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. [...]

Exploring all four seasons in preschool

Through out this week, the children have been exploring the four seasons. For one of our activity boxes, we set out laminated trees and symbols to go on the trees that represent each of the four seasons... Before playing with the four season items, the teacher brainstormed with the children about which season each symbol might represent.. The children then put on their thinking caps and sorted the symbols onto the trees. There wasn't a lot [...]

By | March 30th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Inviting children to play in preschool

This is not a St. Patrick's day post but I did use photos from our St. Patrick's day activity box to start this post off so please read on.... How you set out materials on a table can make a difference in whether children will want to play with those materials or not. During St. Patrick's week, we made up several activity boxes for the children to explore. One of the activity boxes included green [...]

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 [...]

Green eggs and ham activity box in preschool

For pretend play and to extend the Dr. Seuss story "Green Eggs and Ham", the children were supplied with foam cutouts to make their own green eggs and ham sandwiches... The pink was for the ham, the green for the eggs, and I think the white is for the yolk, and the brown is for the bread. The children just put their sandwiches together anyway they wished! The older children were better able to make [...]

By | March 2nd, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Making patterns with Dr. Seuss’s hat!

On March 2nd, we will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  We have a few ideas planned and a few activity boxes prepared as well. This is our "Cat in the Hat" activity box. It is simply several laminated Dr. Seuss hats cut from red construction and a set of laminated strips of construction paper... The children will be invited to place the laminated strips on the cat's hat any way they wish. A [...]

By | February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , |12 Comments