Preschool game: All wrapped up like a mummy

For this Halloween game, we used toilet paper to wrap up like a mummy. Some of the children tried to wrap up their own legs and arms which proved to be quite challenging. Many of the two year olds took a minute to warm up to the idea of getting wrapped up at all! But once they caught on to the idea - they enjoyed having the teacher wrap them up all over! But what [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Games, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Preschool game: Don’t get caught in the spider web!

Another game that was played during our Halloween party was the spider web game. To make this game, the teacher starts by having the children pass a ball of yarn around the circle. Then the children hold on to the yarn and pass it across the circle - going back and forth until we have a spider web. The challenging part of this game is for the children to remember to hold on tightly to [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Games|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Fun with skeleton bones in preschool

Today the children had their Halloween party and there were all kinds of activities the children participated in. These children worked together to build a skeleton. They started with the head and worked their way down the body adding arms and hands and legs. The discovered that each arm and leg and two bones. I was really amazed at how the children were able to figure out where each bone went. By starting with the [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Games, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |0 Comments

We made paper plate pumpkins in preschool

This simple paper plate pumpkin was fun to make. To get started, all you need is... Two paper plates Tissue paper Paint! First we cut some eyes and a mouth out of one of the paper plates. This really is the most challenging part because you have to show the children how they can fold the plate a little bit to make a starter cut then just freehand cut eyes, mouths, and a nose. On [...]

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Itsy bitsy spider day in preschool

Today was itsy bitsy spider day in preschool! There were spiders on the floor, spiders on the tables, spiders in the centers - spiders everywhere! While the two year olds sang the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song, they made the paper spider climb up the water spout (paper towel tube). Then they played with the spiders on the spiderweb taped to the floor! The children marbled painted spider webs on black construction paper... Then made black [...]

By | October 29th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The value of scooping and pouring and counting candy corn in preschool

If there is one area in my own professional development that I have come to appreciate more than ever, it is the value of sensory play. I have always included sensory play in my lesson plans but it hasn't been until this past year that I have really taken the time to sit down with the children and observe how much they really love it and the value it brings to their development. Today, the [...]

We made pumpkin suncatchers in preschool

Mrs. R's kindergarten class made these terrific pumpkins which make wonderful suncatchers! What you will need.... Plastic plate so the pumpkin can be easily removed from the plate after it dries. Orange and black tissue paper Watered down glue Paint brushes How the students made it... The children began by coating a plastic plate with a layer of the watered down glue... Then the children placed orange tissue paper squares on top of the glue. [...]

By | October 20th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

We made friendly Halloween ghosts in preschool

There are so many different symbols that represent Halloween that are fun to make. I like to keep everything as friendly as possible in the process of letting children have fun with Halloween. The children in the kindergarten class started out by tracing a ghost shape onto black construction paper then they cut the ghost shapes out. Next, the children took cotton balls and pulled the fibers apart to spread the cotton balls out a [...]

By | October 17th, 2010|Categories: Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , |0 Comments