Living in the Midwest can be very exciting for a number of reasons, but most specifically our weather! When the weather changes seasons it can be so unpredictable! One day it will snow the next day will be sunny and warm. Luckily, this week has been absolutely beautiful perfect spring weather. We took advantage of the nice weather and did a lot of nature exploring, and hiking. Learning outside is just as beneficial as in a classroom. Listed below are some in class actives we worked on.
Books We Read
Spring Chicks was a fun opportunity to teach Lucy about spring animals being born and shapes with this craft. We used a toilet paper roll and yellow paint to stamp on the circle body, cut out small triangle beaks, and used a maker to add eyes and feet
Of course this was a huge hit. My daughter and I went on a meaningful walk where we spotted the first signs of spring. A handful of spring beginnings we found were: buds of various size and textures, moss, robins, and daffodils.
Every week we do a new letter of the week, this week our letter is Ss. Lucy enjoyed tracing upper and lowercase S that I have written out, with jellybeans! This builds great letter recognition, fine motor, and pre writing skills.
Cotton Ball Bunnies
We made cotton ball bunnies to pass out to grandparents for Easter this year. I cut out bunny head silhouettes on white card stock, had Lucy use a pink paint stick (marker works too) to fill in the ears, pasted a photo of her head, and glue cotton balls around the face and ears. Of course I made ones with her brother's head too with her. I made extra bunny silhouettes for her to use markers and be creative with. She enjoyed both the structured craft and the open ended freedom of the other craft.
Pastel Easter Chalk Cross
I used painters tape to made a cross and with the empty space around the cross I taped triangles and squares. While taped Lucy used pastels to shade in the empty space. It was fun practice working with pastels and while she worked in the shading we talked about the true meaning of Easter. We taped it to our front door as part of our Easter decorations.
Glitter Glue Letters and Numbers
This is always a huge hit. I write letters, words, and numbers on a piece of paper and Lucy traces over them in glitter glue.