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Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Art, Blog, Christmas, Holidays |

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

This all started many years ago when I moved into a new classroom and found a box of unused tiles. Some were mosaic some were just 4×4 bathroom tile. I had no idea what to do with them so they sat for a long while. I thought maybe a mosaic or stepping stones for the playground, but they just sat collecting dust. Then one day I had some left over plywood from some other project and my idea started to take form.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  First I glued the tiles to the boards in interesting patterns. I used E6000 glue because the thing will need to hold up with moisture from lots of paint.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  We used rollers to apply paint. We used BioColor paints.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  Next we laid parchment paper over the tiles. We gently rubbed to insure the paper had collected all the paint.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  The great reveal!  Not the greatest pic but you get the idea.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows         Preschool Stained Glass   I cut the frames out of black poster board. I just cut them to fit and mounted them with tacky glue. Not many sunny days here (WNY)  in the winter but I’m sure they’ll look great with the sun shining through. They turned out better than I expected!

 

 

 

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Art, Blog, December Themes, Holidays |

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!





No matter how fast you run you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man! We’re turning our classroom into a gingerbread classroom! I’ll keep updating as we go. This is part of out Christmas celebrations. We also celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa so watch out for those posts as well.

Begin with the traditional story book. Read other versions and have a discussion about the similarities and differences.

Gingerbread Men

  Raisins, buttons, ribbons, glitter, and a little “teacher glue” (tacky glue). Free pattern on Printables!

Gum Drops

        Free Pattern On Printables!



Lollipops

 You’ll need an old turntable or lazy Suzan. You might be able to use a spin art kit if you have one handy. These are just paper plates. You can do it without poking a hole in the middle just tape the plate to the turn table. Turn it on and let it spin. The kids can use 2 or 3 different colors of paint. When the paint is dry we add tongue depressor stick and wrap in cellophane.

Cookies

Homemade Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.

Gingerbread House

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbreat Man  This is an for pic of our gingerbread house. This was achieved with paper plates cut around the edges. And boarder strips flipped to their white side. I’ll get an after shot when we’ve got it all together!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man This is the beautiful 3D actual gingerbread house from Inner Child Fun we’re trying to copy.



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Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Halloween, Math & Science, October Themes |

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

The Halloween fun has begun!

Magic Pumpkin Song Video

5 Little Pumpkins Video

👻Halloween Fun🎃  The pattern for these masks is Free at Printables!




Collaborations

👻Halloween Fun🎃  This is no Itsy Bitsy Spider. He measures about 3 feet across! We sing Itsy Bitsy Spider then we sing “Biggy Wiggy Spider” with the same tune and same lyrics but deep BIG voices!

 Our Jack-O-Lantern is also very big although there’s no reference point in the pic. Both of this and the spider were collaborative works.

Sensory Tables

  These sensory tables are great fun.

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

👻Halloween Fun🎃



Math

👻Halloween Fun🎃  Matching Dollar Tree character erasers.

👻Halloween Fun🎃  Counting Dollar Tree spiders putting them in Dollar Tree pumpkins.

Science

👻Halloween Fun🎃     Skwishy, gooey, yucky. Wet angel hair pasta, wet pumpkin seeds and guts, grape jelly, wet eggs (small). All set inside bowls and covered tightly with grocery bags. Cut an X in the top of the bag to create an opening just big enough for tiny 3 or 4 year old hands. Let the “fun” begin!

Art

  Stickers on haunted house pattern. Find the pattern for Free at Printables!

👻Halloween Fun🎃  Painted pumpkins.

  DAP Jack-O-Lanterns. Children cut out their own pumpkin shape, then they were offered different shapes to glue on.



  Painting pumpkins at the easle.

Displays

  👻Halloween Fun🎃

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Fall, Math & Science |

🍁Fall Fun🍁

🍁Fall Fun🍁

These activities make🍁Fall Fun🍁for every one!

Cookie Cutter Prints

Fall Fun Cookie Cutter Printing

Coockie cutter printing is easy enough for toddlers to accomplish and the results are satisfying. It’s process art with a nice product.

Negative Space

Fall Fun

This technique is called negative space art. Also proccess art with a nice product. Children place leaves where they want on the paper, choose paint colors and finger paint, sponge paint, dabber paint, or just ain’t with a brush all around the leaves. Before the paint is dry lift off the leaves to see what is revealed.

Handprint Trees

Fall Fun Handprint Trees

More proccess art with this hand print finger print art. These trees are so nice when done each season and you’ll have a series of four in the spring! Simply paint the arm and hand brown, and  print . The only advice I can offer is to place the arm and hand print lower on the paper. This will give the tree top more fullness.

