August 2010

A simple bean bag game your preschoolers will love!

I happened by this classroom as the children were playing this simple little bean bag toss game. As each child walked up to the line, he or she would choose a bean bag out of the basket, then the teacher would ask the child to announce the color of the bag or name the letter […]

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Finger painting fun by Carol Brooke

There’s something quite intriguing about feeling paint on your fingers as you spread it onto your canvas. Do it yourself and try not to smile. Feeling the texture, seeing what happens when colors are mixed and the paint is spread across the canvas is important learning… Fun as it may be! You will need: -newspaper […]

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A is for painting apple trees in preschool

I just love apples and the beginning of a new school year gives me every excuse I can to have fun making and learning about apples. To make these fun little apple trees, gather up some red, yellow, green paint, and some brown construction paper. I used a tissue roll but you can also use […]

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Roller pin painting in preschool

A colorful result from this fun roller pin creative art preschool activity!

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We made tissue paper flowers in preschool

Tissue paper is such a wonderful product to work with in preschool. The bright colors that are available lend to wonderful opportunities for exploring art. Each child was given a paper flower shape as their canvas… The children painted the stem and leaves of the flower with green paint. Controlling the flow of paint is […]

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We didn’t like painting with popsicles in preschool

I almost did not write about this activity because, quite frankly, it wasn’t all that great! But – I decided that it was important to share experiences that don’t work out quite as expected. Each child was given a piece of paper and a Popsicle. I thought they would love seeing how they could draw on the […]

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Thumbs up game in kindergarten

I had forgotten about this familiar “thumbs-up” game until I walked in this classroom the other day and saw it in action! To play this game, start by choosing two or three students to come to the front of the room.  (They can leave the shoes on by the way:) The remaining children sit at […]

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My name book: A preschool printable

Each school year, I like to create a name book for my preschool students to use. I put them together with all kinds of materials but to simplify things for my readers, I created this little name book template. In advance I create a book for each child. The number of letters each child has […]

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Promoting independence at naptime in preschool

In my years of classroom experience, I have found that the more I encourage children to take care of their own property the more responsive and cooperative they become. Naptime is an example of how children can be taught to take pride in doing something well and then enjoy the results. Naptime begins in this […]

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My pre-k handwriting book

This little handwriting book is simple to put together and keep on hand to help children practice their handwriting skills. The cover of the book is printed on the computer on heavy card stock. Pieces of lined paper are placed in the center of the book and another sheet of heavy card stock is placed […]

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Tools to promote fine motor skills in preschool

This may just look like an empty blue ice tray but if you stop and think about how it can be used to promote fine motor skills or sorting skills, the ideas are limitless. By adding a basket of small, plastic objects – this ice tray becomes a tool for both play and developing new […]

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Compassion

Preschool teachers are compassionate… I am linking up with…. A Beautiful Mess and Five Minutes for Mom:  for Wordless Wednesdays!

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Creating a preschool art gallery

There is just something special about taking a child’s artwork and adding a simple frame. It makes simple art look like fine art. I know these look like real frames but they are sheets of  paper stationary with a “framed look” around the edges. The teachers cut out the center of the paper and placed […]

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Dry-erase board activities for preschool

A dry erase board and dry erase markers lend themselves to some great guided learning activities as well as the opportunity to color and create… Gather your materials… I like these dry erase markers because the eraser is on one end and the marker is at the other end… This is a dry erase sentence […]

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Using the book cover to keep preschoolers engaged in storytime

Try these ideas for engaging preschoolers in story time!

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Back in the recording studio for new children’s CD!

I have been super busy preparing to record my new children’s CD. I have learned a great deal since recording my first CD: Simple songs for Preschool and am loving the experience of going back into the studio for another go! I will keep you posted as things progress but these next couple of CD’s […]

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