At play with playdough people in preschool

I recently acquired these little people shaped craft sticks. The craft stick people were unfinished so I painted a few of them blue and a few of them red... I am always looking to add new dimensions of play to the materials we already have in the classroom. So I added the people shaped craft sticks to the playdough table today... The children started off by simply exploring the two different kinds of materials by sticking the [...]

By | March 31st, 2011|Categories: DIY, motor skills, The Value of Play|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Rainbow sensory play plus a rainbow linky!

I have a tendency to over-think or worry about what I plan for the children to do! Last week I decided that we should try adding rainbow bottles to our activity boxes... To make the colorful rainbow bottles, we simply filled the bottles about 3/4 of the way with water, added about 1/2 cup of cooking oil, and then added a few drops of food color. Then we used hot glue to permanently attach the [...]

What can your preschooler do while you make potato soup?

Here are a few potato activities to keep your preschoolers busy while you are making potato soup! Paper Potatoes This is simple but I thought it was kinds of fun... Simply cut or tear a potato shape from a brown paper bag... Set out a little green paint and make fingerprints on the potato for the eyes... I told you it was simple:) Potato Peel Soup Save the scraps from that brown paper bag.... Children can [...]

Should preschoolers have homework?

This is the question being asked on the latest BAM Radio Network show that I commentated on: "Should You Be Assigning Homework in Preschool?" by Rae Pica along with Etta Kralovec and Dr. Ann Barbour. Go and take a listen to the show and see what you think! Before you answer this question consider this... These two boys are at play with large pattern blocks... They are exploring patterns and shapes and how they fit together [...]

The shave cream table is irresistible in preschool

I wish everyone could have seen the delight in this little girl's face as she was playing in the shave cream today... Shave cream play was one of several activities the teacher had out on the classroom tables to explore... But this little girl just kept going back to the shave cream table... Once she would get shave cream all over her hands and up to her elbows... She would go and wash her hands [...]

By | March 11th, 2011|Categories: Sensory Play, The Value of Play|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

We play hospital in preschool

The children have been checking out medical supplies in their continuing exploration of community helpers... In our activity boxes, we set out a variety of first aid supplies as well as toy medical tools for the children to play with... As I observed the children at play, I noticed that many of the children liked taking turns being the doctor and the patient. We had some expert medical staff here! I overheard the children debating [...]

We played fire station in preschool

We provided fire station activity boxes for our continuing study of community helpers. I shared the idea of making our own fire stations from a post I read at No Time for Flashcards... Along with the fire stations we set out some fire trucks and then added some waffle blocks to extend the play a little more.... The children liked having all the garage door openings to drive through and they made lots of "whirring [...]