Monday, December 13, 2010

Winter Activities

This month we are learning about winter so I thought I would share a few of our winter activities

Our calendar.. Each morning during our circle time we have a different helper who puts the number of the day up. This teaches them about days of the week, months of the year, counting and patterning. I try to match our numbers to the theme each month so the kids get into it that much more.

Snowmen are always a big hit when we learn about winter so when I saw this game I couldnt pass it up. To play you roll the dice and take the piece with the same number on it. If you get a 5 you dont get to take any pieces and if you get a 6 you can take any piece you want. Whoever makes their silly snowman first, wins! This game is working great to get them to recognize their numbers under 6 and to also count small ammounts like the dots on the dice without counting pieces twice.

Decorating christmas trees is always a big hit every year. This year we made advent ornaments so they are numbered from 1 - 24. I find giving them their own tree also keeps them from trying to redecorate the big tree.

Decembers sensory bin! We started by dying pasta, lentils, peas and rice in red and green and then mixed in a bunch of small plastic snow flakes, cotton balls to make snow, cotton ball snow men, a christmas tree and lots of ornaments to put on the tree. As always, our sensory bins are a work in progress, changing slightly all throughout the month. I find nothing calms a busy kid more then sitting down and running rice through their hands for a few minutes :)

Ok so theres a few of our activities we put out this month. I'm still trying to get used to writing this blog so hopefuly more posts will be coming soon again!

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