Stuck inside on a cold day or just wishing Winter away with some hibernation…here are a few fun ideas to help make it a bit more bearable!
We had a great little snow-themed play date with some little friends this week. It was nice to enjoy the idea of snow, seeing as ridiculously cold temperatures have been keeping us mostly indoors.
We began with reading this adorable snowy story about what snowmen get up to while we’re sleeping – the kids thought it was great!
The littlest and bigger kids alike loved this fine motor activity that consisted of transferring little ‘snowballs’ (cotton balls) into different containers using tongs, tweezers and scoops.
We even brought some snow inside and enjoyed painting it using squirt bottles, spray bottles, droppers and paint brushes with water and food colouring. It was lots of fun – the kids came up with many different designs and especially loved covering every square inch with vibrant colour!
Last the kids enjoyed a cute ‘build a snowman’ craft using some small parts (beads, buttons and orange triangle pieces), felt shapes (hats and scarves), googly eyes and round cotton pads. Everyone had access to all of the materials, along with some white glue and a sheet of paper…and no two snowmen were alike!
Have you done any fun winter crafts or activities lately? Please share – I’d love to see them! 🙂
With the New Year we have started a monthly book club for a group of fellow homeschoolers in our area.
Each month will feature a new children’s author and share the love of reading with our early readers. The plan will be to read a story together, have other titles by the author available for the children to read and then bring our story to life through a craft and hands-on activity.
For our first month – JANUARY – we are celebrating the silly and fun stories of Mo Willems!
Our primary focus for book club was “Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”, but we also had the following titles on hand for the children to enjoy:
- Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
- Knuffle Bunny Free
- Edwina – The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She was Extinct
- Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
- That is Not a Good Idea
- The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog
We began by reading the story aloud. I had the children collect unifix cubes for each time we had to tell the pigeon – “No!”. The kids all agreed that the pigeon was not doing her best listening.
After reading the story we did a survey of whether or not we would let the pigeon drive the bus, if we had been the bus driver. Each child added their pigeon to our pictograph, and we added up our findings. Two kids were brave enough to let the pigeon drive, while the other 4 stuck with the bus driver’s discretion.
Using my hand-crafted worksheet, (since printers only breakdown when you need 8 copies of a black-line master) the kids each got to choose, write and illustrate another vehicle that the pigeon would need to be stopped from driving. The children had some excellent ideas, like a truck, a train, a helicopter and an airplane – that crazy pigeon!
Before moving on to some unstructured playtime, the kids each completed this cute hand print pigeon craft (credit to Pinterest!). Overall, we had a pretty fun inaugural book club, thanks to Mo Willlems silly tale!
Come back next month and dive into the beautiful stories of Jan Brett along with us at Mommy School!