ball) in the egg carton. Close
the cover and shake it. Then open it up and see which number it landed
in. Then ask child to count out that many snowballs.
Source – Oopsey Daisy
Snowman Sequencing – This was a great activity!!
Source – Oopsey Daisy – see link at top of page
Arctic Animal Positional Word Practice – from Luvinmybug.blogspot.com – Fair loved this!!
 “I labeled 6 cards with a different positional word (on, in, under, beside, behind, in front of) and placed them in the photo cubes (you need to buy these separately). These are the ones we have.
We took turns rolling the dice, then placing our animal in the corresponding spot using the tupperware container.”
Science/Sensory:
-Winter sensory bin – There are LOTS of ideas out there for this, but here’s one unique idea. (Sensory bin was a hit as usual!)
 
Fake and real snow – Didn’t need fake snow since we had SO much real snow!
-We also might try water beads, but here’s some great safety info to read first. (Fairley looooves water beads now!)
Sticky Ice – Next year!
Place a piece of ice in a bowl of water. (Should float on top.) Give your
child a string and have them try to pick up the ice. They will not be able
to do this. Then help them lay the string gently across the ice and put salt
over the ice cube. Slowly count to 10 and the ice will stick to the string!
Dramatic Play:
Felt Snowman (from last year) – doesn’t hold their interest for long, but we did this a few times.
Possibly a winter sensory bin- They did love this (just like they did last year!).
Snack:
Snowman snack -We did a variation of this one, and it worked well!

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