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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mail Delivery Game

Cut out several mailbox and envelope shapes with corresponding numbers on them. Kids can deliver (match) the mail. Note: To make this last longer attach the mailboxes to a manila folder and laminate them.

This is the game I created for my kids.

I cut out the mailboxes and letters.

Taped the mailboxes on a manila folder, with a real envelop on the outside.

I laminated the folder and the letters, and I cut them out.

Then I cut a slit by the opening of the mailboxes so they
could slide the letters into the correct mailbox.

I also cut open the flap of the envelope on the outside of the folder.

I keep the little letters in the outside envelope until the kids are ready to deliver the mail.

Zip Code Special

Blend in the blender:
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
2 cups frozen berries
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup water,
1 tray of ice

Serve and enjoy!

Post Office Pretend

Set up with a mailbox, mail carrier hats, mail bags, stamps (or stickers), cash registers, rubber date stamp (or a stamp tat can be used like one), a scale to weigh letters and packages, different sizes of letters and packages, etc.

Post Office Field Trip

Take a tour and observe the different equipment and materials used, and the jobs that people have at the post office. Have a letter or postcard for the children to mail to the school. Count the number of days it takes to arrive.

We have taken a field trip to the post office twice.

Our first trip there was three years ago.

This week we took our second trip there.

We really enjoyed it both times.

Post Office Thank You

Have the children help write a thank you note and draw pictures to send to the post office you visited as a field trip. Make sure you demonstrate how to address it, put the stamp on and mail it.

Mail Carrier Relay

Have some packages and large envelopes in a pile. The children take turns being the “mail carrier”. They take one package or envelope at a time and race it to a designated delivery spot. The other children can be cheering on & watching the speedy delivery while waiting for their turn.

Look Who's Here... It's the Mailman

Here are the lyrics to the song:
Look who’s here, it’s the mailman. Look who’s here, it’s the mailman Look who’s here, it’s the mailman, and I wonder what he’s brought today.
Clap your hands, it’s the mailman......, and I wonder what he’s brought today.
(Repeat with different actions).


Provide index cards for the children. Let them design, create and decorate their own postcards. When they are complete and dry, help them write a note and an address to send them to a member of their family, a friend or themselves.

Stationary and Envelopes

Provide different types of envelops and stationary in the sensory table for the children to explore. Include airmail paper, onionskin, nod paper, typing paper, and different kids of stationery. Also, provide a magnifying glass for them to take a closer look.

Mail Journal Page

Read a book about mail, then hand out a journal sheet with this question on it: "Why is it important for mail to be delivered all over the world?" Record the children's responses and let them draw a picture to go along with their response.

Mail Scale

Provide a variety of letters and boxes, and a scale. The children can weigh the letters and packages to prepare them to mailed (pretend). The children could also place different items in the boxes and weigh them again, noting the difference in weight depending on the contents.

Neighborhood Mailboxes

Take a walk around the neighborhood to observe the different types of mailboxes and addresses in your neighborhood. Let the children describe what their mailbox is like.

Mail Lesson Plan

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Balloon Bugs

Blow up long balloons (two for a spider, three for an insect). Cover them with strips of paper dipped in glue. Put on three to four layers. Let them dry for two to three days. Paint the giant insect or spider and attach pipe cleaners for legs and antennae.

Insects and Spiders Journal Activity

Read a book about insects and spiders then hand out a journal sheet with this question on it: "Which types of insects and spiders do you enjoy watching? Why?" (Click on the image to enlarge and print.) Record the children's responses and let them draw a picture to go along with their response.

Honey Popcorn Crunch

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a pan, add 3/4 cup of honey and stir until combined. Pour the mixture over popped popcorn. Spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet and bake until golden, about 15 minutes at about °350. Talk about how bees make honey while you are eating the snack.

Scientists & Spider Webs

Scientists- The children can dress up in white lab coats and observe spiders and insects with magnifying glasses.

Spider Web- Tie together a big piece of rope to resemble a spider web. Have children pretend they are spiders playing on their web.

Bug Visits

Go visit a bug zoo, butterfly house, or some beehives. Or invite a zoologist or entomologist to come and talk about insects and how important they are.

Bumblebee Flight

Play “The Flight of the Bumblebee (by Rimsky Korsakov) let the kids use their bodies to describe the movements of the bumblebee. Call out suggestions such as,“Wings! flap your wings; you are flying;arms flutter fast;flying high,flying low.” Be careful of collisions.

Butterfly Matching Game

Cut out the triangles and laminate them, if desired. The children can match the dots to the numbers and clip them together with a clothespin to make a butterfly.

Eensy Weensy Spider

Eensy weensy spider went up the water spout ('Climb' up arm), Down came the rain (Wiggle fingers down), And washed the spider out (Throw arms to sides), Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (Circle hands above head) And the eensy weensy spider went up the spout again. ('Climb' up arm).

Lady Bugs and Plastic Insects

Add soil and plastic insects and spiders, and magnifying glasses to the sensory table.
If it is in season (early summer- June), you can get lady bugs from your local nursery for the kids to explore and observe.

Insect or Spider?

Talk about and observe the differences between insects and spiders. Insects have three body segments (head, thorax, abdomen), six legs, and can have wings and antennae. Spiders have two body segments (head and abdomen), eight legs, and do not have wings or antennae.

Insect Hunt

Take the children on an insect hunt nearby. When the children are finished, have everyone show what they found. Talk about where they found the insects (on a tree, under a log, etc.) and where different types of insects and spiders live.

Insect Creation

Provide different colors of pipe cleaners, an egg carton, googley eyes, construction paper, cotton balls, glitter, scissors and glue and let the children construct different insects and spiders.

Insects and Spiders Lesson Plan

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