Monday, August 29, 2011

Grandparents

Book Suggestions:

Grandparents by Leon Read
Grandpa's Little One by Billy Crystal
Little Bear's Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
Spot Visits His Grandparents by Eric Hill
The Grandma Book by Todd Parr
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

Activities:

Photo Book:
Materials: pictures of grandparents and other relatives, small photo album, white marker
Description: Small photo albums with pictures of loved ones are fun for kids to look at and help them remember names and faces. You and your toddler can start one of these special photo albums this week. Print a picture of all of your child's grandparents (if they do not have any grandparents, print pictures of yourself and other friends or relatives). Show the pictures of your child and see if they can identify the person in the photo. Write the name of each person on their picture and slide it into the album. You can keep this album with your child's favorite books for them to look at again and again.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot about family, teach your tot to recognize people, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot to hold a book correctly

Picture Frame:
materials: 4 popsicle sticks, yarn (or ribbon), a piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock, glue, a picture of your toddler's grandparents
Description: Many of us have seen and probably even made popsicle stick picture frames. This idea is similar; however, your toddler will also get some motor skill development by making this frame. To begin, show your toddler how to wrap a Popsicle stick with yarn and let them do the other three. To attach the yarn simply use a dot of glue or a staple to the back of the Popsicle stick. Glue all four Popsicle sticks to each other, making a square or rectangle. Last, glue a piece of cardboard or cardstock to the back of the frame on three sides only. Make the cardboard or cardstock bigger than the picture, so that the picture of your child's grandparents will slide in-between the frame and the cardboard.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to give, teach your tot


Old and Young:
Materials: a picture of your child's grandparents, a picture of your child
Description: Show your toddler a picture of one of their grandparents and a picture of themselves. Talk about the similarities and differences of both people in the pictures. Which is old, which is young?
Skills Targeted: teach your tot opposites, teach your tot the difference between old and young, teach your tot to pay attention to detail, teach your tot to observe

Write and Mail a Letter:
Materials: paper, envelope, stamp, pen, crayons
Description: Whether or not your child's grandparents live close by or far away, you and your toddler can write them a letter. Sit with your toddler and tell them that you will write a letter to grandma or grandpa (or other relative or friend). Start with Dear _______, . Your toddler can tell you what to write. Explain the greeting and closing of a letter to your toddler. Have your toddler draw a picture to enclose in the letter. Your toddler can help you seal the envelope. Talk to them about the address as you write it on the letter. Your toddler can put the stamp on the envelope. Take your toddler to the post office with you. Show your toddler all around the post office and have them help you put the letter in the right mail slip.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to write and mail a letter, teach your tot about their community, teach your tot pre-writing skills, teach your tot about where people live

Letter G:
Materials: sand paper, paper, glue
Description: Since grandma and grandpa begin with letter G, you and your toddler can learn about letter G this week. You can start a sandpaper letter book together. Simply trace letter G onto a piece of sandpaper and cut it out. Glue it to a piece of heavy paper such as cardstock. Through the week, show it to your toddler and have them trace the letter while they say its name and sound. You can punch a hole in the corner and add a metal ring and as you make other letters, you can keep them all together. Check out the sandpaper letter book on the Teach Your Tot blog.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the alphabet, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot to recognize letters, teach your tot letter sounds

Family Tree:
materials: pictures of grandparents, parents, and your children, glue, a piece of paper
Description: You and your toddler can make a family tree together. First draw a picture of a big tree onto a piece of paper. Have your toddler help you color it. Show your toddler all the pictures for the family tree and have them identify each person. Your child can help you glue the pictures of all of their grandparents across the top of the tree. Write the names of each grandparent under their picture. Next, glue the picture of your toddler's parents under the correct set of grandparents and write your names. Last, your toddler can glue the picture of themselves at the bottom of the tree. Write your toddler's name under their picture.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot about their family, teach your tot to recognize people, teach your tot how they are related to their grandparents

Grandma's Cookies:
Materials: The book The Doorbell Rang, cookie dough or ingredients for making homemade cookies
Description: Read the Doorbell Rang to your toddler. In this story the kids eat and share cookies that are "as good as Grandma's." After reading the story, make cookies with your toddler. (If your child's grandma lives close invite them over to make cookies with them or bring some cookies over). When the cookies cool, count the cookies with your toddler. You could also invite some friends over to share the cookies. Give each person three cookies and count them together.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to cook, teach your tot to share, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot to count

Family Map:
Materials: a map, small photos of grandparents and your little ones (and other relatives or friends)
Description: Show your toddler a map and talk about what it is and what it is used for. Show your toddler where they live and have them glue the picture of themselves to the state that they live in. Do this same thing for grandparents and other family or friends. You can hang this map up and talk about all these different places each day.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot about a map, teach your tot where they live, teach your tot to find places on a map, teach your tot where their family lives

Songs and Fingerplays:

I Love Grandma and Grandpa:
(Sung to the tune of the Barney Theme Song)

I love grandma.
She loves me.
Grandma's as fun as she can be.
She reads me lots of books
And plays with me all day,
I think Grandma is A-Okay!

I love Grandpa.
He loves me.
Grandpa's as fun as he can be.
He takes me to the park
And swings me in the air.
But why doesn't grandpa have any hair!

Grandma's house:
(sung to the tune of All Round the Mulberry Bush)

Here we go to grandma's house.
I can't wait.
We'll bake cookies and play games
And stay up so late.

Here we go to grandma's house.
We can't get there fast enough.
We'll sing all kinds of songs,
and do lots of really fun stuff.

Here we go to grandma's house.
Grandpa will be there too.
He'll chase me around and swing me in the air,
There's so much we will do.

Things Around Grandma's/Grandpa's House:
(Sung to the tune of These are the People in Your Neighborhood)

A hat is something I find at Grandpa's house
at Grandpa's House
at Grandpa's House.
A hat is something I find at Grandpa's house
There are many fun things for me.

Cookies are something I find at Grandma's house,
at grandma's house,
at grandma's house.
Cookies are something I find at Grandma's house.
There are so many fun things there for me.

Books are something I find at Grandpa's house,
at Grandpa's house,
at Grandpa's house.
Books are something I find at Grandpa's house.
There are so many fun things there for me.

Online Fun:

Letter G:
Since grandma, grandpa, and grandparent all start with letter G you can your toddler can watch letter G here...


Starfall Learn to Read



Printable Checklist for staying at grandma’s house:
If possible, have your toddler plan a special sleepover or visit with their grandparents this week. Print this checklist and have your toddler find these items to take with them.

Videos:
Check out www.sesamestreet.org for some cute videos about grandparents:

Fishing with Abuelo

We're a family

Recipes:

Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies:
Simply Recipes has a yummy recipe for Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies!
Ingredients:
• 1 cup shortening
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup white sugar
• 2 eggs well beaten
• 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cup flour
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
• 3 cups oats (we use Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned. Do NOT use instant.)
• 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (use 1/2 cup if using raisins)
• 1 cup raisins (optional

Visit Simply Recipes for directions!

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