This week, we combined art and music to make our own maracas! We set out plastic bottles and duct tape, along with bowls of beads, rice, lima beans, and seeds to use as filler. The kids picked the materials they wanted to use inside their maracas and put them in their bottles. After they added … Continue reading Plastic Bottle Maracas
This week was STEM, so for one of our free play stations I set up a very simple measuring activity. I put out two balances and scattered a variety of counters. The kids got to work balancing different objects. They even worked on balancing items on top of the balances! This was a fun and … Continue reading Balance Station
This week, we painted with bubble wrap! I found the idea for this art project at In the Playroom. I cut a large sheet of bubble wrap into squares and cut some white cardstock into fruit and vegetable shapes. The kids painted the bubble wrap with whatever colors they chose. Mixing colors together on the bubble … Continue reading Bubble Wrap Painting
This week is movement! We started by grabbing a pair of rhythm sticks and dancing to"Tap Your Sticks" by Hap Palmer. Our first story today was Don't Wake Up Tiger! by Britta Teckentrup. Tiger is sleeping, and the other animals need to get over her to the other side without waking her up. Like Teckentrup's previous book Get Out … Continue reading Don’t Wake Up Tiger!
This week is STEM! We started with rhythm sticks and Hap Palmer's "Tap Your Sticks." After we got some energy out, we read our first book Becoming a Butterfly by Grace Hansen. Abdo Kids has a lot of great nonfiction titles for younger audiences. Becoming a Butterfly was a short but factual introduction to how caterpillars turn into … Continue reading Waiting for Wings