"H" Horses: This project was a little too teacher labor intensive (lots of cutting - I think I'll do something different next year).
I did like having the kiddos use scissors to cut the yarn and glue onto the horse's mane and tail.
Horse Play: I've been seeing all these ideas on blogs about setting up miniature pretend play areas. I gave it a whirl with our plastic horses. (The blue tray was the quickest container that I could come up with that was a good size. I think a box lid with some 2-3' sides would work well too. ) I taped green construction paper on top, added plastic trees, fence pieces from our farm sets, a little green tinsel (for grass) and our small plastic horses.
My 3's didn't care much for this activity - they pulled things off the tray and wanted to carry the horses around the room. My 4's, however, have been playing with the tray for 3 weeks now - it's a hit!
Other games we're playing:
Star Count and Match: (idea from the Mailbox Numbers for Little Learners book)
- Felt board
- Felt stars
- Number flash cards
For this game we sat in a circle around our felt board. I had the students close their eyes while I put a certain amount of stars on the board. Then they opened their eyes and I chose someone to count how many stars.
After we counted I put two number flash cards out and we chose which number matched the amount of stars.
Bean Toss: (idea from prekinders.com)
- Tray /felt
- Lima beans (painted on one side)
Toss the beans on the tray, sort the white from the red. Which is more? Which is less? Which color wins?
Block Stack, More & Less: (also from prekinders.com)
- Blocks (same size and shape)
We played a version of a block stack game a few weeks earlier, so the kids were familiar with the concept. We rolled the die, counted the dots and stacked the corresponding amount of blocks. Then we rolled the die a second time, made another stack of blocks and compared stacks.