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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.


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.


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!

Welcome Fall

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


Gray Squirrels


Gray Squirrel’s Tail

Here’s a link to our Free gray squirrel pattern


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!

 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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Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Art, Back to School, Blog, September Themes |

Preschool Marker Box

Preschool Marker Box

You can make this Preschool Marker Box if your school buys markers in the big bulk boxes. I made this with free paint swatches and an empty bulk marker box with the lid cut off.


Empty bulk marker box

Paint swatches


Tacky glue


What to do:

Cut the lid off a bulk marker box. Cut your swatches to fit in the empty spaces. Coat the under side of the swatches with tacky glue and stick in place. Have your kids sort their markers! The whole thing should take about 10 minutes to put together.


Preschool Marker Box     IMG_2451

Of course it takes practice to always have lids on tight and markers in their respective places.  😉


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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Art, Blog, Blog, September Themes |

Back To School ⚠️🚍

Back To School ⚠️🚍

Welcome Back To School!

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Some move into the new year with enthusiasm and excitement. Others start the year kicking and screaming. These are the teachers I’m talking about here!   Welcome back to school everyone!

These are some of the books we’ll read with this theme.

Back To School Bulletin Board We start the year with simple art projects that involve a few easy steps. Our room has a huge bulletin board so we turn it into a road and pin up school buses personalized with each child’s picture.

Back To School Bulletin Board  Drive your bus through a puddle…of paint. Use any color you like. Now make tracks on your bus! We’ve always stuck with black but I might try giving choices this year. I’ll update this with colorful pics if it goes well. If it goes poorly you’ll never know! lol

image Wheels on the bus 🎶  Put the wheels on the bus. With a dab of glue. This is many children’s first experience with glue so expect come big puddles.

image  Now add the driver to the front of the bus. Each child adds their photo to their bus.

Finished  🎶 The Wheels On the bus🎶

Here’s a fun (Dubstep Remix) version of Wheels On The Bus By DJ Hans Solo



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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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