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Month: March 2012

Melted Crayon Art

Melted Crayon Art

The canvas we used for this project was another rummage sale find and another of Miss Tammy’s ideas. We started by hot-gluing crayons along the top of the canvas. We wanted ours to look like a rainbow so we arranged the crayons accordingly, but you could arrange them however you like.   We used a hairdryer to melt the crayons. It took a little while for the crayons to get hot enough to melt but once they started melting it was pretty…

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Noise Makers in the Playground

Noise Makers in the Playground

Our new teacher, Miss Tammy, came up with this wonderful playground idea last week.  We bought some used baking sheets and pots at a rummage sale. Most of them did not have holes in them, so I drilled a hole in the top of each one. We used zip ties to attach them to the wire fence in the playground.   We also found wooden spoons at the rummage sale. The children used the spoons to hit the pots and pans….

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Simple Graphing

Simple Graphing

I read about this activity at teachpreschool.org and since our class is into counting and sorting I decided to give it a try. I used plastic bowls instead of baby food jars for the graphing materials because I didn’t have enough jars in the classroom. The graph sheets I made on the computer. They are modeled after the ones used on the Teach Preschool blog.   Each child chose two bowls and arranged the materials from one bowl in the first…

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Windy Days

Windy Days

Last week, when we made our train conductor hats, some of the children wore them outside. The day was fairly windy and the hats quickly blew off of their little heads. Occasionally, when a child stooped to pick up a hat, it would blow away again before she could get her hands on it. Of course chasing hats across the playground is great fun so we started looking for other things that the wind would blow. We noticed that it…

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Trains, Trains, Trains

Trains, Trains, Trains

We have been doing so many train activities over the past week but I haven’t had much time to blog so I decided to put five of my favorites in one blog post.  1. Freight Train This activity I found at teachpreschool.org. After reading Frieght Train by Donald Crews, we set up this train center on one of our tables.  I used painters tape to make the track and photo copied a picture of the freght train from the book…

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Train Buffet

Train Buffet

This morning we set up a train buffet for morning snack. Before the children arrived, I used painters tape to make a train track around one of our classroom tables.   When it was time to eat, I set out different snacks in bowls around the the track. We told the children that these were stations where they could load their trains.   For the trains, I cut the tops off of several egg cartons and cut the bottoms in half lengthwise….

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Train Whistles

Train Whistles

These can be made with recycled items that you probably have laying around the house.  For each whistle, we used: – 1 toilet paper tube or 1/2 of a paper towel tube  – 1 small square of wax paper -1 rubber band The children decorated their paper towel rolls with markers. When they were finished, I poked a small hole near one end of the roll with scissors.  We used the rubber band to secure the waxed paper to the…

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Sailboats

Sailboats

After reading Sail Away by Donald Crews, we made these simple sailboats. For each sailboat we used: – one paper plate – one drinking straw – one 9″ by 6″ piece of paper  – a small lump of air dry clay First, we poked a hole at each end of the piece of paper and pushed the straw through the holes to make the sail.   Then we put the lump of clay in the center of the plate and stuck…

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