Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dr. Seuss in Preschool!

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss and we spent a week reading, creating and snacking, all in Dr. Seuss style!
Take a peek:

We started the week with Dr. Seuss' classic The Cat in the Hat

 We spiced things up and created the zany stripes on our hats by painting with balls.  Mix it up, try marbles, golf balls, tennis balls....bowling balls??
And some Cat in the Hat kabobs! Yummy! And super-healthy!

We thought up our own thinks after getting some Seuss-ified inspiration from the book!
And we had a delightful snack of 'Beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top'. Shhh, it's really vanilla pudding. :)

Green Eggs and Ham is one of my very favorites to read to the little ones and I also love serving up my own green eggs and ham....well, the eggs are green...something about green ham just seems kind of wrong to me. :)

The Lorax has a serious message delivered in a bright, colorful, rhyming package perfect for the kiddos.
No one can forget the amazingly beautiful Truffula Trees in the book, and when I saw this idea to make our own, I knew we had to try it.
We made take-home truffula trees with craft sticks and tissue paper.
Don't these look delicious?  I thought so too, when I saw them here.  And the kids devoured them!

We ended the week with Fox in Socks.
 I made some blue goo, but neglected to take pictures, so I borrowed this one from here. There is also a handy recipe on that site if you choose to make your own blue goo! 

I missed out on pictures of our 'cheese trees' for snack - hey, it was Friday - but just pop a cube of cheese on a pretzel stick and voila! Tasty!

The Seedlings loved our fun sock matching game.  Each kiddo got a colorful sock, then I hid the matching sock somewhere in the classroom.  Ready, set, search!

So much Seuss-y fun this week!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We're Going Places! Transportation Activities for Preschool

February was all about transportation at Seedlings!  Here is a look at what we were up to:

'Road' play dough with cars

Lots of vehicles in the classroom and tons of team city-building.

Transportation timeline.

Painting with cars.

Cars, blocks and....shaving cream? Sure! Why not?

Science exploration with homemade parachutes!

Race track flash cards!  Drive your car down the track and watch!
Where did your race car stop?

The kiddos loved this game!

Get driving!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

All About Eggs with Scholastic Classroom Magazines

*I am not a paid spokesperson for Scholastic magazines - I just like them - and that's my disclaimer*
My little Seedlings love their Scholastic magazines! A few times per month, we read an issue together and do lots of fun related activities.  In January, during our animal studies, I pulled out an old issue about eggs and we got to work.
In the classroom, we had a tray for exploration with birds, and a nest and eggs that Monkey made from his Kiwi Crate.

After reading our issue of My Big World, we made our very own nests using bowls, yarn and glue.
They take quite a while to dry, but they turn out adorable!

And to finish off our day, just because I really enjoy special snacks.  We made tasty biscuit nests with grape eggs.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Winter Activities with 'The Mitten'

When our Scholastic Classroom Magazines arrived in January and I found an issue related to one of my very favorite winter booksThe Mitten by Jan Brett, I couldn't wait to find some exciting activities for the little Seedlings.
Of course, we had plenty of opportunities to explore winter animals with classroom materials such as arctic animals, wintery play silks and related books.

We made our very own little pine cone snowy owls.

And we got our fingers working with some mitten lacing.

Wintery Fun! Brrr!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ice Science

Monkey is obsessed with 'explosion' experiments....seriously....obsessed.  He attended camp last summer and was given a chance to make a volcano erupt and has repeated the experiment a number of times at home.  In his kindergarten class this year, he had an opportunity to renew his interest in 'explosions' when the class conducted a similar experiment.  I've had to come up with new and interesting ways of combining baking soda and vinegar, so why not make some baking soda ice?

I wasn't exactly sure if there was an appropriate way to make baking soda ice, so I mixed up a solution and poured it into the ice trays.  At first, it looked a bit too watery, so I tossed another dollop of baking soda into each mold and hoped for the best.

I supplied the children with some vinegar mixed with liquid watercolor and they went to work.
The reaction is somewhat slower than you might expect, but once it begins, the children are delighted.  And it's quite lovely.
Bear wanted to find out what would happen if he dumped all of his vinegar into his tray.
And, of course, Monkey was thrilled when class was over and he got to finish up the rest of the baking soda ice cubes.
Next time, we might try to freeze the vinegar instead!!

Need a super simple preschool science experiment?  Try Ice Cube Color Mixing!
Make ice cubes in primary colors, have the children each choose two cubes and observe!
I had the children write their own labels so they could stop back and check on their cups.
We were SO excited to see our results!
Melting and color mixing all in one experiment!  So simple!

No time to make colorful ice cubes?  Need science NOW?  Ok, try this one: Solid, Liquid, Gas Demonstration.  All week, we talked about the three different states of water, but it is a fairly abstract concept for preschoolers until it is demonstrated.
I slid my two Learning Towers over to the stove so the children could get a good (but safe) view.  Add an ice cube to a shallow pan and turn up the heat!  Observe!
We talked about what was happening to the ice, it was melting, it was becoming steam, it was evaporating - oh, the language development!  I even held a glass lid over the steam to 'catch it in a cloud' and then allowed it to 'rain' back down into the pan.  The children were particularly overjoyed with the very last little puff of steam once the water evaporated completely.  They literally yelled, 'Do it again!' in unison.  So, we did.
I've been teaching for over half my life and it still never ceases to amaze me how the simplest things to us as adults can be the most wondrous to a child.

So go try some science!  Be amazed!

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