Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Very Busy Spider: Recap

So you know when you are having a day hmmm maybe a week.  You are just trying to make it through each day?  That is how I was feeling last night.  On top of that feeling I tried to do the lesson for this week.  Bad idea.  I was not feeling motivated at all.  Maybe it was because I already knew that the activity I planned for this week would be too high for my 11 month old.  Well we did try it.  She had fun playing in the salt so that part was a success.  But the actual art was too high.  I know that especially with this age it is about the process and not the product, the thing is the process was too high.  Squeezing glue, way too high.  Dumping salt, probably could have gone better if I didn't have to take photos while trying to help her.  At least she had fun playing in the salt!  Maybe we will do that again.  We can draw pictures in it.  When she is older we can write letters or draw shapes in salt.  

Here is how the activity went for us...
First I dumped salt on a cookie sheet for her to play with.
She really got into it.
Then she examined it on her hands.
And if it made it onto her hands you KNOW it made it into her mouth.  Yuck! 
I made the glue spiderweb.
Then I gave her a cup of salt.  I modeled putting the salt on the paper.
Good try baby!
Cleaning up usually doesn't bother me but man a big pile of salt seems to get EVERYWHERE!
This was totally all done by me.  Oh well.
I realized as we did the project that I did NOT have food coloring like I thought I did.  So instead I tried mixing finger paint with water (the green stuff) and craft paint with water (the blue stuff).  
Neither really worked.  I think I probably should have checked my own supplies before attempting this project!

Because I felt like the art project was a major flop for us I regrouped and thought about what she COULD do.  So just like I did when we did our Color Dance Lesson I thought about my now 11 month old's abilities.  She can crawl, walk, and is trying to throw.  She loves silly games too.  So I did one of the extension activities that I mentioned in the Lesson Plan .  I created a spider web on the floor with painters tape and then we did two fun activities.  The best part was that she really seemed to enjoy the activities.  SUCCESS!
I used painters tape to make a spider web on the floor. 
I collected some bean bags and other toys that would be easy for her to throw.  
I modeled throwing toys onto the web and said something like , "Let's feed the spider!" I probably should have made a paper spider or printed out a photo or something but I didn't think about that until it was too late.
She threw the cheese (that would be that yellow triangle you see)!
Oh bread how I love thee.
She threw the bread too!
Then she crawled over to her farm puzzle.  I told you last week how she is obsessed with this puzzle!
Look at her bringing the puzzle pieces to the web.  Coincidence?  Probably.   But a Mama can dream that she wanted to keep the game going right?
Next we played a game where I pretended to be a spider and she was the bug I was catching.  I turned on the video camera for this!  I loved how she started to anticipate what I was going to do.  Great cause and effect learning going on.  The video is over a minute long because she crawled right up to the camera part way through and I thought I would share that too.  

We had sooooo much fun playing this game.  The spider web will definitely be staying out for a few days.  Then it should be fun to pull up together!  Great fine motor skill actually.

We read the book earlier this week and she really seemed to like that too.  We had fun feeling the spiderweb on each page.  She loves books and especially turning the pages.  If she was older we could have acted out what each of the animals wanted the spider to do with them.  I probably would have also discussed with her how the spider was kinda rude.  Friends kept wanting to play and the spider never responded.  A simple "No thank you" would have sufficed!

How did it go for y'all?  Anyone else feel like the art activity flopped for them?  I'm interested to know how it went for those of you with older kids.  Anyone try the extension activities?  I think researching spiders could have been really fun.  Man you could do so much with that!  Make a mobile of facts, make a book of facts, learn about poisonous versus nonpoisonous spiders.  The ideas go on and on!


ps.  If you missed the post last Friday our theme for March is SPRING!  Check out the supply list HERE.  The Spring theme starts next week!  

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Follow on Facebook!

This is just a reminder to make sure you 'Like' Little Lessons for Little Ones on Facebook.  If you do, you will get little tidbits that might not pertain to the blog.  Such as this idea that I posted today!

"This doesn't have anything to do with the lesson this week but I thought I would share this quick project I did for my daughter. I bought some photo magnets at a local store (I think they were 3 for a $1) to put pictures of her friends in. Then I cut up old birth announcements, birthday invitations, and Christmas cards to get the photos. Now my daughter has photos of her friends down on her level! She keeps going over to it and pointing to them, taking them off, carrying them around, etc. We go through each picture and each child's name at least once a day. Cheap, quick, and highly entertaining? Yes please!"

