We have been practicing simple addition and writing numbers in preschool. To complete this activity, I had my students roll a dice to determine how many marshmallows they would get in each cup. My students who are really getting it used a standard dice with dots for numbers 1-6. Those who are at a beginning level used a dice I had from a Lakeshore game with numbers 1, 2 and 3.
If you look closely, you can see that some of my students used number stamps so that they could trace the number. I didn't let them use the stamp for the number 1. ALL of my students can write a 1!
I got this idea from Mrs. Wood at Mrs. Wood's Dual Language Kindergarten Class. I was able to print the "Hot Chocolate and marshmallows in my cup..." strip for free at April Larremore's blog. When you get to her blog, look on the left. You may need to scroll down to the "Find it Fast" section. Click on CAMT, then scroll to the bottom where you will find a link to CAMT Masters. For the mugs, I did an internet search and used "copy and paste." I didn't have time to prepare mugs out of construction paper, and unfortunately I didn't have time to get real marshmallows either... be sure to check out Mrs. Wood's blog to see how cute hers turned out! Hers have real marshmallows! Next time that's what I plan to do, but my kids LOVED doing this activity, even with pom-pom balls (and some had to use cotton balls)!
Another fun hot chocolate and marshmallow activity we did was this little painting craft...
Lots of floating marshmallows! : )
This idea is from Teach Preschool. I loved Deborah's idea to add a little bit of chocolate extract to the brown paint, and of course, to let the kids paint marshmallows using a marshmallow!
I'll be back this weekend to post what my classes did for Groundhog's Day and the Superbowl!