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Lots of Pumpkins!

Lots of Pumpkins!

Last week I went to Sprouts Farmers Market to get a couple of pumpkins for our classroom. They were so cheap I ended up getting about twenty pumpkins and gourds in all different sizes and colors. Since then, we have been using them in all areas of the classroom and even in the playground. Here are some of our favorite ways to use pumpkins at preschool. 1. Pumpkin Hammering We hammered golf tees into one of the bigger pumpkins with…

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Marble Balancing

Marble Balancing

This is a great small muscle activity for toddlers and twos. It requires the children to use their fingers and thumbs in order to get the marbles balanced on the golf tees. I stuck the golf tees into a block of styrofoam so that they were perfectly upright. Once the children mastered the skill of balancing the marbles, they took all the golf tees out and reinserted them into the styrofoam on their own. This made balancing the marbles quite a bit trickier…

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Wrapping Presents in Preschool

Wrapping Presents in Preschool

Every year at Christmas time, I set up a present wrapping center in the classroom. Ripping tape, cutting, and folding paper are great small muscle activities for young children. Besides, it’s lots of fun to wrap and open presents! To set up, I fill the wrapping center with rectangles of wrapping paper, bows, scissors, tape, an assortment of boxes, and some small toys from around the room. As children came to the center, I explained how to rip the tape…

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Family Style Dining in Preschool: A How-To Guide

Family Style Dining in Preschool: A How-To Guide

Transitioning to family style dining can be an intimidating task for many teachers. Its easy to imagine a free-for-all occurring when the children have direct access to the meal, or mounds of spilled food all over the floor. In order for family style dining to work, you have to be prepared and you will need lots of patience. To begin, child-sized dishes and utensils are a must. If things are too big, the children will not be able to manipulate…

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Family Style Dining in Preschool: Why It’s Important

Family Style Dining in Preschool: Why It’s Important

During the first few weeks of school, the children have been getting used to all of the new routines and expectations that are part of going to preschool. One of my favorite, and also one of the most important, routines we are establishing is family style dining. What is Family Style Dining? With family style dining, children are responsible for setting the table, helping to get snacks and meals ready, serving themselves at the table, and cleaning up when they…

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Practicing Circles on the Map

Practicing Circles on the Map

This week my class has been very interested in sea animals, dolphins especially. One morning, one of the children noticed that there were pictures of dolphins on the world map that is hanging in the classroom. I purchased this map last year and laminated it at my local Lakeshore Learning store (laminating is only 29 cents a foot there). Since we have been working on our fine motor skills, I gave the children dry erase markers and asked them to…

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Crocodiles

Crocodiles

  This craft is a fun way for children to work on their fine motor skills.  Before beginning the activity, I cut out a crocodile shape for each of the children.  Then I folded them and drew guidelines for cutting.  The children in our class love to cut with scissors so they were eager to begin. Cutting on the guidelines required a good amount of hand-eye coordination.  Some of the children just wanted to cut and went a little overboard,…

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Glitter Glue Christmas Ornaments

Glitter Glue Christmas Ornaments

Just before Halloween we made Jack O Lanterns by squeezing glue onto round plastic lids. Today we used the same process to make Christmas ornaments. The only difference is the color of glue that we used. For this project you will need round plastic lids, red and green glue ( you can make this by adding food coloring to white glue), glitter glue, and glitter.  I set out all of the materials on the art table and the children went…

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