Let’s listen with a listening tube

We have been exploring our sense of hearing by listening to things around the classroom but we started our day by listening with our simple to make listening tubes…

The Listening Tube by Teach Preschool

Each child got their own listening tube during circle time and was invited to listen to each to other and then tell what they thought their neighbor was trying to whisper through the tube. This was very challenging but some of the children figured it out while others just giggled…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

I even got a chance to listen too…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

We also sat very quietly and listened for sounds we could hear around our classroom.  It was very quiet but we could hear the sounds of the heater and Mr. Hayden walking…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

After exploring the process of listening during circle time, the children had the choice of decorating their listening tubes with tape. On the table was different colors of tape and scissors…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Some of the children took the time to decorate their listening tubes, while others were happy just to continue exploring with them…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Once the children completed their listening tube, they put them in their cubbies to take home…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Around the classroom we had other things the children could listen to using head phones as well like our keyboard…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

And our listening center…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

And our easel but I want to talk more tomorrow about our listening at the easel because it was such a big hit that we did this for several days…

Listening to things around the classroom by Teach Preschool

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By | February 3rd, 2014|Categories: Circle Time|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

The sweet smell of Christmas book and activity

“The Sweet Smell of Christmas” by Patricia M. Scarry is one of those books that I just love for many reasons. It is interactive, simple to read and understand, and it integrates the all important sense of smell (and taste) with the holiday season…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

This book also talks about real things that are easy to gather up during the holidays like candy canes, pine cones, oranges, gingerbread cookies, and hot chocolate! Throughout the book are illustrations of the different objects with stickers that the children can scratch and sniff…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

I gathered up most of the scratch and sniff items shared in the book (I didn’t add an apple because I forgot) and placed them into a container for the children to explore while we read our book…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

Before reading the book, the children looked over the items in the basket and then we began reading. The children were invited to watch the book closely and each time they saw something in the book that was like something we had in our basket, they could take the object out of the basket and set it on their story board…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

The children continued to watch each page of the book and look for the next new item they could smell and then take from the basket…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

I am certain their favorite item to gather out of the basket was the candy cane. I let the children open their candy canes to smell and to taste as we finished reading the rest of the book…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

A fun morning of conversation, story telling, and using our senses to discover the many sweet smells of Christmas…

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

Oh, and with the story and activity, snack was all ready to go too!

Sweet Smell of Christmas book and activity By Teach Preschool

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By | December 21st, 2013|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Gummy bear science

I love it when I find a new and simple way to explore a scientific process with my students and today I want to share with you our gummy bear science…

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Before I share a description of our  gummy bear science, let me first introduce you to a new book titled, “Candy Experiments,” by Loralee Leavitt. When Loralee offered to send me a copy of her book, I was super excited to check it out…

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“Candy Experiments” is a wonderful book of simple candy experiments that range from “The Incredible Growing Gummy Worm” to  “Marshmallow Aqua-Squash.”  For each candy experiment, Loralee shares “What you will need,” “What to do,” and   “What is happening” in simple to follow directions. Loralee also provides additional tips along the way and wonderful photos of each process to help you visualize the process before you try it just a bit. You can learn more about this book and purchase a copy for yourself by clicking here: “Candy Experiments” by Loralee Leavitt.

Candy Experiments by Teach Preschool

Our class has already tried three of the experiments in “Candy Science” including “How to Sink a Marshmallow” and the candy cane rainbow shown below. Loralee emailed me and told me about the candy cane rainbow but there is a version of this process in her book using peppermint candies….

Candy Cane Rainbow by Teach Preschool

So now onto gummy bear science which my students loved.  In the “Candy Experiments” book, Loralee used gummy worms for this process but I thought we would try it with gummy bears since we were already on the topic of bears…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

To begin the process, each child filled their clear plastic cup about half way up with water…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

The children selected one gummy bear and dropped it into their cup of water.  The children smelled the water, smelled the bear, and even asked to taste the bear.  I told them if they could wait until after we completed our gummy bear science that I would give them each a gummy bear to taste…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

I asked the children to tell me what they think might happen to the bear if we let it sit in the water for a few days. As the children told me their observations and predictions, Mrs. Courtney quickly jotted their thoughts down on a sheet of paper…

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After making our observations and predictions, the children set their gummy bears aside for the weekend…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

