Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dr. Seuss!

Honey Pot is 3.5 years old
Little M&M is 23 months old

We're celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday again!
To see our previous Dr. Seuss units, click HERE and HERE!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Craft

I Can Teach My Child had such a unique painting idea to accompany this book: corn syrup and water. We tinted it blue of course. It was a bit sticky to paint with, but the kids enjoyed themselves and the result is spectacular! I printed out a fish bowl template for each of them to paint.


Then they added some fish that I cut out from cardstock. It's so sticky that you don't even need glue.


When it dries, it still looked wet! Awesome craft.



Cat in the Hat - Pattern Matching Game

Honey Pot did this activity last year as well, and it was a hit. The printable comes from Joyfully Weary. There are more hats than what we've used here, which would be great for older kids, as it gets really tricky!




Can in the Hat - Snacks

We tried our hands at a couple of hat snacks that we've seen on Pinterest. The first is an Oreo cookie, marshmallow and candy melt treat. These were a bit too sweet actually, for us.


So we also tried simple strawberry and marshmallow skewer treats. YUM!


Green Eggs and Ham - Shape Matching Game

This was Little M&M's first shape activity. He seemed to love it! He already knows hearts by name, probably due in part to our Valentine's Day unit. Looking forward to starting shapes with him after we finish a couple more color units! Honey Pot had completed this when she was his age as well. The inspiration comes from The Princess and the Tot.




My Many Colored Days - Feelings Activity

This is a favorite for Little M&M, so I had to include it in our unit this week. We read the book and then I had each child choose a color to represent how they were feeling. Little M&M, new to the concept, chose many colors. So I guess he was having a mixed-up day! Honey Pot chose pink, to represent how she was feeling happy. The worksheet comes from OMazing Kids.



There's a Wocket in my Pocket - Scavenger Hunt

This idea comes from This Reading Mama, and it was a huge hit! After reading the book, Honey Pot created a few creatures of her own.


I cut them out and hid them around the house.


Then I would give her a hint as to where to find them. "There's a Glinds between the..." And she would guess "Blinds!"


"There's a Vissues under the..." "Tissues!"


"There's a Cooster on your..." "Booster!"


The game went on like that. It became a nice lesson in prepositions as well, as it was often changing: a Dooks between the books, a Lastle in your castle, a Nottoman under the ottoman. She had so much fun that we played the game twice through. Then she wanted to be the one to hide the creatures, and give me clues as to where to find them. When Daddy came home later, she asked him to play a couple rounds too. Huge success! Great rhyming practice.


Horton Hears a Who! - Beginning and End Sounds

I created a worksheet in Photoshop Elements to help Honey Pot recognize words based on beginning and end sounds. She knows this book so well. I read her a sentence from the book, with the last word missing, and she would be able to complete it. Then I asked her to guess what letter that word starts with, and which letter it sounds like it ends with. She was able to find the right word among the choices and circle it. 



The Lorax - Movie and Craft

We watched The Lorax movie for the first time, and did a fun craft to go along with it. First I had the kids color in a Lorax picture that I found online. And I cut them out.



Then we dyed cotton balls in yellow, pink and orange, as we saw in the book. We put a few cotton balls into a Ziploc bag with a cap full of rubbing alcohol and a drop of food coloring. Then we rubbed the cotton balls around in the bag.


There were always one or two cotton balls that soaked up too big of a smear of food coloring, and looked bad. So add extra cotton balls to each bag! We let them dry for a couple hours while Little M&M napped, though really it didn't even take that long.


Then I cut out strips of yellow cardstock and doodled some lines onto them in black colored pencil, to replicate the truffula tree trunks.


I supplied each of the kids with a piece of blue cardstock and a piece of green that I cut out to look like green hills. And they got to work gluing their pictures...


Then adding their tree trunks...


Squishing on some soft cotton ball truffula tufts...


Then adding the Lorax!


Awesome!


Cat in the Hat - Puzzle

Honey Pot received this as a Christmas present, and it has been a favorite quiet time activity. She and Little M&M have been on a real puzzle kick recently.







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