Spring Week 4

Art

Make a Lamb

You can make a lamb like we do, or you could easily make a bunny. Just change up the pre-made body parts to match whichever animal you choose. First, your child can start by gluing the lamb face parts onto the black lamb face cut out. Some children may need more assistance putting together the characteristics of a face. To look at a face is one of a baby’s favorite things to do… putting together a face, on the other hand, is very abstract and is a concept that comes with time! Only get involved as much as you need to, to avoid frustration, and let your child experiment even if it isn’t “right.” Next, your child can glue cotton balls all over the plate for the wool. They can use as many as they would like. If it feels like it is taking a long time, or seems overwhelming for your child, it may help to stretch the cotton balls out to cover more surface area. Do what you need to, to avoid them getting bored or overwhelmed with this part of the activity. Finally, glue the lamb face to the top of the plate, and finish it off with a few cotton balls on the top of the lamb face.

Stuff to Have

Paper plate

Cotton balls

Lamb eyes, face with ears (from template)

glue

Developing Skills

Fine motor, sensory, art, anatomy of a face

Fine Motor

Button Flower

IMG_1468Lay out buttons and pipe cleaners. Demonstrate to children how the pipe cleaner can go through the button-holes. Let your child try to put pipe cleaners through the button-holes and make a button “flower.” If it starts to get frustrating for your child help them out. The point is to have fun and try something new. If you do help, try to find the balance between letting them experiment, and assisting them.

Stuff to Have

Buttons- various shapes, sizes, and colors

Pipe cleaners

Developing Skills

Fine motor, colors

Early Science & Math

Seed Sort

There are two main concepts in the seed sort, fine motor and classification, which is an early math concept. This week the focus is the classification of the seeds… noticing the differences and sorting based on them.Younger children probably aren’t going to sort them exactly the way we would, but they will experience the differences through feeling them and noticing difference in color and shape. No matter their age, they will benefit a ton from you talking about colors, shapes, and any other characteristics you notice as your child plays. What color are they? Which one is the biggest? The smallest? The weirdest? What are these seeds for? What do they look like? Take advantage of simple activities like this, and draw out learning experiences from all areas of development!

Stuff to Have

Various seeds (larger seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and corn seeds are good for this)

muffin tin or ice tray

Utensils: spoons, cups, tweezers, tongs, etc. (optional)

Developing Skills

Fine motor, math (sorting), sensory

Cooking & Baking

Carrot Cookies

These make the sweetest little Springy, Eastery cookie! Mix your cookie dough with orange food coloring until dough is completely orange- this may take some help from you to get it even, but it’s also a good chance to let your child get some sensory play and autonomy in this activity. Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, then shape into the shape of a small carrot. Adult, stick a toothpick into the top of the carrot (this will be where you tie the ribbon after the cookies are baked). Bake according to recipe or package. Once baked let cool and tie green ribbon into a bow on the toothpick.

Stuff to Have

Sugar cookie dough, homemade or store bought

Orange food color

¼” green ribbon

Toothpicks

Developing Skills

Colors, baking, fine motor


As always I recommend getting in a lot of large motor, reading, and music!

Large Motor: Run, jump, leap frog, have a dance party, ride a trike, climb a slide, jump on a trampoline…

Reading: Reading is so important! And you know what, you don’t even have to read the words. Talk about the pictures, point out colors, relate the book to your child’s life. Talking, conversing, hearing new words being tied to familiar things… that is how your child is making new connections.

And finally music and rhymes! Another great way for kids to hear the sounds in words! These are skills that will come back to them when they are learning to read later on. Do an internet search for Spring songs for kids. You will find a lot of great little rhymes and songs to add throughout the day. You don’t need to have a set “music time” that you sit down and sing, just sing them as you go about the day!

Happy Playing!

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