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Movement Monday: Animal Game

5This animal game is sure to be a hit in you classroom.  Several years ago I created a movement curriculum for an Obesity Prevention program that was used throughout classrooms in Napa, California.  This game was always a hit with the kids and easy for teachers to pick up and use again and again. So here it is, this weeks Movement Monday:

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Sensory Sunday: No Cook Play Dough

Sensory Sunday, Play Dough, Recipe, No CookMy go to recipe for No Cook Play Dough, although I tend to not follow the recipe and just add ingredients until I get the right consistency.  Since it is not cooked the kids can help out during all steps and really like the mixing and kneading!  Try it out and let me know what you think

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Song of the Week: Farm Songs

Song of the Week, Farm Songs, Teaching, Music, ECE, Preschool, Toddlers, InfantsA couple of farm songs for all those kiddos that love animals.  Enjoy and Happy Saturday!

Take me out to the Farm (Tune: Take me out to the Ball Game)

Take me out to the Farm dad
take me there right now
show me some horses and chickens too
I cant wait to hear the cows, moo

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Movement Monday: Stretches

Movement Monday, ECE, Buildingblocks4teachers, Play, Music, Song

Another favorite of mine.  This is a great daily stretching song to do.  It gets the kids moving, singing and thinking.  Start off just doing one or two movements adding an additional movement each time you sing the song.  After doing the song for a while ask older kids what they would like to move and how to move it.

Just Like Me

Raise your arms just like me, just like me, just like me

Raise your arms just like me

Together today

Other Ideas:

Touch Your Toes…

Twist Your Body…

Shrug your Shoulders…

Turn your Head…

Ask children what else they can move

Sensory Sunday: Cooked Play Dough

Sensory Play, recipe, Preschool, ECE

Cooked play dough comes out a bit softer than uncooked play dough.  You may want to pick up a cheap thrift store pan for cooking your play dough so you don’t ruin a kitchen pan.

Cooked Play Dough

3 cups flour 1 cup salt 6 teaspoons cream of tartar 3 cups water 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Food coloring

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Blend water and oil together in a bowl. Add to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Add several drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors until you get the right color. Cook for about five minutes. Take the play dough out of the saucepan and put it on a cutting board or counter and knead for a few minutes. Add flour if it’s too sticky.  Be very careful when kneading as it will be very hot!

Song of the Week: An Ocean Song

Song of the Week, Preschool, Toddlers,, Music, ECE, PlayI love the ocean and also love piggyback songs, those put to a familiar tune.  This weeks song has both.  This is also a great song to make into a felt story or to print out with pictures for the kids to see what is up next.  Hope you like it!

The Waves on the Sea

(To the tune of the Wheels on the Bus)

The waves on the sea go up and down,

up and down, up and down

The waves on the sea go up and down all through the day

 

The fish on the sea go swish, swish swish

Swish, swish, swish

Swish, swish, swish

The fish on the sea go swish, swish, swish all through the day

 

The diver in the sea goes swim, swim, swim

swim, swim, swim

swim, swim, swim

The diver in the sea goes swim, swim, swim all through the day

 

The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap

snap, snap, snap

snap, snap, snap

The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap all through the day

 

The boats on the sea go side to side,

side to side

Side to side

The boats on the sea go side to side all through the day

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