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Camping Theme, Part 2

Part 2 of our camping theme centered around hiking and fishing. I have to say this was one of our most enjoyable weeks of preschool!

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Here is our book list.  The book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is an old favorite of ours, so it was a perfect candidate for us to center activities around. First, we made binoculars to take along on our bear hunt. I used two used toilet paper rolls and had Curly decorate them.

I provided markers and a variety of stickers.

I provided markers and a variety of stickers.

Then we glued them together. It may have been easier to staple them together, but I couldn’t find the stapler. In any case, white school glue worked just fine. Then I used a hole punch to punch holes large enough for yarn to fit through, and we had a pair of binoculars.

Next we made a ‘bear hunt snack’. I showed Curly how to make trail mix. We used cashews, raisins, and chocolate chips. We were now ready for our bear hunt!

Curly is very excited about the trail mix in this picture. Her finished binoculars are around her neck.

Curly is very excited about the trail mix in this picture. Her finished binoculars are around her neck. Sorry about the poor picture quality…someday I will get a real camera instead of always using my phone.

We headed out into the yard and pretty much just ran around pretending to go through tall grass, wade through a river, get through mucky mud, etc, all while quoting the book. We finally made it to the ‘bear cave’ , which was simply her fort made of sticks we made a couple weeks ago. We then ran like mad back through our make-believe obstacle course of mud and rivers, to finally make it back to our house and jump under blankets on the couch. By this time she was giggling like mad, and I have to admit I quite enjoyed myself. Now Curly asks to go on a bear hunt almost every day.

We did a fish craft that I’ve seen suggested many times. You have your child paint bubble wrap and stamp paper to create the effect of fish scales. It worked pretty well!

I taped the bubble wrap around her hand to make it easier to work with.

I taped the bubble wrap around her hand to make it easier to work with.

She really enjoyed the stamping part! I had already traced a fish shape onto the paper to make it easy to cut out.

She really enjoyed the stamping part! I had already traced fish shapes onto the paper to make it easy to cut out.

I did most of the cutting out of the fish, although she did do a little herself. Then she glued the fish onto some blue construction paper.

Fish!

Fish!

For a fish snack I made blue jello (for the first time EVER; we never have jello) with gummy worms in it. Lo and behold, my child thinks jello is disgusting. I had to feed it all the husband, who gleefully devoured it. At least it didn’t go to waste!

We did another fish snack that was much more of a hit. All you do is have your child dip pretzel sticks in peanut butter, and then use the sticky pretzel stick to pick up fish crackers. Fishing with crackers! I really wanted to take her on a real fishing trip, but we didn’t have any time to even plan it. We settled on eating fish snacks and reading books about fishing instead.

I grew up in a place where we went fishing almost every day near our house, all summer long, so I have really nostalgic feelings about fishing. I hope she can experience some of the same childhood that I did!

For a math activity I used a bunch of plastic cups we had on hand and wrote numbers on them. Then I had her count out marbles into each cup. I will be saving the cups for many other math activities.

This time of year the prairie is just bright with wildflowers, so I took Curly out to cut some with me to put on the kitchen table. We found mostly daisies and wild sunflowers.

We had a great week!

I’m Unique Week!

Note: For those using mobile devices, I’m not sure why some of the pictures are showing upside down. I’m working on fixing it. Thanks for your patience!

This week was our first week of planned preschool. We have done lots of preschool activities before this, but this week was the first time I actually planned ahead and picked out activities. And the theme for this week is…”I’m Unique”! I planned on doing the theme “All About Me”, which will include family, friends, and feelings activities, besides the “I’m Unique” concept. There was no way I was fitting that all into one week! So stay tuned!

For math, we measured everyone’s height with yarn, then taped it onto the wall and compared the differences in how long the yarn was. Curly was of course the shortest, Mom was in the middle, and Daddy was the tallest.  She found it hilarious to measure me with yarn! Here she is laying down for her turn:

This turned into a play with the cat moment, though. The cat was attacking the wall trying to get the yarn off!

And of course, we counted EVERYTHING! I thought it was great that she was so into counting (and I still do, obviously), however it gets old when every activity the family is engaged in must be paused for her to count the bugs! the rocks! people’s toes! etc. I just tell myself maybe she will grow up to like math more than Mommy does; that would be something I definitely want for her.

 

Here is a list of the books I picked up at the library for the theme this week.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
I Like Me! By Nancy Carlson
All by Myself by Mercer Mayer
Frederick by Leo Lionni

During and after reading the above books I always tried to initiate conversation about how people are different, have different personalities, and how that is a wonderful thing! She really didn’t seem to need convincing on this point; I got the impression her feelings on the matter were something like, “Duh, Mom. Let’s move on!” Move on we did.

For literacy activities, I’ve been focusing on her being able to recognize the letters in her name. So I brought out our ABC stamp set and had her stamp with the letters of her name. This is a good fine motor skill activity too!

She is also fond of tracing letters with her fingers, so we did that whenever we encountered one big enough to do so.

Speaking of fine motor skill activities, she also requested we play with her Fantacolor Junior Pegboard Set. We’ve had this set for awhile. I was afraid she would grow tired of it in a week or two, but she still asks to play with it after several months of owning it. It’s a pegboard set that comes with pictures. You place the pictures underneath the pegboard, and match the colored pegs to the picture. It’s great for learning colors and for practicing those all so important fine motor skills! On the flip side of the cards, it’s the same picture but with no color, so they can use their creativity and make it look how they want. It’s a great educational toy!

 

For science we played around a lot with her new magnifying glass and binoculars. She inspected flowers and bugs and had a grand old time.

We also did fingerprints and inspected them with the magnifying glass. We talked about how everyone has different fingerprints and how fingerprints help our fingers grip to pick things up.

 

For a “I’m Unique” snack we made faces on crackers and talked about how everyone has a different face. I provided a cheese spread, shredded cheese, olives, chocolate chips and raisins to make the faces. Curly participated enthusiastically in this one.

 

For an art project we did self portraits. First I had her look in a mirror and tell me what color her hair and eyes are, and picked out colors accordingly. I pre-drew an oval shape on the art paper first so she had a starting point. After that, it was all her, as you can see from the pictures below.  I participated in this one and did my own self portrait, but there’s no way I’m posting a picture of that- I’m no artist, and I’m especially bad with paint!!

 

I made sure to provide all sorts of brushes, and had the mirror in front of her so she had a quick point of reference. She didn't use it however. She immediately painted herself with pink hair, a green nose, pink eyes, and brown lips.

I made sure to provide all sorts of brushes, and had the mirror in front of her so she had a quick point of reference. She didn’t use it however. She immediately painted herself with pink hair, a green nose, pink eyes, and brown lips.

The finished product. Obviously, my child is much more drawn to abstract art than realism!

The finished product. Obviously, my child is much more drawn to abstract art than realism!

 

Overall, we had a fun week! My goal was one or two activities a day, which proved to be a reasonable goal. I had so many more activities we could have done, especially to go along with the books I had picked out! But I am happy that neither Curly or I felt overwhelmed and had fun! We also did things that I didn’t include in this post, specifically because it was things we do all the time and didn’t really relate to the theme. Coloring, tracing, singing, imagining etc. Hope you all had a great week as well!

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