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Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in April, Art, Blog, Easter |

Easter Fun!

Easter Fun!

 

Here’s a mashup of lots of different ideas for Easter Fun with preschoolers.

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These cute transparent eggs were found in at a Dollar Store. They are being used in a toddler room.

Easter Fun!

The children worked on a large egg shape, dipping the ends of paper towel tubes into pastel colors and printing onto the paper.   

Plastic eggs dipped in matching paint
This is a color transfer art project. The children paint their large white paper egg shape with vinegar. Next they lay small pieces of tissue  paper (bleeding) onto the wet vinegar. Let their work dry then peal the tissue paper off to reveal the colors. 

 Tissue paper & vinegar on lg egg

Easter Display

This is a nice Easter display that’s a three step process. First the kiddos paint paper eggs with a mixture of shaving cream and glue. The teacher, Miss Jenna mixed in a bit of paint to get pastel colors.

Easter Fun

Then Miss Jenna cuts out a basket and begins getting the grass ready.

Easter Fun

Last we added our Easter baskets and grass. Ready for the Easter Bunny!

Easter Fun

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.
Eggs In The Sensory Table
A site called pocketofpreschool.com has tons of other centers for Easter activities.
Pete The Cat is fun any time of year!
Indoor Egg Hunt

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.

Hide Eggs in Plain Sight



Colorful Bunnies

Visit alphamom.com to see this and hats for every holiday!

Rabbit Ears     Paper Plate Bunny Ears
Colored Eggs

This are just one of the ways you can color eggs. Here we used shaving cream and liquid water color.

Shaving Cream & Food Color   Roll eggs in and let stand for 3-4 minutes
There’s always the traditional way to color eggs. Use vinegar and food coloring.
Easter Fun!
iheartartsncrafts.com has 16 different ways to color eggs!
You Tube’s Crafty Panda has 25 cool ways to decorate eggs.



Cotton Bunnies 

Simply cut out the center of  paper plates, use the center for the ears. Just cut the center circle in half  and add the pink part. Now add the cotton balls. Last add Popsicle stick on back, masking tape worked best for us. We’re using these for our Easter parade!

Cotton Bunnies





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Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in April, Art, Blog |

Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows

If you live in the North, March is not necessarily sunny. It’s likely cold and rainy. Not exactly a good time to make rainbows. If you wait a few weeks and do the rain and rainbows theme at the beginning of April, it will probably make more sense for you and the kiddos.

April Showers

In order to make a rainbow you need rain. We have some really fun and wet activities to help children understand that rainbows start with rain.

      Rain and Rainbows   

For this drippy art project you’ll need paper, glue, liquid water color, crayons, pipettes, and cotton balls. First, the children color rainbows on their paper. While they’re busy with that mix up some blue glue. Make the mixture very runny. The children use the pipettes to run the glue across the top of the paper. Pick up the paper and let the glue drip straight down. When they have the drips as far as they like they can add their cotton balls to the top to form clouds. 




   This is a teacher made toy to bring to the water table. The teacher poked holes in the bottom of a plastic Dollar Store container and the kiddos make it rain.

   I found this pic on the internet somewhere on the internet. I see what looks like Velcro circles on each rain drop. This could be a matching game with letters, numbers, names…you program your rain drops to your needs.

   Puddle jumping game. This game comes from nurturstore.co.uk. Teachers make this game. The game is highly adaptable to numbers, letters or math problems. All you need is construction paper, scissors, tape, and a permanent marker.




Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows    Rain and Rainbows    Rain and Rainbows

Every child got to add their hand print in this huge project!

Rain and Rainbows    

Three different classrooms three different rainbows. Three year olds made first rainbow display.  Four year olds who used tempura paint to make the next display of rainbows. The last rainbow was made by 4 year olds with different materials for each color. 



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Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in April, April Fool's Day, April Themes, Blog, Easter |

April Fools Day

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.

Mommypoppins.com has some very cute things preschool teachers can modify for fun in their class.



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

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

Your little ones will be fooled when they wake from nap and all the chairs are turned backwards at the tables! If you can make it happen eat snack with the children’s backs to the tables. Backwards Day!

Wacky Wednesday

Wear your socks mismatched like these kiddos at simplykinder.com

Wacky Wednesday




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!




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Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Art, Fund Raising |

Children’s Art Auction

Children’s Art Auction





For many centers fund raising is a means to getting much needed equipment or special  supplies. A Children’s Art Auction is a fancy affair where parents gather and have a silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds can go to the center if there are no other charitable entities involved.

Masterpieces

Each classroom creates a masterpiece to be auctioned off. Many of the items are up cycled from thrift stores, other pieces are photography projects, some are Pinterest finds.

  Our Tree House class made this with a handprint for each child. These kiddos are 4 years old.

Children’s Art Auction   Colorful Castles made by another 4 year old class.

Children’s Art Auction   The tiny foot prints of our smallest children made this hungry caterpillar.




Children’s Art Auction   Our second baby room decorated this foot stool with their fingertips.

Children’s Art Auction   Our smallest toddlers made these fingertip birds sitting on a line. So cute!

Children’s Art Auction   We ❤️ NY! Our third 4 year old class made this.

Children’s Art Auction   This masterpiece was done by one of or toddler classrooms. Masking tape was put randomly on the canvas.  Each child painted a space, when the tape was removed it revealed this color blocked piece.




Children’s Art Auction  Here each toddler water colored on die cut circles of coffee filters.

Children’s Art Auction   A three year old class painted long stripps of paper, and then learned about weaving.

Children’s Art Auction   This is from another three year old class and uses colored sand.
Children’s Art Auction  Footprint penguins from our three year old class called Penguins.

Children’s Art Auction   I’m not sure how the toddler class named Ducklings made this but it’s done in relief. Very cute!

If you’re looking for more children’s art auction ideas check out the masterpieces from last year here.



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Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Blog, Curriculum, Teaching Strategies |

Researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool practices

Researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool practices

Researcer finds “Magic 8” preschool practices

This is the story of how a researcher finds “Magic 8” preschool classroom practices. In October 2017, Lillian Mongeau of the Hechinger Report told the story of a  scientist who took their research to the next level.



Negative Effects And Outcomes

It began in 2015 Vanderbilt researcher Dale Farran published the findings from her first study of the Tennessee state preschool program. That study resulted in disappointing findings. The preschool program had no effect or negative effects on children by third grade.

Rather than doing reasearch and just leaving it there, with children in mediocre settings she decided to get involved and do something about it! “Do you just say ‘we found these outcomes’ or do you roll up your sleeves and try to do something about it?” said Farran. She wanted better for the children in her care.



Increasing Positive Outcomes

Farran initiated a second study. Farran’s team collected data on teacher actions and student achievement in 26 preschool classrooms. The study of 840 children ran for two years from 2014 to 2016. From the data Farran developed eight critical actions teachers can take that can increase positive experiences. These “magic 8” actions, taken across curriculua, can improve outcomes and transform mediocre programs into high quality programs.


Reduce time spent in transition
Improve level of instruction
Create a positive climate
Increase time teachers listen to children.
Plan sequential activities
Promote cooperative interactions between children
Foster high levels of child involvement
Provide math opportunities

Learn more about the “Magic 8” here. 

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