Friday, December 12, 2014

We Explore Nature: Animals in Winter

  • Program Goals
    • Learn about animals in winter
    • Offer a non-holiday winter program
    • Encourage kids to go outside and explore
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 12-12-14
      • Attendance: 10
      • Feedback/Connections
      • Notes: After this year, We Explore Nature will be once a month for no 4K day, so it will be directed at a slightly older audience. I also don't usually do these in December and there was a huge program in the community room, so not an auspicious occasion.
Project 1: Animal Collage (10-10:15)
Kids cut out and glue animal pictures to paper. Encourage parents to write what the kids think the animals do in winter.

Supplies
  • Magazines, paper
  • scissors, glue
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack. Many of these books are more conversations with the younger kids - we talk about each animal and what they do in winter.

Books
  • Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoscher
  • Bear dreams by Elisha Cooper
  • North by Nick Dowson
  • Over and under the snow by Kate Messner
  • Time to sleep by Denise Fleming
  • Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle
  • Under the snow by Melissa Stewart
  • Who would like a Christmas Tree by Ellen Obed

Vocabulary
  • Migration
  • Hibernation
  • Winter
  • Seasons
  • Animals (bears, salamanders, skunks, caribou, etc.)
Snack
  • Animal crackers
  • dixie cups, napkins
Project 2: Animals winter camouflage/Puppet time (10:40-11)
I had paper with a slit pre-cut in it. The kids decorated die cut animals, taped them to popsicle sticks, and had them "hide" in the paper. I also opened up the puppet theater for them to play.

Supplies
  • White paper (pre-cut)
  • Die cuts
  • Popsicle sticks, markers, tape