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open playtime for kindergarteners in my field trips.
Options for activities with the kids
- Waiting for wings (extra story - Ten little caterpillars)
- Emerging butterflies from Teaching with favorite Lois Ehlert books
- Die-cut butterflies, markers, cut-down paper towel tubes, tape
- Pompom caterpillars, glue dots (optional)
- Rainbow (outdoors)
- Planting a rainbow
- Chalk (draw flowers on the sidewalk squares)
- Additional activities
- Water play
- Matching magnets (Storyroom)
- Oodles of animals; Lots of spots (extra story - Color Zoo)
- Magnets (each kid gets 2 each of circles, squares, and strips)
- Shaped stickers or construction paper shapes
- Kids match up the stickers and magnets (they have to check on the magnetic chalkboard to put their stickers on the right side!) then match and make different shapes/animals
- Older kids can cut and glue paper to fit their magnets
- Collage art/Found Objects
- Paper die cut into petal and leaf shapes, scrap paper
- Tubs with seeds, and misc. found objects - need regular glue if using this
- Markers, glue sticks
- Notes: It rained again. It must be tradition at this point. I just took the scrap bins to the kids. It was interesting how some could work with no clear directions and some couldn't handle it. It helped to have pictures that could be cut out and pasted for the kids that needed something more concrete.
- Notes: It threatened rain and we hauled everything to the school, replacing open playtime/outdoor play with the activity kit beading bags and the snack as a session instead of at the end.