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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!

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

We’ve had lots of fun getting ready for Valentine’s Day this year! Here are some of the things we have been doing. Tie-dye Hearts This is a fun and simple activity with beautiful results. The children painted coffee filters with watered down paint. As they painted, the colors ran together to produce a lovely tie dye affect. When they dried, I cut them into heart shapes and we hung them on the window. Glitter Hearts This one is also easy…

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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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Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

Valentine’s Day Mailboxes

This year we made our Valentine’s Day mailboxes out of empty cereal boxes. I cut the cereal boxes in half and covered them with white paper before giving them to the children to decorate. We set out bowls of glue,   heart shaped doilies,  and shiny foil hearts.   With these supplies, the children decorated the boxes however they liked.   Of course we used glitter too.  Lots,  and lots,   and lots of glitter!   When they were dry, I poked holes in the…

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Letters and Mailboxes

Letters and Mailboxes

 As part of our unit on Valentine’s Day, we have been talking about letters, mail carriers, and mailboxes. I found these mailboxes in the dollar section at Target and wrote the numbers 1 to 5 on them with a magic marker. I also numbered some envelopes, and the children put the corresponding envelope in the mailboxes. We also made a large mailbox out of a cardboard box.   And I brought in this mailbag that I made at home.   The writing…

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Marble Painting

Marble Painting

 We first tried marble painting a few weeks ago and the children enjoyed it so much that we decided to do it again this week. This time we used it on hearts for Valentine’s day. I decided to set up the supplies on the floor since it requires a good deal of shaking to get the marble to roll around. Each child was equipped with a plastic box, a heart cut out, and a marble. I set out little bowls…

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Heart Sun Catcher

Heart Sun Catcher

 Every once in a while I like to do a group art project, something that everyone works on together. It’s true that no one gets to take it home to share with their family but it teaches teamwork. It’s also nice to look at it in the classroom and talk about how we made a beautiful piece of artwork together. Our proje t today was a heart shaped sun catcher.  I cut out a large heart from contact paper and…

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Classroom Menorah

Classroom Menorah

Here is an easy, child friendly Menorah to use in the classroom. The best part is that the whole class can help make it.  You will need five card board paper towel rolls or nine toilet paper rolls for the candles and a cereal box for the base. To make the base, cut the cereal box in half lengthwise.  Tape the two pieces together.  And wrap them up with white paper.  Let the children paint the paper towel rolls, then…

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