Last week we did a few more Halloween themed lessons. Short Pants' absolute favorite was digging through rice for "creepy" objects. I drew a list for him on a piece of paper so that he knew when he'd found them all. He loved this one and repeated it a few times. The only drawback was that now our Montessori area is covered with rice!
I also set out a scooping pasta lesson in Halloween bowls. Short Pants did about two scoops then put it away. The last couple of scooping lessons have bombed, so I'm thinking we'll limit scooping to playing in the bean bin from now on:
He was initially excited by the squishy writing bag (just put enough tempera paint in a freezer bag to make a thin layer - kids can "write" with their fingertips or a q-tip) but didn't work with it very long. I've tried several different kinds of writing now, but I guess his interest just isn't there yet:
In preparation for learning about the food pyramid this week, we cut pictures of food out of grocery store ads and classified them as "growing food" or "junk food." This was really good cutting practice for Short Pants:
One of the first things he noticed was a lunchable. He pointed to it and declared firmly, "Junk food!" I was pretty sure he had no clue what it was, so I asked him what he thought the picture was showing. In his best sanctimonious voice he answered, "Snacks from the store." LOL We've been making a big effort during the last year to eat less pre-packaged foods, and his requests for store snacks like gummies, cookies, etc. are met with the explanation that we can make or have much healthier snacks at home. I guess Short Pants has really picked up on that lesson!
We also did a fun pumpkin art activity. I've seen this on so many blogs lately that I don't recall where I saw it first - sorry! Short Pants ripped strips of orange construction paper into strips, glued them to a paper plate, and made a sweet little pumpkin that we hung in our window:
And before I foget to show you *again* - remember how we did hole punching the other week? This is what we turned all of those little fall-colored holes into. And again, I can't remember where I saw this wonderful idea! I hate that - I usually keep a list of them in my favorites so that I can give proper credit. Anyway, thanks to someone for this cute craft idea:
Lastly, Short Pants also worked with the number rods: