We're learning about the letter V this week, and while Valentines Day is a terrific V thing, we had to learn about vegetables too! The children brought one vegetable each from home, and I had lots of others on hand too. We had quite a variety!
Here are our vegetables ready for us to make soup. As you can see, we had a great variety!
Have you heard of the Vegetable Orchestra? I hadn't, but my husband found a video about it, so we watched some clever musicians make musical instruments from veggies. Check it out here. The children were inspired, and created a lot of sounds with natural materials outside afterwards. I didn't give them real vegetables to work with, but gourds, pine cones and seeds are all available in the backyard, and they discovered many ways to make music with them.
Of course we also made hand prints, upper and lower case letters, a page for our abc photo album, and a few other things, all before our Valentines Day party on Friday.
We ended the week with our Valentines Day party. The children all helped with making cupcakes for our snack. We followed the snack with a Valentines version of pass the parcel, a game I played as a child in Australia. The parcel has several layers of wrapping, and is passed around a circle while music is playing. When the music stops, the person holding the parcel unwraps a layer. Between each layer, I inserted a heart with instructions for the children: smile at a friend, tell something that starts with the letter of the week, jump up and down as we count to 20, etc. The final direction was to have a group hug. Inside the last layer was a treat for the whole class, Pete the Cat stickers.
Next the children handed out their Valentines to each other. Many had written the names of their friends on their cards, so this was a reading and writing activity for them, with cute pictures and candy as a motivator - and what a motivator they are! Everyone ended up with a bag of goodies to take home, and there were many thank yous and hugs all around. We headed outside to run all the fun off until mom or dad picked up. It was a simple party, but just right for us.
Happy Valentines Day!