I checked in on the gummy bears all throughout the weekend. I too was curious to know what would happen to them. I didn’t know if they would fall apart, dissolve, or get bigger since I had modified the candy from the book and since we had to leave them over an entire weekend which for us is four whole days…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

When the children came back to school, they immediately went to see what had happened to their gummy bears and we had our follow-up discussion…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

The children wanted to smell their water and some asked to even taste the water. We didn’t taste it but we did smell it and it smelled very sweet…

Gummy Bear Science by Teach Preschool

I gave each child a new gummy bear so they could compare their bear in the water with one that hadn’t been in the water (and then they got to eat their new gummy bear). The children looked at their gummy bears on the light table and on our regular table…

Gummy bear science by Teach Preschool

We discovered that our gummy bears had bubbles all over them. (The bubbles will go away once you actually touch the gummy bears and put them back into the water – so don’t touch too early!) We also discovered that our red gummy bears had slightly changed the water color but the other colors of gummy bears didn’t noticeably change the water color at all…

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We also discovered that our gummy bears were floating in the water. I dropped a new gummy bear in the water to remind the children how the gummy bears were not floating before…

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We also discovered that our gummy bears had definitely gotten larger. They had grown at least twice the size of the original gummy bear size and they were now almost see-through…

Gummy bear science by Teach Preschool

We wrapped up our gummy bear science by using our hands to feel our gummy bears.  We discovered that our gummy bears were squishy, cold, and they even bounced a bit when we dropped them on the table…

Gummy bear science by Teach Preschool

The children were then invited to squish their gummy bears up if they wanted and then toss them out into the trash…

Gummy bear science by Teach Preschool

I really didn’t mean for this post to go so long but I hope you enjoyed our gummy bear science as much as we did and will be able to give it a try too! Perhaps you would rather use gummy worms. We will be using gummy worms this spring for sure!

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By | January 20th, 2013|Categories: Science and Nature|Tags: , , |12 Comments

The Five Senses of Christmas in preschool: Smell

I mentioned that we are exploring the Five Senses of Christmas in a previous post and today, I want to share with you a few of the ways we explored our sense of smell…

We started by reading the book titled “The Sweet Smells of Christmas” by Patricia M. Scarry…

On every other page of the book, there is a scratch and sniff dot that you can smell.  The kids LOVED getting a turn to smell each page and I have to say that this book was awesome to read for this experience.  Even I was surprised how authentic the smells were on each page…

After reading the book, then we took a minute to smell some spices I had brought with me to school that day…

Our Pre-K students also made their own peppermint smelly candy canes….

To make the candy canes, we started by drawing a candy cane with pencil on our paper. We actually practiced drawing this shape on chalkboards before hand.  By the way, you will notice that in just about every post I share that I do something with candy canes.  I just love candy canes.  I love the color, the smell, the taste, the shape, and all the things you can do with them! But any way back to drawing the shape….

And after a simple candy cane shape was drawn on the paper, the children used painter’s tape to add stripes across their candy cane line….

Then the children painted over the tape and the line.  They were given a choice of paint color and I added peppermint extract to whatever paint they chose so the paint smelled like peppermint…

We had pink and blue candy canes…

And red candy canes…

And green candy canes…

The paint smelled great while we were painting but after it dried, it didn’t smell so much. I think I should have added more extract but it was still fun during the process. After they finished painting, we removed the tape while the paint was still wet.  We just couldn’t wait to for it to dry:)  I had to help most of the children, but not everyone, remove some of their tape….

Sometimes the paper would tear just a little but we quickly learned that it was okay if the tape pulled off some of the paper because it was still white underneath.  We had to be extra careful though so we didn’t tear it too much…

And finally, to complete our sense of smell we played with peppermint play dough (by the way – the play dough was out the whole time it is just easier to write this post up in order but we didn’t necessarily play in this specific order)….

