Monday, May 7, 2012

Winnie the Pooh Storybook Center

Every afternoon after lunch I have both our little and big kids lie down on their beds for read-aloud time.  This is a peaceful time of rest for the older children and a relaxation time for the little children prior to napping. We all look forward to this time of day and for some strange reason I like sitting in the hall reading to the children as they listen, rest and add the occasional opinion, question or comment. We recently finished reading The House at Pooh Corner, so I thought it would be fun to put a learning center together.  My primary source for our center were these printables. Here are our 2 youngests in learning action:

I was so delighted to see this game in the activity pack.  The game  is called Honey Money and has been a wonderful help to identifying the coins for K.  She has asked to play many times and each time that we do she always wants more.

I really liked this printable because I have not seen anything like it on the internet.  B had to match the counter color to the background color on the page.  Wonderful color identification practice, matching and fine motor, because for those young hands it is still so hard to pick-up small items.

In the printable pack there was a set for patterning activities.  B is just beginning to work on this skill so we had a fun introduction.  The pattern set could also be cut up for a game of Memory or Go Fish.

When we practiced patterning I would walk B through each card and have him look at them for details like color or size before he followed the pattern sequence. 
This was a fun activity to match the real life animal with the character animal.  This could be printed as a worksheet, laminated for reuse or like here, we put it in our Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center.

The Pooh Pack also included a beginning addition page which was great to use with our Montessori Addition Strip Board.

Then of course a Pooh story must be accompanied by a Pooh Show.  The older children were the directors and the 2 littles were the actors.  I had totally forgotten about these 2 costumes and it was so fun to see the littles wearing them.  The Pooh Bear costume is my favorite because of the puffy Pooh belly.

Here K and B are holding their version of honey pots, really syrup containers from Costco.

We also looked at the book Tigger's Giant Lift the Flap Book

Then we gathered all of our bears together for a bear hunt.  The children searched their rooms for bears and then I hid them around the house for them to find.  These hide and seek activities are always an enjoyable activity.  The bears could also be counted or sorted according to size or color.

And finally we read every bear book in the house.  My favorite bear books are by Karma Wilson.  We own Bear's New Friend, which you can't see in the picture.  We also really enjoy Martin Waddell's bear series.

Now I think it is time to fix a little :smackerel" for dinner.

I'm linking up with Montessori Monday and the Preschool Corner.

1 comment:

pooh baby shower said...

These printable are helpful for children to learn.