Friday, August 22, 2014

The Moon


We borrowed numerous books from the library this week, and added two from our home collection as well. I think we enjoyed each of these equally. Each kid had 2-3 that they requested so frequently throughout the week, so we know these books so incredibly well now. My favorite would have to be Cindy Moo though. Adorable story-line with a fun, flowing rhyme. And did you see our Kitten's First Full Moon post from a couple of years ago? Some great activities!

Moon Craters - Science and Sensory

This idea comes from What Do We Do All Day. First I showed the kids a picture from the Internet of real moon craters. We talked about what they are and what causes them.

Then we created our own "moon" (flour, with a dusting of pepper for color) and picked up a few of our own meteoroids and asteroids (rocks) to throw at it.

The kids really enjoyed this part!

When we ran out of rocks we lifted them off gently, and observed the impact "craters" that they had created.

Then we did it again!

When they had had enough of throwing rocks at the moon, the kids dug their hands into the "moon dust" and explored its texture.

Of course, that happened...

But they had a blast in the mess!

Oreo Snack - Moon Phases

I've seen this all over Pinterest, so I'm not sure whom to credit for the brilliant idea. We only had mini Oreos in the house, but I did my best to form moons out of the minimal cream filling. 

We stuck with the basic phases, since this was Honey Pot's first introduction to their names.

She actually ate them in the middle of our conversation. This is her (not so) guilty mug. But somehow the lesson stuck with her, because she can now name all of these phases anyway! Success!

Moon Craft

This idea comes from Fantastic Fun and Learning. We used the 2-pack of Styrofoam circles from the Dollar Tree, and Honey Pot and Little M&M poked crater holes into them with the back of a paintbrush.

Then the kids painted over the circles with a mixture of white paint and flour.

While waiting for them to dry, the kids added star stickers to their night sky paper.

I, um, only had one sheet of black paper left. So Little M&M used blue. He seemed happy to do so!

Then a glob of glue for the full moon!

Fantastic! I love the texture!

Moon Rocks - Fine Motor + Math

A few of our moon books refer to the collection of moon rocks for study. So I thought up a small activity to reinforce this and add some more learning to our mini-unit. First the kids crumpled up small sheets of aluminum foil. (Major fun, actually.) This comes in a box at the Dollar Tree too. Love that store for craft supplies.

Then we used a few simple tools to scoop and grab our moon rocks for our moon rock bag.

And then the kids counted them up. Not sure where the sparkly purple balls came from, but they make nice moon rocks too!

I left this basket out throughout the week and Little M&M returned to it a couple of times. He is having trouble holding the tools the proper way (he uses two hands). But we'll pull them back out with pom poms for practice in-between units!


Saturday, August 16, 2014


With summer coming to a close and preschool starting back up soon, I've decided to throw in couple of mini-themes before we lose Honey Pot three mornings a week. We had a small construction unit last summer as well. But these kiddos, particularly Little M&M, love construction trucks.


To introduce our mini-theme we read one of our current bedtime favorites, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. Little M&M also is partial to Dig Dig Digging, which we have borrowed from the library a fair few times.


I found this awesome idea on Pinterest, and it originates from Momstown. Love this idea! First I printed two construction truck coloring pages from the Internet. The kids colored them with markers, and then I cut them out.

Little M&M went first. He glued his truck onto the paper...

Then added glue into the bed of the truck and behind it.

And we used oatmeal as the truck's "dirt." He loved adding this to his picture!

Honey Pot went next, gluing her truck to the paper...

Then adding glue in front of her bulldozer's blade.

And she added her oatmeal "dirt" too!


Small World Play

The kids use these trucks every day that they play outside. No joke. In the dirt. On the deck. Across the driveway. Down the slide. At the beach. In the woods while camping. Little M&M received these as a gift, but here it is on Amazon. Go buy it, seriously. So today we just created a small construction site for them, with dirt and rocks and lots of imagination! Little M&M has a hardhat too, but we really need to buy some traffic cones!

Fill the Dump Truck Game

This printable comes from The Measured Mom. We used blocks as our manipulatives, but you can use anything. Honey Pot went first. This really helped her practice her number recognition. She still has trouble with the teens!

I love how she stacked her blocks, instead of laying them all down in flat rows like I would have.

Little M&M gave it a try too! We covered the numbers 1-4, though one-to-one correspondence is a very new concept for him. Great start!

Construction Puzzles

We completed all four of our 12-piece construction puzzles from Melissa and Doug.

Working so well together. Though they look stumped, they did figure this out without my help!

Truck Racing

We returned outside with our CAT trucks for a little race. Little M&M is always zooming around just like this. So I just made a game of it, and it became very exciting!

I wrote a START sign at the top of the driveway with chalk, and a FINISH sign at the bottom.

"On your mark. Get set. GO!"

I asked Honey Pot how she might get her truck to go faster. I thought instead of letting go she could push it. But she decided a trike goes much faster!! LOL.

Sensory Bin

Little M&M loves these trucks so much that the Easter bunny also gave him a smaller set in his Easter basket. I set the kids up out on the deck with a bucket of expired popcorn kernels one afternoon this week. It was a quick setup that offered them a new sensory experience and lots of fun. And the mess afterward was minimal. That's a win!


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