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Cooking in the Outdoor Kitchen with Herbs and Sparkles

Cooking in the Outdoor Kitchen with Herbs and Sparkles

    We use sand and water a lot in our outdoor sensory table. Last week I noticed that the children were collecting leaves and grass from the yard to add to the water in the table to make “soup”. I decided to set up the sensory table on the porch, where there is more space for the children to work, and to add a few new sensory items that would expand the cooking experience.   I had just purchased…

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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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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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Some Plant Themed Ideas

Some Plant Themed Ideas

Over the past couple of weeks we have been doing lots of plant-themed projects. Here are some of my favorites. 1. Silk Flowers in the Sensory Table I filled our sensory table with potting soil, added some shovels and flowers pots, and let the children “plant” silk flowers. 2. Bottle Print Flowers We used recycled plastic bottles to make flowers. Then we drew a little stem on each flower. 3. Sprouting Seeds Each of the students put a seed in…

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Water Play Board

Water Play Board

Recently I’ve been in playground improvement mode. After looking at hundreds of ideas on Pinterest, I came up with a list of things I wanted to try at our school. The project at the top of my list was a water play area where children could pour water into tubes and watch the water flow through and come out the other end. I’m not sure where I got this idea, but it was pretty clear in my mind what I…

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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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Digging for Treasure in the Sandbox

Digging for Treasure in the Sandbox

The first week of school at Aspen Leaf Preschool is drawing to a close. It has been so wonderful working with children again after three and a half months of getting the school ready and licensed. I have enjoyed getting to know the students and our new teacher, Miss Erin. We did lots of fun activities this week but I think everyone’s favorite was digging for treasure!   All week, the sandbox that my fiance built has been everyone’s favorite…

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Flower Parts on the Sticky Board

Flower Parts on the Sticky Board

As part of our unit on plants, we added flower parts to the sticky board.  I cut leaves, stems and flowers out of felt. We used pieces of yarn for roots and real sunflower seeds as the seeds.  At first the board looked like this after the children finished with it. I love that someone used a purple flower as a flower pot. I thought it was very creative.   After a few days of putting the flower parts together and…

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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.