Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tot School: Pizza!

We had a fun week! Looking back we really had 3 little themes so I'm going to separate Asa's portion of the post into those three categories so that it doesn't look so disjointed.

I made this cute little pizza toss game (not including the box). I printed out images I found on Google that that could be pizza toppings then mounted them to cereal boxes and laminated them. Asa would then throw the toppings into the box.
Perfect throw!
Making pizza for lunch.
This might look kind of gross, but the kids really enjoyed it. I made pizza playdoh by adding Italian spices to the dough. I left some the natural color and dyed some red for the sauce and pepperoni. The cheese is yellow yarn.
Using clipart from the computer I made a sheet of pictures with corresponding words to use as a guide. Then I gave Asa a copy with the just the pictures. He used alphabet stamps to match the guide words. He really had a whole lot of fun with this little activity and I will probably do something similar for future themes. It's so nice when he likes something I put together!
Checking the guide for the next letter.
Next up is a little sensory bin search and find. My kids love these little search and find bins! The pepperoni was hidden in the alphabet noodles and Asa had to dig them out and place it on the matching letter.

For the life of me I cannot seem to find where I printed off this cute little pizza file folder game from. It was just a recent post too. Let me know if you recognize it so I can give credit to the fabulous creators. I got the idea for the alphabet pasta box from Spell Outloud.
Looking for letters.
Working on his P is for pizza craft.
Finished product. :)
While listening to the lesson of Joseph's colorful coat (taken from Danielle's Place). We focused a lot on different colors: green for the brother's envy, black for their hardened hearts, red for the blood on Joseph's coat, blue for how sad Jacob must have been. Each time I said a color Asa would use that color on a coffee filter until he heard the next color.
After the lesson we sprayed the coffee filters with water and when they were dry we cut them out and put them on Joseph. Asa's is on the left.
The next lesson we did was how Joseph was obedient to God and was thrown into jail. While in jail God used Joseph to tell men about the dreams they had. This was the foundation for Joseph being used in the future. We talked about how even though bad things happen to us, God never leaves us. This worksheet and the one below are from Henny Penny's
In this lesson we talked about how Joseph was given the meaning of Pharaoh's dream. Even though Joseph's story is sometimes sad and frustrating when it seems to go wrong God had a purpose and a plan for Joseph's life. What men meant for bad, God can use it for good.
Flower transferring. He worked so hard at using these tweezers and ended up transferring most of the flowers with them.
Sorting Lucky Charms
Marble painting shamrocks. This was so fun, easy, and surprisingly not messy. I think that we will be doing this quite often.
Plus they look so pretty on a ribbon hanging in the window.
We also made rice krispie treats, only we used Lucky Charms. I got this idea from Jada Roo Can Do. Cute little blog, you should stop by.
Silas really was quite camera shy this week. So I wanted to make sure that I put the camera down a lot while I was playing with him. This resulted in a lack of pictures of what we did, but I was able to take a handful of photos of him.

Tearing apart my hard work on the pizza toss game. Little stinker. :)
He is still really enjoying the poker chips with letters written on them.
Of course for pizza week we played with our Melissa and Doug pizza a lot.
While Annabelle and Asa were working on the alphabet search and find bin Silas enjoyed playing with some dry noodles. He really liked feeling like he was doing something special too. (Who doesn't like that feeling?)

He also made some dot art.

That was our week! We are going to be taking a break this next week from schooling. Zak is coming home so our time is going to be spent on cleaning (or in the kids case listening to mommy tell them not to make a mess a zillion times), and loving on daddy when he gets here. It has been a long almost 6 weeks and we are looking forward to relaxing with our whole family together again. I will probably post with some activities of our next theme....Noah's Ark/Rainbows it should be a fun one! Happy blogging.


