Circle Time Activity: To begin this lesson, talk to the kids about solving mysteries. What is a mystery? A mystery is when you find something that you do not have an explanation for. To solve a mystery, you must investigate or find out about the mystery, ask questions, look for clues, and try to solve the problem. When they come across a problem and they aren't sure what to do, what next? Cry? Ask for help? Try to see what might work (investigate)?
Mark 2 lines on the floor using masking tape. Make the lines about 1 foot apart. Crumple up a piece of paper and place it inside the lines. Tell the children to solve the mystery of how to make the paper move to the outside of the line without touching it. Let them investigate or try to think of ways to accomplish this. Before they try something, ask them to tell you about it or ask you questions. Guide them and give them some examples of your own, if necessary. If they try something and it does not work, make sure to encourage them to try another way. Once the task has been accomplished, discuss the process of solving the problem. They should feel proud that they were able to work through and solve the mystery!
LETTER: M m
M is for Mystery! Color the letter M coloring page. Trace the letter with your finger and then with a crayon. Also help them work through the letter M sound worksheet.
M Sounds Letter M Traceable
Use a small bag which is thin but isn't see through. Collect some basic items that could be guessed by this age group pretty easily. These items could be a plate, diaper, toy car, duplo block, stuffed animal, hanger, etc.
Without them being able to see, place 1 item in the bag and close up the top. Pass it around to each child and ask them to feel it and try to guess what it is, but do not say it yet. Once each child has had a chance to feel it, see if anyone knows what it is. If they do, let them guess and show it to them if they are right. If they do not know what is in the Mystery Bag, discuss how they can figure it out without opening the bag. Ask questions: is it hard or soft, is it heavy or light, if you thump it does it make a sound, does it have a smell? Work through each item until all items have been guessed correctly.
You can use coloring book pictures, pictures from magazines, photographs of people, etc
Cut a picture into multiple pieces to make a puzzle.
In order to solve the mystery of what the picture is, they will have to solve the puzzle!
Give the pieces to a child and have them put it back together and glue it to a piece of construction paper. When they have figured out what the picture is, they need to tell you. They should get a sticker for solving their mystery!
St. Patrick's Day Craft
DLTK has a really easy and fun Shamrock Craft HERE. It comes with a fun song too!