I'm a primary teacher who became a stay at home mom a few years ago. I enjoy doing activities with my kids Alexandra (5 yrs old) and Camden (2.5 years old). This blog is my way to document the things I am doing with the kids!
This week in Kindergarten Alex was working on the letter P so we had our own letter P week at home. We made pumpkins, pizza, and mini cherry pies and I made the kids a letter P lunch. Camden is getting a little more into doing crafts now so I'm going to try to work it into our daily morning routine - I guess he is going to preschool next September after all so I should get him used to using some glue and scissors!
I actually made this with leftover orange paper strips that I had but the kids carried it around and played with it for the day.
I drew a pumpkin on a white piece of paper and then I squirted glue and had the kids "paint" the paper with glue. Then they stuck the orange and green squares to the pumpkin. It was a total team effort!
Finally, I made a muffin tin lunch for the kids. I made a pentagon peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put in pretzels, popcorn, pears, and pudding. I showed Alex that she could have a peanut butter cup if she finished her lunch. And she did!
We had no play dough in the house so the other week I thought I'd make "Wonder Dough". This dough only used two ingredients in the recipe: corn starch and tempera paint, both of which I had in my house. As I was making it I was wondering if it would be easily washed off of hands....I was very happy with the results.
The kids loved playing with the dough. Alex loved making it stretch out and Camden enjoyed sticking things into it.
I found the recipe at Growing a Jeweled Rose. Basically all you do is mix corn starch and paint together. I just did it by sight and added more starch as needed. Simple and fun!
The best part: While playing with the dough the kids' hands looked like this- bright pink!!!!
But after a simple washing of their hands they were clean and you would never have known they were playing with the dough!
I used to be really good a making a muffin tin lunch every single Monday. Then as Alexandra went to preschool she was staying after school on Mondays and having school at lunch. Summer came and I did it here and there. Now, Alexandra is in Kindergarten and she works on a letter each week. During her "M" week I thought a Muffin Tin Lunch filled with "M" foods would be great. So I made her a lunch with mozzarella cheese, mango, milk, mac and Cheese, and meat.
In the Spring I began teaching Alex some sight words and I know that in order to remember them we need to practice them. I made her a sigh word smash by putting golf tees into a block of styrofoam. I wrote sight words on the stryofoam and then I would say a word and Alex would find it and hammer away.
The other day I decided to get out my rubber stamps and let the kids have some fun stamping. They really enjoyed using them. While Camden and Alex were stamping away I made a little alphabet match for Alex to do. stamped pumpkins and stamped Uppercase and Lowercase letters in the pumpkins. Alex drew a line from the Uppercase to the Lowercase. Then she made me a worksheet to do =)
Each week Alex learns about a new letter in Kindergarten so I though I would extend what she is learning in school at home and teach Camden the alphabet by coordinating it with her class. We started with the letter F. The kids used fall leaf colors (red, yellow,and orange) to paint on the letter F.Then we counted candy corn . For Alex, I also made her an "F" themed lunch: a flower shaped sandwich and some fruit.