Exploring weight and size with scales in preschool

There are all kinds of simple scales you can provide for inviting children to explore weight. Set out a set of scales along with a variety of items for the children to explore and compare... The bowls on the top of these scales come off which allows the children to easily fill the bowls then [...]

By | April 21st, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

Teach Preschool in the news: Save those easter eggs!

This morning, I had a special guest join me for my three minute segment on local Indiana Fox 59 Morning News... Tristan and his parents joined me at the news studio bright and early this morning to present my newest segment - see video below.  Everyone pitched in to help me get ready... First I [...]

By | April 21st, 2011|Categories: Media|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

Tissue box challenge: making simple squares in preschool

I just love a challenge because it makes me think "outside of the box" - yes pun intended... JDaniel4's Mom and The Activity Mom are hosting this fun little challenge as a creative way to recognize earth week. The challenge is to make something out of a tissue box! I really am not all that [...]

By | April 17th, 2011|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , |22 Comments

Getting babies and toddlers outside to play

This week Childhood 101 is celebrating "Get Outdoors and Play" and that is one thing my nieces and nephews love to do.  There are all kinds of fun things infants and toddlers can do outside... My little niece Clara is having a ball swinging in her backyard... If this doesn't look like fun, then I [...]

By | April 17th, 2011|Categories: Painting, Science and Nature, The Value of Play|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Exploring seeds in preschool

This activity box is filled with a variety of dry beans and pasta for a little spring garden sensory play.... If you are wondering why there is pasta mixed into the mix - I can't really say except that it provides a little more color and texture... As with any sensory activity like this, we [...]

By | April 14th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes, Science and Nature|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

What I learned from the Ooey Gooey lady

If you haven't heard of the Ooey Gooey lady then let me introduce you to her. Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet her and attend her workshop at our local Indiana state early childhood conference... Lisa (the Ooey Gooey Lady) is know for her fun, fresh, hands-on activities that can be used in [...]

By | April 12th, 2011|Categories: Meet the Experts|Tags: , , , , , |20 Comments