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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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Rocket Ship Names

Rocket Ship Names

 The kids in our class have been very interested in their names and the names of their classmates. For this reason I wanted an activity that reinforced name recognition. I found this fun project at www.prekinders.com. It’s great because it incorporates the children’s names into our current theme, space travel.  Before starting the activity, I cut several sheets of green construction paper into one inch squares. I also cut triangles out of blue construction paper to use as the pointy…

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Solar Systems

Solar Systems

 Today we talked about our solar system and the planets that it consists of. This video told us the names and sizes of the planets that orbit around our sun. After watching the video, we made our own solar systems.  To begin, I cut contact paper into rectangles and peeled off the paper. I put each piece of contact paper on the table with the sticky side up and secured it with tape.   Since the sun is the center of…

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Sparkly Stars

Sparkly Stars

 Now that we have made rocket ships, we need stars for them to fly around. I cut stars out of blue and yellow construction paper and set them out on the table along with bowls of glue and the leftover sparkles from Christmas time.  First, the children covered their stars with glue… … lots of glue! (It took days to get it all off of the table.) Next they added the sparkles. When the stars were dry, we hung Christmas…

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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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