1. We made our own mud by mixing cocoa with water. Then we made a tub of soapy water. The kids rolled the farm animals in the mud, and then gave them a bath in the soapy water. Lexy enjoyed re-enacting the story as she did it. Soon, Josiah wanted to add trucks to the mud mixture. This was TONS of fun for them, and lots of cleanup for me. If I'd only had Lexy it wouldn't have been such a mess.
2. We printed a playdough mat from here. They made playdough animals using cookie cutters and put them in the tub.
3. Lexy made a pig picture and painted "mud" onto the picture. The "mud" was a picture of shaving cream and brown paint.
1. I found felt board character printables for the story at Monkey See, Monkey Do. We told the story using the characters. The kids enjoyed putting them onto the board and playing with them.
2. I printed Sequencing Cards from here. Lexy put the story in order using the cards.
3. I printed this book. Lexy put the book in order and added the missing word "in" on each of the pages. We also attached the animals to make it an interactive book.
4. We acted out the story as a family. Each of us had an assigned role. They had fun jumping and rolling in the mud.
5. Lexy worked on site words more this week. I printed off the puzzles from here that went with the site words we have already been working on.
1. We discussed the differences between living on a farm versus living in a city. Lexy sorted farm pictures from city pictures.
2. Lexy created her own version of our city. She glued rectangles on as buildings and houses. Her city is by no means proportional or accurate, but it was cute to see what she thought was important to include. She included our house, the swimming pool, Mamma and Pappa's house, their pond, Abby (their dog), ballet school, church, the Children's Museum (with a dinosaur sticking out of it), a friend's house with her swingset, Daddy's Work, the grocery store, the park with a sandbox, and the fair. I added roads for her, and then she glued vehicles onto the roads.
1. We worked on counting by tens using this activity printed from Making Learning Fun.
In the Kitchen:
1. Both kids helped make some chocolate pudding. They had fun dipping animal crackers into the "mud" and eating them.
1. We talked about the differences between real mud and our chocolate pudding mud.
2. We made bubbles by blowing through straws. Then, they were able to observe that you can poke objects through bubbles without the bubbles popping if the bubbles were wet. They had a lot of fun with this, until Lexy got a mouth full of bubbles and didn't want to blow anymore.
We definitely enjoyed the literature unit and plan on doing more! Other activities that we enjoyed this week include: music class, ballet class, library group, MOPS, and church.
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