Munchkins and Moms

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sensory Name Recognition Activity

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A few days ago my boys unraveled nearly an entire roll of tinfoil. I was about to throw it away when I decided to instead find clever ways to re-use it (see what our first activity was over on Munchkins and Moms Instagram page). I still had quite a bit of the foil left when I realized it could be used for something else we have been working on: Name Recognition!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Five Ways to use Birdseed besides making another Bird Feeder

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Spring is here and one of the first things we did was make a bird feeder. I have a feeling a lot of other preschoolers/homeschoolers did the same activity. But here's my problem- I completely over estimated the amount of seed I would need and now have a bag of leftovers to make at least 100 more feeders. Since I'm not too keen on storing this in my garage for the next several years, I had to do some investigating to see if there was any other way to use the seeds. Lo and behold there were several other kid activity bloggers who came up with some great ways to use our seed :-)

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!