D is for Drum


Drum!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old beverage mix container, or coffee can. We are using a huge Lemonade can because my husband drinks far too much of it. You will also need some tissue paper, glue, some tape, a pastry or paint brush and a small plate or plastic lid.
  2. Tape or glue down the plastic lid to the drum.
  3. Pour some glue onto a plastic lid or plate , you will be brushing on the glue with the paint brush .
  4. Have your child paint on the glue. I was shocked how well my little guy did, as long as no glue was dripping off the brush he didn’t even try to eat it. Normally he has a hankering for glue.
  5. Cover the can in big pieces of tissue paper. I used a dark color so you couldn’t see the writing on the container but if you are using a container that is free of all that you can skip this step.
  6. While your child is covering the can with big pieces, cut out some smaller pieces of tissue in contrasting colors.
  7. Glue those on.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Start making music! ( I swear my child isn’t always in sleepers, we usually do art in the early am , and he was drumming away right before nap. )

Books!

D is also for Diggers!


I know I have reviewed some Digger books before but my son is still in LOVE with diggers so I have a bunch of them. Now that I am back from vacation I will head to the library for a new stack tomorrow!

” Dig Dig Digging” by Margaret Mayo was an instant favorite as soon as my son opened it last night. I bought it without pre reading it at all , hoping that just the fact there was a digger on the front my son would love it. The book is so much better than I expected. It goes through all different types of vehicles, not just diggers and the text uses a repetitive format that kids love. The best part is the opening line of each page where is says what each vehicle is good at. ” Diggers are good at dig dig digging!” ” Tractors are good at pull pull pulling!” are just two of the many. I love this because it had my son trying to say it and by the 3rd reading he was saying it along with me. Great book for toddlers and preschoolers!

” Good Morning Digger” by Anne Rockwell is not going to be put onto my must buy list. It just seemed flat and boring. The story follows a vacant lot and the digger that comes it to start construction on what will transform into a community center. There really weren’t any characters and the text seemed unenthusiastic. To make matters worse I think I have to pay a late fee at my library on this one.

From my Bookshelf book reviews

These are MUST reads!

There are a bunch of books that I think every preschooler should read, at the top of that list are these three books. Toddlers will enjoy them too but the humor, beautiful illustrations and message that these books have will be fully appreciated by 4-5 year olds.

Animaliaby Graeme Base is iconic in teaching circles, you can loose yourself for hours in the detailed illustrations. The book is an alphabet book on steroids! Each page had a wonderful paragraph in each letter such as for the letter L ” Lazy Lions lounging in the local library.” The pages are filled to the gills with pictures of things that start with that letter as well. Parents and kids a like will fall in love!

” Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type” by Doreen Cronin is a hilarious look at working conditions on a farm and cows going on strike. I have yet to read this book without giggling and in the 2003-2004 school year I think I read it 500 times! The story has a wonderful message of fairness and negotiation . During a transit strike we read this to a Kindergarten class to help explain after we were asked why the bus drivers didn’t want to work- it was a great tool!

” Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox gives me goosebumps and brought me to tears when I was a homesick Canadian teaching in St. Louis. The book is simple and talks about the differences of little children all over the world, but focuses on what they all have in common. There are beautiful illustrations that show children in all different cultures from around the globe with a sing song story to carry you along.

Apple Print Valentines



Valentine’s is only days away, so I thought I better get to sharing an activity that can be made into a special Valentine’s activity. Apple printing is great any time of year, just skip the last step of cutting the paper into the shape of a heart!

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need an apple, some paint, a plate, and some paper. I am re- using a paper grocery bag. Whenever I use paint I like to put an extra layer between the project and the table surface, so I cut the paper bag in two and used half for an under layer and taped it to my table using painters tape.
  2. Cut your apple in two lengthwise, this way you will get a heart shape when you print it!
  3. Pour some paint on to your plate , you don’t need much at all. If you put too much you will just get a blob of paint instead of a nice print.
  4. Print !!
  5. Let the prints dry before drawing a heart and cutting it out!

Books!



All of these books have love as a theme , ” Daddy Hugs” is a great counting book for young toddlers, “The Kissing Hand” is a wonderful story and great for kids experiencing separation anxiety at school, and ” I love you forever” will make any mom cry, and most dads too!


Daddy Hugs” by Karen Katz
I love you Forever “
by Robert Munsch
“The Kissing Hand”
by Audrey Penn




Backyard Bug Adventure

Bugs Bugs and more Bugs!

This activity is pretty simple, but fun none the less!

  1. Gather your Materials. In this case you need a kid, some boots, and a backyard or park with bugs. If you have an older child you can make a small note book and draw pictures of what you find .
  2. Go outside and get dirty, look for anything creepy and crawly, look under big rocks or pavers. When you find something tell your child about it, let them touch and feel and watch the bug move.
  3. Have older children record your finds in the notebook, younger ones can have fun wiggling like a bug or just playing in the mud!
  4. When you get back inside talk about what you found, what the bugs were like and ask your child what their favorite discovery was. Recounting an event is an important skill for literacy.
Song

Herman the Worm

Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum

( chomp chomp chomp)
Playing with my yo yo

woo woo
When along came Herman the worm
And he was THIS big
And I said ” Herman WHAT happened?”
And he said ” I ate my sister! “

The next 3 verses substitute in brother, mother and father.
The final verse is as follows:

Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum
(chomp chomp chomp)
Playing with my yo yo
woo woo
When along came Herman the worm
And he was this tiny
And I said ” Herman what happened?”
And he said ” I burped.”


Books

” Percival the Plain Caterpillar” by Helen Brawley
” The Crunching Munching Caterpillar”
by
Sheridan Cain
” The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
by Eric Carle

* Also by Eric Carle are ” The Grouchy Lady bug” ” The Very Quiet Cricket” and ” The Very busy Spider” among others…..