Earth Day blog hop: earth day fishing game

Today, I am participating in another Earth Day blog hop sponsored by Greening Sam and Avery and Mommy Labs. We have been talking about taking care of our earth and as I shared the other day, we read the book titled “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr where we discovered a terrific list of things children can do to take care of the earth…

To extend the ideas of taking care of the earth into our day, I had prepared a little game for the kids to play. I guess you could call this an Earth Day fishing game

To prepare the game, I simply added magnets to the fish and to different pieces of trash. I also stapled trash to the back of each fish.  Our fishing poles had a magnet wrapped up in the end of the string to pick up the magnetic trash and fish out of the pond…

I told the children that if they look closely into the pond, they would see that someone had threw things that don’t belong into the water.  We talked about how some of those things were even getting stuck on the fish and we needed to rescue them…

The children spent the morning catching tin cans, plastic bottles, toilet paper rolls, and even fish. But sadly, each of our fish had trash stuck to the backside of their body…

As each child caught a fish, we flipped it over to see what was on the bottom of the fish and asked questions like – “Is this good for our fish?” or “Does this belong in the pond?”

I had trouble getting photos of the kids actually catching the fish because they move so fast but here is a photo of some of the fish we rescued from our trashy pond…

As you can see, these fish really needed our help and there was even a little “oil spill” left in one corner of our pond. I can’t believe someone would put so much trash in our pond!

Once all the fish were gathered from the pond, we took the trash and put it in a bag because it doesn’t belong in the pond….

But then the children decided to play again so most of the trash went back into the pond for a second round of pond cleaning…

 

Super fun game to play and it led to lots of discussion about keeping our water clean as well as the different kinds of trash we were finding in our water…

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By | April 10th, 2012|Categories: Special Occasions|Tags: , , , |20 Comments

These preschoolers are up to something fishy!

This week has been all about the wonderful creatures who live in the pond. The children have been exploring fish, turtles, and frogs. Today, the children created some bright and colorful fish!

The teacher set out the fish, colorful scraps of construction paper, and glue for each child.

Then the teacher explained the process to the entire group of children so they will understand what they are to do when they go to the tables.

The children started by printing their own name on one side of the fish….

Then they drew a fish face on the other side of the fish…

Next the children tore the colorful construction paper into tiny shapes and pieces…

Then added some glue and put the colorful construction paper pieces on their fish shape…

They repeated the process until they added all the colors they desired and had a pretty decorated fish!

I always enjoy observing children as they are engaged in activities. I like to observe by watching and listening…

Observations

Do you take the time to observe your preschoolers as they work and play? Taking the time to observe will teach you about what your preschoolers understand, enjoy, and what they are ready to next. Observations will help you know how to manage your time and your planning. I am not talking about formal observations with a clipboard and pen. Instead, I am talking about taking a minute just to listen to conversations and notice what the children can do and like to do. Through observation, you will be better able to adapt your teaching style and practices to meet the needs of each of your students.

By | August 26th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , |7 Comments

These preschoolers are up to something fishy!

This week has been all about the wonderful creatures who live in the pond. The children have been exploring fish, turtles, and frogs. Today, the children created some bright and colorful fish!

The teacher set out the fish, colorful scraps of construction paper, and glue for each child.

Then the teacher explained the process to the entire group of children so they will understand what they are to do when they go to the tables.

The children started by printing their own name on one side of the fish….

Then they drew a fish face on the other side of the fish…

Next the children tore the colorful construction paper into tiny shapes and pieces…

Then added some glue and put the colorful construction paper pieces on their fish shape…

They repeated the process until they added all the colors they desired and had a pretty decorated fish!

I always enjoy observing children as they are engaged in activities. I like to observe by watching and listening…

Observations

Do you take the time to observe your preschoolers as they work and play? Taking the time to observe will teach you about what your preschoolers understand, enjoy, and what they are ready to next. Observations will help you know how to manage your time and your planning. I am not talking about formal observations with a clipboard and pen. Instead, I am talking about taking a minute just to listen to conversations and notice what the children can do and like to do. Through observation, you will be better able to adapt your teaching style and practices to meet the needs of each of your students.

By | August 26th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Let’s make our own bulletin board in preschool

This class participated in making their own pond to display on the class bulletin!

The teacher rolled out a large sheet of bulletin board paper and set out some blue finger paint…

And the children used their fingers to spread the paint all around…

After the entire piece of paper was a pretty blue, the teacher sprinkled in a little glitter…

Some of the children enjoyed this little extra touch of glitter sensory and decide to explore the paint some more…

Now that the pond was all finished, we very carefully took it outside and hung it up to dry on the fence for few hours….

Once the paper was trimmed up, the teacher attached it to the bulletin board in the classroom.  The teacher then added the children’s fish they had already made to make a fun little fish pond!

What I liked…

I loved that the children participated in creating the artwork that went on the bulletin board. This is a great example of creating an environment that really is child-centered and child-made!

By | August 25th, 2010|Categories: Teaching Tools and Resources|Tags: , |11 Comments

Making your own fishing poles for preschool

Fishing poles can be made in many ways and can be used for all kinds of preschool activities.  This fishing pole is simply a dowel rod that I painted then taped on a length of yarn.

At the end of the yarn, I added a small, but strong, magnet wrapped in a thin piece of material.

To go with each fishing pole is a cloth carrier. By storing each pole in a carrier, I don’t have to worry about the magnets and strings of the poles getting all tangled between uses. It makes for much easier hauling and storing.

The poles just slide right into the little pouches and then I tie the ends to keep them from sliding out until I need them again.

Things to think about

1. When you make a fishing pole – don’t make the rod too long. My rods are actually a bit too long and need cut down.

2. Be sure to sand any rough ends or edges.

3. Use a strong magnet that will pick up a paper clipped fish or item easily.

4. Use thick yarn or cord so the yarn doesn’t get tangled all the time and is easy to untangle when needed.


By | June 28th, 2010|Categories: Quick Tips for Preschool Teachers|Tags: , |3 Comments