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The Duck Song

Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up.  Here’s a video that our family plays all the time when we need to entertain 2-year-old Alex or just get a smile. 

The girls and I even sing it while making supper.

It grows on you! 🙂

There’s also a sequel…

And a third!

Waddle, waddle…….



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On the First Day of Halloween…

Here’s a great Halloween carol to sing to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" 
(author unknown)

On the First Day of Halloween, my Swamp Thing gave to me:

A hoot owl in a dead tree.
Two trick or treaters,
Three black cats,
Four skeletons,
Five Snicker bars,
Six goblins gobbling,
Seven pumpkins glowing,
Eight monsters shrieking,
Nine ghosts a-booing,
Ten ghouls a-groaning,
Eleven masks a-leering,
Twelve bats a-flying.


Today’s a good day to start doing some of those fun Halloween crafts, songs and activities!

Wear black and orange or serve black and orange foods, make some spooky decorations, wrap the kids in toilet paper and call them mummies… 

Happy Tuesday!

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This Song is Stuck Inside Our Heads….

My kids thought we should get it stuck in yours too!  🙂

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Seed Fun!

We’re getting together with some friends today to have a seed themed playdate.  We’re planting seeds in little eggshell men (crack the egg on top and draw a face, then plant grass seed that will eventually grow into the "hair") and we may do the classic seed in a baggie bit (put a wet paper towel and a few seeds in a zipper baggie, close and tape to the window).  Here are a few other fun ideas on the seed/garden theme that I found at Perpetual Preschool….

Plant seeds in small, clear Solo cups. Add Jell-O, in a thick mixture, like Jell-O Jigglers consistency. Push seed down into the Jell-O after it has hardened. The cup should be about half-way filled. Sunflower seeds work best. Once the seed has started to grow, take Jell-O and seed out of cup and plant into the ground. The seed need not be watered while growing in the cup. It draws its moisture from the Jell-O mixture. It is a fun way to watch a seed sprout and grow!

Which Water Is Best?

Supplies:  Three identical plants in soil; Tap water; Bottled water; Distilled water

What kind of water makes plants grow the best?  To find out, water plant #1 with only tap water.  Water plant #2 only with distilled water.  Water plant #3 with bottled water.  Do this for one month and chart any differences that you see.

We love to grow things at our preschool–we are limited on outdoor ground space–so we use a small plastic wading pool for our garden–its not to wide so the children can work the garden–make sure you poke holes for drainage.

Planting Flowers Song- Sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques"–

Planting flowers, Planting flowers,
In the ground, In the ground,
Water them and they grow,
Water them and they grow,
All around, All around.

Gardening Game

Play like "Duck, Duck, Goose". Say: seed, seed, sprout, sprout, flower. On "flower" the chase begins.

Magic Bean

At the bottom of a white piece of paper – glue on a lima bean. Then ask children to draw what they would like to grow from the bean. Some of my children drew dinosaurs, toys, houses, babies, and of course flowers. It is a great project to use the imagination!

Vegetable Unit: The following book are wonderful when teaching about vegetables. The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe; A Garden Alphabet by Isabel Wilner; Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables by Lois Ehlert; Me and my Veggies by Isaac Whitlatch; Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat; I can grow vegetables by David Magill.

Pour a small bag of potting soil and a some plastic worms, used in fishing in your sensory table. Add child-size gardening tools. Very surprised kids!

Sung to the Tune: I’m a Little Teapot

I plant a little seed in the cold, cold ground. 
Out comes the yellow sun, big and round. 
Down come the raindrops soft and slow(ly) 
Up comes the flower grow, grow, grow!

Action: pretend to plant in cupped hand round arms over head for sun raindrops with dancing fingers have right hand push through left hand and emerge as a flower with fingers spread wide!

And with that, I’m off with my sprouts to play.  🙂  Have a great day!

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

It’s almost time for the wearing of the green!

Here are some ideas on how to mark the day…

    • Challenge the kids to help you make (and eat) an all green meal.
    • Search the house for green papers of all sorts (flyers, parts of magazine pages, bits of labels, etc.) and cut them into shapes.  Cut a piece of construction paper or cardboard into a large shamrock shape and have the kids use a paintbrush with watered down white glue to decoupage it with the green papers.  The more variety of scraps you can find, the better.
    • Use green eye shadow to give everybody fun "leprechaun cheeks."  Just brush on green circles on the apples of their cheeks.
    •  Cut circles and thin rectangles from green construction paper and let little ones glue them into shamrock shapes on paper (3 or 4 circles make the clover, the rectangle makes the stem).
    • Cook an Irish meal together.  This site has lots of tasty sounded recipes.  
    • It’s so much bother to clean, but it’s not much trouble at all to only clean the green things.  Go through the house together in search of only green items to pretty up.  Polish, dust, arrange, put away and generally pamper any object you find with a bit of green on it.  Challenge the children to find the funniest, tiniest or most green things to clean. 
    • And here’s a little leprochaun song to sing together…

      Sung to "I’m a Little Teapot"

      I’m a little leprechaun
      Dressed in green,
      The tiniest man
      That you have ever seen.
      If you ever catch me, so it’s told,
      I’ll give you my pot of gold.

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