March 11, 2015
Totetude’s 7 “lucky” activities to do with four-leaf clovers.
To get started, just print the Totetude Four-leaf Clover Template. You may want to print some on green paper as well as white paper.
1. Coloring. Color the page to explore the variations of the color green. Discuss what we find in nature that matches each color. For example, peas can be light green, broccoli can be a medium green, frogs can be dark green, etc.
2. Tracing. Tape down the four-leaf clover and have the learner trace the shape.
3. Cutting and folding. Cut out the 8 leaves from pages 2-3 of the Totetude Four-leaf Clover Template. Fold each leaf in half. Glue 1/2 of each leaf to the base page (we used the four-leaf clover that we traced). Continue gluing (1/2) of all 8 leaves to the base page. The non-glued sides should meet in the centre of each leaf on the base page. The learner can write his/her name in the center of their page.
4. Searching. Find or draw 4 pictures of something that is green. The educator prepares the activity by glueing the centres and stems of 2 four-leaf clovers together. Tape can be used to temporarily hold the top four leaves up. Learner cuts and glues or draws four green pictures. Educator can lay the leaves down and then write the names of the objects for the learner to trace.
5. Texture. Change the texture of the clover by folding or crinkling.
6. Cutting and gluing. Cut strips of green paper onto a white background. Learner can also rip paper or use green painter’s tape. Glue a piece of paper with a cut-out of a four-leaf clover on top of the green strips.
7. Lacing. Hole-punch around the outside edge of a four-leaf clover. Place tape around the top of the yarn you will be using. Pull the yarn through a hole and tape the end the back. Allow the learner to continue to lace the four-leaf clover until the yarn is complete. Tape the other end of the yarn to the back.
March 10, 2015
Saint Patrick’s Day is a great day to discuss what it means to be lucky. For adults, luck usually involves winning and finding money. For kids, well the possibilities are endless! Along with talking about luck, why not practice fine motor skills or display their lucky hands in a four-leaf clover shape?
1. Print your 4-leaf Clover Handprint printables.
2. Gather green paint, q-tips, and something to write with.
3. Discuss what it means to be lucky.
4. As the learners decorate their clovers, the educator circulates and writes down what the learners dictate.
February 26, 2015
If you are like me, you know how difficult it is to objectively evaluate a learner and then relate this information to a parent.
Well, let me help you out! Totetude has a *FREE* checklist of early childhood education standards.
Print out the 8 pages (4 front-to-back) here: Totetude Bailiwick/Skill Checklist
What makes this printable so fantastic is that you can use it for:
- a portfolio
- parent/teacher night
- Professional Learning Committee (PLC) meeting
- a fan craft (requires folding back and forth)
Other educator resources can be found here: http://totetude.com/resources
February 23, 2015
Building a snowman indoors is very simple and fun to do.
1. Bring snow into your home using a large bin or bowl. Remember that snow can be very heavy, so keep the container fairly small.
2. Place the snow where it can drain easily when melted. We prefer the shower or tub.
4. Using gloves, build your snowman anyway you want. Or simply color the snow with food coloring!
5. When finished, add fun to your activity by guessing how long it will take to melt the snow with water. We were surprised by the results!
February 13, 2015
February 9, 2015
100 days of school is close by. Why not practice counting to 100 by 10s?
1. Print Totetude’s Rearrange 100 printable.
2. Ask the learners to cut their number strips and then glue them in order from 10-100 onto a piece of blank paper or construction paper. I was surprised that some learners started to glue their strips in the middle of the page and then ran out of room before they reached 100!
3. Some learners may need a visual cue to count to 100. Page two of the printable helps with the picture, but does not help with counting to 100.
4. Another activity is to have learners draw the picture that corresponds with the number at the bottom of their strip. When the drawing is complete, they can cut the strips and rearrange their picture in the correct order.
February 4, 2015
February 3, 2015
Ring in Valentine’s Day with this Bling Bling candy treat!
Note: this activity took a tiny bit of adult help to twist the pipe cleaner (chenille) while holding the chocolate candy in place.
1. Gather materials. Each ring requires one pipe cleaner (chenille) and one chocolate candy. We prefer a Hershey Kiss ®.
2. Fold pipe cleaner in half.
3. Twist the pipe cleaner to create a loop on top and two legs on the bottom. We chose a distance of three Kisses ® long for the legs.
4. Open up the loop and slightly bend the pipe cleaner so that it can sit up on its own.
5. Place one Kiss ® on the middle “x” with its bottom down.
6. Pick up pipe cleaner and the Kiss ® by pinching where the four legs of the “x” meet above the chocolate.
7. Twist legs around loop to form ring.
8. You may want to gently press the bottom of the Kiss ® on a hard surface and adjust the ring.
Here is a picture with a series of steps:
January 27, 2015
Here are 5 easy-to-make bird feeders:
1. Freeze colored water in bowls or balloons. Once frozen, add nuts/seeds.
2. Create your own artwork with seeds.
3. Fill a water bottle 3/4 full of water for added weight. Cover the outside of the bottle with peanut butter and then add seeds/Cheerios/crushed nuts.
4. Fill a water bottle almost full with seeds and water. Freeze laying down. After frozen, cut away plastic bottle under running cool water. Place outside for animals to enjoy.
5. Use twisted pipe cleaners/yarn and Fruit Loops for this feeder. You can even learn about making patterns while counting to 100!
January 26, 2015
What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar? You get bubbles (release of carbon dioxide gas). Add snow and food coloring to the mix and you get a few hours of FUN!
Spray bottles (or water guns)
Spray: 3 parts white vinegar, 1 part water, 10 drops or more of food coloring