Literacy Fun with an UNHAPPY ending!

We decided that it was time to help our feathered friends make it through the cold winter.  So we bought some birdseed and got to work making bird feeders!  I jumped on the chance to incorporate some literacy into our fun and here is what we did….

I found several recipes for bird feeders on Pinterest, here is the one that we used.  The blog is called Saltwater-Kids and her bird feeders came out perfect and beautiful.  Our feeders were a bit crumbly probably because I am not meticulous with anything so I probably miss-measured or some over-stirring could have occurred.

First we gathered our ingredients, including our molds.  This is where the literacy came into play.  For our first time doing this project we took out our letter cookie cutters and spelled out my daughters name.  However, next time, we may do some sight words or things that she is interested in such as dolls or bananas.  We could do anything as long as we are talking about the different sounds of the letters and we are exposing her to what different words look like.

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“Rachel,” Cookie Monster, Dog Bone, and a Moose-Perfect!

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Next we had to mix our ingredients.  This was my daughter’s favorite part.  She loves cooking and this was a chance for her to go nuts stirring in a giant bowl.

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Once we had our ingredients mixed, we started filling the molds.  I didn’t have straws, so we used paintbrushes because we were going to just use string to hang the feeders in our backyard.

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See that dog to the left, we will be getting to him. He may look sweet and innocent..

We finished filling our molds and set them out to dry.  Aren’t they pretty!?!?  We were so excited to hang them the next morning.  We were looking around our yard trying to pick out which tree was going to be the “Rachel” tree.  Oh the anticipation!

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Unfortunately, while we were resting our heads after a long day of learning, our precious dog was up to NO GOOD!  When we came downstairs in the morning, we were greeted with a huge birdseed mess!!! During the night, he got on the counter and ATE our beautiful birdfeeders! Ugh!  I wish I had a picture of the devastation, but I think that I was too heart-broken to take one.

I’m sure that we will try this project again soon(I will keep you updated).  Maybe next time we will do all words that start with the same letter or rhyming words.  One thing is for sure, next time we will store them WAY too high for our four-legged friend to find them!

 

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Preschool Theme: Winter Animals

Sorry I have been a bit MIA lately!  Last week, our class was unfortunately canceled because of the snow.  So this week, I went ahead with our Winter Animals Theme.  We had a blast!

bear hunt

First we read most of “We Are Going on a Bear Hunt” written by Michael Rosen and illustrated Helen Oxenbury.

We talked about how bears are hard to find in the winter because they hibernate.  We decided to go on our own bear hunt.  First we created binoculars (out of toilet paper rolls, string, and decorations).  Then we walked around the room searching for the bears that I had previously hidden (I hid some counting bears).  The kids had so much fun looking through their binoculars and finding their bears.

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I had letters that kids could use to label their binoculars. They didn’t stick that well, but it worked!

A few notes:

  • Next time, I would give the kids a container to put the bears in when they found them
  • This is something that parents can now do at home with the binoculars and hiding things in their own home
Look what I found!

Uuuhhh, Look what I found!

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