April 28, 2011

April Fun

Here are a few things we did this past month. 

Bubbles.  Not the typical bubbles blown through a small wand, but really big bubbles.  How to make them, how to blow them, how to capture them and all the tools you need to enjoy them.  This was a fun activity.

We went on a bug hunt and discovered many wonderful outdoor bugs.
Puppet play was a big hit this month, letting their imaginations run a muck.

We set up sensory tables.  This one dedicated to treasures.  They collected jewels & coins, sorted them and shared stories about where they believed they came from.

We planted sunflower seeds in clear gloves, taped them to windows for a week, then we planted them out front.  Now we wait to see if we actually get sunflowers.
We studied geology.  For preschoolers, the beauty of rocks. 
We made our own tic-tac-toe board game for each child, taught them how to play and watched the fun come to life.

We did preschool work, started Mother's Day gifts (pictures are secret still), learned our letters of the Month (V, W, X), played outdoors in this great weather, went to the San Francisco Zoo, went to several park days, visited the library and wrapped up our month saying goodbye to one of our preschool friends.  It was Riley's last day today and we had a goodbye party at Yogurt Land.  We love you Riley.

April 24, 2011

My lil Easter Friends

Easter is another holiday we celebrated here at PattyKakesKidz.  From Easter bunnies to eggs, the hunt was on.  See the fun we had here with our friends.

There was was the art of traditional egg coloring.  Our preschool smelled of boiled eggs, but it made for some yummy take-home snacks.

 They did art with foam shapes, bunny cutting, and egg train paintings.

There was a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, along with baskets and sharing with friends.

Then there was a silly snack of mandarin oranges, crackers and cheese sticks.  What funny shape do you think this looks like? 
It was an interesting week here with flowers, stories and more.  Until our next fun adventure with PattyKakesKidz.

April 15, 2011

~ San Francisco Zoo Field Trip ~

Lions and Tigers and Bears,    Oh My!

What a wonderful day we had at our San Francisco Zoo field trip with Patty Kakes Kidz!  Follow our blog and look at what a full day from 9am till 4:30 looks like with 2-4 year olds.

At the entrance, our first pose.  They are so anxious to see the animals. 

Another pose before our first animals.  They're getting restless, but know they must stop for my camera.

We stop to see guinea pigs, meerkats then ground squirrels.  The kids then climb in a hole to pretend they are ground squirrels too.

After alligators, turtles, turkey vultures, hawks and more, we head over to the petting zoo.  Ahhh, to brush a goat.

Vrooom, I'm coming through!

Cool tractors to ride too!

Giddy up cowgirl!

Next, the bug center!  Now that's a hairy turantula. And glad those hissing roaches are in a tank!

The kids loved the little penguin.

A ride on a big bear just before seeing the real thing.

The King of the Jungle refuses to even look at us.  What do you expect from the king?!

Oooh, a double headed peacock!

After a mama ant eater and her baby, a white crane, a rhino and a hippo, it was time for a little rest by the wetlands.

We enter the rainforest and see an anaconda up close and personal.

One of my all time favorites; the gorillas!

The giraffes were picture perfect.  Each marking was as though someone had hand drawn them for the world to see.


 After lunch, a little trip to the carousel brings big smiles and a little fear.  No worries, we're here for you.

A long day of many more animals.  Too many to post pictures of.  We saw zebras, monkeys, otters, scorpions, seals, and so many more.  Now for an hour drive home as the little ones fight sleeping and lost. 

Have a good rest my little friends.

Until our next fieldtrip with PattyKakesKidz