Toddlers in the Park ~ Our Surroundings

I have a really fun job.  I work for our City in the Parks and Recreation Department.  I am a Program Instructor who gets to teach all sorts of awesome programs to children and adults.  You can find our brochure and program details here.  
 
One of the programs that I am having a great time with right now is called Toddlers in the Park.  It is a parent participatory {meaning parents stay and interact with their children} program that targets 2 – 3 year olds.  It is based outdoors, at a local park and follows a somewhat traditional preschool program outline. 
Today I want to share with you the day plan that I have created for this program.  Each week we explore a different theme / unit and this week was Our Surroundings.
I like to test a lot of the activities that I plan for preschool on the boys.  Here is Isaiah.  He was sorting pictures of things that could be found in our park setting.  After sorting each group he organized the images from largest to smallest.
Here is the day plan for Toddlers in the Park.
Our Surroundings 
 
9:30 – 9:45  Introductions, circle time songs and a book
We sing: Bloop, Bloop Went the Little Green Frog, Five Green and Speckled Frogs 
We read: Five Chirpy Birds 
9:45 – 10:00 Nature walk and sorting
We collect: 5 items found in nature and bring them back to our circle.  Then each child sorts their items into different containers {ie.  one container has rocks, another container has pine cones etc.} 
10:00 – 10:15 Snack time
10:15 – 10:30 Craft 
We create:  a cheerio bird feeder {pictured below – great for fine motor skills} 
10:30 – 10:45 Learning Activities
We assist the children in trying a number of different learning activities geared towards preschoolers.  For this unit I used the FREE Pond Preschool Printables from Two Teaching Mommies.
10:45 – 11:00 Games and free choice
We play:  What time is it Mr. Wolf and Go, Go, Stop

Children and adults will often take the remainder of the time to play on a playground nearby.  This time is essential for children to practice their gross motor skills and for parents to socialize and share stories with each other.

Here’s an example of a fun Frog Craft that the boys brought home from Preschool the other day.  This could also be incorporated into My Surroundings.  Our songs:
 
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs, {show five with your fingers}
Sat on a speckled log, {use your arm as a log}
Eating the most delicious bugs, {mime eating}
Yum, yum. {rub tummy}
One jumped into the pool, {show jumping with one arm}
Where it was nice and cool, {mime swimming with both arms}
Then there were four green speckled frogs. {show four with your fingers}
{Repeat , working your way down to one.}
One green and speckled frog,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum.
He jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were no little speckled frogs.

Bloop Bloop
{sitting criss-cross apple sauce with hands clapping on thighs}
Bloop bloop went the little green frog one day,
Bloop bloop went the little green frog,
Bloop bloop went the little green frog one day,
And they all went bloop bloop blop.
But!
We all know frogs go,
{use hands to mime talking}
Lahdeedahdeedah!
Lahdeedahdeedah!
We all know frogs go,
Lahdeedahdeedah!
They don’t go bloop bloop blop. 
{repeat 2 times, each time a little faster}
The kids LOVE Bloop, Bloop and sometimes call my classes “Lahdeedahdeedah School”  because we sing this every day.
These are some of the printables, from Two Teaching Mommies, that we use for our Learning Activities.  I cut them out and laminate them for extra durability.
Here Isaiah is building his Cheerio Bird Feeder with a pipe cleaner and cheerios.
All done!
 
Thanks for visiting – I hope that you’ve found some of this useful!   Next time I will share our Very Hungry Caterpillar unit.
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1 Comment

  1. Lalav says

    Hey this was interesting! I’m a theatre facilitator and dance therapist, I mostly work with children so I really enjoy reading stories from people in similar fields!

    ps: I’ll definitely try the cheerios birds feeder!!

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