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Woodland Animals Theme Art
Getting Ready! Let's Make a Tent!
Materials Needed: a large, white, flat sheet; fabric paint OR spray bottles with colored water in them!; clothesline type rope and a way to hang it up!
In small groups, have the children decorate this sheet with fabric paint. You can also take it outside and let them spray it with colored water (just put a little paint or food coloring into some water bottles with water).
When dry, hang this either over your Circle Area or in your Dramatic Play area!
3D Night Scenes
Materials needed: black construction paper, thin twigs, googly eyes, glitter glue
The children paint their paper with glitter glue.
The then glue pairs of wiggly eyes all over their paper.
The then glue twigs on their papers.
It makes a night scene where all you can see are eyes looking through the trees!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Real or Pretend?
Make two signs: One that says REAL and one that says PRETEND
Find pictures or use stuffed animals or puppets.
Give each child a picture or stuffed animal.
Place the cards REAL and PRETEND in the middle of circle, perhaps near 2 bins or laundry baskets.
Take turns talking about each one. After discussing each one, ask, "Is this REAL or PRETEND?" and have child place in appropriate basket.
Real--any woodland animal.
Pretend--Big Bad Wolf; Troll (from 3 Billy Goats Gruff); Beast (from Beauty and the Beast); unicorn
Bunny Hop Game
You will need: a laminated bunny face, laminated bunny whiskers, flannel board
In advance, cut out a picture of a bunny's face.
Cut out some rectangular papers and print action words (add pictures if you have them!) for the children to act out.
Laminate them all. Place velcro on the backs of all the pieces.
Hang bunny face on a flannel board. Place whiskers in a basket.
Teach the children this song (sung to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)
This is the way the bunny hops,
The bunny hops, the bunny hops.
This is the way the bunny hops early in the morning.
Now sing it again and instruct the children to hop the way a bunny would hop.
Have one child come to the basket and choose a whisker. They "read" it (by looking at the picture of what a child is doing), and place it on the flannel board near the bunny's face.
Now sing the song again replacing the word hops with the action word on the whisker!
Suggested action words: Jump, tip toe, spin, fly, crawl
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Woodland Animals Theme Cooking Ideas
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
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