s is for {glue bottle lids frozen in ice and used as} snow baby noses

one of our projects for the week was making snow babies based on a favorite book, snowballs.

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just like the book we were using found objects for facial features.  but how tricky:

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the glue lids we were going to use for carrot noses were stuck in ice!

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we had to work, work, work to get them out. no injuries were had and we were grateful for warm water to warm up with.

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in fact, one class had the idea to put them in the warm water during snack time.  success! freed snow people noses!

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then we could glue everything together and deliver them to “snow daddy” mr matt.

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oh, snow babies.

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t is for tv at preschool

we don’t have a tv at preschool.  we don’t watch shows at preschool.  we do watch ourselves in preschool videos or something on youtube from time to time. but if you had been listening in last week, you would have thought we did have a tv. there was major “let’s play watch tv” going on all week long.

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our dryer/oven/microwave was moved and turned into a tv along with a baby bed turned tv stand.

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when a book was slid behind the door, that was the movie being watched. there was a lot of cooperative play to turn the pages for the next scene of the movie.

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these kids were cozy. look at all that is going on: phone calls (on old rotary phones), baby holding, baby feeding, cuddling, fake sleeping, remote controlling (also known as wooden phone), a lot of volume adjusting on the tv itself and getting the next movie ready.

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imaginative play at its best!

s is for shaving cream snow table

we had a big book that was coming apart, so i used the pages to cover a table, then covered that with a cellophane (from the wrapping paper section), secured it with duct tape and then….

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added shaving cream snow!

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as the week went on, we added glitter, cars and duct taped towels to the back of the couch.

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i will admit, along with this being a fun sensory experience, this was motivated by a “can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality.  what we as teachers don’t create or provide, will be created by the children.  usually that is what i prefer…to let them create their own play.  but  if wet and goopy is what is desired and i don’t want bottles of glue emptied or toilet paper filling the sink, i could offer a table full of shaving cream.  it worked. go snow!