To make the peppermint play dough I used…

  • 2 cups of flour  (not flower:)
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 TBS of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. of Cream of Tar Tar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Red food color for the red play dough and no food color for the white play dough
  • And 5 or so drops or TBS of peppermint extract
I mixed the dry ingredients in a large sauce pan and then added the oil, water, extract and food coloring. Then I cooked on a medium heat and stirred constantly until the play dough looked like play dough. Then I took it out of the pan and kneaded it a bit.  The children used the play dough to make – yep you guessed it, candy canes!!
Well they also made other shapes too and by the end of the day, most of the play dough was all mixed up…
Those were the highlights of our “sense of smell” activities for our “Five Senses of Christmas” unit.  We actually explore all senses in some way everyday during this unit so you will see some criss-crossing back and forth on this as I share in future posts.
You can get the book we read from Amazon.com by clicking the photo below…

By | December 3rd, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , , |22 Comments

We made paper plate pumpkin pies in preschool

Today, our whole classroom smelled like pumpkin spice as the children made their own paper plate “pumpkin pies!” It was wonderful…

The children started by painting their white paper plates with orange paint.  I mixed a little glue in the paint to make it a little sticky but not much glue really…

After the children painted on the orange paint, then they sprinkled some pumpkin spice on their paint…

I didn’t limit how much pumpkin spice they could use – I bought plenty so they could have some fun with it.  Some of the children sprinkled on just a little and decided they were done but others really went to town and added a lot of pumpkin spice…

We made apple pies last year using red paint and cinnamon (thanks to Kristin over at Preschool Daze) so this year, I thought it would be fun to change it up and make pumpkin pies instead…

It made our room smell delicious!

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By | October 19th, 2011|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

We explored our five senses in preschool: touch

This past week the children explored their sense of touchtastesmellsight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of touch” discovery center…

The children used their sense of touch to sample different types of textures. This activity lends itself to great opportunities for expanding vocabulary. I stopped by the toddler class on this day to see their version of the “touch” project:)

The teacher set a variety of materials with different textures on the table.

The children were invited to select any pieces of materials from the center of the table and place it on the glue card.

Then the toddlers practiced, “pat, pat, pat!” and patted the materials down with their hands on the glue cards so the materials would not fall off.

As the children patted, they discovered that some of the materials were scratchy like sand paper…

And other materials were soft like cotton…

And some of the materials were rubbery like foam or bumpy like foil…

And yes, we even tasted a few pieces of these materials along the way!

Discover more ideas for touch at School Time Adventures!

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler, Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

We explored our five senses in preschool: taste

This past week the children explored their sense of touchtastesmellsight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of taste” discovery center…

The children tasted different kinds of fruit such as apples, pears, oranges, peaches, and we also tried pickles.

Some of the children flat refused to taste a pickle. They thought that the pickles would be sour but we had bread and butter pickles. The children who did taste the pickles didn’t quite know what to think of this unusual flavor.

A new fruit was tasted each day and the children placed a mark on the yes-no chart each day to show if they liked the fruit or not.

The teacher also played a guessing game with the children. The children closed their eyes and then used their sense of smell or taste to guess the name of each piece of fruit. Of course, all the children peaked first:)

The children also described the different tastes with words such as sour and sweet.

See this fruit guessing game by House of Baby Piranha!

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By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

We explored our five senses in preschool: sight

This past week the children explored their sense of touchtastesmellsight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of sight” discovery center…

The children used their sense of sight to look through these colorful toilet roll lenses.

The children looked at each other, out the window, and throughout their classroom.

I invited the children to put two lenses together to see if the color changed at all but they were unable to see any kind of change. I am not so sure they understood what I was trying to get them to notice:)

We put these lenses together with a rubber band which the kids could easily remove and so I did have to make quite a few lens repairs along the way! I think next time, I would use colored tape to keep the lens covers on instead of a rubber band.

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

We explored our five senses in preschool: hearing

This past week the children explored their sense of touchtastesmellsight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of hearing” discovery center…

The children played a listening matching game. In a basket were 35mm canisters filled with items such as corn, dice, and salt. There were two of each sound canisters.

The children shook the canisters and then used their sense of hearing to find the two cannisters that sounded just the same.

I noticed that it didn’t take long for the children to figure out that they could also match the canisters by weight rather than by sound.

The children also listened to recordings of sounds from Play 2 Grow and used their sense of hearing to guess what the sounds were.

We didn’t make this a right or wrong answer game – instead, we just focused on listening and let the children guess what they thought they had heard.

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , |1 Comment

We explored our five senses in preschool: smell

This past week the children explored their sense of touchtastesmellsight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of smell” discovery center…

Smelly Cups

The children used their sense of smell to guess what each item was in the smelly cups.

Inside each cup was a variety of seasonings such as cinnamon, onion salt, pumpkin spice and chocolate and coffee.

After smelling the different seasonings, the children sorted the seasonings by which smells they liked and which smells they disliked.

By | September 29th, 2010|Categories: Sensory Play|Tags: , , , |1 Comment