i is for igloo (again)

edited to add:  it seems that this post takes extra long to load…sorry!

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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.


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if we get enough snow at preschool, we’ll do it!  you can at home, too!

i is for igloo

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two sheets and some duct tape made a cozy igloo for the week. IMG_6326.JPG

inside were “cold weather” books and more white sheets.

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labels as “ice blocks” from the thrift shop were stuck on pre-cut igloo shaped paper.

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we used lots of glue and white things to make a big igloo.  once dry it found a home at circle time with some big books.  the children moved white sheets over to cover up in snow. : )

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s is for snip

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f is for fruit salad

cut that apple.  cut that banana.  cut that pear.  cut those grapes.

f is for fruit salad

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.

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then we covered the snips of “fruit” with another piece of contact paper, cut them apart and sent them home.

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fruit salad.  yummy, yummy.

w is for web

another year, another web.

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this time an elephant came out to play.

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our egg carton elephant named ellie.

one elphant went out to play upon a spider’s web one day

she had such ENORMOUS fun that she called for another elephant to come…

two elephants went out to play… (you get the idea!)

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then we had some elephants walk on our own paper spider webs.

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s is for sun

we were out of yellow and orange paper (such is the end of the school year) and instead of buying more, we made some.

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we painted big sheets of yellow paper,

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let them dry for two days,

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then used them to make suns.

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we cut some of the paper into roundish shapes and some of the paper into rectangles.

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some of the round shapes had the word “yellow” written on them.  you had to put one of those on the top.

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some of the rectangle rays had names on them.

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the trick was making sure to leave a space for the ray with your name on it!

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the collage effect was stunning.

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and again, they were proud to have “made” the yellow paper.

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m is for may day…and mother’s day!

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we made these flowers on may day (though several kids said i should bring these supplies out to make their mamas flowers next week!  but we will do a new project…hopefully as fancy as years past).

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this is a very simple eye-hand coordination activity. pre cut flowers with holes punched in the middle fit perfectly on straws!

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we also made may day baskets out of folders (folded in half, glued on the bottom half edges). the children cut on two lines to create the handle (which fits just so on a door knob).

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writing and decorating was optional.

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after snack time, the children usually head out into the classroom for work time or project time. not today! after snack the preschoolers went for book time (when they sit in our circle time corner and look at books together) while i hid the flowers.

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my favorite hiding spot.

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then we did some math to figure out how many flowers each could find…and they were off.

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no pictures at the end, but trust me they were cute with their baskets of 5 flowers each. : )

c is for cleaning

i am a firm believer in having purposeful work available to children.  if i pull out the spatula-turned-dried-glue-cleaner-upper and water, at least one child comes over.  then two.

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then a table full.  then they decide they need aprons and paper towels.

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then it is discovered that the spatula actually works as a flipper.

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then the table is clean.

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thank you, friends.