DIY Memory Box

We are down to our very last week in preschool and so since my Pre-Kindergarten age children will be moving on to a new school, we have been taking some time to share some of our favorite memories with each other about preschool…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

In the process of sharing our memories, we have been talking about what it is to remember something or someone. Our discussions and activities on the word “remember” or “memory” has taken several twists and turns from defining the word “memory” to playing memory games to creating new memories and celebrating old memories. This little twist on the word “memory” was just one way we had fun exercising our memories..

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

To make a DIY Memory Box Game Board, I simply hot glued a set of gift boxes to a piece of foam board. I chose to add 12 gift boxes because that is how many I had in my package. I got my set of boxes from the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree always sells these boxes during the holidays and sometimes all year round in the birthday party section of their store…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

I also added numbers to the lids of each gift box but to be truthful, I don’t know that adding numbers was such a good idea. It has worked out for us but originally I was thinking of this a math game rather than a memory game. I can always get more boxes and put new lids on my game if it really starts to bother me. I use this size of gift box all the time for art and other types of games…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

My grandson likes to open all the lids to my DIY memory box game and see what is hidden inside…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

However, let me get back to the topic of how we used the DIY Memory Box Game in my pre-kindergarten class. I filled each box on the board with an interesting toy and as a small group, we played a memory game.  The object of the game was to see if we could remember what was inside each box after taking a look.  So first we opened each box in numerical order and one at a time to talk about what was inside each box…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

We learned a few ways to help us remember which object was in which box along the way too such as creating a rhyme; “A purple crayon is so fun and likes to hide in box number one!’  Or we learned that thinking of a way to play with the object word and number word can help to jog our memory so we can remember what is inside each box like “Six singing birds sat by the seashore.”  Or we learned that we can think of the shape of an object and how it might be similar to the number such as “the purple crayon is a long straight line just like the number one.”…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

Now remember, today I am sharing with you how my Pre-Kindergarten class played the memory game and that our discussion was on exercising our memories. Had my threes been in class, we would have simplified and played the game a little differently…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

Once we took a look at each item then we put the lids back on and I called a child’s name and asked “Can you remember what was in box number four?” If the child needed a hint, I would repeat one of our rhymes or another hint that would help the child remember what was in the box. Most of the time, the children remembered what was in each box without my help but a few objects were a bit more tricky to remember…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

This was just one of many ways we have explored the DIY Memory Box in our classroom. As I mentioned already, with my threes or even with my grandsons, the exploration is adapted to what they would enjoy…

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

DIY Memory Box by Teach Preschool

 

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By | May 20th, 2014|Categories: DIY, Games|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Pizza toss drawing game for preschool

Pizza is so much fun to explore in preschool. Exploring pizza can lead to conversations about likes, dislikes, shapes, color, vegetables and other food, and of course many different kinds of art, music, math, science, and reading activities. One of our many ways of exploring pizzas included this simple DIY pizza toss game…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

The pizza toss drawing game is simple to prepare even if you are like me and have very limited drawing skills.  First you will need a set of square blocks or a blank dice you can draw on.  I am always collecting square wooden blocks of different sizes to make my own games with.  The nice thing about the wooden blocks is that I can reuse them by painting over the drawings and then turning them into a new game…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

To create our pizza toss game, I drew different pizza toppings on each side of the small wooden block. Some of my drawings were more recognizable than others but I tried to draw a mushroom, pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, shredded cheese, and a question mark on each side of our blocks.  I set my DIY pizza toss dice out with round pieces of drawing paper and crayons for the children to draw up their own pizzas…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

I demonstrated how to play the game so the children would see that they could make lots of choices in the process. I would say, “Oh look, I got some cheese” and draw some squiggly lines with a yellow crayon on my pizza.  Then I rolled the dice again and would say, “Oh no, I got more cheese!!” and the children all laughed while I drew more squiggly lines.  With everything we do, there is always the reminder that my pizza looks the way I want it to look and their pizza can look the way they want it to look…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

As the children played our pizza toss game, I observed some very interesting results. Some children were very into drawing lots of different pizza toppings based on which topping rolled up on top of the pizza dice…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

