Munchkins and Moms

Monday, March 30, 2015

Animals Should Not Wear Clothes Activity

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Have you read the book Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing  by Judi Barrett? It's one of my favorite classic books! The illustrations are funny (my 3 year old laughs through most of the silly scenarios in the book!) and the text is simple. For older children it's also a great book to practice making inferences. For example, it says snake might lose it's clothes, but it does not elaborate on why. The pictures do most of the explaining and we just love examining and talking about the fun illustrations :-) Another activity I like to pair with this book is to bring out some of our animal figurines and make play dough clothes to dress them up in! I mean, look at that pig's face? Doesn't he just look like he dreads the whole experience?!? But we have too much fun!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Sensory Bin

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It has been a while since we've done a sensory bin (the last was a Mini Spring Sensory Bins). With Spring here I thought it was time to make a new one. The great thing about sensory bins is they are SO easy to put together. Honestly, the prep work is minimal. I didn't plan anything in advance. As a matter of fact, all this was put together as a last minute activity! I'm so glad we did too, because my boys have been loving it!

Friday, March 20, 2015

"There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" Activity

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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...

This is such a popular book with kids of all ages! It's a classic "holes" book (holes peeking through from one page to the next), it has simple and repetitive text, and it's a silly story! A few months back we had a preschool co-op day themed around this book so I came up with a simple activity to help the kids interact with the book a little bit more. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Green Process Art

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We've been taking a lot more library trips lately, which in turn is inspiring a whole lot of activities based on books. Our latest was based on the Caldecott Honor book Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Love this book. Just love it. If you're looking for a book that follows a storyline, this is not the right choice. However, if you're looking for simple text and beautiful illustrations that are more focused on concept than story, this book is for you! Green  portrays the vast range of colors which we commonly describe as "green," The thick pages are also die-cut so the green from the previous page can be seen poking through to the next page. I love this feature because it invites further investigation of how the color greens are all related! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Clothespin Name Recognition Activity

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If you're working with preschoolers, you know name recognition is one of the activities you're bound to run into. We started working on it back in December with our "Making the Good List" activity. I've been kind of slack about it after that, but I decided to get back on track with this fun new project!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Press Here" Art Activity

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Have you read the book Press Here by Herve Tullet? It's a super fun book that's all interactive for the kids. My two year old loves the book (I also add in sound effects as we press the "buttons." It cracks him up!) This activity was all inspired by the simple art in the book.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Preschool Build and Measure Center

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Does your house have an abundance of building toys? We have Mega Blocks, wooden blocks, stackaroos, and foam blocks-- and I know this list is mild compared to what many others have! Blocks are a great open ended material that can be used for pretend play (see our Block Soup), engineering activities (see our Salt Dough and Blocks activity) and so much more. Today, we used our blocks in a measuring activity!