Snow Day! ....or should we say snow week!
Come join the fun we had this week learning all things snow. We are out in the Midwest where it has been on and off snowing. We are lucky to be able to play outside in the snow but this week is fun for anyone, even if you are not by snow. I have a recipe for homemade snow using 2 common household products, engaging crafts, and as always great letter and writing work.
Snow - Using white conditioner and baking soda we created our very own snow that was perfect for molding snowmen, snow castles, and snowballs! I have linked the full recipe in my recipes for play tab.
Ice Skating Toys - I froze mini Winnie the Pooh figurines in cold medicine cups (the bigger ones in dixie cups), covered a baking tray with foil and we had fun making them "skate."
Letter Work and Writing
The Floor is Lava - We've all played this as children with couch cushions. I have put a spin to this classic game using lily pads (green construction paper cut into circles) to glue pictures of various words beginning with the letter K, mixed with other lily pads that have pictures of things that don't start with the letter K. The goal is to successfully jump from the K sound words lily pad to other k word lily pads without touching the the rug or the wrong lily pads. It was a lot of fun and very effective for reinforcing letter sounds.
Mystery Letters - I took broke off a 2 piece paper towel and wrote letters at random in marker on one piece leaving the other half blank, I then folded the paper in half and Lucy used an eye dropper to drop water on the paper towel revealing the letters. One by one as she found them she wrote them down on a piece of paper. Great activity for letter recognition and writing. You can also use this with numbers and shapes.
Chalk Letters - We practiced writing Kk in chalk on a chalkboard and erasing it with a wet paintbrush. The paintbrush allows the child to remember the strokes of the pencil (in this case chalk) to remember how to form the shape. Great for letter recognition and writing practice.
Workbooks - We have been using a lot of workbooks for our math this week to reinforce writing various letters and tracing various shapes. We did a lot of review work with math this week. If you are curioius what type of workbooks we used click here for the list.
Salt Painting - We made snowflakes with liquid Elmer's glue then covered the glue with salt. This gave our artwork texture, creating a 3D snowflake.
Lucy in a Snow globe - I cut blue construction paper in a circle, cut a black trapezoid shape, and glued them to appear like a snow globe on a stand. She used her fingers and white paint to stamp fingerprints making a snow effect. We glued a picture of her (cutting out just her body shape) in the middle.
Puffy Paint - Using puffy paint (equal parts of shaving cream and Elmer's liquid glue) we painted snowy scenes.