Making rainbow fish puzzles in preschool

Another activity that was introduced during our week long study of fish was this simple-to-prepare but kind of complex-to-put-together rainbow fish puzzle…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

I had lots of these sparkly sticker foam sheets left-over and decided to cut them up into fish shapes. So after cutting them up into fish shapes, I was stumped as to what the children would do with them. They were very bright and pretty but one peel of the sticker and the children would be done. So I divided each fish shape into four even pieces by cutting straight across each one.  There, now the children could try to put the fish shapes back together kind of like a puzzle! Easy to do and interesting too…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

I demonstrated for the children how they could use the shapes to create a rainbow fish as if they were putting together a puzzle and then sent them off to try it on their own. Getting to choose from all those bright sparkly colors and having the opportunity to peel off the paper to make a fish puzzle was certainly a big hit…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

However, figuring out how to put the foam pieces back together to make a fish was the challenging part. None of the children put the fish back together the way I had intended or demonstrated. Instead, the children created their own unique fish which turned out to be much more interesting than my version of a fish…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

Some of the children decided to draw bubbles and add other features to their fish…

Rainbow fish puzzles by Teach Preschool

I had intended to read the book “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister but since everything was running last minute for me, I couldn’t find my copy of the book anywhere. As a great alternative, we read “Fish Eyes” by Lois Ehlert, which is one of my personal favorite fish books, and which also happens to have fish that look very similar to our fish puzzles too…

Fish Eyes and Rainbow Fish from Teach Preschool

In the end, we made at least 12 flashy fish puzzles!

A flashy fish puzzle by Teach Preschool

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Teach Preschool in the news: Tools for waterplay

I was in the news again and this time my special guest was Addison! Addison helped me share a few fun tools you can use for water play…

Noodles

Foam noodles are often found in the swimming pool but they can also be used for other types of play and learning. Next time you are at pool, try cutting up some noodles and doing these activities. Addison shows how to thread the noodles to make a noodle necklace…

Recently, my nephew and I made shapes with foam noodles in my driveway. Here he is jumping over the noodles…

And here, Wy is using the noodles to make form shapes in the driveway. Bambi (the dog is not helping:)…

I have seen many ideas from my fellow bloggers on what you can do with foam noodles. The Body Smart Blog has some ideas and you can also view the ideas I have collected on Pinterest!

Paintbrushes and Buckets

Another simple tool for waterplay is to set out a bucket of water and a paint brush…

Wy also liked painting water on his feet and legs in the hot sun…

Water Wall

Another tool for waterplay is a water wall.  I have seen some wonderful ideas posted on water walls and wanted to try making my own. I am going to post a second post that talks about my water wall and share links to other water walls too but in the mean time – here is a photo of my water wall in action – can you see the blue water? You can view the water wall works on my news segment below as well…

 

Foam shapes and water

In the news segment, Addison demonstrates how to dip foam shapes in water and put them on a small window. This was an idea shared by The Imagination Tree. I didn’t have a window with me in the Fox 59 News Studio so I used a small piece of clear plexiglass just to get the idea across. I also painted the back side of my water wall with water and the foam shapes stick nicely there too….

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