After a brief rain shower, I discovered some snails on my front porch. Knowing my audience, I scooped them up and transported them to school. The children observed the snails trying to escape from their container....what to do? Thankfully, most three and four year olds are not squeamish, so they gingerly picked them up and cradled them in their hands. I read, Are You a Snail? by Judy Allen (author of the wonderful series,Backyard Books) ,the children assembled a snail puzzle and used play dough to form our own army of snails. Now, if we could just get some more rain soon!
The children used droppers (fine motor practice) to dissolve shaving cream clouds in jars. There was a color mixing component to the activity and lots of fun sensory play. More than once we exclaimed, "oh, my....overflow!" and "Mrs. Ronda, we need more towels!"
Puzzles and rainbow blocks were popular in our class. The children have become adept at assembling our big floor puzzles and difficult table puzzles. New vocabulary words heard in the classroom include rotate, flip, corner and edge. The most common word uttered during block building was COLLAPSE!