Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dinosaur Teeth

I tried something new for Dental Health Week this year.  I'm sure you've seen this activity floating around Pinterest.  I soaked eggs in Coke and Kool-Aid until they absorbed the color. (It didn't take long - only a minute or two.) 
I tried convincing the kids that these were dinosaur teeth, and that we were having to brush them for the dinosaurs.  It didn't work.  
As you can see, the kids used toothpaste and toothbrushes to get the eggs clean.  It works like magic! I gave them each a bowl to keep their egg from rolling and a little bit of water to wet the brush. 

I chose not to hard boil my eggs because I ran out of time.  Many of the eggs did get dropped, and they broke. We just cleaned it up right away.  I probably used 18 eggs total for 22 kids.  Not all of them were broken, but we threw them all out at the end. 

This activity is definitely a keeper! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day!

Don't you just looove Valentine's Day?  It's exhausting and crazy, but the little ones just get so excited! We had two great parties in my classroom.  

What a fantastic group of parents! They put everything together. I didn't have to do a thing. 

I'm off to eat some macaroni and cheese for dinner.  I hope your Valentine's Day was just fabulous!

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Have you tried the blubber bag?  I used lard as the blubber.  I took one gallon size Ziploc bag, put a small container's worth of lard in it, and then put another gallon size Ziploc inside.  That way, the kids have a buffer and they don't have to touch the lard.  You could also use Crisco.  
When we learn about penguins, one of the things I focus on is how they stay warm under such cold conditions.  
First, the kids feel the ice without any blubber buffer.  Then they use they blubber bag to feel how insulated their hand becomes.  
 Here I am passing it around.  
My 3s made these tissue paper penguins.  I just found a large blackline of a penguin and printed it on card stock.  I used it as center to introduce them to a penguin's markings. 

I hung them on my DIY bulletin board.  You can read more about that here
One of my smaller afternoon groups made the penguin in the middle by sponge painting on really large sheets of butcher paper.  I cut out the shapes and glued them together.  I think he might need some wings, though!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sale Time!

Time to shop 'til you drop!

Click on the picture to go to my store!

I'm super excited! 
Here are some of my latest and greatest:

{Hot Cocoa Activities for Little Learners}

{Valentine Syllable Sort}

Hope you get some great deals!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine Freebie!

It's that time again! 

{Click on the picture to get your freebie!}

This game is designed for kids who are just learning their alphabet.  I created it in black and white to save money on that expensive color ink! You can copy it on pink or red paper to get into the Valentine's Day mood. 

Here's a little preview:

You can hide these cards around the classroom for a fun alphabet hunt game, or you could post them on the walls for a Write the Room center.