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Hay Bales in the Playground

Hay Bales in the Playground

We are always looking for new things to add to our playground. Early in October, Miss Marta had the idea to add bales of hay to switch it up for the fall. At first we piled the hay for climbing and gave the children the opportunity to explore it.    The next week, I rearranged the hay to make little huts or crawl spaces. I added pumpkins, play dishes, and dolls. We decided to call it the pumpkin patch.  The…

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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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Some Halloween Ideas from the Two’s Room

Some Halloween Ideas from the Two’s Room

Here are some things we did last October in the two’s classroom. Pumpkin Science Center We put out different pumpkins and gourds along with pumpkin seeds, magnifying glasses, bowls, and rulers for the children to explore.  Pumpkin Predictions  Each of the children chose one of the pumpkins from the science center. We measured and weighed each pumpkin and I wrote down how the children described their pumpkins. Then each child predicted what they thought would be inside the pumpkins before…

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Fall Leaf Necklaces

Fall Leaf Necklaces

Autumn is here and, although we live in San Diego where not many trees lose their leaves in the fall, we were able to find a good number of very pretty leaves during a walk around the neighborhood.  After our walk, we used plastic needles to sew the leaves together.  The children asked to add beads to their necklaces.  Beautiful!

Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bags

Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bags

This is a quick and easy way to make trick or treat bags. I painted the children’s hands with white, orange, and yellow paint then had them stamp their handprint onto a paper lunch bag.  When they were dry, I stapled paper handles onto them and we used them to trick or treat around the school.  Pin It

Haunted House and Jack O Lanterns

Haunted House and Jack O Lanterns

Halloween is almost here! Today we carved several of our pumpkins. The children helped me scoop out the seeds with spoons and with there hands. Everyone had a chance to scoop, feel, and smell the seeds.    We have been talking alot about appropriate ways to express anger, so the children naturally wanted all of the pumpkins to have angry faces. This is probably so that they could tell them to use thier words when they are angry. In the…

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Painting Pumpkins

Painting Pumpkins

The children have been very excited about Halloween and wanted to cut our pumpkins open to make jack o’ lanterns. We still have a week and a half until Halloween and jack o’ lanterns only last a few days so we decided to paint the pumpkins today and cut them closer to Halloween.  The children each chose a pumpkin and started painting.  The children enjoyed painting on a different medium.  When they were finished painting their little pumpkins, they worked…

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Making Jack O’ Lanterns with Glue

Making Jack O’ Lanterns with Glue

Anyone who has worked with two year olds knows that they love to squeeze glue onto paper. This activity allows them to squeeze as much glue as they want while making a cute Halloween decoration. Before starting the activity, I collected round plastic lids like the one in the picture below. Then I mixed orange paint with regular school glue and poured it into our glue bottles. The children squeezed the glue into the plastic lids. When they had squeezed…

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