Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Cat in the Hat – Activity Day

This week our Dr. Seuss class read The Cat in the Hat. I initially was going to work on stranger danger since the kids let the cat in the house when they were home alone, but I know some kids get freaked out easily over that topic.  So I touched on it briefly with “Do we let cats or people in the house without Mom and Dad’s permission?” and kept moving.  We also worked on not keeping secrets from our parents at the end of the story when it asked if they should tell their mom about the Cat in the Hat.

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What I decided to do with the class, was to focus on things that you CAN do inside on a rainy day.    We played this fun (although time consuming) Fun In A Box game.  It is an elongated version of memory matching games.

University Games Fun-in-a-Box, The Dr. Seuss Matching Game

We worked on “at” family words with a printable book from Hubbard’s Cupboard.    And we played the “popcorn” game and popped up when we heard rhyming words.   Then we worked on some floor sized puzzles.

The grand finale was our pumpkin craft.   Since we don’t celebrate Halloween,  I had to be creative to come up with a fall project, using a pumpkin. Thankfully the folks at Creatology (available at Michael’s) have a lovely “Harvest” collection of foam glitter stickers that are awesome! The shapes are leaves, squirrels, owls, sunflowers and pumpkins.  

002007Did you notice on the pumpkin to the right, the little “face”?  Yeah, well, where there is a will there is a way.  One of the kids used the eye punch outs from the owl to make a face.   Gotta hand it to her, it was creative.

Olivia’s class made this cool pumpkin craft.  It’s a roll of toilet paper, wrapped in a lovely autumn print fabric with a brown paper bag stem, tied with some raffia.  VERY cute!

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