Let’s listen with a listening tube

We have been exploring our sense of hearing by listening to things around the classroom but we started our day by listening with our simple to make listening tubes…

The Listening Tube by Teach Preschool

Each child got their own listening tube during circle time and was invited to listen to each to other and then tell what they thought their neighbor was trying to whisper through the tube. This was very challenging but some of the children figured it out while others just giggled…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

I even got a chance to listen too…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

We also sat very quietly and listened for sounds we could hear around our classroom.  It was very quiet but we could hear the sounds of the heater and Mr. Hayden walking…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

After exploring the process of listening during circle time, the children had the choice of decorating their listening tubes with tape. On the table was different colors of tape and scissors…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Some of the children took the time to decorate their listening tubes, while others were happy just to continue exploring with them…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Once the children completed their listening tube, they put them in their cubbies to take home…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Around the classroom we had other things the children could listen to using head phones as well like our keyboard…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

And our listening center…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

And our easel but I want to talk more tomorrow about our listening at the easel because it was such a big hit that we did this for several days…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

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By | February 3rd, 2014|Categories: Circle Time|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

The sweet smell of Christmas book and activity

“The Sweet Smell of Christmas” by Patricia M. Scarry is one of those books that I just love for many reasons. It is interactive, simple to read and understand, and it integrates the all important sense of smell (and taste) with the holiday season…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

This book also talks about real things that are easy to gather up during the holidays like candy canes, pine cones, oranges, gingerbread cookies, and hot chocolate! Throughout the book are illustrations of the different objects with stickers that the children can scratch and sniff…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

I gathered up most of the scratch and sniff items shared in the book (I didn’t add an apple because I forgot) and placed them into a container for the children to explore while we read our book…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

Before reading the book, the children looked over the items in the basket and then we began reading. The children were invited to watch the book closely and each time they saw something in the book that was like something we had in our basket, they could take the object out of the basket and set it on their story board…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

The children continued to watch each page of the book and look for the next new item they could smell and then take from the basket…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

I am certain their favorite item to gather out of the basket was the candy cane. I let the children open their candy canes to smell and to taste as we finished reading the rest of the book…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

A fun morning of conversation, story telling, and using our senses to discover the many sweet smells of Christmas…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

Oh, and with the story and activity, snack was all ready to go too!

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By | December 21st, 2013|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Exploring the sounds of glass

Last week I shared with you a little bit about how we have been exploring glass. As part of our study on glass, we spent time exploring the sounds of glass…

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

As most of you most likely know, depending on how much water you pour into a glass jar or other glass container then give the jar a gentle tap, the sound of the jar will change.  My preschoolers spent time exploring this very process…

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

We had different sized jars available and the children noticed right away that the size of the jar made a difference in the sound of the jar. We talked about the “pitch” of each sound the jars made and whether the pitch was higher or lower…

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

After taking a few moments to listen to the sounds of our empty jars, the children were ready to change the sounds of their jars by adding water. Each child chose the amount of water they wished to pour in their jar…

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

Once water was added to the jar, each child once again tapped the sound stick against the jar to see if the sound of the jar had changed.  We stopped to take a listen to each jar and to notice if the sounds of our jars had changed and what caused the change…

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

The children continued to add water and tap their jars. Along the way, we stopped and listened to the sound of each jar and then we would all tap our jars at the same time…

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

At the end of our exploration of sound jars, we worked together to line up our jars in a long row by the sound of the jar or the amount of water that was in the jar.  Because the jars were of different sizes, we found it was better to organize our jars by the sound they made as we tapped them….

Exploring the sounds of glass by Teach Preschool

The children were then given time to explore the sounds of all the jars and could pour more water in or out of a jar as they decided to do so….

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By | November 18th, 2013|Categories: Science and Nature|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Five senses: Fun Friday features

Last week our Discover and Explore team asked our fellow bloggers to share ideas for exploring the five senses.  We had so many wonderful activities linked up that it was difficult to pick just a few.  I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did!

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Crayon Box Chronicles shared Spices & Sprinkles Painting, a multi-sensory approach to art…

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Learn Play Imagine showed us we can use books to introduce our five senses in Exploring Our 5 Senses with Fruits and Vegetables

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My Nearest and Dearest reminds us that simply going outside is one of the best ways to experience Sensory Play in Nature

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Finally, How We Learn explored the five senses with some wonderful Games to Play in the Dark

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And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

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I hope you have a fantastic Fun Friday!

