Thursday, September 1, 2011

Once Upon A Book ~ Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet!



Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet! By Dr. Seuss

Summary: This is a great touch and feel book for younger tots! It has fur, feathers, flaps, slide tabs, and cardboard rings for the antlered Gack. It covers lots of fun imaginative pets along with the wonderful rhyming so well known to Dr. Seuss books.

Bible Verse: “And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” Genesis 1:24

Since my Teeny Tot loves Puppies, we went with that for our Pet theme this month. She is currently 2.5 years old, so we’re keeping it light. She is excited about school this year, and is eager to have her own work to do!

Prewriting Skills: It’s always good to practice basic handwriting skills just to get your fine-motor skills tuned. It takes time to be able to trace lines and so have patience!

Pre-writing practice worksheets: We use dry-erase markers on these, you can either laminate the pages, or use page protectors so the worksheets remain re-usable.


Large letter tracing:


Math Concepts: These activities are all centered around practicing basic math principles such as one-to-one correspondence, counting, sorting, and logical thinking skill building.

Magnet Page: One to One correspondence activity. We use these power magnets from Amazon.


Number Counting Cards: We had some cute little dog bones that she used. We counted together and put the correct amount of bones on each card based on the number on it.


Smallest to largest size sorting activity. I was impressed with the Teeny Tot’s skills here, she did these all on her own and we talked about which was the smallest and largest.


Puppy Matching: I printed 2 copies of this page and cut one apart, and left one whole. We then matched up the puppy cards to the one on the game board. You can also cut both copies then flip them over and use them as a memory matching game.


Counting and Logical Thinking: This is one of my new number order puzzles. If you put the pieces in number order you’ll have a completed puzzle.


Pattern Activity: This is a little beyond what my Teeny Tot can understand right now, so I helped her out with it. I think after repeating these types of activities though she’ll get it soon enough!


Motor-Skills Practice: These activities are all geared towards getting those little muscles working. They work on muscle coordination, fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Lacing activity. This was a little crazy, she didn’t quite get the concept to go around the puppy, but instead just went in and out of random holes in the card, but that’s okay, she’s just getting started‘


Cutting Skills: We’re still working on proper scissor hold and it just takes some time to get it down pat so don’t get frustrated, just give your children ample opportunity! With rounded child scissors of course!


Coloring Page. Right now we’re using Crayola washable, erasable colored pencils. I’m a big fan of all things “washable” these days!


One of our favorite activities…not washable might I add…are the do-a-dot marker pages! You can find Do-a-dot markers on Amazon and at most craft stores! The goal is to place one dot inside each circle.


Letter Poke Page: I took a leap with this activity, but the Teeny Tot did remarkably well with it. We used an OVERSIZED push pin, she was instructed to poke a hole along the letter outlines. She actually did do that then proceeded to poke holes all over the paper. I think she just liked it, but I was impressed with her focus on this activity. I would suggest parental supervision if using a pokey object ;o)



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