Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beauty & The Beast ToysRUs Party: Build a Lumiere on March 25th

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On March 25th, from 1-3 pm, select ToysRUs locations will be hosting a Beauty & The Beast Launch Party where participants can build and take home their own  LEGO Lumiere. We're planning on going because the Belle's Enchanted Castle Lego set is already on Sunny's birthday list.
 
 
 
Such a fun event for kiddos excited about Disney's new live action take on a classic fairy tale!
 
 



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Friday, March 10, 2017

Toddler Playschool: Z is for Zoo Animals {free printable}

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This is the last week of our Toddler Playschool lesson plans. Z was an easy letter as most kiddos this age LOVE the zoo! So I planned lots of fun toddler activities based on the zoo and the animals it houses.  This is our last free toddler activity printable for this alphabet series... and it's definitely an awesome one!
 
 
This curriculum is ideal for 2-3 year olds. We'll be reinforcing colors and shapes and introducing letters and numbers. There will also be exploration of different themes each week as we proceed through the alphabet. It provides a flexible framework of activity ideas that can used in the home or classroom. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Please see here for more info.
 
Books
The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom
Zoo Looking by Mem Fox
Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
The Zoo is Closed Today by Evelyn Beilenson
 
Songs and Fingerplays
The Animal Fair (Laurie Berkner Band)
 
5 Little Gorillas
Five little gorillas jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
The zookeeper called the doctor
And the doctor said,
"No more gorillas jumping on the bed!"
(repeat until no more gorillas are left)
--Traditional, altered
 
Old McDonald had a Zoo
(sing the traditional Old McDonald, but with zoo animals)
  
 
 
 
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I'd love for you to join us on our adventure! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #toddlerplayschool so I can see all of your wonderful activities!
 



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I'm Lucky Because... St. Patrick's Day Activity for Kids {free printable}

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There's something so jovial about St. Patrick's Day.  It's a day filled with legend, whimsy, and magic. On St. Patrick's Day, the leprechauns leave a little special something for each kiddo, but I wanted to do something special for them in the days that lead up to the actual holiday.  So I created this fun printable that I can use for the kids and that they can use for each other if they want.  The wall behind our dining room table is an odd shape due to a slanted ceiling so I hang a festive garland at an angle that coincides with whatever season/holiday it is. It is in this space that I decided to display these shamrocks.

 
I printed out the "I'm lucky to love you because..." sheet and colored in the shamrocks in different shades of green for each child. That way they could easily identify which was theirs.  My plan is to put a new one up every day from the 1st of the month until St. Patrick's Day.
 
Aside from this being a great activity to promote family love and unity, I thought it could also be used in the classroom or just as a little token to give extended family and friends. So I also made alternate versions for those purposes.  (You can get them below).
 

  
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