This week we did our stART project as part of our Family Fun Night group. Since we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday this week on Friday, we enjoyed a couple of his books. We read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “The Cat in the Hat” both written by Dr. Seuss. Since no one seemed to own the fish book, we decided to implement a little technology into our family night. Big thank you to Eric for downloading the book on their i-pad. This was so exciting since the story then becomes interactive. We had the i-pad read the story to the kids. Did you ever realize how long this book is? We had the kids listen for rhyming words. Next, we read bits and pieces of “The Cat in the Hat”. We focused in on the parts where the cat balances all sorts of things with his body and Thing 1 & Thing 2. Dr. Seuss is always a favorite for all ages!
For our first activity each child was given a printable sheet with six numbered fish bowls and a pile of goldfish crackers. The students practiced their number reading and counting skills by putting the corresponding number of fish crackers in each bowl. I found the printable here.
Our big project was making Thing 1 and Thing 2 hand print art. If you are brave to let your kids make a mess, this is a project for you! I think it turned out pretty cute despite the mess. With the help of their parents each child had the palm of one of their hands painted white and the fingers blue. They pressed their hand on yellow construction paper. Next, to creat the body the child’s hand was painted red (except for the middle finger). Again, the kids pressed their hands on the paper just below the head. After the paint dried the parents painted a white oval on the tummy of the character and used a Sharpie marker to make the face and label on the belly. It was fun to listen to the kids giggle because it tickled as they got their hands painted ! I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here.
To get the kids up and moving we played a game called Balance, Balance. I found the game here. The kids had even more fun with this game than I was anticipating. Since we didn’t have any bean bags to balance, we used blocks. I instructed the kids to balance on various body parts (one leg, heels, toes, etc.) or balance the block on certain parts (elbow, head, back, toes, etc.). It is amazing to see the difference in development with ages ranging from 2 to almost 5 years old.
We concluded our night by making a Cat in the Hat treat. Suzie led us in making hats. This idea came from Pintrest as well which led me here. The bottom layer is half of an Oreo cookie (the side with the frosting!). Next, we took three red Gummy Lifesavers and stacked them between layers of white frosting. It was a pretty tasty treat! So easy and so cute!