Raindrop graphing on the flannel board

The flannel board is such a great teaching tool when you think outside the box a bit. This week, we turned the flannel board into a raindrop measuring graph!

Raindrop Measuring Graph by Teach Preschool

With all the rain this month, it has been a good opportunity to dive into a little rain science and math. The children were each given a small measuring bottle then invited to predict how much rain their cup would get in it if left outside for the morning.

Raindrop Measuring Graph by Teach Preschool

Most of the children predicted that they would get up to the number five line. One parent mentioned that it could be that the children chose four or five because many of the children are now age four and five. I thought that was a pretty good observation.

Raindrop Measuring Graph by Teach Preschool

After their predictions, the children placed their bottles outside in the rain and left them for the school day. Later in the day, the children got their bottles and checked out the actual measurement.

Raindrop Measuring Graph by Teach Preschool

As you can see, there wasn’t quite as much rain in their bottles as they had predicted. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get much rain that day. I think we should do a do-over the next time our weather person says it is going to be another rainy day!

Raindrop Measuring Graph by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow On

The Rain Jar by Teach Preschool

Painting with the Rain by The Nurture Store

Rainstick in a bottle

Tis the season of lots of rain and with all that rain, we were inspired to make our own rainstick in a bottle…

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

Miss Lauren came up with this brilliant and simple idea for the children to make. She wanted the children to explore the weather with all their senses and the rainstick in a bottle invited the children to listen to the ‘rain’ and to look at the ‘rain’ as it flowed through their ‘clouds’.

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

I love the rainstick in a bottle because it includes time in sensory play, as well as invites creativity along with further discussion about the weather.

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

Miss Lauren saved up plastic bottles for the children to use. I think the bottles were Sparkling Water bottles but I am not for sure. To make the rainstick in a bottle, the children began by filling their bottles with cotton ball clouds. It is better to not pack the bottle full of cotton balls but to fill it lightly so that the rain can trickle down to the bottle of the bottle.

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

Once the children added their clouds, they were ready to add the rain. The children could use the funnel to add rain to their bottles or just use their hands and sprinkle the rain right over the rice tub.

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

Miss Lauren added colored rice for the rain. She placed the rice in a baggie with blue liquid watercolor then kneaded the bag till all the rice turned the desired color of blue. Then she spread the rice out on a tray and left it to dry overnight.

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

As you can see, not every child followed the order that I described above when making their rainsticks in a bottle but it didn’t really matter…

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

All that mattered was adding a little of both cotton and rice. We didn’t worry about amounts as the children could test it out to see if they liked the amounts they added to their bottle. If not, just pour some out and start again!

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

Once the bottle had the desired amount of clouds and rain, its time to put on the lid and watch the rain flow through the clouds as they turned the bottle slowly up then down…

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

Oh, and don’t forget to add your name!

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

The rainstick in a bottle center remained open through out the morning so the children would have plenty of time to create their rainstick…

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

This was an activity that the children enjoyed exploring and it was fun watching them enjoy the process!

Rainstick in a bottle by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow On

Exploring Raindrops and Clouds by Teach Preschool

Rainy Day Drawing Cube on Preschool Spot!

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By | March 16th, 2016|Categories: Discovery Bottles, DIY, Science and Nature|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

In our morning greeting, the weather helper informed us that today’s weather was definitely going to be cold and rainy. It was a perfect day to explore raindrops and clouds at our rain making station…

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

As an extension of our discussions on Who Cares about the Weather?, we added a rain station to one of our tables. To set up our rain making station, I put cotton balls in one container and labeled it “clouds” and blue water in the second container and labeled it “rain.”. The center naturally invited the children to use the cotton ball clouds to absorb the blue rain water and then squeeze the rain out of the clouds and back into the tub….

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

The children went right to work using our wooden tongs or their hands to pick up cotton ball clouds and soaking them in our blue rain water…

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

As the children explored the clouds and rainwater, we would stop by and talk with them about the words that were on the containers “rain” and “clouds” and promote discussion about how the children were using the cotton balls like “clouds” to absorb water and making their own rain as they squeeze all the water back out of the clouds…

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

The children came and went from the rain-making station all morning…

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

Sometimes we would have a large group gathered around having fun talking and laughing together and other times we would just have one or two children concentrating on the rain making experience…

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

This was such a simple process to put together and yet it was highly engaging and opened the door to great conversations about clouds and rain. The children used their fine motor skills to manipulate the clouds and squeeze the water and in the process, enjoyed the soothing experience of water play…

Exploring raindrops and clouds in preschool

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By | February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Science and Nature|Tags: , , , , |17 Comments

The itsy bitsy play about spiders in prek

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a song that most of us in early childhood education or at home are familiar with and at some point in the school year, I almost always spend time singing the song and reading one or more versions of an Itsy Bitsy Spider book. Because my students are usually already familiar with the song, we spent lots of time expanding on the song in different ways…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