Sensory Table

Fall Fun Sensory Table

This is the easy part. Teachers just kind of dump stuff in and let the kids have at it! Silk leaves and gourds here.

Teacher Made Game

The best part of this game is the kids get to collect the chestnuts just like little squirrels! Teachers just cut a long strip maybe 20 inches long by 6 or 8 inches wide. Draw little brown circles one for each #. Laminate and it’s ready to play!

 

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Math & Science, Music, October Themes |

Welcome Fall

Welcome Fall

These are our plans for next week’s Welcome Fall theme.  Children can learn that there are two words for this season. We teach them both Fall an autumn.

Science

Welcome Fall

Make a tray with parts of nature found in our neighborhood. Our tray includes leaves, goards, pine cones, chestnuts in their spiked shells and chestnuts out of their shells, oh and a magnifying glass.

Math

Sorting Leaves

Welcome Fall  Welcome Fall

We collect leaves from around our school campus. Then we bring them to circle time and sort them by color. Every child gets a turn or two to glue leaves onto matching construction paper. Fun stuff!




Manipulatives
Welcome Fall

There’s almost always at least a few lacing cards in our classroom. They’re great fine muscle and eye -hand coordination.

Art

Gray Squirrels

 

Gray Squirrel’s Tail

Here’s a link to our Free gray squirrel pattern

Music

First these are the songs we sing.

Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Wrinkle up your little nose. Hold your nut between your toes.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

Orange, Yellow, Red, and Brown

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in Art, Autumn, Blog, Cooking With Kids, Math & Science, September Themes |

🍏Apples For The Teachers 🍎

🍏Apples For The Teachers 🍎




 The tradition is for the children bring apples for the teacher. Teachers also bring apples to the children. These apple activities will be fun for all!

Every Apple Holds A Star – Science

Let’s take a close look at apples. Bring one or two apples, that have their stem and a leaf still attached, to circle time on a plate or tray along with a magnifying glass. Children can learn to hold the magnifying glass away from their eye and over the apple to get a close look. Talk about all of the parts of the apple. Skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem, and leaf. Then ask if the children know there’s a star in every apple. Cut the apple across the middle and take a look at the star with the magnifying glass!
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 Apple Tasting And Graphing – Math

This is another great circle time activity. Prepare enough slices of red, green, yellow apples for each child to taste each type. Bring one each whole red, green and yellow apples to circle along with a enough napkins for each child. Also have prepared precut apple shapes of the same colors. You’ll need a marker to write each child’s name and masking tape circles to stick your apples on your graph.

Every child gets one of each color apple slice to taste. Talk about sweet and sour tastes. Remind your children to think about which apple slice they like the most.

After everyone tastes go around the circle asking each child which they liked the best. Simply jot each child’s name on the apple color they choose. Tape all the like colors in a row. You now have a graph. There are other ways to do graphing. You can see how others do it here and here.

These are good graphs but I’m looking for one that helps the kids really see which got chosen more.

Apple Turnovers With Preschoolers – Cooking With Preschoolers

The easiest way we’ve found to bake apple turnovers with the kids is to use refigerated biscuit dough from a tube. Bake on parchment paper so you can write the children’s names as you place each turnover.

Apples For The Teachers Turnovers




Apples For The Teachers   

Smiling Apples – Cooking With Children

Apples For The Teachers  Apple slices, peanut butter (sun butter), and mini marshmallows.

Paper Towel Apple Printing – Art

These apples are made with aper towel tubes with a crease in them and dipped in paint. Offer all three colors for the children to dip into. When they’re done add little stems to each printed apple.

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers

Apples For The Teachers




Apple Printing – Art

Apples For The Teacher  Cut your apples in half  crosswise as pictured. Put a craft stick into the uncut side. Dip into paint and print onto paper. You should be able to see the star in the print.

Team Building – Art

Apples For The Teachers

The children worked in small groups to paint this tree. Each child chose green, yellow, or red apple to add to our tree.

One Bad Apple – Fine Motor

We filled our sensory table with paper apples, and hole punches, and bits of green yarn (worms). Our children did have a hard time at first making holes but most were successful after a few tries. Lacing the yarn in and out of the holes was less challenging for our three year olds.

Apples For The Teachers




Apples For The Teachers  ⭐️🍎⭐️🍏⭐️🍎⭐️🍏⭐️




 

 

 

 

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