Saturday, August 27, 2011

Brown Bear Hand Print Book

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
Hand Print Book Keepsake

Through out the year we create a collection of the children's hand prints and compile them at the end into a book for them to take home. This year we used the Brown Bear theme through out the year and each month we had the children create an animal hand print that coordinated with the characters from the book.

Cover of book, each child's silhouette and the name of school, class, and year is also on the top and bottom of the front cover.  I cropped these out of this pic.
Inside title page.

We also included in the book some other projects we made with the children's silhouettes.

Friday, August 26, 2011

More Cookie fun!

More fun cookie books, I just love these sweet cookie books!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I picked up this fun cookie counting game at The Lakeshore store a couple days ago!

More cookie toys I want for my classroom! Available on Amazon

These cute bears remind me of Teddy Grahms crackers.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cookie Day!

I just love to bake and cookie are so fun!
We started out with a simple cookie collage.
Children glue how ever many cookie they would like onto cookie jar and count them. 

Love this set of cookie counters colorful dots on one side and the number on the other side with a cute cookie jar.

We made M&M cookies that matched our cookie counters.
The children just loved these cookies that they made. I use the Nestle Toll House recipe minus the chocolate chips plus an extra 1/2 cup of flour and add the m&m's to the top of each cookie( dont mix them in). 

We read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff 
We water colored a cookie then gave it to a mouse.
Then we drew what we would give a mouse.

We also read this fun version of Whoe Stole the Cookie From The Cookie Jar? 
and played a little game of "who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?" at circle time. 
I love this cookie book too! This book is great for 2 year olds, this is one of my favorites, and it is by one of my favorite children's book authors. I let all the children try come cookie dough after we read this book.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock
by Keith Baker

I just love this version of Hickory Dickory Dock a great extension to the classic children's nursery rhyme.
Keith Baker is one of my new favorite children's book authors check out his other great books too!
Project: Provide each child with clock pre-assembled and resd story to them as they color the clocks and mice with markers.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin Jr

We made these fun coconut trees after we read the story.
For the two year olds I had the trees alreadt assembled and allthey had to do was glue on the coconuts and the letters. They really enjoyed this project.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? Red Bird

Last year we carried out a Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? theme through out the year. Each month we did a hand print project and a color collage coordinating with the animals in the book. We started in September with the color red and did a red bird collage and a red bird hand print.
This is the bulletin board to start off the school year I just love these new Eric Carle inspired bulletin board sets. I got mine at The Lakeshore Store.
Red bird collage
Red birds were cut out of poster board to be durable enough to hold heavy collage items and lots of glue.
Hand Print Red birds
We display the hand print art each month and keep it all till the end of the year and create a brown bear book for each child using their own hand prints.

On the Farm

Collage style farm bulletin board

*Cotton ball sheep
*black sheep w/ white collage items
*brown cow collage
* hen water coloring
*rooster collage
*farm animals in barn animal collage
*green grass mable painting with cows
*pink piggy collage

New Farm bulletin board set with rooster feather collage.
Popcorn sheep project
School House bulletin board set with giant easel painting apples.
Play dough table with farm place mats.
Piggy pancakes snack!
 Great to sever when you read "If You Give A Pig a Pancake"

Back to School Ideas

Birthday Board
Back to School Board
Parent Board and snack info.

Farm Board from year 2
I used the same bulletin board set as the picture below just displayed completely different.
 Apples a universal symbol for "Back to School" above is a simple board I did displaying a variety of apple projects we did.

Mosaic paper plate apple- cut red squares, a leaf and a stem and let the children create!

Arm and hand print apple tree- paint childs arm and hand with brown paint print it onto a gree tree cut out and have child make apples with their fingers! Messy and fun. 

Apple prints- cut apples in half (smaller apples work better for smaller children) dip in paint and print away! We only used red paint but mix it up and offer them green and yellow paint too!

Apple sticker tree- Give children a tree cut and mini apple stickers. This is so simple mess free and great for their fine motor skillls.
 I always start out the school year with the farm theme, (these pics are from my first year at the school I am currently teaching at) I have the young 2's class and farm animals are something almost all 2 year olds are familiar with. It helps them to have the familiarity when first adjusting to preschool.

 The first board is a simple farm scene and the second bulletin board is a collection of the projects we did creating our own class farm.