A Gingerbread Celebration!

December 28, 2012

The week leading up to Christmas we had a gingerbread themed week.  We read a new book everyday about gingerbread, learned a fun song to sing during circle time and made some fun crafts.  Our door to the classroom even turned into a gingerbread door decorated with sweet treats.  We ended the week with a themed party and cookie decorating.

Sing With Me

Gingerbread

(to the tune of Frere Jaques)

Gingerbread, gingerbread

Yum, yum, yum

Yum, yum, yum

I like gingerbread, I like gingerbread

In my tum, in my tum!

Story Time

the gingerbread man for preschoolers

We read The Gingerbread Man by Barbra Mc Clintock.  I had several children take turns coming up to act out the story using masks while I read the story.

the gingerbread man for preschoolers

We read The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst.  This is a really cute story of the gingerbread girl and the adventure she has when she gets a box of animal crackers for her birthday.

the gingerbread theme for preschoolers

For snack we had animal crackers to go along with our story.

We also read:  The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun and Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup.  The boys especially loved the the story about the pirates!

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Craft Time

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

We painted a gingerbread cut out and then sprinkled ground ginger onto the paint to give it a spicy gingerbread smell.

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

We decorated the gingerbread men with buttons and glitter and added the children’s pictures to each one.  We made and added glittery candy canes, candy and sparkly gumdrops to our fun, holiday  door.

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

Party Time

We played the game “Where is the gingerbread man hiding”.  We had the children hide their eyes and I hid the man under one of the gingerbread houses and one by one they had to guess where he was.

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

We had lots of fun decorating gingerbread cookies with lots of frosting and candies!  We also had chocolate milk and added gingerbread marshmallows too!

a gingerbread theme for preschoolers

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Letter F….

December 14, 2012

This week was all about the letter F….frogs and fish.  We read books all about the letter of the week and sang a few songs too.

Story Time

fish eyes by lois ehlert

We read Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert.  This is a fun book to read aloud.  The illustrations are bright and colorful and   the eyes of the fish are cut out and you can look through them as you read the story and count all the fish you see.

Sing With Me

Fifi Fish

(to the tune of “Five Fat Turkeys)

See Fifi Fish’s fins.

She catches letter F and wins.

She has no fur or feathers on her.

She wins and flips her fins!

preschool letter f theme

Craft Time

making handprint fish for preschool

For craft time to go along with our letter F and fish theme we made hand print fish.

making handprint fish for preschool

We added bubbles to the hand prints by using a marker cap dipped in paint.

preschool hand print fish

Our finished craft with a fun google eye!

Story Time

preschool books about frogsWe read It’s Mine! by Leo Leonni and Hop Junp by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

Sing With Me

Five Fast Fishes

(to the tune of “Alouette”)

Five fast fishes swimming down the river.

Five fast fishes swimming down the stream.

Swimming past five floating logs.

Swimming past five croaking frogs.

Floating logs. Croaking frogs.

Floating logs. Croaking frogs.

Five fast fishes.

Craft Time

preschool frog craftWe created frogs from a paper plate cut in half.  We painted them green, added a tongue and google eyes.

frog and fish crafts for preschoolers

We hung them on the bulletin board along with the fish.

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Letter Ww

December 9, 2012

This week we learned all about the letter Ww.  The week was filled with songs, books and crafts all about this wonderful letter!

letter w for preschool

Willy Worm

(to the tune of “Jingle Bells”)

Willy Worm’s wagon wheels have a w.

Will wants the weather to be very warm for you!

Willy Worm’s wagon wheels have a w.

Willy brings cool watermelon snacks for all of you!

preschool book all about the letter w

We read “Worm’s Wagon” by Samantha Berger from the AlphaTales book.  This story was filled with lots and lots of Ww words and pictures.

letter w worm craft preschool

We made finger print worm crafts to go along with our song and book.

letter w worm craft preschool

Pressing the painted finger onto the paper made a print that looked like Willy Worm!

letter w worm craft preschool

The finished wormy craft, complete with a google eye!

letter w preschool

We also learned all about watermelons!  We were so excited to make a watermelon craft and even taste this juicy letter W fruit!

watermelon paper plate preschool craft

We made paper plate watermelons with black fingerprints for the seeds.  This was a very simple craft that the children really loved to make.

watermelon paper plate preschool craft

preschool watermelon letter wWe enjoyed our yummy watermelon snack too!

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