Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 9, 2018 Toddler Science - Colors and Rainbows

We read these books:

Alphaprints - Colors

Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed)  by Ged Adamson

Mouse Paint  by Ellen Stoll Walsh

After reading the stories we talked about the primary and secondary colors and how they are made.
We squished zip lock bags filled with paint to make new colors like:
red & yellow = orange
yellow & blue = green
red & blue = purple

Saturday Morning Story Time - We are the Dinosaurs

Here is a list of the books we read:
We Are The Dinosaurs  by Laurie Berkner
Meet the Dinosaurs
Stomp  by Ruth Paul

We listened to the song "We are the Dinosaurs" by Laurie Berkner while we painted the feet of dinosaurs and stomped them across paper

We also colored a dinosaur then attached feet with a braid so they could move

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018 Toddler Science-Construction and Tools

Today we talked about tools and construction vehicles.

We looked at and talked about different tools: hammer, screwdriver, wrench, tape measure, etc. and what they are used for

We sang a song:
Five little nails
standing straight and steady
here comes the carpenter
with his hammer, ready
bam, bam, bam

Repeat with four, three, two, one, until no nails are left


Construction Countdown
by K.C. Olson

Digger Dog
by William Bee

Builder Goose
It's Construction Rhyme Time!
by Boni Ashburn


Dalmation in a Digger
by Rebecca Elliott

Pete the Cat
Construction Destruction
by James Dean

D is for Dump Truck
A Construction Alphabet
by Michael Shoulders

by Sally Sutton

Bam Bam Bam
by Eve Merriam

Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018 Toddler Science-Over or Under the Ground

Today we talked about things that live over or under the ground in the winter.

Deep Down Underground
by  Oliver Dunrea

Animals present the numbers from one to ten, as earthworms, toads, ants and others march and burrow, scurry and scooch deep down underground

Under Ground
by  Denise Fleming

Do you ever wonder what creatures live under the dirt beneath your feet? Come down, way down, and explore

The Ant's Nest
A Huge, Underground City
by  Miriam Aronin

Welcome to the ant's huge underground city. Here you'll discover how the insects rest, take care of their queen and raise their young. You'll also find out how some ants grow their own food and carry out other surprising tasks as they go about their busy lives

Over and Under the Snow
by Kate Messner
art by Christopher Silas Neal

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm under the snow.

Extra activities
We made a picture of things that live over or underground in the winter

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 8, 2018 - Toddler Science-Animals & Their Habitats

This month we talked about animals and their habitats.

Camouflage Clues-A Photo Riddle Book 
by Megan Cooley Pererson

Welcome Home, Bear-A Book of Animal Habitats 
by Il Sung Na

If All the Animals Came Inside 
by Eric Pinder

Wings, Paws, Scales and Claws-Let's Investigate Animal Bodies 
by Ruth Owen

Animal Adaptations-Camouflage 
by Jack Zayarny

Hide-and-Seek Science-Animal Camouflage 
by Emma Stevenson

Animal Camouflage in the Snow 
by Martha E. H. Rustad

We talked about how some animals use a layer of fat (blubber) to keep themselves warm in the cold weather then did a test with ice water and tried different materials in plastic bags to see which one gave the most protection from the cold. We tried bags with shredded paper, yarn, feathers and a bag with Crisco.
I laid copies of animal footprints around the room so the children could measure their foot against each animal footprint to see if their foot was bigger or smaller than that animals
We looked at different footprints and tried to guess what animals the footprints belonged to
We looked at skulls and tried to guess what animals the skulls belonged to

Monday, December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017 Toddler Science - Birds and Their Nests

by Kevin Henkes

A Nest is Noisy
by Dianna Hutts Aston

About Birds
A Guide for Children
by Cathryn Sill

A Nest Full of Eggs
by Priscilla Belz Jenkins

For our program today we talked about birds and their nests. Birds can be different colors, sizes and can build different kinds of nests.

For our craft we went outside to collect items to use to build our nests. We found leaves, dried grass, and soft greenery. We used a Q-tip to make eggs, then glued all the items we found outside to our plate to make a nest. Each child was given some feathers and a paper bird to add to their nest.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Morning Story Time - Elephant & Piggie!

If you missed this story time here is what we did:

*marks the books we read

Happy Pig Day!  by Mo Willems*
My Friend Is Sad  by Mo Willems*
Watch Me Throw the Ball!  by Mo Willems*

We started our story time talking about the noises animals make, like:
what sound does a cow make?, a dog?, a cat?, a pig?, an elephant?, etc

Then we played pig and elephant trivia.

When we read "Happy Pig Day" we talked about our favorite days to celebrate
When we read "My Friend Is Sad" we talked about different emotions
When we read "Watch Me Throw the Ball!" we had a challenge between children and their parents/grandparents to see who could toss a ball into a basket