Bring cooked yams to class and let the children watch as you slice them into thin slices. Give each child two yam slices to make a sandwich. Let them spread peanut butter or cream cheese on one slice and then add raisins or cut-up fruit or vegetables. Put the top slice on and then enjoy the "yam"wiches!
Yummy Yam Casserole
3 cups yams or sweet potatoes, boiled until tender
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup margarine, not melted
1 cup chopped nuts
Mix first set of ingredients thoroughly and pour into buttered casserole dish. For the topping, mix first 3 ingredients thoroughly. Add chopped nuts. Spread over casserole and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Under the Yum-Yum Tree
Get brown construction paper to make the trunk of a tree. Use yellow construction paper (yellow for
the letter Y) for the top of the tree. With a black marker write "Under the Yun-Yum Tree" on the
trunk of the tree, glue the trunk to the bottom of the tree. Then with the teachers help, staple
lemon gum drops (wrapped in cellophane) to the tree.
Use yellow chips or buttons for counting, sorting and patterning activities.
Graph your favorite flavors of yogurt.
Develop the concept of yards in measurement.
Investigate how a yo-yo works. Let it go and see what happens to it. It spins faster and faster. When it gets to the bottom of the string, it spins fast enough to climb back up the string.
Collect yellow specimans from nature. Classify them into animal, vegetable, or mineral.
Children are to repeat whatever you do or say in this exercise:
Y, Y, I like Y.
(stand in shape of Y with arms overhead and legs together)
Move your Y, move your Y, very slowly like I.
(on tiptoe, walk very slowly with arms up)
Jump your Y, jump your Y, jump your Y, jump your Y.
(hop around, holding arms up)
Bend your Y, bend your Y, bend your Y, bend your Y.
(bend over from waist and touch hands to the ground)
Skip your Y, skip your Y, skip your Y, skip your Y.
(skip around, holding arms up)
Yes, Y, Yes, Y, Yes, Y, Yes, Y.
(stand in place and sway arms from side to side)
Show pictures of yaks and talk about them. Ask children to get down on hands and feet and pretend to be yaks in a yard. Ask them to crawl forward and backward. Move quickly then very slowly.
Get the children to stand in a line at one end of the play area. Tell them they will be the yo-yo at the end of the string. Tell them that they must watch your arms as you pull in and throw out and must move their bodies as if they were being pushed and pulled. Let some of the children be the leader of the activity when they completely understand the instructions.
Teach and act out the following words: yawn, yo-yo (the motion you use with a yo- yo), yearn (suitably overdramitized), yip, yammer.
Idea submitted by: Tammy. Thanks.
Kendra writes, "For the letter Y, I taught (to the best of my ability) my four and five year olds how to yodel.
It was so cute and funny, and they loved it!" Thanks, Kendra!
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
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