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 balance the bowls back on the scales and it also allows for the weighing of larger items like the fruit [...]

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 have to set out all the props I will need on this large rolling bar... Some of the paint spilled [...]

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 creative but I do love to paint so I decided to do a little tissue box painting... I simply started [...]

By | April 17th, 2011|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , |23 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 am not sure what does... My nephew Wyatt loves the outdoors too...   Click here to see Wy [...]

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

On becoming a grandma for the very first time

Becoming a grandma is an experience that only after becoming a grandma can you begin to appreciate. Bright and early this morning, my daughter had our first grand baby - a bouncing baby boy.... We arrived at the hospital at 1:00 in the morning and by 8:00 in the morning he was here! He is so sweet and beautiful... As he was being bathed, fed, changed, swaddled, held, kissed, and talked to, all I could [...]

By | April 15th, 2011|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , , |62 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 always add bowls and cups of various sizes for scooping and pouring... The children have been exploring all kinds of [...]

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

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 to print with! They are sqishy, squeaky, and leave egg shaped prints on the paper... This activity box will be [...]

By | April 13th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , |20 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 the classroom or at home when working with young children.  I had a great time learning new ideas and I [...]

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