I hope everyone is having a great week and that your little lessons are going great! We read the book today and will complete the activity tomorrow.  (Lesson Plan for this week)


Monday, February 25, 2013

The Very Busy Spider: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Farm

ReadThe Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Craft: Raised Salt Painting - inspired by the blog One Perfect Day.   As you read the book this week you will notice that the spiderweb is raised in the book!  This art activity will mimic the art in the book.  Put your paper on the cookie sheet.  Depending on your child's age, either you or they squirt liquid glue on the page, trying to make it look like a spiderweb.  Next you pour salt all over the paper.  After you have covered the paper, shake it off onto the cookie sheet so you can save it and use it on another project.  In spare cups, make colored water using water and food coloring.  Using an eye dropper, squirt a few drops of colored water on the salt and watch as the color travels on its own down the line of salt/glue!

  • book
  • black or white construction paper
  • liquid glue
  • salt
  • food coloring
  • water
  • eye dropper(s)
  • cookie sheet
  • plastic cups
Normally I come up with my own extension activities but I saw these two things on pinterest and I fell in love with them and had to share!
  • Create a spiderweb on the floor with painters tape.  You could also do this outside with sidewalk chalk.  Check out this post from The Artful Child for some great ideas of things to do with the spiderweb.
  • Create a paper plate and yarn spiderweb.  One of my favorite blogs Teach Preschool did this here.   
  • Research facts about spiders.  Go to the library and pick up some nonfiction books about spiders.  Why would spiders be helpful on a farm?  (They help eat insects that would annoy both animals and people!)

Friday, February 22, 2013

March 2013: Spring

The March 2013 Theme is SPRING!  
Here are the books we are going to read this month.

You should be able to get most of these from your local library.  If you can't find one of them just substitute in another spring book.  At the end of the post are some other suggestions.  If you have any other suggestions I would love to know them.  Just comment on this post with your suggestions.  Who knows?  Your suggestion may be a book I use in the future!

March Supply List
    • book or books
    • coffee filters
    • markers
    • scissors
    • spray bottle or eye dropper
    • water
    • paper towels
    • book
    • optional about $20
  • Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson
    • book
    • You will just need some things that you can find around your house.  Check back at the end of March to see what the lesson is!
Other Spring Books
Lessons will be posted Monday morning of each week.  Recaps will be posted Thursday mornings.  The Spring theme will start on Monday, March 4, 2012.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Who's in the Farmyard?: Recap

This week's book and lesson plan were really successful in our household!  It is amazing how much more my 10.5 month old can do each week!  

We read the book Who's in the Farmyard by Phillis Gershator multiple times every day.  My daughter wanted to read it over and over again.  She loved how you could look through the hole on the page at the next animal.  I also think she loved the repetition in the text.  Part of the reason I chose this book was because of the repetition in the book.  I also liked how new vocabulary words were introduced.  While she is too young for it, if you have an older child this book presents an excellent way to talk about baby animals, their parents, and the different ways we describe them.  For example adult goats are called goats and baby goats are called kids.  

I also love the illustrations in this book.  The illustrator Jill McDonald creates bright, colorful, and detailed illustrations.  My daughter loved to look at the pictures.  As she looked I pointed at the main animal and said their name and sound.  If she was older I would have played eye spy with her and ask her to find certain things in the illustrations.  Then I would have her tell me what to find. I also would have counted the animals with her.  Now I wouldn't have done this every time but since she wanted to read the book so many times I would have done it different ways each time.  I would also remember to just read it sometimes and not ask her questions.  

You will see another book done by this author/illustrator combo next month!

That is her excited face these days.  Kind of a cross between a smile and a snarl .  
Look at my big girl turning the pages!  I had to help a little by lifting up the page a little but she would grab it and turn it the rest of the way.
Pat pat pat the pig.
We have been working on patting things instead of ripping at them.  She has even started saying pat pat pat!
We started working on this because she liked to pet the dog a little too hard and she liked to try and rip pop up books apart.  This has worked really well!  I'm so proud of her.

For the lesson this week I had to think about her attention span.  If I tried to do it where there were other things to play with it would have been a total failure.  So I used the hallway upstairs that has nothing in it.  I spread out the puzzle pieces and then said "Oh No!  I need to get all the animals back!"  If you had an older child you could really play this up.  She was really excited when she saw the puzzle (she loves that thing! She seeks it out every day.).  It is the same one we used in our sensory activity that we did with the book Moo, Baa, La, La La! a few weeks ago (Lesson Plan / Recap).  She went right after the puzzle pieces.

I had put one really close and she found it right away.  I did this so she might understand what we were doing and so she would feel successful. 
I made sure to praise her a lot and encouraged her to put the puzzle piece on the puzzle board.
Look how proud she is over herself!
Off for more puzzle pieces!
Every time she picked up a puzzle piece I said the name of the animal and its sound.  