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Week in Review: Pizza, Joseph

Well, looking back I suppose that we really had 3 different themes this week. Oops. :) I'm going to group them together in those three categories so it doesn't seem so scrambled. That is essentially how we schedule it in our day anyway. Bible is first, phonic theme 2nd (this will include craft and math), and then we did our St. Patrick's activities after that.

P is for Pizza
This is a pizza toss game that I made (well, I made the toppings the box is really from Jet's). I used graphics from google image of different pizza toppings that start with P glued them onto cereal boxes and then laminated them for durability and weight.

Annabelle started off throwing them into the box, but then since I had three boxes out (one for each kid) she started sorting the toppings and telling me that she only wanted pepperoni on her pizza. Of course. :)

She made her own little pizza for lunch one day.
Well, as unappetizing as this picture looks it was really fun to play with! I made playdoh and added Italian spices to it to make it smell yummy. I left some playdoh plain with no coloring for the crust, and made some red for sauce and pepperoni. The cheese is yellow yarn.
I quick threw together some pizza words with clipart. Then I gave Annabelle a sheet with just the pictures and no words. She used the stamps to match the words on the 'directions' (as she liked to call them). She had a lot of fun with this and I plan on making more of these to fit our themes.
Notice the huge change in Annabelle in this picture? She got her hair cut!!!
I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this printable pizza math game from (I printed it off almost 2 years ago!). I mounted it to another pizza box. The top part says, "How Many Toppings do you Place?"

I would pretend to call her and 'order' pizza. She would write down number that I said next to the topping that I ordered. Then she would make my pizza according to my order. I think that I will be using this game again when we start doing easy addition and subtraction. (No, we haven't done those things daughter has a strong dislike for numbers lol).
This cute little file folder game was printed of from....well I thought it was from here, but I can't find it anywhere on the site! If anyone knows where I got this from it was recent let me know so I can link the proper person. I got the cool letter noodle bin idea from Spell Outloud. (love her blog!)
Finding the pepperoni hidden in the letters.
Decorating our Pp for the alphabet wall.
The finished product. (It's supposed to be a pizza).
While I did the lesson (from Danielle's Place) I used as many color words as possible (green with envy, red for blood on Joseph's coat, black for hardened hearts of the brothers, blue for the sadness Jacob must have felt). Each color was used on a coffee filter until the next color was heard.
At the end we sprayed the coffee filters with water and the colors ran together. After they dried we cut them out and pasted them on the Josephs. (The one on the right is Annabelle's).
Another day we talked about how Joseph was thrown into jail. How he was faithful to God and was able to do amazing things while in there. We also did a printout about the baker and the cup bearer. These printouts (including the one below) can be found at Henny Penny's.
This day we talked about Pharaoh's dreams and how God gave Joseph the meaning of the dreams. We talked about how faithful God is. How even though bad things happened to Joseph, God had a plan and a purpose and turned everything around for good.
St. Patrick's finale
We played the coin counting game that I put together. You can read about it in this post. The numbers are from Musings of Me and the Pot o' Gold printout is from 2 Teaching Mommies.
Using tongs to transfer flowers.
Sweeping confetti
Marble painting. We all really enjoyed this and we will be doing it again, and again, and again.... it was easy, fun, and surprisingly not messy!
The finished product was put on green ribbon and is now hanging in our front window with our contact paper collages. So bright and cheery!
Pot o' Gold Roll and cover. Found at the 2 Teaching Mommies link above.
Annabelle used her big die to find out how many dots she got to cover each turn (she loves it when the big dice come out).
Finally, we made rice krispie treats using Lucky Charms. I got this idea from Jada Roo Can Do
That's it for this week. Next week we are taking the week off from schooling. Zak is coming home and we are all so very excited that these last 6 weeks will be over! So we will be taking a break to clean and get things back in tip top order before he arrives. Then when he comes home we will be using all our time to love on daddy! I do plan on posting with our trays for our fun Noah's Ark/Rainbows theme though. Have a great week! Happy blogging.


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