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Detectives in Disguise

Today the girls wanted to do preschool. As I had nothing planned, I told them to grab a book and we'd read it and talk about it.  They chose Richard Scarry's "Find Your ABC's."

We went through and found the letters as well as the detectives who were in disguise. We talked about what a disguise was. I then decided it would be fun to do a detective themed lesson.

The girls went and got dressed up in their best disguise while I got a mystery game put together for them.

I found an empty tissue box, taped a piece of paper to cover the opening, leaving a small part open so they could stick their hand in. I filled it with little toys, paperclip, dice, balloon, pencil, rubber band, clothes pin, fuzzy material etc. The girls took turns sticking their hand in the box, grabbing something and trying to solve the mystery and guess what it was. They loved it.

In disguise, playing mystery game.

Solve the mystery: What's in the box?

After the game we went into the kitchen to solve another mystery.  How can you tell a hard boiled egg from a raw egg without breaking it open?  We felt how heavy the both were. We shook them both. We spun them both.  We observed how when spun, a raw egg flops and rolls over where as a hard boiled egg spins around and around.  We mixed hard boiled eggs with raw eggs in an egg carton and the kids had to go through each egg and figure out which was raw and which was hard boiled.

We broke two of the eggs open to see. They solved the mystery!

Next we read a few detective Berenstain Bear books:

Words to talk about: 
Magnifying Glass

Another game we played is "I spy with my little eye". The person who is "it" describes something they see and the other players have to guess what it is.

Lastly we made magnifying glasses out of red saran wrap, tape, a toy bracelet and a clothes pin.

I made up a worksheet for the kids called, "Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?" They used their magnifying glasses to follow the three different tracks left by the cat, the chameleon and the snake to see which one took the cookie.

They loved it.

CLICK HERE to download this worksheet. This worksheet is copyright and may not be used for commercial purposes or sold in any form. Feel free to print it and use it for yourself or for your preschoolers.

Detective // Resources and Other Ideas

Published on 2013-05-03 08:00:00

Groundhog Day Lesson Plan


According to legend:

If the groundhog sees his shadow, we have 6 more weeks of winter.
If the groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will soon be here.

Printouts to display this concept:

Talk about shadows. What is a shadow?

 Here's fingerplay to help with that concept/

WHAT IS A SHADOW (finger play)
If I walk, my shadow walks. (Use two fingers, in walking motion)
If I run, my shadow runs (Same fingers in running motion)
And when I stand still, as you can see (Same fingers, standing still)
My shadow stands beside me. (Use first two fingers on other hand and stand beside the first two fingers) When I hop, my shadow hops, (First two fingers, hopping)
When I jump, my shadow jumps (Same fingers, jump) And when I sit still, as you can see, (same fingers, bend at knuckles to sit.) My shadow sits beside of me, (Use as before, both sets of fingers sitting beside each other. )

If it's not too cold, go outside and chase each other's shadows.

If it's too cold, hang up a sheet or use a white wall. Flash a bright light or flashlight on the wall and make shadow figures with your hands. Here are a few ideas of images you could make with your hands: You could make a guessing game out of it.



Making Felt Board Groundhog
Make felt board ground hog using this template: Print about 50% of original size on cardstock, color, cut and lamenate. Glue a piece of felt or flannel to the back. Cut out a piece of black felt that is the same shape as the ground hog.  Using a brad, make a hole at the bottom of the groundhog and shadow and attach them together.

(sung to "I'm A Little Teapot")
Here's a little groundhog,
furry and brown,
He's popping up
to look around.
If he sees his shadow,
down he'll go.
Then six more weeks of winter
- oh, no!

Groundhog, Groundhog, popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?
If you see your shadow, hide away.
If there is no shadow, you can stay.
Groundhog, Groundhog, popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?

Here's one more felt board story to do: Be sure to prepare the felt board pieces ahead of time.

The first little groundhog digs a home in the fall,
And curls up all winter rolled up like a ball.

The second little groundhog comes out of his lair,
On February second to get some fresh air.

The third little groundhog looks up at the sun,
He then sees his shadow and goes on the run.

The fourth little groundhog at his dark shadow peeks,
He goes back to his burrow for six more weeks.

The fifth little groundhog hopes that skies will be gray,
So that he will know that spring is on its way.

Make your own groundhog popping up out of the ground.

Make a groundhog hand and foot print art.

Talk about the letter G.

Let the children do worksheets or coloring pages from preschool packets. You'll find some resources here:

Get a bunch of boxes and tape them together to make a tunnel (Or use couch cushions etc.). Pretend to be groundhogs burrowing under the ground. It's a good idea to end with this since the kids might not want to come out for a while.

Mine wasn't that pretty, but as you can imagine, the kids didn't care and still had hours of fun playing in it.

It even had a hole at the top where the kids could poke their heads out.

Groundhog Day // Resources and Other Ideas

Published on 2013-01-29 09:00:00

Grandma Bubbles Books For Young Readers

My kids love these book. I highly recommend them if your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and starting to learn how to read. There are a few beginning reader books out there, most of which are boring, black and white, stick figure type books that the kids don't enjoy reading.Grandma Bubbles books are different in that they are colorful and have fun, exciting plots that will make the kids want to come back and read them over and over.

They would make great Christmas or birthday gifts as well!! Give your child the gift of reading!

UPDATE: These books are no longer available in printed format. Get them as eBooks on Amazon!

Learning to Read // Books

Published on 2011-11-15 08:00:00

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