Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR Ask Mr Bear

THEME: FARMS

This year I want to be a little less haphazard about my two little one’s activities.   A4 will continue to have her one hour school with me doing Mathusee Primer and Jolly Phonics.  I want to be more  purposeful about the fun school I do with the two little girls.  To this end I’ve created a Preschool Adventure Box and a written frame-work with which to organise my planning of the short units I do with them.  Ask Mr Bear is a quaint story of a little boy wondering what to give to his mother for her birthday.  He asks all the animals on the farm (hence the farm theme), but doesn’t get any real inspiration until he talks to Mr Bear who suggests he gives her a hug!  We’ve done farms now spread over 1 1/2 weeks-I’m looking forward to moving onto something different, perhaps without books which are constantly mooing!!

  • Read alouds and go along books

These were the little one’s bed time read alouds.  They were also available in the morning whilst the older ones were doing their chores and also during quiet time.

     

  • Factual books

In the same vein as the fiction books, these were available in the morning and during quiet time to browse through.  Mainly used for their pictures rather than script.

     

The older children also often take time to read to the little ones:

L10 and A4
L10 and A4

For more themed book ideas see:

jdaniel4smom

In the mornings the younger two, especially B1, play with play dough.  Like last week, I made a play dough mat by photo copying the front page of Ask Mr Bear:

Morning platdough play
Morning play dough play
  • Dress up and drama

For this unit we had dress up:

We had bought in three masks.  A4 took one and found some sheepskin from her dress up box and put this together all by herself!  She was so proud!
We had bought in three masks. A4 took one and found some sheepskin from her dress up box and put this together all by herself! She was so proud!
And all dressed up!
And all dressed up!

A farm-yard barn with toy animals:

B2's birthday present.  Really worth buying as the children haven't put it down all week!
B2’s birthday present. Really worth buying as the children haven’t put it down all week!
  • Trays
Farm themed Read and Build.  We LOVE these!
Farm themed Read and Build. We LOVE these!
Farmyard peg puzzle
Farmyard peg puzzle
Farmyard dominoes
Farmyard dominoes
Farm stamps, colouring in pens in the shape of farm animals and colouring sheet of a farm
Farm stamps, colouring in pens in the shape of farm animals and colouring sheet of a farm
Large farmyard puzzle
Large farmyard puzzle
Farm cut outs ready for some collage sticking!
Farm cut outs ready for some collage sticking!

And some photos of the girls in action:

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  • Games or Group activities:
This was a present for B2's birthday.  The OLDER girls played with it ALL DAY!!
This was a present for B2’s birthday. The OLDER girls played with it ALL DAY!!
  • Classification Cards and map activities
I had C10 and A4 build a map of the world puzzle, which has pictures of the animals found in each country.
I had C10 and A4 build a map of the world puzzle, which has pictures of the animals found in each country.
I asked them to find any farm animals and place plastic animals on top of the pictures, for a more tactile map
I asked them to find any farm animals and place plastic animals on top of the pictures, for a more tactile map
  • Printables

http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/FarmPrintables.htm

http://www.abcteach.com/directory/theme-units-farm-3688-2-1

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/farm-animals-printables.htm

  • Snacks

1. Chicken Feed

Collect bowls of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, popcorn and different types of breakfast cereal
Collect bowls of dried fruit, nuts and seeds, popcorn and different types of breakfast cereal
Mix together and stir
Mix together and stir
Spoon into brown paper bags
Spoon into brown paper bags
All done!
All done!
Yum!
Yum!

2. Pigs in Blankets

Take some pastry and mini sausages.
Take some pastry and mini sausages.
Cut triangles of pastry and wrap the sausages up
Cut triangles of pastry and wrap the sausages up
Cook in a hot oven for about 30 mins
Cook in a hot oven for about 30 mins

3.  If you happen to have a birthday, then buy a Mr Bear shaped cake and palm it off as a snack!

YUMMY!
YUMMY!

4.  As I didn’t do a muffin tin meal with lots of wonderful farm shapes, I decided to do a mini muffin tin snack tray:

I made cow shaped toast, pig shaped chocolates and cut melon in the shape of a horse, a bunny and a tractor.
I made cow shaped toast, pig shaped chocolates and cut melon in the shape of a horse, a bunny and a tractor.
  • DVD’s and YouTube videos and any other learning bits and pieces

   

  • Muffin Tin Meal

This weeks muffin tin comes from C10 who did it all by herself:

C10's muffin tin made especially for her sisters
C10’s muffin tin made especially for her sisters

We decided to do a muffin tin containing all the things you would find produced on a farm.  At the same time we thought this particular muffin tin meal would sit quite proudly on a farmer’s table!

C10 cooked bacon strips, mini sausages, toast cut up into mini rectangles, scrambled egg, mini tomatoes, baked beans and fried mini button mushrooms.  The little ones LOVED it and everything disappeared in minutes!

Not pretty, but very, very tasty!!
Not pretty, but very, very tasty!!

For more muffin tin ideas see:

AnotherLunch

  • Special Trip Out to the Farm

We took a trip to the farm for B2’s birthday, so that B2 would have the opportunity to see many animals she’d never seen before.  B2 loves all types of animals and is not scared at all.  She had a ball!

Driving the tractor
Driving the tractor
Feeding the sheep
Feeding the sheep
Stroking the horse
Stroking the horse
Petting a goat
Petting a goat
A4 milking the cow
A4 milking the cow
Milking a goat
Milking a goat

Fun time had by all!

For more tot and preschool ideas click on these wonderful blogs:

  Tot School 

And for the blog roll for FIAR:

Delightful Learning

http://fiveinarow.com/blog/2013/03/04/how-others-use-before-five-in-a-row-blog-hop/

14 comments

  1. What a lot of fun farm activities.
    I was stopping by from Muffin Tin Monday, and I love both your tins, but I had to say i also love that chicken feed.

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