Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Letter E activities (part one)

Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)

I'd start by saying it's been another busy week here at school, but really, when is it not?  There are always so many fun things we want to do,  and the backyard always beckons us too, so it is always busy.  Children are very busy people, constantly doing and learning!  

As we do each week, we made our hand print alphabet crafts: eagles and elephants this week.
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 Getting paint on our hands is a fun sensory experience, and adding the details to the dried prints works out our fine motor skills, and results in a project that our moms and dads will treasure.  Sounds like a winner to me!
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)

Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 We played Elefun, a game that's been around for a very long time, and is still cool!  The children love being able to turn it on and off, to catch or pick up the butterflies, and to put them back in so they can play it over again.  They practiced taking turns and working together, and look at their faces - pure joy!  Several times they broke into spontaneous jumping and clapping and giggling, which is a lovely thing to watch!
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)

Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)

Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 We identified and matched shapes and colors with a scrambled eggs game too.
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 On this particular day we had read Humpty Dumpty, and the kiddos got to work together to make a giant Humpty Dumpty puzzle. 
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 It wouldn't be Humpty Dumpty day without an egg on a wall!  This idea came from Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten, and the children LOVE it!
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.  We knew he was going to have a great fall!  I put down different surfaces for him to fall on, and the children predicted whether Humpty would break on each one.  Felt?  He cracked!
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 Pee-ew, he smells like a hard boiled egg!  (Some children thought that smelled good, but it was much more fun to pretend it was stinky!)
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 Humpty also took turns falling on cotton balls, and paper towels.  Do you wonder if he broke?  You'll have to hard boil and egg and try it yourself!  I will tell you that falling all the way to the floor was not a good plan for Humpty!  The children wanted us to drop him again and again, they really liked seeing - and hearing - him hit the ground!
Humpty Dumpty's bad day (and other ideas for learning the letter E)
 So what on earth can we do to follow that up?  :-)  We're making scrambled eggs for lunch, of course!

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