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March 30 - April 3, 2020: Elmer!

Hello all! Below are my school plans for the week. It is a lot (6 pages of photos, links, and ideas). I don't expect you to do it all! I just want you to have ideas of what you can do at home and what we would have done at school. If you're able to view the stories, songs and pick an activity or two that is great! If you feel up to sharing on our group text or Facebook page, I'd love to see it!

Look for more in the April newsletter that will come out this week. And it's not too late to fill out the survey sent last week.

Topics/Themes: Kindness, Be yourself, Rainbows, Jungle animals

Song: Animal Action

3. Kids in Motion: Animal Action (80’s funny)


1. Elmer the Elephant: Time for Storytime David McKee reads Elmer (Read by the author, David McKee)

2. Any other Elmer book (there are several). I will try to get a recording up this week of me

reading another Elmer book.

3. The Mixed-Up Chameleon: The Mixed-Up Chameleon (The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Stories) (Illustrated film)


3. Animal ACTION Cards Book - Twisty Noodle.pdf (color, turn into a book, and use for movement)

4. Easter Egg Rainbow craft: I suggest using just a little bit of paint on paper plates.

5. Chameleon coloring page (Color, paint, etc!)

>>Use watercolors for rainbow fish. Glue on sparkles after it dries.

>>Make a paper plate rainbow fish.

>>Do you have contact paper? Here is a window art idea from pinterest. Use the Elmer and Rainbow Fish printouts to trace the shape onto contact paper.

Other ideas:

1. Use scissors to cut squares to use for decorating Elmer and rainbow fish. ✂

2. Use squares for patterning before you glue them down on Elmer. Do a simple pattern first (abab) then try harder patterns (abcabc or aabbaabb).

3. Use a dice and record how many times you roll a 1,2,3,4,5,6. Make a chart with the squares to show which number was rolled the most.

4. More tracing and cutting ideas. Any paper will do! Does not need to be rainbow. Trace on the dotted lines before cutting.

5. Create a sensory bin! There are a lot of ideas on pinterest for this. At school I would have used rainbow colored squares and rice, scoops, pompoms, tp or paper towel rolls, tweezers, and any other trinkets you have laying around (jungle animals, fish, colorful beads, etc.) ?? Sand, rocks, and sticks might be easier to collect at home.

6. What other animal stuff do you have laying around? Maybe you and your child could create a zoo with their stuffed animals. Do you have animal puzzles or games? Here is Oregon Zoo youtube channel: Oregon Zoo ??????

7. Playdough!

If you don’t have any, here is the recipe:

3 cups flour

1 1⁄2 cups salt

2T Cream of Tartar

3 cups water

3T oil Food coloring

Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar in a sauce pan.

Mix liquids in gradually.

When mixture is smooth, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms.

Remove from heat and knead until smooth.

(If you don't have cream of tartar, there are other recipes you can find online. This is the recipe we use at school. It won't work without cream of tartar, I've tried! If you don't have flour or salt to spare, I suggest ordering some playdough online or looking at Fred Meyer.)

Hugs, Jen

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