This year our fund raiser did very well, bringing in just over $4000! Each of our 15 classes (only 13 are shown here) made a piece to be silently auctioned off at the Art Gala. Art by adult artists was also donated and auctioned. There was a cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and musicians to set the mood, all items were donated.
This rainbow over a tree was done by two year olds whose teachers and parents saved applesauce and yogurt lids for weeks! 🌈
Lemonade anyone? Toddler teachers made this oh so cute lemonade set. The two year olds used their finger prints and the teachers turned them into bumblebees.
This beautiful masterpiece was made by blowing bubbles! Our one year olds blew bubbles for a good cause to make this.
Each child in one of our three year old classes is represented with a triangle that they painted themselves.
Our one year old class called Ducklings made this cute little spotted duck with their finger prints.
Reach for the stars! These high fives are brought to you by our big kids! Each child in one of our four year old classes decorated a cut out of their own hand print for this bright work of art.
A two year old classroom made this 3D wave with sea glass and sea shells. Take me to the beach!
Our second infant room teachers were thinking spring when the started working on this in mid February. Tiny feet prints make these butterflies special. 🦋
Lastly these four & five year olds were inspired by their home town to make this cool masterpiece.
Going to the zoo is a fun summertime activity. Many schools and child care centers go on field trips to local zoos. Even if you can’t take them to the zoo you can bring the animals to life for the kiddos. Welcome to the Zoo is a kind of play on words that most parents get when they see the sign on the classroom door. 😉
These are some of our favorite books that bring the zoo to life for little ones.
My favorite preschool site (besides this one) is teachpreschool.org. She has a really nice early math flannel board lesson using the book Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.
After reading Goodnight Gorilla the zoo activity at simplylearning.com will be great fun for very young kiddos.
The blog 3dinosaurs.com has some great large motor activities, as well as some letter recognition ideas around the book 1, 2, 3, Zoo by Eric Carl.
Year after year our preschoolers have loved Greg & Steve’s Kids In Motion CD. For this theme we play Animal Action I & II. They love doing their impression of each animal. You can purchase it here.
Another of my favorite preschool sites is pinkoatmeal.com. She does sell her lessons, usually for just $3.00. This lesson is all large motor activities.
This project is so simple. We’ve been doing this project for years with zoo, farm, pets, and wild animals. When I saw it on teachpreschool.org one of my favorite preschool sites, I knew I should share it too. Just round up a few of the appropriate animals, some corresponding paint, paper plates or some shallow trays for the paint, and paper. Have the children dip the hooves or paws into the paint and take their animal for a walk on the paper.
Handprint animals with teacher painted details.We began this labor intensive project Monday morning while the children did the Making Tracks project. The latter being a more open ended. This hand print project is so cute though!
Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My!
Well lions anyway. Teachers just cut the center out of paper plates for the class. Teachers or children can cut brown, orange, and yellow strips. The children glue strips in a pattern, onto their plate. Orange, yellow, brown, repeat. Add a craft stick and they have their lion masks.
M?M this little handprint mom is so cute for a new mom’s first Mothers Day.
The teacher used masking tape to spell Mom. The children then painted over the tape. When it was dry the teacher carefully removed the tape revealing the name Mom.
First, this is a simple heart with baby’s first handprint and planted in a pot. So cute for a first Mother’s Day.
This flower pot took a bit more work! Four handprints and the cute little poem in the middle make this flower great for babies to give to their mom on their first Mother’s Day
Tiny little bugs on the finger tips. Very cute. Paint the hands’ palm brown, the fingers and thumb are painted green
Bejeweled poem for mom. The toddlers enjoyed glueing all the jewels on the card for their Mom.
These ideas are tried and true old school Mothers Day cards and gifts.
Originally the poem was mimeographed and glued inside the tea pot with a tea bag stapled inside. This little tea pot is very fragile some 30 years after it was made! Cut these out so that the handle is the fold. Have your kiddos decorate the front. You’ll have to add the poem and a tea bag.
You’ll need Have lots of flowers cut from magazines, seed packets, or seed catalogs. You’ll also need a plastic strawberry quart container. The one we used has a grid almost. Like this… Quart basket .
You’ll also need brown paint and a paper plate or small tray used for the paint. Glue sticks or glue bottles will also be needed.
Begin by having the child dip the strawberry basket into the brown paint and the print it onto the basket cut out. Have the children do this several times to give the effect of a woven basket.
Next have the kids glue on flowers of their choice, keeping the handle free of any flowers.
Finish with a little bow on the handle. (Not shown)
Now let it dry and sign the back with a Mother’s Day message.
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.
The children worked on a large egg shape, dipping the ends of paper towel tubes into pastel colors and printing onto the paper.
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.
Then Miss Jenna cuts out a basket and begins getting the grass ready.
Last we added our Easter baskets and grass. Ready for the Easter Bunny!
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.
Visit alphamom.com to see this and hats for every holiday!
This are just one of the ways you can color eggs. Here we used shaving cream and liquid water color.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Every child got to add their hand print in this huge project!
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.