124 Red Newsletter/ January 29,2016


Pajama Potluck:  Don’t forget to RSVP to our Pajama Potluck Party that will be on Friday, February 12th. If you are attending, don’t forget that parents are asked to participate in wearing pajamas as well! Thank you.


Rev up your motor skills!

 Every time your child races you to the car or climbs the stairs, she’s developing large motor skills. Encourage her to improve her coordination and strength with activities like these:

  • Take turns moving like different animals and guessing what others are pretending to be.
  • Use a hockey stick to sweep balls into an empty trashcan turned on its side.
  • Make a path of paper plate stepping stones, and use them to cross the room.
  • Chase bubbles, popping them along the way.
  • Bat a balloon back and forth to see how long you can keep it in the air.
  • Stretch out a jump rope on the ground, and walk along it like a tightrope

 Chill Out With Icy Igloos

Building an ice-cube igloo is a “chilly” way for your child to experiment with science and engineering. Give him a bowl of ice cubes and a cookie sheet to build on. First, he can experiment with stacking ice cubes (they’ll slide off each other). Then, have him sprinkle salt between the cubes (the salt will act as glue to make them stick together). You could explain that salt melts the ice a little, but when he adds another cube, water refreezes to hold them together. Encourage your youngster to explore engineering by trying different igloo designs. He might build a square igloo, a domed one, or a completely different type. TIP: Have him wear gloves to keep his fingers from getting too cold!



This week we focused on snow and ice. We explained to the children that during the winter when it’s really cold, it snows. It can not snow in the summer because of the weather. We discussed activities that we can do in the snow such as sledding, building a snowman, making snowballs, shoveling, and more. The children were aware that when it snows outside and it’s cold, we wear specific clothes such as snow pants, boots, coats, hats and gloves. One of their favorite activities was a large snowman ice mold we made with a variety of small objects frozen inside, in which they used a hammer to dig away. As the ice melted and they hammered off the ice, the objects came out. They learned that ice can melt into water.

 NEXT WEEK’S TOPIC: Transportation and vehicles