October -- Week 3
16 months -
2 1/2 years
SPECIAL TOYS & GAMES BIBLE LANGUAGE MONDAY Muddy Pigs: Print out this Pig Color Sheet on pink paper for each child. Put a small amount of brown fingerpaint (or chocolate pudding for very young children) in the center of it. Let the children cover their pig by fingerpainting with the "mud." Play with Farm Playset and/or Animals. Get out the animals and farm playset. Play with the children and talk about each animal and the sounds they make, etc. Recite:
"Jesus is with me always." Matthew 28:20
A Man Makes a Garden,
Tell the story while making a garden--Cut pictures of vegetables and fruit from weekly grocery ads. Glue them to brown construction paper. "Plant" them by making rows of blocks and rows of fruits and vegetables brown side up. "Grow" the fruits and vegetables by turning them over.
Sign Language: Farmer
The Farm Yard
In the farm yard at the end of the day,
All the animals politely say,
"thank you for my food today."
The cow says, "Moo."
The pigeon says, "Coo."
The sheep says, "Baaa."
The lamb says, "Maaa."
The hen, "Cluck, cluck, cluck."
"Quack," says the duck.
The dog says, "Bow wow."
The cat says, "Meow."
The horse says, "Neigh."
The pig grunts, "Oink."
Then the bard is locked up tight,
And the farmer says, "Goodnight."
TUESDAY Play with Playdough, be sure to provide some animal-shaped cookie cutters. Provide Real Gords for the children to explore. Provide a basket or two to put them in and to play a dump/fill game. Pretend to harvest them and use them in the dramatic play area to "cook" with. WEDNESDAY Teach all or some of this Parables: Jesus Tells Stories lesson and crafts. Pull Weeds! Let the children pull weeds to illistrate the Bible story. Be sure to supervise them and let them know which plants they can pull.
NOTE: If you have poisionus plants this is NOT a good idea for you.
out of the children's hands and cotton balls.
Provide Root Vegetables: carrots, potatoes, radishes, parsnips, beets, trunips, etc. & vegetable brushes. Allow the children to brush the veggies clean. Cut and eat with dip for a snack or put into a soup for lunch. FRIDAY Make Mud Pictures--Give children sturdy paper and a large spoonful or two of chocolate pudding (or brown paint). Let children run tractors and plastic farm animals through the "mud". The pudding dries into a neat texture. Ball Day! Practice rolling the balls to each other. Everyone says the memory verse as they roll the ball. If you have those gords handy, try rolling those. SNACKS & ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES Snacks
Animal shaped crackers
Farm fresh vegetables
Thin French fries stacked up to look like a stack of hay
Read The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone.
"Stamp Paint" - Dip animal shapped cookie cutters in paint and stamp them onto construction paper.
Use silk Leaves to toss into the air and let them float down on baby. Talk about the colors, texture, etc.
Provide a cut-out Barn shape and glue on animal crackers.
Make a Chicken. Ahead of time prepare chicken cut outs. Have children paint glue on the chickens and add feathers. When dry, children can glue to construction paper and then glue bird seed or cornmeal to the bottom of the page for chicken feed. Sing
The Farmer in the Dell
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