Purple & Yellow
Happy Friday Families!
This week we had a lot of creative freedom while learning about purple and yellow. We read tons of books, but the highlight for me as well as the kids was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. A classic, thank you Rye! Juliette and Stella brought in some excellent books as well.
We started off our week making grapes by dipping corks in purple paint and stamping them on paper. Half the fun was mixing the blue and red paint together. These kiddos love to paint!
On Tuesday we created art using Saran Wrap. I squirted various colors of paint onto paper, placed Saran Wrap over it, and taped the edges. The tots got to squish and pat, pat, pat the paint to create some really awesome images. The funniest part was that they were surprised when they looked at their hands and there wasn't any paint on them! Some great sensory, mess free art! I encourage you to all try this project at home, they loved it.
On Wednesday Charlie had the kids put purple potatoes on skewers. Hank seemed to really love this project! Most of them tried to snack on the taters which was funny.
On Thursday we used the potatoes again, but this time as art! Charlie got a box, put a piece of paper in the bottom, added 2 different colors of paint and a potato, and let the kids shake, shake, shake the box. They loved it!
Today we still had our dance party despite the drizzly weather. Nothing can stop our Friday fun! The Austin Fire Department is making a visit this afternoon and I can't wait to see how it goes. I'm sure the kids will be so excited!!
Next week we are only open on Monday. Therefore, we will still be doing fun activities and crafts related to colors but will treat it also like a fun Friday. Our theme for December is Community and for the first week we will be focusing on Family.
Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving! I look forward to hearing all about it :) Have a beautiful weekend.
Red & Blue
Happy Friday Families!
This week was all about the colors red and blue. We had a lot of fun with arts, crafts, and sensory activities.
On Monday we did some art using our breath through straws. Each child was given a straw and some red and blue paint and blew through the straw to create splatters. Some needed help with the blowing because that is a difficult skill, but the older kiddos did a great job. Those who blow a lot of bubbles at home caught on real quick :)
On Tuesday we created a new meditation jar. Each child got a turn to sprinkle some red glitter in the jar and then we got to watch while I put the food coloring in. And everyone got to shake, shake, shake the jar which they loved. We had yoga with Ms. Vanessa, and our pose of the week is the otter pose.
On Wednesday we used the red dot markers as stamps to fill in and color our apples. We also had a lot of time to do all sorts of indoor activities such as playdoh cooking, coloring, and lots and lots of stickers!
On Thursday we we used a celery heart to create red rose stamps. They turned out really great! The kids loved using nature as art. We had Chinese and learned about transportation.
Today has been great so far! We got to spend an hour playing outside this morning which we haven't had the chance to do this week with the cooler weather. As part of our Reggio web, Community, we created and decorated a large white envelope and are writing letters to show our appreciation to mail carriers. The toddlers and pre-tots got to decorate the envelope and the Primary class will be writing/decorating cards to put inside.
Next week we are focusing on Yellow and Purple (my favorite). We've LOVED reading all the books our friends have been bringing in, thank you!
And I want to say we appreciate and are so grateful for everything you guys do.
See you all this afternoon,
Black & White
For the month of November we are focusing on Colors. We started the first week off with Black and White. As we introduced a new Montessori puzzle, the Primary house, we decided to use that as our theme. So on Monday as we gave the tots their first lesson on the house, we decided to create and decorate our own little black and white houses. We pasted black and white tissue paper to our little houses in the afternoon.
On Tuesday we used our black and white "fun" box (a crate with items from around the school with different purposes that are black and white) and did some fine motor skill work with little fuzz balls and containers that they practiced putting the balls in.
On our rained in Wednesday we did a little bit of everything! Charlie and I really enjoyed this opportunity to get to be creative and do many activities in small groups with the kiddos. We split them up into groups of 4 and worked on our Montessori work while one group had free play. We then switched multiple times and did some art and Playdoh projects. They really seemed interested in making them into little balls (with a little assistance). Also, Hank loved making his into waffles with our rolling pin.
On Thursday we introduced some books brought in from our friend Rye. We read My Very First Book of Colors (thank you Rye!). We also did a black and white painting project with large foam brushes. I noticed a lot of the kids like to paint their hands (still very sensory based!), so perhaps we will get into some finger painting this week :)
This next week we will be focusing on the colors red and blue. So please as always feel free to bring in any items that you think may enhance our learning. We ALWAYS appreciate it!
Jackie and Dom, Green Sprout Pre-Tot Guides