My favorite books and supplies to start our preschool year!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Heads & Hats

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  • Let the kids play with lots of different hats ... cowboy hat, king crown,  hard hat, witch hat, fireman hat, baseball hat, football helmet.
magic hat
  • Read The Magic Hat by Mem Fox … I love the pictures in this book and there are fun repeating lines the kids like to say with me. It rhymes so the kids can guess what the magic hat is going to turn the next person into.guess who
  • Play “Guess Who?” by Hasbro … with my younger kids, we simplify the rules. We play by choosing a character face from the pile, then we find and match that person on our game board and knock him down. 
  • Cut out 2 circles. Draw happy & sad faces on them. Glue together on a popsicle stick. Talk about what makes us happy or sad.

caps

  • Read Caps For Sale told by Esphyr Slobodkina
    1. Before you read, cut out felt caps to match those used in the book … 4 red circles, 4 blue circles, 4 grey circles and 1 checked circle (a white circle with black felt squares glued on to resemble a checkerboard)
    2. As you read the story, let the kids balance all of the felt “caps” on their head and try to walk around saying “Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!”
  • Sing "If You're Happy & You Know It" Click the link for music!
  • Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Click the link for music!
  • Bean Bag Hat Toss
    1. Set several hats on the floor, upside-down.
    2. Give the kids bean bags and let them try to toss the bean bags into the hats.
    3. You could say “toss it into the hat that a fireman would wear,” or “toss it into a hat that keeps a builder safe.”

grilled cheeseSnack idea: Melty Cheese Face Sandwiches ... before you grill them, cut eyes, a nose & a mouth out of the top piece of bread.

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