The Red Room is having fun with all the concepts associated with Winter. The children have been making snowmen and mittens using all different types of materials and methods. The materials available to make their snowmen were three sizes of Styrofoam balls- small, medium, and large–and varying materials for scarves, hats and eyes. What wonderful snowmen they created! The children also had the opportunity to paint snowmen, using marshmallows. Each painting is different; all are displayed in the hallway.
They have also enjoyed painting mittens with thread spools, giving an interesting texture and a different way of painting. The spools left snowflake like prints all over the mittens. Other opportunities to make seasonal creations were finger painting, painting valentines at the easel, and cutting and making valentines using all types of materials at the art table.
The children still so enjoy the sensory table. Right now it’s full of ice. How exciting is it to play with ice, touch it, build towers with it, watch it melt into water and even use a baster to squeeze the icy cold water into a cup!
Winter matching games are a great activity. Your children can match mittens to mittens and attach them together with clothes pins on a clothes line- a great fine motor skill. Other matches they can try are matching heart sizes and colors, and valentine shape games involving matching ovals, stars, squares, and triangles. Without their knowing, we are double checking your children’s ability to recognize colors, shapes and sizes.
The children used tweezers to move small plastic valentines into a valentine ice cube container. They also transferred cotton balls (representing snowballs) using a clothes pin from a bowl to a tray. In this activity the children needed to squeeze the clothes pin to grab the cotton balls, one by one. What great small muscle strengtheners.
We’ve had a wonderful time singing and reading at circle time. One of our favorite stories is The Mitten. The children enjoy acting out the different animals and hiding them in the mitten! We have been singing songs about winter including, “I’m A Little Snowman” with props and actions.
We had a great visit with the "Nature Lady," who talked about animals in winter and hibernation.
We continue to thank you for your support and also a big thanks to the volunteers who helped make our Valentine’s Day so special.
Blanche and Debbie
Date Reminders: Spring Break beigns on March 6th and school reopens on the 16th.