Planets in a bottle

Last week, I shared with you how we explored space with Dr. Seuss. My prekindergarten age students enjoyed talking about and making their own planets so we made our own simple version of planets in a bottle for the children to take home as a way to promote discussion on planets at home too…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

To make our planets in a bottle, the children started by filling up a clear bottle with water. Our bottles were originally milk bottles saved from Wendy’s.  They are terrific bottles because they don’t have any sticky label to clean off and they are a good quality bottle for use in the classroom. (By the way, my almost three year old grandson stopped by to visit us and he joined in the fun too)…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

The children chose five or more waterbeads to represent their planets and placed them in their water filled water bottles. We did not hot glue our lids closed but if you are concerned with the bottles being opened when they go home, adding hot glue inside the lids of the bottles before closing the bottles up will help keep the bottles permanently closed…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

Waterbeads are wonderful to watch move around in a waterbottle. The water beads are see-though in the light and they emulate movement in space as the beads move slowly through the water when you turn the bottle up and down…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

We purchased our waterbeads about two years ago in small packets. They start off like small seeds and after soaking overnight in water, our waterbeads grow to about the size of a marble…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

My students would play with waterbeads every day if I would set them out but we save them for special occasions or specific experiences throughout the year so they remain super fun and inviting…

At Play with Waterbeads

With the children’s interest in planets, the waterbeads were perfect for making our own planet water bottles…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

And for a fun water play experience too…

Planets in a Bottle by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow On

Exploring Space with Dr. Seuss

Ideas for Space on Pinterest

Outer Space Playdough from I Can Teach My Child

Alien Space Ships from Teaching the Little People

By | March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |4 Comments

More indoor large motor play: Fun Friday features

Last week we shared winter time large motor play activities as part of the Discover and Explore linky.  We encouraged our fellow bloggers to link up their indoor games and activities too!  Today we are sharing a few of those indoor large motor  play ideas with you today…

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Powerful Mothering shared this fun bowling and knock down activity that uses simple materials you can find around your house…

More winter large motor play by Teach Preschool

Craftulate shared a great bean bag tutorial, along with a few ways to use those bean bags…

More winter large motor play by Teach Preschool

Now that you know how to make your own beanbags, use them along with some tape to create an indoor hopscotch board like the one shared by Green Owl Art…

More winter large motor play by Teach Preschool

If you are playing at home, this pillow climbing activity for babies is awesome for strengthening little muscles!  I have a feeling big kids might like this activity too…

More winter indoor large motor play by Teach Preschool

Dirt and Boogers shared this great color shape river game to get your children jumping and moving…

More winter large motor play by Teach Preschool

Finally, 3 Dinosaurs so generously shared her free gross motor printable list with loads of large motor exercises and movement activities…

More winter indoor large motor play by Teach PreschoolI would like to thank all of our blogging friends for sharing their fun winter indoor activities with us!

And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

These posts and other highlights have been pinned to the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.

More Indoor Play Ideas from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

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Holiday Charades with Free Printable (KC Edventures)

Snowy Toy Car Ramp (Buggy and Buddy)

Jingle and Seek (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Winter Time Large Motor Play for the Preschool Classroom (Teach Preschool)

Jingle Bell Ankle Bracelets (Twodaloo)

Let it snow

Let’s face it, if you live in an area with with extreme weather conditions like we do, you might as well embrace them!  In the hot summer time, that means lots of outdoor play with water, bubbles, and chalk.  And in the winter time, that means lots of snowy play…

Let it snow by Teach Preschool

Winter got an early start here in the Midwest.  Usually we are lucky if we have any sort of accumulating snowfall before Christmas.  This year, however, we have had several snowfalls already which means we are celebrating this snow both in the classroom and outside.  Today we are sharing activities that embrace and celebrate that cold snowy goodness!  And if you live in an area without snow, don’t worry!  We are sharing a few ways you can explore snow, even if you don’t have the real thing…

Catch a falling snowflake by Teach Preschool

The first thing all children want to do when there is any kind of snowfall is to, of course, go out and play in it!  And unless we have really extreme temperatures, we let them…

