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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Art, May Themes, Mother's Day Flowers |

Handprints and Hearts for Mom

Handprints and Hearts for Mom

Handprints and hearts are the unifying theme this (and every) year so here are our Handprints and Hearts for Mom. Many kids enjoy painting their hands others not so much. For those who rather not tracing their hand is less traumatic.


Handprints and Hearts for Mom  Simple enough, this handprint is at once a sunshine and a letter “O”!

Handprints and Hearts for Mom This is known as “negative space” art. Use painters (masking) tape on the blank sheet of paper to spell out the word mom. I’m not sure how these teachers got the letter “O” so round but it looks great!

Handprints and Hearts for Mom  More handprints and flowers.


Handprints and Hearts For mom  This tradional painted flowerpot with both handprint and heart!

Handprints and Hearts  Stenciled “Mom” with heart for the “O”. This is really cute.

Handprints and Hearts for Mom  This pretty bejeweled poem is so cute mom will love it!

Handprints and Hearts for Mom  Wrap it up!

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Art |

Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas

Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas

Preschool Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas

These are just a few of the art auction fund raiser ideas that our teachers came up with this year. Our annual Art Auction brought in almost $3000!

Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas Handfuls of Love  We took pictures of each child’s heart shaped fingers on colored card stock.

Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas For this one teachers hammered small brads into a 12″ x 12″ piece of wood. The children used rainbow colored embroidery floss to weave this pretty heart.


Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas  Our city skyline lit up with tiny fingerprints.

Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas Toy Stories Mirror This mirror was originally designed for a girls room with pink and green stripes! The kids and teachers have transformed it to fit into any child’s play space.


Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas Seashore  Toddlers were the artist who created this serene piece for the art auction. The sand and pebbles came from our playground.

Art Auction Fund Raiser Ideas Footprint Butterfly Infants were the artists for this springy work of art. The teachers helped a little. The teachers painted the feet and printed directly onto the canvas. The flower pedals are baby fingerprints. Too cute! This piece was very popular.

Preshool Art Auction You Are My Sunshine  It’s always sunny in toddler classrooms!



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Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Art, Blog, Bulletin Boards, January Themes, Pre-School Teachers, Teacher/Provider Resources, Winter |

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards

Many of these preschool winter bulletin boards were actually made by preschoolers!

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Wish List Ideas  We used the Shel Sliverstein book The Giving Tree as the basis for our classroom “wish list” of items parents can donate to our class. This display changes with the seasons. Colorful leaves and apples are programmed with wish list items for fall, green leaves and pretty flowers for spring and summer.

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Winter Scene Next we have a pretty scene that was created by two year olds! Glueing and glittering was done on the table then the teachers hung the work of art under their twisted paper tree.

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Tissue Paper Snowman  This big guy was also made by two year olds, with some help from their teachers. They started with the two circles, the toddlers ripped and shredded white tissue paper. The children glued the paper to the circles and teachers added the features.

Preschool Winter Bulletin Boards Giant Snowflake  Finally we have this giant snowflake. It’s hard to tell from the pic but this snowflake is about 2 1/2 feet wide! And the really cool thing is that it was made by infants! Wish the teachers would have checked here before they cut the shape though.




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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Art, Blog, January Themes, Winter |

Polar Bears and Igloos

Polar Bears and Igloos

Polar Bears and Igloos

Polar Bears

Polar Bears & Igloos   This theme is called Polar Bears and Igloos. First print out a class supply of this bear. The children will paint over this, then remove it, creating negative space. Check out our polar bear and igloo display!

Polar Bears & Igloos  Next wet the finger paint paper. Don’t forget this important step.
Polar Bears & Igloos  Kids can do this part. We want the children to learn new art techniques. Teachers demonstrate and guide.

Polar Bears and Igloos  Lay the polar bear cut out on the wet paper. The bear cut out becomes flimsy when wet. Children might need some help with this step.

Finger Painting Over Polar Bear  Kids finger paint over the whole paper. Here’s the fun part!

Polar Bears & Igloos  Finally while the paint is still wet peal way the polar bear cutout. Children might need some help with this part too. Don’t throw away the bear cut outs, they look cool in your display too!


Polar Bears & Igloos  How will you display your polar bear negative space art? We added them as a back drop to an arctic play center. Tiny wooden penguin, plush baby seals, polar bears, and indigenous people all get a spot on the table thats been covered with white felt “snow”.  If you’re feeling really ambitious you can try putting together one of these igloos!


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Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Art, Blog, Books, January Themes, Math & Science, Winter |

Penguin Page

Penguin Page

Penguin Page

Everything here on the Penguin Page will be related to penguins. There’s art, flannel board stories, science activities, and links to cool penguin sites.

Tube Penguin

First lets look at paper towel tube penguins. We don’t use toilet paper tubes because of the yuck factor. Start by cutting paper towel tubes in half. The pattern is posted on the Printables! page

Penguin Page Tube Penguin   FREE pattern found on Printables!

Flannel Board Penguin Matching

Since preschoolers are captivated by flannel stories try this matching game. Make 2 sets for fun preschool matching games. Find a FREE pattern on Printables!

Penguin Page Flannel Matching

Penguin Belly Slides

Our school is lucky to have lots of gym equipment. So we set this up on Penguin day. If there’s a way, maybe a Little Tikes slide, that you can make this happen the preschoolers will love it!

Penguin Page Belly Slides

Heart Penguin

These little penguins have lots of heart! Free pattern on Printables! 

Penguin Page Heart Penguin

Paper Plate Penguin

Paint the back of the plates black, fold sides in, then top down. Now add the features. Too cute! Free pattern on Printables!

Penguin Page Paper Plate Penguin

Footprint Penguins

Another fun penguin activity. Take their shoes off and tickle their toes!

Penguin Page Footprint Penguins

Dictation Penguins

Dictate the children’s answers when you ask…”Where do you think these two are going?”

Penguin Page Dictate a Story

Science Penguins

Any realistic printed penguin picture will do. Penguins’ feathers don’t let water get to their skin. Rub black crayon hard onto the paper and spray with water. Talk about kid’s observations. After children color very hard with black crayon, spray the penguin with water. Talk about their observations.

Penguin Page How Penguins Stay Dry   Penguin Page

Live Penguin Camera

Penguin Books

Check out these fun books and author’s websites to help your preschool class learn all they can about penguins.

little penguins tale

nat geo book

In conclusion let me add that your study of penguins can last as long as the children are interested. We usually go for two weeks.

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