April 2011

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 […]

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Rubber ducky stamping in preschool

I love digging through the activity boxes that our curriculum coordinator puts together and today she had this fun little rubber ducky box… In the box there were rubber ducks and stamp pads of various sizes and colors… I thought I would give this a try and see what happens. Rubber duckies are quite fun […]

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Is this flower taller or shorter than a preschooler?

The preschoolers got a giggle out of comparing who was taller and who was shorter than the flower!

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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 […]

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Early childhood education up front and center

There are many wonderful bloggers sharing ideas out there and everyday I learn something new. I am motivated, inspired, and even surprised by some of the innovative and fresh ideas that are shared on these early childhood focused blogs. Many of these blogs are written by stay at home moms who are doing some amazing […]

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DIY chalkboard for preschool

This is a little chalk board that I made at home for the kids to use at preschool… I am not a natural crafter or woodworking kind of gal so there are probably better ways to make this but this worked very well for me and the kids love it… I found this little wooden […]

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Fun with color words in preschool

Through out the school year the children have been exploring all of their colors and color words. Last week, the children reviewed many of their colors through different kinds of paint and sensory materials… Some of the children finger painted their color words… Others sprinkled some colored salt on their color words… The salt was […]

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Celebrate the week of the young child!

Over the past few weeks, I have had folks on facebook ask me to help them find ideas for celebrating the Week of the Young Child (WOYC). So today, I attended a session at our local IAEYC conference that was designed to help foster better understanding of this event and how to implement it. Purpose […]

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Plastic egg color mixing water play science in preschool

They say to keep your titles short but I couldn’t decide what to call this so I threw in the all the words that describe this activity! This is a fun little activity for exploring water and color mixing. I have written this post with examples of questions that can be asked as the children […]

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Crack open the egg and paint in preschool

  Kids just love to crack open the egg when doing a cooking activity so I thought we could have a little fun with cracking open plastic eggs too.. Just add a little bit of watered down paint inside the plastic eggs… If the paint is too thick, it wont drip out very well. You […]

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Egg in the nest sorting game

Using homemade Easter grass and plastic eggs, the children will enjoy a little sorting game and making their own colorful bird nest!

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DIY make your own colorful Easter grass!

DIY – Don’t rush out to buy Easter grass! Make your own in any color you like!

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A bundle of fun with these crayons in preschool

Our students love to color so we thought during our color review week, we would mix it up a little and let them try coloring with crayon bundles…. In almost every case, the children began by making the crayons go round and round on their paper… Trying to get all the crayons to touch the […]

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In the Mailbox: butterfly jar

Last week I ordered this butterfly jar and it came in the mail today! I found this little gem from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary and for some crazy reason, I bought it! I plan to take it to preschool for my very own show and tell. The butterfly isn’t real but it looks almost real. […]

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Butterfly sensory bags for preschoolers

I read this terrific idea over at Crafty-Crafted on how to make butterfly goody bags! As soon as I saw them, I started thinking of other ways you could use this idea…. When I see an idea that I love, I always want to see what else can be done with it…. I tried this […]

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I wish I had a felt playhouse from Miss Pretty Pretty

I remember the first time I saw one of these felt playhouses from Miss Pretty Pretty and ever since, I have always wanted one… Perhaps one day I will have the good fortune to get one of my own but in the mean time, it is my pleasure to inform you that She Wears Flowers […]

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