It’s a little late but here is what we did for week 3 and 4 of our Birthday Study! Week 3 we focused on games and gifts. Week 4 we focused on pajama parties! I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my 5 for Friday!
Most of these activities are included in the my Birthday Math and Literacy Centers and Birthday Dramatic Play.
1. Pretending fun…
In weeks one and two, students were decorating for the party, making the cake, inviting guests, singing “Happy Birthday”, eating, and opening presents. Now students could play the balloon bean bag toss, limbo, musical chairs, and do pretend face paintings. The students LOVED pretending to paint each others faces, get out their “sleeping bags” (pieces of fabric), and have a slumber party!
2. What we did for literacy…
In the library center and for small group, students played Birthday Letter Dot It. They picked a big foam letter from the bucket and marked their page. This was a HUGE hit. They played it over and over.
My pre-k friends created birthday words with magnet letters using the birthday vocabulary word cards.
My 3 year old friends found letters that matched.
3. On to math….
Present Number Match! Kids love presents so I created a fun math game about it! Students placed the matching number of object in the presents.
Students built their fine motor muscles and counting skills when they made sprinkles on their cupcakes. They also traced the numbers with dry erase markers!
Students played Birthday Dot It by rolling a dice and dotting the matching number. I also had a cake board only with number 1, 2, and 3 for my younger friends.
4. Now fine motor fun…
Students created Wish List Collages by cutting out pictures of toys from magazine. To help my 3 year old friends, I drew a circle around the object. By far this was many of my friends favorite cutting activity so far this year!
Wrapping Paper and Ribbon Collages! Who doesn’t love shiny paper and ribbons? I cut the paper into 2 inch strips and the ribbon into about 5 inch strips. Students could cut and glue as they wished.
Look how great they turned out! Sorry I took the picture sideways.
Making letters is hard. To practice different types of lines that make up letters, we made balloons on paper I taped to the wall. When students stand and draw or paint they develop their upper arm muscles! I LOVE activities that serve a dual purpose! First,we made a bunch of circles at the top of the paper for the balloon.
Then students made curvy lines going down for the strings. Another reason why I love this activity is because every student can work at their own level! My three year olds’ balloons and strings are larger while my pre-k friends’ balloons and strings are smaller and more refined.
5. Sensory experiences…
Many of my students had never iced a cake before. I wanted them to pretend to do it in the pretend center so I created an real life experience for them. The “cake” is a bowl turned upside down and the “icing” is shaving cream. I put the shaving cream in an empty icing container and gave them real sprinkles to add too!
It looks like sprinkles right? Nope it’s colored rice. The students LOVED measuring, mixing, and making cakes with the colored rice in the sensory table.
The last week, I kept the pans, took out the caking making tools, and added letter manipulatives! Students pretended to make letter cakes, letter cupcakes, and letter soup. They matched the letters and made words they knew. It was a fun, hands on letter experience! Just a note… each week I add a new tool or change something about or in my sensory table to keep students engaged, interested, and learning!
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Be sure to check out what others are doing this week over at Doodle Bugs Teaching! Have a great weekend!