We had some inchworm fun to help learn about letter "Ii". Thanks to Deborah from Teach Preschool I had some activities at my fingertips - great for a busy time of year : )
Big "I" with Inchworms - Hiding in the Grass (Inspiration here) : We glued small green rectangles on our capital "I's". We tried to glue the worms bending, but most of my students liked the ease of gluing them flat.
After we were done with the glue, we painted grass for the worms to hide in, using the tines of a fork.
Find the Inchworms! (Inspiration here): I can't believe I've never thought of using pipe cleaner and magnets together - great combo! For this center, I put some grass (green and brown gift bag filler, found a the dollar store) in a container. I added some inchworms (green pipe cleaner) and magnetic wands.
My kiddos LOVED this activity. I'm going to bring it back in a few weeks and add some magnetic alphabet letters to the mix for some review fun.
Other activities in our classroom:
Nativity Building Center: I've had a plastic Nativity set mixed with our blocks for the last four weeks and it's still a popular spot to play. Every once in a while baby Jesus disappears (he's a hot item!) but he is eventually retrieved to place in whatever version of a stable is being constructed.
Christmas Card Art: I had a huge bag of Christmas card fronts donated to our school. I put the cards, construction paper, scissors, glue and markers out at our art table for the kiddos to be creative with. My smallest students are just getting comfortable with using scissors and glue so it was great practice for them. I love seeing their creativity start to blossom when the use of art tools becomes more familiar.