After singing several different versions of the song such as “the teeny tiny spider” using our teeny tiny voices and “the big gigantic spider” using our loud monster voices, our Pre-K class explored the Itsy Bitsy Spider by making an itsy bitsy play about the spider. We began by talking about four key words in our song: spout, rain, sun, and spider…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

I asked the children if they could tell me what a waterspout was and most of them suggested it was a spout like we have on our sink but since it doesn’t rain inside, we needed to find a spout that was outdoors so we went outside to examine the waterspouts we could find…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

Now that we had an idea of what a waterspout might look like for our play, we were ready to begin making our props for our itsy bitsy play.  We started by making rain. The children decided we could cut blue paper to make our raindrops…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

And we collected the blue raindrops in our prop box to save them for our play…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

Once the children felt we had enough raindrops, then we moved on to making a waterspout.  It was suggested that we could make a spout by rolling up paper or using our white tubes (that we collect from Walgreens). After a quick vote, we decided to connect the white tubes together using tape…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

We had to move the tube to the floor and finish it because the children wanted the waterspout to be tall…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

I asked the children if they would like to paint the waterspout but the children decided to use markers to decorate the waterspout instead…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

Next, we needed a big sun. The children suggested we could use yellow paper but in my closet, we found a yellow piece of poster board and decided it would be perfect.  The children decided that the sun needed to start with a large circle and have lots of rays so off they went to finish our sun…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

And now that we had three of our four props, it was time to make a big spider which we made from black pipe cleaners and added a string to pull the spider up and down the spout…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

Our props were all ready to go so now we were ready to practice our play so that we could present it to our preschool class the next day…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

But then we decided that one more detail was yet to be added. We needed a curtain for our play so I grabbed an old sheet and the children made their very own curtain…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

The children decorated the curtain by covering the sheet with dots using our dot markers which the children had been using earlier over in our art center…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

Covering the curtain with lots of dots was lots of fun! Now, we were ready for our play! Whew!  An amazing collaborative effort for our itsy bitsy play…

An itsy bitsy play about spiders by Teach Preschool

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By | November 5th, 2013|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Weather word wall art in PreK!

Here in the midwest, we have been experiencing extreme changes in weather. During the month of February we have had sunny days in the upper 60’s to snowy and cold days in the mid 20’s to windy and rainy days…

With all the extreme changes in weather it is the perfect time of year here in my hometown to talk about the weather with my students…

The art you are viewing today is our Word Weather Wall Art…

The prek children either traced or wrote one weather word on each piece of paper then followed up the word with a painting that represented that word…

For today, we explored the words rain, cloud, sun, and rainbow…

There are so many wonderful ways to explore weather in the preschool classroom…

To find out more, come and visit me  over on the PrekandK Sharing blog! Today I am sharing a few ideas for talking about the weather with young children.

Weather Links from Teach Preschool

Exploring Weather in Preschool

Black and White make Gray Clouds

Graphing the Weather

 

Books about weather

By | March 4th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

Graphing the weather with preschoolers

As I shared previously, graphing with preschoolers is a wonderful way to expand a child’s understanding of their world. The children have been exploring the weather with the use of a graph as well…

On the top of the graph, the children answer the question “What is your favorite weather?” By titling the graph with a question, the children are encouraged to think about and share what they understand about the weather…

The children are invited to add their name under the type of weather they like best. This is a terrific way to reinforce name recognition as well as making the graphing process a personal experience for each child. The children like going back often to find their name on the graph…

Another focus of this display is to recognize different weather symbols and to promote commonly used weather related vocabulary words and terms.

Extending the Graphing Experience

Just as we followed up the ice cream graph with activities related to ice cream, as discussed yesterday, the weather graphing experience is extended by presenting additional activities that are related to weather symbols such as…

Making sunshines…

Making snowflakes…

 

Links to Grow on…

W is for Weather by K is for Kindergarten

Weather Songs and Story Telling by Counting Coconuts

Raindrop Collage by Tinkerlab

Weather Meter by Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

Rain Painting by Raising Memories

Come on over the Adventures in Mommydom to see all the science activities they have there!

 

Books about weather

By | March 27th, 2011|Categories: Graphs|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Rainy day chalk drawings in preschool

Today the children were exploring rain and the goal was to make a rainy day picture with chalk…

First they were to create a picture with the chalk and then sprinkle some water, like rain, on top of the chalk drawing…

The children were interested in making the rain but they were not grasping how the rain (water) made any difference on the chalk. Part of the reason was because they hadn’t used enough of the chalk to cover the entire paper…

So the children were losing interest quickly until it was suggested that they try dipping their chalk in the water and then drawing with the wet chalk…

After dipping the chalk into the water, the colors on the paper were much more vibrant.  The children noticed an immediate difference and this was now becoming an interesting activity to explore…

The children wanted to try each of the colors and part of the fun was dipping the colored chalk into the water…

So our rainy day pictures actually turned out to be more like “chalk in rain puddle” pictures!

Check out this cloudy day activity!

By | March 23rd, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments