"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Love and Friendship

"What makes a good friend?" was the topic of the week. We talked about how to be a good friend- making friends feel better when they're sad or mad, making friends feel welcome and meeting new friends.

The Robobots by Matt Novak, helped us to talk about differences and how we can have friends who aren't just like us. Everybody is different and that's okay!

We had heart shapes galore and lots of stickers. It was a favorite of the week and we had fun working with our friends and made some beautiful valentines.

Lots of words associated with love and friendship can be found on heart candy during this time of year. Scrabble tiles were used to spell the words we found on the candy. After we spelled the words, we rewarded ourselves by eating the candy heart!
We always enjoy marble painting- dipping marbles in paint and then rolling the marble around in cake pan for some awesome designs. It was especially fun in a heart shaped pan. We used a circle pan as well. The results were amazing. So much fun!
We spent quite a bit of time on a "love and friendship" obstacle course. We went round and round with our friends. It not only promoted friendship but also gave us lots of exercise for our hearts.
A great friendship game is "Ring Around the Rosy" because we hold hands with our friends.
We added new verses like:
Tiptoe around the rosy...
Kick around the rosy...
Jump around the rosy...
Backwards around the rosy...
Stomp around the rosy...
We tried "crawl around the rosy" and it got pretty crazy!
Singing “Skidamarink” always brings a smile to my face! It was a favorite naptime song:
Skidamarink a dink a dink
Skidamarink a doo
I love you.
Skidamarink a dink a dink
Skidamarink a doo
I love you.
I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening
Underneath the moon
Skidamarink a dink a dink
Skidamarink a doo
I love you!

We did exercises to keep our hearts healthy. We did jumping jacks, toe touches and windmills. Then we cooled down with some deep breathing and neck rolls.
When we were finished, we took turns using a stethoscope to listen to our healthy hearts!
On Valentine's Day, we celebrated by delivering Valentines to our friends.
Heart-shaped cookies were fun to decorate with pink frosting and sprinkles. Some of us ate while we decorated, adding more frosting and sprinkles after a bite. Others of us waited to “dig into” the finished product.
We painted with watercolors on "friend" shapes.
Our sensory bin was filled with hearts of all colors and kinds. We had fun sorting them and collecting them in cups and bowls.
Winter is hard for our feathered friends. We made Valentines for the birds to show them that we're thinking of them. We used cookie cutters to cut heart shapes out of bread. Using a knife, we spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread and then sprinkled on birdseed. We hung them on the tree in our play yard so that we could watch to see if our friends, the birds, come to receive their gifts.
Lots of pictures of friendship were captured this week...

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