She actually brought them back!!!!  I really didn't know if she would but I kept encouraging her and playing with the piece she had already brought back.  I also modeled it by finding a piece myself and bringing it and putting it on the board.

SUCCESS! She put them on the board!

Look who wanted to share with Mommy :)
Don't mind the blueberries on her face and pj's.  I forgot to clean her up after breakfast/she was in a good mood and we had time to do the activity so I took advantage of her good mood.
If you have an older child you could have them go find specific animals like I mentioned in the lesson plan.  You could also say a sound and have them find the corresponding animal.  If you really want to challenge them or have an older child, remember how the book mentioned the names of baby animals versus adult animals?  You could ask them to find the animal that's babies are called piglets, kids, lambs, etc.

Well we had a really great week aside from her still being sick and now Mommy being sick.  How did it go for you?  Did anyone else love the illustrations and repetition in the book? Do you have a particular puzzle or toy your child is obsessed with right now?  Anyone else leaving blueberries all over your kid's face?

I will be posting the March Supply List tomorrow so be sure to check back so you can be ready! 

Check back Monday for our last Farm/February lesson.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Who's In the Farmyard: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Farm

Read:  Who's in the Farmyard by Phillis Gershator

Activity: Farm Animal Scavenger Hunt - Hide your photos, puzzle pieces, figures whatever you may have around the house or just a room.  If it is nice out take it outside!  Tell your child that you are a farmer who has lost all their livestock and you need their help to find them! If they are older, give them clues about what animal you are looking for like, "I'm looking for the animal that gives us milk." If they are a little younger you can give them clues like, "I'm looking for the animal that says moo."  Or you can say something like, "I'm looking for the cow."  Base your wording on their ability.  For my 10 month old I'm just hoping she picks them up and hands them to me.  I'm going to tell her the name of the animal and sound as she picks them up.  

  • book
  • A farm puzzle OR farm figurines OR 1 set of photos or clipart pictures of farm animals (comment on this post if you would like a copy of mine!) 
  • a box or container
  • Have your child hide the animals and you have to go look for them!  If they are able to, have them tell you clues as to which animal they want you to find.
  • Play charades!  Have your child act out a farm animal and you have to guess the animal.  Don't forget to take your turn too!  You know you want to crawl around flap your wings and yell cock-a-doodle-doo!  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Touch and Feel Farm: Recap

Thank you for your patience.  As I stated in my temporary post, life happened this week in the form of my daughter having a horrible cold, throwing up, teething, the hubby being out of town, and me getting very little sleep. So now this results post is late. Heck, I'm just happy that we completed the activity!  Here is how it went for us.

We started out by reading the book Touch and Feel Farm by DK Books.  You could read any touch and feel farm book though.  There are a lot out there.  Like last week, this is a familiar book to my daughter.  She is really into interactive books now that she is 10.5 months old.  As I read the book we would talk about patting the animals, the names of the animals, and their sounds.  We also talked about what they felt like by using the adjectives that the book uses to describe them.  Well by talked about I really mean I told her and I presume she was listening.  Exposure is what is key at this age right? 

Like I said before, it took us a few days to complete the lesson plan I posted on Monday. Snot and feathers were not a combo I was looking forward to.  Here is how it went.  

As I was getting everything together  Caroline came crawling right over and grabbed the finger paint and started smiling and talking.  I think she remembers painting!  Remember when we painted last month to go along with the book Mouse Paint?
She was really excited when I put my hand-drawn picture on our scrap paper.  To help keep everything in place I taped the scrap paper down with painters tape.  
Oops need more tape on the bottom to keep the chicken in place!
Then I tossed a bunch of feathers down (no paint yet) so she could explore the feathers.
Before I squirted out the paint, I modeled patting the feather on the ground.   See my hand down at the bottom.  She did okay with it.  
Pat, pat, pat feathers on paint!

Oops there goes the paper again!
WAIT!  She decided that it needed no feathers! 
Then it was clean-up time.

The next day I used the rest of the feathers to make a feather sensory activity.

First I made this picture.  If my daughter was older I would point to the  words I wrote and have her point to the corresponding part of picture.  Kinda like an eye spy.  Of if she was older she could color the page or practice writing the words by connecting the dots on the dot word Barn or by tracing over the words I wrote.
I put my picture on a cookie tray and then dumped feathers on top.
If you look carefully I also added her farm puzzle pieces.
Poor sick baby.  Her nose looks so stuffy in this photo.
The girl LOVES her farm puzzle!

Well that is how it went for us.  What about you?  How did your children do with painting with feathers?  Did you try painting with anything else? Anyone else turn left over feathers into a sensory activity?

A new lesson will be posted Monday morning!