We love animals of all varieties, but if you were to ask a preschooler what their FAVORITE animals are to learn about it would be sharks and dinosaurs EVERYTIME!
That's why we were just giddy when Mother Goose Time announced their April learning emphasis would be Oceans. This gives us SO much to talk about! We opened the box to whales, sharks, sea snakes, shells, coral, octopuses, fish, lobsters, crabs and MORE. Our little learners have been delighted to utilize all these little critters to ask questions about, build habitats for, and engage in social/emotional language building skills with (i.e.play!!!)
This above pic is no exception! We used our homemade dough recipe this month and added a bit of blue and a bit of yellow to make hues of blues and greens just like the ocean for our creatures to dwell in. This became a cave, an ocean, a wave, a boat, a beach, and more. Their immense imaginations allow for unlimited potential with the proper educational materials supporting them.
But that's not all.....
We added some brown moon-sand and made indoor sand castles and moats. We added water beads to squish and for our magnetic alphabet fish to "swim" in!
We used our letter stamps, scissors, and tongs in the sand to practice our fine motor skills for picking up pencils properly and our alphabet stencils to press and recognize in the sand.
And we learned the cutest little songs...
The sea anemone lives down in the bottom of the sea. The clownfish swims all day all day, safe in anemone!
This sweet tune is a Woolsey Academy original! We made up this fun finger play song to go along with our clownfish learning theme. We studied the clownfish and we learned that it has a "safe place" in the sea anemone. We discovered that the clownfish gets used to the anemone stings during its life and then it does not hurt anymore so it can hide safely in anemone from its predators! What an AMAZING superpower!!!
Songs, finger plays, animal recognition, habitats, and special animal powers are all part of a fun filled day at Woolsey Academy for our little learners!!
As always, we wish you well and we hope you get to play today.
Life is made of moments...
"There isn't anything more full of hope, joy and peace than a child's smile... It captures the mundane and makes it extraordinary." - LaDonna Woolsey
I am a Mother Goose Time Blogger. I decided to become one after trying their products because I they are comprehensive and serve my mixed age group well. I do receive products to review from Mother Goose Time and do so with my own honest and thorough opinions. For more information, please contact me at Ladonna@woolseyacademy.com