Pajama Day

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  1. RedVac

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    Any fun ideas for activities for PJ day for 3's? Last year we watched a movie which was too long. Thought it would be fun to do more activities this year-reading 10 in the bed.
     
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  3. WaProvider

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    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to play "roll and count" take one or two dice depending on how well you can recognize either numbers or dice spots, move the same amount of thematic pieces onto your thematic place card.

    So, for a to in the bed pj day I might move doll house people onto a cut out of a bed? Or a rectangle block from the block area?

    This game is pretty much a constant on our shelf, the dice change (we have some that spin like tops!) and the thematic counters and place card changes but the rules are the same.
     
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    Pop popcorn, have the children measure a line on the paper bag as to what their guess is how much popped corn will be in the bag. Sequence paper after that about popping pop corn, first, second, third.
    Flap Jack Pete! Read Pancakes by Eric Carle and then make a paper bag puppet, face looks like a pancake, holds a spatula in one hand, oven mitt on the other.
    Read Sam's Pizza by David Pelham, using craft materials to make one This story is about a little boy who makes his sister a pizza using all kinds of bugs. You could use plastic bugs or make some out of construction paper.
    Have fun!
    Pancake relay race......make up a few before school, frozen works fine, bring in a few spatulas and have a race around the chairs and back.
     
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    Playdough pancakes.....you could make the playdough at a center and then take it home as an extention! Ha, my parents don't like playdough.....that would be fun for me.....ha.
     
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    Put sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, and teddy bears in the dramatic play area.

    Put some PJ themed books in the reading center such as:

    Night, Night Spot
    Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton
    Goodnight Moon
    Spot Says Goodnight
    Spot Sleeps Over
    Arthur's First Sleepover
    Night, Night, Sleep Tight
    Mr. Bear Says Goodnight
    The Napping House
     
  7. K3 teacher

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    We make hot chocolate (well, luke warm hot chocolate), read bedtime stories, sometimes watch a short movie (Dora or Blues Clues episode about night time - only about 20 minutes), have relay races with the stuffed animals the kids brought to school - run your animal down to the pile and come back to the line, pull your stuffed animal on a blanket to the other side and back. The kids have a great time!
     
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    What about skipping the movie, and inserting tiny skits. Tiny skits, like "Little Miss Muffet" and so on?
     
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    The Napping House is also a great Pajama Day book. The kids like being able ot act it out or to move felt board characters to recreate the story.
     
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    If they bring stuffed friends and if you have a parachute, you could bounce them around. Maybe make up a chant along the lines of five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
     
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    We make pancakes and read "If You Give A Pig A Pancake."
     
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    LOVE The Napping House clarnet......great story for pj day.
    Have you decided what to do RedVac?
     
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    When I worked with 3s we had them all bring a stuffed animal on PJ day. While the children were napping, all the stuffed animals "ran away". When the children woke up and discovered all their animals were gone we did the "Going on a Bear Hunt" chant and set off to find their animals. They were BESIDE THEMSELVES when we found the animals having a picnic outside!!
     
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    That sounds wonderful Miss Scrimmage.......I can see playing with the rhyme Wee Willy Winky on this day too.....as he is running through town in his night gown!!
     
  15. teacher12345

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    Here are some ideas:

    Snack:
    teddy grahms
    marshmellows or mini marshmellows (pillows)
    cereal
    pancakes

    Art:
    playdough pancakes
    slipper painting (bring an old slippers for the children to stamp on construction paper).
    http://www.preschoolexpress.com/art-station08/shadow-art-feb08.shtml shadow art
    Easel:
    nightime coloring (black paper with yellow, white, or lime green crayons or chalk.)

    Dramatic Play:
    bedtime/sleepover: plastic popcorn containers or ask your movie theater for popcorn bags, robes, slippers, nightgowns etc. for the children to dress up in, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags, teddybears. flashlights and pizza and breakfast food like mini cereal boxes, bacon, eggs, pancakes and a frying pan, sausage, fruit, waffles, and toast and a toaster and coffee, orange juice, and milk.

    Block area:
    dollhouse with beds and people

    Texture table:
    popcorn seeds
    feathers
    different textured fabrics
    oatmeal

    Manipulative/fine motor:
    mathcing pillow game, different night related things on cards that look like pillows.)
    nightime puzzles
    Making pancakes out of cardboard and putting night pictures on them for a matching game
    making pancakes out of cardboard and have a dice and children will roll the dice to see how many pancakes that they can put on their plate.

    Woodworking:
    mini marshmellow and toothpick sculptures
    taking apart alarm clocks

    Math center:
    pancake counting game described above
    ten in the bed game with a feltboard or with toy people and a bed created out of a shoebox turned upside down
    quilt patterns

    Writing Center:
    making a class book, my favorite thing to eat for breakfast is... and having the children draw pictures or cut out pictures of food out of magazines.
    Large group time:
    scholastic storybook videos (Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Gorilla, The Napping House, Courderay, How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight?)
    Books:
    If you Give a pig a Pancake
    Pancakes, Pancakes
    The napping House
    Goodnight Moon
    Goodnight Gorilla

    songs:
    teddy bear, teddy bear rhyme
    twinkle, twinkle, little star
    Are you Sleeping Brother John?
    Ten in the Bed
    five little monkeys jumping on the bed
    Hey Diddle, Diddle

    Science:
    http://www.preschoolexpress.com/discovery-station10/exploring-shadows.shtml

    from perpetual preschool
    You will need a strong magnet plastic zipper bags rolling pin and different kids of cereal

    Use as many cereals as you want put each kind in a different baggie. Only a little is needed. Use the rolling pin to crush the cereal. If your cereal is high in iron then it should cling to the magnet. Make guesses on which you think will cling and which won't.

    Crinkle Pillow *old pillow case *fallen leaves

    Good activity for Autumn. Take children outside and have them help rake leaves. Fill about a bucket full. Take the leaves inside and fill the pillow case, tying it securely. Allow the children to explore the pillow. Ask open ended questions and use words to describe the sound and texture. Ask how this pillow is the same or different from their own at home?
     
  16. WaProvider

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    Nov 6, 2010

    large motor

    Wee Willy Winky obstacle course!!
     

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