Monday, December 6, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday, Books, Nature, & Sorting

Muffin Tin Monday again!  The theme this month is Christmas, so I thought I'd make Butterfly's muffin tin meal with "The Christmas Star" theme!

A star shaped sandwich with a star shaped cheese on top.
Berry yogurt with star shaped candies on top
Star-shaped cucumbers
Star jam cookie
Decorated with tooth picked stars, a star on her spoon, in a star muffin tin!

On top of having a box of our Christmas books in our living room/playroom, we still need to stick to our Letter of the Week curriculum.  This week it's Letter E (and number 5) with a theme of Elephants!

  Our Book List:

*  We're going to read/research a little on elephants, using our "Animals of the World" encyclopedia book
*  Jungle Jack Hanna's Safari Adventure
*  Animal Groups- How Animals Live Together
*  Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester
*  Elmer by David McKee
*  The Ear Book by Al Perkins
*  The Story of Babar the Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff
*  Babar's Little Circus Star by Laurent Do Brunhoff
*  Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss
*  Horton Hatches The Egg by Dr. Seuss

Our nature table has been added to with a few treasures we have found this weekend.  We have our Playscape set up as Winter in the Forest, with a dusting of snow, birds finding berries and seeds to eat; nuts, pine and pine cones in an abundance in the forest.  We have a bluejay, cardinal, and yellow finch added to our forest, along with their nest a few baby birds and eggs. (A nest full of eggs and new birds would definitely suit a Spring-themed playscape but Butterfly is very much into "mommies" and "babies"- so they've been added into our winter season, hehe)

For the floor covering, we used burlap and straw grass.
 Something new:  For sticks and logs, we are using real cinnamon sticks! - and it's giving off a lovely smell to our Nature Table! :)

I've also made a little wooden family.  We picked up some small wooden pegs at Michael's craft store, I used our sticky felt, cut clothes, and stuck them right on the pegs, with a simple face drawn on with a Sharpie marker.  They are the little people looking after the birds :)


 This kept Butterfly busy for quite some time :)
She enjoyed making a "tent" out of the cinammon sticks (laying them against the twig tunnel) for the baby birds to take shelter in :)

My hubby and I worked together to plan a more challenging sorting activity for Butterfly this week.
We got a group of nuts and bolts and screws, pieces of wood and building plastic.
I'm using a plastic egg carton to have her sort the lot.  We placed one of each in each egg section to get her started!

Next up- Butterfly's Lapbooks!  We just started this year lapbooking a couple of subjects.  Have you lapbooked?  If so, pass your link along so I can get some more lapbooking ideas! :))


  1. Love your blog! I just joined Muffin Tin Monday - nothing to show for it yet but it looks fun!

    I am following, I'd love it if you'd join my Blog Frog Community!

  2. Loving that star tin and the theme is perfect and delish! Happy MTM :)

  3. Love that muffin pan, so cool! We did a Christmas book theme, hop over to my blog to enter a Christmas Giveaway of MTM foods!!!

  4. I love your playscape. It is so well done. I bet it is played with for hours.

  5. Ok... simply love the nature table! And your star tin is so cute! Happy Muffin Tin Monday!

  6. I am SO in love with your nature table!! :o)

  7. Very interesting article for read.The nice post for sharing.snow geese


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