A Time for Gratitude

Early Education and Extended Learning Programs

November 23-27, 2020

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Message to Families

Dear Families - In this very unusual time, the EEELP staff want to let you know how much we miss you and how grateful we are for each one of you.We hope you and your families are doing well, staying safe, and navigating this new "normal".


Though we will not be holding our Fall Camp this year, we wanted to send some activities that you could share with your children during the days prior to Thanksgiving. In the spirit of gratitude, we have included a variety of simple games that you can enjoy as a family to build your own thankful spirit. And because children always enjoy something messy, we have also included some fabulous links and activities from the Natural History Museum in partnership with Nickelodean.


May all of you stay safe and find new ways to enjoy your time together.


Wishing you the best,

The EEELP Staff

Celebrating the Season of Gratitude

Rather than gathering for one day for an awesome meal, you can turn the month or week into a time of gratitude. Check out these links for some easy to do activities that can center your family on gratitude this season:


Five Awesome Mindful Gratitude Activities for Kids


30 Gratitude Games and Activities for Kids to Practice Thankfulness

Practicing Gratitude (and 10 things I'm grateful for)
Watch this video with your child and come up with your own 10 Things You are Grateful For.
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We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2018)


A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences.

Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.


The book is available to read on Epic! - Most students have an account with Epic! via their class.

StoryMakers with Traci Sorell WE ARE GRATEFUL, OTSALIHELIGA
We Are Grateful: OTSALIHELIGA

Natural History Museum

Science of Slime

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Nickelodeon are joining forces to bring you a kid-friendly exploration of goo. Discover how different species use slime to survive, from squid ink to snail trails to bubble-blowing insects. You will never see nature’s sliminess the same way again!


To check out all of the activities that are part of the Science of Slime, click here.

Virtual Tour of the Natural History Museum

Science of Slime | NHMLA Virtual Tour with Ryan Alessi

How to Make Slime

Of course, you cannot just talk about slime or watch videos about slime. A fun activity is to make your own slime.There are different ways to make slime. Below you will find an easy recipe of just cornstarch and water and a more complex recipe that requires more ingredients.


Easy Slime Recipe - here


Glue-Based Slime Recipe - here

What are the slimiest fish?

Science of Slime | Meet Dr. Bill Ludt | Hagfish & Parrotfish
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Gross As a Snot Otter by Jess Keating, Illustrated by David DeGrand (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)


The creators of Pink Is for Blobfish are back, and they've brought 17 of their most revolting friends: there are slippery, slimy snot otters, gulls that projectile-vomit on command, fish that communicate via flatulence, and chipmunks that cultivate healthy forests by pooping a trail of seeds wherever they go. But there's more to these skin-crawling creatures than meets the eye, and as zoologist Jess Keating explains, sometimes it's the very things that make us gag that allow these animals to survive in the wild.


Request this book from your public library.

More Educational Fun

Autry Museum of the American West

Autry Museum Virtual Tours and Educational Videos

During your Thanksgiving Break, you can take your children on a Virtual Tour of the Autry Museum or check out their educational videos. Click on the links below to take you their webpages.


Autry Museum Virtual Tours


Autry Museum Educational Videos


Lessons and Fun Activities