Sensory Play with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

This week was a bit of a Hungry Caterpillar week, can you tell? That’s okay, it’s absolutely one of our favorite stories! For our Sensory Storytime classes, we had the kids participate in a number of ways.

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First they had to find the caterpillar eggs inside our sensory bins (or bowls!)

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Next they made leaf homes for the little Jumping Clay caterpillars so that the little caterpillars could have lots and lots of food!

And after the caterpillar went inside his caccoon, he came out…

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A big beautiful butterfly!

What fun! What’s your favorite thing about Eric Carle’s stories? Tell us in the comments below!

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Jungle Links to Get You Swinging!

Earlier this week I told you about our great imaginary trip to the Amazon Rainforest, where we started the story of the Little Prince. Well I thought that this was a great opportunity to share that experience with all of you! Check out some of these great links that can turn your little child’s world into an amazing jungle exploration!

1) Jungle Preschool Activities

 

The folks over at Cutting Tiny Bites had a whole week devoted to Jungle Adventures, and they were lovely enough to share some of their great experiences with us! I’m particularly impressed with their living room Vine Crawl myself ­čÖé

2) Jungle Swamp Sensory Bin

 

This is a great sensory tub activity that will keep your kids entertained for hours! Just make sure to set it up outside or in a place that you don’t mind getting messy!

3) Animal Tracks Are Not Alike!

Put those plastic animals to good use and help your kids discover how not animals are the same, even down to the shape of their toes!

4) Color-Sequencing Snakes

Help your kids with their fine motor skills and color sequencing with this awesome pipe-cleaner snake craft! It’s Ssssssimply Ssssstunning ­čÖé

5) Elephant Color Blocking

What jungle adventure is complete without a visit from Elemer the colorful elephant? You can help color in his great thick skin with your own little colored squares!

Happy exploring everyone!

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Lovely Little Links (Valentine’s Day)

This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s one of my favorite holidays! There’s just something so refreshing about a holiday that injects a little color and love into the middle of a gross snowy winter.

Here are some great ideas to help you celebrate this special day with your kids!

Valentine’s Day Activity Trays

Adorable “I Love You This Much” Cards

If you’re looking for something to read… The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

And of course

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Happy Linking!

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Crawls All Over Kids Nook!

This past weekend we played with one of our old favorites, The Itsy Bitsy Spider!

We helped her get her breakfast for the day by catching all the little bugs!

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After that we had to catch our own little bugs, just like the Spider!

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And of course we wouldn’t be able to play with the Spider if we didn’t learn how to spin our very own webs!

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We used colored spahgetti and rice for our activities today, as well as little wooden ladybugs that the kids could “catch” with their spoons! It was a blast, and we hope you enjoyed looking at our photos as much as we did playing in them!

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