I brought a little tent to nursery yesterday. They fought each other to get in and crammed their little bodies. 6 little boys all sitting inside, it reminded me of the children's folktale/story The Mitten. Bursting at the seams. Sorry I didn't get a picture, you'll have to take my word for it - a success.
I also made this little game they went crazy over. It's a cardboard take on the old one with marbles. I still have one from years ago. But no way I would bring marbles for my nursee babies. So! Cardboard and ping pong balls it is. Voila! I bought the ping pong balls at All A Dollar, 8 for a buck.
I also brought along these:
Of course, as with all things small and choke-able, this is a supervised activity:) Lock and keys. I have the older nursery kids so more age appropriate for them than tiny toddlers. I attached long strings to the keys so they wouldn't be tempted to mouth it and color coded keys to locks with nail polish.
Gave them some plastic cheapo tongs to sort by colors, too:
5 little Ducks, printed out from Kidzclub, the site I have been recommending forever. Their free story props are amazing.
5 little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away
Because our lesson was on taking care of our bodies I made small individual flannelboards and let them play.
Dress a body:
Make a face:
Make a pizza:
Make a sandwich:
Showed the pic from the manual and posted this body on the flannelboard.
Then I had them touch their corresponding body parts. Again visuals from Kizclub under the Topics section.
We talked about ways we can take care of our bodies using the mystery bag.
Brush & soap = Keep our bodies clean. Apple = take in good food. Ball = exercise and pillow = rest.
More visuals of good food. Kizclub, people. Again, under Topics. There's the Story Props section (amazing), Nursery Rhymes, Topics (which is huge), Flashcard section and much more. Seriously, check it out Megs and Kenz:)
Lesson over. On to snacks and coloring.
Some singing time props:
A Happy Song Ducks in the pond quack a happy song....
I am like a star, I am a Child of God (mirror) and Smiles.
A Happy Family. I love mother she loves me...we love daddy yes siree...
Rain is Falling, with rain in water bottle.
Homemade shakers filled with rice. I glue gunned them shut. 5 for a buck at All a Dollar. Yes.
Pom poms to dance around with during Do As I'm Doing.
The big hand on the stick. Used with the Hello, Friends song. I wave the big hand and they shake hands with their neighbor. Also, I compiled all the nursery songs, fingerplays and rhymes we use because I keep flubbing the words. Aging sucks.
Oh, and another activity. Playing post office. They loved this. Sometimes I forget they are playing with a cardboard box, after all.
Another mailbox to deliver to.
Stamps and stickers and envelopes. We let them have at it.
Little children. I love them. I love playing with them.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” Leo F. Buscaglia
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw