I Spy – Apple Pie Sensory Play

I Spy - Apple Pie Sensory Play

 

To make this fun I Spy - Apple Pie Sensory Play you need oatmeal ( save the tub for Acorn Squirrel painting) cinnamon, cinnamon sticks and baking supplies. We used this for letter A Apple pie and letter B baking!

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Save the Oatmeal add Construction Play

Letter C

Save the oatmeal from your I Spy Apple Pie and add a Construction theme for Letter C
Save the oatmeal from your I Spy Apple Pie and add a Construction theme for Letter C

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Preschool Paper Plate Sunflower

Preschool Paper Plate Sunflower

These beautiful sunflowers will be the centerpieces for our Fall bulletin board.

 
Supplies needed
Supplies needed
  • paper plate
  • Yellow paint
  • glue
  • rice
  • black food coloring
  • plastic bag
  • paint brush
  • spoon
  • bowl

I started by making our black rice. Decide how much rice you need. It can be white or brown rice. I used about 2 cups of brown rice. Add to you plastic bag along with black food coloring a small amount of water or vinegar, set aside to dry.

 
Start with rice
Start with rice
 
Add rice, water and black food coloring to a plastic bag and mix
Add rice, water and black food coloring to a plastic bag and mix
 
Set your colored rice out on tray lined with wax paper to dry
Set your colored rice out on tray lined with wax paper to dry
 

I used a small amount of tape to the bottom of the paper plate so it would not move around while they were painting. After they have finished painting add the glue to the center and sprinkle with the black rice. In the past I have used Black beans, black buttons and real sunflower seeds. Make it your own!

 
Paper Plate Sunflower Art Center set up
Paper Plate Sunflower Art Center set up
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Glue center and add black rice
Glue center and add black rice
 

After your plate has dried cut out to make your sunflower. To save on time I cut it out. In an ideal world it would be fun for them to cut it out! I cut diagonally to the outside edge of the center circle of the plate to form triangles.

 
Cut at an angle along the outside to form triangles. To save time I did this
Cut at an angle along the outside to form triangles. To save time I did this
 

Check back soon to see how we add them to our fall Bulletin board!!

     

My Many Colored Days Window Art Bouncy Ball Painting

My Many Colored Days

Window Art Bouncy Ball Painting

Our classroom windows look Great. As you can tell were a mixed up bunch!
Our classroom windows look Great. As you can tell were a mixed up bunch!

This week we were learning about our feelings. What dose our face look like when were mad, how does it feel in our body? I started by reading the Dr. Seuss classic My Many Colored Days. This is a great story that uses colors to describe feelings. We not only made theses fun windows we used the color ideas to complete our Apple Feelings Books. My classroom if filled with three and four year old's, some were unsure how to draw a face and it was fun for them to use the color instead.

 
My Many Colored Days Window Art We read the Dr.Seuss story about feelings.
My Many Colored Days Window Art
We read the Dr.Seuss story about feelings.

Awhile ago I made this fun idea found on

My Many Colored Days – explore feelings with color, movement and music: OMazing Kids Yoga activity

My Many Colored Days Window Art Art Center Set Up.r
My Many Colored Days Window Art our Art Center Set Up

We happened to be learning about the letter B when we read this book. To make this window art I Had the children paint with  Bouncy Balls!

Supplies needed:

  • Finger paint in assorted colors
  • paper cups
  • Black construction paper
  • white copy paper
  • small bouncy ball ( I used 8 different sizes)
  • a box lid
  • scissors
  • Tape
 
Bouncy Balls in colored finger paint
Bouncy Balls in colored finger paint

To start I filled each cup with a different finger paint color and added a bouncy ball to each. Next I cut out the black shape.

 
My Many Colored Days Window Art Outline Shape Cut out of Black construction paper.
My Many Colored Days Window Art Outline Shape
Cut out of Black construction paper.
 
My Many Colored Days Window Art Outline Shape top over plain white copy paper.
My Many Colored Days Window Art Outline Shape
top over plain white copy paper.
 

I set the white paper in the box and let the child drop the colored bouncy ball on top. Only one at a time.The finger paint made them sticky and less likely to bounce out of the box while moving! You could use regular paint but be ready to catch it!!

 
My Many Colored Days Window Art Add your white paper to a box lid.
My Many Colored Days Window Art
Add your white paper to a box lid.
 
My Many Colored Days Window Art drop one ball at a time into box.Hold the box and move to paint.
My Many Colored Days Window Art drop one ball at a time into box.Hold the box and move to paint.
 
My Many Colored Days Window Art bouncy ball painting fun
My Many Colored Days Window Art bouncy ball painting fun
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My Many Colored Days Window Art Wet painted paper
My Many Colored Days Window Art Wet painted paper

While the paint is wet set your black outline on top. Then help child to use their finger to gently push around the black edge to set it into the paint. Then set it aside to dry. When dry cut around the edge and hang with tape in your window! I loved the way they turned out, were a mixed up bunch!

 
My Many Colored Days Window Art Add the black outline to wet bouncy ball painting. Push along the black edge to set in paint.
My Many Colored Days Window Art
Add the black outline to wet bouncy ball painting. Push along the black edge to set in paint.
 
My Many Colored Days Window Art bouncy ball painting Tape to your window
My Many Colored Days Window Art bouncy ball painting Tape to your window
 
      This year I changed it up a bit by using the watercolor doppers to dot, going along with the Letter of the Week "D". Then they glued the black outline.  

My Inspiration

Many Colored Days Art Work

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Jello Scented Names

Jello Scented Names

Jello Scented Names: Preschool fun with the 5 senses and your name!

