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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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Dinosaur Footprint Painting

Dinosaur Footprint Painting

As part of our dinosaur theme this week, we made dinosaur footprints by walking our toy dinosaurs through “mud” (black and brown paint) and across paper. Of course this quickly became finger painting. In the end, we had to give the dinosaurs a bath to wash off all that mud.   Posted with Blogsy

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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Monster Emotions

Monster Emotions

 One of my favorite children’s books about emotions is Glad Monster, Sad Monster  which we read many times this week. The book came with monster emotion masks for the children to try on. After reading the book, we decided to make our own monsters using an idea for blown paint monsters that I found on Pinterest. I gave each child a drinking straw and a glob of watered down paint. It took a little practice, but eventually the children were…

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Painting with Bows

Painting with Bows

This is a fun and festive alternative to painting with paint brushes. Last week, I bought a bag of gift bows at the store, and I had some paint stirring sticks left over from all the painting we did when we were getting the school ready. I attached a stick to each bow so that we could paint without getting our hands dirty (although some of us still did). Then I put red and green paint on plates and we…

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Mixing Colors with Eye Droppers

Mixing Colors with Eye Droppers

Our class has been working a lot on small muscle skills over the past two weeks. One of my favorite small muscle activities is using eye droppers. Last week we used them to mix different colored paints. I started by squeezing about a tablespoon of washable tempura paint into a bowl and then filling the bowl with water to make a very watery paint solution. I did this with four different colors. Next, I gave each of the children an…

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Spray Paint Galaxies

Spray Paint Galaxies

 Our class loves spray bottles! We often fill them with water and take them into the playground. For this activity, I filled the bottles with watered-down white tempera paint. Then the children sprayed it onto black construction paper to make stars.   Of course the paint got everywhere! But we were expecting that and had lots of paper towels on hand.   Next, each child colored a rocket ship to add to their space scene.   Some of the children sprayed so much…

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Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

Emergent Curriculum in Progress: Building Rocket Ships

 Last week we had a great example of how emergent curriculum works. One morning, while I observed some of the children building in the block area, one of the boys said, “Miss Bridget, look. I made a rocket ship!”  I asked him where his rocket ship was going and he told me it was going to space. As we talked about the rocket, I explained how there is a countdown before a rocket blasts off. We counted down from ten…

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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!

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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