Pat the Bunny Party!

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Please indulge this blessed Nana while I share a little more about my precious grandchildren!

We recently celebrated Nora’s first birthday with a Pat the Bunny party!   Her Mom made these cute invitations, using fiberfill under the bunny cut out.

We planned a game for each page of the book.  I was thinking that many of these activities could be used to reinforce 5 senses too!

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Please overlook the chewed on bunny page, Nora did a little teething on my book!

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I got these giant fly swatters at the Dollar Store.

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Sharpies worked well for decorating the outside of the styrofoam cups.

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Here are the pictures we used to match the smells.

I used baby food jars to make the smelling containers.  I punched holes in the lids and covered them with a strip of construction paper.

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I found these stick on glasses, mustaches, etc. online and bought an unbreakable mirror at the Dollar Store.

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scratchy face dirWe made cut outs on the ends of a large cardboard box for the children to climb through.  On the inside of the box we attached bubble wrap, sandpaper, corrugated cardboard and cotton batting for the children to feel.

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Here are the pages for the books we made.  I just stacked all the pages and cut through them all and stapled them to make individual books for each child.  Some of the guests could do their own writing, parents wrote for the others.

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Okay, I was stretching things a bit for the Bye Bye page!  Put they liked knocking down the cans. 

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Nora had a wonderful time at her party – oh, and she loved her new wagon too!

 

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Holiday Senses

I usually taught a unit about our 5 senses early in the year, but I liked to reinforce this learning through the whole year.  One of the ways we reviewed and reinforced 5 senses was this simple book we made during the holiday season.

I actually made an entire book in front of the children, and read it several times.  Sometimes we read the words in a pocket chart too.  Then I took apart the book I made and put one page at each table, along with the materials to complete that page.  The children would each start out at their own table, then move to different tables to finish the book at their own speed. That is why it was important to put picture cues as well as the words on each page.  The children had to find the page in their book to match the sample page and materials at each table.  Each child read the book to me when it was finished, the picture cues also helped every child successfully “read.”

The children used a triangle tracer for the tree and I put out sequins, stars, all kinds of stuff to glue onto the tree.

Ahead of time I strung the bells on a piece of colored string and tied a knot.  The easiest way to do this was just to string a whole bunch of the bells and slide them down the string.  Then I would slide the bell closest to the end of the string about 2 inches from the end.  I’d cut off the string at about 4 inches and tie the knot, then slide the next bell down to the end and cut and tie it.  Parent helpers were great for this job!

The kids taped the string holding the bell on the page, then glued the paper bell over the top of the string.

I put cinnamon in an old glitter shaker.  The children would cut out and glue on the gingerbread man, then put glue on for the details.  They placed their book on top of a cookie sheet and sprinkled the cinnamon, then dumped off the extra onto the tray.  We often made cinnamon applesauce ornaments that day too because they smell so great!

The triangle for the hat used the same size tracer as the tree page.  I really modeled pulling off a small amount of fiberfill, and stretching it out.

The children traced a candy cane and painted the stripes, I modeled blotting it so we could read the book right away.  You could easily use markers instead.  I usually gave each child a mini candy cane when they read the completed book to me.

The text in this book can be easily adapted, depending on your class’s reading readiness, and which sight words you want to reinforce.  You could write  “I can see the tree…”  or “I like to see the tree…”  or “You can see the tree…”  or even  “I want to see the tree…”

I don’t have the masters for this book, but I am including a pdf copy of each page so you could use the clipart along with your own words.

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Sorry, I know there must be a way to put all these pages on one pdf file, I tried but it didn’t cooperate!  I really am just playing with this and trying to figure it out!  Any expert suggestions are very welcome!

My Five Senses

Our science curriculum changed a bit over the years, but it always included some variation on teaching 5 senses.  Sometimes the objective was to name the senses and match the body part; other times it was to make observations about the world using 5 senses.  I usually made this book early in the year because we would revisit and discuss our senses throughout the rest of the year.  I had a puppet, Leroy, who helped me out with this lesson.

I concentrated on one sense each day – the first day Leroy came out of the castle wearing a scarf tied around his eyes.  I played with the children – having Leroy ask why it was so dark, and talking about the children’s hair and clothes but calling things the wrong color.  The kids loved correcting him, and started telling him to uncover his eyes.  When he asked why he should take the scarf off they told him that then he would be able to see.

After that we read a book talking a little about the parts of your eye and the importance of sight.  Then I modeled the page in the book – adding the eye, lid, eyelashes, iris, pupil, etc.  Then I gave each child colored dots to add because the only way to tell colors is by seeing.

I used sight words we had been learning.

Then I modeled the cover of the book.

They had to cut out the rectangle and fold it in half.  That first day I asked them to cut the slit only between see and hear, and add an eye under the word see.  Please click on this link to get a copy of the paper I used for the cover, and the text for this book.

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Each day we cut the next slit and added the body part under the word.

We also learned a song to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

All of us have 5 senses

5 senses

5 senses

All of us have 5 senses

See, hear, smell, touch, taste.

There is a verse for each sense – all end with “see, hear, smell, touch, taste.”

All of us have eyes to see, eyes to see, eyes to see …

All of us have ears to hear, ears to hear, ears to hear…

All of us have a nose to smell, nose to smell …

All of us have a tongue to taste …

The next day Leroy came out wearing earmuffs and he couldn’t hear what the children were saying.

We talked about the parts of the ear, and made noisemakers that day.  We added a bell on a string, and music notes to the page.

For smell Leroy had a clothespin on his nose – we did smell testing with lemon, soap, peanut butter, etc. in film canisters (tiny plastic containers), and added this page:

We painted glue and sprinkled orange drink mix powder on the orange, and an adult sprayed a tiny bit of perfume on the flower.

For touch Leroy was wearing mittens – we made tactile pictures that day too.

We added sandpaper and fiberfill to the page.  Sometimes the children traced their own hand – this was an Ellison cut handprint.

For taste Leroy came out with a plastic cookie and kept saying that he couldn’t tell what kind of cookie it was.  We read a book about tasting and the children realized that Leroy did not have a tongue.

I gave each child a package of Sweet Tart candy – they could eat the candy and glue on the package, or just glue the whole package of candy.  My wrapper fell off!  We also did taste testing – I showed the children sugar and salt and talked about how the only way to tell the difference was by tasting.  In small groups each child tasted a few grains of sugar and salt, and then ate different foods – crackers, apples, pretzels, M & M’s, etc. then they charted which were salty and which were sweet.

Because we reread this throughout the week and sang the song every day it was easy for the children to remember all 5 senses.