This week we have had a lot of fun discussing Valentine’s Day and Friendship. We made beautiful hearts using our spin art machine. Our old machine used batteries, and after it broke, this new machine needs to be pumped by hand. It takes a lot of arm strength and fine motor control to pump the machine and drip the paint at the same time!
We also made some salt art paintings using glue, salt, and liquid watercolors. The children drew designs in glue or guided me with the glue to draw the images they desired. Then they used a small dish to drip salt on top of the glue. After the excess salt was moved away they carefully dripped liquid watercolors onto their images. This project has a bigger focus on the “process” than the product. Although this was our first time making them on cardboard and they held up much better than paper once they dried.
This week on our table a large Valentine Station was set up for the class! They had access to hearts, doilies, glue, stickers, and Valentine’s stamps. They created Valentine’s for their family and then started making them for their friends in the classroom.
The children arrived on Monday to find two brand new sensory tubs in the classroom! One was inspired by The Imagination Tree, and it was a birthday cake themed cloud dough tray. I made a large batch of cloud dough with flour, oil, and sprinkles. Then I added cupcake molds, number candles, and regular candles. This was one of the most popular areas this week!
I got a few videos of the children playing in the birthday cake sensory tub…
The second sensory tub was filled with Valentine’s colored water beads, and lots of other Valentine cups and saucers.
I also got some videos of the children playing in the water beads:
Everyone seemed to love all of the new learning trays that were brought out this month. The learning trays are usually tasks based on fine motor skills, math development, letter awareness or phonetic development, or sensory play. Each month I change the learning trays to offer a variety of independent goal tasks that the children can work on, at their own pace.
M and D are using the conversation heart candies to complete color patterns. Below A is using beads and paper hearts to string a Valentine’s necklace.
Video of the children working on a learning tray:
We also worked on writing our letters and shapes in a squishy bag on the light panel. This was SO much fun that both bags popped by the end of the week:)
We also dined on H’s delicious King Cake that he made with his Mommy last weekend. They brought it in for our snack. It was so big that we ate it on Monday and Tuesday!