In between all of our letter fun, we have been playing with lots of snowy items or making wintry art in the classroom. I started a little penguin exploration on the light table. We talked a lot about penguins last year, their habits, and types of penguins. They are always such a fun animal for children to use in imaginative play. I place the penguins on the light table with shades of blue ice cubes. They made little houses and igloos and homes for the penguins.
The following week I made a batch of snow dough using cornstarch and hair conditioner. It is soft flaky dough, and the children really seemed to enjoy it. It doesn’t bode well for cookie cutters, but it is perfect for shaping and squishing little penguin down inside of it. I placed the dough and some wax paper on the light table to extend their interest in the penguins. These are just a few of the photos of the different penguin set ups the children made.
I thought it would be fun to juxtapose our snowy activities with some sand in the sensory tables. It has been a long time since our sand box was opened up too! I pulled both of the tables together to make a sand slide to connect them. I also added a funnel holder by cutting apart a box to make a ledge and shoving the funnels down inside. They enjoyed the funnels the most, and loved to watch the sand fill up under the funnels.
Next to the sand tables I laid out something new on the art tables….Kinetic sand! It is a very thick sand that is moldable, squishy, and just plain fun to get your hands on! I also discovered these tiny castle molds at the craft store that were perfect for the kinetic sand.
This is how many of the children have spent their mornings in January. They have been collecting all of the paper supplies they can find and punching, coloring, cutting, taping, and making lots and lots of things for each other and their homes. I love giving them a variety of materials and seeing what they come up with! Their play sure is evolving right before our eyes!
The children uncovered some patterned mittens with our watercolors.
Then the watercolors were used for creating our own photos.
We dripped acrylic paints inside of a box filled with marbles. Then we got busy rolling them around to create some beautiful snowflakes.
I put some different snowflake materials on the table one morning, and they got busy making lots and lots of snowflakes. The biggest hit was the squeezable glitter glue!
I finally purchased a giant container of white paint. I added white paint to different shades of blue and purple, to create this lovely paint invitation. They painted the remainder of Brittany’s snowflakes and poured some glitter on top for good measure.
Block play continues to be a vital part of our morning play time. These three buddies were proud of this enormous tower they put together using all sorts of blocks and chairs for standing on their tippy toes.
We have continued to explore our marble run and make new marble paths to explore.
D built this unique block house with a mixture of our unit blocks and smaller block pieces.
The Magnatiles continue to be used again and again. L lined up the magnatiles on the floor to create “Pizza Planet.”
Our new dollhouse was untouched the first week back to school, but then I added some Lalaloopsys to the table and it was soon a popular spot in the room.
Even in the coldest of weather we continue to go outside everyday. We usually stick to a brisk walk if the weather is really cold and windy. But, one morning we had a break from the cold and made our way to the play ground. What a treat!!