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April Fools • Earth Day • Space • Shadows • Rainbows • Eggs  

April Fools Day

Turn April Fools Day into a whole week of fun! Your preschoolers will be amazed when they open their bananas at breakfast and they’re already sliced! ?This does take some prep work so if you have lots of kiddos for breakfast you might need to do this the night before. Watch how it’s done.

Brownies anyone?  Make that brown E’s! Later in the day offer brownies for a special snack time treat. Present them to the children and watch their faces as they reach for brown E’s! Of course, you’ll have actual brownies waiting for them. lol

 April Fools ;) Brown E's 

Preschoolers have a great time with this silly book.

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Backwards Day

This is lots of fun for the kiddos. Try running circle time backwards, sing your greeting song last, play your games first. You’ll know what works for your room.

Backwards Day  Backwards Day

Our kiddos have so much fun with Silly Sally!

  

Wacky Wednesday

Wear your socks mismatched like these kiddos at simplykinder.com

Wacky Wednesday

These Dr. Seuss books are always a big hit!

  

Crazy Hair Day

Teachers and kiddos will have fun with this. Make your hair as crazy as you dare! Please don’t post the pics of teachers (or kids) anywhere public!! lol There are a couple of fun books to read on crazy hair day.

   

Yes Day!

This is the day to give them what they want! Have a party, eat ice cream, or make smoothies. If your kiddos are old enough bring our balloons,  if not how about bubbles?  Make it a festive day. Say “Yes!” as much as you can. Remind the kiddos to say yes when they can as well. You could turn it into a kindness lesson. Its a day to review rhyming words, opposites, and matching concepts. Have a great week!

   



Earth Day 

Young children might not know the name of our planet or that there are other planets. So teach them! Earth Day is the perfect time to get them involved. Preschool children can understand that keeping our environment clean is important. Children are very interested in maps and most 3’s can get the “we are here” concept.                                                                                                                                                           Earth Painting  Earth 2  

Earth Dance by Joanne Ryder

Introduce keeping the planet clean and help the understanding by taking the children outside to clean up the earth. With young children, you’ll want teachers to carry trash bags. Monitor what the children pick up – no glass, cigarette butts…children should ask teachers to pick up these items.

This site littlebinsforlittlehands.com has great STEM activities for little kiddos around Earth Day. 

Space

Telescopes 

 Telescope   Telescope 

We know they’re not going to see anything, it’s the process, not the product! Just be sure they don’t point it at the sun! I hang a poster of the planets, we point our telescope at that and ask the kids if they can find Saturn or Neptune.  

   

This great telescope is truly designed just for young children. For use in preschool classrooms, fancy expensive telescopes aren’t necessary. This one includes a journal and cool science experiences. This telescope is decorated with moons, stars, and planets.  The moon scope, with 18x to 90x magnification, comes with moon filter and tripod. Kids will love this

Rocketships!                                                                                                                                                                

Roll const. paper around paper towel tube Add buttons or colored macaroni  glue around top edge of tubes




Add painted cone cups to top of tubes   Blast Off

Rocketship Names!                                                                                                        

 Shape Rockets! 

This project starts out as name puzzles and quickly become rocketships! Start with construction paper squares programmed with each child’s name. Children glue them down in order.  Add a triangle to the top and one on either side. A flame of glitter at the base and its Blast off! Oh, add some foil stars too!

Shadows                                                                                                                                   You can do this with any large bright flashlight or even a lamp with the shade off.  Just darken the room and have the children stand about 3-4 ft from a plain wall with the light behind them. What fun!

shadow           Shadows     image   April Preschool Themes 

We made shadows under a table draped with paper. The yellow paper worked better than blue. You can see our little stick puppet silhouettes laying on the blue.  

BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON                                                                                                                                                                I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.
He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)

Rainbows
 We Can Make A Rainbow  This is all you need   Mosaic Rainbow  rainbow of tissue paper   
Start with a template of 6 colors. Cut squares of tissue or construction paper. And glue, glue, glue!
            
Handprints make beautiful rainbows too!
                                                                
Eggs & Bunnies                                                                                                                                    
 Colorful Eggs          
Plastic eggs dipped in matching paint   
The children worked on a large egg shape, dipping the ends of paper towel tubes into pastel colors and printing onto the paper.        
 Tissue paper & vinegar on lg egg 
Here the kiddos worked on the same large egg shape. You can tint vinegar lightly and have the children paint the egg-shaped paper with the vinegar. Next, have them choose bits of colorful (bleeding) tissue paper to lay on the wet vinegar. Let this work dry. When dry have them peal the tissue paper off to reveal the color stained onto the paper. 
 Eggs In The Sensory Table
If your school is like ours there are thousands of plastic eggs around. We dumped them into the sensory table for a huge matching challenge. 
A site called pocketofpreschool.com has tons of other centers for Easter activities. 

Indoor Egg Hunt

Hide Eggs in Plain Sight

Here in the North East we often have to hunt for our Easter eggs indoors. If Easter is early there might still be snow on the ground! So for the little ones we hide our eggs in plain sight.
  

Colorful Bunnies

Rabbit Ears    Paper Plate Bunny Ears
Visit alphamom.com to see this and hats for every holiday!

Pinterest Fail

                         Pinterest Glowing Eggs
Beautiful glowing eggs?  
Glow Stick Easter Eggs (Fail)     
Not so much.  My first mistake was not checking to see if the bracelet glow sticks would fit in the eggs. The smaller eggs had to be taped shut. The second problem was the eggs were too opaque. A few eggs we had on hand were transparent enough but it wasn’t very impressive
Colored Eggs
Shaving Cream & Food Color   Roll eggs in and let stand for 3-4 minutes
You Tube’s Crafty Panda has 25 cool ways to decorate eggs.