Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nurturing Acorns: Sun and Stars

We looked at the sun and stars last week for Nurturing Acorns. We started with drawing pictures of the sun and stars and then stamped the words.

This helped little fingers explore letters, sounds, and words, as they worked on grasping techniques and concepts about the sun and stars.

Later, we made planets that revolve around the sun out of paper plates, construction paper, and brads. Some of the children are still developing cutting abilities, but any practice with scissors is good.

Others cut their projects out just fine! We have a mixed age group, so having activities that might be appropriate for many of the kids is helpful.

We used balloons to keep the "hot sun" up in the sky and then did some astronaut training to build gross motor skills.

The mom who does our snacks found these great space themed goldfish crackers! Cute!

We did some finger painting to make the sun, mixing yellow and red. Using the plastic on top made it  pretty much mess free.

During our open exploration time, we used pattern blocks and magnets to build space rockets and suns.

The sensory bin had locks with keys, air pumps, rakes, funnels, rocks, sand, astronauts, etc.

We also laced constellations . . .

And colored on our space ship. One thing the kids enjoyed most was counting down . . . 3, 2, 1, Blastoff!