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Month: April 2012

Leaf Prints

Leaf Prints

 We’ve been picking up tons of leaves on our nature walks recently and I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate them into projects. These leaf prints worked well with the big sturdy leaves we found.  We painted the leaves with lots of bright colors.  Then we turned them over on the paper and and pressed them with our hands. When we peeled the leaves off of the paper, we had beautiful prints!

Nature Collages

Nature Collages

Every day this week we have taken a nature walk through the neighborhood around our school. On our walks we collect leaves, flowers, sticks, rocks, and whatever else the children find interesting. We decided to display our treasures by making a collage. I taped a big piece of contact paper onto the table with the sticky side up. After feeling the sticky paper with their hands for a little bit, the children began to put the leaves on it.  When…

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Planting Flowers in the Sensory Table

Planting Flowers in the Sensory Table

 This week we set up a flower planting station in the sensory table. I filled the table with potting soil and added some flower pots and silk flowers that I bought at the dollar store.   The children filled the pots with dirt and “planted” the flowers in the pots.   We also added some of the flowers to the play dough table. We made pretty arrangements by sticking the flowers into lumps of play dough.  

Seed Mosaics

Seed Mosaics

I found this idea for seed mosaics at teachpreschool.org. The children filled small, round plastic lids with white glue.  When their lid was full of glue, they placed a variety of bean seeds in it.   Next, we painted the seeds.  The children realized that they could swirl the paint in the glue to make a pretty pattern.  We set them on a tray to dry. The drying took about a week but when they were finally ready, we peeled them…

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7 Car Activities

7 Car Activities

 Several weeks ago we did a unit on cars but I never got around to blogging about it. Here are some of the activities we did that week.  1. Car Tracks We drove the cars through paint and then around the paper to make tracks. 2. Driving Cars Through Different Terrain I put out trays of different materials (sand, rocks, shaving cream, and wood chips) and the children drove the toy cars through them. During the activity, we talked about…

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Planting Beans

Planting Beans

We have been reading books about seeds and plants. Our favorite right now is Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown. The book shows how the seeds produce roots and then stems and leaves. Yesterday wwe planted our own bean seeds in plastic bags. This way when the roots and stems appear we will be able to see them. We started with a paper towel and a bean seeds.  The children sprayed their paper towels with water until they were pretty wet. …

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Making Vegetable Soup

Making Vegetable Soup

We have been talking about seeds and planting all week and have planted some seeds of our own. Today, in keeping with this theme, we read the book Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. In the book a child plants vegetable seeds with her dad and, when the seeds have grown into plants, harvests the vegetables and makes soup with them. Our seeds are obviously nowhere near ready to harvest, but we still wanted to make vegetable soup so I brought…

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Bubble Bottles

Bubble Bottles

One of our parents donated a bag full of plastic bottles to our school. In the bag were six small Pom juice bottles. I have wanted to make bubble bottles for about a month now and these seemed perfect for them.  After rinsing them out, I put about a fourth-cup of water, a bit of liquid water color (you could also use food coloring), and a squeeze of dish soap into each bottle. I hot-glued the lids on so that…

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