Let it snow by Teach Preschool

Even going outside for just a few minutes can give children the opportunity to run off some energy.  That cold air is sure to perk just about anyone up rather quickly!  If you have enough time and snow, building a snowman is always fun…

Building a snowman

If you are lucky enough to have a snow fall while you are in school, try taking a sheet of dark construction paper outside to examine the snowflakes up close

Catch a falling snowflake by Teach Preschool

If extreme temperatures keep your children from going outside, then I encourage you to bring the snow inside to your children.  We like to bring in big bucketfuls of snow and dump them on trays our tables.  Using paint brushes and pipettes is a fun way to explore color mixing and melting

Coloring snow

If you are not able to get outside to build your own, create a snowman sensory puzzle by burying all the components of a snowman under a pile of snow…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

Explore the melting process with this snowman in a bag activity, documenting how your snowman looks before and after it melts…

Snowman in a Bag by Teach Preschool

If you don’t live in an area that receives snowfall, there are plenty of other ways to explore this magical winter weather.  For example, take a look at  the idea that no two snowflakes are alike

Snowflake prints

Playing in snow is a multi-sensory experience.  If you don’t have the real thing, fill a sensory tub with fake snow to play in and explore…

Snow Globe Sensory Play by Teach Preschool

Create a soft squishy blanket of snow with a cotton ball blizzard in a box

Cotton ball snowballs by Teach Preschool

Lastly, if you are brave enough, have an indoor snowball fight

Let it snow by Teach Preschool

If you find yourself with lots of snow on the ground, I encourage you to embrace it just as your children would!  Come March, though, that snow can take a hike.  We’ll be ready to celebrate the warmer temperatures of spring by then…

Let it snow by Teach Preschool

And now it’s your turn to share your winter activities with us!  Link up your winter posts below…

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Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

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By | December 18th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore, Snow|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

8 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features

Last week, the Discover and Explore team asked our fellow bloggers to link up their December holiday activities.  We had so many fabulous ideas that were shared!  Today I’m going to highlight some of our favorite Christmas tree crafts and activities…

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Fun at Home with Kids shared this super cute oversized sticky contact paper Christmas tree

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Mama Papa Bubba also shared another wonderful use of contact paper with this life size sticky Christmas tree

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Here is another version of the sticky tree, but with a twist.  How We Learn linked up this awesome Christmas sensory bin

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

We always love a simple cardboard tube craft and these adorable toilet paper roll Christmas trees shared by Reading Confetti fit the bill.  Don’t worry, you can use paper towel tubes or wrapping paper rolls too…

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Here is another fantastic cardboard tube Christmas tree shared by School Time Snippets…

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Sugar Aunts shared this lovely egg carton Christmas tree activity that also promotes fine motor skills…

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Fun-A-Day also shared a great Christmas tree decorating activity that promotes pre-writing and fine motor skills

10 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Last, but certainly not least, Fantastic Fun and Learning shared these simple, but sweet pom pom painted Christmas trees

8 Christmas trees: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

We would like to thank all of our blogger friends for linking up their December holiday activities!  If only there were more hours in a day so that we could try them all!

And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

These posts and other highlights have been pinned to the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.

More December Holiday Ideas from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

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Candy Cane Play Dough in Grandma’s Kitchen (KC Edventures)

Felt Christmas Tree Pin (Buggy and Buddy)

Healthy Christmas Tree Snack (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Ways to Discover & Explore the Holiday Season with Pinecones and Pine Needles (Teach Preschool)

Christmas Countdown Ideas for 2s and 3s (Twodaloo)

By | December 13th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Winter time large motor play for the preschool classroom

In the winter time, we have a lot of requests for indoor games and large motor activities.  While we try to get outdoors, even for a small amount of time each and everyday, Midwest winters can be frigid forcing our time outside to be limited.  For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ways to get kids up and moving in the classroom…

Winter time large motor play by Teach Preschool

Large motor activities should be a vital part of any early childhood program.  Large motor play helps children burn off excess energy, enabling them to focus better in the classroom.  There are also opportunities for building social skills when children work and play cooperatively in games.  When children play large group games together, they are working on taking turns and sharing with one another.  They are also working on developing friendships…

