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February 2: Groundhog Day

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Here are some ideas for Groundhog Day on February 2:

  • The day before, create a graph about children’s guesses – Will the Groundhog see his shadow or not?
  • Get a Ground Cookie Cutter and make Groundhog Cookies…or use the cookie cutter to dip in paint and make Groundhog prints.
  • Add flashlights to the block area. Allow children to build towers, then create a shadow with the flashlight.
  • Make a Groundhog Day Dirt Pie – Make a box of instant chocolate pudding, according to directions, and place into small bowls.  Crush chocolate graham crackers squares (crush until it looks like fine crumbs or dirt) and sprinkle on top of the pudding in each bowl.   Glue a small picture of a groundhog on a Popsicle stick. Place in the center of the bowl of pudding.
  • Visit the Official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Preschool Activities Page

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January 29: National Puzzle Day

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Here are some ideas for National Puzzle Day on January 29:

  • Take photographs of each child, cut into puzzle pieces and give pieces to another child.  Have them guess who they have then put together the puzzle.  Try one of these websites to make puzzles:
  • Go on a Puzzle Hunt!  Take puzzle pieces from a classroom puzzle and hide them throughout the room.  Let children find the pieces then work together to put the puzzle together.  If pieces are still missing, they will have to continue to hunt for them.
  • Put old puzzle pieces in the sensory table.
  • Make puzzle rubbings.  Place puzzle pieces under a sheet of paper. Using the side of a crayon, rub the puzzle shape.
  • Make a puzzle piece picture frame.  Put children’s pictures in their frame for a parent gift.

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January 25: Opposite Day

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Here are some ideas for Opposite Day on January 25:

  • Have children wear summer clothes.  Or  ask children to wear clothes inside out and backward.
  • Eat dinner foods for breakfast.  Eat breakfast foods for lunch.
  • Play Simon Says, but have children perform opposite tasks of what is suggested (ie. Simon Says Shake your hands very fast = children shake hands very slow).
  • Fill one bucket with warm water and one with ice water. Have your children stick one hand in each bucket and experience the difference.
  • Sorting!  Ask children to find any toy in the room.  Sort the toys by large/small.  Think of other categories to sort.
  • Float and Sink.  Have children find one item in the room.  Conduct a float/sink experiment, by asking children to place their item in a tub of water.  Sort by whether the item floats or sinks.

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We have three 1-hour classes as part of our Learning Styles series.  Each classes focuses on characteristics of each learning style, such as how they learn and the types of materials to use to aid in learning. Participants will also learn how to plan curricular activities and lessons to meet the needs of each type of learner in their early childhood program.

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