Friday, 24 December 2021

Winter Oobleck + an 🐙 (because E wanted it to join the other animals)

We checked the pantry to see if we had corn starch, something that smells like winter, and green and red food colouring. And we did!

We used:
- 2 cups of corn starch
- 1 cup of water (the more corn starch you add, the better it is!)
- red and green food colouring
- orange essence
- some #schleich animals

It was fun and MESSY - but when we were done, we took the animals to the bathroom for a bath. 


Thursday, 23 December 2021

Initial Sound Recognition Freebie (in Romanian)

This is a printable that I made to go with our resin letters from @joc_senin (on Instagram).

E. loves them and uses them for sensory play (with #kineticsand, #homemadeplaydough, water play), for pretend play (they are buttons, she makes musical instruments from them, etc.).

So, I made these simple cards to match the initial letters on the cards to the #resinletters. Because the printer is still not working 🙄, she tested the printable straight from my laptop. It was her idea and I was so excited to see her find the letters.

I chose CVC words for emergent readers and I kept the matching colours (blue for consonants and pink for vowels) to make it easier. Also, the font is pretty similar to the resin letters.

You can download the product here:!Ah_2EeUHXUDegYwwW5xs2L2sVIkdXA or by clicking on the pictures below.

If you decide to use it, I'd be happy to hear your feedback.


Tuesday, 23 November 2021

FLASH FREEBIE Thanksgiving Hunt with Clues (English and Romanian)

It's been a while since the last post and freebie, so here it is! It's a printable that I've made for my group, to work on their listening skills and to have some starting points for a conversation about Thanksgiving. 

I printed all of the flashcards and I will hide them in the classroom. The clues will make it easier for them to find the flashcards, but if they still can't, I will tell them warm-hot-cold. 

You can download this FLASH FREEBIE here or from my TeachersPayTeachers Store, Grumpy Dumpling.

I hope you'll enjoy this game!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, 22 October 2021

Autumn Homemade Playdough with a Wintery Smell + Clay and Playdough Pretend Play

We made this orange and yellow playdough, and added gingerbread spices - it's divine and I am really surprised that E. hasn't tried to taste it ...yet 😅

We used the usual playdough recipe
2 ½ cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp of cream of tartar
2 tbsp of oil
Food colouring
2 cups of boiling water
And added gingerbread spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves.

We made more hedgehogs using clay from and playdough to make birds, snakes, hedgehogs. E. helped make the bird nest (from tree bark and playdough) and eggs, she stuck eyes on all and made beds and blankets for the hedgehog 🦔 family.

She played with these for an hour (!)



Thursday, 30 September 2021

Fine Motor Tray with Acorns

A simple autumn activity for fine motor skills: some acorns that we gathered together on our walk, homemade playdough, a tiny jar (with a small opening for some extra challenge), and large scissors. The acorns are slightly pushed inside, so they stand and they're easier to take out. The scissors are very good, because although the acorns are a bit slippery, they work well.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Autumn Leaf Necklace

We gathered autumn leaves last year and I laminated them and made some holes. Today we dug them out of our storage and used them for a cool necklace.

I would like to try it with fresh leaves again.

What do you think?