Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Insects and Spiders-Counting and Math Song #playfulpreschool

     I hope you have been enjoying the Playful Preschool series.  If you haven't already, I would encourage you to follow the hashtag #playfulpreschool so you can find all of the educational posts by our group of blogger educators.  This week the theme is 'Creepy Crawlies.'  I decided to create a song that taught the difference in the number of legs between insects and spiders.  It also introduces a little bit of basic math.  The repetition of singing the song with different insects and spiders reinforces the learning, both in terms recognizing the difference between insects and spiders and memorizing the simple math problems.

     This song is sung to the tune of Dem Bones and you can download the free printable and use it with your children or students.  The Sugar Snaps picked up on the song quickly and it helped them identify basic differences between insects and spiders.
Here is a video of Capri singing (with me) so you can hear how it sounds with the tune. 

        If you try this song with your children or students, I'd love to hear about it.  Have you done activities related to insect and spiders?  Feel free to share in the comments.

MORE Creepy Crawly Activities for Preschoolers #PlayfulPreschool
Beginning Sounds: Hunting for Creepy Crawlies by Mom Inspired Life
Preschool Songs:  I'm a Hungry Spider by Growing Book by Book
The Creepy Crawlies Kingdom by Learning 2 Walk
Number Word Spider by Tiny Tots Adventures

Creepy Crawly Slime Recipe for Kids by Fun-A-Day!
Spider Web Construction - An Engineering Activity by Rainy Day Mumm
Spider Life Cycle and Sequencing Cards by The Preschool Toolbox
Insects and Spiders-Counting and Math Song by Capri + 3
Creepy Crawly Gifts Kids Can Make by The Educators' Spin On It
Learning About Composting Worms by Raising Lifelong Learners
Making Creepy Crawly Crafts with Leaves by Life Over C's

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Artsy Play Wednesday--Fall for Leaves

    Capri + 3,  Multi-Testing Mommy  Country Fit Family

     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday. In our ongoing linky, the newest entries always show first.  This is great for you if you are linking up because you will have exposure EVERY week for your posts.   I feature different posts each week which increases your chances of being featured.  Next week, we will start a brand new linky, so get in first next Wednesday!   If you are looking for fun ideas to try with your children or students, you can always check here and click through the links to find some inspiration.  This week, I am featuring Fall for Leaves Leaf Crafts.

     Now it is your turn to share your posts and find new crafts and activities.  If you share a post you give permission for us to use one image individually or in a round-up collage with a link back to your post so that we can feature you.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Snowman Invitation to Bathe

     Greg offered to watch the Sugar Snaps while I took a bath. I took full advantage and poured in a generous amount of rose scented bubble bath solution. Baths and showers are usually utilitarian for me, something I do quickly with a listening ear out to make sure that the Sugar Snaps are all right. This was a rare occasion where I decided to have a luxurious bath knowing they were fine. I slipped into the bath which was billowing with puffs of snow white bubbles. As I lay in the bath, I thought that the bubbles reminded me of a snowman and that the Sugar Snaps would love to have a snowman bath. I could not shut off thoughts of them, even during my bubble bath! It reminded me of our rare date nights when we talked about the cute things they said and did lately. They are always on our minds and while there is a part of me that was bemused that I could not take a bath without thinking of ways to make their next bath more fun, the reality is they are a huge part of our lives and we are grateful for that.

Snowman Bubble Bath
You will need:
  • Bubble bath mix
  • Craft Foam cut into snowman shapes (carrot nose, mouth, buttons, mittens)
  • Pair of google Eyes and 2 circular pieces cut slightly smaller than google eyes to place underneath each eye

     I cut out a carrot nose, mouth, buttons and mittens from craft foam. I used a generous amount of bubble bath mix to produce a large quantity of bubbles.  I  used a piece of craft foam to help me form the snowman shape without bursting the bubbles.  I placed the features on the snowman including the pair of google eyes.  Within seconds, the google eyes sunk! The snowman looked really cute for a few seconds.  I reasoned that I could simply use craft foam eyes which float, but I didn't think it would be as cute. There is something about google eyes that really adds personality.  So, I cut two circles slightly smaller than the google eyes and placed them underneath.  The Google eyes floated just fine on their craft foam 'rafts.'  The Sugar Snaps were excited to see a snowman smiling at them from the bath tub. The google eyes fell off of their rafts and sunk again the minute they got in, but they did not mind at all.  They simply fished them out and played with them along with the other snowman parts.

     Do you find yourself thinking about your children no matter where you are?  Have you discussed your kids on a date night?  What fun bath ideas have you tried with your little ones?  I'd love to hear from you.  As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.
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