Last minute valentine collage for prekindergarten

I titled this for prekindergarten but any child that has the fine motor skills to do this activity will be able to whip it up fairly quickly.  All you need is some construction paper strips to make the hearts and some glue if you want to put the hearts on a piece of paper to make a collage of hearts. I was literally just sitting here reading through all the new blog posts that are [...]

Valentine mailboxes and magnets for preschool play

I started collecting these little red and white mailboxes from the dollar section at Target sometime in January. I thought they would make terrific additions to our February valentine work boxes... To provide a variety of different learning opportunities and types of play, I included magnetic numbers because the mailboxes are magnetic and it would be a fun way to add address numbers to our boxes... Also included are paper and markers to write addresses [...]

Writing the letter of the week

Each week, when a new letter is introduced, the teacher invites each child to come up and try to print the letter on the dry erase board. The teacher begins by printing a capital and lower case letter on the board first - she identifies each letter as she is writing them for the children to see. Then each child comes up and takes a turn to print the letter. The children in this class [...]

At play with baby: hello hands!

Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child's world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.Discover how to create a wonderful book of hands for your infant or toddler and use the book to explore the things in your child's world! A terrific tool for infant lesson plans.

By | February 9th, 2011|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Deborah in the news

I have been enjoying the opportunity to present some simple information on our local news station. On today's segment, I came prepared to introduce several ideas that young children can explore for Valentine's day. If you are viewing this by email, you may need to come to the blog to see the short news clip! The valentine activities I brought to share were included my most recent posts... Save your valentine candy boxes for preschool [...]

By | February 8th, 2011|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , , |22 Comments

DIY valentine boxes and cards for preschool

This is a really cool and simple valentine box and matching valentine cards you can make with your preschooler. Start off with a sheet of poster board and fold it in half - long edge to long edge... Now open it back up and fold the long edges into the center leaving four creases lengthwise in your board... Now fold the poster board into thirds from the short edge. See below... When you open the [...]

By | February 8th, 2011|Categories: Valentine's Day|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments

Save the valentine box for preschool

Go out and treat your self to a box of chocolates but be sure to save the box! The valentine box is more than just a box it is also an experience... The chocolate dividers inside the valentine box can be used for a little sensory play, patterning, and a sorting game! Don't forget the big heart that comes in most valentine boxes. This big heart makes a great canvas for painting or decorating... Just [...]

P is for pink polk-a-dots in preschool

Each week, the teachers at our school continue to focus on a letter of the week. This isn't the only time that the children will explore a given letter but it is an opportunity to give a letter some special attention. This week the focus was on the letter P! I noticed that focusing on the letter of the week is also a time when children whose name starts with that letter get a little [...]

By | February 7th, 2011|Categories: Letter of the Week, Painting|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

Cupid’s arrow teaches terrific concepts in preschool

Cupid's arrow is a fun way to introduce a variety of concepts... We can learn that arrows point us in a certain direction like Up, Down, Left, or Right... We can search for arrows on signs inside and outside of our classroom... And we can explore ways we can care about each other. So cut up some strips of construction paper... And set out the glue... And have fun with arrows! I am linking this [...]