Turkey toss drawings

This is a fun game to invite young children to explore the drawing process and today, we tossed the dice to inspire some rather unique turkey drawings…

Tossing up Turkeys: A simple drawing game by Teach Preschool

The children started by drawing a circle on their paper for a turkey body…

Tossing up Turkeys: A simple drawing game by Teach Preschool

Once they had their version of a turkey body on the paper then the children tossed the dice to find out what color or kind of feather they should add to their turkey…

Tossing up Turkeys: A simple drawing game by Teach Preschool

Some of the children tossed up squiggly lines to draw while others tossed up feathers to draw…

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As you can see, the children weren’t all that worried about drawing a typical turkey. Instead, they focused on drawing the lines and shapes they saw on the wooden dice any way they wished…

Tossing up Turkeys: A simple drawing game by Teach Preschool

Each drawing was beautiful in its own way…

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By | November 26th, 2013|Categories: Thanksgiving|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Fun with feathers and beads

As our Thanksgiving feast was drawing near, I decided that I would fill our classroom centers with materials that were somehow related to either our Thanksgiving feast or some of our Thanksgiving books. One item that we found in many of our Thanksgiving related books were feathers so we filled our classroom centers with different ways we could have fun exploring and working with feathers...

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

Many of our Thanksgiving related books included photos of turkeys with beautiful colors of browns and whites and even some feathers of a variety of colors. So in one of our centers, we set out white feathers with a variety of beautiful colored wooden beads that would fit easily over the ends of our feathers…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

I drew several small pattern cards as a way to invite the children to make patterns with the beads on their feathers but I must say that the cards weren’t really ever used…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

Many of my older students had their own patterns in mind and never looked at the cards and many of my younger students just preferred focusing on putting as many beads on a feather that they could…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

The Styrofoam trays were simply used as a way to stand the feathers up so the beads would not fall off and so the children could display their beaded feathers as they went along…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

The feathers were a perfect tool for my younger students to use. The stiffness of the feathers helped them to easily guide a feather through the hole of a bead which eliminated some of the frustration in beading that many of my threes encounter. Instead, they quickly discovered they could master the process and stayed with it for much longer than they normally would…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

After a child decided he or she was finished exploring the feathers and beads, then we slid the beads back into our basket and set the feathers out for others to come and give the process a try. I stopped to take a few photos while the feathers were still all set up because I found the completed feathers all set up in their trays to be quite beautiful and artistic…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

I have detailed for you this one example of how the children explored with feathers throughout the week but here is a quick look at another example…

Feathers and Beads in Playdough

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

At this center the children explored the feathers and beads by putting them into the playdough. Another interesting and very open ended form of fine motor play…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

Although I set out googly eyes for the children to use, they were never touched. Instead, the focus was solely on exploring the beautiful brown feathers and brown tones of wooden beads.  Interestingly, it also seemed the children either preferred to only work with the beads or only work with the feathers and very few, if any, of the children chose to mix both beads and feathers on their playdough creations…

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

Two simple ways (among others) that our students spent time exploring with feathers….

Fun with Feathers by Teach Preschool

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Feather tip salt tray writing

We are just beginning to introduce salt trays as a prewriting activity to our students…

Before introducing the salt tray as a name or letter writing activity, I let the children spend time exploring the salt trays or sand trays in different ways such as scooping, pouring, brushing, and moving the salt around in other ways and with other tools…

Some of the children still preferred to hide their names in the salt or play with the salt in other ways besides writing and we will continue to provide opportunities for other types of salt or sand play as we begin to redirect the salt tray writing to just a focus on some type of writing or drawing…

Today, we set out feathers for the children to explore the salt tray writing process…

The children used the stick end of the feather to write in their salt and the feathered end to erase their writing and start all over again…

We often change the writing tool to either go along with something we are exploring or just to keep the writing process interesting…

I thought the children did a terrific job at their first salt tray writing experience!

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By | November 20th, 2012|Categories: Reading and Writing Readiness|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Which end of the feather is more interesting to paint with?

The children found feathers, paint, and paper set out on the table as part of our ongoing turkey tangent. As the children began to paint, we quickly found out which end  of the feather would be more interesting to paint with…

We started out by painting with the stick end of the feather.  A couple of my students gave it try and exclaimed, “Mrs. Stewart – this is not working!” …

I gave it a try too and sure enough, even though I had paint on the stick end of the feather – it definitely wasn’t leaving much paint on the paper.  It would kind of scratch a little paint on the paper but it wasn’t all that fun for me either…

So we switched the feathers out for new feathers and this time we put the feathered end of the feathers into the paint…

Yep, painting with the feathered end did the trick. My students came back and tried this process again and decided it was much more interesting to paint with the feathered end of a feather than the stick end of a feather!

By | November 18th, 2012|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Fine motor turkeys in preschool

Today was our Thanksgiving feast and I needed a few simple activities the children could do while we waited for the food to finish cooking. So here are a few ideas I threw together….

I call these little guys fine motor turkey toppers.  I actually got this idea from Reading Confetti – only she made an edible snack that is too cute….

For the fine motor turkey toppers, you simply cover the outside of a paper cup with a turkey then poke holes in the bottom of the cup.  I set out a selection of feathers and pipe cleaners for the children to poke through the holes…

The children simply add feathers to the top of the turkey by poking the feathers or pipe cleaners through the holes in the cup.  This could be used to make a cute table center piece as well but I just needed a game.

This idea was simple to throw together for a last minute Fine motor turkey activity and between the two materials, pipe cleaners and  feathers, there was some nice textures added to the turkeys as well!

Turkey Punch

For this second fine motor activity, I prepared a set of paper plate turkeys.  The idea here was not for the children to make and take a turkey but to instead explore a variety of tools in the classroom…

I set out hole punchers, scissors, crayons, and yarn for the children to explore. I invited the children to use the tools any way they would like on the paper plate turkeys. They could punch holes, cut the feathers, snip the feathers, thread yarn, weave yarn and so on….

The children really struggled using these hole punchers (they were brand new to our class) but as they kept coming back to the table, several of the children got quite proficient at using the hole punchers. It had to do more with strength than it did fine motor control…

The yarn was a big hit with the younger children.  Some liked threading in the holes but most of them just liked wrapping the turkey all up…

Apple Turkeys

And finally, we used part of our morning to create apple turkeys. I found this idea from I (heart) Crafty Things.   These were going to be for our centerpieces on our table for the Thanksgiving feast but I forgot to have the children set them out once we got them finished.  It was a crazy busy morning!

The apple turkeys were a huge success with the children.  They loved poking the toothpicks into the apples and adding on the gum drops and marshmallows.  Our apple turkeys ended up looking not so much like turkeys but the process definitely led to some quality fine motor play….

 

Not sure what you would call these creations but they each turned out quite unique…

These were a few of our last minute fine motor turkey activities…..

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Feather pen painting in preschool

This week we tried a little feather “pen” painting. I made my own feather pens by taping two or three feathers together so they would be a little sturdier and a little featherier..

Whenever we highlight a certain letter in circle time, I always like to follow up with an activity the children can do during center time. During circle time, we talked about our feathers using descriptive words like soft and fluffy and then we made simple patterns with the feathers…

At the table, the children found the feather pens waiting for them in different colors of paint…

The children dipped the ends of the feathers in the paint then made marks with the feather on their paper…

Some children liked to use the feathers to mix the colors and others liked making marks all over their paper. Each child had their own idea of what they liked to do…

Super simple to prepare and the children took their time exploring the feather painting/mark making process…

By | October 5th, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , , |9 Comments