With Daddy on call this Thanksgiving and 3 sick boys, we are holing up for a Thanksgiving week of crafts, activities, and books.
Turkeys are making counting, sorting, and color-matching more festive. Anthony loved matching the turkey feathers and practicing his color words (“boo!”, “geen!”) and John did his first color by number–which he took very literally to mean “color the number” (as opposed to color the shape enclosing the number).
Mr. Turkey lost his feathers, so John had a color scavenger hunt to help him get them back. After finding them all, John got some color matching and fine motor practice sticking them into colored dots on a piece of craft foam. Mr. Turkey followed John around all evening and even went to bed with him! Hungry Turkey (aka construction paper covered tissue box) ate all of our object magnets–I would gobble out an animal or food and the boys would find it and feed it to the ravenous bird. I think Hungry Turkey will be gobbling up some letter & number magnets later this week!
After an excruciatingly disgusting cleaning, I moved the sand table inside for the winter to avoid the 30-40 degree temps and constant rain (although Memphis purports to be in the South, I am finding this hard to believe at the moment). Plastic scatter on clearance from the craft store made a fall sensory table. Both boys and their friends picked up the materials with ands and bug pinchers, poured them from cup to cup, and placed them in a lidded container that became a (VERY loud) shaker. John took some of the pumpkins and used them to form letters to spell his name and then make shapes.
Thinking ahead to making our post-holiday Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, John and Anthony are learning to set the table. Both boys sorted sets of silverware into a silverware tray with printed pictures of a knife, fork, and spoon (thank you Dollar Tree!) and Anthony learned a new word (knife). John set his table according to a teaching placemat I found in the Target Dollar Spot and “laminated” with contact paper. Add some felt turkey legs I sewed last year and voila! Thanksgiving dinner is served.
John’s cornucopia will preside over Thanksgiving dinner (and give both boys an opportunity for pretend play, color matching, vocabulary building, and a discussion about how we are thankful that God provides such varied and nutritious food for us).