More Five Senses Posts from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

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Kids in the Kitchen~Exploring the Five Senses (KC Edventures)

3 Science Activities for Kids to Explore Sound (Buggy and Buddy)

Exploring the Senses~Paint with Tea Bags (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Five Senses Discover & Explore Kit (Teach Preschool)

Coconut Shell Instruments (Twodaloo)

By | September 27th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , |2 Comments

I can see: drawing the five senses

The little guy on each piece of paper is missing his senses. Well, at least four out of five senses are missing and so my students were invited to add some of the missing senses…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

After reading “My Five Senses” by Aliki and talking with the children about their five senses, I explained to the children how all that this little guy had was eyeballs which means he can see but he can’t hear, taste, feel, or smell…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

My students did a remarkable job helping their googly eyed friend get back all of his senses. To prepare for this activity, I had already hot-glued a set of eyeballs on each child’s paper so they would stay firmly in place. It would be up to the children to do the rest any way they wished…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

The funny thing about this process is that it doesn’t matter how a child will complete the picture, it still looks like a person with those googly eyeballs – well most of the time. We did have an alien or two thrown into the mix…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

Some of my students grasped the concept of drawing the missing body parts so the little person would have all five senses a little more readily than others but I absolutely loved seeing every drawing as it was being completed…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

This was one of our very first drawings of our new school year…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

The children’s drawings were so wonderful that I decided they should also be our first display on the wall in my classroom…

Drawing the five senses by Teach Preschool

Now my classroom is really starting to look like preschool has begun!

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By | September 19th, 2013|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , |8 Comments

Five senses discover and explore kit

This week our Discover and Explore team has chosen to share with you simple activities you can do to promote and talk about the five senses…

Five Senses Discover and Explore Kit by Teach Preschool

In my classroom, we explored the five senses in a variety of ways but the children really enjoyed exploring my DIY five senses kit. Mrs. Courtney gave me the brilliant idea of saving these plastic containers with the dividers (mine had fruit or veggies in them) for things like collage materials and sorting games and paint holders. Since the containers come with a lid, I can prepare them ahead of time and set them out as needed…

Five Senses Discover and Explore Kit by Teach Preschool

I decided to take two of my saved containers and make two five senses kits for my class to discover and explore. I filled each container with…

  • Smell: A smelly fall candle
  • Taste: Mini-Boxes of Raisins (enough for each child to have one)
  • Touch/Feel: Sand paper and Carpet Scraps
  • Sound: A windup egg timer
  • Sight: A few gems and mini-magnifying glasses

And I put a label for each of the five senses inside each compartment of the kit…

Five Senses Discover and Explore Kit by Teach Preschool

I never know if my students will find something like this fun or not so I was super excited to see a group of children exploring the materials all throughout the morning. There was never a time when the materials were not being explored and some of the children asked me questions about the materials like, “What is this soft thing in here?” so I could explain  “It is a piece of carpet for you to feel with your sense of touch.”…

Five Senses Discover and Explore Kit by Teach Preschool

The items that got the least attention were my candles so perhaps putting something a little more interesting in place of the candles would be smart…

Five Senses Discover and Explore Kit by Teach Preschool

The favorite senses to explore were taste (since everyone got a box of raisins) and sound (the children loved playing with the egg timers) with the magnifiers coming in at a close third…

Five Senses Discover and Explore Kit by Teach Preschool

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The exploration of taste

We are always exploring with all of our senses in our classroom but to give each of our senses a little more emphasis, we recently read the book titled, “My Five Senses” by Aliki…

This book takes a simple look at each of the five senses and is a wonderful book to expand on in all areas of the classroom. The interesting thing about the sense of taste is that we tend to tell the children that we taste with our “mouth” or the children tend to tell me that they taste with their mouth. This book does a great job of reminding us that actually, we taste with our tongue…

After reading our book about Five Senses, the children joined me to bake up a few cookies…

To make our cookies, the children rolled out refrigerated cookie dough and then used cookie cutters to make different shapes in the dough…

The exploration of Taste by Teach Preschool

The children loved making their own cookies and I thought it would be fun for them to paint the cookies with egg white paint but the egg white paint didn’t turn out quite like I thought it would (we have no egg allergies in this group of children)…

