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March 2017

Letters to the Military

Several months ago my mom brought over a bin of Beanie Babies and told me she thought they could be donated to the troops.  I, of course, had no idea how to go about this.  So I did nothing.

This week I decided to go through them and keep the ones that meant the most to me and donate some to my toddler classroom.  After that I still had dozens left!  So I begrudgingly started a Google search to find out the best way to donate them, and I’m glad I did!  I found an organization called Operation Gratitude!  As I was printing out the donation form I saw that donations of letters to our military personnel are always needed. And then I had a great idea!  I’d have my students “write” letters!

I wrote a quick one or two lines of thanks on cardstock ahead of time and then let the kids get creative with stickers and crayons.

Explaining the activity to toddlers was a bit challenging, but they generally understood when I said we were, “thanking soldiers for keeping us safe.” (Yes, I know soldier is specific to the army, but they’re 2 year olds, okay? 😉)  Several of the kids got really into it and asked to write multiple letters!  It was awesome to see their excitement!

This would be a great activity to go along with National Holidays such as Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, but I also think it is important to thank our service members on other days of the year as well!

In the end we had a big pile of wonderful letters to donate to Operation Gratitude!

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Green Eggs and Ham

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so this week is national Dr. Seuss week!  So far I have blogged about crafts and activities to do with toddlers. Today’s activity is a themed story time and requires a lot more adult work but will be so much fun!  I believe that instilling a love of reading in children early on will benefit them so much through out life and one way to do this is with fun story times.
Today’s theme is…

Green Eggs and Ham

It’s a Dr. Seuss classic.  I’m sure you’ve read it.  Gather the kids around and snack on these little treats as you enthrall them with the tales of Sam and his dislike of green eggs and ham.

You’ll need-

  • Square pretzels
  • White candy melts (These can be found at craft stores.  I’ve found that they can sometimes be hard to find at grocery stores)
  • Green M&M’s

Directions:

Set the oven to 250°

Place the pretzels in a single layer on a cookie sheet and top each one with a candy melt.  

Set them in the oven for about 4 minutes–just long enough to soften.
Take then out of the oven and put one green M&M atop each one.  

Let them cool while you read another Seuss classic like Hop on Pop, and then enjoy eating green eggs treats while reading Green Eggs and Ham!

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