Safari Ltd Arctic Toobs – Many of you probably have a collection of these like I do because they’re great for nature themes. For our Arctic theme, I use these to teach and play.
I usually buy my toobs at Michaels or ACMoore with a 40% off coupon. For the past few years, I have not been able to find the previous year’s toob so I end up buying a new one. This year, I found the old sets after I had purchased a new set! It was OK though because it meant less fighting over preferred animals. Plus, little things often go missing in the classroom, if you know what I mean 🙂
I purchased ‘Arctic Animals Pack’ from Kidsparkz on TeachersPayTeachers. It comes with posters, photos, games, and activities. You could certainly make these yourself if you have time (and energy). I laminated the picture of each animal in the Arctic Toob on one side of a card and the facts about it on the other side. I put the cards together on a ring so they could easily be flipped through. At circle time, I passed out an animal to each child and placed the cards on the floor. As I named the animal, I had the kids come up and put their animal on the corresponding picture. Matching objects to their pictures is a great basic skill.
During choice time, I made an arctic sensory play box with some artificial snow. I left that on a table with the cards and arctic animals as an invitation to play. The kids really enjoy this. The set also comes with a guy on a dogsled and an igloo, which makes a nice addition to the sensory box.
It is no coincidence that I’m writing this post on a day when school has been cancelled because of the wind chill factor. I’m looking out the window at MOUNDS of snow from the past week. True story.