As is usually the case I see something and get inspired to try it a little different. For our frogs I thought what fun to use the black glue for frog spots!
Before I introduce it to the class I try it first,good thing! I noticed The bottle I used to mix the black paint and glue worked well for mixing but came out in big globs when squeezed. I always have little ones who love to squeeze large amounts of glue.
To avoid this I transferred the mixed glue to an old empty glue bottle. Then I realized it might need a little sparkle.... Long ago I found these plastic salt and pepper shakers at the Dollar Store. I filled them with glitter and bring them out all the time, The kids love using them with play dough. They work great and the glitter comes out in small amounts. I taped around the top to avoid little finger opening it up and"dumping" so far so good!
Frog watercolor and black glue Art
Look at these Fun Frogs! I love the way you can give all the same materials and each Frog turns out totally unique!!
Try this sensory table two ways! First add something for "pond " look. We had some Christmas tinsel on hand, so I decided to go with the "river water" look. The second look is to add water and fishing poles with foam to fish for your name! Very similar to my I Spy Foam Fishing sensory.
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I Spy - Foam Frog Name water Sensory
Change it up and add water! My original idea was to use fishing poles with foam circles to fish for your name. The foam cut pieces were to heavy for the foam poles to pick up. The kids loved it with just water! I have a shower curtain I pull across when I have "wet" stuff in the sensory table, the foam is fun because it sticks to the curtail! Another fun way to find your name!
Learning the shape and feel of a letter by tracing it first.
Every Monday in our classroom we have a new Letter of the Week. We spend the first day tracing the letter with our Tracing box, making the letter with our bodies and building the letter with wood letter blocks. This is my introduction to the letter. I also use the trace box for shapes, numbers and good old drawing. To make it fun I change the sand to fit our them.For example, Orange sand with pumpkin spice for Fall. To make this Letter Tracing Box I bought two small plastic boxes with snap on lids at Target. The snaps help keep it from spilling but are still easy enough a child can work it themselves.
Then I used a simple Print shop program to make my letters. I fit two letters to one page and printed them out on card stock, so they would last longer. You could also laminate them,I have not done this yet. I was able to find boxes that fit the width, however what ever you find will work. Teachers are masters of making it work! I use one box to hold all the letters and extra sand.
I then tape the Letter of the Week to the bottom outside of the box. This way the children are tracing on the plastic bottom of the Box and not the paper.
The children and I love the Letter Tracing Box. There is something so relaxing running your hands through soft sand, try it!
Parking: This trail is easy to find with it's own parking lot. However it fills up quickly so to avoid this I would arrive early. On the day we visited the lot was full we just drove up the road a bit and parked along the side with many other cars. You will need to pay when entering the park, the fee is $20 per car we bought one last week for our Spray Park Hike and it's good for seven days, so we used it for this hike. The road is well marked and nicely paved. It is a two lane road with many vista views so drivers with height issues should be aware! My father is one of those so we say a non Pete friendly road. We took this road all around the mountain it was so beautiful with many areas to stop and hike! We will defiantly be going back!
Restrooms: At the start of the trail there is a great large restroom with flushing toilets! All in our group were very happy with them. All along the road there were many restrooms in the parking lots all in good condition! For this visit bathroom are not a problem!!
The trail is perfect for all ages! On our visit there were families everywhere, enjoying lunch along the river.Taking photos with the big trees. I even saw a father fly-fishing mom rock hunting and child sand castle building! Grandpa's walking with babies . At one very large upturned tree stump I heard a young boy say " wow y,wow,wow, wow" I could not have agreed more! The hike itself is short and easy, this give you time for exploring and even swimming in the river. We chose to continue the route to Paradise and stopped at Box Canyon along the way. After every turn in the road the mountain seem to get bigger and closer until at last you end at Paradise! We only had this one day so we passed a lot of fun falls trails, needless to say we will be returning! Two years ago we did the trails from paradise to view them visit my Mt. Rainier National Forest. Mt. Rainier has so much to offer it's best if you can stay or camp to make the most of your visit! Below are some photos from the drive Box Canyon and Mirror Lakes!
