Friday, February 18, 2011

Shoes

Next week's theme is all about shoes!


Book Suggestions:

Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop
Red Lace, Yellow Lace: Learn to Tie Your Shoe by Mike Casey
The Zoo Shoes by Lynne Brunelle
Little Einsteins: June's New Shoes by Marcy Kelman
1, 2, 3 Lace My Shoe by Sonia Canals
Fox In Socks by Dr. Seus
Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Ann Morris

Activities:



Big, Bigger, Biggest:
Materials: shoes, marker, paper, scissors
Description: Show your toddler three different pairs of shoes. Talk about each shoe. What color is it? Is it big or little? Help your toddler trace each shoe onto a piece of paper. Cut out each shoe print. Talk to your toddler about which one is big, bigger and biggest. Have your toddler put them in order from small to big and then from big to small.
Skills Targeted: compare and contrast, understand big and small, understand opposites, language development



Paint with shoes:
Materials: A pair of old shoes, paint, paper, several large pieces of paper
Description: Your child will have fun making painted shoe prints all over a piece of paper. Put some paint on a large piece of paper. Let your toddler step in the paint with their old shoes. Then they can step onto a large blank piece of paper and make shoe prints all over.
Skills Targeted: encourage creativity, motor skill development
Paint with Shoe Laces:
Materials: a pair of old shoe laces, paint, paper
Description: Your toddler can create a painted picture with an old pair of shoe laces. Have your child dip a shoe lace into paint and drag it across a piece of paper. They can use the tip of the shoelace to add detail to their picture as well.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, enhance creativity



Matching Shoes:
Materials: several pairs of shoes
Description: Because shoes come in pairs, they are great for matching. Gather several pairs of shoes together in a pile and help your toddler match each pair. As you play this game with your child, talk about the colors and sizes of the different shoes. What makes them the same and different.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, sorting, compare and contrast, understand big and little, understand opposites
Practice, Practice, Practice:
Materials: A pair of lace-up shoes
Description: If your toddler is ready, help them practice tieing their own shoes. Here's a poem for teaching your little one to tie their shoes. (from Reallygoodstuff.com)
Put one lace in each hand, You got it right!
Let them dance, then pull them tight.
Make a loop like a bunny's ear,
Then wrap the other lace around, careful as your steer.
Make another ear, then pull it through.
The dance is done. You tied your shoe!
You and your toddler can also practice bucking and velcrowing their shoes.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, life skill development, language development, following directions

Decorate your own shoes:
Materials: A pair of inexpensive white shoes, glue, craft items, puffy paint, markers etc.
Description: Your toddler can create their own orginal pair of shoes. Gather together a pair of inexpensive white shoes (or a pair of shoes that your toddler already has, but may not like. Once they add their own touches to their shoes, they may find a new love for an old pair of shoes!), glue, and a variety of craft items. Allow your toddler to decorate their shoes to their liking. Puffy paint is fun to use along with sequence, pom-poms, and ribbon.
Skills Targeted: encourage creativity, motor skill development

Make Your Own Flip-Flops:
Materials: flip-flops, hot glue, 1/2 yard of fabric of your choice
Description: You can help your toddler make their own inexpensive flip-flops. These can be made using any themed or holiday fabric. Check out Toddlers Today for a picture and simple instructions on how to create these adorable flip-flops.
Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development

Take A Field Trip To A Shoe Store:
Description: While you are having fun learning about shoes this week, it would be the perfect time to take your toddler to have their foot measured at a shoe store. Show your toddler different size shoes. Talk with them about how their feet grow; therefore, they keep needing bigger and bigger shoes. Take them to a shoe store and get their feet measured to see what size shoe they need.
Skills Targeted: develop life skills, compare and contrast, language development, enrich this week’s theme

Sort Shoes:
Materials: Many different shoes
Description: Put many different shoes in a pile for your toddler. (they don't have to be pairs of shoes, since you will sorting, not matching). Help your toddler sort the pile of shoes by color. Put all the red shoes together, all the blue shoes together, all the black shoes together etc.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, sorting, develop pre-math skills Paint with shoes:
Materials: A pair of old shoes, paint, paper, several large pieces of paper
Description: Your child will have fun making painted shoe prints all over a piece of paper. Put some paint on a large piece of paper. Let your toddler step in the paint with their old shoes. Then they can step onto a large blank piece of paper and make shoe prints all over.
Skills Targeted: encourage creativity, motor skill development





Trace Your Shoes:
Materials: shoes, marker, paper
Description: Have your child put on a pair of shoes and stand on a piece of paper. Trace their shoes onto the paper. Your child can color their traced shoes with markers or crayons. You can even punch holes in their traced shoes and thread real shoes laces through them. Next, you can stand on another piece of paper and your toddler can try to trace your shoes.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, motor skill development
The Right Shoes For The Right Weather:
Description: Throughout the week, go through your toddlers shoes (and your own shoes) and talk with your toddler about when and why we wear different shoes. For example: We were rubber boots when it rains, furry boots when it is cold, and flip flops when it is hot outside. Before your toddler puts on their shoes each day, take them outside to find out what the weather is like. Talk with your toddler about how it feels outside (is it hot, cold, rainy, snowy etc.). Then based on the weather, let your toddler chose what pair of shoes would be appropriate to wear that day.
Skills Targeted: understand weather, understand how to dress for different weather, develop pre-science skills, language development, encourage good choices and decision making


Songs and Fingerplays:

This little shoe:
(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

This little shoe has a match (hold up one shoe)
has a match, has a match.
This little shoe has a match.
Can you find which one? (have your toddler find the shoe that matches the one you are holding.)

This would be a great song/game to play using your homemade felt board. Check out the blog for details on how to make your own feltboard.

1,2 buckle My shoe:

1, 2 buckle my shoe
3, 4 shut the door
5, 6 pick up sticks
7, 8 lay them straight
9, 10 the big fat hen.

10 Little Shoes

1 little 2 little 3 little shoes
4 little 5 little 6 little shoes
7 little 8 little 9 little shoes
10 little shoes for my feet.

Online Fun:

Videos:


Visit Sesame Street online to view videos all about shoes.





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Very helpful cute ideas. I have a 3 year old and 1 year old and I think alot of these could be used for both kids. Thanks for sharing.

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