On Thursday, we had the children create a patchwork mitten by overlapping tissue paper squares on a paper mitten. Once again, the children were really exercising their pincer grasp picking up these thin pieces of paper! These will be mounted on a square and will join our melted snowmen in the hallway to create a winter quilt for all to enjoy.
On Thursday, we practiced our counting and one to one correspondence skills from 1-10. The children filled a small cup with 10 snowflake buttons and then spilled them over a mat with a mitten in the middle. They needed to count how many snowflakes landed on the mitten. The children pointed to each snowflake and counted. We will continue to work on these very important skills!
Speaking of rhymes in books, the children LOVED listening to the story Ten in the Sled. We watched animals sequentially fall out of the sled in the story until it was empty. The cadence and rhyming words made it very easy for the children to catch on and also to practice counting backwards from 10-0. After we read the story, we took some time to act out the story! We were able to fit 5 children in the sled at a time.
"There were five in the sled and ___________ said, 'It's snowing! Get Going!' So they all got going and _____________ fell out."
The children enjoyed playing many different games this week and working together to build big floor puzzles. Don't Break the Ice, Polar Bear ABC, and building/playing dominoes kept the children's "mitts" busy!
One of the most popular areas of this classroom this week was the center table filled with Magnatiles! If you are not familiar with Magnatiles, they are translucent shapes that have magnets around the perimeter. They lock together to create masterpieces! The children love to stack them, connect them, and create pictures with them. This would be a very solid investment to have at home!
After all of these "cool" activities, our "mitts" needed to be warmed up. The best way to do this? Gather around the water table filled with hot chocolate cloud dough! This dough was created from flour, canola oil, and hot chocolate mix. It was a soft and moldable. The children enjoyed filling mugs, sprinkling marshmallows on top, and adding red and white striped straws! A few lattes and mochas were made (we are guessing similar to mom's Starbucks order) and even chocolate birthday cakes with candles!
Whew! It was a very busy and very fun week with this class! We welcomed a new friend, and sadly, had to wave and say goodbye to one who has moved to a new house. Working with our hands is so rewarding.....and such hard work!
Jennifer and Lisa