Discover and Explore: An acorn round-up

Fall is almost upon us!  At preschool, we are already seeing glimpses of fall.  There is a chill in the morning air as moms drop off their children.  We’ve noticed the green leaves turning to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow.  And probably one of the greatest tell-tale signs of fall around our preschool is all of the cute little acorns that are scattered on the ground.  We love exploring acorns in preschool!  Today I would like to share with you just a few ways we enjoy acorns…

Exploring acorns in preschool by Teach Preschool

Perhaps the most obvious thing we do with acorns is to pick them up and play with them.  Collecting, counting, and using tweezers is all part of the fun in fine motor acorn play

Fine motor acorn play by Teach Preschool

Once all of our acorns have been gathered, it’s fun to weigh and graph them with acorn math

Acorn Math

Of course we wouldn’t be fully exploring every aspect of acorns if we didn’t try a little acorn art

Acorn art by Teach Preschool

With all of our leftover acorns, we create sensory shakers as a little souvenir to remember all of our acorn adventures…

Acorn Sensory Shakers by Teach Preschool

 

Now it’s Your Turn!  What Fall activities do you and your children love?

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By | September 10th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Beautiful acorn paintings in preschool

This is a process my students just loved and I fell in love with all the paintings that resulted from the children’s work today…

The children began by writing their name (or their mark) on the paper then dripping on some drops (or in some cases a few small puddles) of paint onto their paper…

Then the children placed their paper in an oatmeal container, added a few acorns to the container then closed the lid on top…

Now it was time to shake the container as much as the children desired…

And shake they did…

And after all the shaking, it was time to take the lid off the oatmeal container and pull out the paper that was curled around inside…

And every child could do it all by themselves and every child was amazed at how the colors blended so beautifully on their papers…

And so was I!

Many of the children chose to make more than one painting – taking their time to complete each part of the process and looking forward to opening that can to see how their colors all blended together on their paper…

No matter how many times each child decided to paint, each painting turned out different and every painting was simply beautiful…

 

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By | September 24th, 2012|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Nuts about acorns in preschool | Lois Ehlert

As I have mentioned before, there are tons of acorns laying around the grounds of our preschool which means we have lots of squirrels too…

As part of our ongoing study of acorns and squirrels, we read the book titled “Nuts to You” by Lois Ehlert…

Which led to a discussion about the squirrels that live in our trees and the acorns they eat and hide all around our preschool grounds…

After reading the book, I set out a pile of acorns and asked the children to guess (or estimate) how many acorns were in my pile. Once the children placed a guess, we spread the acorns out and counted them to see for sure how many acorns were in that pile…

And then I asked the children to estimate how many acorns they could hold in their hand then invited the children to place the acorns, one at a time, in their hand to count how many they could actually hold in their hand…

We discovered that because Mrs. Stewart’s hands were bigger, she could hold the most acorns in her hand…

Then the children went off to the tables to explore more with our collection of acorns.  At the discovery table, the children used some of the acorns to make acorn discovery shaker bottles…

The challenging part of this process was trying to figure out which acorns would fit into the small hole at the top of the bottle and which acorns would not…

The children had to dig through our acorn basket to find just the right acorns for their bottles and then through trial and error, discover which acorns would work.  The children discovered that some acorns would fit just fine but because of the acorn cap, the acorns would not go all the way into the bottle so they had to choose to either take off the cap or find another acorn…

Lots of thinking, manipulating, and problem solving involved in this hands-on process and once the children were done with their bottles, we made lots of noise shaking those bottles around the room…

Tomorrow I will share with you what may be our very last acorn activity but who knows? As long as there are acorns to be found laying on the ground we may just find another way to learn with them!

I will add this activity to all the other wonderful Lois Ehlert books and activities being shared by my fellow bloggers in the Virtual Book Club for Kids this week.  If you want to see all the other Lois Ehlert books with activities, then just click here and view the linky below the post…

VirtualBookClub

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Fine motor acorn play

I love how preschoolers live in the moment. Sometimes, as a preschool teacher, it is easy to think that certain things or topics should only be considered for play in the classroom during a specific time of year…

Well, I am here to tell you that preschoolers can teach us a thing or two about appreciating the things all around us, no matter what time of year it is. Just like my nephew taught me last week when we went for a little walk outside…

First he found some acorn caps on the ground and decided he wanted to keep them  – I thought acorns were only supposed to be around in the fall…

Then he set the acorn caps out on a piece of wood and began to count them…

When we went back inside to my classroom, he set the acorn caps out on a table and began to count them again…

Doesn’t this kid know that you are not supposed to play with acorns during the summer? Isn’t that a fall activity?

Oh well, I decided that since he was so interested in the acorn caps, I might as well go along with it. So I handed him some chopsticks…

And a baby food jar to put his summer time acorn cap collection in…

Turns out that collecting, counting, and tweezing acorn caps is the coolest summer time idea ever!…

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Sorry – Amazon doesn’t seem to have any acorns:)

Painting with acorns and an oatmeal container in preschool

A fan on my Facebook page recently shared how you can use an oatmeal container for marble painting and I thought this was such a clever idea. I had never thought of it before so we  decided to try it with acorns as part of our fall theme.

We started off by putting a piece of paper in the oatmeal container. Then added some red, orange, brown, and yellow paint and a handful of acorns.

Next we put on the lid, making sure it would stay on securely, and then “shake, shake, shake.”

And “roll, roll, roll.”

As much as the children enjoyed rolling and shaking the container, they were just as excited to take off the lid to see their painted paper.

Something that I noticed, which I haven’t noticed before, was that after removing the paintings from the oatmeal container, the children are now using descriptive language to tell me about their paintings…

This little girl said, “I made a fall tree with leaves all around.”

This little boy said, “My picture looks like a big sky.”

So cool!

For more directions on how to do oatmeal container painting click here!

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By | October 14th, 2010|Categories: Four Seasons, Painting|Tags: , , , |7 Comments