Winter time large motor play by Teach Preschool

One thing you should know before I begin is that we have very limited space in our classroom.  We do not have a gym or separate room even, in which we can play.  Though we may be limited on space, creativity abounds and we try to make the very most of what space we do have.  Keep in mind that even in a small space you can still plan large motor activities that target the following skills:  balance, walking on a line, skipping, hopping or alternating on one foot, and jumping.  In larger spaces, children may be able to work on running, climbing, and throwing balls…

Using feet to push the ball on the line

One of the easiest ways to get children moving is through music!  Songs like “Bluebird, bluebird through my window” and  “Sally goes round the sun” encourage children to dance and move together as a large group…

Indoor large motor play by Teach Preschool

If you are looking for something a little less structured or a chance to be just plain silly, throw on some funky children’s music and let the children get down!  Greg and Steve’s “Listen and Move” and The Freeze” are favorites in our class…

We sing and dance...

And don’t forget about classic movement games like Duck, Duck, Goose and Musical Chairs…

Winter time large motor play by Teach Preschool

If you run out of inspiration for large group movement games, make up your own.  Make a simple DIY action cube that encourages children to get moving!  Your action cubes can have pictures, symbols, or words on them…

Winter time large motor play by Teach Preschool

Another easy way to make a new game is by getting creative with masking tape!  Create different lines, grids, or patterns on the floor for fun movement games.  Keep in mind that games can be super simple with few rules, if any at all.  Leave the tape on the floor for the whole day and see if it inspires the children to create their own games…

L is for lines by Teach Preschool

Also look for opportunities to tie in your large motor activities with your theme units or children’s books that you are reading in class.  The more invested children are in a particular theme, the more likely they are to be active participants.  We used sticky paper for this large scale movement game that we created for a Pete the Cat theme day…

Storybook Games by Teach Preschool

Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.  Don’t be afraid to completely rearrange your room to accommodate some much needed exercise!  If you have the equipment to do so, bring out mats, hula hoops, or cones to create an awesome obstacle course.  Use what you have, and make the most of it, even if it means making a mess…

Weaving through a rainbow by Teach Preschool

If the weather outside is frightful, bring a little bit of the delightful inside.  Join your children in a rousing indoor snowball fight.  One suggestion though: wait till the end of the day or maybe even the end of the week.  The children will have so much fun that they will request a snowball fight everyday…

Winter time large motor play by Teach Preschool

When all else fails, just count to five and exercise!   A few simple exercises or stretches, done in repetitions of five, can completely wake up sleepy children (and teachers too) and turn grumpy moods into happy ones to last the day through…

Winter time large motor play by Teach Preschool

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And now it’s your turn to share how your indoor winter boredom busters with us!  Link up your Indoor Games and Play posts below…

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Upcoming Themes:

December 18 – Winter

Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

The linky will remain open for one week. Then all five co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post the Friday after the linky closes. All featured posts will be shared on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.  (Be sure to follow so you don’t miss any features!)



Six ways to discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles

All around our preschool are pine trees and each year during the holiday season, we like to spend time discovering and exploring with pinecones and pine needles. Today, I am sharing six of our favorite pine ideas and at the end of the post, you are invited to check out or add your own favorite holiday ideas to our Discover and Explore Linky…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Pine Wreath

The children made simple but beautiful pine wreaths last year with a paper plate, pine needles, pinecones, and a touch of red paint for the berries. You can see the entire Pine Wreath post by clicking here or on the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Pine Discovery Bottles

Another favorite way to explore pine needles in my classroom is by making a pine needle discovery bottle. You can view the entire post on Pine Needle Discovery Bottles by clicking here or click the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Pine in a Shadow Box

Our shadow boxes wouldn’t be complete without adding a few pinecones or pine needles. You can view the entire Nature Shadow Box post by clicking here or click on the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Pinecone Painting

If you haven’t ever tried painting on pinecones, then I must say you are missing out! You can view our entire pinecone painting experience and ornaments by clicking here or click on the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Pine Needle Paint Brushes

I haven’t written a post about painting with pine needles paint brushes but it is fairly simple. Just attach a few limbs with pine needles to a stick or craft stick using a length of tape and set them out with paint and paper for the children to explore…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

As you can see, we set out pine needle paint brushes out at the easel. Pine needle paint brushes create a beautiful textured painting and is an interesting process for the children to explore…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Penguin and Pinecone book

And if you are looking for an excellent book to read aloud to your children then I highly recommend the book Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon. You can read more about this book by clicking here or click the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

This is only the beginning of things to do with pinecones and pine needles and soon my current class will be coming up with new ways we can explore and discover the season with pine. Now be sure to check out the wonderful December holiday ideas being shared in our Holiday Linky just below…

PS. Some children may be allergic to pine. Some allergies are mild and a good handwashing can help but others are stronger so find out by checking with parents first!

