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In The Kitchen

People Biscuits

1 1/2 cup all - purpose flour
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons margarine
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg
Raisins

1. Soften the margarine to room temperature. Mix all of the ingredients except the egg with a fork to form a soft dough.
2. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 10 times.
3. Roll dough 1/2 inch thick. With a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the dough and placed on a greased cookie sheet.
4. Brush the biscuits with a beaten egg. Add raisin eyes. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy your People Biscuits!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Snack Idea

Use cookie cutters to cut toast into bone shapes for "doggy snacks."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Puppy Chow

12.3 oz. of Crispix Cereal
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips(semi-sweet)
1 cup peanut butter

Melt choc. chips and peanut butter. Pour over cereal in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Put mixture ino a large grocery bag(or individual small bags) with approximatley 2 cups powdered sugar. (about a 1/4 cup if using individual bags) Close the bag and shake away until all the cereal is white.



Theme Ideas

In the Doghouse

Make a giant square on the ground(use rope, or pieces of tape). The square represents the doghouse. Have the children be puppies learning to play in and out of the doghouse.

"Puppies hop into the doghouse".
"Puppies jump up and down in your doghouse".
"Puppies skip around the outside of your doghouse".
"Puppies march around the inside of your doghouse".
"Puppies crawl out of your doghouse".
"Puppies tiptoe inside your doghouse".
"Puppies lie down in your doghouse".

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sorting Activity

Buy a box of dog biscuits. Get 5 bowls and number from one to five. Have children put the correct number of biscuits in bowl. The biscuits come in colors, so they can also sort by color.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

One of my children's fathers is a vet. I asked him for any catalogues he may get. We cut pictures and glued to a paper titled "What dogs Need". We also made a chart of the different dog characteristics. i.e. working dog, house dog, floppy ears, pointy ears, etc. Since we couldn't go to this dad's office, he literally brought the offive to us. He came in with his dog and examined him right there in our classroom. The kids really got as lot out of this. We have a medical prop box, which they used to examine not only the stuffed dogd I had brought in, but also all our other stuffed animals.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Visting The Vet

In the housekeeping area use the following props. Convert boxes into kennels or cages for the animals. Provide stuffed animals, elastic bandages, a doctor's kit, masks, rubber gloves paper, pencils and clipboards. On each pet make a collar and a pet tag to know whom is being treated.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pet Shop

Provide stuffed animals, laudry baskets, cash register, money and pet supplies in the house corner.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Groomer's Salon

For this imaginative group, you don't need many props. Decorate the frontdoor with a discreet Kennel Club sign. Inside, set up a table as the groomer's salon. Hang a sign to that effect and place a mirror on the table. Fill the playroom with doghouses made from large cardboard boxes--one for each child, with his name over a simple cutout door. (Wait until the kids arrive if you think they'll choose special puppy names.) Doghouse facades are even simpler to make. Cut them from the sides of a box and lean them against a wall. With the addition of clean dog bowls, the scene is set for playtime, games.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Language/Photo Board

Ask parents to provide a photo of their family pets if they have one, or a neighbor's dog. Make a photo display in the classroom using the pet photos. In what ways are the pets alike? Talk about size, color and breed differences.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dog Puppets

Puppets - set out dog and cat puppets for the children to use.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sensory Exploration/Dog Walk

To give the children a chance to talk about how a dog looks, feels and smells and to observe their behavior (licking, sniffing, scratching, tricks), have a gentle, calm dog visit the classroom. Take it for a walk around the block.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dramatic Play

Make headbands with dog ears. Attach the ears with a brad on each side of the head, so they'll hang down.. Color the children's noses black with a eyebrow pencil and put a few dots above their mouth to make them look like dogs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Obedience School

Based on Simon Says, preface the commands with "the trainer says'" use appropriate dog tricks or behaviors such as: lie down, beg for a treat, roll over, speak (woof), scratch your ear, wag your tail, show your tongue and pant.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Vet's Office

Set up a vet's office with an examination table, a couple of stuffed dogs toys, a small plastic pet carrier and a doctor's kit.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dog Show

Let the children put on a pretend dog show, showing all the kind of tricks they know.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dog Jobs

Discuss the many useful jobs dogs have: police dog, seeing eye dog, sled dog, rescue dog, guard dog, etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Language Idea

Using stuffed animals as props, talk with your children about the proper way to hold, pet, and play with dogs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Dramatic Play

Decorate the front door with a discreet Kennel Club sign. Inside, set up a table as the groomer's salon. Hang a sign to that effect and place a mirror on the table. Fill the playroom with doghouses made from large cardboard boxes--one for each kid, with his name over a simple cutout door. (Wait until the kids arrive if you think they'll choose special puppy names.) Doghouse facades are even simpler to make. Cut them from the sides of a box and lean them against a wall. With the addition of clean dog bowls, the scene is set for playtime, games and snacks.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pets and Owners

Have half your children pretend to be pet owners and let the other half pretend to be their pets. Have the owners do pretend activities such as feeding, walking, petting, and playing with their "pets." Then let the children reverse roles.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Puppy Game

To make a puppy prop, tape together a shoebox and its lid: then cover the whole box with brown bulletin board (or butcher's paper). Stand the box on one end; then decorate it to resemble a puppy by gluing on construction paper eyes (or wiggle eyes) ears, and whiskers and a paper nose. Cut an opening in the box to rememble a mouth; then cut an opening in the back of the box that is large enough to fit your hand through. Cut out at least a class supply of different colored construction paper bones.

To play the game, give one or more bones to each child in the group. Lead students in chanting, "Puppy, puppy wants a treat. What kind of bones will he eat?" Designate a color; then direct those children holding bones of that color to "feed" them to the puppy. Continue until each child has fed his bones to the hungry pup. For a variation, program the bones with letters, numbers or shapes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links!

Dogs - Activity Idea Place
Cat and Dog Theme - Child Care Lounge
Preschool Pets - Everything Preschool
Preschool Dog Theme - First School
Housepets - Preschool Education



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