Here's how to over-prepare for a 1 on 2 toddler trade day:
Step 1- Settle on a theme or topic.
Step 2- Gather literature.
Step 3- Brainstorm ideas and write a lesson plan.
Step 4- Gather materials.
Step 5- Go!
For the curious, the lesson plan is as follows:
9-9:15 Read book: A Dinosaur Called Tiny by Alan Durant and Jo Simpson
9:15-9:35 D is for dinosaur
- Have kids dip toy dinosaur's feet into paint and "walk" out letter D shape. "Start at the top and stomp straight down. Now a big jump back up and stomp all the way around."
9:35-9:50 Read book: The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
9:50-10:00 Potty Break
I'm a Mean Old Dinosaur
(Tune: I'm a little Tea Pot)
I'm a mean old Dinosaur
(Make a mean face, the kids make the cutest mean faces)
Big and Tall
(Gesture hands big and tall )
Here is my tail, here is my claw.
(Gesture hands behind your back for tail and make claw hands)
When I get all hungry
(rub your tummy)
I just growl
(have the kids exaggerate the grrroooowwwlll)
Look out kids I'm on the prowl.
(Here I tickle each one of the tummy and they all giggle)
[Source for song lyrics here.]
10:15-10:30 Dinosaur Dig
- Search for dino sorters in the bean box.
- Discuss new word: paleontologist.
- Sort by color.
- Sort by type.
10:30-10:45 Read book: What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carrol Carrick
10:45-11:10 Dinosaur Bones
- Glue noodles onto dinosaur silouette to create "skeleton".
11:10-11:25 Read book: Buying, Training, & Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Joy Rennert
11:25-11:50 Dinosaur Stamping Scene (We used these stamps I found on sale.)