E is definitely for elephant! We are very lucky to be close to the Fort Worth Zoo, where there are hundreds of amazing animals. Every year we buy season passes to the zoo, so we can go as often as we want. Here's one of our favorite photo spots...
Another fun activity I like to do this week is smashing eggshells. I saw this idea on www.babble.com last year, and my kiddos love it! We had eggs for lunch one day, and I saved and washed the shells. A box, a mallet, and safety glasses rounded out the materials needed. This is a free, fun, sensory activity that children (and adults!) enjoy!
I found an awesome Humpty Dumpty activity on skellyskindergarten.blogspot.com. A hard boiled Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, then fell on various surfaces. The children first predicted (a fancy science word for guessed) whether Humpty would break when he fell on each surface.
Here's the recording sheet I created to go with the activity.
We also enjoyed playing with plastic Easter eggs and finding the letters hidden inside. We sorted the letters into Ee and Not Ee.
One of our friends is having a birthday, so she and two friends made birthday cake with me. This was her first time to crack an egg, so I held her hands and helped her. Next time she'll know how to do it all by herself!
Finally, we finished off the week with a cute Elmo craft that I found at TheCleverFeather.blogspot.com. While I usually prefer art projects to crafts, this one offered so much that I had to use it. The children got to tear the red paper into small pieces, an excellent fine motor activity to strengthen little fingers, and to prepare them for future writing activities. They used scissors to cut out circles, a half circle and an oval - both another fine motor skill and a review of shapes, and then they had to squeeze the glue out of the bottle (more strengthening those hand muscles) to stick on all the parts. Who could resist Elmo?!