The children didn’t seem to mind though so we painted up some cookies and put them all on a pan anyway…

The children also struggled with getting the cookie cutters to cut the refrigerated dough.  Well, they could cut it okay but taking it out of the cookie cutter proved to be a very big challenge so our cookies looked like blobs in the end. A few of them held their shape though…

Each child had their own piece of foil with their name on it to keep their cookies on. We baked the cookies that the children cut out on their own pieces of foil and the rest of the cookies were baked directly on the cookie sheets…

So our cookies didn’t quite turn out as I imagined they would but the process was very interesting and fun for the children and the cookies came out of the oven just in time for snack…

Now all we had left to do was use our tongues to taste the cookies and then we were ready to eat them all up!

The cookies may not look all that great but they tasted yummy!

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By | October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Cooking|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

The exploration of smell

As we continue to explore our five senses, we spent time fine tuning our sense of smell with this engaging process…

Out on the table the children found a basket of different flavors of teabags, measuring cups, plastic cups, plastic spoons, and pipettes…

The children started by filling their measuring cups from the “clean water tub” and then transferring water into their clear plastic cups…

The children selected a tea bag to add to their water then used the spoons to mix the teabags in with the water and the pipettes to transfer the water from cup to cup…

To catch the overflow of water, we set all the materials out on our magnetic board (which you can read more about here) because the board has an edge that will help keep the water from flowing onto the floor…

As the children explored the teabags, the water turned different colors based on the type of tea and the smell from the teabags could be noticed all throughout the classroom….

If the children wished to empty their cups of water and teabags, they could dump the water into our “tea-tub” which was over in the water table next to our clean water tub…

We used lots of different flavored teas like cinnamon apple, raspberry, and peach…

The children spent a long time exploring the different scents of tea as well as exploring the colors of the tea and the water transferring experience…

A wonderful way to explore our sense of smell…

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By | October 22nd, 2012|Categories: Discovery Table, Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

An exploration of sound

We have been exploring our five senses and this was one way we explored our sense of hearing….

Sitting out on a table, the children found a variety of different blocks, xylophones, tin cans, oatmeal cans, Pringle cans, and small mallets.  The xylophones and mallets that you see in this photo came from Target in their dollar spot isle…

The children stopped by the sound table all throughout the morning to tap on each of the different sound makers we had available…

Almost every object on the table made a different sound. The children spent time checking out and comparing the different sounds of each object on the table…

The children also liked to play their sound makers together. We even had one child who directed the others by counting “1, 2, 3, 4” and then everyone would begin to tap the sound makers together…

This activity was a wonderful way to explore our sense of hearing as it invited the children to use their ears to listen to the different sounds, compare the different sounds, tap out rhythms, sing songs, and work in cooperation with each other…

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By | October 21st, 2012|Categories: Discovery Table|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Feeling the texture of fall

We have been exploring fall with an emphasis on the changing colors of leaves around our preschool but this time, we used our hands to explore the leaves and not just our eyes…

Each child chose a leaf from our collection of leaves on the table and set it on a square of cardboard (I cut up the cardboard squares from an old box). The children used their hands to determine which side of the leaf had veins that you could feel the best (usually the back of the leaf) and placed that side of the leaf facing up…

Then the children placed a sheet of foil over their leaf…

At this point, I want to tell you that it would be better if you have the children go ahead and wrap their foil all the way around their cardboard so the foil doesn’t slide around as the children rub their hands on the foil.  Some of my students wrapped their foil all the way around the cardboard and some didn’t – but in the future, I would have them all wrap the foil first.  Once the foil was on top of the leaves with the edges wrapped around the back of the cardboard, then it is time to rub the foil or smooth out the foil over the leaf until the veins of the leaf can be seen…

The children did a wonderful job rubbing the foil so the imprint of the leaves would show. For some of the children, we started over and wrapped their foil around their cardboard squares so the foil and the leaf would not slide around as the children rubbed over the leaf. It was hard to get a photo of the leaf imprints in the foil but the children were very interested in this entire process and loved it when their leaf veins begin to appear…

This activity was a part of a five senses unit we are also doing so our focus for this process was more on touch and feeling with our hands than on what we could see but we were able to see the imprint of our leaves as well…

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By | October 19th, 2012|Categories: Science and Nature|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments