Friday, January 27, 2012

Tot School: Polar Bears and Sunshine

You Gotta love Alabama weather!  In between dodging storms we've been learning more about winter and polar bears then playing outside in 60 degree weather!!  We didn't do quite as many activities as usual and our schedule was totally off because we did spend a lot of time outside!

In fact we spent one whole day just being outside the weather was so nice!  We rode the 4-wheeler, Barbie Jeep, played on swingset and fed all the animals around the farm (cows, horse, geese, fish).  It seriously felt more like a Spring Day and we enjoyed every minute of it!

The next day we did 1/2 day inside then went outside!  Then on the third day we had an afternoon Tot School.  Like I said it's been a crazy but fun week! 

When we weren't outside, I used the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear by Bill Martin Jr. as our main focus.  A few things we've worked on this week: the color white, sense of hearing, and our listening skills.  White is really the only color "Miss Priss" doesn't know so we definitely needed to work on that. Her listening skills could use some work too and this is a great book for that!

Table Time

  1. Created a Polar Bear- I originally got the idea here but we changed it up a bit using what we already had.  We loved our puffy paint from making our snoman so we used it again and created a polar bear using a paper plate, googly eyes, pom-pom nose, and cardstock ears.
  2. Made bears, snowmen and snowballs with white Play-doh
  3. Worked on counting, hand-eye coordination using book I downloaded awhile back from Childcare Land.  I could no longer find the book on the free printables but it may be on their site somewhere!  The book is made to be used with pom-poms but we used marshmallows. 
Floor Time: 

  1. Simon Says
  2. Puzzles
  3. Mrs. Potato Head
Instead of "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around"  we sang "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Turn Around."


Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?  by Bill Martin Jr 
You Can Do it Sam by Amy Hest

Polar Bear Cupcakes- again we changed it up a bit using what we had

Polar Bear Paper Plate Craft

Counting and placing Marshmallows

Polar Bear Cupcakes

Additional Links/Resources: (more for older kids)

And let me just say this igloo out of milk cartons is SO cool! (Don't you just love my humor ;)
I'm thinking we are going to have to start saving our milk cartons and try it soon!

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