Fall Corn Sensory Table

The best part about this type of pouring table is to have the kids help rub the corn kernels off the cobs!  The action is great sensory and fine motor stimulation.  It also opens the door for a science lesson.

Best of all, the kids can play in it all they want afterward!  Add some pouring cups or other fun items for the season (some items were added to these tables due to the Halloween season coming up!)

Live webcam is great!

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Whenever you are talking about animasl, see if you can find a live webcam for it!  The children in our class asked about Eagles, and the next day they were given the chance to watch a Bald Eagle sit on her nest of two eggs at a local zoo via a webcam.  You could do this just for fun, or take it a step further and color a picture of what you see.  Check back again each week to see if anything has changed.  Have the children observe, make predictions and draw pictures.  Gather it all into a journal.  This is an easy way to study animals in our environment.

Tops or bottoms: which part of the vegetable plant do we eat?

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Spring is here!

During our unit on life cycles, Susan helped the kids make a wonderful connection to a book by asking questions and drawing a picture.

First, read the book: “Tops and Bottoms” by Janet Stevens.  Its about a lazy bear and a busy rabbit who trades half of every crop with the bear.  The bear gets to pick if he wants the “tops or bottoms” of each crop, and the rabbit sneakily choses the plants that will give him the best results.

After reading Susan asked the kids to name some of the vegetables that were shared in the book.  She drew a line to represent the soil level, and would then draw the vegetables as they named them.  We would then ask the children which part of the plant we eat.  It was fun to see them start to understand that sometimes we eat the roots, sometimes the stem, and sometimes the leaves or tops of the vegetable plants.

“Lorax” Sensory Rice Bin

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Susan, our head teacher, made a fun connection to “The Lorax” during our study of Dr. Suess.  The colored rice started out looking very “Cat in the Hat”-like, with the red and white stripes.  Of course that didn’t last long, but the kids still loved the red and white rice.  We included straws and pom-poms to make “Truffula Trees”.  Include small pom-poms for “seeds” to plant some more trees in the rice!

Be sure to read the book “The Lorax” before introducing the sensory bin.  It’s a great way to make a connection to literature and to jump start the kid’s imaginations!

Question of the day variation with rhyming

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It’s fun to change things up in the regular routine at times-especially when it helps you teach an important skill or lesson!  Instead of doing a regular “yes,no” question, we drew pictures of random objects on the whiteboard.  We then had each child come up and erase a picture that rhymed with a word that we gave them.  Great literacy practice, as well as cognitive skills.  Most of the kids had to say the picture name with the word given to figure out if it rhymed.  So they tested out each word until they found the right one!

STEM fun in preschool!

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March is often a month schools celebrate reading-espescially since Dr. Suess has his birthday in March!  We have been enjoying some Dr. Suess books in our class, and as part of that, Susan put the children in groups of 2 or 3, gave them a couple sizes of cups and paper, and gave them the instruction of making a “Cat in the Hat” hat.  We encouraged them to work together to see how tall they could make the hat.  It was very fun to see them work at trying to figure out how to do this.  Soon, one student figured out that placing the paper on the big cup made it possible to place a smaller cup on top.  Great cognitive practice, and a wonderful STEM activity!

 

Community Map made by Preschoolers

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What made this map so fun for the preschoolers is that they decided exactly how to design it!  Using a large piece of paper-big enough for all the kids to draw on, the teacher takes a marker in hand, and starts at the bottom middle.  “We are making the roads” she says, “Which direction do you want the road to go?”  If you look closely at the picture, you’ll see how the kids really started to have some fun with it!  Up and down, right and left, zigzag, straight, and even traffic circles were asked for!  Once the roads were all connected, the children got to draw all the other features of a community, including people, buildings, plants, vehicles, and even a big fire for the firefighters to put out!

Counting Candy Hearts

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The kids are always into the holidays!  Take advantage of their hyper-focus on holiday fun by including it into your lessons!  Counting and sorting candy hearts is a great math activity.  We also let them fill in a graph with how many hearts of each color were in their individual bags. This activity also encourages sensory development with both the feel and the smell of the candy hearts (and it’s up to you as the teacher if they will be tasting those hearts!).

If You Give A…

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This is one of those great activities that connects multiple facets of learning.  Read one of Laura Numeroff’s books, such as “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie”.  Then let the class work together to create their own similar story!  We were learning about the letter “D” during this time, so we used “Dinosaurs”.  The kids took turns deciding what would happen next.  The teacher just needs to know how to get the story back to the original idea, in this case, something the dinosaur ate.  It wasn’t hard to do this, as when the story was sufficient in length, we just encouaged the kids to realize that after doing an activity, the dinosaur may have been hungry again…

Susan, the main teacher, wrote the story on a large poster, and hung it on the bulletin board.  Next to it was hung pictures the kids had made of dinosaurs.  Using a template, they colored in the dinosaur with dots (another “D” word!).  Those always turn out so nice, and the kids enjoyed it!  (We used Do-A-Dot-Art! Markers)