Sunday, March 22, 2015

The One with March Plans, Week 4

Hey guys! It's review week! This means that you can catch up on any old activites that you missed, (or redo any favorites!) I also have a fun new activity for each day if you're looking for something new to do! These turned out so cute! 

STU Letter Sort
Directions print file. Cut apart the letters on page 2. Invite the child to sort the letters from page 2 onto the first page as a sorting mat. My girls are learning to love using glue! Younger toddlers can simply sort without gluing. Older preschoolers can trace the letters as well! 

Baked Cotton Ball Rainbow
Directions: This was so much fun! I used 6 different bowls, and added 1/4 cup water to each bowl. Then, I dyed the water with food coloring. Then I whisked in 1/4 cup of flour to each bowl to thicken it up. 
 Next, invite your kiddos to dip their cotton balls into the bowl in order to make a rainbow! I lined a cookie sheet with foil for easy clean up. I gave the girls one bowl at a time (red, then orange, then yellow, etc) in order to not have mass chaos. One twin didn't like her fingers being dirty, so she just helped throw the cotton balls into the colorful mixture. The other twin was more hands-on and enjoyed dipping and being messy! We made our rainbow in a straight line because arches are more difficult for them to create. 
 Place the cookie sheet in oven at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. 
Once the cotton balls have cooled, the kiddos can SMASH them with hammers! They absolutely loved smashing and cracking the cotton balls! Have fun! This was one of their favorite activities! 

Rainbow Treasure Hunt: Rainbow Name Relay
Directions: Cut out 6 slips of paper (red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple) and write your child's name on each one. Tape the slips around the house to hide them. Then, play a relay game. "Find the red paper with your name on it, then run to me and give me a high five! Great! Now find the orange!" Ask the kiddos to find the papers in rainbow order. If you have multiple children, writing their names on the slips help with name recognition. Once they have all 6 color slips, they can create a rainbow with a little white cloud! Have fun learning rainbow order! 

Green Color Sort: Rainbow Froot Loops
Directions: Poke a spaghetti stick into a little ball of play dough. Give your child 6 little play dough sticks in order for them to sort the 6 different colors of Froot Loops. They will love sorting the colors and making rainbow towers. This helps with fine motor skills, sorting skills, and color recognition as well. (I love how time consuming this is too, they were busy for a while!)

Five Green and Speckled Frogs Story Tube
Directions: Print file. Cut the frogs apart into 5 long white strips.  Staple the strips around a paper towel roll. Use this paper towel roll to be a fun interactive story telling tube. Sing the song "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" If you're not familiar with the tune of the song, click on this video to see how it goes!  Our color of the month is green, and the number of the month is 5, so this works out perfectly. Start with all 5 upright on the tube (log) and as each one jumps into the water, slide the frog forward to see the splash. 

3 frogs on the log, 2 splashed! 
(Note, I stapled too high on this picture, and it made the frogs really loose! I would staple much lower, near the frogs' nose, and the frogs stay on much better!)

Here are the printables!
STU sorting mat
5 Green and Speckled Frogs

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