This week in PreK we talked and learned about ducks on the pond. We had several “awww” moments reading books with adorable photos of ducklings. Turns out, your kids already knew lots about ducks, those wonderful swimming birds that are so common in Minnesota.
We were lucky to have great weather all week in which to play outside with the sprinklers.
We also played around with making a ninja hideout, a bit tricky since we cannot have weapons or play fighting in our room. We compromised with “laser beam” obstacles made out of crepe paper. The kids turned some play glasses into ninja masks by decorating them with tape and ribbon.
I also attempted to make a mermaid beach. With some fabric, twinkly stars, and dress up clothes, the kids made a mermaid pond and told some great stories.
We read some informative and also fictional books about ducks, including one about wood ducklings and their nests. Afterwards, we watched a video from the Smithsonian Institute of wood ducklings jumping from their tree nest 30 feet down to the water- amazing!
Some kids made duck puppets (even tiger puppets), as a craft. On Friday, the kids played some rubber ducks with a mixture of corn starch, water, and brown watercolor paint to make muck. The ducks got stuck in the muck! We read the book One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root, and besides talking about the rhyming and the math in the book, we will also discuss how we can help others and times in which people have helped us when we get stuck.
Next week, we will learn about spiders.