Hunting for shapes

We recently began our unit on shapes.  To introduce this our shape unit we played a fun and colorful game…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

We like to begin most lessons with a story that can help us make connections as we learn.  We chose the newly published book “Hearts are for Loving” by Niki Alling to help us introduce our lesson on shapes…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

This book is filled with simple text and illustrations of all the basic shapes and ending with a heart…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

After reading our book, we brought out our magnet board, filled with foam shapes.  There were triangles, squares, rectangles, and circles.  Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on all of these basic shapes.  We will wrap up our unit on shapes with hearts for Valentine’s day…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

To begin our shape hunt, we went back through our book to see what shapes we could find on the pages.  When the children found a shape in our book, the hunt was on to find a similar shape on our board…

Shape hunt by Teach Preschool

We continued playing our game as we went back through each page of the book to see what shapes the children should look for next…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

After we finished finding our shapes, the children were invited to come up with their own creations like we saw in our book…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

 And then the children were off to explore our centers which we will share more about that with you soon!

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By | January 17th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , |8 Comments

More colorful rainbow fun in preschool

Today the prekindergarten class created these colorful rainbows…

They began by drawing lines with markers…

The canvas they used was two sheets of paper towels cut into the shape of a rainbow…

The teacher put a sheet of wax paper under each paper towel rainbow shape so the rainbows could easily be picked up and set aside to dry after they were finished…

After the children finished drawing the lines of their rainbows – then they sprayed the lines with water from a small water bottle…

The children had a tendency to want to hold the water bottle right on top of the paper towel – so the teacher had to remind them to hold the water bottle up a bit. But this was to no avail – they really liked spraying the water as close to the rainbow as they could get:)

As the water landed on the paper towel – the colors of the rainbow began to spread out creating a tie dye effect…

This was a terrific activity and the children just couldn’t wait until they could take a turn to make their own rainbow!

See more rainbow ideas here and be sure to add your preschool rainbow idea to the Rainbow Linky!

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By | March 17th, 2011|Categories: Drawing|Tags: , , |6 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 lids so they wouldn’t open up while the children played….

The problem for me was that I worried that just setting out these bottles would only be of short interest to the children…

I kept thinking I should add something to go along with the bottles – something more challenging or engaging like a game mat…

But I didn’t have time so we just set them out with nothing else. When I observed the children this week, I realized that just the novelty of them captured their interest. The older children kept rearranging the colors and some of them came back over and over to put them back in “rainbow order”…

But the age group that I got the biggest kick out of was watching the threes….

Their teacher said, “I thought the children would get bored but I have set them out every day and there is aways someone here playing with the bottles.”

The threes like to trade them…

They like to see how many they can hold at one time…

The like to shake and roll them…

And they like to organize them…

While playing with the bottles – the children share with each other, talk with each other, copy each other, and they are very careful with the bottles!

Some day, I am going to learn to not underestimate how much children love to play with and manipulate materials like this and all I need to do is just get out of the way…

Check out these beautiful photos of preschool rainbow ideas from Katherine Marie Photography!

Linky Up Your Preschool Rainbow Activity

I have seen some amazing rainbow activities that I want to share so I am also going to open this up as a Preschool Rainbow linky just because there are so many rainbow activities you all have posted that I just love. I hope you will linky up!  Oh and by the way – if you added a linky to my Dr. Suess post – I don’t know what happened to the photos but I fixed them all now:)

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Viewing our world through a colorful lens in preschool!

The children in this classroom have a very colorful view of their world!

This classroom has the luxury of four large windows down low at child’s eye view. I happened by the classroom the other day and noticed that the teacher placed see-through colored cellophane on the windows for the children to look through.

There is an orange view…

There is a yellow view…

There is a purple view…

And a red view…

I had to see for myself how the world looks through each of these colors…

The purple, red, and yellow were each amazing to look through.  The orange was a little more subtle…

What a fun and unique way to introduce children to colors and a great conversation sparker as they view their world through each of these colors.

By | September 21st, 2010|Categories: Science and Nature|Tags: , |5 Comments

Painting with colors in preschool: A repost because I wanted to add words!

Sorry about the long title! I just couldn’t let this go without saying something. I always have something to say….

This is such a terrific example of how an art project can be so simple but so much fun. Sometimes, I think we over think the process of art and worry to much about the end results.

I happened to drop by this classroom and the children were sponge painting colors on their sheet of construction paper.

Each child had a different color of paint to match his or her sheet of construction paper.

I thought it was such an odd activity really but as I observed, I realized that the children were so engaged in the process. They did not ask what they were making or why they were painting, they were just painting.

I think that part of what they enjoyed was that there were no rules. No concerns over where to place the eyeball or how to cut on a line. Just the freedom to explore their color of paint.

Many of the children would switch and try a new color on a new sheet of construction paper.

I finally did ask the teacher what the plan was, I guess I thought there probably had to be one:)

The teacher said they were making the background for their State Fair quilt.

At another table, the children were coloring these pictures to add to their construction paper squares later.  In the end, they will glue the colored pictures to their colorful backdrop.

I always love watching the children wash their hands. Some of the children make it a very long process:)

Check out these great activities for color!

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By | August 4th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , |8 Comments