I needed to do something a bit different for my two and four-year olds, so I’ve decided to set up a theme collection each morning. It’ll help me rotate in some of the preschool games and toys we have and to bring a new selection of books out. And, while the workboxes work well, by having a display out on the craft table, ED (age 2) is much more drawn to that area. The benefit of that is that I don’t have to be as worried that she is getting into the other kids’ work.
So, our first theme was farms. I pulled out an egg puzzle; farm puzzle, a number of books (including The Three Little Pigs) and made a little felt board activity (I’m not a great artist, but the kids had fun with it!). DD was anxious to reenact the story herself and made several different versions of the story (where wolf was the ‘good guy’ etc.)
For ED we pulled in a few Montessori activities:
I had these Mama-Baby Farm animal matching cards and ED liked these cards. In fact, she took some of the cards to her room to play a game. I hope to get them back again! I don’t have the link for these any more, but I’m sure if you look around you could easily find something equivalent.
I love these farmyard families I found over at The Helpful Garden. We went over the names of the male, female and baby farm animals (such as bull, cow, calf). To make it more engaging for the kids, I hid them around the house and made them go hunt them down. In order to know whether they had found them all, they had to sort them into family groups!
Although I don’t have pictures of DD and LD, they wanted to do a scavenger hunt too!! They also learned a bit of new vocabulary from this Montessori activity!
You might also like this printable:
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