Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Froggy Number Matching and Word Search

A blue poster and a lily pad/frog set from The Dollar Tree turned into a fun frog lily pad number matching game:

Before I could even start taking pictures, Monkey J was already on number 5!  ;)

He really enjoyed this game and later on in the week I would mix it up by putting the numbers in random order:

Next up: letter scramble to spell "frog":

I had the word "frog" spelled out all over the house for frog week, so it didn't take long for him to pick out the right letters:

And spell "FROG" right away!

Frog Fishing!

Later on in the week we did another simpler sensory bin:

And try our hand at some froggy-fishing!

Monkey A preferred using some cute froggy snack containers I bought from The Dollar Tree:

Since the day was nice, we decided to move it outside:

I didn't get any pictures of Monkey J frog fishing because I was enjoying him laughing as he was SO excited to do it! I did get pictures of him exploring all things froggy!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Frog Week Sensory Bin

It is SO cute to see how excited Monkey J gets on Monday mornings now because he knows to expect a new sensory bin and he can't wait to see it!  We started off today with our frog sensory:

And the kids setup at the counter was froggy-themed:

Monkey J also enjoyed some lily pad math:

Monkey J enjoyed lining up the froggies:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Last Day of Dinosaur!

We wrapped up our last day of dinosaur week with some fun dinosaur scratch art paper:

Using a stylus, you scratch off the top of the picture to reveal a colored picture beneath it:

The final result was pretty stunning!

We had a really fun dinosaur week, with our sticker poster:

And reading our dinosaur books:

What has been really neat in these last couple of weeks is that Monkey J's reading of words has really taken off to a new level!  He can recognize a bunch of words now, including ocean, dinosaur, and extinct!  Great job little reader!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dinosaur Scene and Bones

I had picked up some dinosaur wall stickers from The Dollar Tree last weekend and I took the dinosaur background from our Animal Planet's Big Tub of Dinosaurs for Monkey J to create a dinosaur scene:

He was so excited when he discovered that he could put the dinosaurs on any way he wanted to:

Sitting back to admire his work:

Monkey J would actually put the herbivores next to the plants :)  Such a smart little monkey!

It was then outside to enjoy the weather and dig for more bones:

I had planned on using these dinosaur bones on Tuesday for our paleontologist dig, but they didn't arrive in time, so we used them today:

They were super cool!

Monkey A also joined in on the fun:

I am sure we will be playing with these long after dinosaur week is done!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dinosaur Fossils!

We had a fun time incorporating playdough into our dinosaur theme today:

We started with making dinosaur figures in playdough:

And then we started to make our fossil dough:

Some instant coffee, flour, and be more precise, here's the recipe we used:

1 cup used coffee grounds

1/2 cup cold coffee.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

Mix it together:

Roll it out and flatten it:

We then pressed in our dinosaurs:

And then put them in the oven for 30 minutes at about 215.  While we waited, we played with "dinosaur bones" (popsicle sticks):

In no time our fossils were ready!

Monkey J showed them off:

He loved them!

And we had fun matching the dinosaur to its fossil:

Monkey A woke up from her nap and did a little painting with dinosaur bones:

The fossils were really neat; they had a great sensorial feel to them and they smelled so yummy, just like coffee!  :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Digging for Dinos!

Monkey J woke up from his nap with a huge surprise in the backyard:

His very own paleontologist dig site, complete with a trowel, a shovel, and some paintbrushes!

He was SO excited!

What was really cute is that he didn't really think there were dinosaurs in it:

Until he saw something...

And lifted out a dinosaur!

So much fun!  We learned all about paleontologists and trowels:

We certainly dug this activity ;)