Thursday, February 25, 2016

If You Give A Moose A Muffin

One area of our day I've been working on is having structured activity time with Connor. He gets plenty of that during preschool but at home, we tend to have much more of a relaxed schedule. With that in mind, I decided to have craft and activity time with Connor 2 hours once a week. Similar to school lessons, we would have a theme and focus on that throughout our "class time" together. This month we picked "If You Give A Moose A Muffin" for our theme.

Reading is something that Connor loves so the idea of creating a lesson or activity around a book is one that I'm confident that he will like for months to come. After reading our book we decided to make a snack. We picked Moose Tracks. Connor enjoyed mixing the various ingredients together and eating our creation even more so. Here is our simple Moose Track Trail Mix recipe.

Simply combine kettle popcorn, Goldfish, chocolate chips, yogurt covered raisins and Original Bugels together. Store mix in an air-tight container.

After snacking on our trail mix, it was time for some muffin themed activities. When looking online for a cute activity, I discovered this adorable Mini Muffin Match Up kit. It was perfect for our lesson and we've been playing with it since.

Our Mini Muffin Match Up gives us the chance to focus on...
  • Redefining math learning with imaginative play
  • Targets: color recognition, matching, sorting, counting, and early math skills
  • Promotes mastery in academic standards for counting, classifying objects, and can be used for beginning addition and subtraction practice
  • Use circle inserts to determine what to sort or count. Then use the mini muffins to count out the number on the circle or match the color to the counters.
  • Squeezy Tweezers(TM) increase fine motor skills and hone skills needed for writing

After playing with our kit for over 45 (!!) minutes, we moved onto serving each other muffins for snacks. I located this adorable counting place mat over at  Miss Nicole Speech. I printed both the mat and numbers available and used our colored muffins from our kit to serve muffins to each other for a pretend snack. 

We had such a fun time discovery the fun we could have with muffins! This was the first time we've read "If You Give A Moose A Muffin" and we loved it just as much as the others in the series. I'm already brainstorming other lessons we can do and may even consider putting a craft or two together in the ones we share next. 

Find more "If You Give a Moose"activities, recipes, crafts and more over at Raising Fairies and Knights.

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