Again, I’m slowly catching up on posting the last 10-ish weeks of homeschool activities. So we did these activities back in December.
If you haven’t read before, my cousin and I are splitting the homeschooling with our 3 kids- 2, 3 & 4 yrs old. We each take the kids one day a week for 3 hours. That way we each get a break once a week.
She does the math, english, music stuff and I do science and languages (Spanish and sign language). In reality a lot of it overlaps and the activities we both do use art. These homeschooling posts are about my school days.
They made popsicle Christmas trees. I helped them hot glue the sticks together and made a hanger with ribbon on the back. Then they painting their trees green and glued different beads and pom poms onto them.
(the pics turned out a little blurry :/)
While I fixed lunch the kids watched the Signing Time DVD- The Zoo. I like using these DVDs because they really help them (and me) to learn sign language. And I try to find a DVD that goes with our current series. I chose the zoo one because it teaches a number of animal signs. There’s also a farm one, but we haven’t added that to our collection yet.
After lunch we focused more onto our lesson for the week: birds. We are focusing on one main animal group a week.
They looked at the small pictures of birds I’d printed out from google images. We named the different birds and then talked about some of the basic bird facts (beaks, what they eat, feathers, ones that don’t fly, lay eggs, etc). And we looked at some pictures in some library books.
Then we headed to the porch to make some Pinecone bird feeders. (I like to change up activities and settings quite a bit to keep their attention and interest.)
They covered the pinecones in peanut butter and then rolled them in bird seed. Later I tied a piece of yarn to hang them up outside.
We cleaned up the peanut butter and then headed inside to make another type of mess 🙂
They tried out snow painting. I saw this idea on pinterest (I think?). You mix glue and shaving cream and then paint it onto paper. I added some food coloring to ours too. The end result was supposed to be puffy paint even when dried. Ours just seem to deflate when completely dried. But they still had fun.
And soon the painting moved off the paper and onto the table. We’d previously done shaving cream drawing on the table, so I just let them go for it. Needless to say, they ended up quite messy…
After I got them cleaned up, we finished with tray time. For some reason I only ended up with 2 pictures, so I don’t remember what the other tray was.
For this tray, they were supposed to make shapes by putting toothpicks into marshmallows. I found this idea on pinterest. I thought they’d had a lot of fun with it, but it took them a while to figure it out and even then they weren’t too into it. They mainly just wanted to eat the marshmallows.
This second tray was stringing beads onto fishing line. They did alright with this, but they lost interest rather quickly, too.
We finished up by reading a couple library books about fictional stories about birds.