Many of my younger students focused on color more than on drawing specific shapes. With each roll of the dice, I would watch them as they reached over to grab the color that landed on top of the pizza dice.  It was easy to observe how far the children were coming along with their ability to recognize, differentiate, and select the different colors…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

And some of my students added elements of a pizza that wasn’t on the dice like pizza sauce!…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

Although the children used a drawing prompt to inspire their drawings, every single pizza drawing was unique in design and decision-making and the children all took their time to enjoy the drawing game process…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

And a couple of our little guys invented a new way to explore our DIY pizza toss game…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

I love using drawing prompts but if you haven’t used a drawing prompt before, keep in mind that the goal isn’t to get kids to draw like you do but rather to inspire them to move beyond the “scribble” type drawings and story telling (although all drawing and mark making is meaningful to the child) and to try new drawing techniques or approaches. In other words, to build on  a child’s drawing skills by inviting the child to add different color, shapes, lines, and his or her own ideas. Don’t make the drawing prompt a right or wrong proposition in the drawing process…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

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By | March 16th, 2014|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Lock and key matching game for preschoolers

About a year or so ago, I spoke at a conference and a teacher told me about this lock and key game. I couldn’t wait to get back and put into action in my classroom…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

It took me a little time to gather up enough locks and keys but I found some at the dollar store and Walmart, some were donated to me, and my husband had a few left over from work.  After I collected as many as I wanted, I brought them to school for our big lock and key day…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

Before the children arrived at school, Mrs. Courtney and I strategically placed locks all around the classroom. We had small locks on clipboards, large locks on baskets, and middle sized blocks on chairs and so on…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

We introduced the game to the children and set out all the keys that went to the locks on a table. The children each selected a key then were off to find which lock their key would unlock…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

The children deduced that the smallest keys would most likely fit into the smallest locks and the larger keys in the larger locks.  This conclusion didn’t always hold true but it was accurate most of the time…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

The children tried their keys in each lock around the classroom until they found a match and the lock popped open…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

Once all the keys were matched to all the locks, the children were welcomed to continue playing the game by putting the locks back on objects around the classroom as they wished.  All morning long, the children used their fine motor skills to twist and turn keys while they unlocked and locked up things all around the classroom…

Lock and Key Matching Game by Teach Preschool

I had forgotten about this terrific idea until I happened upon this amazing –> Letter and Sounds Lock and Key Game shared by Ali over at No Time for Flashcards! If you haven’t seen it yet, it is totally worth a peek and its another wonderful idea I can borrow for our classroom too!

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By | February 17th, 2014|Categories: Fine Motor Skills, Games|Tags: , , |2 Comments

DIY Junk bingo game for preschool

If you have been following my blog for some time, then you know that each year, we build a collection of junk which we refer to as our math tokens.  Today we put our math tokens to good work by making a DIY junk bingo game…

Junk Bingo Game in Preschool

To make our game, I selected a jar of tokens from our collection of junk and sorted them out on our copy machine. I copied the tokens on a cardstock that was already printed with a blank bingo template.

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My bingo cards turned out a little dark because I couldn’t close the copier all the way with the junk on the glass but my students didn’t give it any thought. We set out the DIY junk bingo cards with a basket of lids and our jar of junk…

Junk Bingo Game in Preschool

Our prekindergarten class played junk bingo as a whole group. The children used lids we have also collected this year as their bingo card covers…

Junk Bingo Game in Preschool

To play the game, I pulled out an object from our jar of math tokens (the same tokens used to make the cards) and then held it up for the children to see it. I would say something like, “Who has a red button on their card?” and the children would look to see if their card had a red button. If there was a red button on their card, the children covered that square of the bingo board with a lid…

Junk Bingo Game in Preschool

There was a great deal of visual discrimination required to play the game. In our version of junk bingo, the goal was to cover all the squares on their bingo board and then call out “Bingo!” This was the children’s first experience with the game of bingo so we kept it as simple as possible and focused more on the process of listening and looking to see what object was picked out next from our jar then looking to see if the object was on their bingo board…

Junk Bingo Game in Preschool

Of course, even though we didn’t focus on “winning the game” the children were eager to shout out “BINGO” when they completed covering their board…

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By | January 23rd, 2014|Categories: DIY|Tags: , |5 Comments

