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  1. Igloos

    Give each child a halved pear or peach on a plate. Give them whipped cream to cover the fruit to make it look like an igloo.

  2. Impossible Pie

    Mix together: 1/2 cup all-purpose baking mix, 1 cup sugar, 4 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1/2 cup of coconut to the mixture if desired. Pour the mixture into an ungreased 10-inch pie pan. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

  3. Ice Cream

    This idea will make individual freezers of ice cream that will serve from 2-3 children. Fill a small coffee can 1/2 full of ice cream base. (you may use prepared ice cream mix) Tape the lid all around very tightly. Put the small can inside a large can; add rock salt and crushed ice (about 3 parts ice to 1 part rock salt). Layer ice and rock salt until the space between the cans is full. Tape the lid all around. Now the fun: Let the children take turns shaking the can for about 20 minutes!

  4. Insects- Honeybees

    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
    2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
    unsweetened cocoa powder
    sliced almonds

    Mix peanut butter and honey in a big bowl. Stir in dry milk and wheat germ until well mixed. Lay waxed paper onto a cookie sheet and using one tablespoon at a time, shape peanut butter mixture into ovals to look like bees. Dip a toothpick in cocoa powder and press lightly across the top of the bees to make stripes. Stick on almonds for wings. Chill for 30 minutes.

  5. "I" Snacks-iced tea, Italian foods, ice cream, Icies

  6. Another Igloo idea from Rosemary! Thanks, Rosemary!

    Igloos

    1/2 an apple
    2 tablespoons of peanut butter
    15-20 mimi white marshmellow

    Each child gathers his/her material. On a paper plate, have the student spread peanut butter on the outside of half of an apple and cover with mini marshmellow. When they finish making their igloo they can eat it.

  1. Insects- Bugs
    (Sing to tune of "Frere Jacques")

    Big bugs, small bugs, big bugs, small bugs,
    See them crawl, see them crawl.
    Creepy, creepy, crawling, never, never falling
    Bugs, bugs, bugs. Bugs, bugs, bugs.

  2. Insects- Bumblebees

    Brightly colored bumblebee
    Looking for some honey.
    Flap your wings and fly away
    While it still is sunny.

  3. Ice

    When it is winter time
    I run up the street
    And I make the ice laugh
    With my little feet---
    "Crickle, crackle, crickle
    Crrreeet, crrreeet, crrreeet."

    ~Dorothy Aldis~

  4. Icy

    I slip and I slide
    On the slippery ice;
    I skid and I glide,---
    Oh, isn't it nice
    To lie on your tummy
    And slither and skim
    On the slick crust of snow
    Where you skid as you swim?

    ~Rhoda Bacmeister~

  1. Cut big I's from construction paper. Let children find "I" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of I.

  2. Igloos

    Cut igloo shapes from construction paper. Let children cut small squares from white construction paper to cover the shape to look like ice blocks.

  3. Indian Headbands

    Have the children fold a 4" x 24" strip of construction paper in half and insert feathers (real or paper). Decorate with Indian symbols.

  4. Indian Rugs

    Cut brown paper bags into rugs, making two rugs out of one paper bag. Crumple the rugs and then wet them. When they are dry, decorate with Indian symbols.

  5. Indian Beads

    Using macaroni, Cheerios, cut drinking straws, or shells, have the children string them for necklaces.

  6. Make a large igloo out of gallon milk containers with the tops facing in. Make an igloo out of mini marshmallows or sugar cubes. These great ideas for "I" and an Artic unit come from Kate. Thanks!!

  7. Another idea from Rosemary:

    Trace a capital I and lower case i and have the student fill the letters with finger prints. Once the finger prints are completed have the students convert them into insects by adding wings, eyes and legs.
    Thanks, Rosemary!

  8. Kursta sent in this great idea! Thanks, Kursta!

    Thought you might enjoy this one. My kids loved it. I made colored ice cubes (add food color to water before freezing.) Then I cut out igloos from white construction paper and let them "paint" with the colored ice cubes. A great thing to throw in your sensory table for awhile, too.

  9. Peggy sent in this great idea! Thanks!

    I paint the outside of a small styrofoam bowl blue. Then I let the children glue cotton balls on it to form an igloo.

  1. Make class graphs, recording favorite ice cream flavors.

  2. Introduce the concept of inches by measuring objects in the classroom. Then compare inches, feet and yards.

  3. Make an inchworm with 10 body segments from poster paper. Number the segments. Let the children put the numbers in order to complet the inchworm's body.

  1. Insect Hunt

    Go on a nature walk, observing and sharing observations of insects. Talk about where these insects were seen (on a tree, under a log, etc.).

  2. Have pictures of insects and spiders on display. Talk about a new one each day. (where it lives, how it walks, what it might eat)

  3. Have a Native American unit during this time. Emphasize the positive contributions of the Native Americans.

  4. Invisible Ink

    Write a message to each child using lemon juice and a cotton swab. Let it dry then reveal the message by pressing it with a hot iron.

  1. Teach the children to use a variety of rhythm instruments. Have a rhythm parade, playing instruments and singing. Here are some improvisations: Put marbles in a can to shake; Beat on cans with tinker toys; Bang on pan lids with spoons; Bang blocks together; Staple aluminum plates together and fill with dried beans.

  2. Pretend to be insects. Tell each other what insect they are imitating.

  3. Initials

    Talk about initials and have the kids circle the 1st letter in their last name and first name. Pass out paper and have kids write their initials. I model this on the board. Decorate initials with sequence or beans (whatever you have). The kids really enjoy this one!!!-- sent in by Brandy--thanks!

**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.

INSECT BOOKS

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
"I Can't," Said the Ant by Polly Cameron
The Blue Bug and the Bullies by Virginia Poulet
See the Fly Fly by Catherine Chase
How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects by Ruth Heller

ICE CREAM BOOKS

From Milk to Ice Cream by Stacy Taus-Bolstad
I Like Ice Cream by Robin Pickering
Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper
Simply Delicious by Margaret Mahy
Ice Cream Larry by Jill Pinkwater
Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by Margret Rey

I hope you can use some of these "alphabite" ideas!! If you have any more that I can post here, PLEASE email me with the ideas and your name, using the email icon below or use this form. I will post your idea and give you credit!! Also just write and let me know how you like the ideas and how they can be improved!! Thanks!!




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