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Discover and Explore: December Holidays

Upcoming Themes:

Currently Open – December Holidays

December 11 – Indoor Games and Play

December 18 – Winter

Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

The linky will remain open for one week. Then all five co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post the Friday after the linky closes. All featured posts will be shared on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.  (Be sure to follow so you don’t miss any features!)



Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom

In the preschool classroom, teachers are always planning and evaluating their student’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills but today we are going to take a look at what many refer to as “life skills…”

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom

The development of life skills often happen naturally as preschoolers spend each day doing daily tasks such as putting jackets away, pouring cups of juice, or washing hands and getting ready for snack…

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

Life skills are an essential part of early childhood education and many kinds of life skills can be naturally promoted by  integrating these skills into children’s play (like pouring). The key for teachers is to be able to connect the dots between child’s play and the value of that play when it comes to building and promoting daily life skills…

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

Mastering any kind of life skill takes time and experience. As young children take part in picking up toys, wiping down a table, or serving their own snack – they are building important skills that are essential in keeping their world organized…

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

Not every life skill comes naturally – many life skills need to be introduced and then consistently encouraged and consistently taught. For life skills that need to be taught, we break down the skills into smaller steps so the children will better understand what the expectations are and how to meet those expectations successfully.  Skills such as hanging our coats on the hook and zipping up our back packs help young children take responsibility for their own things but children often need guidance and patient reminders in the process of mastering these kinds of life skills…

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

Life skills can range anywhere from learning to play cooperatively with others to independently taking care of one’s own belonging to the finer details of life such as zipping up a coat…

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

Young children need to learn these skills in a safe environment. They need to feel successful, appreciated, and valued as they make simple to large efforts in doing things on their own…

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

The kinds of life skills your students will need to be successful in your classroom and even beyond the classroom vary based on their age and developmental readiness. The best assessment for life skills is observation. Take time to observe your students and as you do so, make a written or even a mental list of life skills that your children are ready to tackle and then consider how your students will be able to best master those skills. Can they be learned through play? Do they need a little coaching or guidance? Do they need more time and experience?

Promoting life skills in the preschool classroom by Teach Preschool

Today’s Discover and Explore linky is all about Life Skills.  Perhaps you are a blogger and have written a post about this topic or can share a creative and playful idea that you have found promotes a specific life skill.  If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment below and share your ideas and thoughts. In either case, take a look at the linky below and see what others have to share…

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Discover and Explore: Life Skills!

Upcoming Themes:

Currently Open – Life Skills

November 27 – Gifts

December 4 – December Holidays

December 11 – Indoor Games and Play

December 18 – Winter

Please read the following guidelines for sharing on this linky:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

The linky will remain open for one week. Then all five co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post the Friday after the linky closes. All featured posts will be shared on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.  (Be sure to follow so you don’t miss any features!)



By | November 20th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Thanksgiving: Fun Friday features

Last week our fellow bloggers shared some awesome Thanksgiving activities in the Discover and Explore linky.  Today I’m sharing four different ways to make “gratitude trees” or “thankful trees.”  These trees are a fun way for children to express their thoughts of thankfulness…

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Mrs. O’Daniels shared these colorful thankful trees that her children made for their grandparents…

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Adventures in Wunderland shared this really sweet handprint thankful tree

Thanksgiving: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Makeovers and Motherhood shared a printable template for their thankfulness trees

Thanksgiving: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

And our last feature is a wall of thankful leaves shared by What Do We Do All Day.  While this isn’t a tree, the idea could certainly be extended by creating a tree for these beautiful leaves…

Thanksgiving: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

I’d like to thank all of our blogger friends for sharing their wonderful Thanksgiving ideas with us!

