Exploring oranges around the classroom

There are so many different ways to explore a color but when you have a fruit that has the color and the color word all built into one, like an orange, it's only natural to explore oranges all around the classroom... The children explored "orange juice" water play which was made up of water, clear water beads, orange liquid water color, and a few orange slices... We also added empty orange juice containers and juice [...]

We painted with cranberries in preschool

I enjoyed reading the idea of painting with cranberries from Little Wonder Days and shared the idea with some of our teachers. The children started by squishing up a bunch of cranberries we got from the grocery store. Then the cranberries, along with the juice, was set out in bowls with paint brushes. I didn't take a picture of the bowl until after the children were almost done painting but as you can see, there [...]

More healthy foods in preschool: veggie pizza

One way we have been exploring healthy foods in preschool is by making different kinds of pizza. Today we made veggie pizzas. For our veggie pizzas, the children dipped red, green, and yellow peppers into red, green, and yellow paint... Then they pressed the painted peppers on a construction paper triangle (pizza) shapes... Perhaps for this activity, I would suggest a little bigger pizza shape but as I observed the children in action I noticed [...]

By | November 11th, 2010|Categories: Food Art|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Flour and food color painting in preschool

I am always on the look out for different art mediums that the children can explore. The children enjoyed the new texture of this homemade "paint" their teacher mixed up. The teacher mixed up some flour and water in a large bowl until it had a creamy consistency. Each of the children had a large paper towel to use as their paint canvas and a paper cup to hold their flour paint. The children then [...]

By | August 29th, 2010|Categories: Food Art, Sensory Play|Tags: , |8 Comments

We made corn on the cob in preschool

One of the best parts of going to the Indiana State Fair is a tasty piece of corn on the cob. For this activity, the teachers set out some corn, yellow and green construction paper, and glue. The children glued their construction paper leaves and corncobs to the large sheet of blue construction paper... Then the children glued the corn seeds onto their yellow corncob. I love how the leaves are all going in a [...]

By | August 14th, 2010|Categories: Food Art, Sensory Play|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Peas in a pod your preschooler can make

Living in farm country, we learn lots about vegetables that grow in the garden. Where possible, I try to bring in vegetables from the garden like snap peas so the children can explore and snap away. At school, I came across this entry for our State Fair Vegetable Craft contest.... To make a pea pod with your preschooler start by painting the back of a paper plate the color green (or both sides might be [...]

By | August 13th, 2010|Categories: Food Art, Music and Fingerplays|Tags: , |9 Comments