See it, touch it, smell it, hear it, Please don't taste it...

Great to trace the letters and name recognition!

Inspired by:

Teaching Blog Round Up

 
Art Center set up
Art Center set up
 

This was an easy and fun way to work on Name Recognition, letters and the five senses!

Supplies needed:

  • Jello in different flavors
  • Glue
  • old spice container or bowl and spoon
  • white card stock

I started by using a simple print shop program to write their names on white card stock. The jello gets heavy when added to the glue so you need a sturdy paper to write on.

Name template on white card stock.
Name template on white card stock.

Next, I had the children start by tracing the letters of their name with their finger, then gave them the glue to trace.

Jello Scented Names:glue trace

After they were finished with the glue I showed them our different smelling sand. We talked about jello and it's different forms,what it's like as a sand and when you cook it. They studied each one smelling them and then sprinkling them onto the glue. As you can see they really liked to sprinkle!

Jello Scented Names: add jello

Jello Scented Names: add jello 1600)

When they were done we lifted the paper up and slid the jello into a bowl, which I saved and used to refill the jars.

It was great to see their faces as we reviled their name!

Jello Scented Names: Jello wet revil

Each child examined their name, the way it smelled and how the jello (sand) changed color wet add to the wet glue!

Jello Scented Names: Preschool jello art

We let ours set to dry and again the children noticed how the colors changed when dried! Great Fun project and made our room smell yummy!!

 

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Apple Study Letter A

Apple Study Letter A

We start our preschool year learning "All About me", this happens to fall with the letter A. This week we were studying  the five scenes and this was a great time to do our apple study!

We studied all the colors, seeds, smells and cuts of Apples.
We studied all the colors, seeds, smells and cuts of Apples.
 
We studied Apples and a branch that fell from an Apple Tree.
We studied Apples and a branch that fell from an Apple Tree.
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We had three different Apple varieties
 
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Our Favorite Apple Chart Laminated with Velcro
 
I have laminated apples with Velcro on the back. The child chooses their favorite we write their name with a dry marker. Good year after year!
I have laminated apples with Velcro on the back. The child chooses their favorite we write their name with a dry marker. Good year after year!

For a little extra fun we added Apple Spice Play Dough 

Apple Spice Play Dough with Animal Cookie cutters.
Apple Spice Play Dough with Animal Cookie cutters.
 
I Spy - Apple Pie Sensory Play
I Spy - Apple Pie Sensory Play
apple-activities

I Spy- Apple Pie to our sensory table and a good book with an old friend!!

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The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art

The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art

The Ants go Marching Letter A Art: story

This week we started our "Letter of the Week" beginning with the Letter A! Always a fun book to read is The Ants Go Marching Illustrated by Jeffrey Scherer. This project to go along with the story.

  The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art are:

 
  • White paper
  • black ink pad
  • Brown construction paper
  • Black marker, crayon or pencil
  • Glue stick
Cut out letter A
Cut out letter A from brown construction paper
 
I used a print shop program to add: The Ants Go Marching to our white paper
I used a print shop program to add: The Ants Go Marching to our white paper
  We started The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art by gluing the letter A to the paper, I put out lots of A's so they could glue as many as they would like. This became our "ant hill" a great time to talk about where ants live while they were gluing. To make our Ants the child pressed their fingerprint three times, then used the marker to give their ants legs, antenna and a face! As you can see they really likes this part and we had lot's of Ants!!   The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art fun   tThe Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art fun 1    

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I Spy – Back to School with recycled paper

I Spy - Back to School with recycled paper

In the theme of Back to School I filled our sensory bin with recycled shredded paper.Then filled it with back to school supplies! As always with my I Spy theme I take photos of things to find and post them on the board above.

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I Spy - Back to School with recycled paper turned out to be great fun! The children loved finding the "school supplies" and learning what they were used for. The erasers, calculator and rubber band roll were the favorite finds!

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Black Glue and Watercolor Name Art

Black Glue and Watercolor Name Art

For the first month of school I like do do a lot of different art projects and games using their names. Not only does it help them to recognize  their own name it helps them with their classmates as well!

The inspiration for this came from

Black Glue Watercolor Painting

by Asia Citro

To start you need black glue, I used the left over glue from our Black Glue and Watercolor Frogs. Basically, mix black paint with white glue. Be careful to not add to much paint.

Black paint add white glue
Black paint add white glue

Next to make the name outline I printed it out using a simple print shop program. Then I traced it with the black glue and set aside to dry. If I had more time I would let the children outline themselves.

Use black glue to outline the name and set it aside to dry.
Use black glue to outline the name and set it aside to dry.

Now let them paint with their watercolors! I am keeping ours up on the wall for all of September!!

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Fun two handed painting!
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So after finishing our projects I found two things, be careful not to add to much paint and when tracing long names use as little glue as possible to avoid the letters running together. That being said I loved the way they turned out!

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Letter A My Little Book of Apple Faces

Letter A

My Little Book of Apple Faces

 

Many years ago I found this cute template for My Little Book of Apple Faces. We start the year learning "all about me"  I combined our feelings with letter A Apples. I pre-assembled  the  books to save on time. We use the whole week to talk about our feelings and what that feeling looks like.I usually have a mirror up while they are coloring.

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My little book of apple faces Happy My little book of apple faces scared My little book of apple faces shy My little book of apple faces mad mad My little book of apple faces silly My little book of apple faces sad My little book of apple faces Apple Pie
They colored using a color or a face to describe the feeling
They colored using a color or a face to describe the feeling
  My Little Bookof Apple Feelings art

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