Inchworm sensory and magnet play in preschool

Continuing with our inchworm fun, the children really enjoyed this inchworm magnet and sensory play activity... I used a paper shredder to make some green "grass" from construction paper.  I think I cut up about 5 sheets of paper to get all of this paper.  For the inchworms, Miss Abby helped me cut up some green pipe cleaners and then bend them up and down a bit... Because the pipe cleaners are magnetic, we also [...]

By | November 4th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Make your own chip clip art in the preschool classroom

Wy is always playing with the chip clips around our house, so I thought I would integrate the chip clip play into a little chip clip painting... I set out some chip clips, yarn, pieces of craft foam, and three colors of paint.  To paint with the clips, the boys put the scraps of yarn or foam in their clips then dipped the scraps of materials into the paint... Making the clips open and trying [...]

By | July 18th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Fostering organizational skills through play

This is a  pile of magnetic numbers and a magnetic cookie sheet I bought at the dollar store. I have been organizing my activity boxes for future use... There was a second cookie sheet on the table without any magnets... As Tristan sat down to play, I realized that his focus wasn't on the numbers or the order of the numbers but it was on the organization of the magnets... As Tristan played, I reinforced [...]

By | April 29th, 2011|Categories: Activity Boxes|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Valentine mailboxes and magnets for preschool play

I started collecting these little red and white mailboxes from the dollar section at Target sometime in January. I thought they would make terrific additions to our February valentine work boxes... To provide a variety of different learning opportunities and types of play, I included magnetic numbers because the mailboxes are magnetic and it would be a fun way to add address numbers to our boxes... Also included are paper and markers to write addresses [...]