Two Little Blue Birds
Traditional Finger Play (birds can become any color)
Two little blue birds (hold up two fingers)
Sitting on a hill (form a hill with hands)
One named Jack (hold up pointer finger)
One named Jill (hold up the other pointer finger)
Fly away Jack (hold thumbs together and flap finger wings)
Fly away Jill (repeat the flapping)
Come back Jack (wave inward welcoming bird)
Come back Jill (repeat the inward welcoming sign)
Repetition is the key to success and the young child thrives on it. Feel free to repeat the rhyme two or three times and then talk about what they think those blue birds were up to, where they flew off to why they came back to the hill.
HERE IS THE BASIC RECIPE FOR PLAY-DOUGH:
– 1 cup salt
– 2 cups flour
– 2 cups water
– 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
– 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
NOW TO MAKE IT SMELL LIKE FALL:
ADD 1 1/2 TABLESPOONS OF PUMPKIN PIE SPICE! I CAN’T REALLY DECIDE IF IT REMINDS ME OF PUMPKIN PIE OR APPLE PIE, BUT IT SMELLS GREAT.
You can mix food coloring together, too, to make it more “fall like”. We mixed ours together and used it as a science experiment. If you mix yellow and Red… it makes orange. (Sing the Primary Colors song…. “there are 3 primary colors… Red & Yellow make: ORANGE!” Etc… ).
To make this, you will just whisk all of the ingredients in a pan & put it on the stove. Cook it on medium heat for a few minutes. It will start out runny, but quickly form into a ball. When this happens (when it gets thick), remove it from the heat but continue to stir it.
When it is semi-cool, take it out and place it on a floured surface. Knead the dough.
Sprinkle another 1/2 Tablespoon in and keep kneading.
Store in a ziplock bag.
Annual thankful tablecloth
HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?
1. Find a tablecloth (we bought this one at Wal-mart for $5).
2. Find paint that is NOT going to wash off when you wash it.
3. Put on old clothes or a painters apron.
4. Put something UNDER your tablecloth so that the paint does not get on the table (learn from my mistake!)
5. Have a chair ready, at the kitchen sink, with the water running (for washing hands)
GETTING THE KIDS INVOLVED:
(We have four children, but I also invited our niece and nephew to do this with us)
1. Take each child, one at a time, to the tablecloth.
2. Place their hand in the paint and then immediately onto the tablecloth.
3. You are going to make a cluster, so plan accordingly.
4. Take the first child to the sink to wash his/her hands.
5. Take child #2 and repeat…
6. Do this with each child.
Let it dry overnight.
Take a sharpie and write what each child is thankful for… Try to ask them separately to get the best, most personal answers. (ps- its really hard to see the writing with my sharpie- so I”m adding it in here so you can see it)
WRITE THE YEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR CIRCLE OR CLUSTER OF HANDS.