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

DIY printable car track and crayola race car drawing

I have been exploring a little bit on a process where I create a printable page in Microsoft Word and then send it over to have it printed onto large blueprint type paper at our local office supply store called Staples…

Blueprint paper comes in many sizes and the black and white printing prices range $5.oo and below. This car mat was drawn as an 81/2 by 11 inch document but blown up on Staples’ largest blueprint paper to 36 x 48 inches. I created the document in Microsoft Word, saved it, then emailed it to my local store along with instruction to have it printed on 36 x 48 standard blueprint paper.  The enlarged car mat was ready for pick up from Staples the very next day…

This is the kind of thing that I could have laminated but for today, I wanted the children to be able to color and play on it…

The children started out by coloring the houses and many of the children decided to claim at least one house as their own. When I came by the table to take a look, I found that some of the children had written their name under their house. I asked them to tell me which house was theirs and I heard replies like, “I live in house number 12!” …

I set out crayons and cars for the children to use on the car mat and then we taped a few crayons to the cars for a new type and combination of drawing and driving…

The children colored and played on the car mat through out the morning…

I left the materials out most of the day for the children to come and go as they please…

Before long, one of the children decided to add a few road blocks on the car mat so he brought out a few wooden blocks to play with on the car mat…

After our morning of play, I simply rolled up the car mat and tucked it away for another day of play…

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By | April 22nd, 2012|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , |24 Comments

Creative challenge: colorful paper beanbags for preschool play

Tinkerlab is hosting another terrific creative challenge and this one is a paper bag creative challenge!  I don’t know about you, but trying to come up with a unique paper bag idea was a big stretch for me!

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I still don’t know that I came up with something all that impressive but my kids enjoyed this little DIY idea.  I made bright and colorful paper bag beanbags….

I know – not all that impressive to look at but we had fun playing with our paper bag beanbags! To make these spectacular paper bag beanbags, I simply filled plastic baggies with beans then inserted the beans into the small colorful paper bags. By putting the beans in baggies first, you don’t have to worry if the paper bag tears open while playing with it

These are mini-paper bags that I picked up last summer. I am not sure where I got them from but I think from the Party Store here in my hometown…

I put about 1 cup of beans in each bag. Once they were all filled up, I folded the top of the bags down and stapled them shut…

Then I put all the beanbags in a basket and we were ready to play. Since I can’t sew, this makes a simple alternative to making fabric beanbags when I need a few at the last minute…

The children tossed the beanbags onto a grid I made out of tape on the carpet. There was no real objective to the game. The children just tried to see if they could get a beanbag in each square of the grid…

This game was much more challenging than it looks. The children really had to work at judging the strength of their toss as well as distance and height of the toss…

It is always amazing how something that can look so simple can end up being quite a challenge!

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By | February 6th, 2012|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Colorful and educational rice bottles for preschoolers

I have been playing around with rice bottles to see what I can do to make them both fun and educational. I love all the different versions of rice bottle, also called “I Spy” bottles, I have seen on other blogs and since I whipped up all that colorful rice a few weeks ago, I have really wanted to make a few of my own….

This bottle of rice has little rubber ducks and fish I bought from the Dollar store. Since the toys were squishy, I could squish them to fit into the lip of the bottle. I then added rice but decided not to fill the bottle completely full so the animals would be easier to find..

I have been saving water bottles for awhile now. I have made sure they are all dried out and wrapper off. After putting rice and toys in each bottle, I used hot glue on the lids so the lids would not come off as the children play with them.

This little bottle has rubber snakes, rats, bugs, and spiders in them – yuck! Also from the dollar store…

This bottle is filled with crayons so the children can practice their color recognition…

If I make this again though I will use smaller crayons. I filled this bottle all the way full of rice….

And this is my dice rice bottle. I found a package of 10 die at the dollar store but again, if I make this again I will only add about 5 rather than all 10…

I love how the dice pop to the top of the rice as you shake it. The children can work on their counting skills…

And this final one came from an idea posted on No Time for Flashcards. I simply added pompoms to the rice. But I had to add a little rice then a few pompoms and more rice then a few more pompoms.

I had all the pompoms in the bottom of the bottle at first then poured the rice on top but when I shook the bottle, they wouldn’t move. So I dumped all the pompoms out and started over!

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