Saturday, January 28, 2017

b is for bears


I thought this theme would be easier than Yak, but it really wasn't.  Bummer again.  For pandas, you could focus more on the "bear" side or on the "China" side.

Blog Posts About Bears
bear printables
hibernation printables
Bear Snores On printables
bear outline for paper poking/painting
life-size bear footprints


Printables
- Chinese New Year and general China theme
- 3-part cards about China
- panda puzzles
- panda body parts labels

Ideas
- panda sensory bin
- writing Chinese numbers in red sand
- writing sight words in a zen garden
- measuring yarn noodles
- Chinese New Year sensory bin
- black and white panda sensory bin
- Montessori spindle box with bamboo straws
- panda small world
- tea tasting
- chopstick noodle transfer
- 10-frame math with panda figurines

- painting the continent of Asia yellow (Montessori colors)
fishing like a bear
bear prints
why do bears hibernate? video
bear sensory bin
gummy bear science

Videos
- all about pandas for kids
- cute panda compilation



Saturday, January 21, 2017

y is for yak


This is a very difficult subject to study.  I had no idea when I set the plan out in August that I wouldn't be able to find hardly anything on yaks for Mommy School.  Crazy.

Yaks are found on the continent of Asia, as are the animals we'll be studying for the next few weeks.


Printables
- animals of Asia

Ideas
painting the continent of Asia yellow (Montessori colors)

Videos
- real yaks set to flute music 
- a yak herder singing to his yaks



Saturday, January 14, 2017

p is for penguins


Blog Posts About Penguins
Antarctic food chain
penguin measuring activity
transportation in Antarctica

Printables
penguin lapbook
counting penguins
penguin life cycle cards
map of Antarctica
subtraction slide game
polar opposites
50 animals of Antarctica
penguin 3-part cards
temperature reading cards

Ideas
how do penguins stay dry experiment
ice melting experiment
penguin small world
penguin counters
ice building
ice sensory bin
icicle counting by 10
will it slide experiment

Videos
- Happy Feet (good for the penguin life cycle)
- Mr Poppers Penguins



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Frozen Themed Road Trip

I'm a bit obsessed recently with themed road trips.  Check out the big Pirate themed one we did last summer and the zoo and dinosaur themed ones that I did as examples.

The kids have been asking about another road trip, so we brainstormed some ideas for the new theme.  Dragonfly suggested Frozen, which made the boys happy because they love Olaf.  It also seemed like a good winter-theme.  We don't have any road trips planned for right now, but here's some ideas in case anyone else might want to plan a party on wheels.







Food and Drinks
The spine of every good road trip is the food, actually, of every party as well.  Here are some easy, fun Frozen themed munchies for your party-on-wheels.  Basically, anything blue, white, or snowflake-shaped.

- Olaf cheese sticks
- popcorn flurries
- snowflake cheese and crackers
- white cheddar snowballs
- olaf button olives
- snowflake sandwiches

Games and Activities
It's very important that you keep your "guests" busy during the party.  Here are a few activities for in the car, outside of the car, and in a hotel.

{Car}
- build a snowman magnetic activity
- Frozen printable activity pack
- coloring pages
- snowstorm sensory bottle
- stickers
- activity tray
- Frozen audiobook
- Frozen soundtrack

{Rest Stops}
- bubbles
- soccer ball
- yard bowling

{Destination}
- glitter slime
- snow writing tray
- sugar cube ice palace


Costumes
Disguises are a fun way to get everyone in the party mode.  Frozen costumes and clothing are probably the easiest thing to find, but here are some ideas.

- Elsa
Anna
Kristoff
- Olaf
- Elsa Wig
- Anna Wig
- Olaf Shirt


Swag
Face it, this is Frozen.  There are so many swag options.  Check the Dollar store for random things like ziptop bags with the girls on them or little toys.

- plates
- cups
- Elsa wands
- waterbottles
- blanket
- playset
- suitcase



Winter may be a good time to stay in and snuggle, but if a road trip is on the agenda, then I hope this themed plan is helpful.  And if you do what snowmen do in summer, then maybe this theme will help cool you down.