As I mentioned yesterday, I worked on my new felt pieces to go with the book 10 Apples Up On Top. It’s a good counting book and anything by Dr Seuss is good. Here’s what I made and the boys just love it. They really like anything that shows themselves at this stage.
-I took a full length horizontal picture of each boy
-I downloaded onto my computer
-I copied each picture into a powerpoint slide, horizontal page with picture resized to about 4″ person and I added an apple clipart image to the free space remaining then printed the page out in color
-I cut the pictures out, laminated the boys’ pictures and cut them out again
-I cut small strips of felt and used elmer’s glue to attach the felt strips to the back of the pictures
-I drew 20 apples on red felt, using the apple clipart cutout as my template
Whew, now that was done we could have some fun. I read the book 10 Apples Up On Top and had the boys add the corresponding apples on top of the “felt James” and “felt Lance.” We did this several times. This morning we read through the book and then we pulled out the felt pieces. This is a great way to work on addition and subtraction while just having fun. Any combination of numbers will work with this. Lance even decided that when he subtracts it’s fun to pretend to eat the apples.
We began Wednesday reading a Dr. Seuss’ book and added in our letter of the week “P”:
You can imagine all the fun things that I thought about doing. Here is what we had time and resources to easily do.
Have you ever made flavored Popcorn? Ever tried Strawberry Shortcake popcorn? Doesn’t that sound like something the cat in the hat would do? I gave the boys measuring cups and spoons so they could put the ingredients in a pan. You take 1c butter, 3/4c sugar, 1Tbsp corn syrup, 3Tbsp water and one packet of frosting flavoring. After they mixed it all up I put it on the stove and brought it to a boil, then poured it over 1 bag of plain popcorn. The boys mixed it all up with their spoons. I popped it into a 350 oven for 5min then we let it cool. It might sound crazy, but it tasted really good and was a great red color too. I also bent the rule of only eating in the kitchen and let them share the bowl on the couch.
Next we worked on wacky weaving. I got this idea from Teach Preschool and adapted it to our house. I took some string that was in my crafting box and gave it to the boys. I flipped a kitchen table chair over so the legs were sticking up in the air. I showed the boys how to walk around the chair with the string and it was their own idea to loop it around and across so that it was a bit like weaving. Lance got a bit frustrated but James loved running around the chair. When we were done I stood the chair back up and put it under the table thinking that later I’d cut the string off. The boys decided it would be just as much fun to unravel the string and then play with it. So they had a good time getting it undone.
Lastly we used a wacky new material to Paint with. We tried bubble wrap painting and it worked great. I taped a white sheet down to the table for each boy, put out hot pink, yellow and turquoise washable Crayola paint, very Dr Seuss looking colors, on saucers and gave each boy a small piece of bubble wrap. At first they just dabbed on the paint, then they covered the whole piece and pressed it down, then came the smearing with the wrap followed by finger smearing and lastly the whole plate technique. I didn’t have to do a thing. They traded plates, laughed and had a good time for about 20min. Getting that kind of break for this mom is really wacky and much appreciated.
I know we could have done far wackier things and I bet as the boys get older we will come up with some very wacky ideas, but this was just right for my two boys this year to celebrate Dr Seuss’ upcoming birthday. As I look for those mercies that I’ve been given each day, the ability to be silly and enjoy those silly moments is one of the best mercies that I’ve been given as a mom. If you have a great silly memory with your little ones, please share it with me.
A big birthday is coming! I mean big! It’s Dr Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. So we are having some wacky Seussical fun ourselves to celebrate. This morning the boys crawled up in my lap to read
When we finished reading the book, we hoped into the kitchen for a fish craft that I found out on the internet. I had cut out earlier a fish bowl from regular white copy paper. I poured out some corn syrup and added two drops of blue food coloring. I handed each boy a paint brush and set the syrup in between them. It was sticky, pretty and tasty. My boys sure liked it. They painted their fish bowls. I took a spoon and helped pour some of the syrup onto the bowls so it wound’nt take all day.
When the bowls were covered sufficiently, we placed small construction paper fish, that I had cut out, onto the bowls. The syrup acts like glue.
We set them aside to dry and cleaned ourselves up. Even when the syrup dries, it has a wet glassy look like real water. I thought this was a fun and different way to paint and helped make the story come to life just a wee bit more.