This is what happens when you give a set of stickers to a set of kids

Making the rounds in social networking has been this wonderful post titled, "This is What Happens when you Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids." from Colossal. This post shares the wonderful artwork called, "The Obliteration Room." If you haven't taken a look at their sticker dot covered white room yet, it is worth a quick peek! Inspired by this work of art, I created our own mini-version of this dot art process by [...]

By | March 2nd, 2012|Categories: motor skills|Tags: , , , , |16 Comments

Try the frog leap in preschool

In preschool, the frog leap is just a bit different than the old fashioned leap frog game where you jump over another person's back... In this classroom, the teacher laminated some lili-pads on the floor for her little frogs to leap across. We have the two-footed leap... The split leap.. The full-body leap (sorry for a blurry photo - he was leaping kind of fast:) ... And the partner leap... Another simple way to create some [...]

Developing large motor skills by playing on the line in preschool

Tape is such a wonderful thing to keep handy in preschool. In the latest conference I attended, the Ooey Gooey lady said you should keep a roll of painter's tape on your wrist at all times! I am inclined to agree... Using some green painter's tape, I made a large square on the floor so we could practice for our up and coming school musical. The children found other uses for the tape during their [...]

Y is for yarn in preschool

Preschoolers are unpredictable when it comes to what they will find interesting and how they will play with the different items we put in the activity boxes. I found this adorable idea of making yarn designs on sandpaper by Polwig and decided to turn this idea into one of our activity boxes... We placed sandpaper and yarn in the box with the idea that the children would make yarn designs and pictures on the sandpaper. [...]

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

My busy book: sewing

Sewing can be a challenge for any preschooler so I have tried to simplify the process a bit and add it to a busy book... For sewing cards - I had some sheets of cardboard that I saved from something my husband got in the mail. You could cut up cereal boxes as well. Then I punched holes around the edges. I couldn't find my long hole puncher to punch holes in the center of [...]

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 [...]