Winter Animals

One of the main themes for this month is winter animals, and this week we learned so much about them: how they live, what do they eat and what kind of weather they endure, etc. But those weren’t the only animals we reviewed, forest animals were also included in the classroom topics, and those are cool too!

This week for exploration time turtles developed their fine motor skills by practicing the bottles and straws activity… they just can’t get enough of this! Kids got to play with slimy gel bags which had glitter and foamy animals inside; they liked to squeeze them as hard as they could. We had some icy activities too, like making “fake snow” which was so much fun for your kids, they loved the soft and cold texture and pressing it between their hands. A perfect way to end the week was our ice sensory box, where the kids could see lots of shapes and colors made out of ice, and a big ice block. We gave them some winter animals so they could pretend they were in their habitat.

Tiny Turtles were very busy this week in creativity class, they had awesome projects! They made a “brown bear” using a paper bag, they colored it, paste the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and arms. The materials they used were pom poms, tissue paper and googly eyes. They had a blast listening to Mrs. Maricusa Severeid story telling of “Brown bear, Brown bear. What do you see?”. At the same time, Mrs. Maricusa handed out all the animals mentioned in the book and our students put them inside their bag. They were so happy and excited! Children also made a polar bear, using the palm of their hand, white paint and glitter, a little remembrance for you to keep. The little ones also did a great job making their invitations for “Grandma’s Day” at Toddler Tree. They pasted, wrote their names and gave the final touches and they turned out beautiful.

Books we read this week: “First pop-ups”, “Big Bear, Little Bear”, “Baby Beluga”, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear. What do You See?” and “Tacky the Penguin”.

Vocabulary words: Winter review, forest animals (squirrel, fox, and raccoon), bear/ polar bear, whales – beluga, penguins – ice, water, cave.

Next week vocabulary words: Review seasons/ winter & snow review/ winter clothing review/ forest animals review/ sea animals review.

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