I always start by having books, photos and even plastic frogs on hand. This way they can see all the different ways a frog can look. Some are Blue with spots some are just green. Each year I make the frog different, in the past I used dried black beans, pepper and even hole punched black paper for the "spots". This year I have decided to try using water colors with black tinted glue. To tint the glue I used an empty bottle to mix the glue and paint. This will be my first time so check back on Friday to see how they turned out!
Preschool Classroom Science and Literacy Set up! On the top of the shelf each class I add Trays, toys or book of things to discover that go along with the theme,weather it be Letter of the Week, the season or preschool monthly theme. Each class I add new items so this is always fresh with new discoveries! The cubes below I consider my literacy center. The Bottle cap Letters book, Alphabet Rocks, Name Rocks, large plastic alphabet blocks, Frogs ABC Book, Puzzles and my favorite books that stay in our classroom year round. The literacy cubes stay the same and can be played with every class. Sometimes I add sight word cards that go along with the theme of the day. To the right of the shelf I have my magnetic boards with our Class Name Book,this stays out year round.
Preschool Classroom Set up! the home center one of my favorite areas. The books in our library change every week to go with the theme. This area is filled with cozy blankets, pillows and rocking chairs perfect to curl up with a special book! The dryer is the perfect place to store our doll clothes and blankets. All the shelfs in the kitchen area are clearly marked with a photo, this makes clean up time easier!
Preschool Classroom Set up! The circle time center is filled with information. To start each day I have a Hoppy Helper, who brought snack that day. This is a very important job in our class and the children really look forward to their day. The Hoppy Helper is our line leader, sets the table for snack during clean up and sits in front on a stool for circle. They read the mail and put out the calender's information for that day! Our calendar numbers are always a pattern that follows the theme of the month. Two years ago I found this fun mail box at the Goodwill and knew I could use it somehow. I added a Mail Frog and called it Hoppy Mail! At the start of every circle the Hoppy Helper checks the mail. We look at the address, are we room 11? yes! Then the Hoppy Helper reads the mail. I use a character from the book with a photo of the book to show what we are reading at circle. For me and the children this has become one of our favorite times of circle!
Preschool Classroom Set up! I try to engage all senses when we are working with the letter of the week. The start of the week we begin with tracing and building the letter. I have a trace sand box for them to feel the letter and wood shapes to build the letter. At the art center we decorate the letter, I save each letter and when we finish they have their own Alphabet Book! We use our bodies to form the letter, I take a photo and add it to our circle time wall. I bring in food to taste, smell and touch the letter. In the middle of he week we write the letter of the week, stamp it and send it home. On Friday we have our Show and Tell where each child brings in something that begins with the letter! They also write their name in their Name Book and finish by stamping it with the date. On the last day of school they get to take their book home. It's fun to see the progression!
Located in my Literacy Center, Frogs ABC Books is a book of the Alphabet Letters in order. To Make this I used a simple print shop program. I started with a line pattern to make the letter then added a photo of something that begins with the letter. My classroom theme is frogs, I have them hiding everywhere including this book one frog is on every page. I then put the paper in a plastic sleeve to protect it. On the shelf I have some dry erase markers and eraser to wipe clean. This book has been used so much I had to get a new binder for it this year!
At the end of a school year our dolls are looking a little frazzled.
After looking on Pinterest I decided to try the Fabric Softener, and It worked!
All you need:
I love to recycle! I used an old spray bottle from one of my kids conditioner sprays. Then added about 2 Tbs. of softener and filled with water. I sprayed the hair till is was good and wet, adding more when needed for tough spots.
A brush or comb. Start at the ends and work your way up.
I had a few crazy strains so I used scissors to trim the hair.
The unscented lotion was to clean the plastic doll body areas.
I can't wait for the start of a new school year! To get ready I made these fun Name Rocks! First, I found some rocks in the yard painted each child's name and outlined it with a sharpie. To give it protection and a shine I covered it in Mod Podge. I love the way they turned out, can't wait to see all the ways my preschoolers find to play with them!