In preschool we’ve been doing a little unit on weather. This week when I hosted our topic was winter weather clothes. I may have had a small ulterior motive in picking this topic… getting Clara to wear socks, shoes, and coat when we go outside. Or at least understand why she ought to. We’ll see how that goes.
Anyway, we did some dressing up in various coats, hat, scarves, and mittens which was a huge hit. Then we made paper dolls who wanted to go outside and play in the cold. I cut up an L.L. Bean catalog and ended up with plenty of paper coats, hats, boots, snowshoes, and pants. I then pre-cut some paper dolls out of cardstock and busted out the glue sticks. Clara likes to lick her glue stick (she’s going to be the one eating paste in elementary school for sure), but everyone else seems understand not to. They all glued their clothes on the naked people, added some marker just for fun, then we stuck on some little googly eyes. The eyes really made the project. They turned out pretty cute.
We also read a couple of getting dressed for cold weather books which all the kids enjoyed. The first, which Clara has been obsessed with lately is Thumpity Thump Gets Dressed by Cyndy Szekeres, which is the story of a little bunny that wants to go outside and play, but he has to keep changing his clothes as the weather gets worse and worse.
The other book that was a hit was Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin. This is the story of a little girl who comes in from outside and has to take all of her layers off to have hot chocolate and cookies, then has to get all dressed back up. I’m not sure that any of the kiddos have really expeirienced that, but maybe if it decides to be a snowy winter here. We’ll see.