Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Smart Eggs

Mommy and Me starts April 14, 2014 at the Lamorinda Theatre Academy
Smart Eggs

Looking for a way to use all those plastic Easter Eggs?  Here are three ways you can use them to teach letters, numbers and rhyming!  TIP:  Use plastic eggs that are easy to twist or open and close.  It can be frustrating when it is difficult to put them together.  You want to make this is a fun and independent activity!
Use a Sharpie to write on the egg.  For rhyming, write the first letter on one half and the rime on the other half.  Twist egg to create different words! For letters and numbers, have your child match the correct answers.

Another egg-cellent idea...practice basic addition and/or subtraction fact families.  Turn the egg vertically and write sum on the bottom half of the egg and on the top write the different problems that add up to the sum.  Now twist the egg to see the various ways to get the answer.  Inside have 4 jellybeans.  Your child can visually make the problems.  For example: if the sum is 4, write 0 + 4, 4 + 0, 1 + 3, 3 + 1, 2 + 2 around the egg.  Hope this makes sense...this idea came to me at 4am as I was feeding my baby.  :)

Check out this post for more fun ideas using plastic Easter eggs:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Leprechauns Have Arrived!

Looking in the tall grass
Today we found evidence that the leprechauns have arrived in Moraga!  In fact, we must have been close because they left behind their hats and some gold coins. The silly leprechaun left a trail of gold coins (yellow circles cut from construction paper), which we had to follow.  Along the way we came across foot prints, wild turkey, trash, and clovers - lots and lots of clovers.  However, we did not find the lucky four leaf clover.  I have a feeling the next few days we will be looking for those tricky wee leprechauns.
We found their footprints!

Counting the leaves

We found some treasure and their hats!

For more St. Patrick's Day fun, check out some of my past posts.  Look at the Activities on the right and click on St. Patrick's Day.