Oscar the Grouch
Make this cute character with a green pom pom and googly eyes.
Attach the pompom to an empty film canister for his trash can. To
make an Oscar finger puppet, glue the pompom to the bottom of the film
canister, removing the lid, so a child can slip a finger or two inside
Ask parents to send pics of their children's grandparents to daycare.
Talk about grandparents. Maybe ask a grandparent to visit!
Make a Growth Chart
Make a grow chart from heavy cardboard. Tack it to the wall and
measure all the kids. Another actvity you could do is have the children
lay down and measure each other with a length of yarn, cut and save
it to take home. Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest?
Letter Gg Box
Decorate a cardboard box with the letter Gg on the side. Inside
the box place
things, or pictures of things, that start with the letter Gg. Let the children
name items as they are pulled from the box.
Make Glitter G's
Cut large G shapes out of heavy paper or the cardboard from empty cereal
boxes. Have the children paint the shapes green. Sprinkle green
or gold glitter on the shapes while the paint is still wet. Shake
off the extra.
Let the children cut out pictures of things that start with Gg.
Glue them onto green construction paper.
Place small amounts of yellow and blue posterpaint or fingerpaint inside
a ziplock plastic bag. Put sealing tape over the zip part to prevent
"leaks". Let the children rub the bag between their hands and discover
the "magic color" they can create. More
Let the children decorate paper bags to make gift bags. Or decorate
plain paper to make gift paper. Wrap up items that begin with "g"
such as gum, gumdrops, etc. Let them take them home!
Cut gingerbread people shapes out of brown construction paper or brown
paper bags. Give one to each child. Have the children decorate their shapes
with felt pieces, buttons, ric rac, sequins, fabric scraps, etc. OR Let
the children cover their shapes wih glue and sprinkle on dried tea leaves,coffee
grounds or cinnamon.
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes:
Grandpa's Spectacles (sent to us by email -
Here are Grandpa's spectacles,
(make circles with first finger and thumb
And here is Grandpa's hat;
(pretend to put on a hat)
And here's the way he folds his arms
And sits like that.
(show children how to sit on floor or chairs)
Do you have a song to share about the Letter Gg? Please share
Homemade Colored Glue!
Take the felt tip out of dried out markers with tweezers, drop them
in some white glue and let set overnight. Result: magnificent colored
Basic Waterproof Glue
6 tbsp water
2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.)
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp glycerine
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until it
is dissolved. Add vinegar and glycerin and stir well. Let the mixture
cool slightly and pour into a jar and seal tightly. To Use: This
glue is best applied while warm. Apply to surfaces using a brush. Glue
will gel after a few days. To re-use, warm by placing the jar in a pan
of hot water. Good for binding leather to leather, fabrics to cardboard,
paper to paper.
8 oz bottle of household glue
8 oz water
poster paint or food coloring
small bowl or measuring cup
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon borax powder
Squeeze the entire bottle of glue into a big bowl. Then fill the empty
glue bottle with water and add to the glue. Stir alot. Add several drops
of poster paint. You can mix colors or use just one. (I find that the kids
love the surprise of adding an extra color and seeing what emerges).
In the smaller bowl, stir together the cup of warm water and borax powder
and stir until it's dissolved. Don't worry if you can't get all of the
little clumps to disappear completely. Slowly, stirring constantly, pour
the borax mixture into the glue mixture. Stir and swirl the results with
your hands until the goop forms into gooey globs and starts slowly oozing
from your slippery grasp. Kids will light up during this part.
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