And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

More Thanksgiving Ideas from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

Thanksgiving Activities from the Discover and Explore co-hosts

Handmade Turkey Puzzle for Thanksgiving (KC Edventures)

Crafts for Kids: Beaded Napkin Rings (Buggy and Buddy)

Turkey Play Dough (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Planning a Thanksgiving Feast (Teach Preschool)

Fine Motor Turkey Activities for Toddlers (Twodaloo)

By | November 15th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Cooking in the classroom

We recently spent a morning exploring different types of fruit.  With that fruit, we created a delicious rainbow fruit salad.  What we learned is that cooking in the classroom is about so much more than just measuring, slicing, and pouring.  It can be a multi-sensory experience…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

To begin our morning, we read a delightful story called “End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad.”  It is a simple book that explores both colors and numbers, as well as many different types of fruit.  Be sure to stick around because tomorrow we will be giving away a copy of this book!

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

After reading our book, we passed around a few of the fruits that were mentioned in the book…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

We passed around a pineapple, grapes, bananas, strawberries, and a papaya:  all fruits that were about to be used in our fruit salad.  While we passed the fruit around, we talked about using all of our senses to examine the fruit.  What color is the papaya?  How does that prickly pineapple feel on your fingers?  What do those strawberries smell like?  Of course, we would see what it tastes like later.  It was, not only an invitation to explore the fruit, but an opportunity to build language skills…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

Passing our fruit around the circle was also an opportunity to work on sharing and turn taking.  After sharing around our circle, it was time to turn all that beautiful fruit into fruit salad…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

We moved to our larger tables and each child had the opportunity to wash and cut the fruit we just explored.  Some of our fruit required big knives, which only Mrs. Stewart and Mr. Hayden were allowed to use.  The children were given plastic knives to cut the fruit into smaller, bite-sized pieces….

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

If you’ve ever attempted cooking with a large group of children, you will understand that it can be quite a daunting task but it isn’t one you should shy away from.  Our children always love the opportunity to create their own snack.  They are more eager to try a new food, when they have helped create it themselves…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

Working side by side with other children to achieve a common goal requires cooperation and sometimes patience, while waiting for a turn…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

Cooking in the classroom also allows children to explore foods in a completely new way.  None of our children had ever eaten a papaya, let alone had the opportunity to cut it open and scoop out its slimy seeds…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

When all of our fruit was cut, we had a very colorful and delicious rainbow fruit salad.  The children had pride in knowing that they helped to prepare this yummy snack…

Cooking in the classroom by Teach Preschool

Now it’s your turn!  Please share your favorite posts to our
Cooking with Kids linky!

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Discover and Explore: Cooking with Kids

Upcoming Themes:

Currently Open – Cooking with Kids

November 20 – Life Skills

November 27 – Gifts

December 4 – December Holidays

December 11 – Indoor Games and Play

December 18 – Winter

Please read the following guidelines for sharing:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, printables, etc.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
  • If you’d like, grab a button for your post — we love to share and want to find lots of great activities to highlight for you!

The linky will remain open for one week. Then all five co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post the Friday after the linky closes. All featured posts will be shared on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.  (Be sure to follow so you don’t miss any features!)



By | November 13th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Science: Fun Friday features

Last week, the Discover and Explore team invited our blogging friends to share their best science activities.  We received a wonderful response and would like to highlight a few of our favorites today..

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Crafting Connections shared some fantastic ways to encourage young scientists with this practical guide

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Blog Me Mom shared this really cool red cabbage experiment , along with some great ideas for dramatic play…

Science: Fun Friday features

And Little Bins for Little Hands shared their experience exploring these fun and colorful density towers

Science: Fun Friday features

Thanks so much to all of our blogger friends for sharing their amazing science activity posts with us!

And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

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More Science Experiments from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

Fun Science Activities for Kids (KC Edventures)

Reflections in Mirrors (Buggy and Buddy)

Floating Egg Science Experiment (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Bubbles in a Bowl Science (Teach Preschool)

Toddler Science Experiments (Twodaloo)

By | November 8th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , |2 Comments