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i told my preschool classes i would post photos of the fire we made inside an “igloo” in our yard two winters ago.
we gathered the snow from around the yard (under trees where it hadn’t melted: a corner of the lean-to roof still in shade, under the trampoline…), dropped it all into a big mound,
dug out a hole with a hoe,
used the handle to make a “chimney” vent,
had sally bring us the fire starters,
and built. a. fire.
it didn’t melt!
it was magical.
then we came out after supper with blankets and jammies.
if we get enough snow at preschool, we’ll do it! you can at home, too!
cut that apple. cut that banana. cut that pear. cut those grapes.
we snipped paper over a table-sized piece of clear contact paper. i make the “fruit” pieces small enough that one full snip should cut off a piece of paper (does that make sense?). during this project, if a child was successful in cutting, i did not correct scissor holding.
then we covered the snips of “fruit” with another piece of contact paper, cut them apart and sent them home.