I found this cute book this moring in our collection. A baby pirate and his mates sail the seas and go into battle when their booty is stolen! When ever I read a book about pirates I love to make ships out of our boxes books come in. I also put out pirate accessories for play time.
Mario was surprised when he saw an enormous purple spaceship had landed in his back yard. He went to check it out and found very scary aliens on board. He started to run to his parents but they hollered, “We just want to play.” So the cute story starts with Mario coming up with ways to entertain his new friends.
A purple spaceship lands on a mountain. (Curve
fingers and place hand on arm)
Out pops a green alien rolling down the mountain. (Snap
fingers and roll arms over each other)
Out pops an orange alien hopping down the mountain.
(Snap fingers, hop fingers across arm)
Out pops a black alien flying down the mountain. (Snap
fingers, wiggle fingers overhead)
Out pops a red alien running down the mountain. (Snap
fingers, run fingers down arm)
The green alien takes a person wearing ____________.
(Add something in the space a child is wearing and pick a child and bring him
to stand with you)
The orange alien takes a person wearing
The black alien takes a person wearing
The red alien takes a person wearing _______________.
The purple spaceship hovers over the group.
It zaps up the green alien and the person wearing
_____________. (Snap fingers, clap hands)
It zaps up the orange alien and the person wearing
_____________.(Snap fingers, clap hands)
It zaps up the black alien and the person wearing
_____________.(Snap fingers, clap hands)
It zaps up the red alien and the person wearing
_____________ (Snap fingers, clap hands) and
they all fly away in a purple spaceship. (Curve fingers and lift hand off of arm)
Set out wiggle eyes
Low heat glue guns
Use your odds and ends from your craft materials or recyle items to make aliens.
I would love for you to blog me aliens you and your class have made!
The topic today is shaving cream. Shaving cream is a fun activity for preschoolers right? You see it in lesson plans for art or teaching to write numbers and so on. I too had shaving cream added to my lesson plan but my experience was somewhat different than most teacher’s experiences.
“Okay, today we are going to draw pictures with shaving cream.”
“Can we have lots of cream on our table?” asked one student.
“I will give you enough to work with.”
Everyone had shaving cream in front of them and was drawing pictures as told to do at first. One young man decided his best friend would look good with a white beard like Santa Clause.
“Class keep the shaving cream on the table please.”
Another child decided to coat their arms in the cream as did the rest of the table. The fun began after this point. Now most teachers would not let this get out of control in the classroom but, come on I’m working with preschoolers and they were having the best time.
Within a few minutes we had shaving cream covered students who were laughing, giggling and putting their shaving cream on all their friends. My assistant went to get the Director who then went to get the Assistant Pastor. After seeing what some may call a disaster, the Assistant Pastor went to get his video camera and came back to make a video of my class.
After the class was video, the Pastor said, “This would only happen in your room Vicky.” Yep, I thought as I looked around to a class of very happy students.
We took the students down to the gym to shower them off in their clothes, another fun activity that was not plan! At nap time everyone slept well!
I have to add this, at the end of the year, my class was the stars of parents night. The video was shown of our year of memories. Preschool is something every child should get to experience. Yes, their little minds are like sponges and they learn many skills but they also have fun socializing and making friends.
I want tell you ending to this sweet book. I won’t tell you the ending of this
I’m sorry I’m going to tell you the ending of this sweet book. The little cactus lands up with the best hug and it sticks on him like glue and it is nice! There it is, I’m sorry I told you the ending but I could not help myself. Now let’s get to the whole story of a little cactus that sits in the window all day and watches his world from the window. He is happy about that till he is not, until he feels lonely. Nobody wants to hug a cactus. I can’t tell you how much I love this book. It made me happy.
Cut out cactus
Glue to paper roll
Stick toothpicks in for thorns
me a hug
Stomp, Stomp, Stomp
Give me a hug says the elephant. (Make a trunk with
your arm and wrap it around a friend)
Give me a hug says the seal. (Flap your arms and
hands together around a friend)
Give me a hug says the monkey. (Swing over to your
friend and hug them tight)
Give me a hug says the snake. (shake your head and
For a passive program this summer I have covered a white spaceship we bought from Orential Trading with pictures from children book jackets. I made a master list of book titles and numbered them, then cut out the pictures from the book jackets placing a number on each picture to match my master list.
We always give away bikes each summer after summer reading. I will give each student another chance to win a bike if they will try to guess as many book titles as possible.
Mip and Pip have a contest on who could build the tallest tree house. One is a planner and the other is a speedster. What is going to happen when a big wind blows through?
This book screams stem project! I work with younger children and I will find a way for them to build a treehouse. Sitting here thinking we will most likely make ours from card board boxes. I will post a picture in the future of our treehouse.
Below is a treehouse made with popsicle sticks. I would have a contest on building a treehouse. Divide the class into groups of four. Let them come together to plan how they want to build their treehouse. They will be responsible for the materials and will be given a portion of their classroom time each day to work on the project.